Penclic Mini Key­board KB3

A key­board for ev­ery­thing

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - Alex Cox

$99.99 From Penclic, Made for macOS, iOS Fea­tures Blue­tooth con­nec­tion / USB port

Any mini key­board worth its salt is go­ing to elicit com­par­isons to Ap­ple’s Magic Key­board, and the KB3 stands up well. It’s slightly big­ger, and shares al­most the same lay­out, with the Eject but­ton re­placed by a Delete key and Fn switch­ing places with Ctrl. Whether its par­tic­u­lar take on scis­sor keyswitches ap­peals as much as Ap­ple’s is another mat­ter. There’s less of a pop to the ac­tion here, and the keys have a slightly rougher sur­face. The ac­tu­a­tion dis­tance is also lower — right at the bot­tom of the key’s travel, in fact — lead­ing to a frus­trat­ing amount of missed key­presses.

The KB3’s real joy lies in its ver­sa­til­ity. It can run wired as a straight USB key­board, or via Blue­tooth, with pro­files built in to use its func­tion keys on macOS, iOS and other plat­forms. Switch­ing be­tween de­vices is quick and pain­less, and the KB3 is compact and sturdy, too.

the bot­tom line. A per­fectly prac­ti­cal key­board for both iOS and macOS.

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