Southern Mom Loves: A Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Can Make Using Your Tablet So Much Easier

A Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Can Make Using Your Tablet So Much Easier

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

I received a Wireless Keyboard and Mouse from Bluefinger in order to facilitate an honest review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

Tablets are a wonder. Light, portable, and full of many of the features and usability of a PC. If you're one of the millions of tablet owners out there, you also know what a pain they can be to type with, especially if you're using it for work and need to compose lots of emails.

Another way we like using our tablet is to connect to a TV and stream movies and TV shows while we're traveling. Traveling with kids is tricky sometimes, and cuddling up to watch a movie or cartoons before bed gives us a little of the comfort of home. I connect the tablet to the hotel TV via an HDMI cable, but it's a pain because we're jumping up and down to pause or choose another show from the tablet. When we're all snuggled up, that's no fun. I wish there were a way to solve these problems. Oh wait...there is.

I was provided with a Wireless Keyboard and Mouse from Bluefinger, and I knew just what we'd use it for.

hk3960 wireless keyboard and mouse set; unique round key, ultra-thin, classic
  • Keyboard and Mouse are both powered by 2 pieces of AAA batteries.
  • Ultra Thin keyboard buttons, with sensitive reaction and muted design.
  • Keyboard size: Length Width 12CM * 45CM * 2.2CM high. 
  • Mouse dimensions: length 10.5CM * width 6CM * 2CM High 
  • Color classification: white + pink, white + black, white + green, white + blue
  • System requirements: Compatible with Windows Me/2000/XP/Vista/7/8
  • An ideal kit for students, travelers, office workers and those who desire to easy their computer use.

I chose the blue + white color combination (also comes in pink + white, green + white, and black + white.)

The set arrived in a nice box, packaged securely. You open it up to reveal the keyboard with the mouse packaged underneath. There were no instructions included, but it was simple to figure out. What helps is that it's plug and play; There was no set-up required for our Microsoft Surface 2 tablet.

Both pieces require 2 AAA batteries (not included), The mouse has a switch that controls the mouse's optical sensor; It can be turned off, sensor only, or sensor + lights. The lights on the side make it easy to find if you're using it in the dark, but will run your batteries down faster.

When you open the back of the mouse, you'll find the USB receiver. This is what you plug into your device to have it recognize the keyboard and mouse. When you're done using it, just store it back inside the mouse.

The keyboard comes covered in a molded silicone sheet. You can keep this on if you're worried about spills and crumbs, or just remove it. The battery compartment is in the back, and there is no on/off switch to the keyboard; Just plug in your receiver and go.

Super-easy: Just find a USB port in your device; No set-up needed. 

Note: I did try this on my 10 year old desktop Mac and it took me through a quick set-up process, but it worked just fine with that one as well.

So, we took the Wireless Keyboard and Mouse with us on our trip last week, and had no problems setting it up or using it. It worked well and we were able to snuggle up and change our shows without jumping up out of bed.

If you've never connected a tablet or laptop to a TV via an HDMI cable, you're basically turning the TV into a large computer monitor. You can stream movies, compose emails, or surf the internet, all on a huge TV screen. Besides being cool, I can see this being a great option for the visually impaired.

(Note: It must be a newer TV with an HDMI port. You can find HDMI cables on Amazon for under $5. Choose an HDMI to USB for most laptops, and choose an HDMI to Micro HDMI/USB for most tablets. Remember to check the available ports on your device before you buy; Your tablet may have both a USB and Micro USB port, but you want to keep the USB port free for the keyboard/mouse receiver, if using.)

Overall, an inexpensive solution for a common problem. I wouldn't recommend a battery-powered keyboard/mouse combo for everyday use, but for intermittent use, it's perfect.

You can find the Wireless Keyboard and Mouse from Bluefinger on Amazon.

Do you find it a pain to type on your tablet? What do you think about using a wireless keyboard and mouse?

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