You would imagine that external keyboards for tablet pc’s could be ‘pretty much of a muchness’ by now, wouldn’t you? If only it was as easy as ensuring the keyboard in question is similar with your OS whereas, oh, I don’t know, getting the damn thing…However it does not seem being like that, unluckily.
Now, Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD is well-matched with outer keyboards, but not with most of them. Which means you’ll possibly be stuck rooting through an extensive list of keyboards (many of which don’t appear to bother letting us distinguish whether they are ‘Kindle friendly’ or not).
The ‘Amazon Basics keyboard’ doesn’t appear to work for every reviewer, either. Some like it, some don’t.
Frustratingly, testimonials are often inconsistent when it comes to Kindle Fire compatibility, with a few claiming that certain products work and others furiously reporting sentiments similar to “do they b******s”.
Though, all isn’t lost, gentle reader. Customers on Amazon.co.uk have claimed that the following models are compatible (to varying levels) with the Kindle Fire HD:
The Advent Bluetooth Keyboard
The Perixx Keyboard
The Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard 6000
The Belkin Android Mobile Bluetooth Keyboard
Visibly, I cannot individually confirm these customer experiences, but online boards are generally a great way to see what’s around and what tablets other people have used without spending any of your money.
As I’ve said in another place about the internet, it really does pay to shop about. I strongly suggest reading the opinions for every of those keyboards prior to you commit your heard-earned wonga to any of them.
On another interesting forum, I found that there is even a little debate as to if Amazon have locked out third party keyboards deliberately. Amazon are well known for their (occasionally) restrictive hardware, so it isn’t really an enormous leap of the imagination to consider the company blocking out exterior keyboards. However, I can find no approved statement from Amazon about this one way or another, so your guess is as good as mine.
If you do decide to perform an internet search in order to discover more, please keep in perspective the Kindle Keyboard may be a kind of eReader that is unrelated to that Kindle Fire or Fire HD. Articles, reviews and forums regarding this product will hinder any investigate containing the terms ‘Amazon+Kindle+Keyboard’. ‘Annoying’ scarcely did it justice.
Update: As it turns out, there is an official Amazon keyboard that works with Kindle Fire HD, but it really does not appear within the UK Amazon site. Personally, I’d suggest getting this one if you’re a US-based customer. If Amazon promises that it’ll work, then it’ll almost certainly work.
Within the UK, well, its in fact frustratingly unclear as to what keyboards will work and what is going to not. Another suggestion is to go down to the local computer store and ask them if you are able to try one out. That typically works.