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Initial post: Sep 7, 2012 9:12:30 PM PDT
doodad64 says:
Looking ahead to see which BT keyboards will be compatible.

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 9:14:05 PM PDT
Old Rocker says:
Are there different types of BT keyboards?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 9:17:10 PM PDT
doodad64 says:
Some are designed for iPads and others are marketed towards Android devices. Kindle Fires are technically running an altered form of Android. I thought one type might be a better fit (shortcut buttons, etc.) than the other.

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 9:20:56 PM PDT
Old Rocker says:
I heard that Amazon was using an Apple keyboard during the demo, but I don't know if that is true or not. I'm guessing that BT is BT and that any BT keyboard will work.

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 6:15:37 PM PDT
I picked up a Logitech but am taking it back. I had the same experience as a user who reviewed the Amazon BT Keyboard offering....it won't pick up, choppy, won't type letters and then suddenly starts repeating. Since we had different keyboards but same experience, I'm not sure about investing in another keyboard. Has anyone gotten a BT keyboard to work with their Fire HD yet?

Posted on Sep 20, 2012 3:14:30 AM PDT
Although I haven't tried it with the Fire HD, this is the one I use with my Nexus 7: HP TouchPad Wireless Keyboard

It's very well-constructed, has a great feel to the keys, and is one of the better accessory purchases I've made. It should work equally well with the Fire HD. I recommend it.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 20, 2012 5:15:46 AM PDT
jsh1120 says:
I have both the Apple Wireless Keyboard (shown in the video on the product page for the KFHD) and the Microsoft 6000 Portable Bluetooth Keyboard. Each is sold by Amazon and each works with the KFHD.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 20, 2012 5:17:43 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Any BT keyboard should work. Android has Linux as its core and has support for most BT devices.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 20, 2012 5:22:51 AM PDT
jsh1120 says:
That's true. However, at least one user reported a keyboard designed to work with a Samsung tablet (sorry I can't be more specific) would not pair with the KFHD. In general, unless a keyboard has been designed to utilize a specific driver it should work with the KFHD.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 20, 2012 5:51:15 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Then shame on Samsung if they are not using open standards...

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 20, 2012 6:04:07 AM PDT
jsh1120 says:
That's true, of course. And for the most part keyboards are not especially prone to this kind of problem. In general, bluetooth keyboards are more susceptible to lags and keystroke repetition, (i.e. type x and see xxxxxxx.) My limited testing suggests the KFHD has each problem if one isn't careful. I was able to limit or eliminate the problems by slowing down my typing a bit and using a slightly lighter stroke.

I would suggest that folks not place a high priority on the KFHD as a content creation device. The bluetooth keyboard is a major convenience for creating/answering emails and for limited editing of word processing documents. But I wouldn't recommend it for writing a novel, a thesis, or even long memos. There are simply too many better alternatives in the form of laptops.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 20, 2012 6:56:27 AM PDT
But each person has a unique style and the Fire is my favorite device. It's the one I have with me at all times. Consequently I WOULD like to use it to write my novel. It will either be convenient or it won't and I'll have to see how my second try at a BT keyboard goes. Having a single portable device is optimal to me.

Posted on Sep 20, 2012 7:12:23 AM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
doodad64, I am typing this on my KFHD (Kindle Fire HD)) with a Microsoft Bluetooth kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkeyboard. As you can see, it's doing okay, except for afeeeeeeeeeeeeew letter repeats. :) I'm not sure that I can't learn to type in such a way that it limits that problem. It shouldn't be necessary to learnnnnn a new way to type, of cccccccourse, but that may be an optiion foor me.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 20, 2012 7:12:46 AM PDT
jsh1120 says:
Kelli,

To each his/her own, of course. And if the portability of a 7" tablet outweighs other considerations for you, that's great. I'm simply pointing out that trying to "stretch" the functionality of a device to meet one's requirements is a tricky exercise. In this case, adding a bluetooth keyboard while lacking support for a mouse may create the worst of both worlds, less portability but limited functionality.

As you point out, unique personal styles determine the suitability of these devices. I'm just encouraging folks to examine their requirements in detail when making a decision.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 20, 2012 7:15:16 AM PDT
jsh1120 says:
Bufo,

Noticed the same problem with the same keyboard (one that I love.) After some experimentation I found I could limit (though not eliminate) the repeated keystroke problem with a lighter typing touch. I think a software update in the keyboard driver is going to be required as more bluetooth keyboards are used with the larger 8.9" KFHD.

Posted on Sep 20, 2012 7:18:17 AM PDT
doodad64 says:
I noticed that the product name for Amazon's keyboard (Amazon Basics) now states that it is compatible with the KFHD. I suppose there's no question about it's compatibility. I ordered it and I will try to reply about how it works.

AmazonBasics Bluetooth Keyboard for Android Devices - Black

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 20, 2012 7:31:41 AM PDT
"The low-profile, scissor-switch keys makes typing effortless."

What are "scissor-switch keys"?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 20, 2012 7:43:02 AM PDT
jsh1120 says:
It's the mechanism that supports the keys and registers keystrokes. If you disassembled a keyboard (Don't do this at home) you'd find either a set of "scissor" shaped supports for each key (on good keyboards) or a membrane under the entire keyboard that when depressed registered a particular location and therefore a particular key. You do NOT want a membrane (i.e. cheap) keyboard.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 20, 2012 7:44:25 AM PDT
Ah, I get it. Thanks for the explanation.

Posted on Sep 20, 2012 7:50:43 AM PDT
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Posted on Sep 20, 2012 7:51:34 AM PDT
Just Theo says:
I have Logitech 920-003390 Tablet Keyboard for Android 3.0 Plus that works fine for both my Toshiba Thrive and my KFHD. Occasionally it will type multiple letters like Bufo up there demonstrated, but I have typed whole pages without a problem. I only got it so I can respond to emails and type in forums when I am away from home. I often read people's emails on my phone and have to make a reminder to respond when I get home. Since the email is marked as 'read' when I get home, I often forget about them. With the keyboard, I can just respond and be done.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 20, 2012 7:52:54 AM PDT
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jsh1120 says:
Very mixed reviews and durability issues. Membrane technology isn't optimal in the first place. Treating it like a fruit roll-up doesn't improve it. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 20, 2012 7:55:07 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 20, 2012 8:44:39 AM PDT
check the reviews and u will see it`s not the case.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 20, 2012 9:57:40 AM PDT
jsh1120 says:
Kelli,

I'm not sure I'd bet the farm on a single review of the keyboard with the KFHD. It may well be problematic but one review doesn't make a summer.
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