There are some wireless keyboards that won’t work with Samsung smart Tv’s.
To save you from accidentally purchasing something that you would have to send back, I’ve compiled this list of great keyboards that work seamlessly with Samsung smart televisions.
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Smart capability has revolutionized the television industry, transforming a device to watch television into a complete media center for everything from television, movies, and games to on-demand content, and web applications.
If you’re new to the world of smart TVs, you’ll quickly realize how difficult it can be to navigate through all the different features of your new smart tv using the remote. Fortunately, wireless keyboards make it easy to unlock all of the television’s intelligent features.
The world of wireless keyboards and accessories is vast, and it can sometimes be challenging to identify which model is best for you. We’re going to cover all the important criteria to consider when selecting the best wireless keyboard for your needs and take a closer look at the best options available this year.
Different Types of Keyboards
Wireless keyboards fall into three different categories: radio frequency, infrared, and Bluetooth.
Radio Frequency Keyboards
Radio Frequency keyboards rely on a USB dongle which must be plugged into the tv via a USB port to communicate with the television. An RF keyboard may be a good option for you if your television is not Bluetooth enabled.
These types of keyboards only offer a short range of about 6-10 feet, and they typically run on the same frequency level as the other wireless devices in your home, including your router. In some cases, this can cause interference, rendering the keyboard all but useless.
Infrared keyboards are a bit of a relic, but they may be useful for anyone who doesn’t have a Bluetooth enabled TV and can’t use an RF keyboard because of frequency interference.
These keyboards use a receiver that picks up transmissions of infrared light from the transmitter inside the keyboard. With the advent of Bluetooth enabled devices, these keyboards have become far less popular, and more difficult to find.
The newest and most advanced method of connecting a wireless keyboard to your smart TV is Bluetooth. Bluetooth is a fascinating wireless communication network that allows you to securely connect wireless devices to each other without the risk of interference.
Bluetooth is closely related to radio frequency technology, although it works at a higher frequency that doesn’t interfere with other wireless signals.
Bluetooth devices communicate with one another over one of 79 different frequency channels. Bluetooth is also an extremely safe method of wireless communication because devices will skip channels randomly thousands of times per second as they communicate, which makes them much less susceptible to being intercepted. This process also helps to eliminate interference with other Bluetooth devices.
How to Determine Which Keyboard is Compatible
To determine your best choice for a wireless keyboard, you’ll want to check the owner’s manual, or manufacturer website for your TV, and determine whether it’s Bluetooth enabled. If your TV is enabled, and you’re able to find a Bluetooth keyboard that is compatible with your particular model, it may be your best bet.
If your TV isn’t Bluetooth enabled, don’t worry, you should still be able to use a wireless keyboard. As long as the TV has a USB port, you should be able to connect an RF keyboard.
Chances are if you have a Samsung smart TV, or a TV from a similar quality manufacturer, your television probably has Bluetooth capability, and all you need to do is check for compatibility with the keyboard. Keep in mind that in some cases, a keyboard may not be compatible with your TV. So, you’ll want to confirm that your model TV will work prior to making a purchase.
What to Consider Before Buying
Before you purchase the first compatible keyboard you can find, consider the different features you’d like in a keyboard. These are some of the most popular features available.
Depending on the size of your room, signal range may be an important consideration for you.
Usually, RF keyboards offer a range of about 6-10 feet, while infrared keyboards provide about 12 feet of range. IR keyboards also require a clear line of sight between the receiver and keyboard to function properly. Bluetooth keyboards and devices offer a much broader range of about 30 feet.
As technology advances, even RF keyboards are capable of transmitting over longer distances. Now, some RF models offer signal ranges that rival the signal range of Bluetooth.
Battery Type & Life
Some keyboards require disposable batteries, while others feature a rechargeable battery.
Keyboards that use disposable batteries allow you to quickly replace the dead batteries when they run out, so you can get back to what you were doing. On the other hand, you’ll need to make sure you have batteries on hand for when your keyboard runs out of juice, and batteries can be expensive. Plus, batteries aren’t biodegradable, and they contribute to pollution.
