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Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Mar 19, 2020 at 08:33 am
Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard Picture
7.1
Mixed usage
7.1
Gaming
6.2
Mobile/Tablet
7.6
Office
6.4
Programming
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

7.1 Mixed usage

The Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard is a decent overall keyboard. If you're looking for a typical wireless keyboard to type on at the office and don't need many extra features, it's a great option. It can even be used with Bluetooth-compatible mobile devices, but it won't be the most portable option.

Pros
  • Well-built design.
  • Good overall typing quality.
  • Very quiet to type on.
Cons
  • Macros limited to F4-F7 keys.
  • No incline setting.
7.1 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.

6.2 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.

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.

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.

  • 7.1 Mixed usage
  • 7.1 Gaming
  • 6.2 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.6 Office
  • 6.4 Programming

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)
Weight 1.0 lbs (0.5 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

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
Incline Settings
0
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
Brightness Settings
No
Individually Backlit Keys
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
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
Proprietary Receiver
No
Multi-Device Pairing
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
Extra Controls
No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad Yes
Windows Key Lock
No

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
Actuation Force
45.2 gf
Pre-Travel
1.66 mm
Total Travel
2.26 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.

Software and Operating System
4.1
Software and Operating System
Software
Software Mouse and Keyboard Center 11
Account Required
No
Profiles
No Profile
Onboard Memory
No
Cloud Sync
No
Backlight Programming
No
Macro Programming
Yes
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 up to 3 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.

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.

Apple Magic Keyboard

The Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard is very different than the Apple Magic Keyboard. 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 Magic Keyboard is noticeably better built and its scissor switches offer a better overall typing experience.

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

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