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CruxSKUNK Case Turns Your iPad Into a Laptop

By - Source: Gizmag | B 16 comments

CruxCase's new case transforms the iPad into a MacBook-like laptop.

Last month, idevice accessory maker CruxCase launched its CruxSKUNK project on Kickstarter. Although there are plenty of other iPad keyboard accessories out on the market, none of them get the job done quite like the CruxSkunk. If you want a MacBook Air for the price of an iPad, this is about as close as you can get.

Like the dozens of other keyboards available, the CruxSkunk lets you dock your iPad and type away on its physical keyboard. The big difference that sets this one apart from its competition is its seamless integration and slick design. At its thickest point, the case measures 19mm making the iPad-laptop just a couple millimeters thicker than a MacBook Air.

Additionally, the device features a patent-pending 360 degree hinge that lets you view and use your iPad in more configurations than you can imagine. With 20 days left to go, the project has already achieved more than double its funding goal of $90,000. Early backers who pledge $155 or more can reserve their own case along with a leather sleeve. The device is expected to ship sometime in December, so head on over to the Kickstarter page for more renders or to pre-order your own.

 

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    thecolorblue , September 14, 2012 9:28 AM
    marketeering crapola at its finest
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    house70 , September 14, 2012 10:49 AM
    Asus Transformer, is that you?
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    master_chen , September 14, 2012 11:10 AM
    There is no hope for humanity, after all...
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    dustmite , September 14, 2012 11:32 AM
    News flash! They're called laptops!

    If you need a keyboard for your iPad, guess what? You don't want an iPad. I wonder how long it will take for consumers to make educated decisions when buying electronics.
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    john_4 , September 14, 2012 11:47 AM
    Looks really nice but the haters will be out on this, that is of unless this was a Windows machine then it would be all the rave.
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    master_chen , September 14, 2012 12:50 PM
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    unless this was a Windows machine then it would be all the rave.

    1. No it wouldn't.
    2. You are stupid.
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    alidan , September 14, 2012 1:32 PM
    john_4Looks really nice but the haters will be out on this, that is of unless this was a Windows machine then it would be all the rave.


    i personally like it, but even if it was windows or android, most of them would face palm at this is a tablet that is being put into in laptop case, they will see it as stupid.

    i like it for screen protecting,
    i like it for always haveing a keyboard attached, and something to hold the tablet, not set the tablet you set the tablet on
    and it looks like it can fold back all the way so the tablet as a tablet is easy to use.

    what people who complain about this is because you spend in this case 600$ for a tablet and put it in a laptop case, but they arent realizing that a tablet has apps for it that will never go on a computer, and just because you have a tablet doesnt mean you like useing the crap taststic keyboard.

    this would be a god send to anyone who really replaced their pc with a tablet.
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    runswindows95 , September 14, 2012 1:51 PM
    Personally, I would never replace my PC with a tablet. If I'm going to spend $600 on portable hardware, I rather have a 15.6" laptop versus a 10" tablet. There are some things you can't do on a tablet than you can do on a PC. Also, the majority of apps for a tablet are available for a PC one way or another. The only ones you would never want to install on a PC are the ones designed for specific sites, such as for banks or Facebook.
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    alidan , September 15, 2012 12:02 PM
    runswindows95Personally, I would never replace my PC with a tablet. If I'm going to spend $600 on portable hardware, I rather have a 15.6" laptop versus a 10" tablet. There are some things you can't do on a tablet than you can do on a PC. Also, the majority of apps for a tablet are available for a PC one way or another. The only ones you would never want to install on a PC are the ones designed for specific sites, such as for banks or Facebook.


    lets say that this came to a 200$ or less tablet, would you be willing to go with this at about 300-350$ or get a 300-350$ notebook?

    for me that would be a tossup, because at the 300-350 range i think a tablet would have more features than a notebook
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    runswindows95 , September 15, 2012 5:11 PM
    Notebook. Also, there's no way a tablet would have more features than a PC. Can a tablet play a DVD? Nope. Can I install the OS I choose on a tablet? Nope. Can I install Microsoft Office on a tablet? Nope. Can a tablet store 100GB's of data? Nope. Does a tablet have a bigger screen than 11"? Nope. Can I print with a tablet? Nope. Can I backup my data to an external hard drive and/or DVD+RW with a tablet? Nope.

