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Verbatim Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard Review

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Verbatim Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard Review
Introduction and Design:

With no end to it, we’re always seeing manufacturers pushing the envelope in trying their best to pack on larger sized displays with our modern smartphones, but despite their best efforts in making the typing experience a bit easier on the fingers, some people would rather resort to using something with a physical response. Obviously, there are quite a few solutions out there available to customers, such as QWERTY based smartphones, but their layouts can be too cramped to comfortably type. Well, that’s where the Verbatim Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard comes to mind as it offers a practical solution with its portability and functionality. Flaunting an average price tag of $79.99, will this be something that’s significant enough to be a complementary accessory?

Verbatim Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard package and contents - Verbatim Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard Review
Verbatim Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard package and contents - Verbatim Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard Review
With the Apple iPhone 4 - Verbatim Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard package and contents - Verbatim Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard Review
  

With the Apple iPhone 4

Verbatim Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard package and contents


In its closed form, the Verbatim Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard is still seemingly large enough to bulge prominently from our back pockets. However, considering that it features a full sized layout that can be used with smartphones and tablets, it’s decent enough to trot around without being too overbearing. Moreover, its glossy plastic exterior is solid enough to withstand most bumps and bruises, but it will more than likely show some blemishes if it’s dropped severely.

In its closed form, the Verbatim Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard is bulky - Verbatim Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard Review
In its closed form, the Verbatim Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard is bulky - Verbatim Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard Review

In its closed form, the Verbatim Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard is bulky


Getting the keyboard exposed requires us to push down on its latch, which then enables us to pull open the keyboard so that it’s layout is fully exposed. On the left side of the keyboard, we find the battery compartment that accepts two tripe A batteries to operate, which touts offering 80 hours of usage. Meanwhile, there’s a latch positioned on the top edge of the keyboard that locks the keyboard into place so that it doesn’t wobble while typing. Lastly, Verbatim manages to tuck in one useful adjustable stand for smartphones into the top edge of the keyboard. Naturally, it’ll accommodate just about any smartphone out there, but don’t expect it to prop something with a screen size larger than 5-inches.

The exposed keyboard - Verbatim Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard Review
The battery compartment - Verbatim Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard Review
The adjustable stand for smartphones - Verbatim Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard Review

The exposed keyboard

The battery compartment

The adjustable stand for smartphones


The Apple iPhone 4 in the adjustable stand - Verbatim Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard Review
The Apple iPhone 4 in the adjustable stand - Verbatim Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard Review
The Apple iPhone 4 in the adjustable stand - Verbatim Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard Review

The Apple iPhone 4 in the adjustable stand


Almost similar in size to what we find utilized by most laptops, the layout of the Verbatim Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard follows accordingly for the most part – though, some buttons like the delete key are placed elsewhere. Thankfully, we find directional keys that aid us in placing the cursor into its proper position, but we find the backspace and spacebar reduced in size compared to what we’re normally accustomed to using. As a whole, buttons have a good amount of depth to them, while being placed very close to one another. Luckily though, it isn’t much of a problem due to the sheer size and tactility of each key.

The sides of the Verbatim Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard - Verbatim Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard Review
The sides of the Verbatim Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard - Verbatim Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard Review
The sides of the Verbatim Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard - Verbatim Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard Review
The sides of the Verbatim Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard - Verbatim Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard Review

The sides of the Verbatim Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard


Showing off its increased functionality, there are secondary buttons lining the left edge of the keyboard, which allow us to execute media functions in Android and iOS – like pausing a song or getting back to the homescreen. Furthermore, we also find the keyboard’s dedicated power switch, LED notification lights, and its embedded initial pairing button all placed towards the left side of the keyboard.

Secondary buttons on the left edge - Verbatim Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard Review
Verbatim Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard Review
The right edge - Verbatim Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard Review

Secondary buttons on the left edge

 

The right edge



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posted on 20 Jul 2011, 13:31

1. Darth_Shader (unregistered)


Please tell more about this keyboard's interactivity with Android. There is a glut of iOS keyboards out there and a dearth of Android. I don't care how it works with the iPad or iPhone... TELL ME HOW IT WORKS WITH MY ANDROID TABLET!!! Thanks

posted on 16 Aug 2011, 22:21

2. DK (unregistered)


Not good for blind typing -

* Numbers/Signs (top row) keys are severely misplaced - try hitting 1.. no, wrong, you got esc.. try again.. still no..
On standard keyboards, 1/! is on top and to the left of "q". On this one - not even close.
Just try typing in some numbers.
(If you can't do blind typing, and look at keys instead, you might not care)

* Tiny Backspace key, sharing space with Show/Hide On-Screen Keyboard.

Main alphabetic rows are mostly ok.

On the positive side - Home and Playback control buttons are nice.
iPhone stand gets top points - it can hold iPhone horizontally or vertically, and folds flat.

Conclusion - if only they kept top row standard, like on Apple Wireless Keyboard, it would be awesome.
As it is, I'm considering returning it.
The only compelling reason to keep it is the iPhone stand.

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 00:59

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posted on 22 Sep 2011, 09:23

6. Sheashguabe (unregistered)


Hi durden

I have the ACER aspire 4820T that comes with bluetooth inbuilt. I have the Microsoft bluetooth mouse 5000. I have always been using it with no problems. Suddenly it stopped working.

As usual, I thought I can just re-installing it by using the pairing function under the bluetooth panel "Add a device". Best part is the wizard just keeps going and never stops. My mouse is already in pairing mode.

Next check under devices/printers and believe it or not, it appears as indicated. However under the bluetooth control panel (Show Bluetooth devices), no mouse. In the devices & printers panel, the mouse shows up.

I cannot use the mouse or do a manual installation.

I have also tried to upgrade the drivers for the bluetooth and still not working. Tried the mouse with another computer and no problem. Can anybody advise how to do a reset of the bluetooth module or settings?

Short of a complete reinstallation of win 7 (which I hope to avoid just for one mouse), I have run out of ideas.

Hope somebody can render any insight as to how to resolve the issue.

Durden, did you contact Acer support about this? I tried to but they just blame the mouse and software? Any luck on your side?

Thanks for reading.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 09:43

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posted on 09 Jan 2014, 13:18

10. masonbrochill (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Jan 2014)


I personally have the Verbatim Mobile Bluetooth Keyboard, and it's been great. I've used it successfully with every bluetooth device I have, and it works flawlessly. That includes multiple Android devices, an iPad, a netbook running both Windows 7 and Mint Linux, a smart TV, and so on.

You might check out a video review of the keyboard too, and see what you think.

youtube.com/watch?v=NcxwiRphhZ8

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