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Initial post: 16 Nov 2012 17:33:42 GMT
What Blue Tooth keyboard is recommended for Kindle Fire HD? I have tried a BT keyboard with an Android phone in the past and it did not work so I am reluctant to but just any old keyboard as it seems there are compatibility issues here. I have read some forum comments on using external keyboards but no one appears to be able to say with certainty which ones will work and which ones wont.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2012 19:04:42 GMT
Denis Powell says:
I have one of these Belkin Android Mobile Bluetooth Keyboard arriving Monday. I thought it was cheap enough to take a risk with.

Posted on 19 Nov 2012 15:39:00 GMT
Perhaps you could report back and tell us how it went. I prefer to learn from other people's mistakes!!! BTW Is it a mini keyboard or full size?

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Nov 2012 18:07:05 GMT
Denis Powell says:
I've paid £12.99 for mine and yet the link now shows a price of £56.21. I wouldn't pay that for one.

I was first told that it would arrive today, then that it was out of stock and due mid December, and then emailed today that it's arriving tomorrow. I'd guess from the illustration that it's about 10" to 12" wide so certainly not full size but probably on a par with a netbook.

I may be able to report back tomorrow. Royal Mail deliver small parcels around lunchtime, larger ones later.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Nov 2012 20:35:20 GMT
I've tried searching all over the net for an answer to this question but as the Fire HD is such a new device it looks as if few people have had experience of trying out different keyboards yet. I think I might take my fire HD into Tandys and actually try out a keyboard while in the shop. I'll report back on my researches too on this thread.

Posted on 21 Nov 2012 11:23:15 GMT
Denis Powell says:
My Belkin Android Mobile Bluetooth Keyboard has arrived and works well with my Fire HD. It's lightweight but seems quite well built. The cover folds back to hold the Device and with the official cover on the Fire over the back of the stand it's lifted high enough so that your hands don't obscure the screen. It certainly makes typing something like this very easy indeed if you're a touch-typist.

My only word of warning is the price. When I bought mine they were only 12.99 but it's now advertised at 56.70 which I wouldn't pay, personally. The only other thing missing is that although there's a pound sign key it actually types the hash symbol.

Posted on 21 Nov 2012 12:21:36 GMT
DaveyH says:
I'd have bought one at £12.99 (and one of the reviews also mentions a price of £13). I won't be paying that price though

Posted on 21 Nov 2012 12:46:39 GMT
Petercb says:
Bargain price!

Don't have a Fire HD but problem might be that the keyboard is working using English American rather than English UK, common problem in Windows but don't know where the setting would be in Android, just a thought.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Nov 2012 13:23:43 GMT
Thanks for the recommendation but the cost has certainly put me off. Thats an amazing hike the price in such a short time!

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Dec 2012 17:00:13 GMT
what are the dimensions of the keyboard?

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Dec 2012 17:19:40 GMT
Denis Powell says:
The footprint is 7·5" x 10·5". To look at it's about the same size as a Netbook keyboard. For the £12.99 I paid for mine I'm happy to overlook the lack of a £ sign. I think it's currently very overpriced.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Dec 2012 18:11:06 GMT
BeeJayTee says:
I read your post saying "cheap enough to take a risk" then saw the £56 price tag.
I though "Denis must be minted!"

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Dec 2012 21:09:56 GMT
Denis Powell says:
I'm not short of a bob or two but the current price, in my opinion, is way above the value of the Keyboard. I and others paid less than £13 for it and at that price I think it's excellent but not perfect.

I have Keyboard Dock for my Asus Tablet which was very much more expensive but is in another league entirely and, if anything, more versatile than a Netbook keyboard.

Posted on 28 Dec 2012 19:13:46 GMT
Anne Dorst says:
I've just bought an Advent bluetooth keyboard (ironically after searching for ages on Amazon, I couldn't find anything that was marked as suitable for use with a Kindle Fire. Seems a bit miss of a marketing opportunity! Easy to connect and works fine..24.99 GBP from PC World
I have a Kindle Fire HD 32GB

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Dec 2012 19:57:05 GMT
Denis Powell says:
Thanks for that Anne. Sounds like a good price to me.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2012 19:20:54 GMT
Oh Mr Jelly says:
Re Anne Dorst's comment: The possible reason why the "marketing opportunity" is apparently being missed might be explained in the first comment to my review dated 28 Dec 2012 on this product:

MediaDevil Magicwand (Regular edition) capacitive touch screen stylus (Matte Black version) for Apple iPad / iPad 2 / iPad 3 / iPad 4 / iPad Mini / iPhone 5 / iPhone 4 / iPhone 4S / Google Nexus 7 / Nexus 10 / Samsung Galaxy Tab / Galaxy Note / Galaxy S... :

