RANGER TOUCHPAD BLUE­TOOTH KEY­BOARD

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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.

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