Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2
Rated 4 out of 5 by JonathanM Solid, Durable, Light-weight Bluetooth Keyboard
I originally wanted to get the BKC50 combo which combines the tablet/keyboard protective cover and would seemingly make using the keyboard with the tablet easier. However since Sony is working out some design issues with the cover I went ahead and bought the keyboard by itself.
First impressions are that it's light-weight but well made and solid feeling. The key-travel isn't the greatest and I've noticed I cannot type as quickly or effecientlly on it as I can with my desktop and laptop keyboards. Overall, this keyboard is a nice alternative to the on-screen keyboard, especially if you're typing documents or reviews. I`m using this keyboard along with my xperia z2 tablet to type up this review.
The first glaring con, and my biggest gripe with this keyboard is the placement and size of the right-shift key. Being right handed I tend to use the right-shift more frequently. However I find it very frusterating to use it on this keyboard. From a location standpoint, it's not intuitive at all as you have to reach over the search and up arrow cursor keys to get to it. First of, unless I consciouslly make the effort to press the right-shift I end up pressing the search key (which is where the right-shift should be). Next issue is that since the key is only half-sized and is located to the outer right side of the keyboard you`re not as likely to press the key squarely. I find I'm pressing it at a slight angle which in most cases proves to be ineffective. Since shift is most commonly used to capitalize a single letter unless I make a deliberate effort to press the key firmly and hold it while pressing the letter key I all too frequently end up with the lower case letter. This single glaring design oversight makes it all the more impossible to type quckly on this keyboard which is why I only gave it four stars. I really wish I could swap and remap the right-shift and search keys.
Overall I would recommend this keyboard but in my opinion it does have a design flaw. Maybe Sony will consider releasing a revised model with better key placement and possibly other improvements.
August 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by sporeboy1 Works great
Solid NFC bluetooth connectivity. Small and portable. Nice keystroke feel considering the size of the keyboard. I defnitely recommend this keyboard for Xperia tablets, and it will probably work with any other bluetooth device as well (although I'm not certain).
Oh, the one thing that burns me is the Right Shift key. Ahhhh this is awful placement and not intuitive for someone with standard typing skills. But not a big enough problem considering everything else.
October 9, 2014