Whether you’re working from your laptop, tablet, or smartphone, to work on the road, it’s important to have the right tools on hand to make your computing experience go as smoothly as possible. One important part of a mobile office is a lightweight, easy-to-use bluetooth keyboard, since there are times when your smartphone or tablet’s built-in keyboard simply won’t suffice. And if you expect to be typing on your laptop for an extended amount of time, using your laptop’s keyboard and trackpad can sometimes put undue strain on your wrists. That’s where portable bluetooth keyboards come in.
There are lots of portable keyboards on the market; the trick is finding the one that works best for your needs. Some are very basic while others are designed to be both useful and attractive. One such keyboard is the Impecca Bamboo Bluetooth Keyboard. I recently received a complimentary review copy of this keyboard and, as the name suggests, this keyboard has a bamboo overlay, making it both functional and stylish.
This keyboard is approximately the same size as my Apple wireless keyboard, measuring 11" x 6.6" x 0.6". Although it is described as a “compact” keyboard designed to be used with tablets and smartphones, I find it works perfectly well with my laptop and the keyboard itself is the same size, with the keys in the same exact location, as those found on my laptop’s keyboard.
As a result, it feels no different than typing on either my laptop or Apple wireless keyboard and my fingers are not cramped into a smaller space as they often are when I use the much smaller compact keyboards such as the Typi Folio Case and Wireless Keyboard for the iPad2 that I reviewed in May 2012. Instead, this keyboard feels roomy and comfortable and its size doesn’t impede my workflow in any way.
The bamboo overlay offers an attractive, rustic, and natural look that is appealing and different from the norm. The texture isn’t as smooth as plastic keys and has light ridges in the grain of the wood, but it’s barely noticeable as you type.
The keyboard has a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery that Impecca claims lasts up to 30 days with one charge. Perhaps that’s how long it holds a charge with continuous use, but as best I can tell it actually lasts quite a bit longer. I’ve used it intermittently for two months now and have not yet had to re-charge it. The keyboard goes into sleep mode when not in use so I’m sure that feature contributes to the long battery life.
The main drawback I encountered when using this keyboard is that the keys make more noise when typing than do the keys on my laptop’s native keyboard or my Apple wireless keyboard. Depending on your level of tolerance for the clickety clack of a keyboard, that may or may not be an issue for you.
All in all, it’s a good keyboard that offers an interesting aesthetic. And it costs quite a bit less than Apple’s wireless keyboard, which rings in at $99. The Impecca keyboard is priced at $69.95 on the Impecca website and can be found on Amazon for only $59.99 with free shipping. So, if you’re in the market for an affordable wireless keyboard and the bamboo look appeals to you, this could very well be the keyboard for you.