Touchfire screen-top keyboard for iPad by Touchfire Inc.
$49.95 at Touchfire.com
It's no fun trying to touch-type on the hard glass "virtual keyboard" of Apple Inc.'s iPad. Oh, wait a second -- yes, it is fun after all. Or at least a lot better than it used to be, if you slap on this clever and effective new product.
Touchfire is a plastic sheet with raised sections that correspond to the positions of the keys on the iPad's virtual keyboard. You just place the Touchfire over the iPad screen; magnets hold it in place. The knobby projections on each plastic key and the soft, flexible plastic combine to keep your fingers correctly placed for touch typing. You don't have to stare at the virtual keyboard to make sure you're hitting the right keys; Touchfire lets you work as if you're using a real, physical keyboard.
Granted, it's not as comfortable. I wouldn't want to compose War and Peace this way. But it works remarkably well. And Touchfire folds into a handy carrying case that'll easily fit into your iPad bag.
The only downside is the price; pretty steep, considering that you can get a real keyboard for an iPad for about $100. For occasional bouts of casual typing, Touchfire is a good choice; cut the price in half and I'd rate it excellent.
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