For iPad Typing, TYPO Steps into the Gap

TYPO Innovations sent us its latest wireless keyboard and case. Dubbed TYPO ($189), and aimed at "bridging the gap between your laptop and your iPad," the pricey accessory has a sleek and somewhat refined appearance. It looks great, but how does the TYPO really stack up against other wireless keyboards? Read on to find out in our full review.

TYPO. What an odd name for a keyboard. I might have picked something that suggested the opposite, such as ANTI-TYPO or ACCURACY. Well, weird name aside, the TYPO comes in a suitably fancy box, and has the suitably modern lines of a thin and lightweight Apple accessory. When you remove it from the box, it looks like something that should be attached to your iPad Air and iPad Air 2. A USB cable is also included to charge via the almost invisible microUSB port on the side. The only other external features on the outside edge are the also extremely small power and a Bluetooth activation buttons. I could not get the TYPO to do anything until connecting it to power the first time.

The keyboard area has a smooth feel and though the keys are sort of clickety, they do offer a slightly punchy feedback. I did not feel cramped or overstressed when typing for long periods on it, as is the case on many other mobile keyboards. The case part is a rather pedestrian molded design that inspires indifference. It has openings in all the appropriate places for you to access and use the iPad while installed. The detachable hinge and stand feature, however is somewhat interesting: The TYPO case not only detaches but has a flat piece of metal that can be folded up flush to the case or rotated out as a stand. This works in a fashion similar to the detachable keyboard/touchpad for the Microsoft Surface tablets (minus the touchpad).

Like all keyboard examinations, we tested the TYPO by writing a few reviews with it. For comparison purposes, we use several other wireless keyboards to highlight the differences. I feel like I can type a bit more accurately on the TYPO than with many of the models used in comparison, and was not as eager to jump back to my Macbook's much fuller-sized keyboard. I am not saying it can go up against a normal-sized keyboard, because I have not met the mobile keyboard that can do that. Overall, I give it above average marks, but still would rather be on a full-size keyboard when possible.

TYPO is at it's best when you're typing on a solid surface. Typing on one's lap with it was also pretty decent, though I wouldn't want to write a book on the TYPO (on lap or otherwise). This keyboard also has a feature that auto-corrects as you type. I was able to get a preview of it at CES earlier this year, but it is still not fully implemented. A few minor features (like auto-capitalization and auto-apostrophe) did work in the version I tested. The product will have a 10 million word library added later this summer along with it's own free typing app, a helpful and unique capability to consider.

I did not produce as many missing and duplicate characters with the TYPO as I did with some other mobile keyboards I have tested. The keyboard does occasionally lag behind a bit when you really bang in a lot of fast text, and does seem to produce a few dupes, however this plagues a lot of BT keyboards we test. One suggestion I have that could help writers and editors: a mobile keyboard that breaks out the arrow keys (And maybe adds a number pad, too) to their own separate section like a real keyboard. Of course, that means more keyboard area, thus probably not practical.

Pros

  • Magnetic and detachable case/stand
  • Spacious and responsive

Cons

  • Pricey

The Verdict

I found TYPO to be a good product, and predict it could indeed live up to its billing as a "gap-bridging iPad keyboard." The case itself is kind of blah, though the flexible, and the strongly magnetic hinge is a nice touch. I like TYPO overall, but it is pricey. I think TYPO Innovations could lower their price and bridge a monetary gap too. The auto-correction features definitely give it an edge, but they aren't fully implemented yet, and several cheaper alternatives can match TYPO practically click-for-click. 

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Nate Adcock

Nate Adcock is a system and integration engineer with experience managing and administering a variety of computing environments. He has worked extensively with mobile gadgets of all shapes and sizes for many years. He is also a former military weather forecaster. Nate is a regular contributor for the iphonelife.com and smartphonemag.com blogs and helps manage both websites. Read more from Nate at natestera.tumblr.com or e-mail him at nate@iphonelife.com.