Fold-Up Keyboard Case Turns Your iPad Into A Laptop [Review]

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This is the Incase Origami Workstation ($30), a case for your Apple Wireless keyboard.

Yes, you read that right: this is not an iPad case. It’s a keyboard case. But it’s awesome. Here’s why.

It does two things: wraps snugly round your Apple Wireless Keyboard, ensuring it doesn’t scratch, or get scratched by, other objects in your bag. Unfolded, the lid becomes a prop for your iPad in portrait or landscape mode, thanks to a couple of ingenious folds and a simple hook-and-loop fastener.

Behold: you now have a lightweight laptop-like device for working on, but for a fraction of the price of a MacBook Air.

Your iPad slips into place as-is, even if it’s wearing another (thin-ish) case or sleeve. Switch on Bluetooth and start typing. When you’re done, fold the whole thing up and it will slip into your bag adding very little weight. For those of you whose work revolves around writing, this is an ideal lightweight mobile writing setup.

Its simplicity is beguiling. It’s remarkably sturdy, uses little space, and the built-in plastic clips keep your keyboard rock steady while you type. Despite the fold-out arrangement, the whole thing is surprisingly adaptable. I found it possible and comfortable to use this setup to type on my lap (although obviously it’s always most comfortable to use a table or desk).

The Incase Origami costs only £20 here in the UK ($30 in the US), which makes it considerably cheaper than most iPad cases and sleeves. For anyone wanting to do lots of typing on an iPad, it’s an accessory well worth the money. Recommended.

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