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BlackBerry PlayBook inches towards becoming a serious business machine with $119 keyboard

Business users may finally find utility in the PlayBook with its official Mini Keyboard, which offers 128-bit wireless encryption.
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Written by Ricardo Bilton, Contributor on

As a dedicated business machine, it's been somewhat hard to take the PlayBook seriously. For one, up until very recently, the device didn't even have native email or contacts support, which for a long while made RIM's device the butt of many jokes.

Fortunately, RIM is slowly filling in the PlayBook's holes, continuing now with the official PlayBook Mini Keyboard. Doubling as both a case and keyboard, the device adds some pretty valuable functionality to the PlayBook's feature set, including (obviously) a physical keyboard but also touchpad gestures.

Communication between the keyboard and PlayBook is done over 128-bit encryption, which should satiate the fears of the security-minded.

The only really unsettling part about the keyboard is that, at $119, it's less than $100 cheaper than the 16GB PlayBook itself. A bit zany? I'd say so.

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