BlackBerry Mini Keyboard with Convertible Case

The Good The BlackBerry Mini Keyboard with Convertible Case brings a high-end faux-leather feel and a well-designed keyboard to the PlayBook. The integrated touch pad simplifies the tablet's UI.

The Bad On top of its high $119 price tag, many of the Mini Keyboard's premium abilities, such as Windows desktop replication, must be purchased by corporate IT managers.

The Bottom Line RIM's new BlackBerry Mini Keyboard quickly converts a PlayBook tablet into a virtual laptop while adding protection and a lot of style.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Performance 6.0
6.6 Overall

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Review

BlackBerry Mini Keyboard with Convertible Case

RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook didn't exactly set the world on fire, but the company's latest and most stylish accessory aims to both protect and add greater functionality. Armed with a touch pad and full QWERTY keyboard, the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard shields the tablet from harm and attempts to transform it into a laptoplike device. Find out if we think that's enough to entice PlayBook buyers.

Design
From solely a design perspective, the ultracompact BlackBerry Mini Keyboard with Convertible Case is thoughtfully constructed. Like other tablet-and-case combos from Belkin and Tagus, this product squeezes a full QWERTY keyboard and protective cover into a tiny footprint to match the PlayBook's small size. The keyboard itself is just a quarter of an inch thick, 7.6 inches tall, and 5.1 inches wide.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $120
  • Brand BlackBerry
  • Weight 6.21 oz
  • Connectivity Technology wireless
  • Form Factor external
  • Compatibility PC
  • Type keyboard
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