Desktop users who want to remove the clutter of cables on their desks, or tablet users looking to get the functionality of a full computer out of their devices, can consider switching to a Bluetooth keyboard. One of the newest entrants into the category is the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard 5000.
Typing large amounts of text on a touch screen can be tiring and slow, and for many people, the fact that this keyboard works with a tablet is probably going to be more interesting than the fact that it will also work with a PC and a Mac. The sleek yet comfortable keyboard is a good fit in either usage scenario.
Setting up the keyboard is easy. All you need to do is insert two AAA batteries (included in the package) and switch it on. To connect it to a computer or tablet, simply search for Bluetooth devices, and the keyboard shows up quickly.
It’s also easy to switch between devices. The same keyboard can be used on your desktop at home, your tablet on the go, and you can even pair it to your laptop if you find the Bluetooth keyboard more comfortable to use.
And it’s quite possible that you will find it more comfortable. The keyboard itself has flat (but not Macbook-style “chiclet”) keys, with little space between them. The keys are firm, though not as good as some wired desktop keyboards at the same price. The keyboard is extremely thin, matching the profile of the iPad 2, and weighs just 400g, so it can be carried around easily. Despite the small size, your fingers won’t feel cramped because the keyboard is laid out in a curve, making it more comfortable to use.
There’s no cover for the keyboard—this is a problem if you’re planning on using it with your tablet regularly. A soft cover to keep it safe from hard objects like keys, or from spills, would have been welcome. The caps lock doesn’t have a visual indicator—in fact, the only indicator is the power light, which is less important, since the keyboard is only powered up when you toggle a physical switch. There is also no clear indicator of battery life, though it should easily go most of a month on one pair of batteries.
The Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard 5000 is available in stores selling computer hardware, large retail stores such as Croma, and select stationery stores, for Rs 3,350.