A bluetooth typewriter that works with your tablet, phone or computer? How retro!
I have a small obsession. Actually, it might be more than just a small obsession. Every time I pass by, see on TV, or hear an old typewriter, my head pops up. I lose sight of whatever I was doing or thinking about and my attention is fully focused on that typewriter.
I turned into a geek the moment I saw my mother typing on an old word processor. I was 8 years old, standing in the doorway of her office. It wasn’t even a proper computer. Or a proper typewriter for that matter… Kinda stuck in the middle. But I didn’t care. I was in love.
And that love hasn’t gone away.
So when I found out about the Qwerkywriter…. A typewriter that works with your computer, tablet or phone… I said YES please!!!!
It’s beautiful. It has vintage style keys. It sounds like the real thing. SOUND It even has a return bar that makes the great… SOUND. No bell though!
But… It’s Bluetooth. Now, because of that connection, it does tend to disconnect every once in a while. But that happens with every Bluetooth device … EVER!
Unlike some other Bluetooth devices, where you have to wait for it to find the device again, then connect…. this one re-connects very easily. You don’t have to go into Settings. Just flip the power button off and on again.
It’s a sturdy device. Weighty, like a good typewriter should be, but not heavy. It’s under 3 pounds.
It does take a little getting used to when typing. I feel like it forces me to have better ergonomic hand positions. It’s actually uncomfortable typing with my wrists resting on the table, like I do with my laptop.
I think my biggest complaint is that there’s no command key on right side of the spacebar. I’m so used to Mac shortcuts, and my laptop has a Command key on both sides of the space bar… so I’ve had to spend some mental power changing habits.
BTW, this Qwerky Toys logo button serves as the command key for Mac and the ? on Windows.
Andy, one of our Geeks+ members asked if you can silence the keys. The answer to that is no. If you’re going to get this keyboard, you’re going to want it in ALL its glory… mechanical clicking sound and all!
It hasn’t annoyed me or anyone I work with, but if you take this down to your local coffee shop and start typing away, you’re bound to get some stares! Definitely don’t take it to the library!
Since this return bar isn’t actually going to feed paper through the keyboard, it serves as an “Enter” button instead. They did make it possible for you to program it to whatever you want. You can record a key code that it’ll remember. Every time you hit the return bar, it’ll do what you programmed. Unfortunately it won’t log any shortcuts that include the Command Key. I wanted to program it to do Command-R for refresh. It won’t do that, but you should be able to do almost anything else!
The Tablet holder is awesome for using your tablet in landscape mode. It looks great and is really functional. It leans back a bit so you can see the screen properly. In portrait mode, you can reach the home button on your iPad for example, but you won’t be able to use the fingerprint scanner. I typically use my tablet in landscape mode anyway, so it’s not a problem for me….
And THAT’s the Qwerkywriter bluetooth typewriter. I love it. It’s a beautiful accessory for my desk! It isn’t an impulse buy at $349 but it IS a great present… either to someone you love, or to yourself!
What do YOU think about this keyboard? I’d love to hear! Leave a comment below.
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