Tablets with Detachable Keyboards
Advantages to Having a Keyboard on a Tablet
Tablets with detachable keyboards are the best of both worlds. Without the keyboard attached, you can use your tablet as a tablet or attach the keyboard to make data entry more like a laptop. Simply attaching the keyboard when keying emails and documents makes typing less of a task. It will save you a lot of time and frustration as well.
Having a detachable keyboard is great because when it does not benefit you, simply remove it to have lighter and more compact tablet, just as it was originally designed to be. Having a tablet with a detachable keyboard is very convenient and is one of the best tablet accessories you can choose from.
Many tablets actually ship with a detachable keyboard, while the majority do not. For tablets that do not include a keyboard, it is easy enough to add a keyboard. Most detachable keyboards connect to the tablet by a wired connector to the micro-USB port or through the air using Bluetooth wireless connectivity. Tablets with detachable keyboards range anywhere from $80.00 to around $2400.00. Most tablets include Bluetooth, so adding a wireless bluetooth mouse is also an easy option and some tablets have a full size USB port that you can connect a full sized keyboard or mouse.
The Most Economical Tablets with Detachable Keyboards
Tagital 9" Android 4.2 with included Keyboard/Cover Attached
Tagital 7" Android 4.2 with included Keyboard/Cover Attached
The Tagital Tablets have to be some of the most economical tablets with detachable keyboards. They are available in 7" and 9" screen sizes. The keyboard case (with this model the keyboard is part of the case) connects directly to the tablet using a micro-USB connection.
Both the 7" and 9" Tagital Tablets support Flash and both include front and rear cameras. Unlike many cheap tablets, both of these tablets come with the Google Play Store. The 7" tablet comes with 4GB internal memory while the 9" tablet has 8GB internal memory. To put that into prospective, the 4GB memory is enough memory to hold approximately 40 apps and the 8GB would be double that at approximately 80 apps.
The other neat thing about these tablets is that they include a OTG or On-The-Go cable.
What does the included OTG Cable do?
A OTG cable is a small adapter cord that converts the micro-USB connection to a full size USB cable. That means that you can use full size USB devices such a full size keyboard, full size mouse, thumb drive or other USB accessory with the tablet.
Top of the line Tablet with Keyboard
How much are you looking to spend?
Probably not this much!
On the high end, some tablets with keyboards simulate a desktop all-in-one computer and cost just as much. A good example is the ASUS Transformer AiO P1801 All-in-One 18.4" Desktop / Tablet. This is a Windows 8 tablet with an Intel Core i7 processor with a 18.4" Full HD 1080p 1920x1080 LED display. It also has 16 GB of RAM.
Although it is technically a tablet with a touch sensitive screen, it is more like a desktop. Along with the included wireless keyboard and mouse, it also has CD/DVD drive. The keyboard does not physically attach and detach but electronically it does.
At $2300 plus, this may not be what you are thinking of but it is worth mentioning.
Top Pick for a Great Middle of the Road Tablet with a Detachable Keyboard
The Lenovo Idea S2110 10.1" Tablet with Keyboard is one sleek looking tablet. Check out how the keyboard attaches. It gets away from the exterior case look and when connected, it looks like a regular laptop.
Quality at an affordable price. This little tablet is scorching fast and the display is nothing short of vibrant. You will be very impressed with how thin and light this tablet is as well. It is about as thin as a piece of cardboard and doesn't feel much heavier at only 1.3 lbs. Battery life is rated for 9 hours of use and it does come with front and rear cams as well.
As you can see from the pictures, the keyboard also has a touch pad as well.
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