There are a lot of products coming my way from Chinese manufacturers, and that’s okay because free is good. Such is the case with the Lumsing Bluetooth Keyboard I recently received from the company.
I received their “ultra thin” keyboard with a cool backlight feature.
Overall, the keyboards awesome and I had no problems connecting the keyboard to any of my Android devices. However, it’s definitely a keyboard designed for iPads, which makes the accessory very cumbersome — I couldn’t even fit my ASUS tablet in landscape mode on the stand and in the slot.
Other than the obvious design preference, as long as the device has the appropriate Bluetooth connectivity, it should work with an Android device, even when designed for an iPad or iPhone.
Firm not flimsy
When I opened the packaging, I thought the keyboard would be some flimsy plastic accessory likely to break on one good drop. Fortunately, that’s not the case. The keyboard comes encased in a hard aluminum shell, making you only worry about scratches to the case rather than broken keys or tabs.
Your tablet or phone sits on a plastic stand that pops up from the top of the keyboard.
I think if there’s a piece to fail, the stand would be the one flaw.
Thankfully, the keyboard also charges through a micro-USB cable, so you can easily find a connection.
You can also see the magnetic clasp holding the tablet and keyboard together when not in use.
I couldn’t make this work with any devices, but I know the clasps work after seeing other attorneys use similar ones.
This Lumsing keyboard also has a neat backlight feature that makes the keys glow for a short time. This helps in identifying particular keys in dark areas, but I couldn’t really find too many situations where I wasn’t able to see the keys. Moreover, since I learned typing in middle school, I don’t have to hunt and peck to type, which also limits my need for this feature. As such, you’ll likely conserve the battery (supposedly 100 hours) in lieu of periodic button lights.
A minor connectivity issue
Perhaps the most frustrating part of using the Lumsing keyboard came because the accessory sometimes struggled to connect with my Android device after I hadn’t connected the two for a few days— sometimes this happened after a few hours on non-use.
Despite that slight connectivity problem, I found this keyboard very responsive when typing text. In fact, I found this keyboard more responsive than the more expensive keyboard that goes with my ASUS Transformer Infinity tablet. Plus, since a recent Android OS update, my tablet doesn’t function well when connected to the docking keyboard. This keyboard helped to resolve some of the lag and dysfunction — if you were at ABA TECHSHOW you saw my tablet’s bad behavior. Unfortunately, the ASUS tablet doesn’t fit on the keyboard.
Normal typing and an overall good buy
One of the hardest things to get used to with a tablet keyboard is the size. Obviously, Bluetooth keyboards are smaller than their desktop counterparts, but this Lumsing keyboard doesn’t feel too much smaller. I had no trouble typing a short email, or even taking a note of the chaos going on around me.
Overall, I like this accessory, though it’s probably not going to aesthetically match with any of you Android devices. This keyboard definitely looks best with an iPad, and at $28, you can probably find a comparable, less expensive keyboard to match with your tablet. However, if you’re an iPad user and you want to save $60, this works and looks a lot about the comparable Apple-branded model. Plus, I think there are a few extra features.
Note: sorry, there’s no product giveaway contest on this one, it’s already spoken for and delivered to another iPad user.
Update: I spoke with the person who received this Lumsing Bluetooth keyboard. He informed me that the keyboard lasted about 10 days of light use before the spacebar and enter keys totally failed.