For a company that’s well-known for their messaging-friendly QWERTY keyboard-equipped phones, they sure took their time releasing a keyboard for their tablet. Anyway, here it is: RIM has introduced the Mini Keyboard, a keyboard dock accessory for the PlayBook tablet (of course) that also doubles as a protective case and foldable stand.
Besides the physical keyboard, the Mini Keyboard also sports an integrated touchpad that supports multitouch gestures – including left- and right-clicks to round out the “use your tablet like a notebook” experience. The keyboard itself is just 6mm thick, making for a slim package when it’s folded up, but still has enough space for its own rechargeable battery that’s rated to last up to 30 days.
The BlackBerry Mini Keyboard is currently up for pre-orders for $120, and is expected out on March 23. Nifty add-on for your tablet, no doubt. The price seems a bit steep though, considering that the PlayBook itself starts at $199.