The Esynic Foldable Wireless Keyboard Bluetooth 3.0 QWERTY Keyboard was kindly provided to me by EsynicDirect free of charge in exchange for a fair and unbiased review on Amazon.co.uk & Amazon.com. No additional compensation was given in exchange for posting this article on my blog.
The Esynic Foldable Wireless Keyboard Bluetooth 3.0 QWERTY Keyboard is available in the UK in from EsynicDirect Fulfilled by Amazon.co.uk in either white & silver at a cost of £27.79, space grey & black at a cost of £25.29 or gold & black at a cost of £27.39 all options include a black PU leather case with free P&P.
In the US the Esynic Foldable Wireless Keyboard Bluetooth 3.0 QWERTY Keyboard is available from eSynic Online Fulfilled by Amazon.com in either space grey & black at a cost of $31.95 or white & silver at a cost of $35.99 all options include a black PU leather case with free P&P.. (Prices correct at time of posting).
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PACKAGING & CONTENTS.
The Esynic Foldable Wireless Keyboard Bluetooth 3.0 QWERTY Keyboard is supplied within a plain brown rectangular cardboard box.
Inside the keyboard is found located within its case and wrapped in plastic held on a separate cardboard insert. Underneath the cardboard insert is a basic white round USB A to Micro B charging cable and an English instruction leaflet.
Firstly the keyboard, folded up the keyboard measures 14.5cm wide, 9.3cm long and 1.6cm deep at its greatest points. Opened up and ready to use the keyboard measures 25.1cm wide, 9.3cm long and 1.33cm deep at its greatest points. When stored away in the supplied case the measurements are 14.9cm wide, 10.1cm long and 2.56cm deep at its greatest points.
Some random key measurements as follows…
F = 13.8mm x 13.87mm
R = 13.15mm x 13.87mm (it may not be apparent to all but some keys of the same type do marginally differ in size to others, the difference between F and R is an example).
Enter = 30.55mm x 13.87mm
Backspace = 13.72mm x 9.31mm
8 = 13.78mm x 9.35mm
L Shift = 22.16mm x 13.8mm
R Shift = 13.83mm x 13.84mm
Just the keyboard on its own weighs 184g, in the case it weighs 307g.
The length of the USB A to Micro B cable is a little over 73cm excluding the connectors.
When the keyboard is opened up it automatically switches on, there is no independent on / off switch. On the front of the keyboard just above the numeric 7 key a small green light that 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 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, although it does not fair well against anything more substantial like a brick wall.
The product listing states that the keyboard is compatible with Android, iOS and Windows. The manual fails to note this, but to switch compatibility the following keys need to be pressed… Fn + Q for Android, Fn +W for Windows or Fn +E for IOS.
I have only used the keyboard with a Moto G end 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 default setting is Android.
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, back*, web browser**, search, select all, copy, paste, cut, previous / next track, play, pause, volume up & down.
* Android only
** Windows only
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.
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 small Filofax.
The case when the keyboard is removed 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, but it is however a bit of a fingerprint magnet.
The keyboard on the other hand is harder to criticise. On the back the keyboard is covered with a light silver aluminium chassis, this actually looks like it has a very fine powder coat painted finish it is however most defiantly aluminium.
The hinges are well designed, smooth in their operation and of good quality, disappointingly however the hinge sections are made from plastic and not aluminium. They are also one or two shades lighter in colour (although they do match) to that of the rear aluminium chassis.
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. (why not also at the top edge as well?).
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.
The third and final point is a matter of longevity, the key indexers (the characters on the surface of the keys) appear to be some sort of sticker or transfer. These simply aren’t going to last more than a few years with heavy use and for a keyboard costing nearly £30 a better solution would have been welcomed.
The Esynic 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 & KVAGO in the UK and Arteck, DLAND, BH and HS in the USA. The keyboard is also available with or without the PU carry case from some suppliers.
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