Mar 302011

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.

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.

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