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Tablet accessories: Kensington BT keyboard, cases, styluses

updated 08:00 pm EDT, Fri September 16, 2011

Keyboard has iPad-specific and universal versions

Accessory maker Kensington has added to its lineup of tablet accessories with a folio-style case that features a universal and removable Bluetooth keyboard compatible with anyy model of 10-inch tablet on the market, and a new line of security cases for the iPad 2 that work with with the company's own ClickSafe locks. It is also offering a new stylus called the Virtuoso Metro, which doubles as a conventional pen.

The KeyFolio Pro Universal [website not yet updated] ($100) is an Android-optimized cousin to the iPad-specific version already available. The company will be accepting pre-orders for it shortly, but it is compatible with 10-inch tablets from a variety of manufacturers such as Acer, Motorola, Samsung, Asus and others. It will also work with the iPad for typing, but any special keys would be incompatible, thus the iPad-only version.

The keyboard is removable from the folio case and stand for the tablets, allowing users to position the tablet as they like and use the keyboard up to 30 feet away. The unit features a seven-position stand for a variety of viewing angles, and a black dual-textured case that protects against damage and secures the tablet with an elasticized outside band and tightly-fitted interior corners (two sets to ensure compatibility with a variety of tablets).

For the iPad 2, the company is now offering the SecureBack case lineup, a three-part backing case for the iPad that comes in four variations, with and without a two-way stand and with and without an included ClickSafe lock. The case itself without stand or lock is $50 and includes an adjustable slider bar to add a compatible lock to it. It is made of durable plastic and keeps access to all buttons and ports available. The case with a two-way stand which offers a 20-degree typing angle and 60-degree landscape viewing mode sells for $60.

The case without stand but with a lock and cable costs $80, while the case with stand and lock/cable sells for $90. The line will be available directly from Kensington or at Amazon.

Finally, the company is now offering a new stylus that works with iOS and non-iOS tablets and smartphones alike. The Virtuoso Metro ($18) features a lanyard loop for keeping the stylus handy, and the pen cap secures the touch tip. It is also a full-size, spring-action ballpoint pen with a soft and comfortable grip and refillable ink cartridge.

Styluses are useful on many tablet computers, even the iPad, for navigating with greater accuracy, drawing and handwriting text and other uses where fine control more precise than a finger is required. It too is available for pre-order from the Kensington website.

Keyfolio Pro Universal removeable Bluetooth case

Secureback Case for iPad 2

Virtuoso Metro stylus pen

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