Best Smart TV Keyboard

Jason Loomis
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When it comes to smart TV remotes, I’m sure you already know that the standard variety just won’t suffice.

The problem with Android smart TV’s is that they have on screen keyboards. These can be okay for a few text messages here and there but for anything more than that, you need something better.

The only solution to that is to get a good quality keyboard.

Below is some reviews of the best smart TV keyboards to help you compare them and determine the one that’s best suited for you.

NameCategoryProduct
(Upgraded) Rii 2.4GHz Mini Wireless KeyboardBest Overall(Upgraded) Rii 2.4GHz Mini Wireless Keyboard
Logitech K400 Plus Wireless Touch TV KeyboardBudget PickLogitech K400 Plus Wireless Touch TV Keyboard
Fosmon Mini Bluetooth KeyboardUpgrade PickFosmon Mini Bluetooth Keyboard

1. (Upgraded) Rii 2.4GHz Mini Wireless Keyboard

Our rating: 9 / 10

(Upgraded) Rii 2.4GHz Mini Wireless Keyboard

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Pros:

  • The backlit feature is a huge bonus towards making it more user friendly
  • Touch pad is a great feature that allows you to play the media without the need of a mouse
  • The keyboard runs automatically once the TV is turned on
  • Can be used to control a wide variety of devices including the Raspberry Pi
  • Extremely affordable

Cons:

  • The range doesn’t go that far. It probably doesn’t go farther than your couch.
  • The keyboard doesn’t have the letters ‘Q’, ‘Z’, ‘X’ and ‘C’. Which would make work tedious
  • The keyboard doesn’t come with an on and off switch
  • the layout of the keys is slightly different than normal keyboards (many people are not used to the layout, though)
  • The mouse function is on the left of the keyboard (instead of being on the right)

2. Logitech K400 Plus Wireless Touch TV Keyboard

Our rating: 8 / 10

Logitech K400 Plus Wireless Touch TV Keyboard

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Pros:

  • 7 days of wireless freedom on a single AA battery and up to 3 months with 2 fitted
  • Easy to setup allowing you to start using it in minutes
  • Keyboard is made from a soft touch material that keeps it comfortable to use and looking great
  • Lightweight but sturdy so you can easily transport it between rooms without an issue
  • Keys are responsive and accurate so you don’t have to worry about typos forcing you to retype sentences
  • Perfect for the family as you can adjust the backlight to suit your light settings in the room you’re in
  • Touchpad works great and comes in handy when typing (rather than using the arrows on the keyboard)
  • Slim design means it can easily slip beneath your TV stand or can be stored on a shelf when not in use
  • You can turn your TV into an extension of your PC
  • Compatible with Windows 7, 8, and 10; Android 4.0 and higher; Mac OS X V10.4.10 or later

3. Fosmon Mini Bluetooth Keyboard

Our rating: 8 / 10

Fosmon Mini Bluetooth Keyboard

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Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Works with all smart tv’s
  • Makes watching shows easy and effortless

Cons:

  • Some people have experienced trouble connecting to the keyboard
  • It’s a bit small – people with larger fingers may have trouble typing
  • The keyboard is missing a play button on some of the remotes

If you’re looking for a smart tv keyboard that’s both affordable and effective, then the Fosmon mini bluetooth keyboard is the best keyboard for you.

The Fosmon mini keyboard connects to almost any smart tv and comes at a very affordable price. It includes a number pad and all the standard keys associated with a full-size keyboard.

It’s easy to turn your smart tv into a full fledged computer as you’ll be able to browse the web, check your email, send out tweets and much more, without ever having to touch your expensive smart tv screen.

4. ANEWISH 2.4GHz Mini Wireless Keyboard & Touchpad Mouse

Our rating: 7 / 10

ANEWISH 2.4GHz Mini Wireless Keyboard & Touchpad Mouse

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Pros:

  • Control most TV functions: Next, Previous, Stop, Play, pause, and Volume Up, Down
  • Powered by a rechargeable lithium battery
  • 7 Color Backlight: Great for low-light viewing environment, very cool

Cons:

  • The touchpad is not as sensitive as that of a regular touchpad
  • The touchpad is not responsive enough to use for games and pro software
  • The touchpad is not responsive enough to use for games and pro software

Running out of HDMI ports on your TV? This wireless keyboard and mouse is a relatively inexpensive way to control any HTPC (home theater PC) via your home entertainment system.

The touchpad is not as responsive as a regular touchpad, but that shouldn’t be a problem if you’re mostly using it for basic TV functions as intended.

This TV remote features a rechargeable lithium battery, and there are two ways to charge it. Charging through a USB cable, and even though you’ll need to keep the device upright, the keyboard will still work while it’s charging. On the other hand, you can use a wireless charger. You can also put the device on a wireless charging pad manually, but there’s no guarantee that it will work.

