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Japanese case for iPad 2 turns it into full netbook

updated 11:00 pm EDT, Fri April 6, 2012

Features USB port, charging, tactile keyboard

A new notebook case for the iPad 2 has been announced from a distributor in Japan, offering a tactile, MacBook Pro-like "chiclet" keyboard and styling to resemble a netbook. The unit allows both the keyboard and the iPad to be charged using an optional multi-headed connector and includes a standard USB port. The combination case, which is also offered via Amazon Japan, is made of silicone rather than metal for lighter weight.

The unit sells for around $75 US and includes a USB cable (the multi-head charging cable that can also charge the iPad is sold separately and is not required). The keyboard's battery is rated for about 55 hours of use and requires four to five hours to recharge. The case is custom-designed to fit the iPad 2 (2011) only and will not fit the third-generation iPad. The developers have even posted a picture (below) of the iPad in-case alongside a MacBook Pro to emphasise the deliberate design similarities.

By Electronista Staff


  1. msuper69

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    Not bad...

    but the multi-cable dongle is a show-stopper. It looks like some kind of alien life-form.

  1. ebeyer

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    Why the obsession with turning the iPad into a notebook? They're two separate things. If you want a notebook, buy a notebook.

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  1. Thecombinationis12345

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    comment title

    There's this awesome family of devices called the Asus Transformer series.

  1. DaJoNel

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    I'm confused

    You said "awesome" but then you said "Asus."

  1. nn2009

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    PadFone anyone

    Yeah, The ASUS Transformer already owns that territory.
    And the coming PadFone could be even better.

  1. facebook_Steven

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    Whoo Hoo!!

    Such great news!! Turning an iPad into a netbook is almost as exciting as that rumored automotive industry product that turns a Jaguar into a Hyundai. I can't wait to get mine!

  1. bibleguy

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  1. facebook_Pavel

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    almost like a clamcase!

    We also got the NoteBook Case reviewed on & it got a 3.7/5 rating. The review was based on a $55 price tag, which is low when comparing to other keyboards. That definitely helped the overall rating.

    The case is available to order for $54.95 at Shipping worldwide!

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