Microsoft Foldable Keyboard

Microsoft Foldable Keyboard #fail

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For me, the Microsoft Foldable Keyboard turned out to be a total failure. I quickly returned it, in favor of a tri-fold keyboard.

I had been looking for a small, compact keyboard for a long time. On-screen keyboards are nice, as long as you just need to send a quick text message or give a short reply to an email. After starting this blog, my needs had changed. You just cannot make good content using only your thumbs.

I know I can buy covers for my Galaxy Tab that include a keyboard, but that would mean lugging this around at all times and still having to put up with my hopelessly tiny keyboard on my phone. Most days I do not bring my tab to work, so this would not be helpful at all. The solution would have to be a separate Bluetooth keyboard.

 

The Microsoft Foldable Keyboard

Inspired by this blog post by the Gentleman Blogger, I purchased the Microsoft Foldable Keyboard. Usually, I’m rigorously checking reviews before buying most things. This time, however, I did not. Stupid me!

Microsoft Foldable Keyboard
Microsoft Foldable Keyboard (Picture: Microsoft.com)

 

I have bought a lot of keyboards online, and never had any issues. Thinking a keyboard is a keyboard. This is something I would come to regret. Right now I’m sitting on the train, on my way home from work – just the type of situation I thought was going to be perfect for this little keyboard.

Let me start with the positive: This keyboard is really sleek. The footprint in my bag is next to nothing, it’s weight is next to nothing, and it looks visually appealing.

So to the issues: I knew that a foldable keyboard would have some gap in the middle. What I did not foresee was the consequence of the wide keys for T, G, H and N the keyboard feels awkward to use. I’m feeling like I’m totally new in front of a keyboard. I find myself constantly looking for the right key. This, of course, takes some extra time – Giving this keyboard the opposite effect from what I intended when buying it.

Right now, I’m sitting on the train feeling like a computer illiterate. I’m lifting my fingers looking for the next key to hit to get my frustrated thoughts out of my head, and into WordPress.

I wanted an external keyboard to increase my typing speed, the Microsoft Foldable Keyboard makes typing even slower than using the on-screen keyboard.

Don’t get me wrong. Some people may be able to use the Microsoft Keyboard like any other keyboard, but I think most people would have to spend some time learning the layout. I also think that, for most people, the layout will slow down the writing speed.

 

The final solution – a tri-fold keyboard

After some googling, I found this tri-fold keyboard on Amazon. Not wanting to wait, I found a similar keyboard at a local store.

Tri-fold keyboard
Tri-fold keyboard. (Picture: Amazon.com)

In my local store, I found the keyboard with the hard case included. This has to be ordered separately from Amazon. For me, buying the keyboard locally had one more advantage: I got the Scandinavian version, with the three extra characters.

Below, you can see the hard case that doubles as a stand for your phone or tablet. I find this stand really practical when using the keyboard with my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. See my mini review.

Tri-fold keyboard hard case
Tri-fold keyboard hard case. (Picture: Amazon.com)

Now, after having used it for four days, I have to say that I’m very happy with my new tri-fold keyboard. Needless to say, the Microsoft Foldable Keyboard is on its way back to the store.

 

The Microsoft Foldable Keyboard vs the tri-fold keyboard

The Microsoft Foldable Keyboard

PROS

  • Looks good
  • Lightweight
  • Can easily switch between two paired devices using the dedicated buttons
  • Trusted brand

CONS

  • Expensive
  • Difficult to use
  • Slows down typing

The tri-fold keyboard

PROS

  • Feels like a real keyboard
  • Comes with a stand for your tab or phone
  • Good price

CONS

  • Heavier and bulkier
  • Unknown brand

 

If anyone has successfully adapted to the Microsoft Foldable Keyboard, please let me know using the comment section below.

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