A new Indiegogo campaign is seeking funding for DoBox Pro, an accessory designed to transform Apple’s iPad Pro into a ‘full’ laptop. The DoBox Pro features an array of ports alongside a keyboard and trackpad, enabling iPad Pro owners to use Ethernet, HDMI, USB-A accessories and more.
The iPad Pro is one of the most popular tablets on the market, offering consumers powerful hardware combined with a large high-quality display and access to some of the best mobile apps for creatives. The product naturally comes with restrictions inherent to tablets, however, forcing some users to carry around a laptop in addition to the tablet.
Though tablet docks with built-in keyboards aren’t a new idea, they’re generally limited to just the keyboard functionality. DoBox Pro expands beyond that, adding in a large trackpad that utilizes iPadOS’s pointer Accessibility feature, which is similar to, though not the same as, a laptop’s cursor.
The DoBox Pro features a built-in 16,000mAh battery, which is more than double the capacity of the iPad Pro 11’s 7812mAh battery, plus a backlight for the keyboard and support for M.2 SATA storage with capacities up to 2TB. The laptop base can be connected with the USB-C port found on the newest iPad Pro models and the Lightning connector on iPad older models.
The product is being funded on Indiegogo, where the team behind it is offering DoBox Pro for pledges of at least $119. The ‘early bird’ units are expected to start shipping to backers in April 2020.
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