While only a handful of new tablets were announced at CES 2015, there were dozens of accessories unveiled at this giant tradeshow. We winnowed through all these to find the best.
Those who have a small tablet and want a good portable keyboard for it have mostly been out of luck, but the ZAGG Pocket may be just what they’ve been looking for. When open it will be 85% of the size of a typical desktop keyboard, but folded it will be just 9 x 2.5 x .5 inches. The folds will be between lines of keys so keys aren’t too far apart.
This peripheral has been designed to be used with phablets, but should work with any small tablet that supports Bluetooth keyboards, like the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 6.
The ZAGG Pocket is scheduled for release before the end of March. It will sell for $69.99.
Kensington KeyFolio Thin X3 Plus for iPad Air 2
There are plenty of add-on keyboards for the iPad Air 2, and a wide array of external batteries for this tablet, but Kensington’s KeyFolio Thin X3 Plus may be unique for combining these two. The keyboard will have a 4500mAh battery capable of giving the tablet a 50% charge. This will be built into a folio case designed to protect Apple’s latest tablet, along with a Bluetooth keyboard that has six rows of keys.
The accessory will also be able to charge other devices – Kensington says will will be able to recharge an iPhone 2 or 3 times.
The KeyFolio Thin X3 Plus is scheduled to be released soon, and will sell for $119.99.
Zolt Laptop Charger Plus
For many, a tablet is an companion device for a laptop. The Zolt Laptop Charger Plus was created for those in this group who find, toting different chargers for all these devices a hassle. It’s going to be an extra-small replacement for the “brick” that can also change a tablet and phone simultaneously.
Zolt’s designers were serious about making a small laptop charger, so this accessory will be just 3 inches long, 1.3 inches wide, and weigh only 3 oz. So save a bit more space, the power prongs can be rotated flat, and rotate 90° to squeeze into tight spots. It will come with a 6-foot charging cord and 7 universal PC tips.
The pre-order price for the Zolt Laptop Charger Plus is $79.99, but that will jump up to $99.99 when this product debuts in the spring.