You would consider that external keyboards for tablet pc’s are ‘pretty much of a muchness’ by now, wouldn’t you? If only it was as simple as making sure the keyboard in question is compatible with your OS and then, oh, I don’t know, purchasing the damn thing…But it doesn’t seem to be like that, unluckily.
Now, Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD is well-suited with outer keyboards, but not with most of them. And that means you’ll probably be stuck rooting through an intensive list of keyboards (most of which do not appear to bother letting us know whether they’re ‘Kindle friendly’ or not).
The ‘Amazon Basics keyboard’ does not seem to work for each reviewer, either. Some like it, some do not.
Frustratingly, opinions tend to be unreliable when it comes to Kindle Fire compatibility, with a few claiming that certain tablets work and others furiously reporting sentiments similar to “do they b******s”.
Though, all isn’t lost, gentle reader. Users on Amazon.co.uk have claimed that the following models are compatible (to varying levels) about the Kindle fire:
Clearly, I cannot personally confirm these customer experiences, but online forums are commonly a good way to see what is around and what models others have used without spending any of your own money.
As I’ve said elsewhere on the web, it really does pay to shop around. I strongly advise reading the opinions for every of those keyboards before you commit your heard-earned cash to one of them.
On another interesting forum, I discovered that there is even a little debate as to if Amazon have protected against third party keyboards intentionally. Amazon are well known for their (infrequently) restrictive hardware, so it isn’t really an enormous leap of the imagination to think about the company blocking out external keyboards. Yet, I can find no approved statement from Amazon concerning this 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 really a type of eReader that is essentially unrelated to the Kindle Fire or Fire HD. Reports, reviews and boards regarding this one will hamper any investigate containing the terms ‘Amazon+Kindle+Keyboard’. ‘Annoying’ scarcely did it justice.
Update: Since it seems, there is an official Amazon keyboard that works with Kindle Fire HD, but it really doesn’t appear within the UK Amazon website. Personally, I would suggest getting this one if you’re a US-based user. If Amazon promises that it’ll work, then it’ll almost certainly work.
Within the UK, well, its actually frustratingly vague regarding what keyboards will work and what will not. Another suggestion is to go down to the local computer store and ask them if you can try one out. That typically works.