The Gadgeteer has a review of an interesting-looking gizmo, the tyPad wireless Bluetooth keyboard case for the iPad. This $129.95 case combines a binder-style case and a Bluetooth keyboard, effectively turning the iPad into a laptop. (Although the review doesn’t mention Sena, the picture of this keyboard is identical to the Sena case/keyboard combo Paul mentioned at the end of August.)
The review notes that the case is sturdy enough, and has a number of useful features, such as the ability to rotate the iPad 90 degrees to type in either a landscape or a portrait configuration. But it also notes a few drawbacks, such as the lack of a right Shift key (which essentially kills the device’s appeal for me, a 100-word-per-minute habitual touch typist).
Still, the idea of a keyboard case for the iPad is appealing, and I’m sure sooner or later someone will get it right. It would be nice to have the versatility of a tablet/keyboard combo that can be separated to use just the tablet by itself.
Speaking of which, Gizmodo has an interesting piece on a “Voltron of computers”—a netbook that practically explodes into a tablet with capacitive touchscreen, a mini-tablet-style voice-over-IP videophone, a keyboard, a USB keychain, and a little USB-to-HDMI dongle. It runs on an ARM Cortex-A8 processor with 512 MB of RAM, 256 MB of onboard flash storage, and 802.11b/g/n wifi, and reportedly offers the ability to change OSes at the flip of a switch.
The $549 pricetag seems a little hefty compared to full-fledged Intel-based desktops and netbooks, but on the other hand you’re getting about three different devices for the price of one. It might be worth a look.