I had never used a Bluetooth keyboard with my tablet before so when purenxs.com was given the chance to review one I was happy to accept the offer.
The model we are looking at here is the HooToo (HT-WK01) Bluetooth keyboard.
HooToo Keyboard Review
- The keyboard
- A USB charging cable
- The user manual
The unit itself feels well constructed, it is both solid and light which is exactly what you want in a portable device.
The keyboard is designed to work with multiple operating systems with a generic function key playing different roles, for example the Windows key when used with a PC.
The keys are backlit which is very useful, I often find myself using keyboards in low light and the back lighting really makes a difference. This would be a must have feature for me when making a purchase. There HooToo allow a variety of different colour options which might be useful if you prefer a softer tone, or even if you want to match it to the wallpaper!
The keyboard has a built in chargeable battery which conveniently charges via a standard USB cable, one is supplied although most tablet owners will have several at home already.
A recommended four hour charge is need upon arrival and then after that you can expect 200 hours of use, although this drops to 4 if the lighting is on.
So what’s it like to type on? Well fortunately it functions very well in its primary role! This is a real quality keyboard which feels comfortable to type on. It possesses a nice key action with a decent spring as you depress the key, you’ll find it satisfyingly responsive. I’m a fairly average type typer and found it was great to type on and I expect even faster typers will get on well too.
A couple of small criticisms, the keyboard doesn’t feature a rest for the Nexus 7 so it helps if you have one of these already, for example you might have a case with a built in stand to prop up your tablet. The model I received was not specifically designed for the UK market, there is no £ key labelled. When set up in UK mode you can of course still get a £ when you need it.
A great little device, well made and a pleasure to use. I really like that it maintains compatibility with multiple operating systems so it will still be of use if you switch to rival products in the future.
Is it worth getting a tablet keyboard?
I have always been a little sceptical about combining keyboards with tablets. If I wanted a physical keyboard I’d buy a laptop! Actually I did buy a laptop.
I was therefore very curious about trying out a keyboard with my Nexus 7, a device which has been specifically designed to work with a touch screen. I have seen people using their tablets (and even phones) with a keyboard whilst in the office and in coffee shops but always wondered if it was the right solution.
The first thing I’ll say is that using a keyboard works great with the Nexus 7, it is very easy to connect up and typing becomes a breeze. I am not a big fan of typing lengthy pieces on the tablet touch screen keyboard and historically I have moved straight to my laptop when faced with more than a few lines of text to right.
I found the keyboard was able to open up a range of possibilities for my tablet, I was able to write longer responses to emails and even the WordPress app suddenly became useful. Your kids will wonder how come you are responfing to their text messages so quickly. This goes to show that the tablet / keyboard combination is a workable solution that may displace laptops from some people’s homes.
Personally, as the owner of a light weight Ultrabook, it’s not enough to make me switch over for good but I could see it being very useful for casual computer use. I’ll definitely have it handy for those occasions when I want to leave the laptop at home.
Do you use a keyboard with your tablet? Let us know what you think.
HooToo HT-WK01 Features
A quick run down of the specs:
- Built-in lithium battery, charged via USB
- Dimensions: 260 x 135 x 11 mm
- Energy saving sleep mode
- BROADCOM Bluetooth module 3.0
- Quiet keystrokes
- Compact low-profile design
- Backlit (7 colours!)
- Low maintenance, easy to connect,
- Designed for Android (and can be used with iOS and Windows)