While the resizeable on-screen keyboard for the upcoming HP TouchPad tablet looks pretty nice, nothing beats a physical keyboard for getting some serious typing done. If you find you can eke out 100wpm per minute with a physical keyboard and just 20 to 30 with your thumbs, fear not: HP is showing off a Bluetooth keyboard designed to work with the TouchPad.

The folks at Engadget snagged a few photos, and the keyboard looks, well… pretty much like a keyboard. It has all the usueal keys including Tab, Shift, Ctrl, and Caps lock keys, but there are also special symbol keys and buttons for webOS functions including volume, media playback, camera, and search keys.

The TouchPad keyboard will be available as an optional accessory. There’s no word on pricing yet.

The Bluetooth keyboard is the latest in a long tradition of keyboard accessories for tablets and other touchscreen devices. Wireless keyboards for the Apple iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab have been around almost from the get go. And going even further back, companies have been cranking out keyboards for smartphones and PDAs before them for well over a decade.

I actually wrote most of my master’s thesis on a Compaq Aero PDA with a behemoth of a keyboard which connected to the Pocket PC’s via a serial docking station. It was pretty ridiculous, but still smaller and lighter than any laptop I could afford at the time, and the PDA got great battery life.

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5 replies on “HP unsurprisingly has a Bluetooth keyboard for the TouchPad tablet”

  1. I had verizon and sprint G Tab’s and neither would connect with my Apple BT keyboard. Would be very interested in the specifics of which G Tab’s work with which wireless keyboards.

  2. I know what you’re talking about crashsuit – – I prefer a pretty flat keyboard myself. The Apple BT model doesn’t have very much of a angle – it’s really a nice keyboard even though it’s not designed as a portable. Several of the folding BT keyboards are flat.

    1. Yeah, I had one of those Palm-brand, AAA-powered, folding BT keyboards. One of the best wireless keyboard I’ve ever had, every time I think of it I kick myself for getting rid of it. My other favorite was the Gyration RF-band compact wireless keyboard, but it died after a couple drops of water spilled into it. Both are expensive to replace unfortunately.

  3. It looks nice, but as with Apple’s, I’m not a fan of these keyboards that have a built-in rise at the back, permanently tilting them forward. Makes my wrists hurt. Anyone else feel the same?

  4. tell me more about wireless keyboards for Galaxy Tab’s, please. I had verizon and sprint G Tab’s and neither would connect with my Apple BT keyboard. I wrote to Samsung and they were no help. Would be very interested in the specifics of which G Tab’s work with which wireless keyboards.

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