iwerkz

Travel Bluetooth Keyboards

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iwerkz’s compact, convenient keyboards keep you connected, wherever you are. Their designs are intuitive and easy to use, and work with your own devices via Bluetooth.

Which iwerkz keyboard you choose depends on your preferences and needs. The Waterproof Keyboard can handle spills and the keys offer the tactile experience of
typing on a laptop. It folds neatly into a hard plastic carrying case which also doubles as a stand to prop up your device.

The larger PortFolio is a leather-like protective case that also serves as a portable workspace. Unfold the origami-style cover and it holds your tablet—strong magnets keep the stand in place. The low-profile keyboard has a soft, fabric feel that is like pressing a remote control.

If you’re killing time at the airport or just sitting at your kitchen counter, any surface is instantly your desk with an iwerkz keyboard.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Tommy
    Tommy

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to introduce iwerkz to The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • Dave
    Dave
    12/15/2015 10:19 AM

    If you lay the bolding keyboard on your legs/lap while sitting will it fold or do you have to have a hard surface underneath it?

  • Tommy
    Tommy – Special Guest
    12/15/2015 10:24 AM

    @Dave Yes, it will fold. This needs to be on a flat surface. We struggled with this during the engineering stage but weren't able to find a solution that didn't radically alter the design. I have a lapdesk that I travel with, so that's generally what I use.

  • Christopher
    Christopher
    12/15/2015 10:36 AM

    Just to be clear. This does work with an ipad?

  • Tommy
    Tommy – Special Guest
    12/15/2015 10:45 AM

    @Christopher

    Yes! As long as your device is Bluetooth 3.0 or higher.

  • Jj
    Jj
    12/15/2015 10:37 AM

    Since it is stated: BLUE TOOTH ...

    I am going, okay - will it work with my Android Samsung Smart Phone and the Folding Stand as well?

    I am going to guess? That the answer is yes?

  • Tommy
    Tommy – Special Guest
    12/15/2015 10:46 AM

    @Jj

    Yes and yes. This has been tested on Samsung Galaxy, S4-6, Notes 3-4, LG G3 and G4 and several other Android devices. The stand has a sliding phone tab that accommodates most phone sizes. Even the big ones.

  • Jj
    Jj
    12/15/2015 11:50 AM

    @Tommy

    Thanks, I hate screen keyboards as much as I hate ... well ... this is ON MY LIST.

    Thanks! :)

  • John
    John
    12/15/2015 10:42 AM

    Tommy, I really like your keyboards. How long does it take to fully charge the batteries, and how long will they last when charged?

  • Tommy
    Tommy – Special Guest
    12/15/2015 10:50 AM

    @John A full charge (from a fully depleted battery) can take 3-6 hours, depending on your charger output. We recommend an overnight charge when the battery is dead. But our keyboards last a VERY long time once fully charged. I typically charge mine once every 2-3 weeks.

  • Terence
    Terence
    12/15/2015 10:50 AM

    Silver adult speaking, what is Bluetooth 3.0 device? I have an Apple iPhone & Pad will these work?

  • Tommy
    Tommy – Special Guest
    12/15/2015 10:54 AM

    @Terence Hey Terence - It depends on your iPad. These are tested with iPad 2 and newer - basically anything bought since 2012.

    Same with the iPhone. If your phone was purchased within the last 2-3 years it will work. And don't worry about this not being clear, Apple doesn't make it obvious which version Bluetooth you have, so it does take some digging around sometimes.

  • Therese
    Therese
    12/15/2015 11:20 AM

    @Tommy Sorry if this is redundant: I have an iPhone 5S that is just for email, etc. when away from my desk. These keyboards will connect to my phone via bluetooth and I can type my emails that way? A dream come true if the answer is yes! :)

  • Tommy
    Tommy – Special Guest
    12/15/2015 11:30 AM

    @Therese Yes! This has been tested on the iPhone 5S and it works perfectly in all the apps we've tested (texting included).

  • Kim
    Kim
    12/15/2015 11:32 AM

    @Tommy how about a mini ipad !!

  • Tommy
    Tommy – Special Guest
    12/15/2015 11:34 AM

    @Kim Yes! The iPad Mini (version 1) launched with Bluetooth 4.0, so all versions of the Mini work with our keyboards.

  • ANGIE
    ANGIE
    12/15/2015 10:56 AM

    Will it work with a Nook or Kindle?

