A Bluetooth Keyboard that’s More Portable and Durable

mainPlugable’s Bluetooth Folding Keyboard just launched. It aspires to be the perfect portable keyboard for your phone.

The best possible Bluetooth keyboard would be one that’s compatible – a standard Bluetooth keyboard that also supports the special keys and codes of Windows, iOS, and Android systems. It would be portable so you could fold it down to the size of your phone and throw it in your bag. And it would be durable so you can take it on the road and not worry.

The new Plugable BT-KEY3 Bluetooth keyboard aims for the sweet spot of all these characteristics.

Bluetooth keyboards have been around a long time. But most are too bulky to travel with. Years ago, I had one that folded and worked well. But it was all plastic and frustrated everyone by breaking often. It had a AAA battery, which was fine for the time but not as clean and convenient as a built-in battery that simply charges via USB.

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The Plugable Keyboard is elegantly engineered to strike a balance between these competing demands:

  • The back is strong but lightweight aluminum. The hinges are stainless steel. This makes it extremely durable
  • The hinges are extremely smooth, it’s a pleasure opening and closing the keyboard
  • It comes with a soft but strong case that both protects the keyboard and anything else you’d throw in a bag with it
  • The case transforms into stand for your phone or tablet and adjusts to any angle
  • The keyboard has special support for Android, Windows, and iOS keymappings
  • It has a USB-charged battery that lasts for weeks of normal use

We’re really excited about this new keyboard. Learn more here: Plugable BT-KEY3. And feel free to comment below with any questions at all. We hope you find it both exciting and useful too. Thanks for going out of your way for Plugable products!

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5 comments on “A Bluetooth Keyboard that’s More Portable and Durable”

  1. seafoam Reply

    This looks like just what I’ve been looking for, especially since the parts where it folds don’t result in some keys being a different distance away.

    What version of Bluetooth is this?

    Is it possible to have an Android, Windows and iOS connected and switch between them using the Fn +Q/W/E keys?

    What OS specific key support is available? (other than the back key for Android I see on the Win key)

    What is the weight of the keyboard and what are the dimension when folded?

    Are you able to use the keyboard while it is charging?

    I noticed that OS X support isn’t listed. How will it react when paired with a mac?

    • David Roberts David Roberts Reply

      Thanks for asking!

      Q: What version of Bluetooth is this?
      A: The keyboard uses Standard Bluetooth, version 2.1, not Bluetooth Low Energy, version 4.0. This means it can connect with almost every device that supports Bluetooth.

      Q: Is it possible to have an Android, Windows and iOS connected and switch between them using the Fn +Q/W/E keys?
      A: The Fn + Q/W/E keys change the behavior of the keys to accommodate each operating system. It doesn’t switch between devices. For example Fn + W enables the F1-F12 keys in Windows, while pressing Fn + E enables them control playback functions in iOS. Like most Bluetooth keyboards, this keyboard can only be connected to one host device at a time, and is connected and disconnected in the Bluetooth settings of the device it is connected to.

      Q: What OS specific key support is available? (other than the back key for Android I see on the Win key)
      A: In Android, the following are supported: Playback functions (Pause/Play, Back, Forward, Vol Up/Down), Home key, Back key, Home, End, Page Up, Page Down, Select All. The Cut/Paste/Copy keys don’t work in Android. In Windows: Esc, F1-F12, Home, End, Page Up, Page Down. In iOS: Home, Search, Select All, Copy, Paste, Cut, Playback functions (same as Android), Software Keyboard, Home, End, Page Up, Page Down.

      Q: What is the weight of the keyboard and what are the dimension when folded?
      A: Weight: 6.6 oz (186 g) without the case, 11.0 oz (314 g) with the case. Dimensions: 3.6 x 5.7 x 0.6 in (92 x 145 x 15 mm) without case, 4.0 x 5.9 x 1.0 in (100 x 150 x 25 mm) with the case.

      Q: Are you able to use the keyboard while it is charging?
      A: Yes.

      Q: I noticed that OS X support isn’t listed. How will it react when paired with a mac?
      A: When used with a Mac in iOS mode, the following function keys work: Select All, the Playback keys (in iTunes), Page Up, Page Down, Home, End.

      I hope this answers your questions!

  2. seafoam Reply

    Does the keyboard lock in the open position so that you can use it on your lap?

    • David Roberts David Roberts Reply

      It locks magnetically in the open position, but the magnets are not strong enough to securely keep the keyboard open when typing on your lap.

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