Posted on 2 Jan 2013 11:32:49 GMT
I wrote to Amazon support asking about compatible Bluetooth keyboards and they directed me to the Kindle accessories page which was useless as there are no keyboards listed on the site! What I really wanted was some sort of specification so that I could identify an appropriate keyboard to work with my Kindle Fire HD but the support people did not seem up to it. I eventually decided to take a risk and I plumped for a Perix keyboard <http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005MJ6F80/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i00>. Luckily it works fine and connected first time to the Kindle. It is very thin and lighweight and the keys, while slightly smaller than full size, are comfortable to use. It has a proper delete key, BTW, as well as a backspace key. No page up and down or home and end and the arrow keys are a bit cramped bit still quite useable. The cost was £24.99, so you can add my recommendation for this keyboard to Anne Dorst's Advent keyboard. I could't get the keyboard to work with my HTC Android smart phone, but I've had trouble using it with Bluetooth before so that's why I was dubious about getting one to work with my Kindle Fire. It looks to me that the Kindle is pretty much compatible with all the Bluetooth keyboards on the market now. Three keyboards have been recommended on this thread already.

I can't let Mr Jelly's comment on capacitive styluses go by. I use one too and find it useful for making quick notes, but its still not as useful as a proper keyboard. But for heavens sake dont spend £10 or more on these things. You can get them for 99p if you search around. They are only a bit of special rubber on a metal rod. Companies are really exploiting customers by charging such a high price.

Posted on 2 Jan 2013 14:30:53 GMT
Last edited by the author on 2 Jan 2013 14:31:55 GMT
ChrisJ says:
Capacitive styluses seem to vary in price from 8 for £2.50 through to about £25.00 each.
There are some great discussions about which ones are best, but I find the 8for 2.50 are hard to beat! and you have enough to be able to use them across multiple devices / people.
http://blog.laptopmag.com/ipad-stylus-review-roundup-the-best-pen-for-your-tablet (of course, what is best for the iPad might not be best for the Fire - different screens; and what is best for an iPad owner might not be best for a Fire owner - different hands and wallets).

Posted on 3 Jan 2013 17:01:17 GMT
enchimade says:
I am hoping that someone can help me with this oddity. I have the Microsoft bluetooth keyboard 6000 and it connects really easily and effectively with the kindle fire hd and makes it super to type lots -- absolutely greta. The problem I have is that the keyboard is UK format but when I type on it, the kindle thinks it is US. The onscreen keyboard is set to UK and works fine. The result is that only a few characters here and there like the "@ are in the wrong place, but I was hoping that someone could advise how to fix this as it is a bit annoying.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jan 2013 17:07:48 GMT
Denis Powell says:
I have a Belkin Bluetooth keyboard which, although it has a £ sign on the key itself you actually get a @. Some of the other key symbols give different results too but as a Touch Typist I've got used to that and almost never look at the Keyboard anyway. It is annoying though. Luckily I only paid £12.99 for mine so I'm happy enough. You could try some "sticky" labels with the correct symbols - not very elegant but it might help.

Belkin were no help at all other than saying they'd look into it.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jan 2013 17:20:30 GMT
enchimade says:
many thanks

Posted on 11 Jan 2013 20:51:19 GMT
Peter Winn says:
I have an HP iPAQ foldable BT keyboard, which is seen by the Kindle Fire HD, but it reports it as incompatible. Is this really likely to be so?

Posted on 11 Mar 2013 13:44:23 GMT
Question... Does anyone know or have bought a Targus Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard and used it on their Kindle Fire HD???
I need a wireless keyboard and there is one where I work, but its says use with iPad and iPad 2, but then on the back it says any Bluetooth device... Someone I work with said it is to do with the operating system???
Any help would be appreciated...
Thanks

Posted on 26 Dec 2013 16:53:04 GMT
Troy German says:
I don't get you people, why pay all that for a Kindle Fire HD 8.5 inch and scrimp with a ten quid keyboard! I bought my wife one for Christmas along with an HRS keyboard for an extra £28 and is superb. Maybe loved ones are not worth spending on!

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2014 01:40:38 GMT
Iota says:
This harks back to the days when you had to fiddle about to load the right keyboard file on your PC. Several vital symbol keys were in the wrong place if the machine was used with the default (U.S.) keyboard layout still loaded in software and a UK keyboard plugged in. As a stopgap, you could quickly get used to typing "~" instead of "%" or whatever, which was enough to enable you configure the machine. Keyboards are still new in Androidland. If it really is only the poundsign that's causing trouble, you'll have time to try pressing all the other key and shift combinations till you find it, but in view of the trouble we get with Unicode, don't hold your breath. OTOH Android, like Windows seems to have a uniform imaging engine, so once a poundsign is actually in place, there's reason to hope that it will still be there when you re-open a saved document, and will print OK.
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