Saturday, April 12, 2014

Review: Minisuit 3-in-1 Keyboard Folio Case (Nexus 7 2013)

For a professional writer of any description, there are three things that matter when it comes to the keyboard that they are using: key spacing, key travel and key feedback. The Minisuit 3-in-1 Folio manages, as far as any such small keyboard is ever going to achieve, to get the key spacing and feedback right. The scrabble tile keys are far enough part, in that there is sufficient gap between them and above/below them to prevent too much mis-keying. This is the bane of most travel keyboards, the keys are badly spaced and you end up making so many typos that you give up. Not so with the 3-in-1 Folio, my typo count was low enough not to be problematical (and I say that as someone with compromised eyesight - so although my typing speed is relatively slow on a small keyboard it isn't compromised too badly overall). Key travel is decent enough, and there's sufficient feedback to know you've hit the key. Thankfully, neither keyboard I tested were of the rubber membrane variety which provide no depth of travel and no feedback and are consequently of no use whatsoever.

Review: Minisuit Ultra-Thin Aluminium Keyboard Cover (Nexus 7 2013)

As I stated when reviewing the Minisuit 3-in-1 Folio Case for the Nexus 7 2013, the most important things a writer looks for in any keyboard are key travel, spacing and feedback. Obviously a travel keyboard throws some additional requirements into the mix such as weight, size and battery life. However, when it comes to the single most important factor for me personally, and that's key spacing, the Minisuit Ultra-Thin Aluminium Bluetooth Keyboard Cover falls flat. There is simply no spacing at all, the keys just seem to merge together and it is very hard indeed not to hit the neighbouring keys when typing at any rate above 'slowly hunt and peck with extreme care'. This lack of spacing does allow for a very small keyboard solution, there's no denying that, but it comes at the cost of usability and as far as I am concerned that's a deal-breaker.