Although tablets are getting smarter and powerful by the day, it still has a long way to go to replace our low spec’d notebooks. Sure, it’s a great media consumption device with an all-day battery life but it lacks when it comes to typing.
Onscreen keyboards are comfortable for limited typing but when you got to type something elaborate, for instance, this review, an onscreen keyboard doesn’t make the cut.
Microsoft has now come up with the Mobile Keyboard 5000 that solves this limitation with the required ergonomics for a faster and better typing experience.
Design is perhaps, the most important aspect of this offering from Microsoft. It has a Comfort Curve design, which according to Microsoft complements the user’s natural wrist posture. Other than that, it has a very simple design with a battery indicator on the top side of the keyboard and 2 AAA battery slot, Power ON/OFF, Pair buttons at the rear of the peripheral.
Overall, the keyboard is pretty compact, enough to fit in your backpack or laptop messenger bag. However, we’d have appreciated more if Microsoft bundled a case or a pouch with the keyboard. A gripe that we have with the keyboard is that is does not feature the Caps lock indicator, although this is pretty small as a feature nevertheless it really helps.
If you had any doubts about the the curve design, let me put your concern to rest by saying – it really works. The design does sit naturally with your typing position and as you type more and more, you’ll get more comfortable with the design. The key feedback is pretty good as well. There are function keys located at the top slot, however, they are smaller than the regular keys of the keyboard.
Microsoft Mobile Keyboard 5000 uses Bluetooth 2.0, which makes it compatible with a variety of devices, including iOS, Android, Windows or even Mac. We tested the keyboard from around 10ft to 12ft distance and it worked flawlessly.
Needless to say, the keyboard will even work Windows 8 tablets when they hit later this year.
There are many Bluetooth keyboards available at various price points but not many give the superior quality hardware of Microsoft nor the Comfort Curve design for ergonomics, which makes it easy to work for long hours without any discomfort.
It retails for Rs. 3,350.
Pros: Comfort Curve Design