Essential Accessories for your BlackBerry PlayBook

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From cases to speakers, there are myriad options for getting the most out of your experience with one of the most must-have tablets around – the BlackBerry PlayBook. In fact, some of the BlackBerry PlayBook reviews on this page highlight the device’s potential for being enhanced by accessories like mice and keyboards, but there are many more accessories out there to help you make the most of your tablet. Of course, RIM offers their own official range of gadgetry, but there is a nascent third-party accessory market that is rapidly expanding, meaning that the choice can be bewildering. With that in mind, here is a list of some of the best accessories on the market today, for any situation you can think of – and some you might not have considered.

Cases

Perhaps the most important accessory you can invest in, a good case will protect your device from bumps, scratches, drops, and even water damage in some cases. RIM includes a basic sleeve with the PlayBook, which is suitable most of the time, but if you plan on taking your device on days out to the beach, you may want something a little more hardwearing. A good, low-budget solution is the Case-Mate Pop! Case, offering a plastic shell and rubber grip to decrease the chance of dropping the tablet. There’s even a kick-out stand as a bonus.

For those looking for something a little more refined, the Ettinger case is a more luxurious, elegant-looking business case, made from beautiful hand-stitched leather. It may not offer as much protection as the Pop! Case, but it’ll do the job in most situations, and will certainly make an impression on a prospective client.

Chargers/Batteries

With most people on the move these days, it’s likely that at some point you’ll find yourself in a situation where your PlayBook is out of charge when you need to use it. Fear not though, for there is a highly competitive market for charging devices and batteries specifically made for the PlayBook. If it’s just a charger you’re after, the official RIM Rapid Travel Charger will get your tablet back to full power in half the time of the standard model – ideal if you spend a lot of time flitting between hotel rooms and business meetings.

For those who spend a lot of time away from electrical sockets, a battery would be a better investment. Luckily, there are some superb offerings, such as the Qmadix Boostpac. It will recharge your PlayBook to almost full capacity with no issue, and comes with an LED battery indicator, so you know exactly how much fuel is left in the tank.

Speakers

The PlayBook includes some good speakers in the device itself, as stated in the comments of The Verge’s BlackBerry PlayBook review, but if you want something with a little bit more oomph for impromptu presentations or listening to music, there are some great portable solutions out there. The Kondor Mobile Phone Speaker Dock is a low-budget, but surprisingly powerful set of external speakers which can run off mains or AAA batteries. It should be suitable for most situations, and can be stashed away neatly thanks to the convenient fold-away design.