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Stocking Stuffer: Verbatim Ultra-Slim Keyboard

The Verbatim Ultra-Slim keyboard really is slim. It measures just over 1/8" think by 8 3/4 x 4/3/4 and weighs about as much as a hummingbird beak. So, it's compact and easy to carry on the road, yet it's a full-size Qwerty board with lots of special key features. It makes the perfect stock stuffer for the dedicated road warrior or for at home/office use to increase productivity.

One drawback for tablet and smartphone users is the lack of a decent input device when on-screen keyboards are not adequate for serious inputting. Here is the perfect solution. I found the keys, while smaller than a standard keyboard are more than adequate. It may take some getting used to so that you are comfortable with the smaller keyboard. But, even with my bear paws, I was up and running in no time and my productivity soared. In fact, I am typing this article with the Ultra-Slim keyboard on my iPod.

This Bluetooth keyboard will connect to any IOS device with a 4.0+ operating system. It will also connect to any HID enabled Bluetooth device such as Android phones and tablets.

In the box, you will find a micro USB cable for connecting to a computer for charging or an AC wall unit (not included). It comes with a rechargeable battery installed. There is a comprehensive quick start guide in English, Spanish, and French. Plus there is a nice carrying case that fits snugly over the unit and will protect it in your travel bag.

You have your choice of black or white keyboard. If you prefer, you can get a slim keyboard with a Bluetooth mouse. But for most folks, a touch screen will be adequate for navigation.  

Enhanced smart keys allow you to perform such functions as cut, copy, paste, and undo.  There are added controls for music, power off, screen brightness, and device locking. You can adjust the keyboard to many different languages.

Bluetooth connectivity is quick and seamless. Simply hold down the Bluetooth connect button for five seconds to initiate pairing. Once your device is recognized, you input the four digit pairing code, and you are done. You only have to do this once. From then on, it automatically connects every time you turn of your paired devices.

The Verbatim Ultra-Slim Bluetooth keyboard is a snazzy solution to increased productivity on mobile devices. It's reasonably priced at $43, and will make a great gift to yourself or others any time of year. I have pleased to give it the highest possible recommendation. Don't leave home without one.

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