Research In Motion has today introduced the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard, a new accessory for its PlayBook. The $120 keyboard connects wirelessly to the tablet to create essentially a small notebook.
“Whether you’re typing email, creating documents, surfing the web or using other apps, the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard and its integrated carrying case is an ideal accessory,” said James Poulton, Director, Advanced Accessories.
The BlackBerry Mini Keyboard is ultra portable and comes complete with a stylish convertible case that doubles as a stand for the tablet. In addition to a full QWERTY keyboard, it offers an integrated touchpad that allows users to navigate and control the BlackBerry PlayBook as easily as using the touch screen on the tablet itself. When the keyboard is active, the PlayBook tablet’s virtual keyboard remains hidden, freeing up 100% of the display for the task at hand.
RIM is hoping this keyboard broadens the appeal of the "enterprise-class" PlayBook—which sold a paltry 150,000 units last quarter, despite steep discounts—for business folk. You can observe the accessory in the demo video below.