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Bastron B10 Touch Keyboard
Regardless of how you feel about keyboards like this, we'll likely see more of this in the future...or sooner.
The future seems to be here, or perhaps we think it is, and you're looking at a stand-alone touch keyboard—a keyboard with no buttons. Granted, we use touch keyboards everyday, thanks to smart devices like cell phones and tablets. However, how does that translate when used on an actual desktop/laptop computer? The experience is quite different and something that the user will have to get used to; That is, if touch keyboards are their thing. Nevertheless, after fiddling with this for a while, it would feel weird going back to a traditional keyboard with buttons. All in all, this may not satisfy everyone.
Measuring at almost 18 inches wide and 7 inches long, this thin-bodied keyboard looks sleek and will fit in most desk spaces. There are no 'legs' for arch support as the keyboard sits the way it is. This is a wired keyboard and uses USB-C for connection. Many people may be turned off by the fact that this is wired, but to each their own (we, personally, like our peripherals wired). The numeric keypad on the right side can act as a touchpad, eliminating the need for an external mouse. While the keyboard is compatible for both Windows and Mac systems, our tests are untested for Linux, BSD Unix and many other flavors thereof (is Solaris UNIX by Sun Microsystems still around?). Anyway, if complete silence when typing gives you the creeps, this keyboard has settings to add vibration and/or audio sounds when keys are pressed—a "tick" sound. With that said, if you're used to typing on your phone/tablet with some sound or a little vibration, you can make yourself at home with these settings. Besides that, the keyboard works as it should.
Our only critique is because there's not a lot of information of this online, as of current, the keyboard doesn't illuminate in a dark room. I would think that something this cool would have some sort of backlight to accomodate a low-lit room, but alas, not to be. Another is the touchpad as it gets wonky and unstable on Windows, compared to Mac. In other words, when making slow movement on the touchpad, the cursor sometimes goes haywire or jumpy when making precise movements, like patiently moving the cursor over to the browser to close a tab but not the first or second one (yeah, you can use keyboard shortcuts, but if I wanted to keep my first and second tabs open, how many keys would I have to press repeatedly if I want to close the sixth or tenth tab but not the eighth?). Keyboards shortcuts are much faster, yes, but if the cursor is within reach and can close a browser tab with one click, as opposed to pressing a keyboard shortcut ten times, then I might as well. As mentioned earlier, the cursor's response to the touchpad isn't all that great on Windows, but seems to be more stable on a Mac. If you're on a Windows system, I'd say just use your favorite computer mouse separately.
Our experience typing on this has been well. However, we've taken the time to use our desk's keyboard drawer, with a built-in wrist rest, and found this to be a better typing experience. Because we're using the wrist rest, the keyboard feels like it's too low to type, making typing much harder than it is. It's more effort to type on this compared to a regular keyboard with buttons. Worse, this takes getting used to given the fact that it's easy to mistype a key when your finger(s) skid on the board pressing another key. For example, typing mistakes such as "youir" when you mean to type "your" are occurrences you'll have to deal with from time to time. In our example, the "youir" occurred because the letter U is right next to I, and when you're completely focused on your typing, the intensity will cause your finger(s) to mistype slightly through the keyboard due to the pressure of your fingers.
Speaking of fingers, the upside to keyboards like this is that it's very easy to clean. You don't have to pluck every key on the keyboard and clean each one, including the underlying board, every now and then. Just a few wipes left to right, up and down, and you're good to go. If you're someone who's attentive to cleanliness and disinfecting, even before this whole pandemic started, then this keyboard will fit the bill.
Now, we did say this isn't for everyone, so who is this keyboard for? As reviewers, we're guilty of saying, "it depends," and we apologize for that since we all want a straight answer, so here: We wouldn't recommend this keyboard for typists. We posted an entire but simple RSS feed during the last weeks of August with this keyboard, and because there's some programming and keyboard shortcuts involved with our posts prior to being uploaded online, it was a bit of a hassle to integrate with our operations. In addition, we also wouldn't recommend it for programmers. Gamers? We'd think they'd want a little more depth than something like this—we think it's too minimalistic for them. Who's left? We'd recommend this for casual typists, especially those wanting a full keyboard to type for their smart devices like a cell phone or a tablet (the USB-C plug should be compatible and working for yoru smart devices). Okay, yeah, theoretically you can type and plays games with a keyboard like this, but you're better off using a real, standard keyboard. As for those who are comfortable with alternative keyboard layouts, we found no version of AZERTY, DVORAK, ColeMak or any others of this keyboard; More-so, we haven't found one with blank keys either.
While wireless is more expensive but sells better than wired, we're not too critical about this keyboard sporting the latter. What's with us and wired technology? One word: Health. "Experts," assuming they actually are, swear that the radiation emitted from wireless peripherals, including WiFi and Bluetooth don't pose any kind of threat to your health. After the health scare that occurred this year, we're personally taking matters into our own hands: We've reduced the ownership and usage of wireless technology. Sure, this all sounds like a concern your parent(s)/guardian(s) would say but it begs to be mentioned. There's no shame in using and owning wired peripherals, and once again, even if experts say it won't affect your health anyway, we wouldn't want to sleep on it. This is our personal point of view, and no one has to agree. Use whatever you want, and avoid whatever you want; It's your life and it's your choice. In terms of choice, hard-wiring our keyboards, our mice and internet connection is our preferred way of getting work done. (This sounds like what an old soul might say, but if you look at the bottom of our review, I'm an old millennial.) All in all, just because something isn't wireless doesn't mean it's a bad thing. Whether that'll deter you from purchasing a keyboard like this is solely up to the user/consumer themselves.
This is one of the most unique keyboards we've used and have tried. Whether you like it or not, we'll be seeing more of these in the future. Our only surprise with this keyboard is that isn't by Apple®. Would you consider this if it was? Slap an Apple® logo on any item and people will buy it—oh how we love that meme. Anyway, if you come across this keyboard in person, give it a try and see what you think. If you fit in the recommendations we mentioned, you may want to snag these before a more expensive one comes along. If you're an avid typist or a hardcore PC gamer, see if it's something you find fitting even though we'd suggest a regular keyboard.
Not a bad keyboard but all means, but we're sure something better will come along. Because we're stuck in the past, and comfortable there, we're good with physical keys on a keyboard. Very cool idea, though.
(NOTE: We may not be open to answer everyone's concerns and complaints about electronics like these, but if you have any questions or need some help, you are welcome to contact us!)
- Very easy to clean.
- Includes vibrations and sounds emitted when a key is pressed.
- A sleek keyboard that isn't by Apple® (is that a good or a bad thing?)
- NumPad can be switched to a trackpad.
- Comes in two colors: Purple Gradient and Black.
- No keyboard illumination/backlight.
- Not suitable for typists, or those whose work involves frequent and heavy typing.
- Arch support may not be angled high enough for some users.
- Too pricey for the average user (costs over $200).
|Item||Bastron B10 Touch Keyboard|
|ISBN / Bar Code number||BC000020040245123837|
|Electronics Category||Computer / Laptop accessories|
|User Manual Language(s)||English|
|Keyboard Dimensions||Width: 18″|
|Device Release||2019 (???)|
|Other||Made In China|
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