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Best Wireless Keyboards for 2021

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The best wireless keyboard for you depends mostly on how (and where) you plan to use it--and just what you plan to do with it. Are you a couch gamer? A productivity user who craves a tidy workspace? Are you after a clacker that can switch between multiple PCs, smartphones and tablets on the fly? Or is the best wireless keyboard for you something that’s travel-friendly and small so you can bang out a few emails and documents at a coffee shop or a short-hop flight? In most of these situations, looks can factor into your decision as well.

You’ll find our best wireless keyboard picks, and some alternatives, for all those use cases below. But first, here are some important things to consider while figuring out what's the best wireless keyboard for you.

Wireless Keyboard Shopping Tips

Mechanical or not? If you’re a gamer and/or will also be doing a lot of writing, a mechanical clacker will be the best wireless keyboard for you. Keyboards with mechanical switches are also usually more durable -- although membrane models often hold up better to spilled liquids.

Backlighting / RGB: The cheapest wireless keyboards won’t have backlighting, which is OK if you always use your keyboard in a well-lit space. But if you work or game late into the night and don’t want to (or can’t) switch on overhead lights, a keyboard with backlit keys is what you want. A single light color will get the job done, but RGB backlighting lets you change things up.

Pick your switch: Not all of the best wireless keyboards will use mechanical switches. But of those that do, you’ll have plenty of switch options, depending on the model you choose. Many gamers prefer linear switches (often labeled as red or brown) because they make it easier to mash the same buttons repeatedly in quick succession. However, this kind of switch can lead to more mistakes (often repeated letters) when typing. 

Those who type for a living usually prefer “clicky” switches with a tactile bump (often labeled as blue, white or green) that you can feel when the switch actuates. But clicky switches are often noisy, which can bother other people nearby (or even the person typing or gaming). 

There are dozens of other switch types, including optical-mechanical and membrane. The latter tend to have a mushier feel but are much better at surviving things like spilled drinks. The type of switch that’s best for you depends on personal preferences and your use cases and needs. So whenever possible, get an inexpensive switch tester to try out different options, or try to find a keyboard you’re considering in a store to get a feel for it before buying.

Full-size, tenkeyless or smaller? Tenkeyless keyboards nix the numberpad, while 65% models often eliminate navigation keys, and 60% boards also usually cut the arrow keys. While some will want every possible key, others prefer a smaller keyboard that gives them more space on their desk or a smaller size to travel with.

Bluetooth or RF dongle: If you want a wireless keyboard that you can use with smartphones and tablets, opt for a Bluetooth keyboard. Most laptops and many desktops these days also support Bluetooth, so these are good if you want to use your best wireless keyboard with multiple devices as well.

But if you’re only going to use your keyboard with a PC or Mac, a keyboard that uses some form of radio frequency (RF) dongle is worth considering. You’ll need a spare USB port to plug in the RF transceiver, but pairing is a lot simpler with a keyboard that uses RF. In most cases, you just need to plug in the dongle, turn on the keyboard, and you’re ready to start typing in seconds.

It's also handy to have a keyboard that works when plugged in via USB, even if you plan to be wireless most of the time. If you can plug the keyboard in and use it while you're charging, you don't have to worry about any downtime.

The Best Wireless Keyboards You Can Buy Today

Best Wireless Gaming Keyboard: Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro (Image credit: Tom's Hardware)

1. Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro

Best Wireless Gaming Keyboard

Specifications
Switches: Razer Green (clicky) or Yellow (linear)
Backlight: Per-key RGB
Type: Full-size
Size: 17.7 x 9.8 x 1.7 inches (450.7 x 248.4 x 42.3mm)
Weight: 3.1 pounds (1,423g)
Reasons to buy
+Doubleshot keycaps feel premium, resist smudges+Satisfying multi-function dial and media keys
Reasons to avoid
-Finicky when battery is very low-No macro keys

The Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro is our favorite wireless keyboard for gaming because it offers you a full-size, full-height mechanical switch experience, plus all the features you’d expect in a premium gaming clacker. That includes high-end doubleshot ABS plastic keycaps that felt good during testing and looked good too, resisting smudges notably better than rivals and the keyboard’s aluminum top plate. You also get a cozy, plush leatherette magnetic wrist rest and four onboard memory profiles. Unfortunately, you’ll need the software to use any RGB besides the 7 effects stored in the keyboard’s memory. And there are no macro keys, like the Logitech G915 Lightspeed on this page, its top rival, offers.

