Adonit Writer Is The iPad-To-Netbook Transformation Kit We've Been Waiting For

The iPad Bluetooth keyboards and keyboard cases that exist now are clunky at best, and heavy and unusably bad at worst. The Adonit Writer, however, seems like a pretty quality solution for the problem of typing on an iPad for extended periods of time.TUAW tested the keyboard + iPad case + outer sleeve and found that not only is it crafted very well from quality material, it's also quite "flexible and secure". The case (not counting the iPad) is 1.1 pounds, so in total, you'll have a carrying weight of about 1kg — similar to a netbook. TUAW also says the keyboard, which isn't quite full-sized, still feels great.

Adonit Writer was a Kickstarter project that managed to raise $US27k (they only aimed at $US10k), and will be soon selling iPad 1 models for $US100 for the first month, and $US110 thereafter. The iPad 2 models are coming soon.

Whether or not an iPad is a better mobile-writing device than a netbook is unclear, especially when you factor in the fact that multitasking on the iPad is clunky and needs you to swap back and forth between full-screeened applications. But for those of you who already take your iPad everywhere and want something better for text entry, this seems like a good compromise.

Adonit [TUAW review]


    I love my iPad, but this is dumb. If I wanted this, then I'd by a Macbook Air.

      I like my nokia n900, but your iPad is dumb! Oh wait, what I REALLY meant is the iPad doesn't suit ME! Just because something doesn't suit you, doesn't make it unsuited to all, let alone "dumb"...

        I made an opinion ... about what I think. I didn't make an opinion to suit everyone or to generalise. I certainly didn't consider your position on the subject.

        You didn't like it. What a shame.

          Don't worry Techtragic, based on Bernhard de Kok's logic if the rest of us don't like his opinion he must be [email protected]

          My opinion is the iPad technology is a just another technological tool not something to anthropomorphize about.

          But more on topic, if you need to buy extras to make any device function half reasonably, even on the basis of a "compromise", it is a design-fail.

          Note that I did not need to use emotive and/or dismissive words like "love", "dumb" or "shame" to express my opinion!

      Yes, you could spend twice what an iPad costs for an Air but you would lose out on iOS and what some are calling the future of digital performance. And, the Adonit Writer helps us all make our iPads full-blown computers. At this point, and with a hard keyboard and the touch screen there is nothing I can't do with it that I do with my MacBook Pro 15 in. So, in a phrase, not dumb. In a word, brilliant!

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