KVAGO Portable Slim Tri-fold Mini QWERTY Wireless Keyboard Review

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The KVAGO Portable Slim Tri-fold Mini QWERTY Wireless Keyboard was kindly provided to me by KVAGO free of charge in exchange for a fair and unbiased review on Amazon.co.uk. No additional compensation was given in exchange for posting this article on my blog.

The KVAGO Portable Slim Tri-fold Mini QWERTY Wireless Keyboard is available in the UK in either black or white with a PU leather carry case from KVAGO on Amazon.co.uk at a cost of £27.99 + £2.99 P&P. The keyboard is also available in black or white without the PU leather keyboard case from KVAGO fulfilled by Amazon for £23.99 with free P&P. (Prices correct at time of posting).

 

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PACKAGING & CONTENTS.

The KVAGO Portable Slim Tri-fold Mini QWERTY Wireless Keyboard is dispatched within a brown jiffy bag. Inside you will find…

A retail style white rectangular cardboard box bearing product information and illustrations. Inside you will find the keyboard wrapped in clear plastic held in place by a cardboard insert. Underneath you will find the instruction leaflet and a USB A to Micro B cable.

Packaged separately in the jiffy bag you will also find a cellular foam pouch containing the PU leather keyboard case that has a cellular foam insert to help retain its shape.

 

MEASUREMENTS.

Firstly the keyboard, folded up the keyboard measures 14.7cm wide 9.3cm long and 11.5cm deep at its widest points. Opened up and ready to use the keyboard measures 25.3cm wide, 9.3cm long and 1.4cm deep at its greatest points.

 

Some key measurements as follows…
Letter keys = 13.9 x 13.97mm
Number keys = 13.85 x 9.45mm
Space bar = 81mm x 13.97mm
Caps lock = 13.83mm x 13.9mm
Enter = 30.6mm x 13.97mm

Just the keyboard on its own weighs 183g.

The keyboard in the case measures 15cm wide, 10.3cm long and 2.4cm deep at its greatest points and the combined weight is 299g.

The length of the USB A to Micro B cable is a little over 73cm excluding the connectors.

 

BLUETOOTH.

When the keyboard is opened up it automatically switches on, there is no independent on / off switch. On the front top of the keyboard just above the numeric 7 key a small green light briefly lights up to indicate it has turned on. (Both sections of the keyboard must be unfolded for it to switch on, just unfolding one side will not switch it on).

To enable paring mode on the keyboard hold the “FN” key and tap the “C” key. A small blue light on the front top of the keyboard just above the numeric 6 key will begin to flash blue. Enable Bluetooth on the device that you wish to pair with and the keyboard will show up as ” Bluetooth 3.0 Keyboard” on the Bluetooth devices list. Select this and within a few seconds the keyboard will be paired with your device. The flashing blue light will go out on the keyboard and there will be no other notifications to indicate that the keyboard has been paired.

 

When range testing the keyboard works perfectly at a distance of 8.5m with a direct line of sight (this is the greatest range I can test indoors with a direct line of sight). Adding some obstructions to the line of sight the keyboard works at a range of 8m through a single stud wall and a solid pine door.

 

COMPATABILITY.

The product listing states that the keyboard is compatible with Android, iOS and Windows. It also states that after the keyboard is paired you need to press Fn + Q for Android, Fn +W for Windows or Fn +E for IOS to enable to keyboard to work with each specified OS.

I have only used the keyboard with a Moto G 2nd Gen (Android), Samsung Note 10.1″ (Android) and a Tronsmart S95 Meta (Android) and at no point did I have to press FN + Q for the keyboard to work with any of the devices… perhaps the keyboard is set to function with Android device by default…

 

SPECIFICATIONS.

