Review of Mobile-Friendly Keyboards
The best mobile-friendly keyboards seamlessly transform tablets and smartphones into notebooks or laptops. They’re the answer for busy business people who want to create documents, graphs and spreadsheets anywhere, and with comfort and style.
We’ve reviewed mobile-friendly keyboards that are portable and well built, and sometimes funky but always functional. You’ll find keyboards with power banks, and those that fold away and fit neatly into your pocket. Some are universal, while others are engineered for iOS, Android, Windows and/or Mac.
Here’s a selection of seven mobile-friendly keyboards available in South Africa.
Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard
Microsoft’s Universal Mobile Keyboard is compact and portable. It’s compatible with Windows, Android and iOS, and has a neat little stand and slide-in channel to house your device.
There’s Bluetooth connectivity, and a Micro USB cable to charge. If you aren’t bothered by the plastic body architecture and slightly smaller keys, this little keyboard is light, inexpensive and easy to pair with your tablet or smartphone.
The Logitech K780 is a standard-sized keyboard that supports multiple devices and all major operating systems. It features a clean design and rounded keys, and there’s a stand to accommodate your tablet or phone.
You can connect to your device via Bluetooth, and there’s a USB receiver to wirelessly link the keyboard to your PC. The K780 is versatile, solidly built and available at the lower end of the price range.
Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard
If you’re looking for a neat and compact keyboard you can fold and stow away in your handbag or pocket, the Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard fits the bill. It’s wafer-thin and sufficiently waterproof to deal with accidental spills.
The keyboard is compatible with Windows, Android and iOS devices, supports Bluetooth and is powered by a rechargeable battery. Typing is easy with a full-size key set.
One drawback is that the keyboard is currently imported from the United States and manufacturer warranties and guarantees are not valid in South Africa.
Microsoft Surface Keyboard
The Microsoft Surface Keyboard is a mid-priced keyboard that’s easily identifiable by its modern, minimalistic design. It has a squared off, full size and utilitarian shell, clad in workmanlike grey.
The keyboard delivers a seamless typing experience, and has a solid build. It’s compatible with Windows, Mac and Android devices, and powered by batteries that last for a year. If you’re a Windows 10 user, this Microsoft product is one of the best mobile-friendly keyboard matches.
Apple Magic Keyboard
The Apple Magic Keyboard is the business person’s bling. It has a metallic finish and large dominant keys. Despite its super-shiny appearance, it’s sleek and virtually soundless to use.
It’s built for iPad and Mac users, and powered by a rechargeable battery via Lightning port. As a result, you can use your iPad’s charger to keep the keys moving, and documents and spreadsheets flowing.
Targus Versatype with power bank
The Targus Versatype keyboard is unique in that it provides three distinct services. It’s a conventional keyboard with backlit keys, it has a hard shell case that folds up to protect your device and the power bank can partially recharge an iPad, or keep the keyboard humming for an entire year.
It is built for iPad only, but comes with a comparatively hefty price tag. Tipping the scales at just under a kilogram, the Targus Versatype is not compact or particularly portable, and is best used at home or the office.
Those who love retro will approve of the Qwerkywriter keyboard. It sports raised clickable keys, a line space mover, a faux bail, mechanical switches, vintage key caps, and a macro return bar. It also supports Bluetooth and has an integrated tablet stand.
Qwerkywriter boasts a battery life of three months, and is compatible with Mac, Windows, iOS and Android devices. You will, however, have to pay top dollar for the privilege of using the Qwerkywriter’s cool classical features.
Build your business everywhere
At PM&A Consulting, we don’t offer mobile keyboards – but we do offer small to medium companies all the IT support they need to build booming businesses, in the office and on the go.
Based on clients’ needs and in keeping with the latest IT standards and technologies, we design and install networks, create and implement custom security solutions, manage backups and provide on-going network support and maintenance services.
Contact us for more information or to discuss your needs, and we’ll be happy to help.