When iRig KEYS, IK Multimedia’s mobile MIDI keyboard, hit the streets about a year or so ago, people were most impressed with it’s functionality, ease of operations with iOS devices and loved its size. It was adored by most people who used it except for those who felt the actual keys themselves were slightly on the small side – a tradeoff for ultra-portability. For those people, today is a happy day as IK Multimedia released the iRig KEYS PRO. It’s identical in functionality and performance compared to the original with some exceptions: it’s bigger, it has full-sized keys and features Apple’s new Lightning connector built right in.
Back in 2010, here at CanoeTech Blog we previewed the Jorno foldable keyboard, a small and innovative solution for those who loved their mobile devices but preferred the touchy-feely of a real keyboard. It has still not yet come to market, as it seems the creators are in need of some cash and are looking at crowdsourcing the funding.
I still don’t own a tablet. I like the concept of having a light computing device that I can carry around, that’s large enough to let me read books and surf the web at ease, but a touchscreen is limiting and lacks some of the standard functionality of a laptop. So in the end, you just have another mobile device to lug around. Read more…
While some people can type a mile a minute on their handheld portable devices others prefer the touchy-feely of an actual keyboard. The challenge of course is often the practicality of carrying it around.