Why does my Wireless Keyboard Lag?

Why does my Wireless Keyboard Lag?

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Wireless computer peripherals offer excellent mobility for computer users, most notably because some of the best devices in this segment can be used from up to 330+ feet away. Sometimes, however, the communication between the wireless device and computer may be a bit offbeat, leading many users to wonder, why does my wireless keyboard lag?

Input lag is a common issue among wireless peripherals, and may be caused by one or more reasons. That said, here are a few reasons for the delay between your wireless keyboard and computer and tips on how to fix the wireless keyboard lag issue.

The potential causes of keyboard lag issues depend on several factors including hardware issues, type of peripherals used and Windows settings. Wireless computer keyboard manufacturers use several different technologies to communicate with your computer system including 27 MHz wireless (generally seen in low-end products and prone to interference and range issues) and the much improved 2.4 GHz and Bluetooth technologies.

Troubleshooting the Wireless Keyboard Lag Issue

First things first – it is important to make sure that it is indeed a keyboard issue and not a computer issue. To narrow down the problem, test out another keyboard on the same computer. If you still experience input lag, then it is a computer issue.

Additionally, try connecting the dongle into one of the other USB ports to help determine whether the USB port on the computer is corrupted. To test whether it is a keyboard issue, test out your wireless keyboard on another computer to see if the results are the same.

For any type of wireless computer peripheral, ensure that the batteries are well charged because weak batteries will result in a weaker signal. If you’re using one of the older 27 MHz wireless keyboards, it is a good idea to keep the distance to the USB port-powered receiver to a minimum rather than at the borderline.

Operating the devices at their boundaries may result in a weaker signal and be more susceptible to objects blocking the signal. For the latest 2.4 GHz or Bluetooth models, check to ensure that no other devices are operating on the same band or channel. This will also prevent any hackers from hacking your wireless keyboard or mouse.

How to Fix Wireless Keyboard Lag Issues in Windows 10

If you’ve upgraded to Windows 10 and you have experienced keyboard lag issues, then you’re not alone. But there’s no need to break a sweat because here are several ways to fix the issue.

Run the Windows Troubleshooter – Windows 10 comes with an integrated troubleshooter to help you diagnose and fix most issues with your PC. Start by launching the Control Panel, then under View in the top left corner, select Large Icons, and Troubleshooting.

Once you’ve selected Troubleshooting, click on View All from the top left-hand corner, and then select Hardware and Devices and follow the onscreen instructions to run the troubleshooter.

After you’ve completed the Hardware and Devices troubleshooting, go back and select Keyboard from the main troubleshooting menu and run the troubleshooter. Running both the troubleshooters checks for common issues with your hardware and peripherals to see if they were installed correctly.

Reinstall the wireless keyboard driver – To check if your keyboard drivers aren’t the cause of the input lag, launch Device Manager (Windows logo key and X and then scroll down to Device Manager and hit Enter), then the Keyboard and highlight the keyboard name, press enter, press the Tab and CTRL key at the same time until you reach the driver tab, then highlight Uninstall Device and hit Enter. Next, you will be prompted to restart the computer, which will reinstall a fresh set of drivers for your keyboard once it is detected.

Update the graphics card driver – The input lag issue with your wireless keyboard can also be caused by an outdated graphics card driver. There are two ways to update a display driver – manually or automatically, where the former entails heading to the manufacturer’s website and searching for the latest drivers for your OS (Windows 10), and latter by using automatic driver update software.

Check LAN (Local Area Network) Settings – Disabling the local area settings on your computer could fix the issue of wireless keyboard input lag. Start by pressing the Windows logo key and R simultaneously on your keyboard, type Control and hit Enter.

Next, go to the Network and Sharing Center, Change Adapter Settings and press Enter. From the list that pops up, highlight your network card, press Enter, then Disable and hit Enter again. You will now be directed to the Network Connection Window, from where you can enable your network connection.

Quit Realtek Audio

The Realtek Audio sound driver may be a cause for keyboard lag, so head to the Task Manager by pressing the Windows logo key and X at the same time, then scroll until you locate Realtek audio.exe and click on End Task. If this doesn’t solve the issue, and since you already have the Task Manager open, look for other applications that may be causing the issue such as those consuming a large amount of disk usage.

Other Solutions to Try:

  • Disable any startup programs from starting at bootup as they may be causing the wireless keyboard issue.
  • If you’re using a USB hub, disconnected the wireless keyboard receiver, restart your computer with another preferably wired keyboard, and then plug in the USB dongle directly into one of the computer’s USB ports.
  • Disabling Cortana is worth a shot, because many users have claimed that this has fixed their keyboard lag issue.
  • If you have other USB peripherals connected to your computer such as USB disk drive or camera, disconnect them temporarily to check for any device conflicts.

Final Thoughts

With wireless devices, input lag is a common issue, which leads consumers to ask, why does my wireless keyboard lag? There are several reasons for input lag in wireless peripherals, and the best solution is often just running the Windows Troubleshooter to detect any hardware or keyboard issues. Latency will always be present in wireless devices, but most times it is negligible. If you’d like to get rid of input lag altogether, your best bet is to use a wired keyboard.

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