Last weekend, my 2-year-old renter started crying the moment he saw the iGear Keybee Pro keyboard in my room. I gave him the keyboard and then he refused to give it back. “Why does the kid want my keyboard?” I asked. Deep down I knew why: Baby thought of it as a game thanks to the unique color scheme and retro typewriter-style look.
I don’t know what made me agree to this keyboard review. Maybe it sounds funky, or because it reminds me of a game I grew up playing, or maybe the colors add a glimmer of hope to our boring lives. Whatever the reason, there’s no denying that the keyboard is a lot of fun to look at and take advantage of the rising trend of “for now” among young consumers. After using the iGear Keybee Pro keyboard for 2 weeks, here is my review.
Retro-inspired design for the new generation
I can’t remember the last time I used a keyboard with its own personality. After all, keyboards are supposed to look a certain way. To answer your question, just look at the PC in your office. These “desktop” types of computers and keyboards may be reliable, but they lack fun and flair.
Anyway, the Kaybee Pro keyboard takes a different design path. It has a typewriter-style design, although it doesn’t look like the real thing. The all-plastic construction of the Keybee Pro keyboard and circular typewriter covers add to its stunning look. You can choose this keyboard with different colors and shapes. My unit, which comes in orange, mixes colors like pink and sky blue. The rush of colors represents a change of conversation and will prompt other companies to open their minds and start experimenting with different master layouts.
While it’s doubtful that many of my readers would like a colorful keyboard like this, Keybee Pro certainly convinces those who want to stand out from the crowd and attract attention. I don’t know about you but I still find comfort in things that are weird, eye-catching, and a little weird.
Easy to setup but lacks bluetooth support
The keyboard comes with a wireless USB transmitter but lacks Bluetooth support. After connecting to my iMac G4 and Surface Pro, I was thrilled to see how easy it was to pair the keyboard with computers. I wanted the keyboard to support a Bluetooth connection to pair with a tablet or smartphone.
Comfortable typing experience but only after making some adjustments
Coming from the MacBook Air, it took me a few days to adjust to the round keys, but once I did, my typing experience was very smooth and satisfying. At first, I found myself making unintended keystrokes and some typos during my early days with it. The keys have an old school feel and it is fun to use the keyboard. It will definitely motivate you to type and write more once you get used to the keyboard. However, don’t expect the experience to match that of a real typewriter. I have a ‘real’ typewriter at home and the ‘clackety clack’ can’t be duplicated. But this is a well-designed full-size keyboard with nice, thick keys.
Should you buy or skip the old-fashioned keyboard?
Sometimes I feel nostalgic about my childhood and I’m sure you do too. The Kaybee Pro keyboard (mouse is also included in the box) gives a certain sense of bouncing every time a key press is registered. I wouldn’t say this is a solid alternative to the old-fashioned premium keyboards on the market but for those on a modest budget, the Kaybee Pro feels incredible.