The Best Laser Keyboards of 2018: Projection keyboard Reviews
Before we jump into our roundup for the best virtual laser keyboard, here are some things you should know about them.
Infrared keyboards are a great piece of technology but not meant for intensive use. In short, they are great gadgets to show off and portable enough to carry anywhere, but they are neither ergonomic or nor are they responsive.
We don’t recommend them for gaming, typing long messages or school/office projects and work but they could be great for showing off and movie theater setups.
Furthermore, you cannot use these to type with multiple fingers. The technology is not very old, and it will take for it to develop into something usable. For now, These keyboards will only register keystrokes if you type with a single finger, which is the major downside.
Atongm Laser Projection Wireless
- Wireless and Portable
- Built-in speaker
- 2 hours Battery working time
- Very bright
Most brands featured on this roundup might sound unfamiliar, This is only as not many reputed brands have got into the virtual keyboard market, but since it’s blowing up and the demand is rising, we might soon see some of these coming out from Razer, Logitech, and other manufacturers.
This keyboard from Atongm is laser projection based & wireless. It can be connected to any device that supports Bluetooth. (namely apple devices, Android, and windows)
The wireless characteristics combined with it’s small and compact size, it is very portable and can be carried almost anywhere in a regular backpack. Follow our buying guide on small and compact keyboards for additional advice on the topic.
When talking about wireless keyboard, the first question that arrises to mind is about the battery backup. This keyboard is advertised to have a working time of about 2 hours, which is not bad. The battery charging time is about 3 hours. It comes equipped with a rechargeable battery, so you wouldn’t have to spend on external ones.
- Speaker – It also has a mini Bluetooth speaker; Its usage is still unjustified, but hey, a speaker is a keyboard, that +1 for the “cool factor”.
- Accuracy – With supporting over 350 keystrokes a minute, this keyboard is decently accurate, though it cannot match a real keyboard, it still stands head high.
- Typing Experience – It works very similarly to most other keyboards on the list with an infrared sensor which detects the location of your fingers. This technology is not very accurate and will not work efficiently if multiple fingers are used for typing.
What we didn’t like
- Too Bright – The keyboard is very bright; It has probably been forced so that it’s usable in the daytime as well and it serves the purpose greatly but when the same brightness is taken into darkness, it might feel a little too bright, reflective and can soon get annoying to use. Except for the high brightness, the keyboard works pretty well for what is it advertised.
LAMASTON Bluetooth Virtual Keyboard
- Not very expensive
- Brightness adjustment
- Has a built-in speaker
- Requires regular re-calibration
Priced similar to the last keyboard, this one from LAMASTON is an excellent competitor.
It is also compatible with windows, mac and android phones. There is not much of a difference in configuration of hardware either; it also has a 1000mah rechargeable battery to power up a full-sized virtual QWERTY keyboard.
It is also very small and easy to carry while traveling. One good feature of this keyboard is an option to change the brightness; unlike the last Atongm keyboard, which locks you at a certain brightness, this keyboard allows you to adjust it according to your liking. This means it's not only great for the dark environment but can also be used in bright light (the visibility starts fading as the brightness of surrounding it increased).
The keyboard requires regular re-calibration, which is not a very tedious process and it ensures your virtual keyboard works the way it is supposed to.
Celluon EPIC Ultra-Portable
- Compact and Portable
- Adjustable brightness and sound levels
- Superior infrared sensor
Celluon is the Lamborghini of virtual keyboards, costing as much as a $100, this keyboard might seem expensive for the purpose.
Despite the price, it is not comparable to real keyboards, which are far more accurate and deliver a much better typing experience. It is portable and would look great on your desk or theater room.
Much like the previously mentioned keyboard, it also has brightness controls and decent accuracy. Compared to the previous ones, it has a superior infrared sensor and technology which enhances its performance. It is still not very efficient for typing with multiple fingers, but you can give it a try. It might work with dual fingers but it is recommended not to try that since it is likely to miss many key presses and end up is an unintended sentence.
One unique feature is it's sound control, with a build in speaker other similar virtual keyboards lack volume and other controls, this isn't the case with Celluon EPIC. As we mentioned, the usage of this speaker is hard to image since the sound quality doesn't match any decent speaker or even a smartphone's built-in speaker, it might still be useful in certain situations with the volume controls.
Moving on to the battery life, unlike the previous keyboards, it has a 660mAH battery, which is a let down considering the price you would expect everything better than cheaper models. It still lasts for 2 hours as it's high-end hardware consumes less power.
The battery should not be much of a concern with this keyboard since it can be plugged in a USB port of a smartphone to draw power.