I’ve done it again. Yet another keyboard for my Mac has come and gone and I’m back with Apple’s standard wireless keyboard. I believe in the nothing improves without change mantra, so I’m willing to try different accessories and options to improve productivity, efficiency, and anything other issue that seems to impede my Mac life.
The latest to bite the dust was a good one. The Anker Ultra compact slim profile wireless Bluetooth keyboard which works on Mac, iPhone and iPad, Windows, and even Android devices.
I like Anker. Their products– all I’ve tried– seem well built and durable. This is a good keyboard but not good enough to keep using. Why not? Battery life is better than Apple’s wireless keyboard. The keys have a good feel when typing. Charging is handled with a USB cable instead of rechargeable batteries.
What went wrong? A small number of annoying things.
- First, the keyboard would miss keys. I would type them but they wouldn’t appear on the screen. It happened often enough to get me to look at reviews online, and, sure enough, others had a similar issue.
- Second, and this is turning a plus into a negative; the keyboard would go to sleep after x-number of minutes of use. That’s a good thing, but that also means the keyboard needs to wake up when you come back and touch the keys. That wait was too long.
- Third, the keys themselves were almost as good as the slightly bouncy feel in Apple’s wireless keyboards, but not quite. I like bounce because I’m old school and bang hard on the keys.
Those items were just enough to pack it in. Keyboards are like shoes and shirts and applications. One size does not fit all.
Logitech has a few good ones I’ve tried, including the wireless solar keyboard. My office is a bit too dark. The Chinese have entered the accessories market in a big way. I’ve tried but didn’t buy the JOYACCESS wireless keyboard and mouse combo. Good for $30. Not good enough to keep because of the crazy wireless scheme.
Interesting is Microsoft’s Sculpt ergonomic wireless keyboard and mouse combo. The keyboard is split to more accurately follow the shape and positioning of your hands as you type. OfficeTec has a wireless keyboard and mouse combo for $16 (on Amazon Prime, even). It takes little effort to find a couple of dozen or so wireless keyboard makers on Amazon. Some are backlit, some don’t use Bluetooth but do use a wireless technology that sucks up a USB port.
What do all those third party wireless keyboards tell me? That customers do not like the standard keyboards that ship with Macs and Windows PCs, or they want an extra keyboard for iPad or iPhone.
Right now I’m trying out the Logitech K380 multi-device keyboard because it, too, works with, well, multiple devices; Mac, iPad, iPhone, Windows, et al. The keys are round instead of square.
It’s tough making a product for the masses because different strokes for different folks. I know professionals prefer almost any mouse to Apple’s Magic Mouse, but I’ve tried a dozen in recent years, and keep going back to that model for comfort.
Nothing improves without change, hence the extra effort to find something better.