Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard hands-on


Along with the two Lumia mid-rangers it brought to MWC 2015, Microsoft unveiled a brand universal accessory that looks stylish and works with Android, iPhone and Windows devices: the Microsoft Unversal Foldable Keyboard.

An extremely lightweight and compact design that folds in two, the Microsoft Unversal Foldable Keyboard bears some resemblance to the already excellent keyboard cover for the Surface family of Microsoft tablets. Having the capability to fold in two, however, makes it much more easier to put this one in your backpack (or a large jacket pocket) and just carry it around with you whenever you need to type a longer email or something more on your mobile device, be it a phone or a tablet.

The layout of the keyboard is full QWERTY with large buttons, but it takes some getting used to because of the split right in the middle. The keys are flat and do provide some tactile feedback (less than on a regular keyboard, of course), which is nice.

The keyboard connects via Bluetooth (you can pair two devices to it) and it comes with a battery that provides as much as three months of battery life, so you don't need to worry about charging it often at all.

The new Microsoft Unversal Foldable Keyboard price is set at $100 and it should arrive on store shelves in the very near future.

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5 Comments

1. buccob

Posts: 2973; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

For that price, the Logitech K810/K811 seems to be way better option. - Illuminated, ambient light sensor - 3 BT connections - Hand sensor for auto dim / light up - Aluminum frame, island type of keyboard Advantages of Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard: - A lot more portable (Foldable) - Thinner

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I have a Logitech K810, love the illustration keys. I paired it with my media server so its quite handy.

3. buccob

Posts: 2973; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Yes I love mine too, the first one failed on me after 2 years, and Logitech stood behind their 3 Years of warranty and sent me a new one for free. GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE (over the phone) Best portable keyboard, the only real "con" is that you can't use it wired, through USB, so you can't use it for navigating BIOS, some people find this important.

4. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Or a mechanical keyboard. Once you go clack. you never go back.

5. Elfmonster unregistered

I am no Logitech fanboy. I hated their TV remote and other junk. But I use the solar panel $50 Logitech keyboard as my work station keyboard. It's awesome, though it doesn't fold like this. I will gladly try this Microsoft keyboard, it looks great, but not until the price spirals down. $100 is ridonkulous.

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