What if you could turn your iPad 2 into a laptop by simply placing it in a case? That is the promise of Crux Loaded by CruxCase, a $249 clamshell enclosure that gives users a keyboard like that Logitech Keyboard Case we reviewed, but goes a step further by also offering a trackpad.
Both trackpad and keyboard communicate with the iPad wirelessly using Bluetooth, and CruxCase claims the trackpad will control the iPad 2 in the same multitouch way as the iPad’s screen. Powering that Bluetooth connection and giving the iPad’s battery a bit more longevity is an additional external battery tucked inside.
However, don’t be completely fooled by the picture above, which makes it look like you have complete PC functions with the iPad when you use this case. That’s possible, however, if you install a remote desktop app on the iPad, and CruxCase suggests Log Me in Ignition, Jump Desktop or Splashtop for that task. That won’t be as instantly responsive as a laptop would be, though, and you’ll need a fast connection with a Mac or PC to make this work.
Here’s another catch: This groundbreaking case won’t be available until Fall 2011. A lot can happen between now and then, including Apple’s possible unwillingness to allow Bluetooth to work in this way, perhaps to protect its burgeoning laptop business.
We’re thinking discussions between CruxCase and Apple are probably underway as you read this, and if this Crux Loaded case actually comes to fruition, new versatility could come to the iPad. If Apple doesn’t allow it, we can see other tablet manufacturers scurrying to welcome it to ensconce their shiny new slabs.
Graphics courtesy CruxCase
Crux Loaded Case Turns iPad 2 Into a Laptop.