The included multitouch keyboard of Microsoft's new tablet, Surface is getting some techie love after time spent frustrated working with touchscreen keys. Want to give your iPad the Surface treatment with an external keyboard of its own? If you find yourself wishing your iPad was more like a laptop or the laptop was a little more tablet, you'll want this MacBook-lookalike keyboard case ($75). Should you want the best of both computing worlds, we have seven more case and keyboard combinations in the slideshow. don't worry, no small, hard-to-use silicone keyboards around here — these keyboards are as close to the real thing as you can get!
Sure, the iPad is beautiful and portable, but one of its major shortcomings is the fact that it's hard to power through work or emails by typing on a touchscreen. Luckily, many iPad cases with built-in keyboards are now available to bridge the gap. If you wish your iPad was more like a laptop, check out these six amazing case and keyboard combos. And don't worry, no small, hard-to-use silicone keyboards around here — these keyboards are as close to the real thing as you can get!
Touch-screen typing got you down? The solution may be these all-in-one RightShift Bluetooth keyboard and tablet case by Solid Line Products. Available for iPad, iPad 2, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the keyboards provide 90 hours of continuous life when fully charged on the device's lithium-ion battery. With many Bluetooth keyboard options available for tablets, the sleek design of these accessories make them the perfect on-the-go productivity enabler.
The case is made from sturdy aluminum that matches and protects your iPad; a Bluetooth-enabled keyboard is built right in. The keyboard includes special function keys for music controls and other shortcuts, and the case allows you to display your iPad in either vertical or horizontal orientation. Plus, it's thin — the keyboard case adds about 1/4 inch to your iPad.
A version of the sturdy ZAGGmate case without a keyboard is also available for $70.
There are some gadgets that have a justifiably high price, and there are some that, well, don't. Here's an example of one I'm torn over: Razer's Black Widow Gaming Keyboard, a mechanical keyboard that took three years to develop and comes in two models, an $80 standard mechanical keyboard, and a $130 Ultimate Version.
Find out more details about each and share your thoughts after the break.
With so many phone designs and options, I don't think the physical keyboard is going away anytime soon. Especially since so many smartphones are used for business, and a keyboard lends itself to making messaging and emailing easier. But supporters of the argument claim that the shift away from keyboards "has been a long time coming." What do you think?
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Notables include the Keyboard ($129), Data Disk iPod Dock ($249), and Xbox 360 controller ($50), which all glow with blue light-up accents. All tech toys will be available this Fall through Amazon, Best Buy, and Gamestop. Check out a few of the items below!
Each features a sliding iPod dock and two USB ports for connecting your mouse or other device. Special dedicated media keys allow you to control your music or movies directly from the keyboard. There is also a built-in wrist rest. Plus, when it's docked, your iPod will charge and sync with your computer. I'm a fan of this keyboard — the design is great, and it keeps your device easily accessible while still connected.
It's gold, with black buttons, and features an illustration of Yoda in the top right corner. If you're a big fan, I'd imagine this is a must-have; would you let Yoda grace your keyboard? Too bad this wasn't available in time for Star Wars Day earlier this month! What do you think?