Here at TechNorms, we’re always looking for ways to make your life easier. When it comes to gadgets, we love the latest and greatest, but it’s not always easy to find ones that are practical and fit into our day-to-day lives. As tablets become the way to get things done faster and with more efficiency, we started looking at Bluetooth keyboards that can be used at the office, on the go and when lounging at home. That’s when we found the Belkin YourType.
Belkin is an industry proven name when it comes to mobile and computer accessories. How does the YourType stack up for the daily tablet user? We’ve tried to answer this question in our review.
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Belkin’s YourType Android Keyboard and Stand Review
Please Note: Before we begin, keep in mind that not all Android-based tablets can use a Bluetooth keyboard or other Bluetooth-based products. If you’re running Android 4.3, you can’t use any Bluetooth accessories with those tablets. It’s an annoying bug, but it’s not Belkin’s – or any other accessory maker’s – fault.
I’m using a 7” Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.0 with the YourType. While the YourType Android Keyboard has been primarily designed to support up to a 10.1” tablet, I prefer something much smaller when it comes to the tablet I use every day. So I tried it out with my own Galaxy tab.
One of the best features about the YourType is the keyboard itself. It’s comfortable, it feels like it flows from your fingertips, and I found it easy to get used to using. One of the biggest complaints about anyone who uses a computer daily is getting used to another keyboard, and this by far was one of the better transitions I’ve made.
One of the great features about the Belkin YourType is that you can use the built-in function keys to take control of your Android tablet in ways you didn’t think were possible with a Bluetooth keyboard. This is another great feature of the YourType if you’re using your tablet full-time or in place of a laptop.
If you’re wondering what kind of Hotkey functions are possible, check out Belkin’s guide that displays a number of shortcuts that can be used with an android device. You can check out the guide here.
The YourType keyboard has no cables. Yes, you heard me right. Everything is done via Bluetooth, so you can pair up and start typing away. Many other keyboards I’ve tried for my tablet require me to plug it in, which is just an additional USB cable I don’t need to be carrying with me on the go.
As you can see, this is a beautiful, sleek and well-designed keyboard for an Android tablet. While size does matter in this case, this is one of the better accessories to carry around and use on your travels. While using on two AA batteries, the weight of the YourType is negligible.
While the YourType keyboard is one of the best around, sadly, for smaller tablets, this just isn’t a viable option for travel and commuting. If you’re using a 10.1” Android tablet and utilize the YourType, you’ll be on your way to getting more from the setup on the go. Without getting into some MacGyver-like setups or perhaps some duct tape, the YourType just doesn’t function as well with a small tablet.
Check out the Belkin YourType Android Keyboard + Stand
Disclaimer: The above company sent me the product reviewed in this blog. However, that has not swayed my opinion of their product one way or another.