When I bought my iPad Mini 2 probably six years ago, I was enticed to also buy Tzumi Folio Case Bluetooth Keyboard that comes with a case.
I occasionally use Tzumi Bluetooth Keyboard with my iPad whenever I want to write blog post in the library where I can sit comfortably and not fall asleep.
Because I impulsively bought it, I didn’t expect much. The price is less than $50 ish for keyboard and case.
I could have use it more but the cons outweigh the pros so I seldom use it.
Especially now that I find it more convenient to write using my iPhone. Like right now; I’m typing away on my bed after a quick watched on YouTube.
Write whenever, wherever.
Pros of Tzumi Bluetooth Keyboard
I’ll start with the things I like about the keyboard. It may not be a lot though.
1. Connecting to mobile device is fast and easy. I was able to connect my iPhone 6 and iPad Mini 2 to Tzumi Bluetooth Keyboard.
- Turn on Tzumi Keyboard.
- Press Connect. The Bluetooth LED will light up.
- Go to Settings of iPhone or iPad > Bluetooth > Enable > Connect.
Under MY DEVICES, you’ll see TZUMI Bluetooth Keyboard Connected if the connection is made.
Sometimes you’ll have to enter four numbers to connect your phone to the keyboard.
2. Comes with a folio case. I seldom use the case but it does the job well. The case can prop up the iPad with four rubbers at the corners. Whereas, the magnet keeps the keyboard in place.
3. Take it anywhere. It is light, thin, and small that I don’t mind having it in my bag.
4. Feels like a Mechanical Keyboard. Only that it’s way smaller. The keys are tactile, I like the sound as if I’m typing in a normal size mechanical keyboard.
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Cons of Tzumi Bluetooth Keyboard
As much as I wanted to use it often, the cons hinder the growth of interest.
1. Typing becomes uncomfortable. Only if I use it for a long time. Why is that?
The keyboard is so small. This is why I decided to later on buy an iPad Pro 11 and Magic Keyboard. Bigger screen and keyboard make it easier to touch type.
2. Missing manual or instruction. I can’t find the manual at home or in the Internet. The manual can probably show how to use keys (Fn, Control, Alt, Command, Shift) to type characters.
Did I lose you here?
What I meant is that some keys would produce characters different from what the label. This is what turned me off most out of the cons.
Who wants to play guessing game? I’ll show you the keys with the right characters later on.
Tzumi Keys Resource
Because I cannot find a manual for the keys, I tested every possible combinations of keys.
” = Shirt + 2
& = Shift + 6
/ = Shift + 7
( = Shift + 8
) = Shift + 9
= = Shift + 10
? = Shift + F11
¿ = Shift + F12
‘ = F11 or Fn + O
” = Fn + P
= Fn + L~ = Alt + :
+ = Fn + ;
ñ = ;
* = Fn + >
---- = ?
___ = Shift + ?
| = Alt + 1
} = Alt + |
I made this resource, first for myself. As much as I wanted to not use Tzumi Bluetooth Keyboard, I thought of occasionally using it till I get a new tablet and keyboard.
Should You Get It
No. I wouldn’t recommend it. I should have pay attention to details; many labels in one key is a sign of red light.
The Apple keyboard would be a better choice.
Recently I bought a Jelly Comb Bluetooth Keyboard which you might want to have a look before spending for an expensive iPad accessory.
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I hope the list will guide you in finding the right keyboard for portable gadgets.
What Bluetooth keyboard you like (or not) to use?