HP Touchpad Wireless Keyboard Review
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HP Touchpad Wireless Keyboard Review

The HP TouchPad Wireless Keyboard is designed for extensive use with tablet PCs, but can work seamlessly with Apple or Windows based PCs as well.

The HP Touchpad wireless keyboard is a slim and modern looking keyboard designed to save space and provide a comfortable typing experience. With no built in number pad, it is quite small in comparison to normal keyboards, and the wireless connection allows users to save themselves from entangling their computer setup. The keyboard connects to the computer through Bluetooth technology, so a USB slot does not have to be used up in the usage of the keyboard. Additionally, the keyboard measures 5.2 x 11.2 x 0.8 inches, and the 0.8 inch thickness is great for fitting into computer bags and great for travelling. The construction of the keyboard, while light, feels very solid and is great to type on,a nd the keys are quite quiet while typing.

The battery runs on two AA batteries, and the battery life is estimated to be seven months. Since the battery life is so long, and the batteries are so easily found, not a lot of money will have to be spent buying replacement batteries. To help keep the user informed about the battery life, a built in battery indicator will light up when the battery level is running low. Additionally, when the keyboard is not in use or out of Bluetooth wireless range, the keyboard enters standby mode to conserve battery life. The battery case on the bottom of the keyboard has no indictors on it, which can make replacing batteries a hard thing to do once they do begin to run low. Setting the keyboard up is very easy, seamlessly connecting right out of the box without use of a dongle or need to install the latest software or drivers.

The keys themselves are quite easy to type on, and the keys have a nice feel to them. This makes typing very easy and will not hurt the user’s hands while using the keyboard for an extended period of time. Built in hot keys allow users to control volume, playback, brightness, and a handful of other useful features that can make using the computer with this keyboard much more convenient. The Bluetooth functionality is great for use with tablets, like the iPad or Playbook, making it multifunctional. The keyboard is rather expensive, especially considering the lack of hot keys, number pad, and added features. This wireless keyboard sells for $48.99 on Amazon, which tends to be the average price for a wireless keyboard, but the fact that it does not have any extra features besides Bluetooth functionality makes it relatively expensive.

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