You’d imagine that outer keyboards for tablet pc’s could be ‘pretty much of a muchness’ by now, wouldn’t you? If only it was as simple as ensuring the keyboard in question is compatible with your Operating system and then, oh, I don’t know, purchasing the damn thing…But it does not seem being that way, unfortunately.
Now, Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD is well-matched with outer keyboards, but not with all of them. So you’ll possibly be stuck rooting through an extensive list of keyboards (many of which don’t seem to bother letting us identify whether they are ‘Kindle friendly’ or not).
The ‘Amazon Basics keyboard’ doesn’t appear to work for each reviewer, either. Some like it, some do not.
Frustratingly, opinions are often unreliable when it relates to Kindle Fire compatibility, with a few claiming that individual tablets work and others furiously reporting sentiments akin to “do they b******s”.
Nonetheless, all isn’t lost, gentle reader. Customers on Amazon.co.uk have claimed that the following models are compatible (to varying degrees) with the Amazon kindle fire:
The Advent Bluetooth Keyboard
The Perixx Keyboard
The Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard 6000
The Belkin Android Mobile Bluetooth Keyboard
Visibly, I cannot personally verify these user experiences, but online forums are commonly a good way to find what’s out there and what models other people have used without spending any of your money.
As I’ve said elsewhere about the web, it really does pay to shop around. I robustly recommend reading the opinions for every of these keyboards prior to you commit your heard-earned wonga to any of them.
On another interesting forum, I discovered that there’s even some debate as to whether Amazon have locked out third party keyboards intentionally. Amazon are renowned for their (infrequently) restrictive hardware, so it is not really a massive leap of the mind to think about the corporation blocking out exterior keyboards. Yet, I can find no endorsed statement from Amazon about this one way or the other, so your guess is as good as mine.
If you do decide to conduct a web search in order to find out more, please keep in mind that the Kindle Keyboard is a type of eReader that is unrelated to that Kindle Fire or Fire HD. Reports, opinions and boards regarding this one will hinder any investigate containing the terms ‘Amazon+Kindle+Keyboard’. ‘Annoying’ scarcely does it justice.
ADDENDUM: Since it seems, there’s an official Amazon keyboard that works with Kindle fire, but it doesn’t appear within the UK Amazon website. Personally, I would suggest getting this if you’re a US-based customer. If Amazon guarantees that it’ll work, then it’ll almost certainly work.
In the UK, well, its essentially frustratingly vague as to what keyboards work and what is going to not. Another suggestion is to head down to the local computer store and ask them if you can try one out. That typically works.