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Mini Keyboards and Keypads

Are you looking for a convenient and effective way to type messages, emails, or blog posts when you’re on the go? Mini keyboards were made for that purpose, and they come in many sizes and styles. Whether you prefer wired or wireless, you can find a model that comes with a touchpad, mouse, mouse combo, or numeric keypad.

What can a mini keyboard be used for?

For travelers, the weight and size of their electronics can be problematic. Instead of a full laptop, consider bringing a wireless keyboard with you. For playing a game on the phone, a keyboard with a touchpad or mouse combo may be the smart choice. If you need an occasional keyboard, using a portable keyboard makes sense. Use it when you need it and put it away when you don't.

What styles do they come in?

Consider choosing a style that’s based on where and how you intend to use it. If you need durability, look for one that offers protection from bumps and dents. If you want a professional look, a leather folio style might interest you. Here are some of the types you might encounter:

  • Standalone: This type of product is not attached to the tablet or phone. Instead, it connects wirelessly.
  • Clamshell: This is a hard-shell style that has the wireless keyboard on one side and an attached enclosure for the device to fit into on the other side.
  • Folio: In this style, the wireless keyboard sits on one side and straps or a flexible enclosure sit on the opposite side.
  • Cover: This is a one-piece design that attaches magnetically to your smartphone or tablet. When it’s not in use, it can fold over to cover your phone's screen.
  • Gaming: This rugged style is built for playing games on the go. It may have a built-in trackball or touch pad that serves as a mouse.
How do they connect to an Android device?

You may choose from wired or wireless connection options. Think about how you will be using it to determine which is suitable for you. A wired keyboard has a short cable that ends in a standard, mini, or microUSB port. A tethered keyboard gets power through the USB port. There is usually no perceptible lag when pressing a key.

A wireless keyboard connects via Bluetooth to your phone or another device, which acts as the receiver. Consider Bluetooth compatibility before selecting a wireless model. The Bluetooth wireless protocol ranges from version 2 to 4. Both your receiver and keyboard should have the same version to communicate. You can use it to connect to a Windows or Apple computer.

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