I just picked up the Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard. The TL:DR on this accessory is that it's exactly what I've been waiting for in a mobile keyboard for a long time. Let's get to it because I have to get to a haircut.
What is it?
This is a battery powered, Bluetooth keyboard that can pair with up to 3 devices. The switch on the upper right hand switches it between Windows, Android, and iOS mode. It has a magnetic cover that doubles as a stand. Microsoft claims it's a two position stand. I'm using an Asus Zenpad S 8.0 with my keyboard right now and unless you don't move the keyboard at all, it's really only a one position stand with my tablet. That being said, it's a very usable single angle.
Great - But how is it?
The keys are great! We're not using a keyboard for a Surface tablet. It's smaller than that - designed for the iPad sized tablets. All things considered, it's a very cozy keyboard. Do my thumbs touch while they're hovering over the spacebar as I type? Yes, but only when I want to reach a letter that's a stretch for a pointer finger. Am I cramped? The keyboard does a great job feeling well spaced. I don't feel as cramped as I have on some 10.1" laptops. And all my buttons are here! They haven't altered the layout or left out keys in order to smash the keyboard into a smaller form factor. I'm writing the post using the keyboard in question and it hasn't been any issue. Key reliability is spot on and I haven't mistaken or missed a key yet!
A Quick note on the OS switch - it's flawless. At least between Windows and Android. That's why this note is quick. Look at the switch, imagine you know what it's supposed to do, and then watch as it does exactly what you expect. Syncing is quick and painless. It's quite user-friendly. I've found that's rare in Bluetooth devices, and Microsoft nailed it.
It is what it is. A keyboard for your tablets or phone. After writing emails and a blog on it, I can say I'm more than satisfied - I'd go as far as downright impressed - with it's usability. It's a definite add to the productivity of my tablets and given the chance, I'd buy this keyboard again. Good work, Microsoft.
Just jotting down some of my most important thoughts.