The BlackWidow V3 Pro can connect with a wireless dongle, via its included charging cable or through Bluetooth, which lets it pair with up to 3 additional PCs. Battery life varies based on backlight brightness and effect but can range from 5-25 hours with lighting and reach 192 hours without. And at 3% battery life, the BlackWidow V2 Pro can get wonky, with delays in registering keypresses and issues with the software finding it. 

But ultimately, the BlackWidow V3 Pro delivers everything you’d expect from an expensive, top-of-the-line gaming keyboard, except a mandatory cable. There's also a newer BlackWidow V3 Mini model, although it doesn't bring as much to the table for its price as its larger sibling.

For more gaming recommendations, with or without cables, see our Best Gaming Keyboards page. 

More: Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro review 

Best Budget Wireless Gaming Keyboard: Redragon K596 Vishnu  (Image credit: Tom's Hardware)

2. Redragon K596 Vishnu

Best Budget Wireless Gaming Keyboard

Specifications
Switches: Outemu Red
Backlight: RGB
Type: Tenkeyless
Size: 15 x 6 x 1.5 inches (381 x 152 x 38mm)
Weight: 3.64 pounds 1.65kg)
Reasons to buy
+Very attractive price+Includes wrist rest+10 programmable G keys+Volume wheel and media buttons
Reasons to avoid
-Design feels a bit unpolished-Side lights suck up battery when in wireless mode-Heavy

Redragon isn’t exactly a well-known gaming brand in the U.S., but it’s hard to argue with the $70 price of the K596 Vishnu. This 2.4 GHz wireless gaming keyboard packs RGB, dedicated macro and media keys, a metal volume rocker, linear switches and even a wrist rest (albeit a hard plastic one) all into a tenkeyless package. And that's at well less than half the price of the more well-known competition.

The K596 Vishnu also feels solid and was comfortable to use while gaming and typing; although, the plastic used for the shell does look a bit cheap. There’s also some funkiness going on with the design, like the fact that F1-F8 are labeled as secondary media controls, despite there also being a bank of dedicated media buttons directly to their right. 

The second bank of programmable G keys are also oddly narrow and jammed up. And there are light bars on either side of the keyboard that, while look cool, are only going to drain your battery faster while you’re gaming without the USB-C cable plugged in. You can turn these off by hitting Fn and the Pause button repeatedly, but that’s a pain. The extra lights should default to only turning on when the keyboard is plugged in via a cable. The Vishnu is also heavier than competing wireless keyboards.

Still, despite its oddities and minor flaws, this is one heck of a keyboard for $70, when you consider Logitech’s G915 TKL costs more than three times as much and doesn’t include a wrist rest. If you’re after a compact, colorful wireless gaming keyboard on a budget, the K596 Vishnu easily earns a top spot in the pantheon.

Best Low-Profile Wireless Keyboard: Logitech G915 Lightspeed

Best Low-Profile Wireless Keyboard: Logitech G915 Lightspeed (Image credit: Tom's Hardware)

3. Logitech G915 Lightspeed

Best Low-Profile Wireless Keyboard

Specifications
Switches: Logitech GL (low-profile; tactile, clicky or linear)
Backlight: Per-key RGB
Type: Full-size
Size: 18.7 x 5.9 x 0.87 inches (475 x 150 x 22mm)
Weight: 2.26 pounds (1,025g)
Reasons to buy
+Comfortable, low-profile keys for gaming and typing+Beautiful slim design
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive, despite no wrist rest-Keys show marks easily

The Logitech G915 Lightspeed delivers a fantastic combo of error-free typing, speed and comfort. It looks smart and mature in a way that very few gaming peripherals are able to put off, and -- short of a wrist rest -- it's replete with anything you could ask of a keyboard. 