  • Tommy
    Tommy – Special Guest
    12/15/2015 11:00 AM

    @ANGIE Hi Angie - It will work with most newer Kindles. We have tested on the 2014 Kindle we have in-office and it works great. We have not tested on the Nook, though since it is Android-based and has Bluetooth, it should work as long as the Bluetooth is version 3.0 or higher (which is most smart devices 2013 and newer).

  • Lynn
    Lynn
    12/15/2015 10:59 AM

    I have the same question as Angie. I bought my husband a Kindle Fire, so same question

  • Lynne
    Lynne
    12/15/2015 11:00 AM

    @Lynn

  • Lynne
    Lynne
    12/15/2015 11:00 AM

    @Lynn I was wondering that too. I have a Nook HD

  • Tommy
    Tommy – Special Guest
    12/15/2015 11:03 AM

    @Lynne We've used a very stable and long-tested Bluetooth stack for this keyboard. The only popular mobile devices where we've run into connectivity issues have been with Windows devices, and that's because in some cases Microsoft has specifically turned off support for the standard Bluetooth input formats (in favor of their own).

    So, that's a longer way of saying yes for Kindle Fire.

  • Lynne
    Lynne
    12/15/2015 11:06 AM

    @Tommy What about Nook HD?

  • Lynne
    Lynne
    12/15/2015 11:08 AM

    @Tommy, I just read your comment above that you hadn't tested on the Nook, but it should work. So no need to respond.

  • Bahsten
    Bahsten
    12/15/2015 11:03 AM

    tommy, do the "very strong" magnets in the portfolio have any detrimental affect on the tablet itself or the tablet batteries?

  • Bahsten
    Bahsten
    12/15/2015 11:07 AM

    @Bahsten also, i cannot view the top keys on the folding keyboard, but does it contain digit numbers or function keys on the top row? and if these are (f) keys, how do you utilize digit numbers on the screen?

  • Tommy
    Tommy – Special Guest
    12/15/2015 11:09 AM

    @Bahsten These aren't THAT strong, just strong enough to keep the tablet well supported. Most devices are better sealed and less susceptible to magnetic influence than in years past. Even the new Apple Watch uses a magnetic charging system.

  • Bahsten
    Bahsten
    12/15/2015 11:16 AM

    @Tommy never mind the question about the folding keyboard. i just found one of the add'l images and magnified it. very intuitive. nice design. you've obviously done your homework on this one. very nice job.

  • Tommy
    Tommy – Special Guest
    12/15/2015 11:19 AM

    @Bahsten On question #2, it is both. There are the standard numbers + symbols. Then there are the F keys that you access by pressing the FN button on the lower left side of the keyboard.

  • Bahsten
    Bahsten
    12/15/2015 11:21 AM

    @Tommy great, yes, i found the fn key and figured that out. thanks. one final question; can this be used as a replacement keyboard for a windows-based laptop?

  • Tommy
    Tommy – Special Guest
    12/15/2015 11:28 AM

    @Bahsten - Maybe

    I hate to give you a maybe as an answer, but with Microsoft it's the best we can offer. Microsoft has specifically turned off standard Bluetooth HID (Human Input Device) support on some models of tablets, laptops and phones. They've created their own version of it and they sell keyboards specifically designed to work with their devices. It's very hit and miss. Some devices work perfectly. Some not at all.

  • Rosa
    Rosa
    12/15/2015 11:09 AM

    Look great! Can I use it to type in Spanish? I use both English and Spanish and need a keyboard that can handle that. Thanks!

  • Tommy
    Tommy – Special Guest
    12/15/2015 11:14 AM

    @Rosa Good question. This is one of our most popular support questions and the answer depends on 1. your device and 2. the app/program you're typing in.

    Keep in mind, a keyboard only send a keystroke command. The phone or tablet takes that command and turns it into a letter or number, etc. If your app is set to the Spanish language (or Korean, or German, etc.), it will type in Spanish. If it's set to English, it will type in English. It's the app that controls this, not the keyboard. That said, our keyboard does have a Hot Key to switch between your installed languages, as long as your device accepts Hot Key commands.

    Our keyboard also supports Long-Press commands, for letters such as ñ or ü.

  • Sandi
    Sandi
    12/15/2015 11:18 AM

    Will this work for texting

    with a flip phone?