Bluetooth: Broadcom V3.0
Modulation system: GFSK
Standby time: >90 days
Charge time: <4hours
Battery: Lithium 210mAh
Working time: 80 hours
Key force: 60 +/- 10g
Key life expectancy: 3 million presses
Operating temperature: -10c to +55c

Noted within the instruction leaflet is a list of shortcut keys that are different depending on which OS you are using the keyboard with. Such shortcuts include…

Home, escape, web browser*, search, select all, copy, paste, cut, previous / next track, play, pause, volume up & down.

* Windows only

 

CHARGE TESTING.

When charging the keyboard using a Samsung 2A wall charger the following figures were obtained using a DROK multimeter. (4.95v, 0.990w and 0.20A). After 40 minutes of charging the keyboard had been charged by 120mAh indicating a charge time from dead to full of about 70 minutes.

 

After 15 minutes of inactivity the keyboard enters sleep mode, to exit sleep mode, press any key and wait for 3 seconds.

 

REVIEW.

The keyboard case is good quality and does a decent job of retaining and protecting the keyboard while it is in storage. With the keyboard packed away within it actually looks like a good quality Filofax.

 

The case when the keyboard is removed it can be folded to act as a tablet stand with a magnetic securing tab to keep its shape. As a tablet stand it perhaps serves less well when compared to a dedicated adjustable stand. I shouldn’t be too harsh as it is functional when you are on the move and its two in one function is space saving. It is however a bit of a fingerprint magnet.

 

The keyboard on the other hand is almost impossible to criticise. On the back the keyboard is covered with a dark silver / gunmetal silver aluminium with a satin finish that exudes quality and is without flaw.

 

The hinges are very well designed, smooth in their operation and dare I say of a quality one would normally associate with German engineering. The keys themselves have a scissor action and feel like a reasonable quality laptop keyboard in use. On the front edge of the keyboard there are some tiny raised bumpers on the corners to protect the frame when the keyboard is folded up.

 

There are two potential areas of improvement however.

The first is that there are no non slip features on the rear of the keyboard which can make for troublesome use on certain surfaces such as melamine or varnished wood. Some recessed pads on the raised section of the rear of the keyboard would be most welcomed, they do not need to be that large.

The second is perhaps more a matter of personal preference, but once you have used a backlit keyboard that has proved its usefulness in poorly lit conditions you do notice when such feature is missing. Perhaps not so much in an office environment or outdoors, but in the average house with energy efficient lighting a backlit keyboard does remove the need to turn on any main lighting just to see the keys.

 

DURABILITY.

While writing this review, my sister came around for dinner with my nephew. A child that is drawn to keyboards like a magnet clearly trying to imitate me typing he loves nothing more than hammering down on my laptop keyboards. Once dinner was over to get out of washing up I decided to let him play with the keyboard (as he is only 18 months I obviously has to supervise him).

The only time I intervened was when he tried to put it in his mouth or I thought he might get his finger caught in the folding section of the keyboard. For over half an hour he tapped, punched, stomped, bent, twisted and threw the keyboard around. It wasn’t until desert was served that I managed to pry the keyboard from his hands.

 

Despite the abuse at my nephew’s hands, including being thrown against a brick hearth, there was no sign of any marks on the keyboard and each and every key remained intact and fully functional.

Short of being dropped from head height on the pavement I think it’s fair to say this keyboard will more than stand up to the day to day rigours of real world use.

 

ADDITIONAL.

The KVAGO keyboard is an OEM rebrand that is made by Shenzhen Harlit Technology Co., Ltd. who are based in Guangdong, China. The keyboard is available wholesale for $21 to $25 per unit depending on the number ordered. There are obviously additional costs such as shipping and rebranding to factor in.

I will freely admit that my experience is lacking when it comes to such matters, leaving me unable to make comment on whether the KVAGO represents good value in comparison to the costs involved. The keyboard is however available from a number of different sources under different brand names or model numbers such as Arteck in the UK and Arteck, DLAND, BH and HS in the USA. The keyboard is also available with or without the PU carry case.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this review, I hope it has been helpful to you. If you have any questions or comments regarding this review, please post a comment below and I will do my best to answer them.

 

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