"Who says iPad keyboards have to run on Bluetooth? Not MacAlly, that's for sure. The iKey30 is a good ol' USB keyboard which sports a 30-pin dock connector on the end of its cable, and comes with an almost ridiculous number of special function keys."
Not sure why you would want one, but now a wired keyboard is available from MacAlly for about 50 bucks. I think I'd much rather get a Bluetooth keyboard that I could also use when I dock my Macbook Air. In reading the Macworld review, they did make the point that if you are in an area where wireless connections are prohibited (such as during certain times on an airplane) it would come in handy. I don't think this outweighs the downside though, what are your thoughts?
"If you're an iPad "power user," you're probably familiar with its useful split keyboard for typing with your thumbs.But did you know that Apple snuck in six hidden virtual keys to ensure that you never stretch your thumbs too far?"
I will have to give this a go the next time I have my iPad out, it might help my typing speed!
"I have had an iPad since day one and up and until last week I had never once attached a keyboard to either of my iPads. I simply never saw the point and wasn't the least bit curious."
That was until Ben Brooks saw the guide on Macworld about keyboard options for the iPad. Still, he found that while it might be great to be able to work with the iPad, for his needs it wasn't quite up to par. This is similar to my conclusion doing work here on Apple Thoughts. I really do need to use my Macbook Air for the image posting problem that Ben also outlines. Once that problem is solved, I could easily use my iPad but until then, its Macbook Air. Have you put down that laptop or desktop and used an iPad in it's place? If so, what are your thoughts?
"Apple's own wireless Bluetooth keyboard, while not specifically designed for the iPad, still tops my list for the best-looking design of any keyboards that work with the tablet."
This is a Kickstarter project, and as of today they only have about $6,000.00 USD out of the approximately $60,000.00 USD they need to start the project. They have put a deadline of October 24th 2012 for this funding so I guess we will see soon if it will become a reality. Personally, it looks pretty cool but I don't have any problems using the iPad keyboard so I don't even use an external keyboard with mine. I can see the advantage if I did a lot of typing but mine is minimal. What are your thoughts, think this project will be a "go" or not see the light of day?
Specifications: 510mAh USB rechargeable battery, 246 mm/9.7 inches long, 191 mm/7.5 inches wide, 11 mm/.43 inches high, .345 kg/12.2 oz. in weight.
Keyboard, stand, case in one;
Easy to use, effective design;
Sturdy aluminium shell for a long life.
Keys may be too small for those with larger hands;
No protection for the back of your iPad;
Some questions about long term durability.
The Logitech Keyboard Case by ZAGG for iPad 2 combines 3 popular iPad 2 accessories into one small profile product: a protective case, a stand, and a Bluetooth keyboard. It is ideal for those that are hoping to use their iPad 2 as a replacement to a laptop, as the small profile makes it easy to slip your iPad 2 and keyboard into a small carry on, and the Bluetooth keyboard makes writing emails or editing documents a snap. However, those with larger hands or who want full body protection for their iPad 2 will find this product lacking.
"We've been hearing scary stories about the post-PC era ever since Steve Jobs and Apple first talked about this new age of computing at the iPad 2 unveiling. Mobile devices akin to iPad will obsolete our desktop computers (which will be like trucks), we are being told."
Now this, versus this, is something that I would spend money on. For $49.95 over at MIC, you can pick up this case that appears to make your iPad 2 into a notebook of sorts. I don't think notebooks per se will ever be obsolete, but this is one of the nicest couplings of keyboard and iPad that I have seen and I would definitely consider using this. What are your thoughts? Are notebooks going away? Should you get ahead of the crowd and get one of these now?
"Power users work their Macs faster than regular folk do for a variety of reasons. More important than a speedier processor is a speedier computist."
And to become a speedier computist, you really need to get your keyboard combinations down pat. This is good reminder of the most common ones (CTRL-C, CTRL-X, etc) but also goes over how to create your own and provides some of the not-so-common ones that do come in handy if you want to be fast on your keyboard. Besides, your fingers are already on the keyboard so why not use them and save the trackpad? What are your thoughts, do you use keyboard or do you rely on the mouse or trackpad to get your work done? What are some of the more useful keyboard combinations you do use?
"Young though it may be, Twelve South has become a reliable source of smart accessories for Apple users over the past year and a half. MacBooks notably benefitted from the sturdy BookArc stand, iPad users more recently received the super-sharp portable Compass, and now desktop Mac users are getting in on the action with MagicWand ($30), a typically well-named accessory aimed at users of Apple's Wireless Keyboard and Magic Trackpad."
What a simple yet effective way to merge the two accessories. Other than having to deal with issues like the power button on the keyboard being blocked, and the battery access point blocked on the trackpad requiring you to disassemble it partially to access these points, it appears to do the job of joining both peripherals.
Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:30 PM
I posted about Smartfish a few weeks ago because I liked the concept of their keyboards and mice. As someone who spends far too many hours typing on a keyboard, any potential technology that can save some wear and tear on my arms/hands/shoulders has my attention. I got a brief demo of the product at CES, but since I'm not down with the whole "wired keyboard" thing, I might be checking out their Apple-store-only, Bluetooth-based model when the time comes.
"Apple iPad Case with Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard (3 Functions in 1). Built-in wireless Bluetooth 2.0 silicone keyboard for your Apple iPad. Stylish protective PU leather case designed for Apple iPad with magnetic flap closure for extra protection."
Its not the ClamCase, but it is a pretty good deal if you are looking for a case and keyboard for your iPad and don't want to wait. You can pick this up at the Apple Thoughts Amazon.com store for just over $60.00 USD [affiliate link]. A USB wall charger is included and the battery lasts a whopping 45 hours on a single charge.
Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts Talk" @ 12:00 PM
After reading Chris' post about what makes a perfect keyboard, it got me thinking about Shift keys. In Canada, many laptop brands ship their laptops with a French/English keyboard, and when they do, the left shift key is cut in half to make room for an extra French-language key. The net result is that any touch typist trying to use that keyboard, if they're not accustomed to it, will constantly be missing the left shift key. I'm one of those people, and I flat-out refuse to purchase any laptop that doesn't have a full-sized shift key. That means no HP laptops for me - every single one of their consumer laptops sold in Canada have the shrunken left keyboard; it's one of the main reasons I tend to go for Dell laptops. I'm pleased that Apple allows you to choose what kind of keyboard you want on your laptop and wished more companies offered users that choice. If I primarily used the right shift key, however, I wouldn't have my choices curtailed.
What about you? Which shift key do you primarily use? I use the left shift key 100% of the time - never even touching the right-hand shift key.
Normally, "Quick Looks" are used to give you, the reader, a snapshot of a particular product. In this case, however, I wanted to give you a look at a new company called BulletTrain, that has come out with a couple of innovative products. One is for the Apple Keyboard and Magic Trackpad, called BulletTrain Express (pictured above), and the other is called the MagicStand for iPad. Both products are made from aluminum, have the same appearance as the Apple aluminum finish, and both retail for $99.00 USD.
"Aidacase's iPad case seems like a dream. It's a full on folio-style iPad case that flips open to reveal an external full-sized physical keyboard. This keyboard connects to the iPad via bluetooth, charges through USB and delivers a whopping 45 hours of battery life. That's 4.5 times longer than your average daily iPad battery life. As a case, the "keycase" functions like a champ. Simply lock it into place using the magnetic latch and you're good to go."
Looks very similar to the Scosche foldIO case we reported on earlier, but with a lot more functionality. It is supposed to be available on Amazon for $99.00 USD [affiliate link] but currently shows as unavailable.
"Steve Jobs certainly wouldn't agree, but I know a few of you grumps out there were disappointed when the iPad turned out to more of a big iPhone than a convertible tablet with a built-in keyboard. Even if you're not one of those people, serious typing on the iPad pretty much requires lugging a Bluetooth-pairable physical keyboard around with you."
It doesn't look bulky like I thought it might, so had the price been less than $90.00 USD, I might be interested in something like this. I don't have a problem with the iPad keyboard per se, but it's handy to have a bit larger one if you do a lot of typing, and very handy to have it inside the case when you need it. I suppose there is a price for convenience, but I'm not quite willing to pay it...yet.
"Along with yesterday's release of OS X 10.6.2, Apple issued a small update for their wireless aluminum keyboards, which allows users to utilize the one-touch function controls. The update is specifically for 10.5.8 users, since Apple has included this update in the latest version of Snow Leopard for 10.6.x users."
You can get the update via Software Update or by going direct to Apple.
"If you're an iPhone owner who just hates typing on the device's virtual keyboard, Mobile Mechatronics has something for you: the iTwinge, a $30 BlackBerry-style, slide-on keyboard that mounts right on the iPhone."
The downside is it covers up about 40% of the iPhone screen, but I suppose if you miss the feel of the keyboard you loved on your old smartphone, or you haven't got the hang of the virtual keyboard, this might be something you would like. Mobile Mechatronics has an FAQ site set up in case you have more questions. Its due to ship first part of November so you have plenty of time to decide. Kind of a weird name to call the product though, and doesn't give me the impression they are serious about it.
"Logitech is known for keyboards, and rightfully so. Years of keyboard experience have enabled them to create a keyboard that's good enough to deserve a Mac edition. They've really outdone themselves with the diNovo Edge Mac Edition Bluetooth keyboard."
Yes, its true, you can get a wireless Mighty Mouse for $69.00 USD, then pick up the wireless Apple Keyboard for $79.00 USD and be out $149.00 USD. Or you can opt for this new keyboard from Logitech for $179.95 USD from the Apple store online, without the mouse. The reviewer touts the reliability and how quick it connects, but also the fact that it has the same layout as the regular Apple keyboards so all your shortcuts work the same. I have to say this keyboard really is a looker, and it would look great sitting in my entertainment center as a media center keyboard. Heck I'd even like to get one for my desktop.
"When Crave UK gets bored, odd things happen. We'll fly RC planes through the streets, we'll dress up in costumes and expose our cleavages, hell, we'll even drag a big-ass 20-inch laptop through the London Underground--just for kicks. We think you'll agree our latest stunt continues this tradition of recklessness. In the video above, we decided to pit an iPhone against a Netbook to see which is the true king of mobile productivity. Rather than attempt this stunt on a train or in a coffee shop, we thought we'd do it in the back of a $1.47 million rally car. Yup, that's how we roll."
And there you have it... The iPhone is the king of fast typing.
Or maybe not, but it was probably really fun working it out!
"Many others have complained at various times about the inexact science/art of using the iPhone’s touchscreen keyboard and I must admit, as much as I love my iPhone, I avoid using it for tasks that require a lot of typing. Now, however, there’s a simple little jailbreak app that takes a least some of the pain out of using the soft keyboard by adding a 5th row, giving users access to numbers without requiring navigation to a sub-menu. Access to symbols is easier, too — just hit the “shift” key and the numbers turn to symbols."
I would love to have one more row of keys for typing numbers without having to switch to the numeric keyboard, but I'm not about to jailbreak my phone just to get it. A lot of others, however, would disagree with me and this seems to be one of those things that really has elevated the experience of the iPhone for some people. The obvious problem with another row of keys being added in nearly the same amount of space is that you're cramming way more keys in vertically. That oughta really sit well with people who hated the typing experience to begin with!