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Hands-on with the ZAGGkeys FLEX

ZAGGkeys FLEX
By Jared DiPane on 13 Jan 2012 01:28 pm EST
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With PlayBook OS 2.0 coming up many of us are trying to ramp up our typing skills on the BlackBerry PlayBook, but now that it will have native email and all that goodness why not pair it with a Bluetooth keyboard to help get the job done even faster? ZAGG has just announced their newest Bluetooth keyboard, the ZAGGkeys FLEX, and what makes this keyboard different from many of their other models is that this is a univeral keyboard and isn't meant for any one specific device, so if you own multiple devices you will be able to take full advantage of this keyboard.

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The case that is included with the keyboard ultimately doubles up as a stand for the device of choice when not wrapped around the keyboard keeping it safe while on the go. Generally portable keyboards are either awkwardly shaped or just to small but ZAGG has done a great job with this keyboard, bringing a unit that is 90 percent of the size of a standard keyboard so it remains very easy and comfortable to type on without that annoying learning curve.

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One extremely notable feature about the keyboard, besides the size, is the fact that the battery on it only needs to be charged once about every four months. That is some amazing battery life, and you may be wondering how they can do it, and what you will need to do in order to achieve it. Well quiet simply -- nothing. The Flex will automatically go into a standby mode after a few minutes in which it has not been used, and before you fret, all you have to do in order to use it again is hit a key, wait a second and then start typing again. If you are looking for a portable Bluetooth keyboard that does not limit you to use with only one device, you will definitely want to check out the ZAGGkeys FLEX Bluetooth keyboard.

Reader comments

Hands-on with the ZAGGkeys FLEX

23 Comments

Now that's what I call a portable keyboard - take that all you crappy silicon rollable keyboards!

Sounds impressive. And seeing that the OEM keyboard from Blackberry seems to be a no-show anywhere, this may be the product I choose. I hope you can order it within Canada.

I'd prefer the case+keyboard Kevin showed us few months ago!

There are no new notices about that case? Kevin told us something please!

Does anyone know if or when the RIM keyboard that Kevin did a video on back in I think October is going to be released? Thats the one I'm waiting for! Let's just hope they actually release it!!!

That's cool but with the Remote feature coming, I'm just going to use that. One less thing I need to carry with me anyways!

My GF is an iPad user and has a bluetooth keyboard; I can't recall whether it's an Apple keyboard or a third party device. But, it works with my PlayBook as well. For now we'll continue to carry only the one keyboard, though with the remote function of my BB I probably won't carry one at all if I'm alone.

I'll just use the keyboard on my BB when 2.0 comes out.... Don't need anything else to carry around.

Are you sure it's compatible with Blackberry Playbook & Phones. When I went to the site and checked the compatibility, it only indicated that it worked with Apple and Android devices and there is a switch on it that you have to switch it for Android or iOS. Which way would you set the switch for blackberry? Just checking.

This crap is too big(long). Its not designed to be portable with the Playbook. Looks pretty, but not interested in this sticking out of my pocket.
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I am of two minds. Like the concept, not sure of the execution for Playbook users because of the size. I also like the concept of the Hipstreet Playbook Case with Keyboard (http://bit.ly/wYBh0M) which retails for $70 on WalMart, but, again, execution appears faulty. Based on the reviews, the price of admission is not worth it. So, something more along the lines of a better executed case with built in keyboard would be more to my liking.

I am of two minds. Like the concept, not sure of the execution for Playbook users because of the size. I also like the concept of the Hipstreet Playbook Case with Keyboard (http://bit.ly/wYBh0M) which retails for $70 on WalMart, but, again, execution appears faulty. Based on the reviews, the price of admission is not worth it. So, something more along the lines of a better executed case with built in keyboard would be more to my liking.

I CANNOT GET THIS KEYBOARD TO WORK WITH THE BLACKBERRY PLAYBOOK EVEN THOUGH IT PAIRS WITH IT

I just got the keyboard from Amazon. The playbook finds the keyboard and pairs with it, and that's all I can get it to do. The keys do not communicate with the playbook.I am really surprised that the author of this article did not actually report on whether or not it works with the Playbook. After all, this is a Blackberry web site!! My bad, for assuming that this device works with a Blackberry since it is reviewed on a Blackberry website. KennyBB9650 your concerns are correct, as far as I have been able to determine with hands on with the Playbook.