iPad cases with built in keyboards are pretty common these days, but I don’t really like the design of any of them. Either they’re a bit too much case-looking rather than laptop-looking or they’re too much…eh…food-tray-looking. While randomly Googling around earlier I stumbled across a case/keyboard combo I’d never seen before, and it looks quite awesome. The ClamCase is essentially a laptop shell with room for an iPad, where the bottom part has a built in Bluetooth keyboard. Unlike my own concept of such a device though, it doesn’t have any added functionality such as a built in battery to charge the iPad- something that there looks to be room for both in the case and the hefty $149 price tag. The lack of any heavy parts also makes it somewhat unstable according to Engadget’s review of it, with the whole thing tipping backwards in some cases. They’ve also gone out of their way to make it possible for the whole keyboard to flip back, leaving you with an iPad that has a keyboard on its back. Rather peculiar since just removing the iPad has to be easier and less awkward. I’d love to get my hands on one, especially if there’s room in the case to expand a bit (add that battery myself). For now it’s only for the original iPad though, but an iPad 2 version is coming.
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