We’re always looking for ways to optimise the things we use every day — a lot of the objects we use often haven’t had a design refresh in centuries. So we were interested to try the Keyport Pivot, which looks like a Swiss army knife for your keys — plus anything else you feel like bolting on:
The Pivot starts with an anodised aluminium frame in a choice of colours (black, silver, green and red). You unscrew one side and attach your normal keys between washers to space them out nicely. For us, that was two Yale keys and a little mailbox key, but we had to leave our bigger Chubb key out because it’s just too fat. We attached that to a normal keyring on the top of the Keyport instead, and you can do the same with car keys and suchlike.
But the keys are only the beginning. Once yours are in, you can work out how much space you have left for extras — and expansion kits, if you need more space. We added the super-handy Keyport pen and USB drive modules, then slotted on a torch on one side of the frame and a Bluetooth locator on the other. This made the unit a bit bulkier, but that’s handy for finding it in a bag – if you keep your keys in a pocket, you might like a more slimline profile. That’s very doable with just the base Pivot kit and your keys, assuming they’re mostly Yales.
Once we were all set up, we started using the Keyport in place of our normal keyring, and noticed a few important things:
- The torch is ridiculously handy
- As is the pen, and our worries about drawing on ourselves every time we pulled it out were unfounded
- The Keyport becomes a sort of handle for your keys, which makes it way easier to turn them in the lock
However, we did encounter one downside: when it was time to give back a locker key at a temporary office, it’s… not the easiest thing to pull it off. Which is good, because you don’t want your keys going walkabout, but it was quite frustrating in the moment when none of us could figure out (even with Google) how to get the damn key off. Part of the issue was that we had an extra module on either side of the base unit, and those are really quite awkward to lever off. Once you’ve done that, you get to the screw, and from there it’s easy to get the keys off. Just learn from our fail and be prepared if you need a sudden key edit.
That said, it was really reassuring to know that anyone trying to get our locker key off the Keyport for nefarious purposes would have been majorly out of luck.
The base unit of the Keyport costs $19.99 (about £15), and from there you can add extensions and modules to your heart’s content. We chose to skip the scissors and penknife because it’s not worth the potential hassle at airports, but there’s a whole load of stuff to choose from including different sizes of USB drive, multitools and extras.
You can build your own Pivot here, and if you’re making one as a gift, you get a free gift box too. They ship internationally, and if you’re in the US or Canada, you can even go one step further and get your keys made into custom slide-out ‘blades’. Nifty.