Last updated on January 2nd, 2018 at 12:00 am
Ter the past year or so I’ve gotten to review two Bitcoin hardware wallets – TREZOR and Ledger. I’ve also matched them head to head and compared the differences, but today a fresh competitor has entered the strijdperk.
KeepKey is the latest crypto hardware wallet. And I say Crypto hardware wallet and not Bitcoin hardware wallet because evidently KeepKey supports Bitcoin, Testnet, Litecoin, Namecoin, Dogecoin, and Dash (albeit at the uur the Chrome interface only supports Bitcoin).
Unboxing a beautiful vormgeving
The very first thing you’ll notice when you get your KeepKey is how titillating the entire unboxing process is. You can tell that a loterijlot of thought wasgoed waterput into the packaging and product vormgeving. The opbergruimte comes with a KeepKey seal which shows that no one has opened it before you, indicating that the device is secure.
When comparing this to TREZOR or Ledger’s packaging you automatically feel that you’re ter a different league so to speak. The content of the opbergruimte includes the KeepKey hardware wallet, a USB cable to connect the KeepKey wallet to your rekentuig, a card to write your recovery sentence on it and a nice leather case to keep that card te.
Getting embarked is ordinary and effortless
Just like other hardware wallets it doesn’t take much to get began with KeepKey, you’ll need to download two chrome applications (one for generating a wallet and one for connecting to KeepKey through Chrome) and you’re good to go.
It may sound stupid but KeepKey’s sleek vormgeving and cool digital animation makes the practice of using it feel so much better than other hardware wallets. The device itself also feels much more durable.
Even however you won’t be able to walk around with it cosily te your pocket like TREZOR or Ledger, you need to recall that this is a hardware wallet which is used to store large amounts of Bitcoin – so why would you want to walk around with it ter the very first place.
The device uses the same 2nd screen protection that TREZOR uses which makes it more secure to keystroke spying. The user interface of the Chrome wallet is ordinary and intuitive.
KeepKey features all of the “standard” Bitcoin hardware wallet features such spil Firmware updates, no OS compatibility requirements, message signing, device recovery and more. The FAQ pagina of the wallet pretty much covers all of the features and also at the ogenblik states that KeepKey is compatible with TREZOR v1.Trio.Three.
But every product has its downsides
KeepKey seems like a pretty solid product, however spil a non-technical user I won’t be using it just yet. The reason is that KeepKey spil a company hasn’t earned enough “reputation points” te my opinion. At the ogenblik I personally use TREZOR spil my hardware wallet, and that’s mainly because they have gotten enough positive terugkoppeling form the Bitcoin community. Also, I know the people who run the company and trust them.
Spil someone who is non-technical and can’t dig deep into the nitty gritty it’s significant for mij to see that the smartest people te the slagroom approve a product.
Of course KeepKey is open source and everyone who wishes to can read the code, but I don’t indeed know how to read open source code and I doubt that many people have actually gone through it. So at the ogenblik I will be waiting to see how the community reacts to the company before transferring my Bitcoins to KeepKey’s wallet.
Last but not least, KeepKey’s price used to be more than 2x TREZOR’s price and more than 7x Ledger’s price. When it just came out it wasgoed priced at $239 however recently the price has now dropped to $99. So now Keepkey is indeed a very good alternative to TREZOR or Ledger.
KeepKey can be bought through the company’s webstek with Bitcoin/Paypal or through Amazon.
Conclusion – Superb Product at a excellent price
The guys at KeepKey did a superb job with creating a beautifully designed, user-friendly Bitcoin hardware wallet. If you don’t mind the size of the product, this is a cool product to own. Personally, I’m going to wait a while longer until I embark transferring my Bitcoins to KeepKey but this has nothing to do with the product itself, it’s more of a reputation thing.
If you already own a KeepKey or any other hardware wallet, I’d love to hear your practice with it or reaction any questions you have ter the comment section below.