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Jelly Comb folding Bluetooth keyboard 21 May 2018

Because I knew I was going to be using Termux quite a lot, I got a bluetooth keyboard to use with my phone. It turns out to be really rather good.

It's suitably small when closed, roughly 150mm by 100mm.

The keyboard has a full UK layout, with all the modifier keys; I can happily drive emacs with this. (Though I did have to set the keyboard type on the phone to "UK" manually the first time I used it.) It's apparently usable in iOS too (without trackpad functionality), and with desktop machines, though I haven't tried this.

I can't touch-type on it, quite, and some of the keys are undersized so as not to foul the hinge mechanism, but overall it's remarkably pleasant to use, better than some laptop keyboards I've tried.

Controls are very simple: a power switch, a "connect" button, and a USB Micro socket for recharging. It's claimed that the charge can last for months; well, maybe. It's certainly lasted a day without any trouble.

One downside: because of the hinge positions, it's awkward to use on one's lap, and really needs to be put down on a flat surface. (I have a case for the phone that doubles as a landscape-mode stand, and in this configuration there's more than 80√ó25 usable for Termux.)

Amazon reviews indicate that some units are distinctly substandard, so beware. Mine seems fine.

The white version is several pounds cheaper than the silvery-grey one I have; but although I did save quite a bit a few years ago by buying white rather than black EeePCs, I have apparently developed an æsthetic sense since then.

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