Exceptional keyboard for the iPad from guess who?

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories for iPAD 1, 2 and 3' started by USBill, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. USBill

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    I was hoping to use the Apple iPad keyboard dock as my way of charging and synching my device, but it's not possible to use the dock without removing the iPad from the Apple microfiber case. Since the keyboard dock isn't of any use to me, and since I still wanted to be able to use a keyboard on occasion with my iPad, I started looking for a Bluetooth keyboard that matched the iPad in form and function.

    Imagine my amusement when I found the Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000. Not only does the keyboard work, but the media control keys (volume up, down, and mute) can be used to control your music while you're typing away in Pages, or Notepad.

    I'm writing this in Pages, and I'm able to jump from head to end of sentences with Control+Left Arrow and Control+Right Arrow. Control+Up Arrow takes me to the beginning of the document, and the Down Arrow jumps to the end. Holding down the Shift key allows the arrow keys to select characters and lines. The Tab key inserts a tab, as expected, and the CAPSLOCK works as well. Using the Windows key and V inserts from the clipboard, and Windows+Z is UNDO. I guess I'm going to have to learn the Apple Key shortcuts...

    Best of all, I found the keyboard, in stock, at the local Staples for $50.00. It's smaller and lighter than the Apple keyboard, and looks better alongside the iPad (it's black with silver accents).

    The (seperate) numeric keypad does pair with the iPad, but when I tried pairing both it seemed that adding the keypad disconnected the keyboard. I'll probably experiment with that later on, but right now I'm just happy that I've found a perfect way to use my iPad in place of my NetBook. No reason to carry that anymore.

    Microsoft Unveils Company?s Thinnest Keyboard, Designed Exclusively for Bluetooth Computers: New keyboard features stand-alone Bluetooth Number Pad for productivity on the go.
     
  2. Teacher's Pet

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    I'm thrilled about this, heading to staples tomorrow! I love the fact that I can walk in a local store and buy something like that. I order the majority of everything but groceries, but we all need a compulsive buy sometimes to brighten a gloomy day.
     
  3. RobertBasil

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    Not a big surprise at all. Microsoft has always made quality keyboards and mice. In fact, I use a Microsoft keyboard and mouse with my Macbook Pro when I am in my office at work.
     
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    Let us know if you get both the keyboard and number pad to work at the same time.

    I always use my iPad in landscape so the iPad dock doesn't apeal to me at all. The wireless apple keyboard doesn't have the number pad so this could be a great combo to use.
     
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    Thanks for the tip, looks good!
     
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    Thanks for the tip but I got a Wireless Keyboard from Apple for free when my shipment was delayed. It should arrive anytime next week. I was in Staples today getting my son's laptop fixed. I could have checked it out while waiting.
     
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    Just twice as the iPad as i can judge from the picture … but MS always do amazing keyboard and mice …. (never buy one but use it time to time)
     
  9. USBill

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    The keyboard is just a bit wider than the iPad. Basically everything to the right of the F12 and Enter keys.

    It's light as a feather too, and thinner in front than the AAA batteries that load into the top of it.
     
  10. CL

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    This is perfect - I was just about to start looking for a keyboard. Thanks for the info!
     

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