The tyPad case turns your iPad into a clamshell computer of sorts. You slip your iPad into that top compartment, and connect it with the Bluetooth keyboard that sits in the bottom of the unit.
The tyPad's keyboard looks and feels like one of those roll-up silicone USB keyboards you can buy. In this case, it's been physically attached to the bottom of the case.
The tyPad has its own battery that's capable of being on standby for about 100 days, and in use for 90 hours. It can be recharged with the MicroUSB cable that comes with it.
The tyPad's keyboard is quite small and is about the same size you'd find on some early-generation Netbooks.
When on a flat surface, the tyPad can easily be mistaken for a laptop--though one with a smaller bottom.
You can use the case to angle an iPad without making use of the keyboard, though this doesn't work so well if it's on a bumpy or angled surface.
The tyPad's been designed in a way that lets speaker volume still come through, as well as giving you access to the 30-pin dock connector found on the bottom of the iPad.
When folded up, the tyPad looks much like a leather day planner. Its latch is magnetic, so there are no velcro strips or buttons to snap if you're trying to open it up quietly.
There's a lot of overlapping of materials within the tyPad's case, which makes for a pretty thick package overall. The good thing, though, is that you're still able to access ports and buttons when it's all closed up.
Just like most other cases, some buttons and plugs can still be found when it's closed.