Razer and Corsair offer slightly cheaper high-end boards by comparison, but for those who secretly miss the stability of the old membrane days, this low-profile keyboard is a dream come true. And for those looking for something similar but smaller, there’s the also excellent Logitech G915 TKL

Read: Logitech G915 Lightspeed review

Best Wireless Productivity Keyboard:  Akko 3098B (Image credit: Tom's Hardware)

4. Akko 3098B

Best Wireless Productivity Keyboard

Specifications
Switches: Akko CS Jelly White, CS Jelly Pink, CS Jelly Blue (3098B) or Akko TTC Silent Red V3 Switches or TTC Princess switches (3098N)
Backlight: ?
Type: 96%
Size: 15 x 5.3 x 1.6 inches (382 x 134 x 40mm)
Weight: 2.4 pounds (1.1kg)
Reasons to buy
+Classy Design+Fantastic ASA Keycaps+Hot-Swappable Switches+2.4-GHz, 3 Bluetooth Profiles, and Wired Connectivity
Reasons to avoid
-Default switches lack clicky option-Software issues-RGB Could Be More Customizable

A typist’s dream, the Akko 3098B combines the company’s comfy, ASA keycaps with a compact, 96-percent layout and the ability to hot-swap in your favorite switches if you don’t like the defaults. The curved surface of the keycaps made it easier to feel our way around while touch typing and the default CS Jelly White switches are the best linear switches we’ve ever used. 

The keyboard also has a classic, retro terminal look that made us feel like we were hacking into the Pentagon mainframe from Matthew Broderick’s house. Once we upgraded to our favorite clicky switches, it felt more like we were finishing a story on deadline in the newsroom of the Daily Planet. If you want a touch of modern flair, you can turn on the vibrant RGB lighting that lies beneath the keys. 

All nostalgia aside, the Akko 3098B comes loaded with features, including the ability to connect via 2.4-GHz, Bluetooth 5.0 / 3.0 or USB-C. Switching between entry methods takes a single keystroke and less than a second so you can easily use this keyboard with your desktop, a laptop, a Raspberry Pi, your tablet and your phone at the same time. 

The Akko 3098B’s 96-percent layout makes it nearly the same width as a tenkeyless model, but with almost all the keys of a full-size keyboard, including the numpad and arrow keys. Two sets of flip-out feet let you adjust the height to your liking.

Akko also sells an identical looking keyboard for $20 more under the model name 3098N. The 3098N just uses a different controller card inside, different client software and has a different selection of switches, but is otherwise the same.

Read: Akko 3098B / N Wireless Keyboard review

iQunix A80 Explorer  (Image credit: Tom's Hardware)

5. iQunix A80 Explorer

Best Wireless Productivity Keyboard Alternative

Specifications
Switches: Cherry MX Red (tested), Blue, Brown, Silver, Silent Red; Gateron Red, Blue, Brown
Backlight: RGB
Type: 80%
Size: 12.6 x 6.3 x 2.1 inches (321 x 159 x 52mm)
Weight: 3.5 pounds (1.6kg)
Reasons to buy
+Delightful typing experience+Unique, retro-inspired design+Multiple connection modes, including 2.4 GHz for gaming + Exceptional build quality
Reasons to avoid
-No software-No macros or key remapping-RGB lighting is dim in normal lighting

The iQunix A80 Explorer is a retro-inspired 80% keyboard that combines vintage design with modern features. It delivers unique and desirable features, such as high-quality, colorful PBT keycaps and quiet stabilizers in a compact form factor, with the option to use a 2.4 GHz wireless dongle or Bluetooth connection.

The iQunix A80 is an exceptionally good keyboard. There’s a remarkable attention to detail here, from the bold, retro design and matching cable, to the use of damping foam and outstanding stabilizers. The result is a keyboard that's truly unique and offers a typing experience that competes with a custom-built mechanical keyboard.

