Microsoft's new Universal Mobile Keyboard works with Windows as well as iOS and Android devices

By Himanshu Arora ยท 14 replies
Sep 16, 2014
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  1. Microsoft has unveiled a new keyboard that's compatible with iPhones, iPads, Android devices, and Windows tablets -- but not Windows Phone smartphones. Dubbed Universal Mobile Keyboard, the device will be available in October for an estimated retail price of $79.95.

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  2. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,471   +375

    Not supporting their own phone OS kinda makes the term "universal" a misnomer, but more importantly the fact that Windows Phone OS can't handle HID protocol for keyboards is kind of silly...

    Oh, and NOW they release the Arc mouse for bluetooth which is a rebranded Arc Mouse Surface Edition... not that it matters since I already bought the former (for cheaper).
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  3. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +902

    So the whole idea to come in here and post is to *****... well done sir.

    On the other hand I find this interesting, the whole control 3 devices with a switch and 6 months battery life on a single charge is trully handy, the price tag is not something excesive, if they pair it with their own bluetooth dongle for those who don't have bluetooth in their computers it could be easily used to type things and switch to your phone to reply to that whatsapp or whatnot.

    I would definitely buy one of these.
  4. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,997   +1,317

    6 months on a single charge? ill believe when I see?
  5. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,681   +1,080

    I actually believe it. I'm using an old Logitech blue-tooth keyboard that runs on 4 AA batteries. I never really kept track of how long it lasts but it is over 4 months at a time.
  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,715   +3,696

    Nice keyboard! It's only one color, why couldn't they do that for Win8/9? A bit expensive in my opinion, but that is just MS being MS.
  7. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +902

    I don't know you but at least I've owned microsoft mouse and keyboards I end up switching just because there are newer things with more functionality or better ergonomics, so far everything I've tried it's been of excelent quality and some have lasted a very long time.

    So briefly, I would pay that for a microsoft keyboard I know will last a long time.
  8. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,663   +1,949

    My first reaction to such things - what languages?

    I'm always buying keyboards directly from Logitech, with English + Russian keys, which they always have. Will this one have that? If not, then it is dead to me.

    I haven't seen any improvements in keyboards ever since Logitech K800 - one truly great keyboard.
  9. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    I really wonder how well this works switching between devices.
  10. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,870   +1,289

    He posted a completely valid critique and you replied with laughable knee-jerk fanboyism. Pathetic.
  11. Aderf

    Aderf TS Rookie

    Yep it is definitely disappointing but windows phone doesn't support Bluetooth HID but rumors claim it will be added in Update 2.
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,973   +2,527

    Wow! M$ reintroduces the laptop! how cool is that?
  13. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +902

    Oh I'm sorry I find in Microsoft keyboards and mouse quality long-lasting products, yes it must be I'm a fanboy! I'm pathetic!!

    And although it might have been valid critique as you say, if it handles Windows, Android and iPhones systems for me at least that is more than universal enough.

    Having a lightweight small gadget that can turn into a "laptop", frankly to me that is awesome.
  14. Here's a novel idea. Create a docking station and hook up what ever keyboard, mouse and monitor. have one at home and at work, so you can just plug in your phone and start working.
  15. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +902

    What if I want to work on the coffee shop? Or maybe I travel a bit more and need to access it at the airport? How about if I have to do some light work on a collegues house?

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