The Incredibly Helpful Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard
The Tyranny of Tablet Typing
If you’ve ever typed on a tablet, you know that it’s not exactly the most user-friendly experience. Oh sure, it’s better than typing on a smartphone, especially if you’ve got big hands, but it’s still frustrating. The problem is that it’s not exactly tactile and responsive. We’ve gotten used to keyboards clicking and responding to pressure from our fingers, so pecking away at a screen feels uncomfortable and strange for many of us.
There are a number of aftermarket keyboards out there to make tablet typing easier, but most of them are sort of big and awkward. Even when they double as a tablet case, they still feel chunky. However, Microsoft has a solution to this conundrum. Yeah, Microsoft!
Fold It Up
Microsoft has recently announced its awkwardly named but nicely featured Universal Foldable Keyboard, and this device has a lot going for it. For starters, it really is universal: it’s compatible with Android, iOS, and Windows. It connects via BlueTooth, so it’s fully wireless. It’s only 11.5mm thick, and it folds up to a very compact size: just 148 by 125mm. Again, this is a full size keyboard.
It’s powered by a rechargeable battery, and Microsoft claims it can go up to three months on a single charge. It’s rugged, durable, and even spill resistant. Plus, if you’ve got two mobile devices (say, a phone and a tablet), you can use this keyboard with both of them; a single button toggles between the two.
A Huge Convenience
Maybe the Universal Foldable Keyboard isn’t for everyone. Lots of people use their tablets as media consumption devices and don’t do much typing on them, and there are some people who don’t mind texting using a smartphone’s pop-up keyboard. (They probably have small fingers.) However, if you do type a lot on your tablet or smartphone, this keyboard could be incredibly helpful.
Industry specialists got to try it out at the 2015 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona a few weeks back, and they gave it favourable reviews. Microsoft is expected to release it over the summer, and the cost is rumoured to be about £60, give or take.