Dec 23, 2011

What keyboard do you use for your iPad?

I like most things on my iPad2, but typing is not one of them. I know that there are a variety of compatible keyboards for the iPad, but the whole point of the iPad to me is being able to carry around a sleek, light, thin device that allows me to do much of what I would do on a laptop without lugging one around. While I don't intend to start typing War & Peace on my iPad, I would love something that makes it easier to do the typing I do while retaining the light, portable character of the device.  What are the best choices for light, thin iPad keyboards?  


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The one I am waiting on with baited breath is the TouchFire keyboard.  I'm not certain when it will be released, but it should be available soon.  The design is brilliant in its simplicity, essentially a membrane overlay that replicates the shape of keys while using the iPad's touch screen keyboard, so it would definitely meet your desire for light weight and thinness.  How it feels will be interesting to experience, since it won't have individual keys per se.  Still, having a tactile point of reference for touchpad typing will be a massive improvement even if it isn't like one of those nice 80s vintage IBM keyboards (mmmmm, typing nirvana).


Of the choices available now, I like the Logitech by ZAGG iPad2 case/keyboard/stand which costs about $100.  One benefit that it provides over a pure keyboard is serious drop protection, something that can come in handy with such an expensive portable device.  It adds some thickness and weight, but not too much, and it still lets you access your screen while you look all cool and techie :-)

Have you considered the Apple wireless keyboard. It's very lightweight and fairly easy to carry around. It would probably work very well with your iPad via Bluetooth. It sells for $69 in the Apple store.

It might be a good option for you.


"The completely cable-free Apple Wireless Keyboard uses Bluetooth technology to connect with your Mac or iPad. So you’re free to move the keyboard just about anywhere within range and wirelessly type away. And its slim, compact design takes up much less space on your desk."
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