There are, of course, some downsides to this Bluetooth-free approach. The first is that you can’t charge or sync your iPad, or use it with any of Apple’s video-out cables, while using the keyboard, since the keyboard’s cable monopolizes the iPad’s dock-connector port. (Apple’s Digital AV Adapter has a pass-through dock-connector port, but it doesn’t provide power, so the iKey30 doesn’t work with it.) Another is that when using a case or stand to prop up the iPad while typing, the bottom of the iPad must be elevated off the desktop or table enough to accommodate the iKey30’s cable and plug or, alternatively, you must orient the iPad with its dock-connector port on top or to either side.
Um. Yeah. Why would anyone want this?