iPhone Life magazine

Hop on the BulletTrain for a streamlined keyboard and trackpad combo

Many iOS users are also Mac users, like myself, so if you have a Mac, and an Apple wireless keyboard, and an Apple Magic Trackpad, pay attention! I have all of the above, but I found that I didn't use the trackpad that much. Rather than slide my hand off to the right, past my Magic Mouse, to the trackpad, and lose time, and risking Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, I prefer the design of Apple's laptops, with the trackpad just below the spacebar.




So, with that in mind, I was pleased to see the BulletTrain Express at last year's MacWorld. I finally got a chance to play with it, and I'm even more impressed.




The Express Keyboard and Trackpad Platform looks like it should have been designed and built by Apple themselves! By default, it ships in a silver color that matches the Apple keyboard and trackpad, but next year, they plan to offer a wide variety of colors and even licensed skin designs.




The official Apple wireless keyboard and trackpad snap in, snugly, and stay put. One bit of advice is to put fresh batteries in before you install the keyboard and trackpad, as it is a minor nuisance to remove them in the future.




The BulletTrain Express is great for couch surfing and also daily text entry if you prefer the MacBook style, as I do. My old trackpad went from being barely used to a major part of my data entry routine, thanks to the BulletTrain Express. It works great on a desk, but shines on a lap, for couch surfing! It was clearly designed for this, with a comfortable bottom. There's really nothing else like it... and I've looked.




Here's hoping that Apple brings Bluetooth support to the current or a future Apple TV. When they do, the BulletTrain Express will be even more useful. I also have a protective keyboard cover from KB Covers on my Apple wireless keyboard, and while its a snug fit, it works with the Express.




The folks at BulletTrain are also working on a combination wallet iPhone case that, while it doesn't claim to be bulletproof, it proposes to offer rock solid protection for your iPhone and room for credit cards and ID.




The wallet component folds out, forming a stand for landscape or portrait use.




You could end up eliminating your traditional wallet, by using the Safe exclusively!




The Safe is either a phone case with a wallet section, or a wallet that also holds your iPhone! Available in multiple colors, you should find one you like.




The Safe Wallet is a Kickstarter crowd funded project, so show your support and preorder one at a discount, at Kickstarter.com!



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Todd Bernhard is founder of No Tie Software, an app developer specializing in Ringtones and Sound FX including AutoRingtone.

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip, but over the years, Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62.

In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.