You might – as I did – laugh at the idea of a solar-powered keyboard for the iPad. And then you will remember that independence from power supplies is one of the iPad’s main features. And then you will take a closer look at this aluminum and plastic slab and see that it looks a lot like my favorite iPad keyboard from Zagg.
In fact, in some ways this is better than many other iPad keyboards, in that it actually has keys foradjusting brightness. If you’re moving from place to place as you work, brightness control is something you’ll be doing a lot. Most modern keyboards give you useless cut/copy/paste keys instead, which can be duplicated by the regular ⌘-X, ⌘-C, ⌘-V shortcuts.
It’s also cheap, at just $45, and can be juiced via USB should you find yourself underground or imprisoned for any length of time.
Sadly, though, it only comes with a U.S layout, which means the tilde key is up by the top row and – worse – the return key is a tiny sliver compared to the majestic, elegant and huge L-shaped key on an ISO keyboard.