Bluetooth Kindle Fire Keyboard
If I tell you that my wife is totally technophobic, and that she hates computers, you might be forgiven for thinking that giving her a Kindle Fire HD as a gift was a bit of an odd choice. However, she is just one of a large number of people who, although they may well run a mile to avoid sitting in front of a desktop or laptop, is quite happy – delighted even – to pick up a tablet computer and start swiping, poking and prodding away.
Simple user interfaces and touch screen controls mean that tablet computers appeal to people who might tend to avoid standard computers. The fact is that tablet computers appeal to a much wider audience than desktops and laptops – that’s why they are so successful all of a sudden.
Like most of the other technophobes, my wife tends to use her Kindle mainly for watching video, listening to music and catching up on TV shows that she’s missed. The touch screen is all that she needs for those activities.
However, just recently, she’s had to send a few lengthy e-mails, work related by and large. It’s certainly possible to write longer documents using the touch screen – but most people would find this to be more than a little inconvenient. So, in collaboration with my two sons, we decided to treat her to a separate keyboard for Mother’s Day this year.
Which Kindle Fire Keyboard To Choose?
There are two main types of bluetooth keyboard available. We went for the totally separate style – although you can certainly get them integrated into a Kindle cover if that’s what you prefer. Our thinking was that there would be more adjustment with a totally free standing keyboard. The one that we opted for is claimed to be good for a range of up to 30 feet – although you would need astonishingly good vision to operate a Kindle, even the larger 8.9″ model, from that sort of range.
In the end, we went with an AmazonBasics keyboard. AmazonBasics is a good quality product line, and we knew that it would connect with my wife’s Kindle easily since it is an Amazon product. It’s small and lightweight – 10.4 x 4.6 x 0.7 inches and it weighs in at just 9.6 ounces.
It’s definitely light enough and small enough to fit in a briefcase, handbag, or even a large purse. The picture below shows it sitting on top of a standard desktop keyboard. Hopefully that should give you a good idea about the size.
Connecting The Keyboard And The Kindle
Connecting the keyboard to the Kindle is very simple. Just make sure that bluetooth is enabled on the Kindle and then press the “Connect” button on the underside of the keyboard (see image, right). The two devices will pair up and a four digit code will appear on the Kindle’s screen. Type the code into the keyboard, hit “Enter” and you’re all set.
It’s probably worth pointing out that, although this is definitely a Kindle based device, you can use it to connect to any Android device should you wish (as long as it’s running Android 3.0 or higher).
The AmazonBasics Kindle Fire keyboard is small, lightweight and easy to type on. The key are is just a little smaller than a standard keyboard – it’s smaller overall size being achieved mainly by the omission of the number pad and various function keys.
The keyboard gives a good amount of positive feedback when typing and isn’t noisy in operation. Most users will get accustomed to it very quickly and it is a lot better for typing longer e-mails and documents than the pop-up touch screen keyboard.
On the subject of the pop-up keyboard, when the bluetooth keyboard is connected, it won’t appear. you will have more screen space to view and work with, which also helps to make both typing and editing a lot easier.
All things considered, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this keyboard to anyone who has a Kindle Fire. My wife is delighted with it!