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Tablet naysayers will - not unreasonably - claim that adding a keyboard to a fondleslab only goes to show how much better laptops are in the first place. Brydge's Brydge iPad keyboard kit But that didn't stop Asus offering just such an add-on for its Transformer line of tablets - just for you, iPad naysayers - and now here's …

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How long before Apple sues them into oblivion?

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It's quite a nifty idea, but sadly I think you're right. It just looks too much like a Macbook Pro.

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Probably not

1) It doesn't duplicate an Apple product. In fact Tim Cook categorically said he has no plans to make an iPad/laptop hybrid. So they're not in the firing line for now.

2) Lots of people produce laptops that completely rip off the macbook keyboard area layout-look at the last HP Envy 15! Apple clearly are focusing on their primary targets: Samsung and Android.

I think as long as this just adds to the reasons to buy Apple they won't mind.

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Why isn't it tapered - there no need for it to be 'square' is it? Surely there can't be a lot going on inside the thing?

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For weight probably, to stop the big fat iPad puling the whole thing over on its arse.

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Sorry you didn't like my comment, but even Apple can't change the law of gravity.

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but they did help to discover it....

..wasn't it a falling apple product of some sorts that inspired Newton (in folklore at least) - perhaps it was an Apple Newton!

I wonder when Apple will use this connection to try an patent gravity. Then they will rightfully be able to claim to be the suckiest company in the world.

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those prices have sold out

the $150 and $180 price points are no longer available. They only had 100 available at those price points.

Now the prices are $170 and $210 instead.

Of course, for a grand you can get a gold one....

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Meh

Not much different

To any other Ipad keyboard. I personally am awaiting the availability of the Adonit Writer 2 plus for the iPad 3.

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Where's the pointing device?

A keyboard also requires a pointing device close to hand; a mouse, trackpad or nipple. It's just not acceptable to expect to point around the screen whilst, say, editing a document. One's hands are rested on the keyboard; the screen is up in the air; pointing at it is very difficult from this angle, and damn uncomfortable as well. That's why I'm using a mouse as I slide my hand from the keyboard to the mouse.

Alas iOS (and Android) doesn't support pointing devices so this is at best only a half-solution.

Ironically Windows 8 may fare better in this respect as it's more Windows than Tablet OS. Of course Windows 8 doesn't yet exist, nor will it ever run on an iPad.

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Re: Where's the pointing device?

you are mistaken, sir.

Android does indeed support pointing devices, and has done since 2.3, Gingerbread.

Hence the Asus Transformer having a trackpad.

My Galaxy S2 also has an option to use a mouse with a proper mouse pointer displayed.

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Re: Where's the pointing device?

"...(and Android)...) There's a fully working trackpad on my Asus Transformer.

If the patent lawyers can argue rounded corners successfully then this gadget is going to be easy prey for them. I wouldn't want to be in their shoes when Apple and Asus lawyers gang up on them.

Pity though, I rather like tablets with docking keyboards, the Asus is excellent, I'm waiting for a detachable touchscreen equipped ZenBook as the Windows 8 machine of choice.

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Re: Where's the pointing device?

plug any old mouse, wired or wireless into my onda ICS android tab and it becomes a very useful pointer... without any extra software or fiddling...

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Pointless device...

I don't see the merits in this "accessory" at all, I have both an Apple and a Samsung fondleslab and I get along with them just fine without the urge to turn them into wannabe laptops.

I also have a desktop and laptop, which a fruit co. branded 13 inch of the aluminium variety and should I need to embark on anything that requires a lot of typing/editing, I use these opposed to the often tedious task of using Office-esque Apps on the tablets.

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A keyboard with a battery?

Having to recharge your keyboard is a bit much, why don't they just plug in into the USB por.... ah, sorry - how stupid of me.

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Looks like Crux beat Brydge to it with the CruxLoaded.

http://cruxcase.com/products/crux-loaded-2/

It has both a trackpad and I believe the software also provides a cursor on the iPad's display. Still only in development and $250, but they are apparently taking orders.

Also, I doubt Apple would sue either of these companies, as long as they do not employ the Apple logo or claim any such endorsement.

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Just want to congratulate the headline writer for this article - or at least, the subhead writer...

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