MICROSOFT UNIVERSAL FOLDABLE KEYBOARD
Microsoft’s Universal Folding Keyboard is uniquely split in two with a hinge in the middle so you can fold it in half. This makes it by far the most portable choice in our shootout.
Open, it measures 295 x 125 x 5 mm, but when folded closed, it’s just 145 x 127 x 10 mm. It’s also the lightest keyboard in our shootout at just 178g. The keyboard is made of a gray softtouch material on the outside and around the edges, while the keys are black plastic. The whole thing is water-repellent. The keyboard is powered by a rechargeable battery, which Microsoft says will last for three months, after which you’ll have to charge it using the included Micro-USB charger.
Open it up and the keyboard will turn on automatically. To pair the keyboard, just hold down one of the two function keys used to switch devices, wait for it to light up, and pair. You can pair two devices at the same time. An OS Switch key in the upper right corner flips the function keys between Windows, Android, and iOS modes.
On the inside, the keyboard is essentially the same as Microsoft’s Surface Type Cover keyboard, but with a big gap in the middle. While this gap in the keys makes it look similar to a split ergonomic keyboard, the Foldable Keyboard doesn’t qualify as such, as it doesn’t angle the two portions of the keyboard into a more comfortable typing position. Unlike our other keyboards, it also lies completely flat.
The big gap between the keys is hard to get used to. The unusual layout, in combination with some keys being twice the size of others (T, G, 7, H, and N) also makes typing on the keyboard quite awkward as the keys just aren’t where your fingers expect them to be. On the plus side, the keys themselves are firm with a nice tactile response. Note that there are also no function row keys, although you do get a line of dedicated media controls.
The Foldable Keyboard folds to just half its size!