Keyboards with rechargeable batteries are cheaper to own since they don’t require costly batteries that must be replaced. However, if your wireless keyboard dies while you’re using it, you won’t be able to use it while it’s charging.
Regardless of the battery type you choose, you may want to consider a keyboard that has the longest battery life possible. That way, you won’t have to worry about replacing batteries, or losing your keyboard to a charging station.
Once you realize how useful a wireless keyboard can be as a companion for your smart TV, you may find yourself using it more often than you imagined. You may wish to consider a keyboard with an ergonomic design that’s comfortable for extended periods of use. Ergonomic keyboards can help decrease fatigue and lower your risk for carpal tunnel syndrome.
Keyboards are also available in several different sizes to meet the needs of different users.
Full-size keyboards have the full collection of keys, including the function keys and number pad. These keyboards are usually ideal for computer users. However, the additional keys they provide can be useful for use with a smart TV as well. But, their large size makes them less popular with users looking to connect the keyboard to a smart TV or tablet.
Also known as TKL or 80% keyboards, these keyboards are smaller than a full-sized keyboard, and they sacrifice the number pad to achieve their smaller size. These keyboards are a popular option for general use, especially since many keyboard users ignore the number pad altogether.
Also known as 60% keyboards, this paired back version eliminates both the function keys and number pad. These tiny keyboards are popular for occasional use, and their small size makes them a good companion for travel, as well as with smart TVs and tablets.
A trackpad or trackball provides the functionality of the mouse inside of your keyboard. This is a feature that can make your keyboard even more versatile, and they’re very popular with smart TV users.
High-end keyboards with trackpads sometimes offer multi-gesture functionality, which allow you to perform several different actions with the swipe of your finger.
How to Connect Keyboard to Samsung TV
Depending on the type of keyboard you’ll choose, you’ll either connect the keyboard via Bluetooth or with a USB dongle.
For RF and infrared keyboards, plug the dongle into the USB port of the television. The firmware for the keyboard should automatically install, allowing you to use the keyboard. Before choosing a keyboard like this, you’ll want to insure it’s compatible with your particular TV.
For Bluetooth connections, you’ll enter the settings menu on your TV, and navigate to the menu that allows you to enable devices on your television. Once the keyboard is turned on, the TV should discover it automatically so that you can pair the TV with the keyboard.
Best Wireless Keyboards For Samsung Smart TVs
In your search for the best wireless keyboard for smart TVs, you’ll probably encounter plenty of different options, at a variety of quality and price points. To help take some of the guesswork out of selecting a wireless keyboard, we’ve compiled a list of everything you’ll need to know about some of the best options available.
The K830 from Logitech is designed to be one of the most full-featured and dynamic Bluetooth keyboards available. It provides users with added functionality as it can be used via Bluetooth or with an RF receiver as well.
Unfortunately, the Bluetooth connection isn’t compatible with all Samsung smart TVs. However, users report having no issue connecting the keyboard to the wireless receiver.
These keyboards feature a dynamic backlight that adjusts to the light level in the room, a large trackpad with mouse buttons, and large multimedia buttons. However, you won’t find a number pad or function keys on this keyboard. It’s about the size of a TKL keyboard, thanks to the inclusion of its large trackpad.
For users looking for a full-featured keyboard with a large and easy to navigate trackpad, the K830 may be a good choice for you, and it’s popular among Samsung TV users thanks to its ability to connect via RF transmitter as well as Bluetooth.[/expand]
The i8+ from Rii manages to pack big functionality into a small frame, and it’s a favorite model among smart TV users who are looking for a keyboard to use occasionally to search for content or browse the internet.
This compact keyboard features a full QWERTY layout and uses an RF transmitter to connect to your TV. It offers a multi-gesture trackpad, as well as two D-pad controls on either side. It’s compact size also makes it a strong choice for people with smaller hands and children.