Still, that bold design and relatively expensive price isn't for everybody. If you like the form factor but can’t afford the A80, the Keychron K2, while less premium in build, starts at $80 for the version with RGB.

Read: iQunix A80 Explorer Wireless Mechanical Keyboard Review 

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Corsair K63 Wireless Gaming Keyboard and Lapboard Combo

Best Wireless Keyboard/Mouse for Couch Gaming: Corsair K63 Wireless Gaming Keyboard and Lapboard (Image credit: Tom's Hardware)
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Corsair K63 Wireless Gaming Keyboard and Lapboard Combo

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Corsair K63 Wireless Gaming Keyboard and Lapboard Combo

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6. Corsair K63 Wireless Gaming Keyboard and Lapboard Combo

Best Wireless Keyboard/Mouse for Couch Gaming

Specifications
Switches: Cherry MX Red (linear)
Backlight: Blue
Type: Tenkeyless
Size: 26.3 x 10.5 x 2 inches
Weight: 6.5 pounds (2.9kg)
Reasons to buy
+Simple, comfortable design+Less expensive than competitions Razer Turret One+Can be bought with or without keyboard
Reasons to avoid
-Only works with K63 keyboard-You're stuck with blue backlighting and MX Red switches-Larger and heavier than the competition-Crumbs and gunk easily get lodged in seams

Corsair's K63 Keyboard/Lapboard combo may have a more cumbersome name than Razer's competing Turret One, but in many ways, it's a simpler, roomier device that delivers an excellent couch gaming experience at a lower price ($159.99 MSRP, though at this writing it was selling for about $10 more) than the $250 Razer setup. You can also buy the Lapboard without the keyboard for $60.

Part of that lower price comes from the fact that Corsair doesn't include a mouse, unlike Razer. But as the K63 Lapboard includes a standard size mouse pad, you can use any mouse you want. I used the laboard with Corsair's own Katar Pro, as well as a few non-gaming Logitech mice without any issue. And thanks to generous padding on the bottom of the laboard, I was able to game for hours in comfort. My couch's lack of support for my back was an issue long before the K63 Lapboard was.

One of the Lapboard's downsides is that the K63 keyboard (which either comes with the keyboard/laptop bundle or can be bought separately if you buy the lapboard separately) only has blue backlighting, and you can only get it with Cherry MX Red switches. So if you feel the need for RGB or clicky switches, you should check out the Razer Turret One. Battery life for the K63 Lapboard is listed at 15 hours at full backlight brightness (I generally got a little less), or up to 75 hours with the lighting off.

Charging the keyboard is as easy as plugging in to its Micro USB port. But you may want to pop the two tabs at the back of the Lapboard and take the keyboard out first, as the laptop as a whole is rather large and clunky, at over 26 inches long and 10.5 inches wide. Razer's Turret One is a bit smaller and easier to stow when you aren't using it, thanks to a slide-out mouse pad. But that also results in a slightly more cramped feel and a smaller mousing area. The Corsair K63 Keyboard/Lapboard combo, however, offers up as roomy and comfortable a couch gaming experience we've seen yet. Just remember to bring along your own wireless mouse. And be ready to wipe the unit down regularly, as the rubber wrist area and cloth mousepad attract dirt, and crumbs and other tiny things easily get lodged in the seams around those parts of the Lapboard. 

Best Wireless Keyboard/Mouse for Couch Gaming Alternate: Razer Turret One  (Image credit: Tom's Hardware)

7. Razer Turret One

Best Wireless Keyboard/Mouse for Couch Gaming Alternate

Specifications
Switches: Razer Green (tactile and clicky)
Backlight: Per-key RGB
Type: Tenkeyless
Size: 23.6 x 7.6 x 1.5 inches (600 x 194 x 36.9mm) with mouse tray expanded
Weight: 4.3 pounds (2kg)
Reasons to buy
+Excellent design+Clever expandable mouse mat+Full Chroma lighting
Reasons to avoid
-Some Chroma hiccups-Limited library of compatible Xbox One games

The Razer Turret for Xbox One is an inspired couch keyboard and mouse setup. It’s built solid, the extendable mouse mat is excellent for easy storage, it’s comfortable to use on your lap and it offers the true feeling of using a mechanical keyboard and mouse -- because you are.

