iPad case gets a keyboard - end of netbooks?

We've waited for one for months, and now someone's finally done it: an iPad case with a keyboard is finally here. And it's already sold out.


Is this the keyboard case you're looking for? (Credit: Engadget)

We've waited for one for months, and now someone's finally done it: an iPad case with a keyboard is finally here. Actually, it's already sold out. The KeyCase iPad Folio with Integrated Bluetooth Keyboard is a thin leather stand-type case for the iPad not unlike other cases we've seen, except with a silicone Bluetooth 2.0 keyboard built in. The keyboard recharges with Apple's standard iPad charge cable and lasts 45 hours.

At the rough equivalent of 90 U.S. dollars, it's not a bad deal for a case that would always be ready to convert your iPad into a quasi-Netbook. It seems more ergonomic in landscape mode than the awkward, vertically aligned Apple keyboard dock. And the good news is that, with this on the way, more such keyboard cases should be on the horizon shortly.

Is this the missing link in making the iPad a true ultraportable laptop replacement?

For more of this story, read Does iPad + keyboard case = goodbye, Netbook? on CNET Crave.

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