If you’re getting a fair bit of use out of your tablet and looking for a keyboard to go with it, you may have no idea where to start. There are plenty of options out there, so it’s good to have some idea what you’re looking for when you begin your search. What do you really need to know? What basic options are there? How much should you expect to pay?
Currently in the market, most good tablet keyboards connect with Bluetooth and come with a protective casing which doubles as a stand. Many of the tablet keyboards are universally compatible for iOS, Android and Windows tablets, but there are also specific designs for certain popular tablets. Depending on where you purchase your keyboard, you should be able to get one of the top models for between US$30-70. With this in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best tablet keyboards available today.
Hip Street Universal Tablet Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard
The Hip Street Universal Mini Keyboard is the ultimate in versatility when it comes to tablet keyboards. It can be used with any tablet device and it connects via Bluetooth. It’s small, affordable and ready to be taken to classes or meetings.
The Hip Street keyboard has a range of up to 10m and needs 3-4 hours to charge. It’s currently retailing between US$26-50.
Logitech Wireless Bluetooth Tablet Keyboard
The Logitech keyboards are well-renowned for being excellent. This particular wireless Bluetooth keyboard comes with a case which doubles as a stand which can be used in portrait or landscape mode. A real selling point of this keyboard is that you don’t have to take your tablet out of its case to put it on the stand.
This Logitech keyboard retails between US$40-70. There are two varieties available: one designed specifically for an iPad and another designed for Android tablets. Check out the Computerworld review for the Android version and the Gotta Be Mobile review of the iPad version.
Kensington KeyFolio Pro Universal Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard
The Kensington KeyFolio keyboard comes with a case which doubles as a stand. According to many reviews, this is one of the most sophisticated stands available for the iPad.
The Keyfolio offers a choice of designs, such as an iPad-specific design or a generic design for any 10″ tablet. So, most tablet users will be able to buy a Kensington KeyFolio keyboard and case to suit their device. Prices range from US$43-100 depending on where you shop. Check out the iLounge review of the iPad version.
Targus Wireless Keyboard For Tablets
The Targus Bluetooth keyboard has an integrated ergonomic tilt to make typing more comfortable. The keyboard power can last up to 7 months and has a light indicating low power. It’s universally compatible with iOS, Windows and Android tablets. Prices vary between US$24-70 depending on the store. Check out Targus customer reviews of this keyboard.
What do you look for in a tablet keyboard? What are the best models you’ve found? Also, tell us how do you (or plan to) put your tablet to work with a keyboard.