Bluetooth Keyboards: Different Keystrokes for Different Folks

A wireless keyboard can be a tablet owner’s best friend when editing long documents. The right one for you depends on how you’ll use it.

AVS Gear Zippy BT-500

Pros: Lightweight, small footprint.
Cons: Small keys can be hard for those with large fingers.
Bottom line: Good traveling keyboard for multiple Bluetooth devices

The diminutive $45 AVS Gear Zippy BT-500 Bluetooth Keyboard is an unobtrusive traveling companion aimed at smartphone and tablet users. Due to its small size, it’s not the best choice for long-term typing. While the 82 keys are packed tightly into an 8.9-by-3.9-inch footprint, the typing experience is better than one might expect. At just under an inch thick and weighing just two thirds of a pound, the Zippy BT-500 barely makes a bulge in a suitcase.

All 12 function keys are present and, like the larger AVS Gear BT-637, the unit can pair with up to six Bluetooth devices. Touch typing was easy, but since you’ll need to adjust your posture slightly to get your hands in the right position, you may not be comfortable typing long documents but you should be able to get through a day’s worth of meeting or classes. AVS Gear keyboards are also marketed under the Noah Company brand.

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