The iPad has a keyboard that the vast majority have become accustomed to, but we always have a group of users who have to type a lot for whatever reason. For them there is the solution of connecting the Apple wireless keyboard using Bluetooth, but there are other non-Apple keyboards that can also perform the same function and are even optimized for it.
Let’s take a good look at one of them, the Cherry KW 6000 keyboard designed especially for the iPad . It’s a difficult market because Apple already has its own solution, but if a rival has certain key advantages it doesn’t have to be left out of the picture.
As you can see just above, the Cherry KW 6000 keyboard has black keys, and a metal cover. This aspect makes more compatible with the iPad than the Apple keyboard itself . It is flatter (it is not tilted, which can be a bit uncomfortable for those who are used to the original keyboard with a certain angle), but this way and with the fact that it works with an internal rechargeable battery it gets smaller. Since no batteries need to be inserted, no space is needed for the above. The exact dimensions are 261×128×9 millimeters, with 286 grams of weight .
The keyboard touch is generally smooth and the keystroke distance is smaller than that of the original Apple keyboard. The keys are plastic, but when we write softly the feeling is of using rubber keys because of the silence and the feeling of our fingers. It’s when we type more strongly (without going over) that that sensation goes away and the keys make more noise.
The fact that it has a battery, apart from giving us the advantage of not having to charge with batteries where we take the keyboard, makes the Cherry KW 6000 charge with a USB cable with the help of any computer (there is no option to charge it in a plug). The charging time required when you first start it is only 10 minutes, although that’s just to make sure the keyboard is recognized by the iPad and works properly. I tried to skip that charge, and although the keyboard connected well with my iPad the typing was incorrect with keys that worked at will. Moral: follow the instructions and load it.
Perhaps the key advantage of this keyboard is the iOS-optimized hotkeys distributed on the function keys. There are shortcuts to the main application panel, the search area, play and volume buttons, and even a button to make the virtual keyboard appear and disappear from the screen (although by default it never appears with the keyboard connected).
The charging cable is placed on the central back of the keyboard, so it does not get in the way of our hands while typing.
The connection process is the same as for any other bluetooth accessory : we activate the keyboard connection mode with a button at the bottom, we look for the keyboard in the list of bluetooth devices in the iPad settings, it asks us to write a PIN code with the keyboard (only the first time) and that’s it, we have the keyboard connected to the tablet.
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Yes, although some things need to be clarified. We can connect the keyboard without problems to an iPhone (after all it’s an iOS device like the iPad) and even to a Mac using the wizard, although it requires manually identifying the keyboard as an ISO one for Macintosh with a wizard that jumps when we try to link it. After a few dubious moments when the system tries to recognize the keyboard it works, although there are some of the function keys that obviously don’t work.
We can summarize the performance of the Cherry KW 6000 as optimal for iOS. If you are in the situation of buying a keyboard to use it regularly and exclusively with your iPad, the Cherry KW 6000 is a very good option, especially because it is smaller and more portable . However, if you are looking for a keyboard to exchange between the iPad and some Macs, the best option is still the original Apple wireless keyboard. Its price is 50 euros.