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  • Good quality bluetooth keyboard

    posted by hakimio on 11/03/2011

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:more than 1 month


    + Solid overall build quality.

    + High quality, sturdy keys.

    + Good battery life. I turn it off when I remember to and so far I didn't have to recharge it once (I have it for around a month now).

    + Lightweight and thin. It's lightweight enough to be carried around a lot and because it's so thin you can rest your palms on the table comfortably while typing.

    + Small gaps between keys make touch typing easier.

    + No numpad. That's a *good* thing, because not having numeric pad means that the main typing area can be centered and you don't have to reach out far for your mouse.

    + Tiny rubber legs prevent it from slipping.

    + The size of the keys is not reduced. Unlike in some netbooks and some other portable keyboards the size of the keys is not reduced.

    + Optimal price. Good balance between price and build quality.


    - Screen brightness (FN+F1/F2) and "blue globe" (FN+SPACE) keys can't be enabled (firmware fault).

    - Media and volume keys work in windows XP and ubuntu (though FN+F1-F6 and FN+SPACE don't), but not in windows 7. However, I have created an application for windows which enables all the keys which can be enabled and adds some additional configuration capabilities. It can be found here -> http://code.google.com/p/uccs/ .

    - Power switch is really tiny, looks cheap and feels like it could be broken easily.

    - Included manuals are only for Win 2k/XP, Symbian, iphone and ipad.

    - The only included drivers are for Symbian OS, but that's not an issue because it works well in ubuntu and the application mentioned above can be used in windows.

    - Blue led light blinks when the keyboard is interacting with computer, which some might find annoying and it's the only indication that keyboard is turned on.

    - USB charging cable is pretty short and while the keyboard itself is black the cable is white.


    I am software developer and I spend a lot of time typing text. I was looking for a keyboard without numeric pad because it is preventing from centering the main typing area and because of the numpad you have to reach out quite far for the mouse. Before I found out about this keyboard I was choosing between one really cheap keyboard (because of dealextreme policy I can't write the exact manufacturer's name, but I can say that the name of the manufacturer includes number 4), keyboard by OS developer (OS has largest market share) and a keyboard by another manufacturer which logo consists of a fruit. The first one had a terrible build quality and the last two were a way too pricey. Considering those options this keyboard looks like an optimal choice.


    Even this keyboard has some minor issues (some of which can be solved - see the link included in the cons section), it is a really good deal for the price.

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