Review of the Slim Book Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2 by Zagg

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Pros…

Very flexible design, keyboard has a  a long battery life, is detachable, has backlit keys and a caps lock light. Lighter than many clamshell cases and better quality keyboarding experience than most folio cases.

Cons…

Shell doesn’t give much drop protection, weak spots by ports

Summary

I really like the flexibility of the Slim Book Keyboard Case, how easily you can change between modes, its slim profile and the keyboard experience. I really love having a keyboard case for my iPad Air 2 that doesn’t detract from the its slim, light profile and that gives me the option to easily remove the keyboard when I am not using it, my only reservation is the durability and protection of the shell portion of the case.

Our Rating

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The Slim Book Keyboard Case from Zagg  is a very lightweight keyboard case that can be used in a number of different configurations. The case comes in 2 parts: – a black polycarbonate shell and a detachable keyboard, it is available for all models of the iPad Mini, the iPad Air and the iPad Air 2, I tested the iPad Air 2 version.

The keyboard is brushed aluminum on the top surface, with black keys and a black polycarbonate base. A black magnetic hinge is used to connect the two parts of the case. The magnetic hinge works well and makes it easy to attach and detach the keyboard from the Shell. The keyboarding experience on the Slim Book is great, the keys are backlit, responsive and comfortable to type on. The keyboard boasts a really long battery life- Zagg claim 2 years between charges on normal use, I have been using it for a month and have not yet needed to charge it.

The Shell is a hard black polycarbonate and covers the back and sides of the iPad with cutouts over the camera, speakers, buttons and ports. It protects the back and sides of the iPad from scratches, but I’m not sure that the Shell would give a lot of protection in a fall.

Keyboard Mode

The most obvious way to use the Slim Book is as a traditional keyboard case. The screen can be used at a variety of viewing angles up to 135°, and when closed the case protects the iPad from all angles.

Video Mode

The iPad in its Shell can be disconnected from the keyboard and reconnected with the screen facing away from the keyboard, you can then set it to whatever angle works best for you viewing a movie.

Case Mode

To travel light you can remove the keyboard entirely and just use the Shell, the screen is not protected but the rest of the iPad is.

Book Mode

If you want to use your iPad for reading or playing apps but want to keep the keyboard handy this is the best mode to use. First set it up in video mode, then close it so the iPad is laying flat on top of the keyboard.

Weight/ Thickness

The iPad Air 2 on its own weighs about 15 1/2oz and the iPad Air 2 in the Slim Book with keyboard weighs approximately 2lb 1oz. Although the case is doubling the weight of the iPad Air 2, is it lighter than many other “clamshell” type keyboard cases, and because you can remove and reposition the keyboard it is more flexible than a regular clamshell type case, but has better quality keys than most folio style cases. When you use the Shell on its own it is a very lightweight option as the Shell only weighs about about 2 1/2oz.

In Use

I really like using the Slim Book as a keyboard case for my iPad Air 2, the keys are backlit, responsive and comfortable to type on. The on/off button is clearly marked and glows green when you switch it on and red when you switch it off. With some other keyboard cases I have to remember combinations of key sequences to pair, here there is a single button marked with a Bluetooth symbol. I also like that there is a light to tell you when caps lock is on, this is a feature missing in many keyboard cases. It is really simple to switch between modes – the iPad is held in the hinge by a strong magnet, so to remove it you just pull on the iPad and when you position it back in the hinge to replace it the magnet snaps it into place easily. One area of concern with the case is I’m not sure how well the shell part will stand up to prolonged use- the hard polycarbonate is very thin near the ports which makes for weak spots.

Overall, I really like the flexibility of this design, how easily you can change between modes, its slim profile and the keyboarding experience. I really love having a keyboard case for my iPad that doesn’t detract from the iPad Air 2’s slim, light profile and that gives me the option to easily remove the keyboard when I am not using it, my only reservation is the durability and protection of the shell portion of the case.

Available from Zagg.com, Amazon and other retailers RRP $129.99

NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

Review of the Magic Feet Apple Charging Station by MOBEE

 

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What we love…

The Magic Feet Charging Station is well-designed, stylish, easy to use and better for the environment than disposable batteries, it adds extra USB ports to your Mac and lets you recharge your wireless products without even thinking about it.

What we’d love to see…

2 Cylindrical battery packs included

Summary

For Apple lovers the Magic Feet Charging Station is a great way to keep your Apple wireless accessories charged. It adds 4 USB ports to your Mac, and wirelessly charges up to 3 devices at once-including the wireless keyboard or trackpad and magic mouse, it can also wirelessly charge the Mobee Magic Juice backup battery. RRP $149.99

Our Rating

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The Magic Feet Charging station from MOBEE is a product designed especially for lovers of Apple Mac wireless computing products. It is a desk station that provides a simple elegant wireless charging option for your Apple Keyboard, Apple Magic Mouse and Apple Trackpad as well as providing additional USB ports for your computer.

