Typing on the road is made infinitely easier with the help of the iClever BoostType BK08 Trifold Keyboard.
As convenient as tablets and smartphones have made the mobile computing experience, these touchscreen devices have never really been able to provide a solid typing experience. Sure, typing out a text or quick email isn’t that big of a deal. But for those consumers who rely on these portable devices for on-the-go business purposes, typing up proposals, speeches, and other longer text documents can be very cumbersome with just one’s own thumbs.
That very fact has made possible an entire market of accessories for tablets and smartphones that brings back the physical keyboard. Plenty of options exist, but they’re mainly specific to a certain manufacturer. Even then, there’s some fragmentation—think keyboard cases for Apple’s iPad lineup which includes the 12.9-inch and 10.5-inch iPad Pros, the regular iPad, and the current-gen iPad mini.
That’s where iClever’s Bluetooth BK08 keyboard comes in. Though it’s not integrated into a case like many keyboard attachments, the trifold keyboard is super portable and, more importantly, universal. iClever’s $49.99 device allows users to pair the device with Apple, Android, and Windows products for seamless on-the-go computing. Further, the BoostType keyboard can be paired with up to three devices simultaneously. Switching between the connected devices is as simple as pressing a button.
The most impressive feature of the BoostType has to be the battery life. One of the most annoying things about traveling with tech accessories is forgetting to charge something up and having it die on you when you need it most. That’s never a worry with the BoostType. iClever packed in over 90 days of normal use on a single charge. On standby, the keyboard can last about 218 days, according to iClever. And if the keyboard were to die, you can get a full charge in just two hours.
The keyboard itself has all of the normal functions of a desktop computer keyboard, with a few additional wrinkles. There is a track pad integrated into the right flap, which comes complete with left- and right-click buttons. The track pad itself also can read clicks like a standard laptop track pad. Some unique shortcuts baked into the keyboard (accessed by holding the ‘Fn’ button and hitting the corresponding key) include a quick Ctrl+Alt+Delete shortcut, music/video controls, cut/copy/paste functions, and screen sharing, among others.
What took some getting used to was the placement of some of the characters on the keyboard. For example, there’s only one key to the right of the ‘L’ key, which means the apostrophe had to be moved and is accessible by hitting Fn+L. Another is the question mark, which took me a little bit to find. That’s been moved up to the right bracket key ‘]’ and requires the ‘Fn’ button as well.
Overall, my hands moved smoothly over the keys. The typing experience was an enjoyable one thanks to the unique finger design switches and surprisingly above-average build quality. iClever reduced the size of the keys 9 percent compared to a normal keyboard in order to make it more compact and portable, but you barely notice as you’re typing.
This is a very easy recommendation to make for any consumer who likes to travel light but needs that physical keyboard typing experience on the road.