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Official Mini Keyboard for BlackBerry PlayBook to Arrive on March 23 for $119

by Killian Bell | March 12, 2012March 12, 2012 5:30 am PDT

PlayBook Mini Keyboard

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

Portable productivity

  • 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?

[via Pocket-lint]


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...

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