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EC Technology Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard review: This Jorno clone can save you a few bucks

Séamus Bellamy | July 1, 2016
This dead ringer for the Jorno shares its twin's same flaws, though.

Which came first: The Jorno or the $33 EC Technology Foldable Bluetooth keyboard? It’s a chicken-or-the-egg sort of deal.

If you care about this question, you likely invested a good sum of money in the Jorno Kickstarter campaign. Who wouldn’t be steamed about forking over their hard-earned cash for a folding keyboard that can be had elsewhere under a different brand name, for a lot less money? The differences between the Jorno and the EC keyboards are so minor, it’s unlikely most people will tell them apart at a glance.

Design and performance

Like the Jorno, the EC Tech keyboard measures 9.91 x 3.53 x 0.26 inches fully deployed and 5.77 x 3.53 x 0.67 inches in size. The EC’s construction is nearly identical too: Aside from a lack of the rubber feet that keep the Jorno from sliding around during use, I couldn’t see or feel any difference in construction or materials between the two keyboards. That’s a good thing: The Jorno and EC Tech keyboards’ matte-grey anodized aluminium exteriors are tough, keep the hardware’s weight down, and look great.

The EC Tech is a dead ringer for the Jorno in multiple other ways, too: The power and Bluetooth pairing lights at the top of the EC Tech keyboard are identical to those on the more expensive Jorno. The hardware weighs the same and its battery life, as near as I could tell through testing, lasts for the same amount of time.

It should come as no surprise then that, after a few hours of typing on the EC Tech keyboard, I became frustrated with it for all of the same reasons as with the Jorno. So yeah, if you’re a touch-typist or a hunt-and-pecker that has fingers the size of Snickers bars, you’ll hate this thing just as much as you’ll hate the Jorno.

EC Tech Keyboard - Unfolded

Not quite an exact clone

With all the similarities between the EC Tech keyboard and the Jorno, let’s talk about what’s different.

First, you don’t get a case with the EC Tech. The Jorno comes with a nifty one that transforms into a tablet stand. If you can live with that, or already own a tablet/smartphone stand that you like, you may as well get the EC Tech keyboard instead of the Jorno. Then, with the cash you saved, buy a hot dog and drink to celebrate your financial victory.

It is possible to buy a stand separately for $9. But buying the EC Tech plus a case would cost you about two bucks more than ordering a Jorno through Amazon, so you may as well buy the Jorno if you need more than just the keyboard.

 

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