Sure, tablet-style computers let you walk around the house pretending you’re in a Star Trek episode. They can be good for surfing the web, watching videos, or even writing short messages. But if you want to get some serious work done, nothing beats a full sized keyboard. But who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?

The KeyCase iPad Folio is a carrying case for the iPad that has a built-in keyboard which you can connect to the iPad over a Bluetooth connection.

The case has a “leather style” exterior, while the Bluetooth 2.0 keyboard is made of silicone, which makes it dust-proof and spill-proof, although I wouldn’t expect it to feel just like a typical plastic keyboard. The keyboard battery is supposed to be good for up to 45 hours, and the keyboard goes to sleep automatically after it hasn’t been used for about 10 minutes.

UK retailer GearZap sells the case for about $92, but doesn’t have it in stock at the moment. Wireless Goodness spotted an FCC listing for what looks like the OEM version of the KeyCase, so it looks like it should be headed to the US soon.

via SlashGear

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5 replies on “KeyCase iPad Folio iPad carrying case turns Apple tablet into a notebook”

  1. I guess this integrated BT keyboard will become a global trend soon. Just have a look how your iPad can look like with ClamCase (https://clamcase.com/). Personally, I like the idea of having keyboard, I’m old fashioned guy.

  2. This was inevitable and pretty obvious, and that’s not a bad thing. Wasn’t there a post here in July about someone who hacked his old clamshell ibook to do just this? I carry a low-end Dell netbook with far less memory than the 16GB iPad, and that often has as much usefulness for me as my macbook, given the right situation (traveling, general workstuff vs. the rare bit of design or videoediting I do). I could totally see having one of these replace the netbook — and have that cool astronomy app that I’m totally dying for.

  3. I must admit that does look very slick, and the ‘leather-like’ folio design keeps the device looking smart in all configurations. The silicone keyboard is the only downside I can see.

    1. This will set a precedent though, other manufacturers will come out with something like this too now that its out!

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