Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Mar 19, 2020 at 08:33 am
Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard Picture
6.6
Gaming
6.9
Mobile/Tablet
7.6
Office
6.4
Programming
5.0
Entertainment / HTPC
Connectivity Wireless
Size
Full-size (100%)
Mechanical
No

The Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard is a very straightforward wireless keyboard. It has typical rubber dome switches that can be found on other similar office keyboards that offer a good overall typing experience, although some may find them to be a bit mushy. It's well-built even though it's entirely made of plastic and is well-suited for an open-office environment as typing on it isn't loud at all. Unfortunately, it lacks backlighting, which might be a deal-breaker for some, but it's one of the most versatile keyboards since it works with pretty much any Bluetooth-compatible device, including mobile devices.

Our Verdict

6.6 Gaming

The Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard isn't designed for gaming. We don't currently test latency, but a Bluetooth connection is rarely recommended for gaming. Also, while it can set macros, the F4-F7 keys aren't the best-positioned keys to use when gaming. It also lacks backlighting, which might be a deal-breaker for some.

Pros
  • Well-built design.
  • Good overall typing quality.
  • Very quiet to type on.
Cons
  • Macros limited to F4-F7 keys.
  • No incline setting.
6.9 Mobile/Tablet

Mediocre for using with mobile devices or tablets. Although the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard is Bluetooth-compatible and works with mobile devices, this full-size board isn't the most portable. It might be a bit hard to fit inside a backpack and you can't connect it to multiple devices simultaneously.

Pros
  • Well-built design.
  • Good overall typing quality.
  • Very quiet to type on.
Cons
  • Macros limited to F4-F7 keys.
  • No incline setting.
7.6 Office

The Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard is a good office keyboard. Its wireless design clears up a bit of clutter on your desk and its low-profile design is decently ergonomic to type on during your workday. Its rubber dome switches are very quiet to use in an open office environment and it offers a good overall typing experience.

Pros
  • Well-built design.
  • Good overall typing quality.
  • Very quiet to type on.
Cons
  • Macros limited to F4-F7 keys.
  • No incline setting.
6.4 Programming

The Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard is an okay keyboard for programming. Although its typing experience is good, you can only set a few macros on the F4-F7 keys, which might not be enough for some. On the upside, its wireless design gives a cleaner setup.

Pros
  • Well-built design.
  • Good overall typing quality.
  • Very quiet to type on.
Cons
  • Macros limited to F4-F7 keys.
  • No incline setting.
5.0 Entertainment / HTPC

Pros
  • Well-built design.
  • Good overall typing quality.
  • Very quiet to type on.
Cons
  • Macros limited to F4-F7 keys.
  • No incline setting.
  • 6.6 Gaming
  • 6.9 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.6 Office
  • 6.4 Programming
  • 5.0 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Apr 01, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
0.7" (1.9 cm)
Width 17.1" (43.5 cm)
Depth
4.9" (12.4 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
N/A
Weight
1.04 lbs (0.470 kg)

This is a full-size keyboard that doesn't take too much space. It also doesn't come with a wrist rest, which would have taken more desk space.

7.5
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material ABS

This keyboard is well-built. Its frame is made out of plastic, and although there's some flex to the body, it still feels solid overall. The keycaps are stable, but the switches might feel a bit mushy when typing.

7.0
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Minimum Incline
2 °
Medium Incline
N/A
Maximum Incline
N/A
Wrist Rest No

The Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard's ergonomics are decent. Even if it doesn't have any incline settings or included wrist rest, this low-profile and straight board is decently comfortable to type on and you shouldn't feel too much fatigue.

0
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting No
Color
No Backlighting
Individually Backlit Keys
No
Color Mixing
No Backlighting
Effects
No
Programmable
No

This keyboard doesn't have any backlighting, which isn't ideal if you work in environments that don't have enough light.

Design
Cable & Connector
Detachable
No
Length N/A
Connector (Keyboard side)
No Cable

This wireless-only keyboard uses disposable batteries, so it doesn't come with any cable.

