Logitech’s first solar-powered keyboard is a bit heavier than your average travel peripheral, but it’s impressively slim and operates via sunlight or indoor light. Never again will you have to trek down to the gift shop to overpay for a pack of AAA. As a plus, it uses the company’s Unifying technology, so if you’re already using a Logitech mouse with a Unifying receiver, you’ll only need to bring one.
The only wired keyboard on this list, the Kensington Pro Fit was added because of its washable properties. If you regularly pack Purell in your carry-on, this lightweight peripheral is the one for you. All those icky germs can be doused directly beneath the tap, and it features what the company calls “anti-microbial protection” that “prevents the growth of mold, mildew and fungi.”
The only thing better than a nano receiver placeholder (when it comes to traveling with a peripheral) is Bluetooth connectivity. If your laptop has Bluetooth, you can pair the Microsoft Mobile Keyboard 6000 and not have to worry about losing or misplacing your connectivity. The 6000 also comes with an optional number pad, so you can take it along or leave it home as your needs dictate.
The Arc is funky looking and it’s tiny, combining several function keys into a single key. Its smaller size and lightweight make it ideal for slipping into a laptop bag. Not only is the keyboard wireless, but it also comes with much-coveted nano-receiver placeholder.