The folks over at Archos—the company who is typically known for their cheaper Android tablets—have announced a new Bluetooth keyboard for Apple’s iPad. The design is similar to Logitech’s keyboard/cover, but Archos’s is only .5mm thick. Believe it or not, that’s thinner than the iPad mini and as Archos’s website says, is almost as thin as one of Apple’s Smart Covers. Because of its thin design, when attached to the iPad as a cover, its overall thickness is just 13.4mm or .53-inches. It’s not just thin either, it’s light too. The keyboard only weight about a half of a pound, for a combined weight of just 1.9 pounds all together.
Unlike Logitech’s keyboard, the Archos design features an adjustable kickstand, allowing you to change the viewing angle of your iPad once setup for use. Archos claims that the battery in the keyboard is long-lasting and will allow users to go “months” between charges. This is good, because the company claims this is the keyboard for “pure writing” and productivity. Archos included five hot keys to make working even faster, now with just the tap of key, users can cut and paste, bring up their keyboard (onscreen), open their photo gallery and search. Like Apple’s Smart Covers, the Archos keyboard makes use of Apple’s smart wake up feature, simply remove the keyboard or open it from the iPad and it will awaken the tablet. Another very cool feature is the use of the magnetic spots on the left side of the iPad where the keyboard snaps on, when placed in the dock, it also magnetizes to it, preventing it from accidentally slipping out.
The best part about this keyboard, is the price. While Logitech’s Keyboard Cover and Zagg’s Folio both go for $99, Archos is pricing their thinner, lighter keyboard cover at just $79. The Archos Bluetooth Keyboard will go on sale this March.