  • Tommy
    Tommy – Special Guest
    12/15/2015 11:21 AM

    @Sandi It does work for texting, but I would have to know the phone brand and model to know if it will work with your phone. Generally speaking, if it's Android or iOS, is newer than 2012 and has Bluetooth, it should work.

    One FAQ about texting, it will depend on your app whether or not the RETURN key sends the text or simply returns to the next line. This is a common question and it's 100% dictated by your texting app. Many apps have a settings area where you can set this up how your like.

  • Nancy
    Nancy
    12/15/2015 11:18 AM

    Does it work with a Kindle

  • Tommy
    Tommy – Special Guest
    12/15/2015 11:23 AM

    @Nancy See above - the short answer is that as long as it's a relatively newer model (Bluetooth 3.0 or higher), it will work.

  • Gyl
    Gyl
    12/15/2015 11:37 AM

    I've been reading the reviews on Amazon and quite a few people comment that keys stop working or the whole thing stops working in a relatively short period of time (e.g. 6 months). What about that? Would love to buy but that puts me off. Thanks.

  • Tommy
    Tommy – Special Guest
    12/15/2015 11:48 AM

    @Gyl This is the waterproof version of our original Folding Keyboard, so it's not the exact same keyboard you're reading about.

    What we've found with the original keyboard is that when keys stop working it's not because of usage or someone typing too roughly...it's because of humidity. Most keyboards (from all brands) use a thin flexible PCB that runs underneath the keys. Humidity can degrade the small metal connectors that run across the PCB. That can lead to keys not working because the PCB connections are broken (though what the comments don't show is our incredible free replacement program for defective products).

    The wonderful thing about a fully waterproof keyboard is that not only does it offer protection against water and spills, it also protects against the main thing that can affect the life of a keyboard - humidity. We're very excited about the quality of this new version, and from our factory life-tests we've done, which include moisture and corrosion tests, this is a far superior keyboard in terms of protection and projected life and usability.

    Sorry for the long answer - I just wanted to help you and others understand how we've taken our customer's comments seriously in the development of this keyboard.

  • Gyl
    Gyl
    12/15/2015 11:58 AM

    @Tommy thank you for the prompt and thorough response :). That answers my questions.

  • Leslie
    Leslie
    12/15/2015 11:42 AM

    What is the difference between this model and the 44652, in various colors, on Amazon, but 50% cheaper? I love supporting Grommet but 50% is fairly significant.

  • Tommy
    Tommy – Special Guest
    12/15/2015 11:52 AM

    @Leslie The one on Amazon is the original keyboard, which is at the end of its product lifespan (hence the discounts) and has none of the waterproof characteristics of this one. It's a great keyboard. This one is much better, with IPX67 waterproof rating + the latest Bluetooth version for better connectivity.

  • Blair
    Blair
    12/15/2015 11:47 AM

    Does the space on the 'stand' allow for an iPad (mini) with a cover to fit? Or should just use the support from the cover?

  • Tommy
    Tommy – Special Guest
    12/15/2015 11:56 AM

    @Blair It's all about the thickness of the case. The top slot gap is 9/16ths wide. Some cases won't fit. Mine fits, my co-workers has a really thick case that does not.

    BUT...her thick case does fit just fine using the front sliding tab. This tab was designed for this exact reason and slides out to a full 1". Pretty much any device will fit using the sliding tab.

  • Lynwood
    Lynwood
    12/15/2015 11:53 AM

    Will the Portfolio fit/work with a Lenovo Thinkpad 10?

  • Tommy
    Tommy – Special Guest
    12/15/2015 12:02 PM

    @Lynwood The Thinkpad 10 would be just slightly wide for the PortFolio, which measures just over 9.5" inches wide.

    Also, with any Microsoft device, it's best to check with the manufacturer to see if it works with standard Bluetooth HID Keyboards. Some do. Some do not. That's a great tablet, but it's not one we've tested with.

  • CareBearSparkletummy
    CareBearSparkletummy
    12/15/2015 11:58 AM

    What is the warranty for your keyboards?

  • Tommy
    Tommy – Special Guest
    12/15/2015 12:02 PM

    @CareBearSparkletummy 1 Year.

  • Eleanor
    Eleanor
    12/15/2015 12:01 PM

    Is there a way to know if your iPad is a blue tooth. I am not sure how old mine is. It was a gift and I didn't use it for a long time.

