A Minimalist Portable 5$ Keyboard, Is It Reliable?

in Geek Zone8 months ago

Finding a reliable product but at a budget is quite hit and miss. Sometimes you get a good quality product but sometimes, it's total crap.


When it comes to gadgets, we definitely have our own preference that suits our lifestyle and needs. For me, since I am nomadic, I like to have an extra mini portable keyboard to carry around. When I travel, it would mean I also leave out my gaming gears and stick to basics. That's why, in my life, portability and functionality matter and it's the approach I take when buying something.

What's your approach when buying a gadget?

The keyboard that I am going to review today is not a gaming keyboard but a simple keyboard suitable for students, creators, and anyone that needs it for simple activities. Although,after testing for writing codes, this keyboard is pretty nice as well. It is also suitable for tablets and android phones if you use your phone to write thesis or work.



Mikuso KB-001U is a minimized keyboard with length less than 30 cm and 11cm width. It's small enough to not space up a 20Lt day pack. Compared to my other keyboard, Logitech, it is definitely much smaller. I forgot when I bought this keyboard but I suppose it was around when I was about to start a long-travel adventure. However, I ended up not bringing this keyboard with me and stuck to logitech for some reason.


Priced at around 4 to 5$, this keyboard is an option for those who need a quick external keyboard. Honestly, only today I am using it again as I want to change my logitech into something smaller and test its comfort to type.

So, after testing it, this keyboard is not suitable for those who have big fingers as the keypads are tiny. However, they are still well-spaced unlike some laptop keyboards and even cheap external keyboards that don't even have space. I also think that instead of wasting money into foldable keyboard, this is a better and cheapest option to have.


This keyboard is old-school as It's wired. However,thankfully, the wire is short. So you don't have to worry about its wire being too long. Although my only concern is the fault that the keyboard will have if we twist and roll the cable. Compared to a keyboard with batteries, this is a cheaper option even for long-term use.


The color itself is plain, it's dark with blue colors on the numeric symbols. It is a pretty generic color, so if you are considering aesthetics when having a keyboard, this is also not for you. The keyboard doesn't have an adjustable stand but the back is quite bulky and functions to lift the keyboard up so it's not too flat. Overall, it's also a featherlight that even holding a book is heavier than lifting his keyboard.


I tried typing on the keyboard for 2 hours and I don't feel strained on my wrist. It's definitely not built for being ergonomic-friendly but it's quite okay for something that doesn't adhere to ergonomic principles.

All in all, I think this is the keyboard that does the job. It's something nice to have while traveling considering the size but do not expect too much for gaming as it's not suitable for that. The keyboard is definitely not crap compared to many with the same price and even the rubber foldable keyboard that is sometimes way more expensive than this keyboard. Have you ever seen this product out there? Let me know if you are interested in mini keyboards too!


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This is one of the cheapest devices I've ever seen. You shouldn't expect too much from something at this price. But I think this product is beyond its price. Usually using the keyboard for a long time causes wrist pain, and from what you said, you didn't experience that. I've never used a mini keyboard before because I mostly play games and code, and I don't have small fingers. But at this price I'll buy any keyboard because I want to have it on hand in case my keyboard breaks.

It's the rule when it comes to the price that we shouldn't expect too much. But again, sometimes there are anomalies where cheap stuff works. It's also handy when your internal keyboard suddenly breaks. I have about 4 keyboards, one is for gaming but now I guess I'll just take this traveling with me since I want to back traveling with only a backpack and a day pack.

4 keyboards? I only have two. Yes this keyboard looks perfect for traveling. We don't need light things on the road 😂.

yeah, just like how I have many headphones too 🤣

In which programming language and what are you writing code for, work or hobby btw? I just read your post again and curious about it 😂

It's only a hobby for now and I am doing it on Ruby. I am currently re-learning python and solidity too. Hopefully I can get a as a junior dev in a year or two.

I hope you can. But I hope you don't take my job 😂.

Hi, it's good to see you here sharing your content.... When I see something about new components for PC computer, I can't pass without taking a look at it, they are things that I like very much. Your keyboard looks very comfortable despite being small hehehe, you can also notice that it is not of bad quality despite its low price, for 5 dollars, not bad at all. I hope you get a lot of use out of it, long life to your new mini keyboard 😎

Same here! I enjoy reading them and learning about it. The keyboard works really well for now. But who knows in 4 or 5 months. Let's hope it still works 😂

A Minimalist Portable 5$ Keyboard, Is It Reliable?

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hahaha. I guess I have to give an updated review after more than 4 months using it constantly.

Nice article and review :) This is indeed a bit difficult sometimes to find the right tools for the defined budget !

By chance, a friend that didn’t use it anymore, gave me a Magic Keyboard from Apple, and I’ve to say it’s quite perfect for me to write. I use it as much for Hive articles connected to my phone than for writing short stories or novels :)

Oh wow! I saw a portable apple keyboard and it looks slick. You're lucky that you get them.

Yeah, I was super happy 😊

Have a good week dear !

Sigo sin poder creer el precio que tiene es muy accesible me alegro que te haya podido ser de utilidad aunque por mis dedos torpes y largos el poco espacio haria que hiciera un desastre trabajando con el teclado.

This post inspires me to post about my new keyboard too lol. If you don't mind!

hahaha just share it! make sure it's posted in the community for extra exposure :D

Noted, thanks! :)

It seems to be a quite practical and simple tool that can make the work much easier. The color of the letters on each key looks very nice and the spacing between each key for me is acceptable.
A good option and at a good price. Thanks for the suggestion friend @macchiata 🙂, may you have success with your new acquisition 🥳🥳👍

Right? they are good price and good option. Let's hope they stay like this even after 5 months use!

This type of keyboard is always a good choice for my notebook and it is quite inexpensive.

Este tipo de teclados siempre es una buena opción para mi notebook y esta bastante económico

Yes! that's true. it's great for notebook and quite inexpensive. Although, I don't know how long it will last when used all the time. I rarely use it and now it's still function even after 5 months.

Considering its low price, this keyboard may be an option to consider in the case of needing a keyboard that meets the user's expectations. As a planB in case of emergencies, it seems perfect to me.

Right? that's how this keyboard serves me thus far, it's for emergencies but it's actually quite nice to use.

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