Portable Keyboards Enhance Typing Experience on Tablets, Smartphones

 
 
By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2015-01-14
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Portable Keyboards Enhance Typing Experience on Tablets, Smartphones

    by Nathan Eddy
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    2 - WayTools TextBlade Is Ultra-compact ($99.99)
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    WayTools TextBlade Is Ultra-compact ($99.99)

    At just 1.5 ounces and a third of the size of an iPhone, the TextBlade includes a number of innovative features, including physical MultiTouch Keys, ultra-low-energy Bluetooth Smart and the first MultiLayer Keys, bringing symbols and editing to the home row. The keyboard also boasts great battery life—TextBlade runs for a month and charges on any USB port in just minutes, without cords.
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    3 - Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard Includes Cover ($64.99)
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    Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard Includes Cover ($64.99)

    Compatible with the Apple iPad Air 1 and 2, iPad Mini 1 and 2, Android devices, Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and Windows tablets, as well as the iPhone and Android smartphones, the keyboard's operating system switch allows users to easily switch between devices, while the protective cover activates the easy-on/easy-off feature.
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    4 - Logitech K480 Keyboard Offers Built-In Cradle ($49.99)
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    Logitech K480 Keyboard Offers Built-In Cradle ($49.99)

    A computer keyboard that also works with a Bluetooth tablet and smartphone, the Logitech K480 boasts a single dial that enables users to switch between typing on three wireless Bluetooth devices. It also features shortcut keys for Windows, Mac or Chrome computers, as well as Android and iOS mobile devices.
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    5 - iWerkz Foldable Keyboard Makes More Space ($29.99)
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    iWerkz Foldable Keyboard Makes More Space ($29.99)

    The Bluetooth keyboard is compatible with a bevy of enabled tablets and smartphones, including iPads, iPhones and Samsung Galaxy S devices. The keyboard's folding design allows for increased portability, and the protective shell functions as a stand that holds Android and iOS devices at an optimal angle for typing. The keyboard includes a rechargeable lithium battery and has a running time of 44 hours, while boasting a standby time of 30 days.
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    6 - iPazzPort Commander Also Works With Your TV ($28.99)
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    iPazzPort Commander Also Works With Your TV ($28.99)

    Expanding on the company's Commander Series keyboards, this Bluetooth keyboard has 82 keys, a multitouch touchpad, multilanguage support and a scroll bar. It is also backlit and boasts Learning IR Remote Control, a new feature that allows users to program other electronics, A/V equipment and appliances to be controlled. The device is designed to work with Google TV, Mini Android PC and Android 4.0.
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    7 - iKross Foldable Compact Keyboard Aims at Android ($29.99)
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    iKross Foldable Compact Keyboard Aims at Android ($29.99)

    This pocket-size wireless folding keyboard sports a Broadcom BCM20730 chipset and is compatible with a wide range of Android mobile devices, including the Asus VivoTab 8. The built-in rechargeable lithium battery offers continuous working time of up to 20 hours and standby of 22 days, and the detachable travel stand allows users to hold the smartphones and tablets while typing.
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    8 - BoxWave Buddy Features Slide-Out Keyboard ($59.95)
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    BoxWave Buddy Features Slide-Out Keyboard ($59.95)

    A form-fitting shell is designed to snap securely onto the iPhone 6, while still providing access to all of the phone's controls, features, camera and ports. The keyboard features a slide-out Bluetooth QWERTY keyboard that allows users to switch from the touch screen to a physical keyboard as desired, and includes four rows of individually spaced backlit keys for visibility when typing in dim areas.
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    9 - Anker Aluminum Keyboard Takes Apple Style Cues ($19.99)
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    Anker Aluminum Keyboard Takes Apple Style Cues ($19.99)

    Stylish, lightweight and super-slim, the keyboard doubles as a cover with a clip-and-go magnet. The durable smart cover features an auto sleep/wake mode for the iPad, triggered by opening and closing the lid, while a built-in groove and stand, constructed out of plastic and metal, hold the iPad in place.
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    10 - Celluon Epic Uses Lasers, Fits in Your Hand ($149.99)
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    Celluon Epic Uses Lasers, Fits in Your Hand ($149.99)

    The Epic projects a fixed keyboard pattern onto any flat and opaque surface in a safe form of laser, and an added mouse feature tracks your natural movements and may reduce stress on your hands. The Epic works with virtually any Bluetooth-enabled device through simplified pairing, and works with iOS 4.0 and later, Android 4.0 and later, Windows XP and later, and Blackberry 10.
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    11 - QQ-Tech Keyboard Includes Touchpad ($19.99)
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    QQ-Tech Keyboard Includes Touchpad ($19.99)

    The multi-touchpad and scroll bar allows for scrolling, screen flipping and mouse clicking, while a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery powers the device, which also features auto sleep/wake mode. Plus, it allows users to switch between Android, Mac and Window operating systems. A backlighting feature means users can use the keyboard in low-light situations.
 

While haptic technology, larger screens and third-party keyboard apps have made typing long messages on smartphones and tablets easier, nothing has quite replaced the tactile sensation of having physical keys under your fingertips. As mobile devices get slimmer and lighter, the makers of portable, Bluetooth-enabled keyboards have responded in kind, producing ultraslim, yet durable, devices that boast excellent battery life and feature smart on/off technology to help users keep recharging to a minimum. Whether you're an Android tablet user or tied to your iPhone 6, most of these keyboards are compatible with a wide range of mobile devices, and some are even capable of switching between multiple operating systems with the flick of a dial. While some of the more sophisticated keyboards out there can put a decent dent in your tech budget, many perfectly acceptable models can be found for under $30—the priciest keyboard on this list actually uses lasers to create a keyboard display on a flat surface, if you're going to go the Star Trek route.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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