Brookstone Roll Up Keyboard, Stupid, don’t buy it…
by Troy Saxton-Getty
For just about as far back as I can remember we have been intrigued with different portable keyboards, mice and other input devices. We tend to purchase quite a few of these mobile, small footprint type keyboards only to spend a bit of time with them, get frustrated and toss them in the “SNAD” bucket, Significantly Not As Described…(And probably never to be fiddled with again)
Unfortunately the Brookstone Roll Up Keyboard falls into this same category, although a great idea on paper, use in the real world is rather frustrating. In our long term testing we found it very troublesome to type on, period, it requires extremely thorough key strikes, you have to push so hard you actually get finger exhaustion as well as missing letter frustration or multiple copy same letter frustration.
Any time we type more than a few paragraphs on it, switch back to our laptop, we find ourselves pounding the crap out of our nice and super sensitive keyboards, not to mention the missing letters in nearly every word when we try to use the Roll Up Keyboard.
Additionally this keyboard suffers from what many of the portable keyboards suffer from, the standby mode which quickly comes on and the on-screen keyboard for the iPhone or iPad pops back onto the screen requiring one wasted keystroke to get they keyboard to wake back up, once it does, the on-screen keyboard goes away, still, another frustration.
In our typing tests the on-screen standard iPad keyboard was 2-3 times faster and more accurate to type with vs. the Roll Up Keyboard, just the missed characters alone make the on-screen keyboard a much better choice, so why buy the Roll Up Keyboard?
Cool idea, having a “roll up” keyboard, but we got scared after reading the warning label about damaging the keyboard if you rolled it up! Isn’t that what we are supposed to do with it? How much is to tightly? It just doesn’t make sense to roll it up to put in your travel bag if you are worried about breaking it.
Brookstone, you guys have some amazing products, this one gives you a significant drop in credibility… it just plain isn’t practical to use and the warning label… really?
Just typing this simple article has me beyond frustrated, there is no reason to buy this keyboard except for slightly wet environments, or uses with very limited typing such as a kiosk or some basic farm equipment.
Note: the MiniUSB cord is simply connected to charge the keyboard, the documentation says a full 4.5 hour charge gets you 90 hours of use, we couldn’t put up with 30 minutes of use so we will never know. (who’s using MiniUSB anymore? I just finally got rid of all that stuff with a MiniUSB connector)
Don’t buy this product, you will get keyboard typing rage….a form of road rage, without the car…