Tri-folding portable keyboard is just your type of accessory

Tech Review: A portable wireless keyboard from iClever is ingenious in its design. It folds into a package small and slim enough to fit in a back pocket but unfolds into a decent-size keyboard with a tiny trackpad.

I’ll admit I used to think I wanted to make my iPad the only device I used for computing. I spent more than a few hours trying to figure out how the iPad could replicate all the critical functions I needed to get my work done.

I started by looking at keyboards. Since I write every week, a keyboard is critical to my work. I wanted a portable one. There are plenty of iPad-compatible keyboards, but if I’m going to carry one in my bag, it might as well be able to connect to my phone and laptop as well, so the ability to pair with more than one device is critical.

The gadget-maker iClever produces a wide range of consumer products and sent over its Portable Tri-folding Wireless Keyboard with TouchPad ($59.99, www.amazon.com).

Pros and cons

Pros: Well-built; keys are comfortable to type on. Pairs to three devices at a time.

Cons: Some missing keys will cause you to type a bit slower. A bit expensive.

Bottom line: A cool design and a functional folding keyboard.

The tri-folding keyboard is ingenious in its design. It folds into a package small and slim enough to fit in my back pocket but unfolds into a decent-size keyboard with a tiny trackpad.

The keyboard has a built-in battery that recharges with an included micro-USB cable. Battery life is up to 60 hours on a charge, and recharging takes two hours.

The keyboard is smaller than a normal laptop keyboard, and some keys are missing. The apostrophe key, which is to the left of the return key on my MacBook Pro, is not a separate key on the iClever — the apostrophe is on the L key, but I had to access it by pressing the purple FN key.

Looking around the keys, you’ll notice a lot of purple symbols that need the FN key to work. It is the easiest way to…

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