This Foldable Keyboard May Be Just What Tablets Need

Once again, Buffalo releases a product that solves the problem of many people

By on November 28th, 2012 17:21 GMT
As it always seems to do, Buffalo has launched a whole bunch of products this week, not the least of which is the BSKBB15SV foldable keyboard.

The 4-Port USB hub is a fairly common product, while the Wi-Fi router will earn Buffalo an extra point for variety.

The BSKBB15SV foldable keyboard beats both of those though. Keyboards like this one are rare. A strange thing, given how useful they can be.

Granted, keyboard docks specifically made for tablets have advantages because they usually add battery life and some connectors as well.

Still, foldable keyboards can be useful, since they can be made small when not needed and, thus, are easy to take everywhere.

Buffalo's models can be seen in both stages in the gallery below. The keyboard measures 149 x 95.5 x 16 mm (WxDxH) when folded (5.86 x 3.75 x 0.62 inches) and 297 x 95.5 x 7.5 mm unfolded (11.69 x 3.75 x 0.29 inches).

Connected by Bluetooth 2.0, it can assist not just tablets, but smartphones and even notebooks. The QWERTY layout was used in the design, which is the most common around the world.

Speaking of keys, there are 83 of them, all with 17 mm pitch (0.66 inches) and 2.2 mm (0.07 inches) travel distance (stroke).

Finally, Buffalo colors the tablet, or at least the main body, black or silver (the keys are all black). Unfortunately, no one can buy either model yet.

As is the case with the USB 3.0 hub mentioned above, shipments of the BSKBB15SV will only start in December. The price will be of 7,035 Yen, or $86 / 66.49 Euro according to exchange rates.

This is actually the third foldable keyboard Buffalo has released during the past few months. The other ones appeared in September. We covered them here. They are smaller than this new one though, with just 69 keys.

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