There is a wide variety of external iPad keyboards out there, many of which are integrated into the iPad's case to cut down on bulk when carrying. The problem here is that the keyboard ends up being the same size as the iPad, which makes typing a bit cramped.
And that's where Elecom's new iPad external keyboard, with the catchy name "TK-FBP048ECBK" comes in.
What sets Elecom's offering apart from the pack is its collapsible construction that lets it fit in a wider keyboard than most others on the market. When the keyboard is closed, it takes up the same amount of space as your iPad, but expands to a comfortably large size when open.
I got to try one out before it went on sale; here are my impressions on this nifty piece of engineering.
Pretty slick, eh?
Here's a look at the key layout. The blue function keys allow for extra useful ways to control your iPad. Page Down and Page Up are surprisingly useful.
The feel of the keyboard is quite nice due to its extra size. The keys themselves bend a bit when pressed, probably because they need to collapse when closed, but they are still comfortable to type on.
The iPad-keyboard combo is a bit chubby when closed.
The keyboard fits fine with the official Apple smart covers.
Other keyboards that act as covers are available, but for those that need more space when typing, I recommend this keyboard.
The keyboard supports all iPads available in 2012, namely the iPad 2, the "new" iPad, and the 4th generation iPad.
Pick one up from Amazon.co.jp here.
Translation by Jason Morgan