The Little Keyboard That Could

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In a world on the go, it’s definitely worth having a keyboard that you can use on your tablet or phone. Anyone who has ever tried to write down anything more than a paragraph on a touch screen can vouch for that. The problem is that finding a good keyboard isn’t always easy. It has to be easy to carry, have good battery life, and actually make your life easier.

The Inateck Bluetooth Keyboard (now Arteck) might be just the right fit for you.

I’ve scoured the Internet looking for a good keyboard that I could use with my Nexus 7 tablet. The biggest problem that I had is finding one that’s the right size. Most Bluetooth keyboards are small and stupid. Their keys are so tiny and close together that it doesn’t make typing any easier at all. In fact, in my experience with one of such models, it was actually harder to type on the bloody thing than it was on the tablet itself. That made it a useless waste of time and money.

With that lesson learned, I went back to the drawing board. I needed to find something that worked for me, but I didn’t want to have another failed purchase. My first choice only put me back $30, but I wasn’t willing to take a chance on a keyboard $60 or more for something that I wasn’t sure would work. After several months of searching, and completely abandoning the stupid, tiny keyboard, I finally came across the Inateck/Arteck Bluetooth Keyboard.

Its layout looked a lot like the more expensive brands, but it was going for more than half the price. My first thought was that it was too good to be true, but according to the 500+ four and five star reviews, it’s the little keyboard that could! So I did it. I caved. I added it to my cart and waited a very long three days for it to arrive. Here are my findings:

Inateck Bluetooth Keyboard casual view while typing.

The Inateck keyboard is a perfectly comfortable size at 11 inches wide (28cm) and 5¼ inches tall (13cm), which is just a little bigger than my tablet. While it might sound a little bit big to carry around, it really isn’t, especially if you’re already used to carrying around a mid-sized tablet. Better still, if you take away the number pad of your typical desktop keyboard, the Inateck keyboard is pretty close to the same size. The keys are spaced just like a regular keyboard, and they’re very comfortable to use. Moreover, they make a nice little clicking sound when you press them. It’s not a loud sound at all. It’s… satisfying. They let off just enough noise from its spring-loaded keys to make you feel like you’re typing up a storm, but it won’t disturb your neighbours if you’re in a coffee shop.

Size and comfort isn’t everything, though. Just like any other wireless keyboard, battery life is really important. I hate running out of juice, and I hate loathe changing batteries and trying to find a place to store them until you can get out and have them recycled. It’s wasteful and annoying, and if you forget about those used batteries, and just one of them isn’t stored correctly, they’re going to leak and ruin absolutely everything! Fortunately, this keyboard comes with its own rechargeable battery and USB cable.

Inateck Bluetooth Keyboard side view height

When the tablet arrived on January 27, 2016, I gave it a quick charge. I’m not sure if it came half full or empty, but it was done charging in less than two hours. I’ve used the keyboard for at least an hour each day since it arrived and haven’t had to charge it again yet. The fold-out booklet it comes with says the battery will last for as long as four months, dependent on use. So far it’s nearing two months and still running strong.

The only problem I had with the keyboard was syncing it for the first time. The instructions say to turn on the keyboard and your tablet’s Bluetooth (duh), and hold down the “fn” key and the “c” key at the same time. The first time I tried this the device synced to my tablet, but it didn’t work for some reason. At first it scared me. I thought had wasted another $30, but I kept with it. I made my tablet forget the connection and retraced my steps. On the second attempt the keyboard started working right away, and there hasn’t been a single issue since. The problem could have been that it might have been set to work with a different operating system, as it’s compatible with Android, Microsoft, and Apple products, and in between my attempts to sync I switched the mode to Android.

Inateck Bluetooth Keyboard stainless steel back plate
If I had to list one more thing that I didn’t like about the keyboard, it’s that it didn’t come with a case to protect the keys in transport. Fortunately, you can buy a case from just about anywhere that sells electronics, so it’s not a really big deal, especially when you consider the price of such a great keyboard in comparison to other, more expensive brands. Of course, this keyboard isn’t without protection. It’s back end is made with a sleek-looking brushed stainless steel.

In other words, if you’re looking for a good, portable keyboard that’s not going to break the bank, while still delivering great performance, the Inateck/Arteck Bluetooth Keyboard is a safe bet, and I couldn’t be happier with this purchase.

Have you tried out this keyboard, or found something better? Let us know your thoughts.