Though it’s designed for the Xbox One, the Turret is still a strong option for a PC gamer who plays from the couch. In fact, it works with more games on PC, so it’s really a better deal for those on PC. If you don’t want to slip existing PC mice and keyboards into something like a Corsair Lapdog, this Turret is a great fit.

Read: Razer Turret One review

Best Travel Keyboard: Keychron K3 (Image credit: Tom's Hardware)

8. Keychron K3

Best Travel Keyboard

Specifications
Switches: Gateron low profile mechanical or Keychron Optical
Backlight: RGB
Type: 75%
Size: 12.05 x 4.57 x 0.87 inches (306 x 116 x 22mm)
Weight: 0.87 pounds (396g)
Reasons to buy
+Attractive slim design+Swappable switches+Mac and Windows-centric keycaps included+Pretty backlighting
Reasons to avoid
-Slim shell means short battery life-Exposed key design is not ideal for travel-Travel pouch is $25 extra

You’ll have to spend extra on Keychron’s $25 travel pouch (or find something else to protect the keys), but the Keychron K3 offers a lot to like for typists on the go. With its appealing looks, attractive backlighting, a svelte frame and swappable low-profile switches, there's a lot to like about the Keychrom K3. It's easily the best portable low-profile mechanical/optical keyboard I've used in terms of comfort, looks and versatility. The fact that Keychron was able to keep things this thin while retaining the ability to swap switches is impressive.

That said, battery life, as well as overall frame rigidity are compromises you'll have to make in favor of the slim package. If there’s room in your back for something taller, the Keycrhon K2 gets better battery life, feels like it’s built tougher and gets better battery life. So carefully consider exactly how much portability you need before buying. 

Read: Keychron K3 review

Best Wireless Media Center Keyboard: Lenovo ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard II  (Image credit: Tom's Hardware)

9. Lenovo ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard II

Best Wireless Media Center Keyboard

Specifications
Switches: Non-mechanical
Backlight: No
Type: Tenkeyless
Size: 12.03 x 6.46 x 0.54 inches (305.5 x 164 x 13.7mm)
Weight: 1.14 pounds (516g)
Reasons to buy
+Fantastic typing experience+Accurate pointing stick+Bluetooth and 2.4-GHz connectivity+Compact design
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive

Lenovo’s ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard II looks and feels like it was ripped straight from one of the company’s business laptops. The keyboard has the same smile-shaped, springy keys as a ThinkPad laptop, along with the little red TrackPoint pointing stick. The typing and navigation experience is as good as you’ll find without a mechanical keyboard and mouse.

The TrackPoint Keyboard II has both Bluetooth and 2.4-GHz wireless connectivity options, with a physical switch to toggle from one to another. So, if you want to use more than one device at a time, it’s easy to switch between, for example, your Windows PC and your Raspberry Pi.

Read: Lenovo ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard II review

Best Wireless Media Center Keyboard Alternative: Corsair K83  (Image credit: Tom's Hardware)

10. Corsair K83

Best Wireless Media Center Keyboard Alternative

Specifications
Switches: Non-mechanical
Backlight: Yes
Type: Tenkeyless
Size: 15 x 4.9 x 1.1 inches (381 x 125 x 28mm)
Weight: 1.1 pounds (480g)
Reasons to buy
+2.4-GHz, plus two Bluetooth Profiles+Excellent tactile feel (no non-mechanical switches)+Built-in touchpad+Attractive, premium design
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-Occasional interference issues

If you’re switching between multiple devices around the house, the Corsair K83 could be just what you’re looking for. It has a 2.4-GHz wireless dongle in addition to two different Bluetooth profiles, so you can easily connect to a set-top box, a tablet and a PC. The built-in touchpad means that you can use it on your lap, no mouse required.

