Doqo iPad Pro keyboard with trackpad also offers 7-port hub


Doqo keyboard for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
Doqo keyboard is designed to make an iPad Pro into a touchscreen MacBook.
Photo: Doqo

Doqo is an upcoming USB-C keyboard for the iPad Pro with a MacBook-sized trackpad, a 7-in-1 hub, and a built-in battery.

It’s one of several clip-on keyboards that promise to give Apple’s professional tablets many of the same features as a MacBook.

Doqo creates an iPad Pro with keyboard and trackpad

Doqo uses a traditional clamshell shape, with the tablet fitting into a slot above the backlit keyboard. There are versions for the 12.9- and 11-inch iPad Pro introduced in 2018.

Keys use a scissor-switch mechanism, and the keyboard’s layout very similar to a MacBook’s. Below this is a trackpad, something that only became possible with last fall’s release of iPadOS 13.

The recently-announced Brydge Pro+ is a rival offering that also includes a keyboard and trackpad.

Going the extra mile with a built-in hub

Doqo sets itself apart by building in a 7-port hub. The USB-C port in the 2018 iPad Pro can be connected a variety of accessories, and this keyboard takes full advantage of the possibilities. It can work with an external monitor or TV, a mouse, USB hard drive, SD cards, camera, and more.

Specifically, it has two USB-C ports, two USB-A ports, HDMI, and an SD card reader. On the inside is a 4300 mAh battery for charging an iPhone or other accessory.

Doqo keyboard has a built-in hub.
The 7-in-1 hub built into Doqo keyboard makes is more capable than a MacBook is some respects.
Photo: Doqo

Doqo funded on Kickstarter already

Doqo launched today as a Kickstarter project, and very quickly reached its threshold funding level. Still, there’s the inevitable delivery delay.

Those who pledge $119 now will get this iPad Pro keyboard in May, but this funding level is going quickly. The next option is a pledge of $139, also for delivery in May. When those are gone, pre-ordering the Doqo will cost $156.