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GCell Solar Bluetooth Keyboard – the genuine no-charge keyboard for your tablet or smartphone [Review]

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If you’re a real road warrior, you’ll know that nothing really beats the flexibility of a real keyboard for tablet or smartphone. Sure you can use the on-screen keyboard with touch to type out stuff, but if you want to be properly efficient you definitely need the clatter of some real keys. The problem is most Bluetooth keyboards add yet another thing to charge to your long list, which can be a pain. Until now.

The GCell Bluetooth Keyboard is a clever new product which uses something called a Dye-Sensitized solar panel to grab power from any ambient light. Yep, you don’t need to sit for hours under a hot sunny window to get charged up, just sit there and type under a normal lamp or a shady tree and you’re good to go.

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This really is a very cool result, because it means you don’t have to worry about taking along a charge cable, or freaking out when it stops working in the middle of your major opus on Ben Hur or anything. We tested it out right out of the box (see video below) and found that it worked fine just using the power from our lights. Impressive.

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What’s even more impressive is the fact that it is actually a really nice keyboard too. It has a lovely rubberized finish, is clearly built well and made to last, and the keypad is absolutely fine for touch typists, even if it’s a little smaller than a traditional laptop keypad. It’s not particularly expensive either, at around $99.95 in the US or £79.99 in the UK.

It’s billed as designed for the iPad Air, but in fact is compatible with any Android or iOS product. Definitely one of the nicer products we’ve seen like this, and love the no-charge bit.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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