RIM announces $120 Mini Keyboard for Blackberry PlayBook
The PlayBook tablet has seen some steady improvements in popularity ever since the introduction of PlayBook OS 2.0, and now Research in Motion (RIM) is announcing a new accessory that helps take advantage of the OS’s features.
Announced in a press release today, the full QWERTY keyboard lacks a physical port, but connects to the tablet via a 128-bit encrypted Bluetooth connection and includes a case to house the tablet and keyboard. The device also includes a multi-touch trackpad that supports various gestures (two-finger right click, scrolling, etc…) and the included battery should last for up to 30 days.
Although the PlayBook tablet itself only costs $199, RIM is debuting the physical keyboard for $120 and the included 3rd party app integration could endear it to certain business oriented consumers. One such app is the Citrix Receiver, which allows users to remotely access their Windows desktops and benefits immensely from the included multi-touch gestures.
The Mini Keyboard can currently be pre-ordered for $119.99 from the Blackberry shop, and the following video offers a glimpse of the keyboard’s functionality.