Anyone have experience transporting keyboards back and forth from the office?
I’m entering the brave new hybrid work world, and need to use my MX Keys Mini at home and at the office. My preference would be to just throw it in the bag rather than use a protective case (to minimize bulk). However, I’m nervous about the keyboard keys getting smushed in transport (30 min bike ride, keyboard in a pannier with lunch, shoes, etc.) and shortening the lifespan of the keyboard. Anyone have any thoughts or experience they can share?
That may not be possible for everyone. Seems like a lot of back to work plans, at least in the U.S., don’t involve keeping a dedicated desk. Anything you bring in, has to come back out, in case someone else uses that desk the next day. Fun.
Some of the hybrid return to work options do include lockers though. So if that’s available, an option could be to leave a keyboard in the locker at the office assuming you’re always in the same building, even if you’re not always at the same desk. Everyone’s situation is different though.
It’ll be fine unless you have hard items that tend to shift and make themselves or your computer noticeably bulging against the wall of the bag. Lunch and shoes shouldn’t exert that kind of force. Use a wrapper like a bread bag to keep the keys clean.
I carry my Magic Keyboard to and from the office/other workplaces. I have not used a case and just kept the keyboard inside my bag, and so far nothing bad happened - but then I surround the keyboard with soft/squishy things like my jacket. I learned not to place the keyboard next to newspapers - they ended up staining the white keys, but luckily the stain came off easily with alcohol wipes.
I used to use an Apple Magic Keyboard for Mac with a 12 South folio years ago. However I did see a YouTube video from a guy who is a minimalist traveler with an interesting take. He supposedly traveled on a two week European trip using only a single backpack with a MacBook Air, a portable travel stand to bring the MacBook up to full height and a 100% apple Magic keyboard just stuffed in the bad with no case. He had apparently been carrying the keyboard like that for over a year on multiple trips with no issues.
I used the Studio Neat Canopy with a older (lightning) Magic Keyboard. I’m still using the same keyboard but now I don’t bother with a cover. I just toss it in my ancient canvas briefcase and it finds a way to survive.
I have the first one (or at least a similar one from Amazon), which I keep at my cadet units, as it raises the laptop up so it’s better for ergonomics. Does the job and folds down very nicely. For some reason, the MacBook Air seems to be at a slight angle when on it, and I can’t figure out why - either to notice initially, but that goes away
I did have the second one (or at least a similar one from Amazon) and it was awful. Bought during lockdown for a cheap way to try a standing desk. Got rid of it recently on Freecycle!