“whoa whoa! what’s that?”
In my weeks with the Keyport Slide All in one Key holder, I had to get used to hearing this frequently. When I went to a Kinkos/Fedex office store or opened a beer for a friend two or three people gathered around intrigued. Are you a bit confused?
The Keyport slide is one of the most creative and simple ways to solve the problem of messy unorganized keys jangling around and getting snagged on your pocket linings. It’s about the size of a pack of tictacs and it contains up to six keys or other accessories. I went through the full process start to finish and it was as simple as posting something on facebook. Turnaround time was nothing and even though I had one small hiccup with the device, the team at Keyport worked quickly to fix it in no time. In my Keyport I have installed 3 keys, a bottle opener, an LED flashlight, and a 2gb USB thumb drive. They also offer some unexpected add-ons like a barcode slide out for your gym membership card or any card for that matter. Also, you can add coded keys to modern cars (these take up two slots though as you need the key itself and the coded section) The USB thumb drives come in multiple sizes up to 32gb, but the price does reflect this.
I was more than happy with my configuration and the 2gb thumb drive is more than enough for loading some documents onto the Keyport for a meeting or to run to the kinkos/fedex store. To start I went to Keyport’s website and went through the options one by one.
- 9 different colors
- different colored and gem filled “nodes” or buttons to slide keys
- blank key “blades” to match most any key on your current chain including chipped auto keys
- 4 different inserts including a led light, usb drive, and bottle opener
- different attachments like the “spinner cap” that let you attach more keys that you don’t want in your keyport
After assembling my cart full of the different components, I double checked and submitted my order. It’s then up to you to personalize the process. You download and print on simple .PDF file and grab a ballpoint pen, your keys that will be in the keyport, and your camera or smartphone. You can see the pdf key submission form here:
Key Photo ID form
It is so simple to literally place your key on a grid in a box and write down any markings you can find on your key to help speed up the process. I personally couldn’t find anything marked on two of my keys but they still sent me the right blanks based off just the picture. I lined up and labeled my three keys on the page, took two quick overhead shots of the full page with my smartphone, and then easily sent it away in email to an address they give you after ordering. Keep in mind that if you are concerned about your privacy, you are more than welcome to carefully cover the actual cut of your key with some electrical tape. At that point, the locksmiths at Keyport reviewed my submitted keys and I received a confirmation that my blank blades and keyport had shipped within a couple days.
I received my keyport with a standard set of colored “nodes” or buttons, all my inserts, and my three labeled key blanks. I did have one stumbling block during the process of getting my keys copied with these key blanks but it was NOT Keyport’s fault by any means. The fact is that at the three hardware stores I attempted to get my keys copied onto keyport’s blanks, NONE would help me. They all gave me the same standard response, “we can’t cut keys that we don’t sell you on the machines because it will break our machine. This is of course nonsense as Keyport sends you blanks made of the same material you’d find anywhere. The truth here is that they don’t want to lose the dollar or so per key they would make selling you that blank key to copy. No matter though, I quickly found a dedicated locksmith that didn’t even hesitate. It took him literally 30 seconds to cut all three keys and I paid less than I would have at the bigger hardware stores. So find your local locksmith and save yourself the heartache. The next step was a quick test in the locks before installing the freshly cut Key Blades. Everything worked flawlessly and I sat down to assemble the unit.
quick video to show the cut blades in a lock
The nodes have one simple rod coming from the side of them and this matches up to a small hole on each key blade. All you do is push the node into the blade and it’s ready to insert. The body of the Keyport itself is made from what I believe is aluminum, it’s stong and lightweight. There is a plastic end cap on either side that you remove with a pinch. I couldn’t really do this with just my fingers, I’d use a pen or something similar to help pinch the buttons in. It made me feel secure that the cap will hold in my pocket though. At this point you literally just slide your blades one by one into the pre cut channels in the order you want and replace the cap and your ready for the day. The USB thumb drive insert did have a little extra manufacturing residue on it that stopped it from smoothly installing in the keyport itself. They immediately sent out a replacement along with a return label for the defective thumb drive, I recevied the replacement and it works flawlessly.
The keyport has simplified my pocket contents and it’s a really great conversation piece. I hope they keep expanding down the line because the “insert” system seems to hold a lot of possibility. If they can figure it out, I’d love a small locking knife blade to help in opening packaging and other small tasks? For now though, the keyport is a fully featured and fully realized concept. It is a luxury item, but you carry a set of keys on you just about every single day of your life on this earth. Little things like this make life a little simpler and bring a smile to you and to others, in the long run I think it’s worth it. I’ll proudly be carrying my Keyport Slide for as long as it holds up, it seems durable enough though that I will probably be passing it down to my kids one day.
The basic configuration I ordered totaled up to 79.94 with three keys, a flashlight, a bottle opener, and a 2gb thumb drive.
You can purchase the Keyport Slide here.
Main advantage: simplicity and the “wow” factor from strangers
Main concern: price, but as I mentioned, you’ll touch your keys just about every day of your life so why not make them better?
Unique features: everything about the keyport will surprise you
How much: depends on your configuration
Alternatives: None I’ve seen that can compete on the same level of the keyport slide
Is it worth buying: a clear and simple, Yes.
ENJOY YOUR GADGETS!