Felix WriteOn Bluetooth Keyboard review

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I still don’t own a laptop.  Somehow, the iPad has worked out well for me.  There are times I wish it had a keyboard, so I’m always on the hunt for a decent keyboard, but not a laptop.  Is the Felix WriteOn Bluetooth Keyboard the one?

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Specs:

  • Bluetooth(R) technology and a lithium ion battery with intelligent power management provide power for 2+ months (*based on an average usage of 2hrs per day) and a 30′ wireless range.
  • L 9.2″ x W 4.75″ x D 0.18″
  • Keyboard, USB charging cable, user guide.

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The WriteOn isn’t a full-size keyboard- it measures just over 9 inches wide.

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It’s very light at just 5.6 ounces (measured).

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It’s also ridiculously thin.  Here, I’ve measured 4.2mm (officially listed at 4.5mm).

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You’ll also get a small set of tiny adhesive rubber feet.  Otherwise, the WriteOn is completely flat on the backside.

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My hand, on the WriteOn.  Notice the blue shortcuts on the number row.  You have to press a modifier key (Fn) to use them.

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Size comparison of the Logitech K760 Bluetooth keyboard (top) and the WriteOn (bottom).  The Logitech’s keys are normal sized and easy to type on.  How would the WriteOn compare?

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As if it weren’t obvious enough, the WriteOn is small.  Here it is again parked next to a standard Apple USB keyboard.  It’s nearly half as long.

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The WriteOn uses a rechargeable battery that Felix says is good for two months or more.  A microUSB cable is included.  Here, you see a red LED indicating charge status.

In actual use, I found the WriteOn to be mostly okay.  If I typed carefully, I didn’t make any mistakes, thanks to the mostly conventionally-arranged keys.  The tactile feedback is what you’d expect- not bad, not great.  Once I started typing faster, my fingers started tripping over themselves.  Speed typists probably want to look elsewhere.

Once in a while, I’d get a double key enttry.. I mean, entry.  Not sure why that happens.

Probably the most frustrating thing is the rather confusing power sequence.  In a rare act of humility, I consulted the instructions.  I think a mechanical slider switch is always superior to the single push button for power (see the Logitech K760, above).

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Do you see that?  You have to press and HOLD that power button, then watch the power LED turn/blink blue.  That’s not natural to me.

I’m not sure I can 100% recommend this keyboard due to the double key stuttering.  Maybe it’s my iPad?  I don’t know.  If you can train yourself to power the Felix WriteOn Keyboard, and you want the thinnest possible Bluetooth keyboard, give it a try and see for yourself.

Source: The sample for this review was provided by Felix. Please visit http://www.felixbrand.com for more info.

 

Product Information

Price:$49.99
Manufacturer:Felix
Requirements:
  • Bluetooth
  • Compatible with iOS, Android and Window devices
Pros:
  • The thinnest Bluetooth keyboard I've seen to date
  • Sits completely flat; comes with adhesive feet if you prefer
Cons:
  • Non-intuitive power button
  • Overall a tiny bit small for my hands
  • So thin, it's actually a bit flexible
  • Key entry sometimes "stutters"
Posted in: Android, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews
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  • a.s. July 25, 2015, 11:49 am

    Mr. Chen, thanks for the review. You may want to have a look at the Microsoft folding Bluetooth model. It works well (it’s the only keyboard I haven’t seen stuttering on), the keys, though not full-sized, are quite large, and I don’t think anyone would argue it’s too thick. However, it’s folding with a gap, so needs a more or less flat surface, and the price is quite high for what you get. I like it, but I don’t use pointing devices or touch screens, it’s worth it to me.

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