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Kensington intros Bluetooth Keyboard Case for iPad

updated 06:45 am EDT, Sat September 18, 2010

Convert your iPad into a touch screen netbook

Kensington has demoed its upcoming Bluetooth Keyboard Case for the Apple iPad. The keyboard is built into the case, much like the Sena Bluetooth Keyboard case, which effectively turns the iPad into a touch screen netbook. Short cuts to iPad functions such as the homescreen button and media playback functions are included on the keyboard. To power the keyboard, the case integrates a built-in lithium-ion battery that is claimed to last up to three months on a single charge.

The Kensington Bluetooth Keyboard of iPad will ship in October for $100. [via Ubergizmo]

by MacNN Staff





  1. Inkling

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Good price

    $100 is a good price and it's nice looking too. You could spend $70 on Apple's Bluetooth keyboard and more than the remaining $30 on a case and still not have something that's this handy. If it's well-built, it's a good deal.

    I only hope that Kensington follows this up with a pocket-sized mini-Bluetooth keyboard for iPads, iPhones and iPod touches, one with a Mac-like keyboard and not the ones with Windows keyboards you find on eBay. People with mobile devices need a keyboard that's more compact than Apple's full-sized one.

  1. midtoad

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I'm a fan of Bluetooth keyboards, and Use an Apple BT keyboard from time to time with my iPad. But permanently attaching the keyboard to the iPad, like this device/case does, seems to me take away from the flexibility of the tablet. Goodbye portrait mode, for instance. And hello extra weight to hold in your hand all the time. Still, no doubt some people will like the idea of having what appears to be an Apple netbook.

  1. charlituna

    Joined: Dec 1969


    useful for some

    i don't see this as being universally useful but for someone that would be typing for lengths of time and might also be away from a place to recharge. Say like a student in classes all day.

    but i have one concern. It looks like the keys would be right next to the screen when closed. that to me seems like a major scratch risk. if this had something that would fold up between the keys and the screen I'd feel better.

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Oh, isn't that elegant.

    To make it halfway functional, you have to buy all this other cr5p to bring along.

    Just get a frickin' netbook.

  1. nn2009

    Joined: Dec 1969


    yeah, right

    this thing would only make sense to apple fanboiz

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