This keyboard provides the familiar feel of a video game controller, so gamers may want to take a closer look.
Despite its size, it manages to pack 92 keys into its tiny frame, which provides you with all the functionality you would expect from a TKL keyboard, including some robust media controls. It’s diminutive size also makes it ideal for traveling as well. Plus, at under $20, it provides a great value, too.[/expand]
If you’re looking for a wireless keyboard that delivers all the functionality you’ll need at an affordable price; the K400 may be the most suitable keyboard for you.
The K400 is slim and sleek, and it offers generous key spacing despite its small size. To the right of the keyboard, you’ll find a large 3.5-inch touchpad with mouse buttons, so you’ll be able to enjoy all the same functionality as you would with a standalone mouse.
The keyboard is simple and user-friendly, with large media buttons above the touchpad and a familiar feel that any keyboard user will feel comfortable with. The touchpad offers multi-gesture control, allowing you to move the cursor anywhere on the screen by sliding to the corresponding area on the touchpad.
This keyboard is also gentle on batteries and provides up to 18 months of operation before needing to be replaced. Considering its nearly universal compatibility, this keyboard makes a popular choice for anyone who’s unable to find a compatible Bluetooth keyboard, and it provides virtually all the same functionality you’d expect from a Bluetooth model.[/expand]
If you prefer a more traditional setup, the Microsoft Wireless 900 is a full-featured keyboard and mouse combo that offers all the same functionality you’re used to in a desktop keyboard and mouse.
The keyboard features a compact design, with more tightly spaced keys to make room for a full-sized keyboard in a TKL frame. Its slim design is easy to stow away when you aren’t using it. The mouse is well-sized and feels comfortable in your hand.
This combo connects to your TV via an RF receiver which controls both the keyboard and mouse. This keyboard and mouse also uses AES technology to provide 128-bit encryption to protect your device from hackers, which is a plus for any RF keyboard.
Compared to most other wireless keyboards, the Desktop 900 also provides impressive battery life, with up to 2 years of operation before the batteries need to be replaced.
The Desktop 900 also features a much broader range than most RF keyboards, allowing you to use it from up to 30 feet away, which is the same as most Bluetooth devices. Altogether, this combo provides the high-end encryption and long range you’d expect from a Bluetooth device in a universally compatible RF design, making it a smart choice for virtually any smart TV user.[/expand]
Thankfully, you can also enjoy the cool aesthetic of a backlit keyboard with your Samsung Smart TV. The Tecknet Backlit Bluetooth Keyboard is compatible with almost all smart TVs, and it offers a sleek and streamlined design that’s perfect for navigating all of your TV’s features.
The keyboard has a brushed metal appearance and features tasteful backlighting in all of the colors of the rainbow. This mini keyboard is exceptionally compact, and it’s paired down to include all the functionality you’ll need from a keyboard and nothing more.
The Tecknet Backlit keyboard features Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity, and it’s compatible with any device capable of accepting Bluetooth keyboards. The scissor switches provide a good feel for a pleasant typing experience, and unlike other budget-priced keyboards, they don’t feel flimsy and inexpensive.
Overall, this Tecknet keyboard delivers exceptional value, cool backlighting options, and all the basic functionality you’d need from a wireless keyboard, which may make this a solid option for your needs.[/expand]
While each of these keyboards makes a fine choice for most people’s needs, you may find that one of these keyboards is better suited to your needs than another. But, we have an overall favorite.
Thanks to its ease of use and compatibility, the Logitech K830 is the overall winner in our book. This keyboard allows you to connect the keyboard via Bluetooth, or via an RF receiver, which maximizes its compatibility. The trackpad is sensitive and accurate and provides much smoother operation than many other options.
The icing on the cake for us is the dynamic backlighting that adjusts to the light level of the room. While this keyboard is more expensive than many of the other options on the market, it offers built to last construction, and the technology to adapt to the latest in smart capability.