Portable Peripherals for Your BlackBerry Device
Take your office with you using the latest selection of portable peripherals for your BlackBerry® device. These business-boosting tools give you the power to deliver mobile presentations using your BlackBerry device, add a portable keyboard, and even add a portable printer.
Portable presentation power
Dazzle your prospective clients with a PowerPoint presentation delivered directly from your Bluetooth®-enabled BlackBerry device. The Impatica ShowMate for BlackBerry by Impatica Inc. (www.impatica.com) is a compact module that attaches to a local projector or PC display. View your slide notes on your BlackBerry device, and use it to direct the presentation, just like a wireless remote control.
Impatica ShowMate software converts and reduces PowerPoint files to 5-10% of their original file size for efficient wireless transfer and optimal viewing on your BlackBerry device, and fully preserves graphics, charts, animations, and slide transitions.
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The following peripherals are available at online and store retailers, please check your local retailer for availability:
For larger presentations, boost your memory storage with SanDisk microSD Cards (www.sandisk.com) in 2GB, 1GB, and 512MB sizes. The newest standard of SD flash memory specifically designed for use with mobile phones and BlackBerry devices, microSD Cards are tested for use the BlackBerry® Pearl™ 8100 smartphone, and include built-in BlackBerry security features.
Rule the meeting room with the Amzer® 4-in-1 Multifunctional Handheld Stylus (www.amzer.com), a handheld stylus for BlackBerry devices and PDAs that also functions as a red laser pointer, an LED pen light, and an old-fashioned ballpoint pen. The plastic-tipped stylus offers smooth navigation with a features a 500-yard emission range laser pointer. The LED pen light delivers a bright white light perfect for reading, and the ballpoint pen features a quick and sturdy retractable point.
Portable keyboard input
Compose lengthy emails and documents with ease. When nothing short of a fully functional keyboard will handle your data input needs, consider the wealth of choices available to today’s BlackBerry users. Portable keyboards for BlackBerry devices are small enough to fit airline seat trays, yet big enough to enable comfortable typing. Folding or rolling into pocket-sized packages for easy stowing, portable keyboards are indispensable companions for the business traveler.
Several available keyboards connect via Bluetooth® technology, wirelessly linking to BlackBerry devices at distances up to 10 meters/32 feet. Typically, these compact and lightweight folding keyboards offer more than 60 full-size keys packaged in a full five-row keyboard layout. Approximately 11" x 4 " when open and 6" x 4" when folded closed. Weighs approximately 7oz./200g, and includes a stand to view the BlackBerry device while typing. If you are using the BlackBerry® Enterprise Solution, check with your IT administrator to ensure that these Bluetooth devices are properly enabled and provisioned for use on your network.
The BlackBerry Bluetooth Smart Keyboard from Amzer® (www.amzer.com) offers 63 keys with tactile feedback, dedicated number keys, and shortcut and programmable hotkeys for complete keyboard control of your BlackBerry device. Supporting both HID and SPP Bluetooth profiles, the keyboard features a wireless connection status LED, and a power saving mode with a power on/off key. The Freedom Bluetooth Folding Keyboard from Freedom Input Ltd. (www.freedominput.com) closely matches these features, offering 63 full-size keys packaged in a full five-row keyboard layout, with programmable shortcut keys to access BlackBerry applications via the keyboard.
The ultra light StowawayTM Shasta Bluetooth Keyboard by Think Outside Inc. (www.thinkoutside.com) weighs less than 7oz., and features “Over-the-Air” driver installation, 16mm key spacing with a 5th row of keys dedicated to numerical entry, and power saving with auto-sleep mode. Opt for a mini-USB connection and flexible silicone construction with the Flexible Keyboard for BlackBerry USB Models from eAccess Solutions (www.eaccess-estore.com). Water resistant and easily rolled up for storage, the mini-USB-connected keyboard plugs into the base of your BlackBerry device and permits recharging of the internal keyboard battery via the USB cable.
Close the deal on the spot with a hard-copy order confirmation printout from a portable printer. Ultra lightweight and compact thermal printers are ideal for field sales and service, capable of producing everything from quotes to maintenance labels. The new breed of portable printers simplify connections via USB or Bluetooth wireless links and interface devices, and enable printing from mobile applications built for BlackBerry devices with the addition of bundled third-party printing utilities.
The MPrint MW-140BT from Brother International (www.brother-usa.com/mprint/) brings pocket-sized printing to USB-enabled BlackBerry devices, measuring a mere 6.3" x 3.9" x 0.7" and weighing less than 11 ounces. Featuring 300 DPI resolution at speeds up to 4 PPM, MPrint’s built in lithium battery delivers up to 100 cassette-fed pages of A7-sized paper (5.25x7.25in.) per charge. The printer uses ThermaPlus® M paper tailored specifically for mobile applications, featuring a plain-paper-like surface that reduces print fading and accepts highlighter and pen ink.
Brother’s MPrint also uses Bluetooth wireless technology to connect to BlackBerry devices using a Universal Printer Interface (UPI) developed by DynoPlex, Inc. (www.dynoplex.com) to enable printing from BlackBerry applications created by independent software vendors and corporate IT departments. According to Brother, developers simply plug the UPI into their Java-based BlackBerry apps and print through a Bluetooth link with little or no development effort.
Need portable printing on full-sized letter, legal, or A4 paper? Look to the Pentax PocketJet 200 (www.pentaxtech.com), a thermal printer that offers a choice of choice of parallel, serial, IR, or USB connectivity. Measuring 1.18"x 0.04" x 2.17" and weighing 1.12 lbs. with NiCAD rechargeable battery, the PocketJet 200 delivers 200 DPI quality at 3PPM, and offers Bluetooth connectivity with the addition of Anycom's Bluetooth Printer Adapter (www.anycom.com) available separately.
Equipped with one of these portable printers, a portable keyboard, a multifunctional stylus and a powerful presentation solution, you might be tempted to leave your laptop behind on your very next business trip!
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