They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but RIM’s new BlackBerry Mini Keyboard looks more like a crappy Chinese iPad-keyboard case than Asus Transformer-eque; copied in idea-only then. Still, it does turn the PlayBook into a mini-laptop of sorts, especially when coupled with Citrix receiver, which will shove a window to Windows onto your RIM tablet.
The Mini Keyboard hooks-up via 128-bit encrypted Bluetooth to your tablet and will hold it at an angle for laptop-style usage. Like iPad keyboard cases, I’m not sure a PlayBook equipped with a keyboard will really match up to a small laptop, but it’s got a trackpad built-in, which sets it apart from the rest. If you’ve already got the BlackBerry tablet this £80 add-on might make it a tad more useful, maybe. It’ll ship on the 23rd of March, but you can pre-order it right now to avoid disappointment. [RIM]