(WMC TV) - Typing on a touch screen, especially for long periods of time, can be frustrating.
If you've got a tablet lover on your list, or you're just looking to make your own life easier, a tablet keyboard may be the perfect holiday pick-up.
Microsoft recently unveiled its new Surface tablet, and it offered two keyboards for sale
right from the get-go. Consumer Reports said both have full-sized keys, are thin and
light, and double as a cover.
If you already have a tablet and want a separate keyboard, there are options there, too.
Consumer Reports tested four from Targus, Logitech, and Zagg. They offer the
convenience of a physical keyboard and have keys that you don't often find on a tablet,
such as a tab key and dedicated number and symbol functions.
The $65 Targus keyboard works with either iPads or Androids. It's small and light, with
virtually the same sized keys as a typical laptop, and it runs on AAA batteries. The
downside is that it doesn't act as a case or a stand, so you're just lugging around an
For a bit more money, consider a $100 Zagg Zaggfolio keyboard case. You can get one
for either late-model iPads or Android tablets. It has large keys and doubles as a stand, plus it
latches securely. The carbon fiber case feels very protective.
Make sure the keyboard is compatible with your tablet, particularly if you have an earlier model. All the tablet keyboards Consumer Reports tested are Bluetooth-compatible.