Keyboards are an essential part of any productivity or gaming desk set-up. I’ve been searching for a compact or slim keyboard for quite some time to round out my set-up. I have a fantastic full-size keyboard but it’s not ideal for my minimalist desk at home. When I found this Bluetooth keyboard from Satechi, I thought, “I have to give that a try.” Satechi has been a favorite of mine for quality accessories and this keyboard does the trick when it comes to being productive with a connected keyboard.
Satechi designed their Bluetooth Smart Keyboard to be portable and functional at the same time. It’s a full-size keyboard that doesn’t occupy a USB port on your computer (or hub). The keyboard is compatible with both Mac and PC computers and will stay connected up to 33 feet away. There is an on/off switch as well as a sleep function available to maximize battery life. This keyboard can connect up to four devices and users can easily switch between them with a simple press of a button. Because it’s slim and lightweight (1 lb.) you can slide it into any laptop bag or briefcase for easy travel. Satechi included lots of shortcut buttons and iOS and Mac hotkeys. It comes packaged with a quick start guide and 2 AAA batteries.
Getting set-up with the Satechi keyboard was quite easy. Apple makes the connection to Bluetooth a simple process. After you install the provided AAA batteries, you switch on the keyboard and tap the Pair button. At that point, you move over to your laptop (or desktop computer) and select the keyboard from your Bluetooth menu. Once I had the keyboard paired, I haven’t experienced any drop-offs in connection. As a full-size keyboard, I really like the look and feel of Satechi’s Bluetooth Smart Keyboard. It has nice, soft keys and you don’t have to press too hard to make a connection. As usual, I am impressed with Satechi’s attention to details like the nicely branded box and the Apple-like design of the keyboard. The quality of Satechi’s products never ceases to amaze me. The only real change I would make with this keyboard would be to make it rechargeable rather than battery-driven.
While I was working with the keyboard, I did two tests — battery endurance and a typing test. The battery endurance test was really more of observations than actual testing. The keyboard comes with a set of two AAA batteries. I have used the keyboard moderately for the past week and been cognizant of turning it off when it’s not in use. With that in mind, I think it has pretty solid battery life. If you leave it on, the batteries would likely be drained much quicker. With the typing test, I compared my results with the Satechi keyboard with that of the MacBook Pro’s keyboard and the iPad Pro’s Smart Keyboard. I also ran the same typing test with my SteelSeries Apex M800 Mechanical Keyboard. I did this because I always feel that I type a lot faster with the butterfly mechanism keys and mechanical keyboards than I do with membrane keyboards, which is what the Satechi keyboard is. Here are the results of the typing tests with the different keyboards.
Keyboard Speed/Accuracy Apple Smart Keyboard 54/90% MacBook Pro 70/100% SteelSeries Apex M800 74/100% Satechi Bluetooth Smart Keyboard 57/95%
I have been searching for a keyboard for my laptop-based set-up for quite a while. I have been hoping for something compact and easy to use, but haven’t really found that yet. This keyboard from Satechi comes eerily close to what I want because of its slim profile and easy use, but since it has the number pad extension, it’s not 100% perfect for me. The Satechi Bluetooth Smart Keyboard is an awesome choice for a keyboard though. It’s solid but lightweight and it works really well with the Apple ecosystem. As far as wireless keyboards go, I think this is probably my favorite so far.
Originally published at macsources.com on April 27, 2018.