all this while, we are accustomed to seeing iPad and to some extend, Android slates being ‘converted’ to laptop-like form factor with purpose-built keyboards, but hardly any such accessories for Windows slates. i guess it is an extremely niche market, especially when it is for an even more niche tablet like the Panasonic ToughPad FZ-G1. for FZ-G1 users, not all hopes are lost because rugged keyboards maker iKey has just the right keyboard, dubbed iKey FZ-G1 Jumpseat Keyboard, made specifically for the ToughPad FZ-G1. the design is so seamless that it you might actually mistaken the FZ-G1 with the Jumpseat fitted for another ToughBook.
setting the Jumpseat Keyboard apart from its competitions, if any, is the inclusion of an integrated gesture-enabled, multi-function touchpad and of course, a beautiful magnesium case with backlit rubber keypad, and sealed against dirt, dust and spills. the Jumpseat Keyboard connects to the FZ-G1 ToughPad via USB 3.0 docking connector and has its own built-in advanced lithium-ion battery good for two months under normal usage and can be recharged via the tablet’s USB port. unlike most accessories that are possibly the result of ‘pulling ideas out of the thin air’, the Jumpseat Keyboard is a result of a partnership with Panasonic, which means quality, reliability and seamless working with the ToughPad.
further differentiating itself is the availability of add-on options such as a fingerprint reader or additional full-sized USB ports. the iKey FZ-G1 Jumpseat Keyboard for Panasonic FZ-G1 ToughPad will be available this month with an yet-to-be-announced price tag.