$670 Alternative to MacBook Air

Discussion in 'iPad' started by bigdaddymac, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. bigdaddymac macrumors regular

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    Anyone using this Toccata Keyboard with their iPad? Was thinking of getting the new MacBook Air until I saw this. Looks pretty amazing.

    I mainly would use the iPad with this keyboard when traveling and doing heavy email and web research, so though this might do the trick. I already have a MacBook, but would be wonderful to have something as portable as the iPad, but with the ability to also do large amounts of typing when needed. I can also see this fitting in very nicely on a plane....

    Anyone using this??


    http://www.fastcompany.com/1697271/who-needs-the-macbook-air-a-review-of-the-best-ipad-keyboard-yet
     
  2. maturola macrumors 68040

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    I tried it.

    First at all, not an "Alternative" to the Macbook air at all, Not even close to performance, OS totally different, Multitasking (real), memory etc.

    Now... as a Nice keyboard for the iPad with for power user, it is great. To me, it add to much bulk to the iPad. I don't type "that" much on it, I do minor editing to documents, email, and web. the on screen keyboard cover me well, and when I am home, I got a bluetooth keyboard. My 2 cents
     
  3. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    In no way is an iPad, as much as I love it, an alternative to a MBA.

    That keyboard looks nice but I laugh when they illustrate it with a Twitter client and not a productivity app.
     
  4. bigdaddymac thread starter macrumors regular

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    That's good to know - re: the added bulk. Meant to ask this originally. I want a keyboard/case combination that is lean....
     
  5. hashholly macrumors 6502

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    I actually ordered this keyboard yesterday after seeing this thread, All things considered, I think i will prefer this to an iPad + Apple Bluetooth keyboard because its an all in one solution that will fit in the netbook sized Timbuk2 case i own. I really only need a physical keyboard if im doing heavy emailing/numbers/pages work, So hopefully this works well, i'll be sure to review it once it arrives.
     
  6. bigdaddymac thread starter macrumors regular

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    Great, look forward to the review. Include photos if possible!
     
  7. Epsilon88 macrumors 6502

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    Although this does sound attractive, it is not a full size keyboard and therefore typing would probably be slower (though the article writer still seemed happy). Plus, the efficiency of a trackpad would improve productivity greatly, in my opinion.
     
  8. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    I have an iPad an I also just got an 11.6" MBA for my wife. An iPad is great and I enjoy using it, but it is a completely different device than an MBA. I am mightily impressed with these new MBA's.
     
  9. GreggM3 macrumors 6502

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    I have a 13inch MacBook Pro, a 32Gig iPad 3G, and a Dell Mini 10 Hackintosh. I had a second rev MBA and sold it a while ago. I don't miss it. The Dell is pretty much ignored now and I rarely carry my MBP. If I need a small laptop I grab the Dell but for most uses it's the iPad for on the go computing.
     
  10. prot0type macrumors regular

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    This hasn't been released yet, but it's another choice as far as a keyboard/case hybrid, Engadget posted the news a few days ago: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1038715

    It does look slightly slimmer, though I'm not sure if what's pictured is the finished product.
     
  11. 1appleAday macrumors regular

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    I wouldn't think of iPad + external keyboard as Macbook Air alternative. The OS, form factor and hardware are totally different and serve different purposes IMHO
     

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