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Satechi today announced the launch of four new backlit USB-C keyboards, including the Slim X1 Bluetooth Keyboard, the Slim X1 Wired Keyboard, the Slim X3 Bluetooth Keyboard, and the Slim X3 Wired Keyboard.


The Slim X1 models are compact and portable, for taking along while on the go, and the Slim X3 models are full-sized. The Slim X1 offers a full QWERTY layout, while the Slim X3 also includes a numeric keypad. Both models come in both wired and wireless versions.


Both keyboard models are designed with Apple products in mind, offering an aluminum finish that matches Apple's Macs and iOS devices. The built-in hot keys work across Mac and iOS devices, and multi-device Bluetooth functionality is included for fast device switching.

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There are 10 adjustable brightness levels for the backlit keyboard, and the Bluetooth models charge over USB-C while the wired models connect using USB-C.

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Satechi today also introduced the Aluminum Desktop Stand for iPad, which is designed to work with the new keyboards. It offers a hands-free way to elevate tablets to an optimal viewing level with an adjustable 180 degree mount and a 135 degree base hinge. Available in space gray aluminum, the stand has protective grip padding to keep Apple devices safe from slips and scratches, plus it collapses down so it can be used both at home and while out and about.

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Satechi's Slim X1 Bluetooth Backlit Keyboard and larger Slim X3 Bluetooth Backlit Keyboard can be purchased from the Satechi website starting today, while the wired models will be available in late January. Pricing starts at $60.

The Aluminum Desktop Stand for iPad is available from the Satechi website for $44.99. Customers who opt to purchase the new keyboards, iPad stand, or another Satechi product can get 20 percent off using the promo code WFH20 when checking out through January 10.

Article Link: Satechi Launches New Backlit Keyboards, iPad Stand
 

jayducharme

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My Apple wired keyboard died a month back, and since Apple no longer has any wired keyboards I got a Matias. It's okay, but the keys aren't nearly as responsive as Apple's version and often stick. So I'll check out Satechi's wired version when it's available. That's a decent price.
 

Rafagon

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Satechi today announced the launch of four new backlit USB-C keyboards, including the Slim X1 Bluetooth Keyboard, the Slim X1 Wired Keyboard, the Slim X3 Bluetooth Keyboard, and the Slim X3 Wired Keyboard.


The Slim X1 models are compact and portable, for taking along while on the go, and the Slim X3 models are full-sized. The Slim X1 offers a full QWERTY layout, while the Slim X3 also includes a numeric keypad. Both models come in both wired and wireless versions.


Both keyboard models are designed with Apple products in mind, offering an aluminum finish that matches Apple's Macs and iOS devices. The built-in hot keys work across Mac and iOS devices, and multi-device Bluetooth functionality is included for fast device switching.

satechi-slim-x1.jpg

There are 10 adjustable brightness levels for the backlit keyboard, and the Bluetooth models charge over USB-C while the wired models connect using USB-C.

satechi-slim-x3.jpg

Satechi today also introduced the Aluminum Desktop Stand for iPad, which is designed to work with the new keyboards. It offers a hands-free way to elevate tablets to an optimal viewing level with an adjustable 180 degree mount and a 135 degree base hinge. Available in space gray aluminum, the stand has protective grip padding to keep Apple devices safe from slips and scratches, plus it collapses down so it can be used both at home and while out and about.

satechi-ipad-stand.jpg

Satechi's Slim X1 Bluetooth Backlit Keyboard and larger Slim X3 Bluetooth Backlit Keyboard can be purchased from the Satechi website starting today, while the wired models will be available in late January. Pricing starts at $60.

The Aluminum Desktop Stand for iPad is available from the Satechi website for $44.99. Customers who opt to purchase the new keyboards, iPad stand, or another Satechi product can get 20 percent off using the promo code WFH20 when checking out through January 10.

Article Link: Satechi Launches New Backlit Keyboards, iPad Stand
Macrumors added the following note on the article about the charging cable, but I think they forgot the note for this article.

Note: Satechi provided MacRumors with a Magnetic Wireless Charging Cable and Magnetic Sticker for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.
 

svanstrom

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I wish I could buy beautiful keyboards from all kinds of companies, but they always limit themselves to supplying a very basic qwerty layout; and I really want that left shift-key to be split into two, and a more vertical return-key:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QWERTY#Swedish

Typing on a regular qwerty-layout works just fine, and I know it by heart; but there's just something about programming that makes my brain really want that Swedish layout.
 

mattrva

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Baller! I love the BT X1, excellent design, been looking forward to something like this for some time.
 

prombough

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Ha, that's funny... I just bought one of these even before seeing this column. I have the larger one, which is great. But I can't get used to the wide keyboards so am happy they are making a smaller one. FYI... there was a code on their site today that offered me 20 percent off. Bonus!
 

prombough

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One good thing with the Magic Keyboard is that it works as a wired keyboard when the USB to Lightning cable is connected. A feature I think more keyboards adapt.
I can confirm that at least the original wider keyboard I have by Satachi also does this. Shut off my bluetooth and plugged it in and it still works fine. Thanks for getting me to check... I didn't know that!
 

Mizouse

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hmm.. I've been thinking of replacing my Apple Wired Keyboard with numpad with the Space Grey Magic Keyboard with numpad, but I like that this one is backlit.

I'm still fine with the Apple wire keyboard, but wanted to go wireless for less desk clutter.

One thing thou, it looks like the Satechi keyboard doesnt have the keyboard shortcuts for Mission Control and Laundpad.
I use those all the time. 🤔
 

Lemon Olive

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For the X3 keyboard, it says compatible:
2020/2019 iMac, 2020/2019/2018/2017/2016 MacBook Pro

...why isn't it compatible with the 2017 iMac??
 

ddtmm

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I've purchased a few Matias and Satechi keyboards for the office. While they are not as refined as the Apple keyboards, they're pretty nice, and way cheaper. In an office where employees spill liquids on their keyboards more frequently than I'd like, I usually give them non-Apple keyboard replacements. They're a bit disappointed at first, then realize that they're actually pretty good. Not complaints so far. I just can't be spending $179 (CAD) every time someone spills their drink.
 
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yurc

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This bunch Satechi products are better, compared with their puck charger. iPad pro stands are cute, it's like miniature of small iMac.

For keyboard, this is Apple should be doing, there's no more 'magic' in Apple peripheral lineup. Instead, they should rename Apple Curse Mouse because you can't use it while charging.
 
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