5. 2.4GHz Mini Wireless Keyboard

Our rating: 7 / 10

2.4GHz Mini Wireless Keyboard

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Pros:

  • Built in rechargeable Li-ion battery
  • Multimedia hotkeys for smart TV apps and for Web Browsing
  • Rechargeable Battery extends the life of a regular AA, AAA battery
  • 2.4 GHz mini wireless range for uninterrupted use
  • Way point navigation shortcut to browse the web
  • Customizable functions with 3 programmable hotkeys, included in the remote
  • Shortcut hotkeys to connect to your TV box
  • Precise control with point navigation
  • Voice search compatible for TV box, Youtube, Vudu, Hulu, Netflix, XBOX, Xbox 360, PS3
  • Supports all OS including Windows, Linux, Mac

Cons:

  • The keyboard is on the smaller side
  • Does not directly power your TV box, you must install power management software (as this is a keyboard and not a remote)

PS4, Google TV, Voice Search, Netflix, YouTube, Vudu, Hulu, etc.

When we decided to make a list of the best smart TV keyboard, the first name in our minds was the ANEWKODI Mini Wireless Keyboard.

Rechargeable and with a Li-ion battery pack, you can say hello to never having to worry about batteries.

6. Mini Wireless Keyboard

Our rating: 7 / 10

Mini Wireless Keyboard

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Pros:

  • Very fast and responsive
  • Make navigation a lot easier
  • Works with virtually any smart TV (or USB) device
  • The device is incredibly durable
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Easy to store
  • Will work well with a big television screen

Cons:

  • The instructions are a bit hard to follow
  • Keys are a bit small
  • Requires a two-step process to get it to work

The Mini 2.4Ghz Wireless Keyboard from Lycosa comes with a remote and a mini wireless keyboard. It’s a great alternative to the traditional smart TV keyboard. It features a small build which makes it incredibly portable and makes it ideal for the traveling business professional. Even though it’s small, these keys are designed to be the standard size that regular computer keyboards have.

The keyboard also comes with a 2-step process: connect the base to your TV first, and then connect the mouse to your TV box. This isn’t too complicated, but it definitely requires you to read the directions first if you’re not familiar with how they work. Once the remote and the keyboard are connected, you can do a lot information search like typing a name in or searching for the movie you’re looking for.

7. AmazonBasics Wireless Keyboard

Our rating: 5 / 10

AmazonBasics Wireless Keyboard

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Pros:

  • Big, capable keyboard
  • Fully compatible with any TV with a USB port
  • Touchpad is responsive and clickable
  • Easy-to-recharge battery works for about 80 hours
  • Has a dedicated Netflix button for quick access
  • Comes with a full-size USB port, so you can charge your phone while using it
  • Textured, comfortable wrist rest
  • Comes in black, white, gray, and aqua blue
  • Handily connects to your TV via Bluetooth

Cons:

  • Has no lights that indicate if the cursor is on a particular key
  • Its Touchpad isn’t very big
  • The slot for the USB plug is recessed too deeply
  • Textured area of the keyboard is uncomfortable for some.

This keyboard does all it promises. It’s easy to use, comfortable to type on, and it’s great for parents who want to make it easier for their children to use their smart TV. It’s also good for people who need a smart TV, but don’t know how to use a remote. It’s compatible with most TVs that have a USB port – just make sure it’s enabled before turning the TV on.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can you get a keyboard for smart TV?

TV manufacturers have found a better way to turn your TV into a smart TV by simply pairing existing remote controls to operate the TV functionality. These remotes can then be paired up with any regular keyboard you choose for a wider range of control. Given the small size of Netflix, YouTube and your other typical smart TV apps a regular keyboard is the best solution.

Will any wireless keyboard work with a smart TV?

Yes, most wireless keyboards will work with a Smart TV. But not all of them. Only a few of them allow you to navigate around a Smart TV menu, enter your internet provider, enter a channel number, or enter a file name. If you are looking for a wireless keyboard, I would invest a few more dollars into a keyboard that will work with your Smart TV.

How do I connect my wireless keyboard to my Smart TV?

There are generally two ways to connect a wireless keyboard to your smart TV. You might be able to connect to the input section–depending on your TV’s input structure—with a free HDMI port and a keyboard that has a multimedia button that will essentially automate that method of connection. I cannot confirm how many TV’s accept this, but it seems to be an option on most newer TV’s.

Alternatively, you can connect the keyboard to the wirless network; this is where the CD ROM comes in handy. Connecting the keyboard wirelessly is quick and easy as long as the keyboard has a USB port that accepts a wireless adapter.

Which brand makes the best keyboards?

For smart TV keyboards, it just comes down to personal preference. Some of the best brands include Amazon, Logitech, Roku, and FitBit. I think the Amazon one is best, especially because it can be used to control other Amazon type products as well.

From left to right: Logitech, Amazon, Fitbit, Roku. Can you identify the best one?

Consider this if you manage to build up the smart home, you can control a lot of things with this keyboard. I’ll show you more details below.

Conclusion

Now that we’ve outlined specific criteria, it’s easy to determine which keyboard is best for you. So let’s take a closer look at the top options. We should say that the Apple TV 4th Gen Keyboard does not offer a backlit option, if that’s something you’re looking for, then we suggest you go with the Logitech.

Our Recommendation

NameCategoryProduct
(Upgraded) Rii 2.4GHz Mini Wireless KeyboardBest Overall(Upgraded) Rii 2.4GHz Mini Wireless Keyboard
Logitech K400 Plus Wireless Touch TV KeyboardBudget PickLogitech K400 Plus Wireless Touch TV Keyboard
Fosmon Mini Bluetooth KeyboardUpgrade PickFosmon Mini Bluetooth Keyboard