Tablet PC Bluetooth keyboard come in many styles, one is even Waterproof and washable
A Tablet PC Bluetooth keyboard seems to have become the most popular Tablet PC accessory.
Ever since the Table PCs have conquered the IT scene on a global scale with the release of Apple’s iPad, the popularity of netbooks seems all but obliterated, particularly after this accessory, the Tablet PC Bluetooth keyboard, got introduced.
Users seem to prefer to input emails and other more elaborate writing necessities per a full sized QWERTY keyboard.
It seems that most Tablet PC manufacturers have anticipated this development, which explains the widespread Bluetooth connectivity implementation.
Interestingly enough, one of the most eagerly anticipated Tablet PC devices, the Amazon Kindle Fire, does not contain any Bluetooth connectivity and none of the Keyboards listed below will work with theAmazon Tablet PC the Kindle Fire.
A Tablet PC Bluetooth keyboard is one of the most sold accessories to date. For that very reason it seems important to find out what the current market is offering on Bluetooth keyboard devices, which are the best such devices and if there are any significant differences between high quality and budget manufacturers apparent.
It is important to note that despite the fact that the manufacturer may be targeting a particular Tablet PC device or operating system, any keyboard listed below can be used with any Tablet PC device, or any other device for that matter, which has Bluetooth integrated.
Logitech Tablet Keyboard for Android 3.0+
The first Tablet PC Bluetooth keyboard on this list is actually as good as it gets and can easily be considered top of the line. Considered our own top choice and one of the highest rated products on the market today, this Logitech Bluetooth keyboard comes with a carrying case that dubs as a stand for the Tablet PC device of your choice. The high quality full-sized QWERTY keyboard has additional keys that are designated for media control, such as volume up and down, as well as play and pause buttons. It comes with a three year limited manufacturer’s hardware warranty. If you are looking to purchase a Tablet PC Bluetooth keyboard for your device, make sure this Logitech beauty makes it on your short list.
Targus Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard
The American based Targus Corporation is well regarded for their quality line of accessories, mainly in the field of mobile computing and photography. Their Bluetooth keyboard is touted as universally applicable to any tablet, including iPad the Apple Tablet PC, Motorola Xoom and the Samsung Tablet PC the Galaxy line. The keyboard design has a tilt that supposed to ergonomically support easier typing; the keys are outfitted with tactile feedback, thereby improving typing speed and accuracy. Up to seven months of use with one set of batteries is possible, before a battery replacement is necessary. There is a LED built in, which signals when such replacement is deemed necessary.
Toshiba Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard optimized for Toshiba Thrive and other Android 3.0+ Honeycomb Tablets
The former Tokyo Shibaura Denki and since 1978 Toshiba Corporation is a true IT industry behemoth. Their Bluetooth keyboard is primarily designated as an accessory for the in-house produced tablet, the Toshiba Tablet PC the Thrive. There are 17 additional keys that are optimized for Android based devices. The specialty of this keyboard is that it uses rechargeable batteries, for simple recharge the user only needs to connect the keyboard per micro-USB cable to a PC, tablet or similar device, where it charges up in short succession. Extremely light-weight, yet full-sized, this QWERTY keyboard is particularly suitable for use on the move.
Celluon Magic Cube Laser Projection Keyboard and Touchpad
Celluon features here a really ingenious device, namely a laser projected keyboard and touchpad the works per Bluetooth with all compatible devices. The clue is that there is no actual keyboard, only a cube that is projecting a virtual keyboard that uses motion sensors to translate user’s input. This virtual keyboard can be projected onto any flat surface. The cube can also be used in wired mode, while the wireless use lasts up to two hours of continuous typing. It is powered by a rechargeable Li-ion battery and can not only be used for tablet and smartphone devices, but also with any Windows based computers featuring Win XP SP2 and above, as well as Mac OS 10.4 and above.
SumacLife Full Size Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard for Toshiba Thrive 10.1
SumacLife has released a Tablet PC Bluetooth keyboard that was initially designated for the Toshiba Thrive tablet, but can be used by any other compatible Android device featuring Bluetooth connectivity. The battery is charged per micro-USB, there are some Android specific buttons on the keyboard. Many of the 48 keys are multi-function keys. While this is a full-sized QWERTY keyboard, it appears to be smaller than the devices offered by competitors, it seems to fit the width of the Toshiba Thrive perfectly. There is also a docking-like facility, which allows the tablet to be propped up for easier handling.
Verbatim Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard
Verbatim is an American based but Japanese owned Corporation, mainly doing business within the storage media markets. Their Bluetooth keyboard was designed primarily for use with portable Apple iOS based devices, but can be used with any tablet devices that feature Bluetooth. It uses two regular AAA batteries for power and is of ultra-compact design. There is a built-in media console that controls main media based functions. The Verbatim Bluetooth keyboard is delivered with a stylish carrying case and has also a retractable iPhone stand. It is a foldable device for easier carrying, but has design-specific peculiarities, like some keys are smaller to compensate for the folding capability.
Zippy FULL Function Bluetooth Mini Keyboard
Zippy Technology Corporation is a Taiwan based consumer electronics manufacturer with production facilities located in the Guangdong Province of mainland China. The size of the Tablet PC Bluetooth keyboard is close to the size of the ASUS Eee netbook’s. The main feature of this keyboard is that it can pair with up to five Bluetooth devices and switch seamlessly between them. It works with any Android 2.2 and up based device, any Windows based device and OSX as well as iOS based device that feature Bluetooth connectivity. Please note that, despite having all keys and some tablet specific additions, this is not a full-sized QWERTY keyboard.
Menotek Flexible Bluetooth Waterproof Mini Keyboard
Of all the Tablet PC Bluetooth keyboards that are being listed here, this is perhaps the most peculiar one, besides the virtual laser keyboard mentioned above. It is a mini-sized keyboard, which is actually made out of a polymer concoction and feels very rubbery. This being said, it is a keyboard that you can use in a bathtub, because it is waterproof. Additionally, it is also flexible, which may be a good thing in certain circumstances. This may be the best choice for typing on the go, because you really do not have to care if you spill your coffee or if it is raining outside, is the surface clean or wet, or anything similar. It pairs easily with any Bluetooth capable device, except Android devices that use the SPP Bluetooth profile. With the purchase, a USB Bluetooth dongle is being provided, so it can be used with any desktop computer as well.
CaseCrown Portable Bluetooth Wireless Universal Keyboard
The gadget manufacturing CaseCrown Company is located in Southern California, USA, and mainly produces carrying cases and folios for portable electronics, laptops and tablets. The CaseCrown portable Tablet PC Bluetooth keyboard was designed and built with the Dell Streak 7 tablet in mind, hence the compact size. Nevertheless, it can be used with any Bluetooth capable device. Despite it being a wireless device, a USB cord is included with the purchase. The battery power is listed as capable of functioning up to 120 hours. Some tablet oriented functions are built-in, separate keys for these functions are located above the regular function keys.
Mini Bluetooth HID Wireless Keyboard
Manufactured by the versatile CE Compass Company, this mini-keyboard was designed for use with Android based tablets, the Motorola Tablet PC the Xoom in particular. Despite this designation, this affordable and compact keyboard can function just as well with any Bluetooth capable device. There is an integrated mouse pad and touch scrolling panel, simulating a mouse device. The designer intended this keyboard to be used as a handheld QWERTY device, facilitating thumb oriented operation. The special characters can only be accessed through the dedicated function key, placement of such signs requires some getting used to.