The Corsair K83 has a premium look and feel and, for a non-mechanical keyboard, the keys feel pretty snappy and good. However, with an MSRP of $100, this is very expensive for a media keyboard. It also, in our experience and others we’ve seen reported online, experiences occasional lag and connectivity issues with the touchpad.

Read: Corsair K83 Wireless Entertainment Keyboard review

Finding Discounts on the Best Wireless Keyboards

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Matt Safford
Matt began piling up computer experience as a child with his Mattel Aquarius. He built his first PC in the late 1990s and ventured into mild PC modding in the early 2000s. He’s spent the last decade covering emerging technology for Smithsonian, Popular Science, and Consumer Reports, while testing components and PCs for Computer Shopper and Digital Trends. When not writing about tech, he’s often walking—through the streets of New York, over the sheep-dotted hills of Scotland, or just at his treadmill desk at home in front of the 50-inch 4K HDR TV that serves as his PC monitor.
  • amacbabe
    I am looking for a sleek wireless silver or white keyboard for a PC - I am building my own computer and want something with a thin profile and charge on usb. How is the microsoft surface keyboard? I have read things that they don't work well with non surface computers- No gaming but work as a designer and do a ton of CAD and 3-rendering- looking for mouse too- ANy advice?
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  • jonathanbecker
    There's an odd bias in this article. The Lenovo TrackPoint II is a productivity model, and designed to be used a desk. Yet, it's deemed "expensive", even though it has an integrated pointing device. Meanwhile, all the other keyboards on the list are the same price, if not higher. While none of these keyboards are as inexpensive as the Logitech K400 Plus (which I use as an HTPC keyboard because it's really, really good in that setting), I believe it is unfairly labeled expensive on this list.

    I do not work for Lenovo. I do however own the Thinkpad USB keyboard (which is wonderful), and the wired Thinkpad Compact keyboard, which is the same layout and design as the Trackpoint II, but not wireless). The Compact is a great desktop keyboard and I really think you should reconsider this review.
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  • JorgeLaMo
    amacbabe said:
    I am looking for a sleek wireless silver or white keyboard for a PC - I am building my own computer and want something with a thin profile and charge on usb. How is the microsoft surface keyboard? I have read things that they don't work well with non surface computers- No gaming but work as a designer and do a ton of CAD and 3-rendering- looking for mouse too- ANy advice?
    I recently was in the same boat. I was using a mid range Microsoft keyboard and mouse set and it wasn’t great. The scroll wheel was mushy on the mouse and my hand would cramp after a long day working. I bought the Logitech MX3 master mouse and enjoyed it so much I paired it with the MX Keys keyboard t. It’s been a few months and I’ve been very happy with the combo. I can easily switch between my two towers and IPad Pro throughout the workday.
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  • voyteck
    I would vote for Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic if not for horrible quality control (so far it was either space button, function keys, mouse buttons or signal strength). Out of five only one turned out acceptable although still not without issues. If you have time and inclination for trying - go for it because it's shape is simply fantastic (barring way too narrow wrist pad and small sticky function keys).
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  • durahl
    Who else does it strike as <Mod Edit> weird to put a CON for not having a USB Passthrough on a friggin' WIRELESS Keyboard?
    And WHY is it only the Logitech ones that get this CON? Same for the lack of a CONing Logitech for the lack of a Wrist Rest!
    It's almost like they're that good you basically have to fish for CONs 🙄

    Writing on my Logitech Craft Wireless Keyboard...
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  • Bastard2k
    I have the 915 Logitech and although it is an excellent keyboard there are a couple of downsides:

    Alts of numbers and symbols are not backlit, so if you dont know where the "$" is finding it in the dark can be a trick.

    Labels on keys are not very visible, and difficult to see in low light or even fairly well lit rooms so shutting down the backlighting might not work.

    This is clearly meant to be a desktop keyboard. The weight combined with the keys being close to the edge means its actually kind of difficult to pick up and put down without hitting keys.. There is not much area on the keyboard to actually grab it.

    Its not terribly hard to use on your lap though. I don't particularly miss having a wrist rest either.
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