Over the years I have reviewed quite a few laptop keyboards for mobile devices. My all time favorite is still ThinkOutside’s Stowaway keyboard which I reviewed over 12 years ago. I would pay good money for an iPad compatible Bluetooth version of their original model right now. But since I don’t have that luxury, I keep looking for a keyboard that will let me type easier on my iPad without adding tons of bulk. I first saw the Touchfire Screen-Top Keyboard last November by way of its successful Kickstarter campaign. I thought it was a genius idea and apparently I wasn’t the only one because the project had over 3,000 backers and raised more than $200,000. After several months waiting for an opportunity to try one, they are now available and I’ve been lucky enough to get an early one to review.
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Most iPad owners probably fall into one of two camps. People who pair physical keyboards with their iOS tablet and those who don’t. It’s not uncommon to hear people say things like: ”The iPad is not a laptop, so quit trying to turn it into one”. But in my opinion the iPad is anything that you want it to be, from a ukulele, to a video editor, to a journal. Pairing it with a laptop keyboard is just another way to enhance its abilities.