How To Turn Your iPad Into A Laptop

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Those are the titles you expect to see on Tiny House Blog. They are the sort of topics that evoke wonder and belief in the modern tiny house movement. They are but one aspect of the tiny house lifestyle though. They don’t necessarily cover the decisions, choices, sacrifices, and transitions that must first take place within oneself. They don’t always talk about the multiple trips to Goodwill, the ridding of the prized Tupperware collection, or the realization that few tiny homes have room for dual monitor, a large CPU, a 3-in-1 printer/scanner, and other dongle devices. Thus the reason it is important to talk about what can help us make these choices in order to have a happy, healthy, and efficient life in our tiny houses.


One of the most reasonable considerations for most potential tiny housers is whether or not to continue using a laptop (or even a desktop) or transition to a tablet device. For me the decision was rather easy when I realized that many Apps were near identical to their true software counterparts (on the MacBook) and that after-market tools were available to make the mirroring more accurate.

Case-in-point:  Microsoft Word as part of MS Office Suite on a laptop is a robust word processing program that has become the staple for offices and casual computer users the world over. While MS Office has been divided into separate Apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc) as part of a Microsoft 365 package the Word is 86% as robust as its laptop counterpart. You can choose formatting tools, font tools, insertion options, printing feature, etc. as you would be able to on a laptop. It is remarkable and when paired with the use of a Bluetooth keyboard, a much more space-conscious choice for the casual computer user. Still don’t believe me?

I invite you to spend the next 3 minutes watching this short video on how to make your iPad perform just like a laptop while saving you important space in your tiny house. Just click on the standard YouTube play button to view.

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bruno - February 4, 2015 Reply

Did you really have to make an apple commercial?

    Andrew M. Odom - February 4, 2015 Reply

    No Bruno. I didn’t have to. However, when you don’t own other equipment and you aren’t sponsored by a particular company you do have to use what you have.

Taunya - February 4, 2015 Reply

I love the iPad but there is one issue that means I will never be able to replace my laptop with it (unless Apple wakes up and smells the coffee), which is the ability to attach a mouse.

Ain’t no replacing happening until the mouse happens. I can’t do the art that is part of my living without a mouse.

    Andrew M. Odom - February 4, 2015 Reply

    That is a pain to me as well Taunya. It took me a bit to adjust to not having the use of a mouse (and keyboard as a unit). I realized though that it was a small price to pay for such portability.

Robyn - February 4, 2015 Reply

How do you deal with websites that don’t support iPads? USPS is one that won’t print the barcode from an iPad thats why I have both…..

Robyn - February 4, 2015 Reply

How do you deal with websites that don’t support iPad? USPS won’t print the barcode on labels from an iPad.

kerry brown - February 4, 2015 Reply

I loved the first disclaimer, its good for social media but don’t expect it to be a laptop. It did you no credit as a reporter to claim to say one could turn an IPAD into a laptop when the video immediately made a null point of your posting. The second point would be there are full powered laptops that are not any larger in footprint than an IPAD so that also makes your reasoning a null point.

Bryan Niven - February 5, 2015 Reply

Robyn, you can actually go to any site on the iPad or iPhone even full flash sites like the one you might have experienced with the barcode issue. The app is called Puffin. It’s a browser, that works through a server to let you work and use flash completely. Even games. I use only in the rare case of flash restriction. Taunya I am an artist professionally by trade, and use the iPad directly to draw on the screen, MUCH more control than a mouse, I even have 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity with my Wacom Creative Stylus 2, just like Wacom Cintiqs, which we also use in studio. Also the stylus has a normal slim tip, so no fat tipped rubber, crayon-like experience.

Carlos - February 12, 2015 Reply

Or you can get an Android MiniX Neo X8 computer which has 3 full size USB ports(will recognize 64gb 2.0 USB flashdrives) and an OTG port, SD card slot with a powerful quad-core CPU with 2gb of DDR3 RAM that can hook up to any TV with an HDMI Slot. It will recognize up to 2TB of portable HD and has truckloads of software and cloud support. Apple’s Ipad is overpriced and hobbled by the factory.

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