Microsoft Foldable Keyboard Review

Introduction


Branching out further into the consumer electronics space, Microsoft has seen a great deal of transformation over the course of the last few years. No longer are they just a software company, moving deeper into the hardware space as well. During this most recent Mobile World Congress, the company made its intentions clearer by slapping its name on Nokia’s Lumia line of smartphones. On top of that, we were introduced to the Microsoft Foldable Keyboard – a uniquely designed keyboard that the company takes pride in being compatible with not only Windows-based products, but Android and iOS too.

The package contains:

  • Microsoft Foldable Keyboard
  • microUSB cable
  • Product guide
  • Limited warranty information

Design


Right from the onset, it’s plainly obvious that there are Microsoft influences in the design of this particular keyboard. In fact, it follows similarly to its line of Touch and Type keyboards for its Surface tablets. That’s profoundly true due to its incredibly thin construction and choice of materials. For a keyboard with a full QWERTY layout, it manages to cram everything into a compact package because of its foldable design – one that collapse right through the middle of the keyboard.

With this particular design implementation, the entire thing is able to fit into a square shaped thing with a slim 0.45-inch profile! Not only is it razor svelte, but it’s also light enough to feel inconspicuous when it’s being carried around. Quite frankly, we love its portability, enabling it to occupy minimal space in a backpack or something.

Its resemblance to the Type keyboards for the Surface is direct, as it sports the same fabric-like outer material and chicklet style keys. Better yet, it features a spill-resistant design that safeguards it from minor accidents – such as spilling your drink because of the lack of sleep from the night before. In that regard, it’s a quality that we don’t see in other similar, portable keyboards in the market right now. And surprisingly enough, too, we have little worry in the unfortunate event it’s dropped by accident. The combination of it being lightweight and skinny does nicely to mitigate any damage.

Held together by a magnetic connection, the keyboard stays firmly shut and intact when it’s not being used, and at the same time, it’s smart enough to power down – and vice versa, power on when it’s opened up. Fully exposed, we’re greeted to a full QWERTY layout that’s found in any other keyboard. Going beyond that, though, it’s able to accommodate directional keys, a useful home button, media controls, and dedicated buttons to effortlessly switch between two devices.

Just like the Type keyboard for the Surface tablets, this keyboard relies on evenly flushed chicklet styled keys, which is warranted in order to keep its skinny figure. While there’s no spacing whatsoever between keys, there’s still enough travel and tactility when they’re pressed – ensuring that it’s not too sensitive to our liking.



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6 Comments

1. waddup121 unregistered

That's awesome! Great review John and PA!

2. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Whats the limited warranty 6 months! I mean I know it's new technology, but to offer hardware with a limited warranty does not inspire confidence in longevity.

3. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

So what? When the Yugo was introduced in the US it came with a 4 year warranty which was well above average for that time. Warranties are no indication of how good a product is.

4. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

I agree with you warranties are no indication of how good a product is, but it let us the consumer have more faith in purchasing a product. It shows the company is dedicated to the product.

6. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Oh Really.....I make custom pc's and I can tell you that a hard drive with a 3-5 year warranty gets more love and less returns than a hard drive with a one year warranty. In fact when you look at the returns of 5 year warranty hard drives vs lesser warranty periods you would agree with me. Companies that issue longer warranty times are telling you how long they expect the product to last with out any failure issues. Yes things go wrong and some fail withing days or weeks of a buy date but most 5 year warranty products have a superior longevity rate than say a 1 year product warranty.

5. infinitemethod

Posts: 151; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

I'd buy it for $29.95. It's $108.00 on Amazon. Haha!

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