Apple iPad cases with built-in Bluetooth keyboards are a dime a dozen (or about $50 to $100 each). But the Crux Loaded case is soemthing a bit different. This case doesn’t just add a keyboard to your iPad. It also adds a touchpad and an extended battery.
Crux says that when you dock your iPad to the case you can get an extra 7.5 hours of run time.
The touchpad also overcomes one of the biggest problems with other keyboard cases. Sure, they let you type more quickly on the tablet, but if you want to interact with the screen you have to lift your hand from the keyboard and move a finger up to the screen.
The iOS user interface isn’t designed for use with a touchpad, but the Crux Loaded case trackpad is designed to let you scroll through pages, resize pictures, and even play games using multitouch gestures on the trackpad below the keyboard without reaching up to the screen. Crux says you can also use the touchpad with remote desktop software such as LogMeIn or Splashtop to remote control a Mac or Windows computer.
All those features come at a price though. The Crux Loaded case is expected to sell for $249 this fall. For that price you can pretty much buy a standalone netbook — but not one that adds 7.5 hours of battery life to your iPad.