Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard – A Bluetooth Keyboard Contender?

 

Microsoft Universal Keyboard
Microsoft Universal Keyboard

I am always trying to find a better, lightweight, Bluetooth keyboard, and Microsoft has just entered the fray with the “Universal Mobile Keyboard” at $79.95 US.

I tend to be a keyboard junkie. Surprising, since I am not a touch typist. I do use keyboards daily, and type on a tablet, phone, and often on a Chromebook or Laptop that I put up on a stand to save neck pain. So I use a Bluetooth Keyboard for all these devices.

 

Logitech has been my hero in this area. They make a number of keyboards, some of the expensive, but excellent.

Logitech Tablet Keyboard for Android
Logitech Tablet Keyboard for Android

One that I like, but tend not to travel with is the awkwardly named “Logitech Tablet Keyboard for Windows and Android” that works beautifully, and comes with a very solid case but is unfortunately heavy. It weighs in at a deal-breaking 676 g  or 1.5 lb.  It also comes in at $99 AU. We do not have an Australian price for the Microsoft keyboard, but with the “Australia Tax” it will probably cost more.

The big selling point of the Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard is a flip back, detachable cover that serves as a universal tablet stand, taking any tablet or phone thinner than 10mm.

Logitech K810 Keyboard
Logitech K810 Keyboard

It also has the ability to switch between multiple devices instantly, like the Logitech K810, my favorite keyboard. It weighs in at 339 g or 0.74 lb, but has no stand or case. That means I have to carry a separate stand and find a way to protect it in the road.

If this new keyboard from Microsoft comes in at a respectable weight, I will be standing in line for one in August.

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