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TacType keyboard (formerly the iKeyboard) Black: For iPad 1, 2, 3 & 4

3.2 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews
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  • ENHANCES YOUR IPAD KEYBOARD-ALLOWING YOUR TO TOUCH-TYPE
  • ULTRA LIGHT & ULTRA SLIM: Adds almost no weight or bulk to your iPad
  • LAP-CERTIFIED: No desk or table needed
  • EASY ON & EASY OFF: Lightly push down to adhere, lift it up and off from any corner
  • CONVENIENT: Stays close by when not in use
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Product Description

Type faster and more accurately on your iPad keyboard. The TacType keyboard piggy-backs on top of the iPad keyboard allowing you to touch-type. Unlike Bluetooth keyboards the iKeyboard is slim, light-weight and is lap-certified.

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  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B006GTXLYG
  • Item model number: 1.9
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews
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I had read about this startup company raising unbelievable funds to produce this incredibly cool keyboard that attaches to the iPad, so that when its touch keyboard was on the screen, this would overlay it and you could now touch-type, avoiding all the errors a non-tactile screen keyboard inevitably produces.

I ordered it immediately as soon as it became available. I thought it would be perfect, and the $35 price, although hefty for a thin piece of plastic, seemed reasonable to avoid the mistakes and not have to lug around a bluetooth keyboard. In theory, it was great.

In reality, it was AWFUL! It did overlay the iPad's keyboard perfectly, but only when in landscape mode. Even that was okay. It did cause distortion and a moire effect when looking at the screen keys through the domed thin clear plastic keys on the overlay. Very distracting; but even that was okay. What was NOT okay, and what I didn't expect, was that it was much, much MUCH more difficult to type while pushing down on the domed plastic see-through "keys". Even if typing on the iPad's virtual keyboard does cause errors, everyone who has used it knows it is light-touch effortless. Suddenly, you have to push these plastic domed "keys" down very hard--no touch will do--only one, sometimes two good pushes of the "keys". And, it is not intuitive for touch-typists. I am a very fast touch-typist, and the awkward plastic partitions between the "keys" felt very peculiar and uncomfortable. It was nothing I felt I could, nor wanted to, get used to.

The idea of adding tactility to the iPad keyboard was a fascinating idea, and I can still see a possibility for it, if it is made of something else.
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I love this keyboard. I compose long essays using the "Pages" app on my iPad 2 and this keyboard increases my speed and accuracy. For the first time, I'm able to touch-type on an iPad. Plus, it adds no weight to the iPad, unlike my bluetooth keyboard, which makes my back pack as heavy as if I was carrying a laptop.
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I received this items today with much anticipation, having seen it on the internet. Like my iPad, it is simple to use, yet elegant in design. No usb this, battery that, no wires, nothing. It is just an ingenious good idea that plugs a huge hole in an obvious Apple assumption-that people will just love to type on glass. People who have suction cups on their fingers will not need this; only people who hate typing on glass. I like the feel it gives me and I love the ease in which it can be removed. Hey, guess what? No marks on the iPad! What black art has engendered such a contraption? Thank you, oh wizard, from the bottom on my fingertips to the summit of my cerebral cortex!
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It has been a joy to get a 'real' keyboard I can feel, but still experience the mobility of the iPad. I can touch type again knowing that the F and J keys are right under my index fingers!
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It takes some time to get used to typing on this and I cannot confess to have entirely mastered it, but it certainly enables you to move far closer to touch typing than you would have thought with the iPad. It is light, not adding anything to the iPad's weight or size and so can be easily brought with you without thinking, its shortcomings are those of the iPad, in that the screen is barely big enough to take a keyboard. Overall very happy with this and have recommended it to a number of others.
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I was reluctant to get an iPad, but my family bought one for me anyway. Although I came to appreciate it, the one thing that was a problem was typing. I found the virtual keyboard to be difficult to use. I was always hitting the wrong key, or no key, etc. The iKeyboard solves all of that. It makes the iPad usable as a computer for typing, without adding bulk, a power drain, or much cost. The iKeyboard, together with all of the great office-use applications, allows the iPad to take the place of a laptop.
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I was skeptical at first that it would actually make a difference but after the first time trying on it I was amazed. Works much better than expected for word processing applications on the iPad. If you use Notes, Type Emails or use a lot of Office Software on your iPad then you should get one now!
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When I first decided to participate in this project as a 'Backer', I didn't know what to expect down the road. I had already seen videos of Cliff demo'ing the iKeyboard in his various updates.

Would it beat the ZAGGmate that I had purchased for my iPad-1? Would it be a handy companion for my iPad-1?

Nonetheless, I went onboard as a 'Backer'. It was then I decided to quit comparing them with each other and wait for the finished product from Cliff. After all, both (ZAGGmate and the iKeyboard) were two different concepts.

A week ago, I decided to let go of my original iPad and acquire the iPad-2. Last Saturday, I received my iKeyboard via FedEx. With fingers crossed, I tried it out on my iPad-2. The first few sessions were a bit tricky, gettin' used to a new add-on et al. But, after a few hits and misses, I realized not only was I making lesser mistakes but typing faster than the iPad-2' native on-screen keyboard.

So, there you have it. Simplicity at its best. And that's the moral of my experience with the iKeyboard.
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