RIM unveils a keyboard dock for the Playbook, an attempt at netbook?
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In an attempt to save its Playbook, RIM seems to have entered the Netbook market. The fact is they have not manufactured a complete Netbook although; they have only created a mini keyboard that can be docked to the tablet.
With the help of the keyboard now it seems like there has been more space on the screen and it is also a quicker way to type up long documents, as they have displayed in one of their recent videos. It also seems, with the Citrix case the Playbook resembles with a Netbook or a very small notebook. This keyboard also provides the touchpad as a regular Netbook.
In the demo video shown by RIM’s employee, the Playbook runs Windows as a Virtual OS, which makes it capable of performing some basic Windows shortcuts as for copying CTRL + C, for pasting CTRL + V. Some other features like clicking and double clicking can now easily executed with the touchpad. A two finger scroll is also shown by the demonstrator.
According to RIM the Playbook along with the keyboard will provide powerful multi-touch control as it also supports the Playbook gestures. This keyboard also doesn’t affect the portability of the tablet as it is just 6mm thick.
The Keyboard also helps to bridge the Playbook to a Blackberry handset, which can then be used as a remote controlled device. This feature will surely help the users for PowerPoint presentations. The keyboard costs $119.99 and is already available for the pre-order at shopblackberry.com.