The best keyboards for your iPad
If you've got an iPad you may find it frustrating to type on the small virtual keypad. Manufacturers now make a variety of keyboards for the iPad, and Consumer Reports recently put some of them to the test.
"With the keyboards we tested, the keys aren't necessarily larger than those on the tablet's touch screen," said tester Paul Reynolds.
But they have real buttons that help users strike the right key. Testers found pros and cons with each of those tested.
The Menotek keyboard is light and can even be rolled up. But its small soft keys are hard to use, making it easy to make mistakes.
"The RocketFish and Belkin keyboards we tested have convenient tablet-specific buttons like a Home and Lock screen. And they have shortcuts to do tasks like running a slideshow," said Reynolds.
The RocketFish keyboard also serves as a case and stand. But at more than two pounds, it's heavy.
The Belkin case is quite snug, making it difficult to get even the slim iPad 2 in and out of it.
Consumer Reports said a better option is the ZAGGfolio keyboard for $100. It has a versatile keyboard and handy iPad-specific buttons and shortcuts.
If you really prefer full-sized keys, try Apple's Wireless Keyboard for $70. However, you'll need to pay extra for a case and stand.
Consumer Reports also tested keyboards for Android tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab. The $70 Logitech is a good choice. It's lightweight, has full-sized keys and customized tablet controls.
Watch CTV for a full report from Lynda Steele…