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LG Made Its Rollable Keyboard More Useful By Adding a Fifth Row of Keys

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All the predictive text and auto-correct tricks in the world can’t make a touchscreen keyboard as usable as a physical set of keys. LG has updated one of the most portable Bluetooth keyboards available with an extra row of keys so that it no longer requires an extra key press to type numbers.

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The original Rolly keyboard, which, as the name implies, rolls up so that it’s incredibly compact and easy to stash in a bag, has only four rows of keys, which accommodates the standard QWERTY layout plus a spacebar below it. Numbers are combined with the top row of alphabet characters, which isn’t ideal for touch typists.

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Enter the LG Rolly 2 which adds a fifth row of dedicated number keys. It also now rolls into an elongated pentagon instead of a square, so it’s slightly larger than the original when folded away. But compared to keyboards that just fold in half, it’s still one of the most compact options available.

Illustration for article titled LG Made Its Rollable Keyboard More Useful By Adding a Fifth Row of Keys

The single AAA-battery powered Rolly 2—available starting in South Korea for about $112—can now connect up to three Bluetooth devices at one time, whereas the original could only handle two. However, because of its flexible rolling design, you’re still limited to using it on a flat and sturdy surface—unless you’re hoping to be as frustrated as you were with a touchscreen.

[LG Korea - SlashGear]

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willconltd
willconltd

While this is really cool and all, I also have a really cool think outside bluetooth keyboard that is so freaking old that it pre-dates Android but somehow still works! Seriously, I have had this for over a decade.

It feels great, it works, and I have no need to replace it.

So whats wrong with bluetooth keyboards? YOU WILL NEVER USE IT.

So for $75 more you can get a whole computer. I just picked up a NEW ultra-portable Thinkpad for under $200 from one of the Gizmodo deals on Amazon.

Its pretty small, works great for when I need to do a little work and don’t want to lug my giant desktop replacement notebook around. Yes, you can get a smaller, lighter, and better notebook, but not for $200 delivered.

Be honest with yourself, you are never going to use this gadget, you have to find a table to use it on, and if you are going to be doing some serious typing you want a whole computer with office; not the almost as good substitute that is your ipad/phone and some bluetooth keyboard thing.

Granted, it looks really freaking cool, and that wow factor will impress your friends the first time they see it, but then it will be just another $150 gadget you don’t use.