Microsoft flappy-keyboard looks like a wallet. I love it!

Posted on 02 March 2015, Last updated on 07 March 2015 by

The new Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard is tiny and desirable, but pricey. Here’s my hands-on thoughts and video.

mk_UFK_blk_large

If there’s one sub-thread that has existed throughout the last 9 years of UMPCPortal it has to be mobile keyboards. PDAs generated a reasonable market for folding, rolling, laser-projected and even fabric keyboards but it hasn’t been until recently that the market picked up again with practical engineering, materials and features. I run a Microsoft Wedge keyboard across a number of tablets and am currently typing this article on a Type Cover with a Surface Pro 3. It’s that Type Cover technology that appears in one of the lightest keyboards I’ve seen since my all-time favorite, the Samsung Q1 UMPC keyboard. The Microsoft universal folding keyboard is incredibly light and although it has a slightly split keyboard I like the layout.

 

P1220633

P1220640         P1220635

The key sizes are slightly smaller than you get on a Type Cover but not by much and there’s dual Bluetooth connectivity option for switching between two devices. My guess is 120 grams in weight but I could be wrong. Microsoft haven’t made the weight official yet.

What Microsoft have declared is an integrated a battery that lasts for three months, auto-shutdown on close, a spill-resistant design and a total height, when folded, of 11.5mm. Naturally, the Bluetooth HID profile support means it’s going to work across many, many devices and that includes some of those old PDAs!

P1220599

There’s a problem though. Where simple portable Bluetooth keyboards start at around $20, this one is going to set you back just under $100. That’s more than a low-cost Windows 8, 8-inch tablet PC!

Microsoft have a sales page up now. It’s ‘Coming Soon.’

Recommended Reading

Most-viewed handheld PCs. Updated daily.

Dell Latitude E7440
14.0" Intel Core i5-4200U
Acer Aspire Switch 10
10.1" Intel Atom Z3745
ASUS T100
10.0" Intel Atom Z3740
Toshiba Portege Z930
13.3" Intel Core i5 3427U
Acer Aspire E11 ES1
11.6" Intel Celeron N2840
Lenovo Ideapad Flex 10
10.1" Intel Celeron N2806
Dell Latitude E7450
14.0" Intel Core i5 5200U
HP Elitebook 820 G2
12.5" Intel Core i5 5300U
GPD Pocket 2
7.0" Intel Core m3-8100Y
HP Chromebook 11 G3
11.6" Intel Celeron N2830