As touch screen devices become more popular and advanced, more and more people are moving away from desktop computers and laptops. For me however, I have a Logitech K350 that I dearly love to use but it’s big and made for a PC really. So when I want to test a laptop or something and prefer to have a Bluetooth keyboard, I want something simple and small and that’s where the 1ByOne Bluetooth Keyboard and Touchpad come into play that I’m going to show you today.
Over the last couple of years, I have tried several Bluetooth keyboards, and all of them have been decent. Then this one by 1ByOne arrived, and once I tried it I felt like this was the Bluetooth keyboard I should have been using all along.
This Bluetooth keyboard from 1ByOne comes in three different models which are Black, Length Touchpad and Wide Touchpad. The one I’m reviewing today is the Length Touchpad model.
The 1ByOne Bluetooth Keyboard And Multi-Touch Touchpad has all of the needed features you would need in a keyboard just like regular sized QWERTY keyboards, except it’s lacking a dedicated number pad. While this is important at times to me personally, most users don’t need a dedicated number pad on a mobile device.
At 6.8″ wide and 10.2″ long, it is big enough to provide a comfortable user experience, yet still small enough to be the perfect size for portability via a book bag or even a larger sized purse for a woman.
At only 0.3″ thick, it’s very slim in design and has absolutely no weight to it at all really. Again, making it very portable and easy to carry around with you at any and all times.
Even though it might be small, and honestly may not look like that good of quality, the 1ByOne Bluetooth keyboard is powerful, has a lithium polymer battery that will last upwards of 90 hours on a single charge, and it has lifespan of 3+ years which is pretty damn good for a 280mAh internal battery.
While in stand-by mode, the 1ByOne Bluetooth keyboard can last up to 3 months without ever needing to be charged. A very impressive stat for something so small, compact and light weight.
Even when it does need to be charged, which is done via a standard MicroUSB cable, it only takes 3 – 4 hours to fully charge if it’s completely dead. Then throw in the fact that it has an on/off switch that allows you to save battery life when you’re not using the Bluetooth keyboard, and this thing is just superb.
Connecting The Device
Connecting the device is simple as all you have to do is hold the function key and the C key then just search for the keyboard in the Bluetooth settings screen, click pair, type in a short code and you are good to go. There’s really nothing more to it and I tested it on several laptops, a Chromebook and an Acer Chromebase and it was recognized on every device within seconds.
Aesthetics Of The Device
Right out of the box I noticed that this keyboard has a slightly raised/tilted ergonomic design so that your wrists sit upon as you type which is better for posture of your hands and wrists they say. It actually makes typing with the keyboard very simple and very comfortable which I’ve often had issues with when it comes to other Bluetooth keyboards.
The back side of the keyboard is textured which helps when you go to pick it up to move it around to make sure you have a pretty firm grip and not have to worry about it slipping out of your hands.
Included with the keyboard are 6 rubber, self-stick nubs for placing on the back of the device to keep it from sliding around when it’s on your computer desk or wherever you might be using the device.
The 1ByOne Bluetooth keyboard offers dedicated Android and Windows hotkeys, and the icons on the function keys are very easy to understand and provide a wealth of features for a portable keyboard. Again, this is often not the case with most portable Bluetooth keyboards that I’ve used in the past.
Pressing the keys is exceptionally nice. They are quiet and soft and the spacing between each key is very close to that of a regular keyboard. So for me personally, I felt very comfortable using this keyboard and didn’t find myself hitting the wrong keys very often due to the way it’s setup.
Another great thing I noticed about this keyboard is that key press response is great. There is no lag at all between the time you press a key until the time you see the character appear on your screen. Another issue I’ve often run into with prior Bluetooth keyboards.
The touchpad on the 1ByOne Bluetooth keyboard is pretty much like the rest of the device, exceptional. It features an intuitive Windows 8 gesture support that is very responsive.
For the overall size of the keyboard, the touchpad isn’t too small which I was expecting to be prior to receiving it. It’s as close to a laptop touchpad as I feel you can get.
When it comes to mobile devices, if you want that small, thin technology, then you often will lose some durability. However, this certainly doesn’t seem to be the case with the 1ByOne Bluetooth keyboard at all.
One thing to note is that if you prop the keyboard up on your lap or other surface, you will notice a bit of a bend when using the device. That’s due to how small and thin it is. Shouldn’t be too much of an issue, but it is something you probably want to avoid causing on a regular basis.
Overall I’d say this is definitely a Bluetooth keyboard you need to take a serious look at if you’re in the market for such a device. It’s small, compact, thin, light weight and at only $19.99 on Amazon via the link below, it’s a hard deal to pass up.
I use it at various times and truly enjoy it and I would highly recommend it to anyone that needs something they want to carry around with them most any time.
Let us know in the comments below if you pick one up and what you think of yours once you receive it.