There’s a huge selection of third-party keyboards out there that are designed to make working on a tablet a more bearable experience, but none of them are better suited to your BlackBerry PlayBook than the official Mini Keyboard from Research in Motion.
The device, which doubles as a “convertible” case and boasts a 30-day charge, is expected to begin shipping on March 23 with a $119 price tag. Unlike other keyboard accessories, which offer just a QWERTY keyboard, RIM’s accessory also features a built-in touchpad that will be familiar to anyone who’s ever used a notebook computer, and a wireless connection with 128bit encryption that will keep your keystrokes a secret.
A specification sheet for the accessory, which is yet to be announced by RIM, was obtained by N4BB, and provides a list of its features:
Powerful multi-touch control
- Use the touchpad to navigate and control PlayBook
- View 100% of your screen while typing
- Three products in one – keyboard, integrated touchpad and case
- Easy to carry – same size and shape of BlackBerry PlayBook,
- Improved Data Entry- The touchpad enables greater precision and improved navigation
Powered and ready when you need it
- Charge your keyboard with your PlayBook charger
- Keyboard will last up to 30 days on a single charge!
Keep your data protected
- Features 128bit encryption
The Mini Keyboard measures just 219 x 58 x 154mm, and looks like the perfect accessory for PlayBook owners who frequently find themselves typing away on the device’s virtual keyboard. But is it worth that $119 price tag?
Will you be picking up the Mini Keyboard for your PlayBook when it arrives?