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    Aug122017

    A great gadget for back-to-school if you're just bringing a tablet.

    A lot of students are going back to school with just a tablet, forgoing a laptop. I love tablets, but I don't like typing on them. So I started a search for the latest in a portable keyboard. Well another portable keyboard. I already have one from Zagg and one from Logitech. But they're a couple of years old and I wanted to see what was new. On Amazon I found the iClever Ultra Slim Wireless Keyboard. It's a tri-folding. aluminum alloy keyboard with bluetooth AND with 3-color backlight. And, as the company points out, it's for iOS Windows PC, Tablets, and Smartphones. You have your choice of using it wirelessly via Bluetooth 3.0, or you can have a wired connection to ordinary USB-enabled devices. I compared the size of the iClever keyboard to my full-size computer keyboard, and unfolded the iClever keyboard is the same size. But it folds to fit easily in the included carry bag. Since it has full standard-size keys I was able to type on it rather quickly with only an occasional mistake. I'm sure that will improve to 100% after some time typing on this new keyboard. I also like a lot that you can select the backlit color from red, blue or green, and adjust it with a bright or dim keystroke. Beware though using the LED's cost you a lot of battery power. According to the company the built-in 750mAh lithium battery will give you an uninterrupted working time of just 5 hours with the LED's on, or 300 hours with them off. Charging time is said to be less than 4 hours, and the price is right at under $40.00. It got very good reviews on Amazon. It looks like you can buy a similar model without LED's for $29.99, but I only bought the LED version. I think it's a great addition for a back-to-school gadget if you're using a tablet or smart phone for taking notes. The iClever keyboard is approximately 4 ¾ X 6 ½ X 3/4” folded and it opens to an 11 1/2” full-sized keyboard. On my little office postage scale it weighed 9.6 ounces. It's here on Amazon: 

    http://amzn.to/2vPps36

     

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