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First look: Scosche freeKEY Bluetooth water resistant flexible keyboard

A keyboard you can roll up and carry around, but is it worth the money?

The Scosche freeKEY is a flexible keyboard made mainly of silicon that can be rolled up into a compact package.  

It's very easy to charge and connect to any Bluetooth device. When we connected it to a netbook there was no lag time from a close distance, but the keys are very strange and rubbery, although that is to be expected with a roll up keyboard.  One of the main drawbacks is that if you press a key too far from its centre sometimes it doesn't register; also the home keys are often pressed by mistake, due to the little resistance the keys offer.  

Although the roll up concept is good, as it makes the keyboard easy to store and very portable, the quality of the keyboard is clearly compromised: the back of the keyboard isn't very good at gripping shiny surfaces such as plastic.

Typing has to be slowed down to ensure that every key is pressed firmly and in the centre.

 A good point about this keyboard is that it is truly water resistant, if you were to drop this in a puddle or spill a drink you can be confident that you can wipe it down and carry on using it.  

Other Bluetooth keyboards that lack the roll up function but are still small enough to be portable feel sturdier and of higher quality: on the freeKEY I found the toggle holding the flap that covers the on switch and charging port to be very easily removed by pulling the flap out slightly too vigorously, although it was easy to reinsert.

The Scosche freeKEY is sold by Scosche and myGearStore for $59.99 and currently only ships to the US. It is due to be released in the UK in late July and can be pre-ordered at solutions-inc.co.uk for £54.

Scosche freeKEY: details

  • Height: 1.2cm
  • Length 29.6cm
  • Width 11.2cm
     
  • Weight 122g


Build quailty: good seals, bad key resistance. 7/10

Features: when you press the NumLk button some buttons on the righthand side turn into a number pad, indicated on the keyboard. There are no function buttons though. 6/10

Performance: not great. Oversensitive keys are pressed when you don't want them to and some keys aren't recorded when you press them, this means you have to type slowly and more carefully than you would on a normal keyboard. 4/10

Value: a water resistant roll up bluetooth keyboard is cool, but is it worth £54 when you can pick up the (non-rolling) iGo KeyPad for around £27? 5/10

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