In this article, we will talk about what is typically referred to as a wireless keyboard or a Bluetooth keyboard. Some people may refer to these as connected keyboards because they connect directly with your computer via USB or Bluetooth.
But before we get into all of that, let’s start by talking about how many times you use your laptop already!
By now, most users have experienced at least one instance where their laptop would not turn on properly due to a bad battery. Or maybe it just stopped working completely, requiring them to turn it back on to use it again!
That’s when things can get tricky…
You want to make sure everything you need to do with your laptop has been gathered, saved, and packed up away in order to save space. Because if you don’t, then you will either need to buy a new laptop soon or try to recover data from your current device which may require special software or expensive services.
And even though saving money is always an excellent idea, buying a new laptop every time there is a problem like this can easily cost more than having a portable charger for your phone!
So why are batteries so important? It takes some energy to work! And unless you are planning on staying inside forever, your body will be needing some amount of sleep every night.
When you go to bed at night, your body stores enough energy to last through the next day.
Wireless keyboards use less battery power
Most wireless keyboard models have a separate device that connects to your computer via USB or an integrated cable. This connected device is what sends commands to the keyboard so it can detect input of text and clicks of the touch-sensitive areas.
The difference between these two types of keyboards comes down to which technology they use to connect with their paired device. A Bluetooth connection uses radio waves to transmit data, whereas a USB connection uses cables to transfer energy for charging as well as information.
By using Bluetooth instead of a wired connection, wireless keyboards are able to save some time in connecting to a smartphone or other device since there isn’t a need for a physical wire. This also helps reduce the risk of damage due to having to directly plug into another device.
However, blue tooth technology does require more power than a standard USB cord, making them slightly slower at responding to messages.
There are some quality differences between the two
Recent developments in technology have made it possible to connect various devices together through short-range wireless connections. Devices such as smartphones, laptops, tablets, gaming consoles, and televisions can now communicate with each other directly or via a server using small amounts of bandwidth.
A quick glance at the market makes it seem like there is a plethora of wireless keyboards available. Some even claim to be better than their wired counterparts!
While having more options is always nice, you should do your research first to see if these are actually worth the extra money. Just because something is wireless does not mean it is necessarily better than its older counterpart.
Wireless technology has become prevalent due to its low cost. Manufacturers may put emphasis on marketing how easy it is to use instead of whether it is truly effective and useful. It is important to do your homework before investing in one type of keyboard over another.
Bluetooth keyboards require a Bluetooth connection with your laptop
While many people enjoy using wireless keyboards, there is an important difference between those that are Bluetooth-only and wired. The most significant difference is what mode they work in.
Wireless keyboards can be connected either directly to your computer or through a device such as a smartphone that has built-in Bluetooth technology.
However, a Bluetooth keyboard will only connect to a separate device that also has Bluetooth technology — not your computer or phone. This can cause issues if you want to use both at once since one requires a direct connection to your computer while the other needs an additional step to pair.
Also, remember that even though it’s called “Bluetooth” technology, some of these keyboards don’t actually have Bluetooth chips inside of them. They may instead use Wi-Fi, RF (radio frequency), or infrared technology instead.
Wireless keyboards can be bulky and difficult to carry
It is not uncommon for users to put their hands down while using their computers, either to push away or grab something. When this happens, they lose track of time because they have to go through the process of picking up your device, finding what they were looking for, and re-pairing with it before they can continue working!
In fact, one study found that almost half of all computer users do this at least once per day! This is totally unnecessary as most wireless keyboards now are paired via Bluetooth technology which has virtually universal compatibility.
A few years ago, only some computers could detect Bluetooth devices so many people still use wired keyboards even though there’s an easy solution available.
Some laptops have a built-in Bluetooth keyboard
Although not as popular, some laptop manufacturers include pre-packaged keyboards that are already paired with their computers. These are usually referred to as being “built-in” or sometimes even having a “companion device” attached to them.
Most of these can be used either as an external keyboard or as a trackpad (laptop touchpad). They will typically go into pairing mode automatically when you connect them for the first time.
This is very helpful if you get tired of using your own keyboard at home, or if your phone does not have good-quality earbuds. You could also just buy a new wireless keyboard and use the one that comes with your current laptop as a secondary option.
Some laptops require an adapter for a Bluetooth keyboard
Many laptop manufacturers include a dongle or stick-on device that can be attached to your computer’s USB port. This device is used to pair with another device, such as a wireless mouse or keyboard.
Some laptops only support certain types of keyboards through this device. For example, some computers will not work with an Apple keyboard because it does not have any exposed pins. The manufacturer designed their product to be close enough to a standard Microsoft keyboard so they did not include these pin connections.
This is why you may find that people are able to use their old wireless keyboard with their laptop, but you cannot. They were using an older model of wireless keyboard that was not compatible with your machine.
Connectivity can vary between wireless keyboards
Recent developments in technology have made it possible to connect your computer directly to other devices such as phones or televisions through either a wired or wireless connection. Wired connections are typically referred to as “USB” (Universal Serial Bus) while wireless ones go by the term “Bluetooth” or sometimes just plain old keyboard-laser pointer (KLP).
A USB-connected keyboard will always require an additional device to plug into to use the keyboard with your computer, whereas a Bluetooth one does not! This can be useful if you need to take your laptop somewhere without having access to a cable at times. For example, if you needed to quickly check something on your phone before coming back to work, you could easily do so using a Bluetooth keyboard and smartphone app.
There is some debate about whether or not buying a Bluetooth keyboard is worth it due to how expensive it can be, but we believe they are overpriced. Luckily, there are plenty of great free and paid apps that make using a Bluetooth keyboard easy and seamless.
You may need to recharge your wireless keyboard
Although most computer keyboards are designed to work via a cable connection, some manufacturers have adapted by adding built-in batteries to make using the device more flexible.
These keyboards are referred to as being “wireless” or “Bluetooth” dependent upon which technology they use to transmit data from the laptop to the keyboard.
While this is usually less expensive than using a wired USB connector, it does mean that you will need to remember to recharge the battery pack periodically.
This can be tricky if you forget! It is best to do your research before buying one of these types of keyboards so that you know what to look for. Make sure there are clear pictures and descriptions about how to care for them so that you don’t end up with a piece of junk later.