Finding the Best Tablet Keyboard for Your Needs
It seems like everywhere you turn, new tablet computers are popping up. While Apple's wildly popular iPad still controls the lion's share of the market, other companies -- Samsung, Kindle, Microsoft, and Google, just to name a few -- have thrown their hats into the ring in a bid to bite off a piece of the tablet market. As demand has increased in this area of portable computing, accessories have been introduced to make devices even more versatile.
Enter tablet keyboards. No matter how responsive/intuitive/"insert your favorite techie adjective here" the virtual keyboard on a tablet is, there are people who want the tactile experience of feeling the keys being depressed. For users who want their tablet to double as a laptop, this is a must. Your favorite Atlanta tech support folks have compiled a mini-list that can help you find the best tablet keyboard for your needs.
Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover (for iPad)
This PCMag.com Editors' Choice is not just an external keyboard; it's a hardshell aluminum screen protector with a built-in keyboard that attaches to the iPad with magnets. It doesn't offer stellar protection, as it doesn't cover the back of the tablet at all, but it offers a great design and excellent battery life (up to six months on a single charge, according to Logitech).
ClamCase (for iPad)
Here's another PCMag.com Editors' Choice for your consideration. If you're looking to make your tablet feel and act more like a laptop, this may be the keyboard case for you. At 1.7 pounds, it's heavy, but in this case, the heft is evidence of strength and quality construction. It features a 360-degree hinge that allows the user to be in complete control over the angle of use, whether it's being utilized as a stand or it's in laptop mode. One significant downside to this entry (and the major ding keeping it from feeling like a completely authentic laptop experience: Its keys have been miniaturized to fit the proportions of the iPad. This will take some getting used to for many users.
Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard
This is not a tablet-specific keyboard; it's a wireless Bluetooth keyboard that will work with any current operating system. It features a nod to tablet users, though, as its rubber cover doubles as a tablet stand. At almost 10.5 inches long with the cover, it's smaller (and thus more portable) than many tablet keyboards. It lacks universal hot keys that would make it more functional in non-Microsoft operating systems, but overall it seems to be a very solid choice for those looking for an external tablet keyboard.
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