Over the past few years I’ve bought many wireless keyboards for a variety of environments. Some people need them for sitting on the couch and accessing their home entertainment centers. While some need it for basic tasks.
My use need was for a solid workhorse that could take the abuse of my active work life and the constant traveling the digital nomad lifestyle generates.
Something plastic and pliable wouldn’t cut it this time. The keyboards I’ve had in the past never traveled well. Issues would arise when cluttered with varying other technology equipment.
After a bit of research I went with the Arteck 2.4G Wireless Keyboard Stainless Steel Ultra Slim Keyboard. The solution I needed! Something firm that could resist the clattering of all essential peripherals in my everyday carry.
Surface size it’s smaller than a sheet of paper measuring out at 11″ x 5.25″.
Thickness is mostly at 0.25″ while there is a small rounding at the pack pushing it over 0.5″. This little bevel provides just enough rise to make the keyboard comfortable for all day use.
With a weight of 10.8 ounces you’ll barely know you have this essential piece of equipment with you all day.
Amazon reviews on this product had one note that was discouraging before buying. One person mentioned the responsiveness of the keyboard when typing fast. That individual returned the keyboard thinking they were just and above average typist and that they needed something more up to their skill set. When I first go this keyboard I set it up and started using it. Within a few hours that day I noticed this exact problem. I was a little disappointed because besides this one behavior I was very happy with all other aspects. The solution? I just charged the device for the day. I’m pretty sure if you use the charge this keyboard comes with and if it’s been a while since it’s last charge you’ll experience some issues with the responsiveness.
No quality product comes with it’s set of disadvantages. Things that I’d say were a con are:
No track mouse
This maybe a big deal breaker for most. I already have a mouse I travel with that works well enough. When it comes to multitasking in high pressure work I like to have the space to drag and drop with my whole hand on a dedicated device. For the home entertainment user on their couch I mentioned earlier may find this missing component inexcusable.
Another USB dongle
Having yet another peripheral that requires a dedicated USB port has officially monopolized ALL my USB ports on my laptop. Fortunately I have a pretty awesome USBc hub which allows for more options. I do put this as con even tho it maybe limited to alternative solutions. While this device does not have Bluetooth it’s really the only other connection option wireless keyboards have.
No storage for USB dongle
To this case I can just leave my USB dongle in the laptop while traveling but there are times where one would want to stow the USB dongle in the device. The mouse I have has a compartment for this which is handy. I’m guessing Arteck decided not to because of how thin and solid they made the device.
This review was written after a month of use. I currently give it a 9/10. I’ll follow up at the 6 month mark to see how it’s still going. Arteck 2.4G Wireless Keyboard Stainless Steel Ultra Slim Keyboard