7.3
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
Yes
Bluetooth Multi-Device Pairing
No
Proprietary Receiver
No
Battery Type
2x AAA

This Bluetooth keyboard can unfortunately only be used with a single compatible device. If you want a keyboard that has multi-device pairing, check out the Keychron K4.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Hot Keys
Macro Programmable Keys
Dedicated only
Trackpad / Trackball No
Wheel No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad Yes
Windows Key Lock
No
Lock Indicator No Indicator

The whole F row doubles down as hotkeys, including media keys. The only programmable macros are the F4-F7 keys, which are the media keys. On the upside, these macros can be pretty much anything and aren't only from a preset list of options. This full-size board also has a NumPad on its right side.

Design
In The Box

  • Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard
  • 2x AAA batteries
  • Manuals

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Rubber Dome
Feel
Tactile
Operating Force
68 gf
Actuation Force
49 gf
Pre-Travel
1.8 mm
Total Travel
2.4 mm

Like most keyboards with this design, the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard has tactile rubber dome switches that require a lot of force go over the tactile bump before the actuation point. This results in a heavier typing experience, but the short travel distance helps making it lighter.

7.5
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The overall typing quality on this keyboard is good. There's nothing too special about it, as the stable keys offer decent feedback. Some may feel like the rubber dome switches are a bit mushy, but most should be satisfied with the typing experience.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Very Quiet

Typing on the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard doesn't make much noise. It's very quiet and should be suitable for use in an environment with people surrounding you.

6.8
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
N/A
Latency Receiver
N/A
Latency Bluetooth
18.6 ms
Software and Operating System
6.9
Software and Operating System
Software & Programming
Software Name Mouse and Keyboard Center 11
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
No
Cloud Sync
No
Macro Programming
Software
Ease Of Use
Easy
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
No

The Mouse and Keyboard Center software offers very limited customization. The only thing you can really do with it is program the macros on the F4-F7 keys. The software is also only compatible with Windows.

8.5
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Partial
Android Partial
iOS Partial
iPadOS Partial

Thanks to its Bluetooth connection, this keyboard has excellent compatibility. It works pretty much with every platform, although some keys don't work depending on which OS you're on. Nevertheless, all alphanumeric keys work on all platforms.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard is nothing special. It's a typical wireless full-size keyboard with rubber dome switches, and it doesn't have many extra features. You can set macros to a few select keys, but that's about it. It lacks backlighting so it might not be the best option for late-night workers. For more options, see our recommendations for the best keyboards, the best wireless keyboards, and the best keyboards for writers

Microsoft Surface Keyboard

The Microsoft Surface Keyboard is much more premium than the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard. It's better built, and the scissor switches offer a better typing experience than the mushy rubber dome switches on the Bluetooth keyboard. On the other hand, you can set a few macros on the F4-F7 keys of the Bluetooth Keyboard, which you can't do on the Surface Keyboard.

Logitech MX Keys

The Logitech MX Keys is better than the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard. It feels more high-end, has white backlighting, offers a better overall typing quality, and can be connected to up to three devices simultaneously. However, if you don't like scissor switches and prefer a bit longer travel distance, go with the Microsoft and its rubber dome switches.

Apple Magic Keyboard 2017

The Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard is very different than the Apple Magic Keyboard 2017. The Microsoft's full-size design includes a Numpad and you can set a few macros on the F4-F7 keys. On the other hand, the Apple is noticeably better built and its scissor switches offer a better overall typing experience.

Logitech K780

The Logitech K780 is more versatile than the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard. It can be used with its USB receiver and via Bluetooth and its design offers a little cradle for your mobile devices, which is very useful. However, if you don't like circular keys, you might want to go with the Microsoft keyboard with its more typical square chiclet keys.

Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard

The Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard is a better keyboard than the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard. It's noticeably better built, has better ergonomics, and offers a better typing quality, but it might take you a bit of time to get used to the split-key layout. On the other hand, if you're just looking for a straightforward wireless board, the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard might be a better option.

AmazonBasics K4R

The Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard is better than the AmazonBasics K4R. The Microsoft feels more durable, its Bluetooth connection makes it more versatile, and it will work with mobile devices as well, which the AmazonBasics can't do. The AmazonBasics has a built-in touchpad while the Microsoft has a Numpad.

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