BlackBerry Q20 Keyboard is now available for PC
BlackBerry keyboards are now available for PC thanks to Sweden-based company The Solder Party, which recently acquired a large batch of BlackBerry Q20 keyboards.
The Q20 was one of the most elegant phones the company had ever launched. They paired each board with a Raspberry Pi RP2040 to detect and translate key presses and then placed them in a custom clear injection-molded plastic case to keep everything organized and functional.
BlackBerry phones were a popular choice among executives and high school students before the touchscreen revolution began. Although BlackBerry has failed to keep up with the competition, its legacy lives on. There are still plenty of BlackBerry parts on the market, including keyboards.
The BB Q20 Keyboard with Trackpad is a great addition for anyone who wants to build a handheld electronic platform. It comes with easy access to all the pin connections needed to interact with it. What’s more, Solder Party has added a standard USB-C port and native USB HID support to the BB Q20, allowing it to connect to Mac, Windows, or Linux computers, as well as Apple and Android mobile devices, and serve as a standard QWERTY keyboard.
The BB Q20 keyboard also features a small touchpad that works like a standard computer mouse, with left and right mouse button clicks. Swiping your finger across the pad while holding down the ALT key will make it act like the cursor keys.
The BB Q20 keyboard is fully assembled and compact, and is available for purchase in Solder Party’s Tindie shop for $30. Don’t miss the chance to experience the legendary BlackBerry typing experience on your device.
Sources for this piece include a Gizmodo article.