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Bastron iPad/Tablet Mechanical Keyboard & Mouse

Bastron iPad/Tablet Mechanical Keyboard & Mouse

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Verified Purchaser
I *wish* I could enjoy this more, but the only good thing about it is how the keys feel. There are some connection and driver issues (keys getting "stuck" even though they aren't being pressed down, etc.), and because it has no off switch, you can't just reset it when this happens. You also have to use the included screwdriver to open the battery compartment, so you can't pop the batteries out that easily either. I really tried to use it for a while since, again, I love how the keys feel, but it wasn't worth it.
And the mouse was just no good, dropped it immediately. Do not buy this if the mouse is important to you.
Verified Purchaser
I'd like a refund. This product is subpar.
Good typing feel on the blue switches, but lack of important features for portability (on/off switch or protective case, relatively large sized) make it a poor case for a portable keyboard. Keys are also a tad too widely spaced apart. Lack of dedicated arrow and home/end keys makes these better for typing novels than working on spreadsheets or programming.
AA batteries for keyboard, AAA for mouse -I personally do not mind as rechargeables allow me to use these for the longer term (good switches outlast lithiums). I would prefer if it was standardized AA or AAA across both accessories though. Not being able to charge rechargeable batteries directly is a minus, but one that is understood given the additional complexity to guard against people charging alkaline batteries without thinking.
Additional buttons on the mouse seem to be non-programmable, so it is just a lightweight basic wireless mouse that works through the included dongle.
Lack of a comprehensive instruction manual to help the typical consumer troubleshoot and get it to work is a major minus; as the typical consumer, spoilt by designer products, wouldn't spend much time or effort trying to get a non-intuitively designed accessory working.
QC seems to be a hit or miss based on other reviews - the good news is, people aren't paying a limb for a combination of features that aren't easy to find. So it would work as an introduction into the world of mechanical keyboards.
Verified Purchaser
Switches are good quality, they look and feel like gateron blues. The ability for your mouse and keyboard to share the same bluetooth signal with your device is pretty cool but not the most heavily needed feature (especially since IOS does not support mouse input). Feels hollow but durable, it could probably take a couple drops and be fine.
Major disappointment in a lack of wired options. No way to manually connect the keyboard to a computer, it is bluetooth or nothing. Battery power only too, so you can't charge (or even power) via USB. Connectivity is decent but not perfect, I would get ghost charecters a couple times per use. I have this around as an emergency bluetooth keyboard, but a lack options to connect via USB were an unforseen dealbreaker at time of purchase.
Verified Purchaser
The keys have a nice tactile feel, but it really lacks a lot of the thought that are put into mechanical keyboards. Ultimately this makes it disappointing.
I don't understand why manufacturers still make devices that use AA batteries. The lack of arrow keys make it hard to edit text. If you hit a key it stays on until it automatically shuts off.
Verified Purchaser
This worked for a couple of months but then one of the keys broke off. The mouse is definitely useless and that its difficult to connect. I didn’t have any trouble with the Bluetooth connecting, I think that was the best part. I was able to switch from my iPad to my laptop without any problems when I switched it to the different channels. I didn’t have a problem with the tactile feel of the keyboard and I actually like the feel of the switches. But I do have to say that they keyboard is a battery consumer, I would use it with no back light for about a week and then I would have to change out the battery. And this is with light use not even moderate. The instructions says that the keyboard and mouse should connect with the USB 2.4 receiver, but i couldnt‘t get the keyboard to connect with the receiver, only the mouse worked, but even so with the mouse the side buttons was for switching channels when it technically should be used for forward and backward like all other mouse that has the side button functions.
overal its an okay keybaord. Worth the price is a different story though.. not so much.
Verified Purchaser
I'm sorry to say that thesis one (Bastron Keyboard) of the worst products offered on Massdrop. Plain and simple.., it doesn't work. It will not connect with my bluetooth ( iPads) devices no matter what I do. It's cheaply made and not worth the trouble. Up to now, Massdrop has done pretty well but, IMO, they dropped the ball on this one.
Verified Purchaser
Real middling, the keyboard is ok to use, the mouse is awful. They take different size batteries and the connection is way to complicated. It feels like a good first pass but they have a ton of things to fix before it's good.
Verified Purchaser
Worked once, put it away and it was dead the next time I tried using it. Tried new batteries & etc.
Dead dead dead.
Verified Purchaser
I can’t get it to work. There were no instructions. The tactile feel of the keyboard is terrible... too Long a stroke and keys to widely spaced. The keys are like my 1960 typewriter... except they’re squared. I wold not recommend this keyboard.
Verified Purchaser
I may just be missing it, but I don't see a good way to turn off the keyboard. This is basically a dealbreaker, as my original intent was to use it as a travel keyboard. However, since I can't turn it off, it activates in my bag and sends signals to my connected devices, and the battery is quickly drained from the backlit keys, making it unreliable in the field. The batteries are replaceable, but a screw holds the cover in place, meaning you not only have to find batteries, but also a screwdriver if you don't have one with you. The tablet slot is nice, but not open enough for devices with cases (even very slim cases). I feel this could have been solved with an adjustable support, like a keyboard leg that folds out from the slot to make a wider slot slimmer, or maybe a magnetic or mechanical rod that could adjust the depth of the slot. The three-channel bluetooth adapter is awesome, and has worked well when I've used it.
That being said, as @wwerner pointed out in his review, a power switch can be modded in to solve that problem entirely. If you're comfortable with that, it looks easy enough, and I might try it when I get a chance. Also, if you want quieter switches, you can desolder the blues and install browns or something instead, and all told it would be cheaper and would have more features than part-picking keyboards from scratch.
All said, without any modifications, I don't know if I would buy this keyboard as a gift or again for myself, as it's basically sat untouched since I bought it. It has good ideas, but they almost come off as gimmicks compared to the other oversights. If it were advertised as a kind of DIY board, I would be totally behind it for the cost and unique features, but not sold as-is.
WiseGuru
Totally agree - as a DIY hackable keyboard that's decent to start with it's great. As a finished product it's kind of garbage.
I was exactly like you - it was pretty much untouched until I added the power switch, now it's my go-to when I'm working somewhere a clicky keyboard isn't a distraction.
Verified Purchaser
Verified Purchaser
Works as advertised. Durable, tactile and I love the price.
Verified Purchaser
It needs a power switch. The keyboard is awesome.
Verified Purchaser
Verified Purchaser