Four portable keyboards to help you work on the go

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keyboard in the dark
Not all portable keyboards are this oody.Tobias Röder via Unsplash

Tablets and smartphones are great for a lot of reasons—portability and versatility, to name a few—but typing on a touchscreen isn’t ideal if you’re trying to get actual work done. Bluetooth keyboards are a simple piece that let you easily edit documents or compose long emails on your phone or tablet. Here are a few great options for portable keyboards.

iClever Bluetooth Foldable Wireless Keyboard

iClever Bluetooth Foldable Wireless Keyboard
Folds down to about the size of an iPhone X.Amazon

When folded, this keyboard is slightly larger than an iPhone X, but it expands to 10.3 inches, roughly the same size as the keyboard on a Macbook Air 13. Unlike other models, this design doesn’t leave a gap where the device folds, so it’s one continuous keyboard with no breaks. The iClever works with all Bluetooth compatible devices, however, there isn’t a secondary way to connect this keyboard to a device that doesn’t support Bluetooth, like an older laptop.

Arteck Slim Portable Keyboard

Arteck Slim Portable Keyboard
Backlit beauty.Amazon

This travel-friendly keyboard is backlit in seven dimmable colors, so you can work on a dark plane without disturbing your comrade in the window seat. It’s ultra-thin, about half the height of the iClever, but like the iClever model, this device is only compatible with devices that support Bluetooth. Since travel can put extra wear and tear on tech like this, Arteck’s two-year warranty is definitely a point in this keyboard’s favor.

Sungwoo Foldable Silicone Keyboard

Sungwoo Foldable Silicone Keyboard
A laptop keyboard that’s perfect for numbers people.Amazon

The Sungwoo connects to devices via USB, not Bluetooth, so while it won’t help you make fewer errors while typing from your smartphone, it does make a great secondary laptop keyboard. Rolled out, the Sungwoo is larger than the standard keyboard on a 13-inch laptop and comes complete with a numeric keypad. Because it’s silicone, it’s flexible and completely waterproof. Keep in mind that the feeling of typing on silicon keys isn’t everyone’s jam and due to its flexible nature, this keyboard is only functional on a hard, flat surface.

Plugable Foldable Travel Keyboard

Plugable Foldable Travel Keyboard
Bluetooth device for smartphones and tablets.Amazon

Plugable’s 10 x 3.75-inch keyboard is already smaller than standard keyboards, but also folds down to the size of your smartphone. This makes it super easy to throw in your bag when you’re traveling. Its durable frame is made of aluminum and features stainless-steel hinges. The included protective case also acts as a stand for your tablet or smartphone. Forget finding a place to prop up your phone. With the stand, you can type wherever you want. The USB-rechargeable battery lasts for multiple weeks.