  • Tommy
    Tommy – Special Guest
    12/15/2015 12:04 PM

    @Eleanor On your Apple device you can go to: Settings->General->About->Model and it will tell you your model number. From there either Apple can help you determine your Bluetooth version or we'll be happy to look it up for you.

  • Fabio
    Fabio
    12/15/2015 12:07 PM

    Works with thinkpad 8?

  • Tommy
    Tommy – Special Guest
    12/15/2015 12:11 PM

    @Fabio It depends on the version of Windows Lenovo installed. Some work and some do not. While we have practically no issues with Android and iOS, we do run into quite a few Windows devices that will not connect.

    Keep in mind, you'll hear this from most keyboard manufactures. Unless the keyboard is made by Microsoft or says, "Made specifically for Windows" there's a chance it will have connection issues. Or it might connect perfectly. It's very hit and miss with Microsoft. We cannot guarantee connectivity with Windows like we can for other devices.

  • Lee
    Lee
    12/15/2015 12:10 PM

    Does the foldable keyboard use batteries or charge via USB?

  • Tommy
    Tommy – Special Guest
    12/15/2015 12:12 PM

    @Lee It has a built-in rechargeable battery that charges via USB.

  • Laura
    Laura
    12/15/2015 12:11 PM

    Do the stands (for either the portfolio or the travel sized) support holding an iPad upright vertically, instead of just horizontally as in the pictures?

  • Tommy
    Tommy – Special Guest
    12/15/2015 12:14 PM

    @Laura The top tab is designed to position the keyboard a a slight angle. The front tab can be slid/positioned so that the iPad is more upright, but you'll need at least a slight angle to keep it from tipping forward. There's just not enough weight in the stand to lock a heavy tablet straight up and down without tipping.

  • Tommy
    Tommy – Special Guest
    12/15/2015 12:16 PM

    @Laura - On the PortFolio, this will support a tablet only at an angle.

  • Laura
    Laura
    12/15/2015 3:13 PM

    @Tommy Thanks for the clarification, but I guess my wording was too vague. :) I meant, is the stand sturdy and/or tall enough to support the iPad when the tablet itself is rotated to a "vertical" position (i.e. the home button at the bottom, not the side)?

  • Tommy
    Tommy – Special Guest
    12/15/2015 3:21 PM

    @Laura Sorry - I did misunderstand.

    Yes, the top slot will definitely support an iPad in both orientations. If you are using a thick case that does fit in that top slot you can use the front slide tab to hold your iPad.

  • Paul
    Paul
    12/15/2015 12:37 PM

    Hi Tommy - Does the Portfolio Tablet keyboard on Grommet site work with my ipad Mini 2 & iPhone 6?

  • Tommy
    Tommy – Special Guest
    12/15/2015 12:47 PM

    @Paul it will certainly connect to both though it might be a tad too wide for either if you want to use it as a case/folio.

  • elizabeth
    elizabeth
    12/15/2015 12:50 PM

    Will this work with an Amazon Fire?

  • Tommy
    Tommy – Special Guest
    12/15/2015 12:54 PM

    @elizabeth yes. It works with the Kindle Fire.

  • Ken
    Ken
    12/15/2015 12:59 PM

    I have an iPad2, which I believe means Bluetooth 2.1. Are either or both of your keyboards compatible?

  • Tommy
    Tommy – Special Guest
    12/15/2015 1:06 PM

    @Ken generally speaking yes. But not all features will be supported. For instance, some hot keys and iOS functions may not all work as expected. But it should pair and type well.

  • pat
    pat
    12/15/2015 1:08 PM

    What are the dimensions?

  • Tommy
    Tommy – Special Guest
    12/15/2015 2:27 PM

    @pat For the Folio? About 9.6" wide. 7.7" tall when folded closed.

  • teresa
    teresa
    12/15/2015 1:17 PM

    What is the approximate lifespan of the battery? Can it be replaced if it is spent?

  • Tommy
    Tommy – Special Guest
    12/15/2015 1:44 PM

    @teresa I don't have specs on the lifespan though we have tested this over 500 full drains and recharges which should cover most users for several years.

  • Jeri
    Jeri
    12/15/2015 1:40 PM

    Will this work on my Samsung smart TV? It's a pain to type anything on the "virtual" keyboard as is. I've tried my wireless keyboard from my notebook PC and it does work but I don't want to have to keep carrying it back and forth between 2 rooms.

