I can still remember my first foldable keyboard; pocketable, lightweight and only slightly bigger than a deck of cards, the PalmOne’s Stowaway Keyboard.
While I still have the keyboard in among my pile of old gadgets, hoping one day to find its place in the gadget museum, that or the gadget wasteland, things have not move much since.
We still use keyboards and there are still some foldable keyboards except that the main manufacturers have fell out of love with the format. Logitech tried a foldable keyboard for iPad 2 and that quickly disappeared. The only mainstream manufacturer with a folding keyboard is Microsoft.
We dug deep and found a couple more folding keyboards, re-badged and re-branded by various resellers but essentially based on the same hardware. These will satisfy some old school nostalgic gadgeteers such as myself. How I yearn for my days when I used my Stowaway Keyboard with my Palm IIIc, the first colour Personal Handheld Organiser.
Why Foldable Keyboard
Space and portability are the main reasons for selecting foldable keyboards. That and access to a full size keyboard. There are other small and compact keyboards but these are more suited for thumb typing instead of conventional typing.
5 Best Foldable Wireless Keyboards
Here is a quick overview of the best foldable wireless keyboards marked according to its profile; bi-fold, tri-fold or even quad-fold.
- Microsoft Universal Bluetooth Foldable Keyboard – BI-FOLD
- iClever Ultra Slim 3 Color Backlight Bluetooth Keyboard – TRI-FOLD, BACKLIT
- EC Technology Foldable Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard – TRI-FOLD
- BonyTek Portable Aluminum Mini Folding Bluetooth Keyboard – BI-FOLD
- Targus Universal Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard – BI-FOLD
BONUS: MoKo Folding Bluetooth Keyboard – BI-FOLD
For old school geeks like me, see Geyes Portable Folding Bluetooth Keyboard – QUAD-FOLD
Now for a closer look
1. Microsoft Universal Bluetooth Foldable Keyboard – BI-FOLD
Compact bi-fold keyboard reminiscence of a wallet, making it truly pocket-able. It uses Bluetooth 4.0 technology which consumes less power. The keyboard also features easy on an off switching by simply opening or closing the keyboard. While the keys are full size, there is a considerable gap between the left and side side of the fold. Lastly, the case is made from water repellent material making the keyboard spill-resistant. Battery life: 3 months of usage per charge.
Also: Microsoft Universal Mobile Bluetooth Keyboard (iOS, Android, Windows Tablets or Smartphones)
Not quite as compact as the bi-fold shown above, but Microsoft has another Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard with a fold out stand for table or smartphone. The keyboard itself does not fold but the cover doubles as a stand when open. They keyboard is available in black or white. Battery life: 6 months usage on a single charge.
2. iClever Ultra Slim 3 Color Backlight Bluetooth Keyboard – TRI-FOLD, BACKLIT
The only Bluetooth Keyboard with backlit in our line-up, the iClever Ultra Slim is designed for iOS, Windows and Android devices; smartphone, PC or Tablet. The back plate is made from aluminum alloy. The back light colours are red, green and blue interchangeable. Battery Life: 5 hours with backlight on 100%, 300 hours without backlight per charge. Charging time: 4 hours.
3. EC Technology Foldable Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard – TRI-FOLD
Ultra-Slim with Aluminium Alloy Body, the foldable bluetooth keyboard for iOS, Windows and Android devices is re-badged by various resellers that can only mean healthy competition and good bargains to be had if you are shopping for one. Battery life: 60 hours of effective usage time on a single charge.
ALSO: Arteck Folding Portable Bluetooth Keyboard (iOS, Android, Windows) – TRI-FOLD
ALSO: 1byone Foldable Bluetooth Portable Keyboard (iOS, Android, Windows) – TRI-FOLD
Multi-function keyboard for iOS, Android and Windows. Bi-fold profile similar to Microsoft’s Universal keyboard. The back plate is made from aluminium with anodized matte finish. It also features a similar switching function, open to switch on and shut to turn off for easy access. Battery Life: 60 hours of effective usage time per charge.
5. Targus Universal Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard for Android Devices
Designed specifically for Android OS only, the Targus Universal Foldable Keyboard is a bi-fold keyboard and comes with a carry case. The case converts into a device stand for landscape or portrait viewing. It connects to Android devices via Bluetooth. Targus calls this Universal referring to a Universal keyboard for all Android devices. Note that it is compatible with Android 3.1 or later.
BONUS: MoKo Folding Bluetooth Keyboard – BI-FOLD
Magnetic Foldable Design, Portable Universal Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard for Android and iOS devices comes in an ultra thin and lightweight package. As with other bi-fold keyboards, the action of unfolding and folding switches the keyboard on and off respectively. The difference here is that when unfolded, the keys are laid out in a slightly angled fashion for improved ergonomics. The 166 degrees tilt between the two parts and some extended keys makes it more comfortable for typing.
Geyes Portable Folding Bluetooth Keyboard – QUAD-FOLD
This is reminiscence of the original Palm One Folding keyboard except here, it is bought up to date with Bluetooth connectivity and rechargeable battery. The keyboard is compatible with iOS, Android and Windows PC Tablets and Smartphones. Battery Life: 8 hours effective use or 30 days standby on a single charge.
The Geyes has sliding handles on either end to split or merge the keys. The quad fold arrangement makes the collapsed dimension thicker but overall footprint smaller. The keys also meet as oppose to being split apart as seen in the bi-fold arrangement.