    Sorry, a tablet is just an email machine to me. The people I know who love a tablet spend all day checking Facebook, not real work. I work for a living, so I need a real computer.
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    alidan , September 16, 2012 2:52 AM
    runswindows95Notebook. Also, there's no way a tablet would have more features than a PC. Can a tablet play a DVD? Nope. Can I install the OS I choose on a tablet? Nope. Can I install Microsoft Office on a tablet? Nope. Can a tablet store 100GB's of data? Nope. Does a tablet have a bigger screen than 11"? Nope. Can I print with a tablet? Nope. Can I backup my data to an external hard drive and/or DVD+RW with a tablet? Nope. Sorry, a tablet is just an email machine to me. The people I know who love a tablet spend all day checking Facebook, not real work. I work for a living, so I need a real computer.


    ok,
    can a tablet play a dvd, yes it can
    can a tablet run office, a version of it i believe
    can it store 100'sgb of data, no reason it shouldnt
    print from a tablet, yes you can
    i quote "backup my data to an external hard drive and/or DVD+RW", dont know were you are going with that... why would you want to back up what should be a back up to a tablet?

    screen size, i will give you that, but have you ever used a tablet? and i dont mean picked one up in a store and tried it, i mean used it for a few hours on your own? the small screen size is almost a non issue with them because of how easy it is to zoom in on anything.

    now lets go to dvds, you ever come here often? every article that has anything to do with dvd or anything like that gets people complaining they don't want them in their computers anymore, or on their laptops if it adds extra bulk. i personally think these people are stupid, but lets look at it like this. this is basically a base station, i remember old laptops having base stations that had cd drives extra batteries, and such, i see no reason why a version of this couldnt be made with a dvd drive, extra battery, or a user installable hdd.

    granted the above may never apply to apple, but a windows tablet may allow those at some point.
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    runswindows95 , September 16, 2012 3:16 AM
    Actually, I've never messed with a tablet. I spend all day writing. I deal with Word and PDF files all day, and some are over 100 pages. So, until a tablet can run dual 24" 1920X1200 monitors in pivot mode, I'm sticking to a PC.
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    alidan , September 16, 2012 6:59 AM
    runswindows95Actually, I've never messed with a tablet. I spend all day writing. I deal with Word and PDF files all day, and some are over 100 pages. So, until a tablet can run dual 24" 1920X1200 monitors in pivot mode, I'm sticking to a PC.


    you are talking about now useing a computer which can handle 2 screens (not sure if integrated will do that)
    a bare minimum computer would be what 300-400$, add on the cheapest lcd i can find at 1920x1200 is 250$ and you want 2, that brings it to at least a 900$ setup you are talking about.

    now lets just go ipad for this, the newest ones have a resolution of 2048x1536 so if you were talking about how clean you want it to look, ipad has you there and if you dont need to have 2 pages at once, gives you over all a higher definition.

    you also cant take that dual 24 inch monitor setup anywhere you go, while ipad you really can if you want to. granted i wouldn't buy still. if you want to talk just pdf and reading, the ipad can do that, i believe...

    now when you talk about writing, yea, tablets blow at that, but get a blue tooth keyboard, and than they become fairly good, and i know there is a microsoft office for ipad, don't know how good it is, but just writing i'm sure it would be fine.

    you are looking at this as someone who is replacing a pc with a tablet, when you should be coming at it from an "i have a tablet and i want a good case for it" point of view.

    and i look at it from a what if they made this for a sub 250$ tablet. im also looking at future possibilities if this takes off. it could add exturnal batteries to make it last longer, have an external hdd for added media (not apps or anything, but media like your files pictures and video) or even if they added a bluray or dvd player to it at some point, as many tablets can output 720-1080p
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    runswindows95 , September 16, 2012 1:27 PM
    How about we accept the fact I will never own a tablet? You're not the first person that's tried to convince how great the are, nor will you be the last.
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    alidan , September 16, 2012 2:00 PM
    runswindows95How about we accept the fact I will never own a tablet? You're not the first person that's tried to convince how great the are, nor will you be the last.


    not trying to convince you, just stateing facts.
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    isabelle huddleston , September 18, 2012 10:45 AM
    At its thickest point, the case measures 19mm making the iPad-laptop just a couple millimeters thicker than a MacBook Air.

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