RIM Apes the Asus Transformer With Its PlayBook Mini Keyboard

By Sam Gibbs on at

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]