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doconeill
06-15-2011, 07:48 PM
This may seem strange, but I'm looking for recommendations for a add-on keyboard/mouse (or decent mouse-type device) for an iPad.

We are investigating the possibility at work of a couple of us getting iPads to use in place of laptops as we are pretty much on call all the time, and don't want to have to lug around the laptops everywhere.

Although the virtual keyboard works well, when we are dealing with big issues screen real estate and keyboard functionality are VERY important.

They keyboard should obviously be portable, the more portable the better, and should have all the standard computer keys - ctrl, alt, esc, etc.

The mouse would be so we don't have to keep reaching up to touch the screen :)

Primarily this will be used to remote desktop into windows systems, as well as ssh to Linux systems.

bosuch
06-15-2011, 07:54 PM
I haven't really looked at mice, but for keyboards you have two options.

1) You can buy the iPad camera connection kit and connect any USB keyboard, or

2) get something like the Kensington KeyFolio, which is a folio case for the iPad with a built-in keyboard. I've seen 3 or 4 of these (different brands) and they're pretty skinny.

Personally, I'd go with the camera kit and the skinniest keyboard I could find, so you didn't have to carry the keyboard everywhere...

Bill

mainegal
06-15-2011, 08:08 PM
We have the Apple wireless keyboard for the iPad.

http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC184 $69

SaraMc
06-15-2011, 08:20 PM
we also have the wireless keyboard . love it

PAcpl
06-15-2011, 08:27 PM
You can buy any Bluetooth compatible keyboard and or mouse. The Apple keyboard and mouse may be more fitting since you are using an iPad, but its only cosmetic.

If you don't mind the extra expense this would be handy as well in your application:

http://usa.luxa2.com/product_gallery.aspx?s=15

doconeill
06-15-2011, 08:53 PM
You can buy any Bluetooth compatible keyboard and or mouse. The Apple keyboard and mouse may be more fitting since you are using an iPad, but its only cosmetic.

If you don't mind the extra expense this would be handy as well in your application:

http://usa.luxa2.com/product_gallery.aspx?s=15

That's why I'm looking for recommendations :)

The stand is nice, but looks like it's fixed shape and therefore not suitable for tossing in a bag :)

Has anyone even used a mouse with an iPad? Does it just work as expected?

k5jmh
06-15-2011, 09:11 PM
I have a folding keyboard that bought originally for my Blackberry that works great with my IPAD. No mouse yet. I just use a stylus. I am doing the same as you, SSH, RDP, VNC, Citrix...

Allison
06-16-2011, 08:38 AM
My friend has a portfolio case with a built in keyboard from Brookstone. It looks pretty handy.

disneyholic family
06-16-2011, 11:00 AM
DH has a squishy roll up keyboard that he uses sometimes...

i have to find the name..

sayhello
06-16-2011, 11:26 AM
I was just looking at this case w/Bluetooth keyboard at Brookstone the other day. It looks pretty nice. The reviews are positive.

http://www.brookstone.com/ipod-accessories_iPad-Accessories_bluetooth-keyboard-portfolio-ipad-2.html?bkiid=subCategoryLandingPage_Electronics_ip od_Digital_Media_Cases|C4CategoryProdList1FDT|1239 9361#pr-header-12399361 (http://www.brookstone.com/ipod-accessories_iPad-Accessories_bluetooth-keyboard-portfolio-ipad-2.html?bkiid=subCategoryLandingPage_Electronics_ip od_Digital_Media_Cases%7CC4CategoryProdList1FDT%7C 12399361#pr-header-12399361)

Sayhello

OKW Lover
06-16-2011, 04:59 PM
From all that I've read there is no mouse support on an iPad.

dmwang9
06-16-2011, 11:18 PM
This may seem strange, but I'm looking for recommendations for a add-on keyboard/mouse (or decent mouse-type device) for an iPad.

We are investigating the possibility at work of a couple of us getting iPads to use in place of laptops as we are pretty much on call all the time, and don't want to have to lug around the laptops everywhere.

Although the virtual keyboard works well, when we are dealing with big issues screen real estate and keyboard functionality are VERY important.

They keyboard should obviously be portable, the more portable the better, and should have all the standard computer keys - ctrl, alt, esc, etc.

The mouse would be so we don't have to keep reaching up to touch the screen :)

Primarily this will be used to remote desktop into windows systems, as well as ssh to Linux systems.

I am a dedicated member of iPad nation, so I may lose my citizenship for saying this, but here goes....

Have you looked into using netbooks? If you're mainly remote desktopping into Windows and sshing into Linux, that wouldn't require much processing power (I think?), so maybe you could get the portability you're looking for in a netbook rather than a tablet. That would also get you some sort of built-in pointing device or a handy USB port to attach a mouse.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go make nice with Arthur and Merlin (my iPad and iPhone respectively), because they're looking at me like I've cheated on them or something.

doconeill
06-17-2011, 07:20 AM
I am a dedicated member of iPad nation, so I may lose my citizenship for saying this, but here goes....

Have you looked into using netbooks? If you're mainly remote desktopping into Windows and sshing into Linux, that wouldn't require much processing power (I think?), so maybe you could get the portability you're looking for in a netbook rather than a tablet. That would also get you some sort of built-in pointing device or a handy USB port to attach a mouse.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go make nice with Arthur and Merlin (my iPad and iPhone respectively), because they're looking at me like I've cheated on them or something.

There are a couple of netbook/Android tablets around here, but the application maturity in a few cases seems better on the iPad. I do have a Droid 2 that I can use ssh, RDP, VNC, etc. on but as I said the screen area is important for this.

And hey, if I can get an iPad for general use out of this... ;)