Review: Kensington Multi-Device Dual Wireless Compact Keyboard

An item that I have thought about adding to my desk setup is a keyboard. Now I’ve been using the keyboard on my MacBook Pro because it is so fantastic and has Touch ID to allow me to unlock the MacBook Pro quickly. But in the interest of seeing if I could I could do better, I gave the Kensington Multi-Device Dual Wireless Compact Keyboard a shot. Here’s what you get in the box.

Besides two AAA batteries and a 2.4 Ghz USB-A receiver, you get the keyboard. The keyboard is plastic, but it feels like high quality plastic. By the way, if black isn’t your thing, you can get it in white.

One handy design feature is that you can store the 2.4 GHz receiver inside the battery compartment. That way you should never lose it should you need it in the future.

The keyboard has some weight to it. That’s important because it means that will not move on your desk while you type. It’s pretty compact so you can travel with it without having it take up a lot of real estate in your bag. You’ll also note that it has a layout that works with PC or Mac. Thus you can use it with either platform, or both platforms via its marquee feature, which is that this keyboard has the ability to connect to three devices at the same time and switch between them using Bluetooth 3.0, Bluetooth 5.0, and 2.4 GHz wireless. That’s handy if you run multiple computers as part of your workflow. Once paired, you use the F10 key to switch between keyboards. And it worked without issue for me during my testing between a pair of Macs via Bluetooth, as well as a Mac and PC via Bluetooth and 2.4 GHz wireless.

From a typing perspective, the keyboard has a great feel. The keys are a bit firm, but they have great travel as the keys are scissor switches. That means that for people like me who learned to type on typewriters back in the age of the dinosaurs, it feels familiar. The keys are also about the same size as ones that you typically find on most notebooks. Which again will feel familiar. Meaning that you can type without having your brain go through gymnastics to deal with something that it perceives as being radically different.

Finally, the keyboard also claims AES-128 encryption as well for data that’s shuffled from the keyboard to the computer. There’s not a whole lot of documentation on this, but it’s nice to know that your keystrokes can’t be sniffed by a threat actor.

So will I use this keyboard going forward? As good as this keyboard is, I like to keep my desk minimal so I won’t be using it. However my wife works with both a PC and Mac at the same time, and she is also in the midst of re-doing her desk setup. So I’ll be setting this so that she can use it as it fits her use case much better than my use case. The Kensington Multi-Device Dual Wireless Compact Keyboard has a MSRP of $39.99 CAD and is absolutely worth having a look at if you juggle multiple computers and you only have space for one keyboard, or you need a small keyboard for when you travel.

One Response to “Review: Kensington Multi-Device Dual Wireless Compact Keyboard”

  1. […] one thing that I should point it is this is not meant for you to type on. Which is why she also got this Kensington keyboard from me which she is now using with both this ThinkPad and with her 15″ MacBook Pro as it […]

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