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5-in-1 Connection Kit for iPad

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March 27, 2011

The 5-in-1 Connection Kit for iPad

The 5-in-1 Connection Kit for iPad

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iPad accessories are once again a hot topic following the release of the iPad 2. Apps and covers are usually the highest priority accessories, but the iPad's lack of ports means if you want to connect it to anything other than the included dock connector then you'll need an add-on solution. The 5-in-1 Connection Kit for iPad ups the connectivity capabilities of the iPad by providing the convenience of – you guessed it – five ports in a single dongle.

There is no shortage of optional extras that expand the iPad's repertoire. Want to connect your iPad to a TV? – you'll need an Apple Digital AV Adapter (US$39). How about a way to get photos off a camera or SD card directly onto an iPad? – sounds like a job for Apple's iPad Camera Connection Kit ($29). Want to do both? Then you'll have to buy both. The 5-in-1 Connector Kit might provide a cheaper option if you find yourself with the need to plug a few different devices into your iPad.

The 5-in-1 Connection Kit for iPad

For connection to a TV there's a 3.5 mm jack that outputs video and audio. Although the video is only composite, so if you're looking to output video to a HDTV you'll probably want to go with Apple's offering that connects via HDMI and supports resolutions of up to 720p.

The MicroSD and SD card slots let you transfer pics from SD, SDHC and MicroSD cards, while the USB port means you can also pull images directly off a digital camera. The USB port can also be used to plug in a USB keyboard if you don't have a Bluetooth unit, while the micro-USB port can be used for charging when connected to an AC adapter and for data sync when connected to a computer.

The 5-in-1 Connection Kit for iPad works with iPads running iOS 4.1.0 to 4.3, with no guarantees that any future updates won't render the dongle partially or completely useless. It is also recommended that users not connect more than one device (in addition to the iPad) into the dongle at one time. It retails for US$44.99 and is available from USB fever.

Via Gearlog

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Darren Quick Darren's love of technology started in primary school with a Nintendo Game & Watch Donkey Kong (still functioning) and a Commodore VIC 20 computer (not still functioning). In high school he upgraded to a 286 PC, and he's been following Moore's law ever since. This love of technology continued through a number of university courses and crappy jobs until 2008, when his interests found a home at Gizmag.   All articles by Darren Quick
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5 Comments

Thats Cool! picture syas it all

Ako

Facebook User
28th March, 2011 @ 11:33 am PDT

BWA-HA-HA-HA-HA!

once again apple sticks it to their fanboys and the fanboys shout in unison "MORE!"

...in this case more admission that the ipad NEEDS ports :)

Blue Lucero
28th March, 2011 @ 09:03 pm PDT

Once again Apple has made its fan wanting more! Although I already love my iPhone time tracking application, the Apple's iPad has made it look like a thing of the past.

Nice product.

roseychoks
29th March, 2011 @ 01:14 am PDT

Cant see the practicality of this - the seller (USB Fever) states: "Don't have more than 1 device connect to the dongle at the same time."...

agulesin
29th March, 2011 @ 07:21 am PDT

What about playing Pandora through our house audio system? Would this work to connect to our receiver, do you think? We run our iPod now and it is connected via a docking station. I'd like to use my iPad 2 to do the same thing. Thanks!

Wendy Shoemaker
26th September, 2011 @ 08:25 pm PDT
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