Make your working life easier and more comfortable with our choice of the best hardware add-ons.
Apple Wireless Keyboard
One of the most comfortable, smartest-looking keyboards on offer is a standard item bundled with the iMac. However, it’s also perfectly suited to use with the iPad. It’s small, light and runs on just two AA batteries, which will keep it going for weeks on end, even with daily use. It isn’t cheap, but the fact you can use it with a regular computer may soften the blow.
Griffin Powerjolt Micro For iPad
Put your car’s cigarette lighter to good use by having it feed your iPad with a reliable, sustained 10W of power, to either charge it while you’re driving, or run it off pseudo-mains while working on it when you next grab a coffee in a service station car park. Keep this tucked away in your glove box and you’ll never be caught short when working on the go.
This universal power adaptor has a silder for selecting UK, European or North American / Australian sockets, which together make it compatible with outlets in more than 150 countries, including China, Japan and Taiwan, and perfect for jet-setting mobile workers. It works with 100 – 240V outlets and includes USB sockets for directly charging an iPad, iPhone or iPod.
Justmobile Gum Plus
This smart external battery pack will charge any iPhone or iPod, and was sufficient to get our editor through a week-long trip overseas after just a single regular charge of his iPhone. With five indicators to denote battery status and a solid aluminium enclosure it’s a reliable and more convenient— alternative to spending all your time looking out for the closest wall socket. It’ll recharge iPod or iPhone four times before further recharge of its own.
This cool, protective case for your iPad includes a built-in keyboard with iPad-specific keys for changing volume, returning to the home screen, searching, copying and pasting, reducing the number of times you need to lift your fingers off the keys to prod at your screen. The keyboard itself can be lifted out to sit in the most convenient and comfortable position.