There are dozens of reasons to get a good Bluetooth keyboard, but there aren’t too many reasons to get a bad one. Unfortunately, the market’s a bit saturated.
Here are a few things that all computer users should be careful to consider before purchasing a Bluetooth keyboard.
1. Size. Many of the people that buy Bluetooth keyboards travel with them. After all, they’re great for connecting to a smart phone like the iPhone and typing a quick email or a document for a meeting. You’ll need a fairly small Bluetooth keyboard that’s easy to travel with if this is the case.
On the other hand, many computer users–myself included–have fairly large hands. A small keyboard can be uncomfortable to use and may result in accidental button presses.
I always try to find a full sized keyboard when I need to buy a new one, but to find out what’s right for you, visit a store and try a few. Then go online to order and save yourself some money.
2. Battery life. Even if you get a Bluetooth keyboard with relatively poor battery life, you won’t have to switch batteries very often. Still, look at battery life when you buy. Online vendors usually list this information, and you often can find it on the keyboard’s box when you buy in-store. Buying a Bluetooth keyboard that gets relatively good battery life is better for the environment and will save you a few bucks in the long run.
3. Extras. Keyboards typically have a few special features, but as you might imagine, this is somewhat limited to extra keys. You might not feel like you need extraneous keys, or you might find them handy. Again, choose what’s right for you. Remember that it can be pretty handy to control your media player or quickly launch a program with some of the extra keys on a Bluetooth keyboard. Then again, if you do a lot of traveling, extra buttons will just add inches to the size of it.
Some Bluetooth keyboards have built-in trackpads and other extravagant features. This will greatly increase the price of your keyboard, so only look for these models if you need the extra features.
4. Price. Price is of course an important consideration. Use a comparison shopping website like Google Shopping or Yahoo! Shopping when making your selection. Before you choose a keyboard from a store, though, double-check whether it’s refurbished or whether there’s anything else that you should know before ordering. Store rankings are usually a good place to start evaluating whether you’ll get a fair shake.
Do you know of a great Bluetooth keyboard? Post your thoughts in the comments section below.