I’m always looking for ways to increase my productivity, both at home and work. I prefer to have as few accessories along with me for my mobile devices. This allows me to use one set of items for all of my devices. This means I’m always on the hunt for the best (or best bang for the buck) bluetooth accessories. Enter the Anker bluetooth keyboard.
I’ve tried many different bluetooth keyboards. While I’m an Android guy, through and through, the best made wireless keyboard I’ve used to date is Apple’s offering. I like the spacing of the keys and the size is almost perfect. Running on batteries is a must and it’s very hard to beat the build quality Apple put forth in their bluetooth keyboard. The Anker bluetooth keyboard is $50 cheaper than Cupertino’s, but I was curious how much quality was sacrificed to hit that price point.
[toggle title=”Cost and Where to Buy” state=”open” ]The Anker bluetooth keyboard is available from Amazon.com. It is available in black or white. Either color will only set you back $20 US. Links to the product pages are below.
[toggle title=”In the Box” state=”close” ]Anker bluetooth keyboard User manual[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Design Overview” state=”open” ]Anker’s keyboard mimics Apple’s in almost every way. The key spacing is the same, as well as the shape. They even use a “command” key just like Apple. Keys are laid out exactly the same, which made the transition seamless for me. The compartment which houses the battery runs the full breadth of the unit and acts as a standoff to give the keyboard some tilt. The Anker unit is angled a bit more aggressively than Apple’s, which is another pro as far as I see it. On the top right side, there is a battery indicator, while around back there is a connect button for pairing and an on/off switch rather than Apple’s side button. The door which conceals the AAA battery to power the keyboard is also on the bottom. Four rubber feet keep the keyboard from sliding all over your work surface.
The main body of the keyboard is extremely thin (see the gallery). This is exactly the way the Apple keyboard is designed. This allows your accessory to fit nicely in any bag wide enough for it along with your other mobile accessories. [/toggle]
[toggle title=”Build Quality” state=”close” ]The Anker bluetooth keyboard lacks Apple’s aluminium and polish. Sacrifices must be made to hit such a low price point, and that is in terms of materials. The entire keyboard is constructed of plastic. That said, the body doesn’t feel cheaply made or as if it would break under usual conditions. Typing on this keyboard is a little better than “OK”. The keys travel nicely and make a nice “clack” sound that reminds me of keyboards of my youth. The tension of the springs is almost perfect. That said, due to construction, you have to be able to accurately press the center of each key to ensure your keystroke registers. Hitting the corner or edge of a key is hit or miss. In typing this post using this product, I’ve only had three missed keypresses due to the keyboard, which isn’t horrible, but is frustrating.[/toggle]
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All things considered, this is a great value for the money. It’s hard not to recommend it at $50 cheaper than the Apple keyboard. If you want a great budget keyboard, this is your best bet I’ve used so far. If you want a premium bluetooth keyboard, go with something higher end. I’ll stick with Apple’s for now, but the Anker bluetooth keyboard will be around as a backup for sure.