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Keyboards for tablet computers

These accessories make tablet typing much easier; some offer extra protection and additional controls, too

Last updated: November 2012
Belkin Keyboard Folio F5L090

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Tablet computers are terrific for so many things—but typing isn’t one of them. Fortunately, if you’re a tablet owner who would rather not hunt-and-peck on a touch screen, accessory keyboards can give you a physical keyboard to use with your tablet, giving you the ergonomics of a laptop and letting you keep the portability of a tablet. Although you can’t avoid the touch screen completely when using these keyboards, convenient controls and included stands make typing an easier task.

We tested seven accessory keyboards. The Belkin Keyboard Folio, RocketFish Keyboard Capsule, and Zagg ZAGGfolio include cases customized for the iPad 2. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Keyboard Dock is built specifically for the 10-inch Galaxy Tab. The Apple Wireless Keyboard is, of course, designed for Apple devices, the Logitech Tablet Keyboard is meant to be used with Android devices, and the Menotek Mini Flexible Keyboard is general enough to be used with either operating system.

All but the Samsung keyboard are Bluetooth-compatible and can be used wirelessly with any Bluetooth device. And each of the ones we tested offers the convenience of a physical keyboard with keys not typically found on a tablet, such as cursor keys, Tab, and dedicated number or symbol functions.

To test, we looked at available features, ease of use, size and ergonomics, and portability. The keyboards were tested with either the Apple iPad 2, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, or Acer Iconia Tab A100 tablets.

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