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Blackberry PlayBook Mini Keyboard provides business functionality & protection

by David Needle

March 13 2012

The new BlackBerry Mini Keyboard gives users the ability to type without having to use the virtual keyboard, thus freeing up more screen real estate.
The new BlackBerry Mini Keyboard gives users the ability to type without having to use the virtual keyboard, thus freeing up more screen real estate.

Research in Motion continues to enhance the business value of its struggling PlayBook tablet with a new keyboard with convertible case.

Last month RIM released the long-awaited PlayBook 2.0 software that brought native email and calendaring to the tablet along with a host of other features as part of a larger strategy to boost sales of the highly touted device. 

The combination BlackBerry Mini Keyboard and case ($119.95) gives users a keyboard and touchpad pad that can be used for desktop-style document creation and editing that includes working with standard Microsoft Office applications. 

 

RIM is promoting the use of the Citrix Receiver app for working with Office documents on the PlayBook. While the Receiver app is free, your company needs to host Office apps using Citrix software to access Office applications and documents from the cloud. 

Keyboard/mouse shortcuts are supported on the touchpad. For example, tap the touchpad once to simulate a mouse click, tap with two fingers to right-click, and scroll vertically using a two-finger up or down swipe. 

The BlackBerry Mini Keyboard connects via Bluetooth and can be charged using the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet charger and RIM says a single charge can last up to 30 days. 

Available March 23, the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard can be pre-ordered at RIM’s Shop BlackBerry online store.

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