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  • iPad Clamshell Keyboard Will Make Your Tablet More Traditional



    For the traditionalists out there who really want their iPad to take on the shape and functionality of a more "traditional laptop," there's good news to report. Coming soon to consumers (probably), is a third-party iPad peripheral that transforms your touchscreen tablet into the laptop of yesterday - at least in appearance, as the clamshell case serves up tactile input by way of an attached Bluetooth keyboard.

    Due to the wireless nature of the accessory, this Bluetooth device requires an official sanction from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. The request for approval is precisely what helped leak the product's existence. And, as a result, there is no shortage of iPad users excited to get their hands on this third-party keyboard made by Shenzhen Paoluy Silicone Technology Co., Ltd. According to wirelessgoodness.com, the keyboard has already been given the green light by the FCC and should be available "soon."

    The so-called "KeyCase iPad Folio with Integrated Bluetooth Keyboard" is expected to retail in the US for around $100. According to the manual, the keyboard has a standby time of up to 100 days and a "theoretical" uninterrupted working time of 90 hours. Early reports of product details also note that the battery, "which must be charged separately from the iPad," requires a pretty lengthy charge - about 4-and-a-half hours via a standard Apple USB iPod connector cable.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPad Clamshell Keyboard Will Make Your Tablet More Traditional started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 32 Comments
    1. T4R06's Avatar
      T4R06 -
      awesome!
    1. EddieLeonard's Avatar
      EddieLeonard -
      woah, awesome. ive seen a few better ones tho but its is still a great thing to have for in classes where typing on a touch screen gets painful
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      I can turn my iPad into a netbook. Oh joy.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      It's the new MacBook Net...wait a minute, it's just an iPad with a KeyCase.

      But, that is awesome!
    1. niqolas619's Avatar
      niqolas619 -
      So let me get this straight - you buy an iPad because you want to be one of the "firsts" at something. Then, you figure out that the thing is a pain to use for anything that comes close to a computer, so you buy this keyboard setup to use it more as a regular computer, only to find out that the limited OS and power hungry manufacturer of your shiny new device extremely limits what applications are available for installation, not to mention the limited processing power and storage capacity.

      Eventually you'll figure out you should stop worrying about the bandwagon so much and just bought a traditional laptop. Congratulations.
    1. cookbenj's Avatar
      cookbenj -
      the irony
    1. ron4543's Avatar
      ron4543 -
      Quote Originally Posted by niqolas619 View Post
      So let me get this straight - you buy an iPad because you want to be one of the "firsts" at something. Then, you figure out that the thing is a pain to use for anything that comes close to a computer, so you buy this keyboard setup to use it more as a regular computer, only to find out that the limited OS and power hungry manufacturer of your shiny new device extremely limits what applications are available for installation, not to mention the limited processing power and storage capacity.

      Eventually you'll figure out you should stop worrying about the bandwagon so much and just bought a traditional laptop. Congratulations.
      I agree 100%. The reason I didn't buy an iPad was lack of connectivity. And now you have people who are willing to spend an extra $100 to the already pricey iPad, to get a laptop like feel? This seems like an add-on keypad for my iPhone. For the added price, go buy a notebook and get all the extra features without having to buy tons of accessories.
    1. j3wbagell's Avatar
      j3wbagell -
      They need to make one with a web cam in the case...
    1. NArush's Avatar
      NArush -
      Yea, that one is awesome!
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      still holding out for the hopefully re-vamped ipad.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      If you want traditional should have bought a notebook or netbook.
    1. cpotoso's Avatar
      cpotoso -
      Can't figure out this one either. Well, *I* was very disappointed with the ipad (was waiting for it for months!). Ended-up paying $1600 for an HP 2740 tablet (works also as notebook, has 4 GB of ram, an i5 processor, 250 GB disk, and plenty of connectivity). I would have preferred not to get a PC, but heck! Windows 7 aint that bad. May never buy a mac again, sigh.
    1. jorgeduhart's Avatar
      jorgeduhart -
      i just buy a laptop
    1. eg6motion's Avatar
      eg6motion -
      Quote Originally Posted by niqolas619 View Post
      So let me get this straight - you buy an iPad because you want to be one of the "firsts" at something. Then, you figure out that the thing is a pain to use for anything that comes close to a computer, so you buy this keyboard setup to use it more as a regular computer, only to find out that the limited OS and power hungry manufacturer of your shiny new device extremely limits what applications are available for installation, not to mention the limited processing power and storage capacity.

      Eventually you'll figure out you should stop worrying about the bandwagon so much and just bought a traditional laptop. Congratulations.
      Flawed argument.
      Bandwagon is defined as the Majority

      Majority of computer purchases in the world = standard Windows Laptop/Desktop
      Majority = Bandwagon/Sheep/Followers, etc
      Therefore:
      Bandwagon/Sheep/Followers = Standard Windows Laptop/Desktop

      Sometimes something innovative isn't immediately perceived that way until it catches on. More and more companies are using the idea of Apple's touch-devices as they are innovative and inspire new ways to use a computer. You would have seen the same sarcastic remarks when GUI was developed over command line. Or when peripherals went wireless. Technology moves forward, so feel free to get on that "bandwagon"
    1. NetMage's Avatar
      NetMage -
      So add-on keyboards for your iPhone are useless, right? Abs tripods are stupid, why didn't you buy a camera with a built-in stand? I bet you don't have any use for docking stations either - just carry your desktop every where, right?
    1. vindutch's Avatar
      vindutch -
      Quote Originally Posted by n00neimp0rtant View Post
      Me Too!
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      this is stupid if you want a keybord by a laptop. i never want to see a keybord on my mobile device ever again thank god steve is keeping the keybord away from my idevice hahahahah.
    1. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      To bad apple doesn't give students discounts on the iPad
    1. niqolas619's Avatar
      niqolas619 -
      Quote Originally Posted by eg6motion View Post
      Flawed argument.
      Bandwagon is defined as the Majority

      Majority of computer purchases in the world = standard Windows Laptop/Desktop
      Majority = Bandwagon/Sheep/Followers, etc
      Therefore:
      Bandwagon/Sheep/Followers = Standard Windows Laptop/Desktop
      You're seriously going to try to make the argument that people that bought/are buying the iPad are not bandwagoners? Like this forum isn't filled with people that take and praise everything Apple spoon feeds them with as the word of God.

      Bandwagon doesn't have to be the majority of people - it just means that people get on with something before they know anything about it, just so they can be in line with other people that don't know what they're doing or the envy of their co-workers and friends. Besides that, I'm sure the iPad outsold every netbook on the market it's first week or so that it was out, seeing as how they sold 2 million of them or whatever it was. So your argument is flawed, my friend.

      I love Apple's computer and tolerate their phone, but you can't convince me that the iPad is useful to anybody wanting to do anything other than browse the web at their local coffee shop (non-flash sites only, of course). Why buy a device that can't do half of what every laptop on the planet can do?

      I'm not saying the iPad will always be useless, but until Apple adds a real hard drive of some type, connection ports, and a real operating system on an open platform I really don't want to hear about it. I would have said the same thing about wireless stuff 10 years ago when you could only move two and a half feet away from the base station and deal with speeds 1/3 the rate of wired connections.