iogear BlueTooth mini keyboard

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I’m writing this on the small Iogear BlueTooth keyboard that I picked up at Canada Computers last week.  It is very small, just a little wider than the PlayBook itself.

I purchased a proper BlackBerry PlayBook case as soon as it was released.  The keyboard was terribly unusable.  This $30 model is a smidge wider and it makes all of the difference in the world.  It isn’t quite as fast as a standard desktop keyboard but it is very, very close.  The keyboard itself is very light, which at first makes it feel a little on the cheap side.  However, the keys are excellent, and it is very solid when sitting stationary on a table.  This is due to the rubber feet which are just excellent.

The other great feature of this small, light, $30 wonder is that it can pair with 6 devices.  I have tested that thi! s indeed works well.  I’ve currently tethered to the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7, PlayBook, iPad, Palm Pre 3, and an LG Windows 7 Phone.  All six work well, though the keyboard behaviour is a little flakey on the Pre.  (I think we can chalk this up to the Pre’s BlueTooth HID support, rather than the keyboard, given that I haven’t had a similar problem on Android, iOS, Windows Phone 7, or BlackBerry’s Tablet OS 2.1.

Switching is accomplished by hitting Fn 1 – 6.  Pairing is simple affair.  It worked well for me on all six devices.

If you’re looking for an extremely small and light keyboard to pair with your tablet or phone, I don’t think you’ll do better than this little iogear keyboard.  The fact that you can use it with both your tablet(s) and smartphone(s) is a bonus.  That it was only $30 is icing on the cake.

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