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Ultrathin 0.3mm Blue Flexible Waterproof Keyboard Review

May 24 2011, 1:34pm CDT | by , in Reviews | I4U Gadget Reviews

Thin and portable keyboard that has an odd arrangement

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Ultrathin 0.3mm Blue Flexible Waterproof Keyboard Review

Today I am checking out the Ultrathin 0.3mm Blue Flexible Waterproof Keyboard from miniinthebox. That is certainly a long name for what amounts to a keyboard made inside a thin sheet of silicone material. If you need a keyboard that can be rolled up and can survive sanitation, this is the product for you.

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Specifications

The foldable keyboard is made from a blue tinted silicon material that is a little stretchy and can be rolled up. It sells for about $15 and has a normal QWERTY layout.

In Use

I have used a bunch of different keyboards over the years and they all tend to get dirty after a while. This is a big issue in some places like a doctor's office or hospital where the keyboards can hide germs that coups potentially kill someone. These locations need keyboards that can be sanitized with wipes and cleaners, but most keyboards can't survive any liquids.

The foldable keyboard I am checking out today can't be tossed into a dishwasher or autoclave at a hospital, but you can wipe it down with germ killing sprays and water to keep it clean. This is also a very good mobile keyboard for the user that is on the road and wants a keyboard that takes up little space and is easy to use.

The foldable keyboard connects to the computer via a USB cable and can be adapted to PS/2 style with an adapter. The keyboard is very thin as well so those that like a thin keyboard will appreciate the design.

The keys on the foldable keyboard are very small considering the amount of space the keyboard has. The keys could have been made much larger. As it is, the keys are small and typing on the foldable keyboard takes some getting used to. The left and right shift keys are split into two separate keys, which is very weird. I'm not sure why you don't just get one long shift key rather than two small shift keys side by side on each end of the foldable keyboard.

The other thing that bothers me about the right shift key is that it is placed on the right side of the up arrow. I hate that type of keyboard layout because I almost exclusively use that right shift key and I end up hitting the up arrow by accident.

The keys have a slight click when pressed. The typing feel takes getting used to. You won't mistake the foldable keyboard for your favorite desktop keyboard, but in a pinch, it will do the job better than an onscreen keyboard.

Verdict

Pros

  • Can be sanitized
  • Foldable
  • Very flat

Cons

  • Weird shift keys
  • Right shift key in the wrong place
  • Poor typing feel
 

Conclusion

In the end, this keyboard is something that you could get used to and will work for short-term use just fine. It’s not something I would want to use for extended periods though.

7.5
10
 

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/3" rel="author">Shane McGlaun</a>
Leading our review center, Shane McGlaun (Google) knows technology inside out. His extensive experience in testing computer hardware and consumer electronics enable him to effectively qualify new products and trends. If you want us review your product, please contact Shane.
Shane can be contacted directly at shane@i4u.com.

 

 

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