Looking for a portable computer keyboard can be quite a hard task to do with all the choices available in the market not only in terms of brands and quality, but also because of the different types. Search engines turn up quite a few options, mostly with the operative words being ‘portable’ and ‘keyboard’. Surfing through the variety available can be tiresome, and searching with specific keywords can help cut down unwanted information immensely.
One of the first filters you need is something that specifies the device that will be used with the desired keyboard. The search for ‘portable computer keyboard’ will take you to not only computer keyboards, but also portable laptop keyboards and handheld computer keyboards. Laptops are called portable computers, so it is natural that search engines might direct you to keyboards for them. Laptops have a smaller keyboard, and often it is a great idea to connect a standard-sized keyboard for better hand movement. Mostly, portable keyboards can be used with the laptop as well as a desktop.
However, handheld computer keyboards are a completely different deal altogether. These keyboards are ‘handheld’, usually only a few centimeters in length and width. They are available with USB, wireless, or Bluetooth connectivity. One can easily confuse the handheld portable computer keyboard with a portable keyboard for handheld devices. The latter offers a bigger, standard-sized keyboard for handheld devices like the PDA, Blackberry, or Windows Mobile since the thumb-sized keypads that are built into these devices can be tiresome to work on.
Most people are looking for foldable or flexible computer keyboards when they type “portable computer keyboard” into a search engine. Foldable computer keyboards are usually made with silicone or flexible plastic, and, as the name suggests, can be rolled or folded. They are dustproof and waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about cleaning and maintenance. Spilled coffee or tea will not spoil them, and they can withstand extreme temperatures. Lightweight and flexible, they are a great solution to traveling keyboard woes. These foldable keyboards come with a PS2, USB or wireless connection, are usually compatible with Microsoft operating systems and can be used with laptops and desktops.
Another option for portable computer keyboards is the wireless standard non-foldable keyboard for desktops. While silicone keyboards can be unwieldy to work with without a hard surface underneath, a wireless standard keyboard does not need it.
Multimedia portable keyboards provide a set of extra keys for functions like accessing music, Internet, and software.
As long as you are specific about the kind of portable computer keyboard you are looking for, it will be fairly easy to find one that suits your requirement. Keep in mind which device you want the keyboard for, and the kind of connectivity you desire. Most portable keyboards are available in the QWERTY touch format.
This article was supplied by Nidhi Varma.