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BlackBerry Mini Keyboard turns a BlackBerry PlayBook into a laptop (video)

RIM’s taken the wraps off of the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard, a cool Qwerty keyboard accessory for the BlackBerry PlayBook that essentially turns the BlackBerry tablet into a laptop.

As well as giving you a full Qwerty keyboard with a touchpad, the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard comes with an additional battery which gives you a whopping 30 days of extra juice. That’s days, not hours.

A Citrix receiver, like that of the Motorola Atrix’s Lapdock, is built in to the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard. So, with a Citrix account, you’ll be able to remotely patch in to your desktop form your BlackBerry PlayBook.

This demo video from RIM shows off the Citrix receiver doing its thing. You get full access to your Windows 7 desktop, programs, apps, and everything.

The touchpad of the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard responds as you’d expect it to if it were a Windows laptop; you can scroll, left click and right click on the pad. Keyboard shortcuts such as Ctrl + C, Ctrl + V and Ctrl + M are supported and you can scroll up and down windows using the trackpad.

BlackBerry Mini Keyboard: Citrix support, Documents To Go, 30 days of extra battery for the BlackBerry PlayBook

As well as Citrix support, the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard is also compatible with BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 Messages, Contacts and Calendar apps and Documents To Go.

There’s also a micro HDMI port as well, so once you’re done with your PowerPoint presentation you can hook up to a projector (or play Angry Birds on your big TV). If you’ve got a BlackBerry phone running OS 7 and BlackBerry Bridge 2.0 installed then you’ll also be able to use your phone as a slide controller for presentations.

Available to pre-order ‘internationally’ for $119.99 (£76) the page for the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard is currently showing an ‘out of stock’ message.

In the meantime while we’re waiting for new stock, you can always snap up a PlayBook on the cheap. The BlackBerry PlayBook can currently be had for some pretty great prices; Carphone Warehouse has recently re-priced the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB editions of the PlayBook at £169, £199 and £249.


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