I know many people still hate the on-screen keyboard on their devices, with tablets it has become easier but it still isn’t the same as a regular hardware keyboard that’s for sure. Many companies have come out with solutions to this problem and Eagle Tech is one of them with their recent launch of the Neptor ET-KB300BF-WH foldable Bluetooth portable keyboard which I have for review today. This keyboard is very stylish with leather inlays on the back of it, and of course it folds up to a small and portable size so you can just put it in your case or bag to take with you as needed. The keyboard is Bluetooth and I’ve found it works with most devices, it has built-in rechargeable battery that should give you up to thirty hours of use on a single charge. When folded it’s about six inches long and then doubled when unfolded, so it’s not exactly tiny like other keyboards of this type on the market today, which is one of the things I like about it, it’s a nice big keyboard for usability purposes but not too big as to be overly bulky. So read on to learn more…
Eagle Tech Neptor Foldable Portable Bluetooth Keyboard Review
The box for the Neptor keyboard is attractive with pictures and information listed on it. The box is actually a cover for the white box that’s inside of it.
When you open the box you’ll be greeted with the keyboard wrapped in plastic and the USB cable.
Once you get everything unpacked you won’t find much else, just the user manual. The USB cable is the mini-USB style.
When folded the keyboard is only 5.9” long, and on the front you’ll see the Neptor and Bluetooth logos. This is the bottom of the keyboard basically and here you’ll find two feet on the left side, while the right side is mostly covered with a leather inlay. The keyboard is 3.8” wide or tall.
On the bottom you’ll find the same leather inlay along with two buttons and a small door. The keyboard feel very well and sturdy, but I would have liked to have seen a case for it really. It weighs in at 7.05 ounces, so it’s not very heavy, but it’s not exactly lightweight either.
The white button is the power buttons while the recessed black button is for pairing.
The small door is held securely in place with a single screw that beneath one of the feet, I just had to take it off to see what was in there. This is the battery compartment where it appears there is a user replaceable lithium ion battery. To replace the battery you just need to unplug it, the hard part will be finding one to fit, but it’s nice to know it can be replaced.
On the side of the keyboard you’ll see just the miniUSB port for charging. The keyboard is only .77 inches thick when folded.
When you unfold the keyboard it’s 12.1” long and then becomes .3” thick. The keyboard has 83 keys in total. I should also note that the keyboard does have magnets on the inside of the ends that hold it folded together. The magnets are fairly strong, you can pick the keyboard up just by one half and it won’t fall open.
On the left side you’ll find five functions keys that are also multi-function for things like search. Towards the bottom is the FN key to access this special operations along with a half-size space bar, control key and a command key.
To the trop left of the keyboard you’ll see the LED indicators for charging, battery level and pairing and num/caps lock.
There is a small gap in the middle between the sections of the keyboard, you can actually see the circuitry through the flexible strip.
The right side of the keyboard has more function keys that are also multimedia keys across the top. On the bottom you’ll find the second half of the space bar along with repeating keys from the left and then the cursor keys. There is a number pad built-in that can be accessed via the FN key or by using the numlock key.