Qwerkywriter Bluetooth Typewriter Review

Luria Petrucci 04.29.2016 19 comments

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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Luria Petrucci

I used to go by the name Cali Lewis. Then after 10 years of that, I decided... it's time to get REAL! So I threw out the things keeping the cap on my success and happiness! Who knew a simple name could hold you back?!? Now I'm on fire and ready to take the world by storm! :) Geeks Life and Live Streaming Pros are my passions and allow me to do what I love... HELP PEOPLE! And I love doing it side by side with my man, David and my chihuahua, Abbey.

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Robert Stephens
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Robert Stephens

Slick! I want one but at that price point….. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

Grumpy
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Grumpy

So you’re gonna become the Jessica Fletcher of the 21st. century?

yeyshonan
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yeyshonan

Oh! it’s finally rolling out!
Wicked! I saw the start up about 2 years ago or so.

yeyshonan
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yeyshonan

yes, going through my tumblr posts, I did see it in June 2014, 2 years ago.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/954250822/the-qwerkywriter-typewriter-inspired-mechanical-ke

Brian
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Brian

Ah! Luria, it’s heartwarming to know I’m not the only one who fell in love with a typewriter! A 1927 Underwood in my case … and I still own it, though haven’t used paper in years. This Querkywriter sounds like it might just be something I could warm up to. Wonder if it does as well with a Surface as it does with an iPad? Hope, it springeth eternal . . .

Brian
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Brian

Wow, almost drooled when I played the video and saw what I presume is YOUR Underwood, Dead ringer for mine! Makes me wonder, can you still get red/black ribbons for it?? Gonna have to check if that typewriter repair shop is still in business in Seattle’s Ballard district….

Paul Dixon
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If you wanted to use your iPad in portrait mode with this, but didn’t want to have the home button partly covered, couldn’t you just turn the iPad upside down so the home button is at the top? 🙂

Glenn Cazenave
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Glenn Cazenave

I would like it if they make a tiered version.
Caz

Rick Garza
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Rick Garza

Next thing you know the will come out with a bluetooth enabled Abacus.
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David B. Fishburn
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David B. Fishburn

I remember that show, my mom was a big fan. 🙂

Taz
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Taz

I just bought the new iteration of the Qwerkywriter S and I do plan to take it to my local coffee shop. I could care less what people think. It is actually not that loud.