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Satechi Slim X3 Bluetooth Keyboard Review

Satechi Slim X3 Bluetooth Keyboard Review

As more and more people are adopting a work from home lifestyle, it can be difficult to achieve the same levels of productivity that the office provides. We have all tried using our expensive RGB infused gaming peripherals out on our kitchen table in an attempt to separate our work life from our gaming life, but the distractions of the flamboyant lighting, noisy mechanical switches, and a thousand cables laying across your kitchen table all negatively impact your performance and is a sure way to get in the boss’ bad side. This is why companies such as Satechi have developed a range of products that helps employees seamlessly transition from the busy office environment to the comfort of their home all without negatively impacting their performance, and their is no better example of this than the Satechi Slim X3 Bluetooth Backlit keyboard.

Design

The Satechi Slim X3 Bluetooth keyboard has been purposely designed for Macs, which may initially disappoint PC users, but the good news is that if you are an Apple user then the Slim X3 complements your existing Apple ecosystem and seamlessly connects with other Apple products such as your iPad and iPhone. This adds another level of versatility to the keyboard as there have been countless times where I wish I could connect a keyboard to my iPhone to write a quick report rather than getting my laptop out and waiting for it to boot up, log in and pick up where I was 10 minutes prior.

Now for PC users – the good news is that the Slim X3 can also connect to any PC/laptop with Bluetooth connectivity – In fact, the Slim X3 has the ability to connect to four Bluetooth devices at once, meaning you can connect this keyboard up to your laptop, Mac, iPad and PC with the ability to instantly switch between any of the four devices with a press of a key. The only drawback for PC users is that there is no Numlock and Printscrn key, along with the absence of any driver support. This obviously means that the MacOS function keys won’t work on PC but other than that, if it is a fully functioning Bluetooth keyboard when connected to a laptop or PC.

Personally, I’m a huge fan of the design of the Slim X3 as its silver finish matches that of not only other Mac products such as the Macbook Pro and iMac, but also other Satechi products that help create a modern working environment. The keyboard is also quite compact despite its extended layout that includes function keys and a Numpad. The Slim X3 is also quite light, weighing in at only 439 grams and only 10mm thick. This is another positive as once the working day of over, you can easily put the keyboard away so the wife can set the table for dinner!

The keyboard also features adjustable white backlit keys. This contrasts nicely with the silver finish of the keyboard and provides a professional look to the keyboard, rather than the obnoxiously bright RGB LEDs that you typically associate with gaming products. The F keys double up as MacOS function keys that range from generic functions such as keyboard backlit brightness and media controls to more MacOS orientated functions such as App Switcher and USB eject. There are also four Bluetooth connection keys above the Numpad that allow the user to instantly change from one Bluetooth device to another, the only issue I had with this is remembering which devices I had paired on each key!

The Slim X3 is also wireless, which may seem obvious thanks to its Bluetooth connection but nevertheless, it can still be used as a wired keyboard via a USB-C port. This connection is primarily used for charging the battery but if you are like me and like to live life on the edge (or forget to look at the battery LED indicator above the Numpad), it is nice to know that your keyboard can still operate while plugged in.

Performance

Once you have unboxed the Slim X3, you are basically ready to go! Pairing the keyboard is as simple as press and holding the designated Bluetooth key you wish to associate with the device (eg. Bluetooth 1, 2, 3 or 4) for approximately 3 seconds until it begins to blink, then search for “Slim X3 Keyboard” in the device’s Bluetooth menu to confirm the connection. The Bluetooth connection itself is very stable with no dropouts experienced. As with the majority of Bluetooth products, I did find that the range of connectivity to be around 10m before experiencing any issues, but honestly, how can you even see what you’re typing on your display from this distance?

The overall performance and feel of the Slim X3 is much like the majority of membrane keyboards on the market, and in fact, feels almost identical to official Apple products such as iMacs, MacBooks, and even Apple’s Official Magic Keyboard. This provides an excellent foundation for typing and thanks to its low profile, is also comfortable to survive the working day all without the need for a wrist rest.

Satechi claims that you can expect up to 80 hours out of a full charge, which is dependant on the level of backlit selected. As I previously mentioned – I like to live on the edge – so I set my backlit intensity on the highest setting and used the keyboard for a full fortnight and failed to even get the battery low (battery LED will flash with low). Satechi has also included a sleep function that activates after 30 minutes of no activity – pressing any key will wake the keyboard, just in case you were wondering.

Conclusion

Regardless if you are working from home, remotely, or even back in the office, the Satechi Slim X3 Bluetooth Backlit keyboard is a great option for anyone looking to increase their productivity or even just to add a premium touch to their work setup. The Slim X3’s modern design looks fantastic and seemingly fits in with both Apple and other laptops and PCs. At an RRP of around $150AUD, it isn’t the cheapest option on the market but when you consider its versatility of being able to pair up to four Bluetooth devices along with the ability to utilise its USB-C connection for both charging and connectivity, it is sure to attract anyone who requires an all-in-out solution for the dynamic nature of working from both the office and home.

Satechi slim x3 bluetooth keyboard review

Pros

  • Modern and Premium Design
  • Connect Up to 4 Bluetooth Devices
  • Compact & Light – 439grams
  • 80 Hour Battery Life
Satechi slim x3 bluetooth keyboard review

Cons

  • Mac Focused
  • Price – $150AUD RRP
Satechi Slim X3 Review
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    PERFORMANCE - 87%
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    FEATURES - 83%
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    DESIGN - 95%
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    VALUE - 87%
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Satechi Slim X3 Review

The Satechi Slim X3 Bluetooth Backlit keyboard is a great option for anyone who wants a premium, modern, and versatile Bluetooth keyboard to increase their productivity when working from home.

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Shaun Grimley

Written by Shaun Grimley

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