Cool new iPad case with integrated Bluetooth keyboard further threatens netbooks

With an integrated Bluetooth 2.0 Keyboard which seamlessly connects with the iPad for quicker and more comfortable typing – this innovative folio case is ideal for people who regularly use their iPad for e-mailing, making notes and writing documents.

The clever design of this multi-functional case allows it to protect the iPad, whilst it can easily convert into the laptop style postion. If you don’t need the Keyboard it simply folds behind the iPad and out of sight.

Product Features:
– Stylish & streamlined protective leather case designed for iPad.
– Built-in Bluetooth 2.0 Silicone Keyboard.
– Quiet keystrokes, dust-proof & spill-proof.
– Durable Leather Style Exterior.
– Magnetic fastening secures case closed.
– Rechargeable battery lasts for approximately 45 hours per charge.
– Bluetooth keyboard charges using standard Apple power cables.
– Auto sleep mode when idle for 10 minutes.
– Easy setup – automatically re-connects when turned on.

The KeyCase iPad Folio with Integrated Bluetooth Keyboard is available (currently sold out, “stock due shortly”) via UK retailer GearZap (£59.95, US$92.52) here.

MacDailyNews Take: The first of many, but this is “Boot Camp for iPad.” In other words, a product for people who don’t really get it, yet, but will – as soon as they actually use their Apple product and quickly ditch the crutch they so surely believed they needed.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]

19 Comments

  1. Getting closer to what I’ve been talking about. This solution will solve a lot of people’s issues with the iPad. Sure, it is extra cost above the already pricey iPad, but so much greater usefulness and flexibility than a netbook. And the iPad is just as good as before when you pull it out of the sleeve.

    And I’d have to say that this looks like a better convertible case option than the Apple offering. I’ve tried theirs, and the stand-up angle too steep.

  2. Wait a minute guys, you’ve lost me. I thought the party line was that keyboards are so 1990’s and a bad idea? Thank God the group think has shifted – this actually looks like a cool product.

  3. I don’t get why so many people complain about wifi printing… I have several apps on my iPhone that print to printers, why don’t people use them on the iPad?

    My wife has an iPad but I haven’t tried it yet…but can’t imagine it not working… Sure its not ‘native printing’ but a lot of the problems are solvable on third part apps.

  4. “Sure, it is extra cost above the already pricey iPad, but so much greater usefulness and flexibility than a netbook.”

    It’s about $40 more than the Apple case.

  5. The case is for those folks that “don’t get it”. It will let them ween themselves into the 21st century. For the rest of us, no keyboard and not looking back. This should really put a big dent in netbooks and small powered laptops at a minimum.

  6. I “do get it” and have argued for years in favor of the tablet design. We started with clamshell laptops because the technology required for tablets and alternatives to keyboard input to them wasn’t ready. But for most of the uses I want to make of a mobile computing device, the clamshell design is poor ergonomics. A clamshell laptop is a poor design for reading, or for watching a video when sitting in a recliner.

    That said, a bluetooth keyboard lets me enter text into an iPad more quickly than does the onscreen keyboard. There’s nothing wrong with using a keyboard with an iPad, and I do so when I’m doing a lot of writing.

    I might be interested in the iPad case with integrated keyboard. When I’m on travel or sitting in my gazebo out in the woods, it would save me the trouble of carrying along my wireless Apple keyboard, if I’ve got a writing project.

    My question is whether it’s a good keyboard. If it’s not, I woudn’t be interested in the case.

    But Sonya is right. Even a poor keyboard would be comforting to many people who are dubious of the tablet approach. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  7. You can get WiFi printing with apps like “Print n Share”…

    I think MDN doesn’t get it here. Yes, the touch screen is nice and for everything but content development it works wonderfully. However the screen size is a bit cramped for doing real creation, and the iPad can do real creation. This gives people the ability to get that little extra size that they need to comfortably create content. And it’s great that you don’t have to carry a separate piece of equipment.

  8. I hate typing on the touch screen of my iPad. The keyboard is so much more natural. Is it me, or does the lack of directional buttons on the iPad touch screen make typing in these little comment boxes difficult. If you exceed the space allotted in the comment box I haven’t figured out how to go back to the beginning to review what I have written. Any help would be appreciated.

  9. On day 1 I asked is there any reason that someone could not produce a case with integrated keyboard to give all the ‘assets’ of a net/notebook (and more) for those that need it without compromising the iPad itself. Seems the answer is YES.

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