Seeking Bluetooth Keyboard Recommendations

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Hi,
I am looking into purchasing a new Bluetooth keyboard to use with an iPhone 5S running the latest version of iOS. I am a VoiceOver user and like to use a Bluetooth keyboard for writing long pieces of text such as e-mails. I know that there are a lot of Bluetooth keyboards out there, but I don't want to just buy one; I would like some recommendations first. I am particularly looking for a keyboard that is not too cheap but not too expensive either (in about the £50-£100 price range) and I want one that is USB charged, has an on-off switch, is durable and responsive, is comfortable to type with for long periods of time and big enough to distinguish between individual keys but not too big so that I can carry it round in an average sized handbag; I would like one that is slim/relatively slim. I have read reviews of and heard people say good things about Logitech keyboards so at the moment I am leaning towards buying a Logitech keyboard so if anybody could recommend a good Logitech keyboard, that would be great; I would also appreciate recommendations of other makes of Bluetooth keyboard that are just as good as, or better than, Logitech ones.
Thank you,
Alice

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Submitted by JeffB on Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I strongly reccomend the Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard. It folds up so the keys g, h, t, y, b, n, 6, and 7 are a little bigger than the others. Also the space bar is cut in half so you have a little space bar on either side of the keyboard. With the binding in the middle it sort of looks like 2 little keyboards but when unfolded it's a full sized keyboard. When folded up it's about the size of a small story book. It charges with a micro USB cable and the charge lasts for about 3 months of use. I rarely have to recharge this keyboard. The keyboard has volume up and down buttons, play pause button, next and previous, a lock and search button as well. Paring it can be a little tricky but after playing around with the paring buttons I got it to work.

Submitted by falcon wings on Thursday, March 23, 2017

Everyone and their mother is using logitech 380k, if I am remembering its name right, and there is a good reason for it.

It meets all your requirements accept the usb charging, but it has those replaceable smallish battery's that have lasted me about 3 months of use so far,or even more.

I bought it more than a year ago, and the battery's haven't run out yet,although I have used it on and off, not regularly, I.E use it for a month or so,and then keep it away for 2.

Its rarely small, not expensive at all,and the keys are bouncy enough. What you'd call the travel.

It also connects to 3 devices and you can switch to them by using the f1 f2 and f3 keys, after pairing the key press instantly connects you to the device when in range or the key is pressed.
It also has play pause and the like, plus the home button and I have used it on both windows and ios so far with keys changing depending on the device you are connected to.
Hth

Submitted by falcon wings on Thursday, March 23, 2017

Since I can't seem to arrow up and down or right and left arrow when in the edit fields, I can't go back and edit my last post,hence the double post. (Probably a ios10 bug)
But anyways, I meant it's fairly small not rairly small lol.

Submitted by Deborah Armstrong on Thursday, March 23, 2017

Morgan likes this one as well; see his blog posts. You can find many reviews and comments about it on Applevis. What I like is that it's dust and splash proof. I often use it in my yard and can just wipe it off with a damp cloth. It has a real off switch so it doesn't discharge. Seems to last about 60 days if I turn it off after using it. It's very thin and light and the keys are easy to distinguish. Charges from USB. My only caveat is that it gets a bit slippery on your lap. Works better on a tray or table.

Submitted by Jesse Anderson on Thursday, March 23, 2017

I've been using the Logitech K810 for well over a year now and really like it. It doesn't fold, but it's not too big. the keys are very comfortable to type on, and there's an actual on-off switch on the right side. The other thing I really like is its ability to pair with 3 devices at once, which I use all the time. There's a pairing button on the bottom, and then you just press one of the F1-3 keys to pair to that button. then just pressing F1-F3 switches devices. I switch between my work phone, personal phone, and iPad with no trouble. It has its own battery, that lasts forever, and can be charged via micro USB. I'm lucky if I charge it every few months.