I’ve mentioned my love for my Bluetooth keyboard a few times, but I don’t think I’ve ever done a whole post on it, so I thought we’d discuss. If you tend to do a lot of writing in your life (even just emails!), I highly recommend it. There are a ton of options out there; the one that I have is the AmazonBasics Bluetooth Keyboard, which sells for around $25. Mine was a gift from my father, received around the same time I got my first iPad, and it mostly lay around collecting dust until I figured out how to use it…
Use it for focus. For a long time now, I’ve known that whenever I have significant editing or writing to do, the regular desktop is just the death of me — too many distractions. (At my old law firm I even tried to unplug the Internet cable so I had less distractions and, if memory serves, got a visit from tech support because they wondered what was wrong.) One of my old tricks has always been to write longhand, on paper. But: then you have all this text (largely illegible, if you’re me) to get into the computer, which requires time from either you or your assistant, both to enter and review. I had been gifted a keyboard forget the original reason why I had gotten a Bluetooth keyboard, but I had one laying around, so it occurred to me: why not try the iPad and keyboard? I now think of it as my little typewriter for 2015 — I never switch between screens the way I do on my desktop.
Use it for travel. The Bluetooth keyboard is super lightweight and fits in most of my bags. It’s easily turned off and on (simple switch on the bottom) so you don’t have to worry about running the batteries down or anything when you chuck it in your bag. I’ve even started using it with my iPhone if I’m flying or taking a train because it fits on the little tray table better.
Grab and go. It’s so lightweight that I even grab it if I expect I might have to wait a while somewhere, like the doctor’s office. No cords, no need for wifi (unless you’re using it for email, but even then I usually just work off previously downloaded emails and then sync when I’m back in a wifi zone), and it’s so lightweight you don’t feel like you’ve sacrificed anything if you didn’t actually get around to using it.
The only cons of note that I see: 1) It sometimes takes a few tries to get it connected via Bluetooth, which is annoying. 2) If you use a ton of keyboard shortcuts involving keys like Ctrl, Del, etc, this particular keyboard is laid out differently than my desktop keyboard, so things like function keys are in different spots. 3) Yes, it is a smaller keyboard — I haven’t felt too cramped on it at all, but then I have fairly small hands.
Ladies, do you have a tool, device, or app that you aboslutely LOVE? Share it with us in the comments.