When using new computer technology, such as working with a laptop that has touch screen capabilities or using a smartphone for your daily activities, having a comfortable keyboard is very important. A wireless keyboard is one of the most popular types of keyboards because you do not have to connect it to an older wired model!
There are several different brands of wireless keyboards available at various price points. Some are expensive due to being made of high-quality materials, while some can be cheaper due to them being designed more cheaply. No matter what budget you have, there are many great brands that offer good quality products.
With all these gadgets coming and going, how does someone know which ones work and are worth buying? This article will talk about some tips for choosing a wireless keyboard including prices, reviews, and comparisons.
Reminder: These tips will apply to both experienced users and novice users so everyone can learn something!
Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of how to choose a wireless keyboard.
Connect the mouse to the computer
While most wireless keyboards have an integrated receiver, some do not. In this case, you will need to connect your keyboard to a device that has an available USB port.
This can be done through several means. You can use a wired connection with a USB hub or dongle, use a direct cable from the keyboard to the device, or use a Bluetooth adapter.
Connect the keyboard to the mouse
Most wireless keyboards have a separate receiver that you attach to your computer using a USB or Bluetooth connection. Some even have two receivers so you can use one with your laptop and another with your desktop!
The keypad of most touch-screen laptops works by detecting changes in pressure caused when a user presses down on it. This is how most password apps work too, where you press down on the “password” button and watch as it flashes for a second before unlocking.
Some laptops still require you to connect the keyboard via a physical connector, but this is becoming less common. For example, my current model (a Microsoft Surface) has only a headphone jack and a power port.
You can usually tell if your device uses a universal transmitter instead of a pair of individual ones like what we discussed above because there are no extra buttons or input types. Just search online for information about your specific model and see if anyone else mentioned having issues connecting it.
Connect the keyboard to the computer using a power adapter
In addition to having a separate USB port, most wireless keyboards now have an integrated battery source as well. The batteries run off of micro-cells that require no direct connection to the wall socket!
These rechargeable cells make it possible to use the keyboard for longer than with normal wired peripherals. Most wireless keyboards can be recharged through the computer’s USB ports or via an external charger like Google’s Quick Charge.
Connect the keyboard to the computer using a USB cable
A very common way to connect a new wireless keyboard is via a USB port on your laptop or desktop. Simply search for “connect Bluetooth keyboard” on Google or look under Settings -> System -> Devices and laptops -> connected devices – see if yours shows up!
This method works by transmitting data through unneeded bandwidth, which helps conserve energy use for your device. It also does not require an additional dongle as some other connection methods do.
Making this easy process usually requires only finding a free USB port and then downloading and installing appropriate software that pairs the two properly.
Reboot the computer
After you have exhausted all efforts to connect your wireless keyboard directly to your laptop, your next option is to reboot your computer. Make sure to turn your computer back ON after you do this so it will recognize the new hardware!
It may help to unplug and re-plug the device or reset the connection. If both of these fail, then start up in safe mode which does not require authentication for peripherals. Once again, make sure to reconnect after doing so!
Hopefully, one of these works for you and we can get your computer back into action.
Ensure the keyboard and mouse are not blocked
While many people assume that using a wireless keyboard means you no longer have to worry about cables, this is unfortunately false!
It’s much easier to forget about your computer cordlessly than having to look for one every time you want to use it.
Luckily, most laptops come with a built-in radio receiver that can be used to connect a wireless USB keyboard. If yours does not, there are several ways to get this done.
Here we will go over some tips on how to configure a laptop as a Bluetooth device so that you do not need to attach any extra accessories.
Ask someone to help you set up the keyboard and mouse
Even though your computer has wireless capabilities, it can be tricky to connect other peripherals with them because there are so many types of wireless keyboards and mice!
Most laptops have a USB port that works using either a USB type-c or USB type-a connection. Many people use their own devices as a charger for their smartphones, which is why most laptop manufacturers include one at the top end of their product line.
Run a software update
One of your laptops’ main features is wireless connectivity, so why not use it?! Unfortunately, using wireless technology can be tricky because there are different types of wireless keyboards and mice and each one uses its own type of connection.
Most people deal with this by just buying a new keyboard or mouse that works with yours but you may need to do some research to figure out what kind of connection it has before investing in it.
If you run into issues where your computer will not recognize your device even though it detects other ones, then you can try updating your laptop’s settings or driver files. This article will talk about how to connect a wireless keyboard!
There is an option in Windows 10 called Settings > Devices > Systems > Input & Output which allows you to detect and configure more connected devices such as headsets and keyboards. If your computer does not automatically find your keyboard when you turn it on, go here and check if there are any updates for the input or output drivers.