It is hard to believe that it has been over a year since I bought my wife her own Apple iPad. For the most part, she has used the tablet like most everyone else does. She sends and receives emails, surfs the Internet, plays games (Words with Friends is her favorite), and in general uses the tablet as a toy. There is nothing wrong with using the Apple iPad as a toy, since I believe that tablets should be fun to use and not weigh us down with work.
So a few weeks ago, I was floored when she told me she wanted to turn her Apple iPad into a laptop and write a novel. What was obvious is that a novel was not going to be created using the built-in keyboard that comes with the tablet system. My wife turned the project over to me to convert her Apple iPad into a usable laptop computer. I also had a few reservations as to her completing an entire novel, which in my mind is a very ambitious project for anyone to take on.
I had no clue where to start looking for a reasonably priced keyboard and stand, but I did have several thoughts in mind as to what I wanted. The keyboard would need to be Bluetooth capable, small enough to travel with, but not so small that it would make typing a chore. The stand would need to provide a convenient viewing angle and also be light enough for traveling.
From my experience, here’s how to turn your iPad into a laptop for under $20.