THE TALK­ING TYPE

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

With al­most ev­ery­thing mov­ing to­wards touch in­ter­faces, phys­i­cal key­boards in smart­phones are on the way out. The larger dis­plays on tablets don’t leave much scope for at­tach­metn to a key­board ei­ther, prompt­ing com­pa­nies to come up with wire­less key­board ac­ces­sories.

Try­ing to be dif­fer­ent from the oth­ers, Ele­com has com­bined a wire­less key­board and a Blue­tooth head­set melded into a sin­gle ac­ces­sory.

The com­pact and stylish key­board has a dis­play on top for no­ti­fi­ca­tions such as Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity and bat­tery sta­tus, in­com­ing and out­go­ing call num­bers. Typ­ing with the key­board, which has to be paired with your de­vice, was dif­fi­cult thanks to the dis­play which splits the first two rows of the keys. But with time we got used to the place­ment of the keys.

The de­vice worked quite well as a hand­set too. While the front had the num­ber keys, the ac­tual call can be made only from the rear of the de­vice. In­com­ing num­bers flashed on the small screen, a handy fea­ture when the phone was in the hand­bag or pocket.

It also has a 3.5-mm port for head­phones, just in case you want to lis­ten to mu­sic from your phone.

ELE­COM TK MBD041BK Price:

` 11,000

BAG IT OR JUNK IT? In­no­va­tive, but with a su­per ex­pen­sive price tag.

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