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Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard review

A keyboard designed for Windows 8 tablets

Our Verdict

For

  • Portable
  • Easy to connect
  • Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts
  • Nice design
  • Cover doubles as stand

Against

  • Only suitable for tablets
  • Expensive

Along with the Microsoft Wedge Touch Mouse, the Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard has been released in preparation for Windows 8. It doesn't have a design as divisive as the Wedge Touch Mouse, but it complements it with the same black and silver colour scheme.

It's a small keyboard - not any longer than most tablets, and so typing on it for long periods can be quite uncomfortable. However the buttons feel good, and it's a huge improvement on using an on-screen keyboard on your tablet.

Again, there's no dongle included, so the tablet or PC you pair it with needs to have Bluetooth. Setting it up was as simple as inserting the batteries, then going to 'Change PC settings' in Windows 8 and clicking Add a device. Windows 8 found the keyboard without trouble, and after entering a unique code on the keyboard for security, everything was pared up.

Icons for Windows 8's charms are included above the 'F' keys, which makes navigating Windows 8 much easier. In fact, combining the Microsoft Wedge Touch Mouse and the Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard - essentially turning your tablet into a mini desktop PC - makes using Windows 8 a much more pleasant experience.

The Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard is quite easy to carry about because it's small, thin and light and comes with a protective case that can fold and double as a stand for a tablet.

Verdict

Overall the Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard isn't a keyboard that you'd want to use with a desktop PC, but if you're going to be doing a lot of writing on your tablet, then it is essential, and the Windows 8-specific shortcut keys are incredibly handy.

Tech Specs

Product TypeKeyboard
ColourBlack
Brand NameMicrosoft
Keyboard/Keypad Connectivity TechnologyWireless
Keyboard/Keypad Wireless TechnologyBluetooth
Device SupportedComputer, Tablet
LocalizationEnglish (UK)
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH, RoHS, WEEE
Keyboard/Keypad Height20.80 mm
Keyboard/Keypad Width257 mm
Keyboard/Keypad Depth101 mm
Country of OriginChina
ManufacturerMicrosoft Corporation
Product NameWedge Mobile Keyboard
Product LineWedge Mobile
Hot KeysNext Track, Previous Track, Play, Pause, Volume Down, Page Movement, Volume Up
Keys LayoutQWERTY
Manufacturer Part NumberU6R-00006
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.microsoft.co.uk
Marketing Information

A perfectly portable companion for your tablet

The new, ultra-slim Wedge Mobile Keyboard was designed for Windows 7 and Windows 8 tablet users who are constantly on the go. (It also works with iPad and Android devices.) Its thin, lightweight design makes it easy to carry, while the full-sized, soft-touch keyset provides a comfortable, efficient typing experience that makes creating long emails and documents a breeze.

An ideal balance of form and function

The Wedge Mobile Keyboard has a minimalistic yet thoughtful design that gives you exactly what you need and nothing more. The durable keyboard cover not only protects your device from scratches, but also quickly converts into a tablet stand, allowing you to work or watch movies. When you're done, simply snap the cover back on the keyboard to power it down before you stash it in your bag or backpack. It's as portable-and easy-as that.

We also built in some of the most useful commonly used features, such as Windows 8 hotkeys, to give you a quick and convenient way to search, switch between windows, and more. The keyboard also has built-in media keys, making it easy to control music and videos.

Bluetooth® technology eliminates cable and transceiver

Wedge Mobile Keyboard uses Bluetooth technology, allowing you to wirelessly connect to your tablet without a cable or transceiver. For the ultimate clutter-free mobile workstation, combine the Wedge Mobile Keyboard with the Wedge Mobile Mouse.

Number of Keys105
Package Contents
  • Wedge Mobile Keyboard
  • 2 x AAA Alkaline Batteries
Limited Warranty3 Year
Weight (Approximate)236 g