RANGER TOUCHPAD BLUETOOTH KEYBOARD
The Ranger TouchPad Bluetooth Keyboard is the only keyboard in our shootout with a built-in touchpad. The keyboard is made entirely of white glossy plastic and measures in at 287 x 125 x 12 mm. It’s fairly light at 250g and tapers slightly, but not enough to provide an elevated typing angle.
To pair a device, flip the keyboard over and you’ll find a small selector switch on the bottom. Choose one of the three positions and hit ‘connect’ to discover and pair your device. Being able to pair and switch between three devices simultaneously is nice, but the position of the switch on the bottom of the keyboard makes it annoying to use. The keyboard has an integrated battery, which Ranger says will last about 48 hours of continuous usage between charges. Recharge it with the provided Micro-USB cable.
The keys on the Ranger keyboard are nice and firm, thanks to a stiff scissor switch mechanism. There’s also a surprisingly large amount of travel and a decent amount of space between the keys as well. In the top-right corner, there are indication lights for Caps Lock, Bluetooth connectivity and charge status. Like the K380, the F3 to F6 buttons double up as Android keys and you also get media control keys on F7 to F12.
The keyboard’s integrated touchpad is an interesting addition but a bit too small to replace a mouse or proper touchpad. Its best feature is the scroll portion on the right, which is useful for browsing long websites. Annoyingly, it doesn’t have a click on it, so you have to use the left control key to left click and the windows button to right click.
The touchpad also takes up a lot of space and, as a result, the comma, period and question mark keys are half-size, which is really frustrating, as I almost always tap the top of the touchpad when trying to hit them. Another thing to note is that the letters on the keys are screened on, which, in combination with the glossy white plastic, makes the keyboard look a bit cheap. The screened on letters may also peel off over time.
The Ranger keyboard has an integrated touchpad.