Convert Your iPad to a Netbook With LapDock

Soon you can get the best of both worlds, or just fool your friends. The iPad LapDock is a simple case that makes your iPad look like a netbook. We all know the iPad is a touch-screen tablet, but what if you want a physical keyboard? The Apple Keyboard Dock requires a table. How to type comfortably while the iPad is on your lap?

Apple iPad Accessory Lap Dock

iPad LapDock integrates your Apple wireless keyboard and iPad into one unit. Pictured above, the keyboard and iPad are safely nestled into the LapDock, giving it the familiar mobile computing form factor. The top can even be closed like a real netbook, protecting the iPad and wireless keyboard inside.

Unfortunately, due to the placement of the iPad, some functions that are dependent on a portrait orientation of the device will not be accessible while docked. We're not used to seeing people turn their netbooks sideways and touch the screen.

With LapDock the name may be a little misleading as there's no actual docking with a 30-pin connector, no charging, and no buttons or electricity running through the LapDock. Sometimes simplicity is the best way to go, however.

The iPad LapDock certainly won't reduce the need for real laptop computers, but it might make the iPad a little bit easier to use in some situations. No price or launch date for the iPad LapDock has been announced.

[ iPad LapDock ]

Login or register to post comments.  
Login with Facebook

Comments

default user picture

I think that this is a great product. for school this will work best. Imagine sitting in the classroom reading you

I think that this is a great product. for school this will work best. Imagine sitting in the classroom reading your ibook on your iPad. Then the teacher says "not taking time". what to do? wellsteve jobs is disgusted with styluses, sorry pogo. So pull out your LapDock and type away in your notes. its a great idea!

default user picture

So they should have bought a swivel/touch screen laptop in the first place. LOL

So they should have bought a swivel/touch screen laptop in the first place.

LOL

default user picture

Wow. So.... I can buy an iPad instead of netbook and then turn it into a netbook. Not bad because I could take t

Wow. So.... I can buy an iPad instead of netbook and then turn it into a netbook. Not bad because I could take the screen off and then use it as an iPad. Cool.

Funny how this is probably going to cost the same as a netbook....

blizeh's picture

It might cost the same as a netbook, but that netbook doesn't have an iPad built into it. The modularity would be

It might cost the same as a netbook, but that netbook doesn't have an iPad built into it. The modularity would be pretty cool. I think this thing comes to market under $150.

For $99 its a no brainer.

default user picture

This is utterly ridiculous! "Convert your iPad into a Netbook" ... what a stupid title! Adding a case for your iP

This is utterly ridiculous! "Convert your iPad into a Netbook" ... what a stupid title!
Adding a case for your iPad and BT keyboard does NOT turn this fashion statement into anything close to a similarly priced Netbook! What a waste of space ...

default user picture

make it swiwel so I can hide it behind the screen and its a winner..

make it swiwel so I can hide it behind the screen and its a winner..

DJx2000's picture

Thats a good idea, batrad. Maybe they will do that. It would greatly improve it.

Thats a good idea, batrad. Maybe they will do that. It would greatly improve it.

default user picture

Doesn't this product defeat the whole.idea and science behind the reason that the iPad as made by Apple was made t

Doesn't this product defeat the whole.idea and science behind the reason that the iPad as made by Apple was made the way it was?! In my opinion, this is the goofiest iPad accessory I've seen since this brilliant better left a touch device without the need for attachments like ones for keyboards and the like!