We agree that onboard keyboard laptop generally not sophisticated as an external keyboard which mainly supposed for a desktop computer. An external keyboard is more feel tactile rather than a built-in keyboard.
Since laptop or notebook has a limited number of the USB port, some people were trying to figure out how to connect an external keyboard to their laptop without a USB port.
Lucky for you, it is conceivable.
To connect a wired keyboard or mouse without involving USB port means you need a Bluetooth adapter. This device would convert your wired devices into a wireless one while not occupying one of your laptop’s USB ports.
You need a device called Bluetooth Adapter
The wireless keyboard is nothing new, but transform wired keyboard to Bluetooth or WiFi connection is simply new. Now, let see the available way to connect the keyboard to without utilizing an existing USB port.
Please note that these methods require new hardware stuff that cost you more rather than straightly connect to USB port.
#1 USB to Bluetooth Convert Adapter USB2BT
The modern laptop has Bluetooth technology inside the machine. We can take advantage of a device namely USB2BT adapter. This device may look like unfinished electronic gear because it’s originally intended for the DIY project.
Your wired keyboard and mouse can be connected to USB2BT, then start transmitting command data to the laptop. Since it does not come with a built-in battery, you need external power supply such as a wall socket or USB power bank.
The USB2BT will cost you about $76 and appear like the average price of a well-quality Bluetooth keyboard. However, if you already have a better keyboard, purchasing this device may be a reasonable option.
#2 Nulaxy Wired USB Keyboard and Mouse to Bluetooth
While the USB2BT is designed for Arduino stuff, Nulaxy Bluetooth adapter is a more like a simplified version of the previous device. The Nulaxy Wired USB to Bluetooth is totally easy to use. Plus, it has 2 AA battery slot as its power.
This device provides two USB port with Bluetooth connection. Just plug in your wired keyboard and mouse, turn on the Nulaxy, and start pairing procedure with the laptop or tablet.
Unfortunately, when I found this device is already out of stock on the Amazon and pricing is unknown. Perhaps it still available on the local market. My assumptions thought this device was extremely rare. The manufacturer only produces a limited number of the item during a period.
#3 Or you can buy a wireless keyboard
Apparently the best options yet. Since USB2BT and Nulaxy are cost you more and may not easy to use or find, you might want to consider purchasing a new external Bluetooth keyboard.
Not only the price is similar to Bluetooth adapter device, but it also more effective and less configuration.
The Bluetooth mechanical keyboard which mainly considered as a recommended type of keyboard for typing and gaming only cost you less than $30. It has an internal battery that can last for a few months or even years.
To be clear, the Bluetooth adapter battery may quickly be exhausted and drained after many usages. The wired keyboard and mouse you use “think” that they are consuming energy from bigger sources, like a laptop or PC. The situation can get any worse if using a computer gear full of RGB lights.
My thoughts? Buying a new wireless keyboard might be a great idea.
How about you?