Let me tell you this upfront – I love it.
I usually travel with my Macbook Air and now, with the Houdt wooden keyboard, I went on a day trip Cape Town and didn’t need to take my laptop! I’ve never done this on a business trip before.
It’s portable so I just popped it into my handbag, along with my iPad mini.
The packaging for the keyboard is minimal. The first thing you notice about the keyboard is how light it is. For me, this is a big plus. When I’m out and about, I don’t want to be weighed down by heavy bags and then sore shoulders. Then there’s the stylish design – it’s made from bamboo and is chiclet style for easy typing (my favourite type of keyboard). Typing isn’t quiet though – it’s louder than a regular Macbook keyboard, but softer than a standard keyboard with chunky keys.
It is a wireless keyboard that’s compatible with Android, iOS and Windows handsets. It paired without hassle on both an iPhone 5S and Samsung Galaxy S5. After you turn it on and touch the connect button, you open your hand and scan for Bluetooth devices. It will pick up as Bluetooth Keyboard and then give you several digits to type into the keyboard to complete pairing. This usually takes a total of 10 seconds.
The keyboard has a built-in battery and comes with a micro USB charging cable. It connects to devices within a range of 50 feet. That’s really as technical as it gets. You need to remember to switch it off when you’re done using it. It’s not meant to be used for hours on end, so I cannot give you a proper estimate on battery life. I use for events that require typing for less than an hour at a time and it’s fine. It’s also useful when I need to respond to emails from a coffee shop.
The Houdt wooden wireless Bluetooth keyboard is available from all iFix stores from June for a recommended retail price of R899. Visit www.ifix.co.za for more.
I have TWO of these stunning keyboards to give-away right here on Wired to the Web. All you have to do is leave a comment below saying you’d like to win. Doesn’t get any easier than that!
The competition will run for a week until Monday, 2 June at midday. Winners will be selected via random.org and announced later in the day.
The two numbers that came up on random.org were 10 and 72, from a total of 92 entries (I used the time stamp/order comments were left from my email thread to get the most accurate number since up votes on comments change that order).
10 – Seshni
72 – Nazeer Osman
Congratulations! Check comments 🙂
Welcome to Wired to the Web. My name is Nafisa Akabor and I’m a technology journalist covering business and consumer tech for the last 13 years. I’m passionate about start-ups, smartphones, mobile payments, travel tech and electric cars. I’m usually unashamedly taking food photos (@nafisaeats on IG).