Product in a nutshell: A full-sized laser projected keyboard, ideal to work with tablets and other mobile devices on the go without the limitations of carrying a bulky mobile keyboard or typing on-screen.
I tried this portable laser keyboard for a week on my tablet and Samsung Galaxy S4. In my profession there is a lot of writing involve, so I tested the product typing a document using the mobile version of Microsoft Word. So, to answer the key question that anyone thinking of getting this device must have: can it substitute other types of portable keyboards? The answer: yes. I was able to type without any problems at a decent speed (video on the way). So all those times that you need to work at a coffee shop or on the train/plane before heading to that important meeting, this device will definitely make the process of editing word documents easier. The device projects a full sized keyboard, so I think this can also work with those tablets that have a reduce-sized keyboard that make typing for a long time uncomfortable. Plus there is also the wow factor that typing on a laser keyboard while on a public space will make. The device also allows to swap to a mousepad function, however you need to swap that function (i.e. cannot use them both simultaneously, and this can be a bit of a hassle). Yet I found that whenever your device has a touchscreen, this does not become a big limitation as you can just click directly on the screen of your mobile or tablet instead.
How does it connect? It uses Bluetooth or you can connect it via a USB cable that is also provided.
What about the size? It is a little rectangular device smaller than the majority of the smartphones. For specific measurements go to the specs section in this post, but here’s a picture to give you an idea:
- Compatibility: Bluetooth compliant devices, Windows XP/7 or higher, LINUX, iPad, iPhone, Android 3.0 or higher.
- Size: 36 x 18 x 74 mm
- Weight: 40g
- Price: $105 USD
- It makes working on the go with a smartphone or a tablet easier, especially if you have to write a lengthy document.
- It is very portable, if you compare it to other alternatives such as a portable keyboard, this is really a device designed to work on the go.
- Good battery life, plus it charges using the USB, so it can be charged using portable power banks.
- The device makes a sound whenever you type. Some people might like this, but personally I would prefer the option to modulate the volume of those tones or to eliminate them completely if needed (e.g. a night flight)
- If you are writing only in English it is a good option, however it is hard to access special characters and foreign characters.