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Mechanical, Dongle-free Bluetooth Keyboard?

Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:15 pm
by Dr Dog
I've almost entirely migrated to using Scrivener on my iPad Pro - this was at one time an experiment, and is now a necessity as my MacBook Air is dying and I cannot afford anything like the new sterling-devalued prices.

So far I am surprised not to feel more of a loss - indeed in some ways I prefer the iOS way - but there is just one thing I really do miss. I am using the new Apple Magic keyboard, which is fine, BUT I really would like more of the tactility and noise of my old Blue-switch mechanical keyboard.

I know that there are some mechanical keyboards which support Bluetooth, but they all seem to require a USB dongle in the receiving machine - not possible with an iPad of course.

So is there such a beast out there? Or is the title of this post an incompatible mix of predicates (like something else happing in the UK at the moment)?

Ta.

Re: Mechanical, Dongle-free Bluetooth Keyboard?

Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:57 pm
by Hugh
When you write "mechanical", Dr D, do you mean "really mechanical" (i.e. butterfly switches etc), or just "not on glass"? The reason I ask is that I have paired my iPad Pro with a Brydge. The Brydge is mechanical in the way that many keyboards are now mechanical, so perhaps it wouldn't satisfy you. But not only does the Brydge not need a dongle, it also seems less liable to skip letters than some (a problem for certain BT keyboards with the iPad Pro - see another recent thread in this forum), and it's reasonably comfortable to type on. But it's not cheap.

P.S. I really, really like "an incompatible mix of predicates", having spent some weeks of my life in South Armagh...

Re: Mechanical, Dongle-free Bluetooth Keyboard?

Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 2:19 pm
by Dr Dog
Hugh wrote:When you write "mechanical", Dr D, do you mean "really mechanical" (i.e. butterfly switches etc), or just "not on glass"? The reason I ask is that I have paired my iPad pro with a Brydge. The Brydge is mechanical in the way that many keyboards are now mechanical, so perhaps it wouldn't satisfy you. But not only does the Brydge not need a dongle, it also seems less liable to skip letters than some (a problem for certain BT keyboards with the iPad - see another recent thread in this forum), and it's reasonably comfortable to type on. But it's not cheap.

P.S. I really, really like "an incompatible mix of predicates". :)


Hello Hugh - thanks for this, but I'm afraid I really do mean mechanical: I have a keyboard here with Cherry MX Blue switches and it is a dream to write with. I spoke to Apple this morning and they told me (helpfully) that there was a time when a USB keyboard would work using a lightning adptor, but they changed the power pins recently, so no more.

I have the Apple Magic, and that's not at all bad - in fact I prefer it to the keyboard on my failing MBA - so maybe I just need to stop dreaming and compromise (why does everything today sound like British politics)? :D

Re: Mechanical, Dongle-free Bluetooth Keyboard?

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:45 am
by JayBre
I didn't know this no longer worked using a lightning adptor. Apple needs to stop messing around with stuff. You can never rely on anything to work any more.

Re: Mechanical, Dongle-free Bluetooth Keyboard?

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:25 am
by brett
https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/our-f ... keyboards/

Unfortunately, they don’t recommend the only two BT boards on the list. For now, I guess adapters are required.
I’m still happy with Apple ‘s old Wireless Keyboard with my iPad Pro , which I’m told many prefer to its Magical, lower travel successor. i think you can still find em on Amazon, but they’re not mechanical.

Re: Mechanical, Dongle-free Bluetooth Keyboard?

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:36 pm
by rdale
I'm a big fan of Matias, and have this keyboard, which will pair to an iOS device without a dongle:

http://matias.ca/laptoppro/mac/

It's not quite as satisfying as the louder mechanical keyboards (I also have the tactile pro, which I love), but it's a site better than the rubber-dome keyboard I have at work. The battery in it lasts forever. I'm kind of a light user of it, but for the first year of ownership, I never bothered to charge it, and only decided to do so because I was taking it on a trip, and didn't want to keep up with yet another cord.

Re: Mechanical, Dongle-free Bluetooth Keyboard?

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:09 pm
by brett
https://www.mechtype.com/top-5-wireless ... keyboards/

Qwerkywriter Typewriter Wireless Mechanical Keyboard with Integrated Tablet Stand https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KM6EJOY/re ... SAbGST27C8

Re: Mechanical, Dongle-free Bluetooth Keyboard?

Posted: Fri May 04, 2018 12:13 pm
by ptram
I've ordered a keyboard called Four Season, but I’ve not yet received it. It's a kickstarter-type project, so consider the risks.

https://www.lofree.co/products/lofree-f ... l-keyboard

Paolo