There are a few iPad cases on the market that provide a laptop-like experience. One of the best is the
(now called the Logitech Keyboard Case by ZAGG), an aluminum case with integrated Bluetooth keyboard that props up your iPad to make it look like a laptop screen. It works really well when you need to type a lot, but it feels strange when you have to keep using the touchscreen for some functions.
clamshell keyboard case ups the ante, adding a Bluetooth trackpad to really simulate the laptop experience with your iPad. To sweeten the deal even more, the Crux Loaded also has an additional external battery that connects to your iPad with the dock connector, providing up to 7.5 hours of additional battery life.
The folks at
have developed a trackpad that will control your iPad’s screen using all the same multi-touch functions currently on iOS. You can scroll pages, re-size pictures, play games and do many other functions without having to touch your iPad’s screen.
Because our phones and tablets have become so powerful, more and more we're seeing docking technologies like this for mobile devices, like the
Motorola Atrix smartphone with the Lapdock accessory.
For some situations these docking devices definitely make sense, but they are still not a replacement for a traditional laptop. This one from CruxCase looks to be the best solution for the iPad so far. It's scheduled to ship in the Fall for $249.