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We’ve mentioned ZAGG products on AllTouchTablet quite a few times and we had only good things to say about them except the fact all their tablet keyboards are expensive (~$100) and don’t work with multiple tablets. It’s like Zagg head us, as today it announced the pre-order availability of their new ZAGG Keys Solo bluetooth keyboard for tablets and smartphones.
Finally Zagg managed to build up an external keyboard that’s compatible with multiple devices, while reducing the price to an affordable $69. That’s what I call progress, and wait till you find out more about this small external keyboard that also doubles as stand for compatible tablets.
As you can see from the pictures in this post, Zagg used a minimalist design for the Keys Solo wireless keyboard, one that resembles Apple’s own accessories. The keyboard uses the chiclet design with island separatet keys and features a thicker top part which houses the 510 mAh rechargeable battery (lasts for weeks before needing a recharge) and also acts as a tablet stand thanks to a ridge where you place your tablet. The inclination angle is not adjustable unfortunately. Also on the top of the ZAGGKeys Solo there are dedicated Power and Bluetooth enable buttons together with a connection status LED.
As you can expect there are quite a few custom buttons to access specific tablet functions. Here’s a comprehensive list:
Custom keyboard keys on Zagg Keys Solo
- Home – Brings you to the iPad 2 home screen
- Search – Brings up the iPad 2 search screen
- Slideshow – Starts playing slideshow of saved pictures
- Virtual keyboard – Allows you to hide or show iPad 2 on-screen keyboard
- Lock – makes the iPad 2 screen go dark and come back when pressed again
- International Keyboard – Toggles between international keyboards
- Other function keys: Cut, Copy, Paste, Undo, Redo
- Music function keys: Previous track, Play/Pause, Next track, Mute, Volume down, Volume up
The entire keyboard weight less than 11.5 ounces, so it won’t add too much weight to you travel bag so it’s a must have tablet accessory if you need to type a lot. The ZAGG Keys Solo is expected to start delivery in a few weeks.
In case you’re not sure if the Zagg Keys Solo works with your tablet or smartphone take a look at the list below: