updated 01:45 am EDT, Fri October 1, 2010
Answers the question "Why not just get a laptop?"
New Jersey-based Accessory Workshop have introduced TyPad, a leatherette folio-style case for the iPad with a twist - a bluetooth, full iPad keyboard included. The company says this makes the iPad even more productive; by not employing the screen-based keyboard, users regain half the screen real estate, making it ideal for longer-form composition.
Available only in black, the leatherette exterior gives the case a definite executive look, and the use of a silicon-based soft-touch keyboard allows the TyPad to be extremely thin. The keyboard includes iPad-specific buttons like the Home and Search buttons. It is rated for 90 hours of continuous typing, and features its own on/off switch to conserve keyboard battery life.
On their web site, the company draw up a table comparing an iPad in a TyPad case versus a laptop. Among the advantages they cite are weight, the protective nature of the case, the multi-angle positioning and the fact that it can rest comfortably on a user's lap without generating heat.
The TyPad sells for $129, and for a limited time the company is offering free shipping within the USA.