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6 Ways To Turn Your iPad Into A Laptop

Apple says it won't make tablet-laptop hybrids, but these add-on products will turn your iPad into a work-friendly machine.

5. TouchFire Screen-Top Keyboard. This may be the most unique solution for adding some laptop-like performance to the iPad. Invented by a pair engineers and with patents pending, the TouchFire is a keyboard mat that sits on top of the iPad's virtual keyboard. The goal is to improve tactile feedback for the user--for faster and more accurate typing. But what really ups the cool factor is that you can perform other touch gestures, like pinching and swiping, directly through the TouchFire. Another effort that's being crowdfunded through KickStarter, it's attracted more than $200,000 from more than 3,000 backers so far. A $45 pledge gets you a unit on pre-order.

iLuv Professional Workstation
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iLuv Professional Workstation

6. iLuv Professional Workstation Portfolio. For those who want to maintain a businesslike, "I'm a PC" persona while surreptitiously using an iPad, there is the iLuv Professional workstation. The leather casing would be at home in any corner office, and it also delivers key performance features. The keyboard uses scissor-switch technology for faster, quieter typing. Battery life is advertised at 30 days, with charging via a mini-USB port. There's also a kickstand for upright viewing.

Demand for these and other case-keyboard combinations will likely increase as more workers bring their Apple tablets to the office. Microsoft will respond with ARM-based Windows 8 tablets later this year or early next, as the battle for the enterprise tablet continues.

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YMOM100
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5/1/2012 | 11:08:15 PM
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Why? Isn't that like converging a fridge with a toaster? Who in their right mind would do that??
dbtinc
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4/30/2012 | 12:52:58 PM
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The logitech keyboard sucks IMHO. Keys way too small for normal male fingers. Anybody want mine? Barely used.
MyW0r1d
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4/28/2012 | 11:56:26 PM
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With the number of sites Flash enabled, there is a lot I cannot do with the iPad alone such as some online stores, jobs/placement agency sites, and many others.
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4/28/2012 | 10:54:40 PM
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The ipad right now is like that old VCR that is rotting away at the garbage dump if we are comparing things. It lacks a lot of key features in everyday use. I want a all in one device and the ipad leaves you having to use multiple devices do to Apples iDont product.
Brad in FL
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4/28/2012 | 4:06:19 PM
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Does the iPad not have a proprietary keyboard dock like the Asus Transformer Prime? I thought all these tablets do. Adding an extra battery, USB, SD Card slot, etc has allowed my Asus Transformer Prime to replace my laptop completely... which already had a SDHC slot and HDMI out.. ..

96GB of storage - oh yeah.. :D
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