BlackBerry launches mini keyboard for PlayBook

Research In Motion today introduced the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard, a new accessory for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. The keyboard is portable and comes complete with a convertible case that doubles as a stand for the tablet.

The BlackBerry Mini Keyboard (image: BlackBerry)

In addition to a full QWERTY keyboard, it offers an integrated touchpad allowing users to navigate and control the BlackBerry PlayBook as easily as using the touch screen on the tablet itself.

When the keyboard is active, the PlayBook tablet’s virtual keyboard remains hidden, freeing up 100% of the display for the task at hand.

“Whether you’re typing email, creating documents, surfing the web or using other apps, the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard and its integrated carrying case is an ideal accessory,” said James Poulton, Director, Advanced Accessories.

The keyboard comes equipped with a touchpad that supports BlackBerry PlayBook gestures. The touchpad also offers additional gestures similar to the standard mouse and touchpad controls on a laptop, including a single tap to simulate a mouse click, a two finger tap to right-click, and a two-finger up or down swipe to scroll vertically.

The keyboard also works with the new BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 Messages, Contacts and Calendar apps as well as Documents To Go, and provides an optimal user experience for third party apps such as Citrix Receiver, which allows users to remotely access their Windows desktop and apps from the tablet.

Staff writer