Even if you lost the freedom offered by wireless devices, one of my favorite keyboards has always been Apple’s USB keyboard with number pad. It’s the one I’ve been using until recently and it was for those two extra USB A connections it offered. Well, Kolude Keyhub goes further and integrates a USB C Hub.
Kolude, the all-in-one keyboard
Kolude Keyhub is a proposal as simple as surprising, because you see it and think “of course, it is not how they had not done something like that already.” And this keyboard is not a simple keyboard more made of aluminum and with a design that you could see as a mixture between the official Apple and Logitech, is something more: an all-in-one keyboard.
Kolude Keyhub integrates a USB C Hub that adds a good repertoire of extra ports thanks to its USB C connection under the Thunderbolt 3 standard. That is what allows any user to offer the following:
- Two Thunderbolt 3 connections, one of them Power Delivery (up to 100W) for extra power to charge or power the devices connected to the keyboard
- Three USB 3.0 connections
- A USB 2.0 connection
- SD and microSD card reader, that is the reader they name as TF (TransFlash)
- HDMI output
With this repertoire of connections you can already get the idea of the number of possibilities it offers and how it can facilitate the daily life of many users, who are constantly connecting and disconnecting devices. For that profile nothing better than a keyboard like this, it is a device that they always have at hand.
Although from the point of view of order it can be somewhat chaotic to have so many cables in between. Imagine, connect a couple of USB disks to the keyboard and even an extra screen through the HDMI output. If you are one of those who like to have a well organized and minimalist desk, it is not for you.
Otherwise, the keyboard layout is quite attractive. It is made of aluminum and the design of the round keys is not a problem. If you have used a Logitech keyboard with the same key layout, you will know. And if not, I confirm it, that I find myself writing these lines from one. Oh, and they make use of a scissor mechanism for each key.
Anyone already designs keyboards better than Apple
Apple keyboards are not bad, both by design and internal technology are a great option. But seeing this type of proposals is normal to think that anyone already makes keyboards better than the Cupertino company.
This Kolude KD-K1 Keyhub could be another example. A keyboard that maintaining a very careful design and very small dimensions to integrate a USB C Hub, offers greater added value at a price that, despite being in a Kickstarter campaign , is not excessive: 109 euros. In addition, you can choose any layout for its keys, from QWERTY in Spanish, to English, etc.
Both for use with desktops and laptops Windows and Mac is attractive. Although, to use it in conjunction with an iPad Pro could also be an interesting product for that extra connections and HDMI output. So you know, if you were looking for a new and functional keyboard, you can take a look at this proposal and assess if you are interested. The only bad thing, until June of this year 2020 will not start sending.