May 8, 2014
One of my ultimate goals with regards to mobility is to not have to carry a laptop; thus, peripherals like MiniSuit Bluboard Wireless Keyboard have such potential for creative folks on the go.
The review unit MiniSuit provided comes with the piece itself, documentation and a USB cord for charging. Size-wise, it comes in as full external keyboard, almost matching the Apple keyboard dimensions precisely at 11 x 7 x 0.5 inches. It has a different physical look, with the hard plastic personified in brushed aluminum finishing. The keys are all black, with white standard (and blue function) lettering. At the top of the keys towards the right, there are a bank of buttons and indicators: on/off toggle, Bluetooth pairing button, caps lock, battery indicator and a Bluetooth indicator as well; on the right side, there is a micro USB charging port. The whole frame tapers into a deliberate U-shape that anchors the tablet as well as giving he top of the keyboard a lift to create an ergonomic slant. Finally, the whole unit is wrapped in a black case.
Getting the device fully charged took a lot less than the advertised two hours, so I surmise it comes almost topped off. After that, it’s a simple matter of pairing to a compatible Bluetooth device via a generated pairing code, and it’s business time.
The keyboard feels exceptionally comfortable, and there is hardly any latency. I like how easy it is to pair and use, and it actually feels pretty natural. I was able to get a lot of usage over a day or so without needing to charge.
While the keyboard is fully functional on iOS devices, there are a bunch of function keys that do not work on Android hardware, but to be fair, the manufacturer’s documentation notes this. Also, even though it is a universal keyboard, the built-in stand is best used with the thinnest devices only, as thicker ones just won’t fit right. It’s also good to know it isn’t rated for Bluetooth 4.0.
For basic entry, it’s tough to pass up, especially with the addition of the stylish cover. It feels infinitely portable, and that’s half the job right there.