In view of the interest in bluetooth devices that can now be supported by the KFHD's, I thought it might be worth starting a thread dealing specifically with the various keyboards available and individuals' experiences with each.
I happen to have both an Apple Wireless Keyboard and a Microsoft 6000 portable bluetooth keyboard. I'll provide a review of each in separate posts.
First, the Apple Wireless Keyboard.
This is a very popular bluetooth keyboard with various Apple devices including the various incarnations of the iPad. However, it's can be used with other devices. I use it occasionally with a 15" Dell laptop and now the KFHD along with my iPad 2.
The keyboard is relatively expensive compared to some of its rivals. Not surprising coming from Apple, of course. But the quality of device may justify the price (about $70) as well.
Has an aluminum frame and chiclet style keys. A barrel at the top of the keyboard holds AA batteries and provides a half inch or so elevation to the top of the keyboard. The keyboard itself is about 2 inches wider than an iPad (long side) making it possible to provide a near full size keyboard deck. Very lightweight, it's an excellent traveling companion.
Use with the KFHD. Perhaps ironically, the Amazon KFHD product video shows an Apple Wireless Keyboard being used with the 8.9" KFHD. And the overall performance is first class. (Obviously with the 7" KFHD at this point.)
Pairing was simple (once I unpaired the keyboard from my iPad). Go to settings, look for devices, push the only button on the keyboard and a tiny green light flashes to indicate it can be discovered. Enter a code provided by the KFHD and the keyboard was connected. Thirty seconds or so.
Tested the keyboard in three apps: the Silk browser, OfficeSuite Professional word processor, and NoteEverything. Virtually perfect performance in all three.
One of the most common problems with bluetooth keyboards is "lag" between a key and its display and "unintended repetition." (You type "x" and "xxxxxxx" appears.) Neither was an issue in my testing. Communication between the keyboard and the KFHD was perfect.
Should also mention that I used the AWK along with the Origami Workstation from Incase. It's a case designed specifically for the AWK that "unfolds" (Origami, get it?) to provide a stand for the tablet supported in a sort of triangular configuration. Adds about $30 to the overall cost, making the entire set of gear about $100.
Overall evaluation: Highly recommended if you're prepared to shell out the bucks.
Apple Wireless Keyboard MC184LL/B [NEWEST VERSION]
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