  • Tommy
    Tommy – Special Guest
    12/15/2015 1:45 PM

    @Jeri we have not tested this on Samsung tv's so I'm not sure. Does it have Bluetooth?

  • Philip
    Philip
    12/15/2015 2:24 PM

    @Tommy

    No questions, Tommy, but kudos offered to you for your innovative , thoughtfully engineered and well designed peripheral for our portable digital devices!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    12/15/2015 3:04 PM

    Thanks so much, Philip, we love feedback like this!

  • Daniel
    Daniel
    12/15/2015 1:53 PM

    Is the keyboard configurable for French Canada?

  • Tommy
    Tommy – Special Guest
    12/15/2015 2:33 PM

    @Daniel That depends on the apps you are using (which each have their own unique methods of translating keystrokes).

    We have many customers who use our keyboards in their local (non-English) language. Keeping in mind, this is a standard QWERTY keyboard, you can certainly change the language in your app as well as long-press for letter variants such as ù or ë, etc.

  • Donna
    Donna
    12/15/2015 2:33 PM

    Hi, Tommy!

    Great invention!

    Which one of these is the right choice for a Kindle Fire?

  • Tommy
    Tommy – Special Guest
    12/15/2015 2:55 PM

    @Donna

    Donna, it depends on how your are going to use it. And both devices will work with the Kindle.

    I use the folding keyboard more because I like to throw it into my backpack when I travel. It's small and takes up almost no space. I'm not a tablet guy, I'm still stuck on my laptop. So the keyboard is for my smartphone - texting and emails and documents. When you're in China, it's amazing how long your texts back home get!

    My wife prefers the Folio though. She works from home and uses her tablet quite a bit - often sitting at our coffee table.

  • Janice
    Janice
    12/15/2015 2:34 PM

    Hi Tommy--I have an older iPad - I think I bought it in 2012. You mention that the keyboard will work with an iPad as long as it is Blue Tooth 3.0 or higher. How do I find this out? I've looked in Settings - Blue Tooth information and I don't see anything that tells me this. I noticed you talked about this very thing in one of the conversations - but I have done some digging and can't figure out where to find out if it's 3.0. Any suggestions as to where I should look in addition to the "General" category?

  • Tommy
    Tommy – Special Guest
    12/15/2015 2:58 PM

    @Janice Bluetooth 3.0 is the version necessary to ensure full compatibility, though older versions (you likely have 2.1) typically work as well. You simply may not have all the Hotkey functions to 3.0 supports.

    If you go to Settings->General->About->Model you will send the model number. You can Google that model number to learn the Bluetooth version. Or send us a support email and we'll look it up for you.

  • C
    C
    12/15/2015 2:50 PM

    Hello,

    I have my iPad in a case. Will it fit on the stand for the Folding Keyboard? Thank you (I loved the title "Silver Adult" by one f yur other posters.....another one checking in here!

  • Tommy
    Tommy – Special Guest
    12/15/2015 3:00 PM

    @C

    It may not fit in the top slot, but the sliding tab on the front of the stand pulls out far enough to accommodate most cases. It pulls out to about 1".

  • Jerri
    Jerri
    12/15/2015 3:36 PM

    Will it either keyboard work with a Microsoft Surface Pro 2?

  • Tommy
    Tommy – Special Guest
    12/15/2015 4:09 PM

    @Jerri We have not tested on the Pro 2. With our previous keyboard while we were able to connect to the Pro, we had numerous customers who were not able to make or maintain a connection. We do not recommend either keyboards for use with the Surface Pro.

  • Rusty
    Rusty
    12/15/2015 4:06 PM

    Have a Mimi iPad Air with protective case which on these will work best

  • Tommy
    Tommy – Special Guest
    12/15/2015 4:11 PM

    @Rusty If you keep your iPad in a case you like, you might prefer the Folding Keyboard. The Folio designed to replace your case (for most people) and keep tablet and keyboard all together. If your case is very thick it might not fit well inside the Folio.

  • Rusty
    Rusty
    12/15/2015 5:13 PM

    @Rusty

  • Christina
    Christina
    12/15/2015 6:24 PM

    Can the waterproof version fit an iPad in a case in that holder?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    12/16/2015 9:24 AM

    Hi Christina, you might have a hard time getting that to work depending on the case. The opening for the iPad or tablet to fit in is about 3/8" with a bit of a slope so the device is angled and supported better.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.