Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard is a perfect product from Microsoft, although quite expensive. It allows the users to simultaneously connect between Windows, Android, or iOS devices. A simple button which has a three-way option is given at the right upper side. You can use it to utilize changing keyboard mode for all the different devices. A great thing – no extra configuration is required in order to function, it’s all been thought of. To clarify, it’s a great option for those that are looking for a perfect keyboard to work on multiple devices, business owners for example.
What we found surprising, even though it’s a Microsoft keyboard, it just doesn’t support Windows Phone. Alright, we’re aware the Windows Phone is an operating system long forgotten. Everyone moved to either Android or iOS, and you’ll be using this beauty on both. But shouldn’t Microsoft give support for their own product? Whatever the case may be, you’ll find it working on devices that matter. When talking about looks of it, it reminded us of some keyboards from Lenovo, for example. That’s when it’s closed, it looks quite oblong and sleek. But when you open it up, that’s when the magic happens.
All the features of Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard come out and shine brightly when it powers on. There’s a special part on the upper side that will hold a phone or a tablet. That reminds us of Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480, with their mobile device holder. Of course, that one is bigger and less portable, but quite cheaper as well, surprisingly. Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard price is just under $100, which is not really cheap, to be honest. But, if you decide you like this one for all it has to offer, it’s a small price to pay for the pleasure and comfort. Remember, people buy extremely expensive phones just for the concierge services they offer.
Okay, back to the design. It’s of a decent size, 9.4 inches x 4.2 inches, and each button is about 1.3cm in size, making it a solid choice. The construction is quite sturdy overall, and the top half can be detached in order to find the most comfortable angle to work with. The way the Bluetooth feature works is like this – it will remap the keyboard keys once you flip the switch. So, do not forget to change it when changing devices, as it might cause confusion on your part.
Once you use it with a mobile device, both ESC and CMD will take you to the home screen of it. Other features are there and bridge the gap between devices. Last thing – the batteries. Microsoft said you can expect them to last about 6 months if you just power it overnight. That’s one of the best specs of Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard, and we’re glad for it. Of course, it’s isn’t a gaming keyboard like Redragon K552 KUMARA, but that’s not the target market anyway. It’s meant for business people that are required to carry and work on multiple devices like their phone or a laptop. And of course, would like to use one keyboard for all of them to increase speed and productivity.
|Dimensions||9.5 in x 4.3 in x 0.5 in|
|Localization and Layout||English - North America|
|Keyboard Features||Integrated tablet stand, protective cover, Buttons for (Volume, search, mute, play/pause, previous track, next track, etc.)|
|OS Required||Android 4.0 or later, Apple iOS 6.0 or later, Microsoft Windows RT, Windows 8, Windows 8.1|
|Hardware Requirements||Bluetooth Compatibility|
|Compatibility||PC, Laptop, Smartphone|
This keyboard is expensive, but it's good for its money. It supports various devices and i use it with my PC and my smartphone. Its keys are responsive, lightweight and it fits nice on my table and on my lap. I stronly recommend this keyboard!