BUFFALO, NY- It's hands down one of the most frequently asked questions of the back-to-school year: Should I get an iPad or a laptop?
My answer is always that you can't beat the portability, weight and ease of the iPad (and many other competing tablets) but it's awful to type on for extended periods of time.
Again, just my opinion, but composing a lengthy essay or research notes on an iPad is really inefficient in all of my tests and interviews with students.
That leads us to iPad Bluetooth keyboards. They're great, but you often need a case on top of that, and by the time you're done, it just feels like an iPad plus two other cumbersome accessories.
Today, my favorite deal from Fuji Labs solves both problems at the same time -- essentially turning your iPad into a fully functional laptop.
This Bluetooth keyboard gives you 14 to 16 hours of usage and doubles as an iPad case with the addition of laptop-class integrated stereo speakers, an internal battery to charge the iPad and, of course, Bluetooth connectivity to a fully-functional keyboard. This leading product uses the same magnetic technology as the Apple Smart Cover and even provides that folding hinge of a regular laptop. While this product does add weight to the iPad, it makes it feel more durable and more useful in my opinion.
This is hands-down the best product I've tested in its class. If you have the iPad Mini, there is no such equivalent on sale today, but one of my favorite Bluetooth keyboards for the Mini is at a steep discount today. You can find both deals below. Want more deals? Follow @MattGranite on Twitter.
*Includes free neoprene sleeve today
**Compatible with iPad 2 or newer (as of this writing)