Sena Keyboard Folio gives iPad near-netbook functionality

If you’re looking for more functionality than your iPad offers, but more portability than a MacBook provides, Sena Cases’ new Keyboard Folio might be just the middle ground you’re looking for. The slick, book-style leather case with integrated Bluetooth keyboard brings your iPad within a hair’s breadth of netbook status while sparing you the indignity of purchasing a real netbook.

The Keyboard Folio is made of European leather and features a side-folding design with cutouts that let you access your iPad’s ports while it's in the case, and an integrated collapsible back stand that positions your iPad at a comfortable viewing angle while you type.

The case features a soft velvet protective lining to keep your iPad scratch-free, and also provides multiple pockets for cards, IDs, or checkbooks. When closed, the case secures with a strap and snap, giving you complete front and back protection of the iPad when it’s not in use.

The case’s built-in Bluetooth keyboard offers function and sound/music control buttons. The company says its Lithium battery should provide 45 hours of use, or 55 hours of standby time, before needing to be replaced.

The Folio Keyboard case, which begins shipping on October 7, is listed at $150, but is available for pre-order now for $130.

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