Travel Setup Using a Fancy Keyboard with a Laptop

Posted on August 24, 2022 by Richard Goulter

One of the downsides to using a fancy keyboard is that it’s difficult to use when out and about with a laptop.

This is arguably mitigated by that laptops themselves have a keyboard.

I like my small, fancy keyboard much more than the laptop keyboard, though. (My thumbs get access to 2-3 keys each on my fancy keyboard, etc.).

Here’s the travel setup I’ve used:

The first thing which helps is getting a bit of acrylic cut to shape, with some bumpons to lift it above the keys:

In terms of cables:

I was able to have a working setup with an ordinary USB-C cable. Since the cable needs some clearance, the keyboard couldn’t quite be close to the screen. Thanks to how HUGE the Macbook trackpads are, I could get by without needing an extra mouse.

What I haven’t yet tried while traveling, but I expect to work much better, is to use a USB-C cable with a right-angle connector:

Unfortunately, use of right-angled connectors like this depends a bit on the keyboard. In the following pictures, both have a magnetic connector inserted. The right-angled USB-C cables I’ve tried cannot connect to the BM40, since the case is too thick.

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