The charging station is powered by an included charger. The charger is designed to be used internationally, it is compatible with 110-240v input and comes with US, UK, AUS and European plugs. It connects to your Mac via an included micro-USB to USB cable.

Wireless Mouse

The package includes a rechargeable battery pack for the Apple wireless mouse that replaces both the AA batteries and the back panel of the mouse.  You simply leave the mouse on the white section of the charging station when not in use and it charges by induction.

Wireless Keyboard and Trackpad

The package also includes a cylindrical rechargeable battery pack which can be used in either the Apple wireless keyboard or Trackpad. To use it unscrew the circular battery cap from your device and remove the 2 AA batteries, replace with the cylindrical MOBEE rechargeable battery pack. The charging station has a curved slot that the cylindrical end of the keyboard or trackpad sits in so you can just leave it there whenever it is not in use and it will recharge. They take approximately 10 hours to fully recharge, how long they go between charges will depend on your usage MOBEE estimates 10 days, and I found I could easily go at least a week between charges. If you have both a wireless keyboard and a Trackpad you can order an additional battery pack for $14.95 and can alternate charging them. I do wish that it came with 2 cylindrical battery packs as standard, as many Apple Wireless Keyboard users will also have a Wireless Trackpad, but at least you can order a second battery pack inexpensively.

Magic Juice Battery Pack

The induction charging bar can also be used to recharge the MOBEE Magic Juice  back up battery for iPhone and iPad. The Magic Juice puts out 2.4A which is powerful enough to charge an iPad or an iPhone.

USB Hub

One thing I really like about the Magic Feet is that it multi-tasks – not only is it a charging station for my Apple wireless products but it also acts as a USB hub. I am always running out of USB ports on my computer and although the Magic Feet does use one of the USB ports on my computer, it adds 4 new ones which really helps to keep all my accessories connected and ready to use.

For Apple lovers the Magic Feet Charging Station is a great way to keep your Apple wireless accessories charged. It adds 4 USB ports to your Mac, and wirelessly charges up to 3 devices at once-including the wireless keyboard or trackpad and magic mouse, it can also wirelessly charge the Mobee Magic Juice backup battery. RRP $149.99The Magic Feet charging station is a well-designed, stylish product whose design fits well with Apple products. It looks good on your desktop and is a great way to keep your Apple wireless accessories charged. It adds 4 USB ports to your Mac, and wirelessly charges up to 3 devices at once-including the wireless keyboard or trackpad and magic mouse, it can also wirelessly charge the Mobee Magic Juice backup battery.  If you have an Apple Wireless Mouse, Keyboard and/or Trackpad I would recommend this product – it avoids having to replace batteries so it’s better for the environment, it looks good, it is very easy to use, and once you get used to just leaving your mouse and keyboard on the charging station whenever they aren’t in use you no longer have to even think about charging them.

The Magic Feet Charging station is available from MOBEE.COM RRP $149.99. They also have a whole range other other charging solutions if you just want to charge your Apple Wireless products individually.

 

NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

Review of the Brydge+ With Speakers Aluminum iPad Keyboard by Brydge

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Pros…

High quality materials, built-in stereo speakers,  variable screen angle, keys have a very similar look and feel to those on a Macbook and have a nice scissors action.

Cons…

No caps lock light, relatively heavy

Summary

If you are looking for an iPad Keyboard that looks stylish and provides a great typing experience  the Brydge+ is a great choice.

Our Rating

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The Brydge+ iPad Keyboard was originally launched via a very successful Kickstarter campaign. It is available in Aluminum and Polycarbonate models, with or without speakers. This review is of the top of the line model-  the Brydge+ With Speakers Aluminum iPad Keyboard. It is compatible with the iPad 2,3 or 4 (a new version for the iPad air is available for pre-order).

The Brydge + keyboard turns your iPad into a miniature MacBook – more so than any other keyboard case I have tried. The keys are very similar to those on a Macbook – they have a similar look and feel, with a nice scissors action. The case is anodized, aerospace grade, aluminum and attaches to the iPad via strong hinges. If you ignore the (rather obvious) hinges the overall look, when attached to the iPad, is very similar to a MacBook Air. It even has the same cutout for opening the screen. It doesn’t have is a trackpad, of course, as you use the iPad’s touchscreen instead, but it feels enough like my Macbook that at times I forget it’s an iPad and go looking for the trackpad!

 

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The hinges are a little ugly but they do an incredible job. They come with different shims for different iPad models (2,3 or 4) and with the correct one installed you can lift the keyboard using the iPad and it stays firmly attached. The viewing angle is totally adjustable from 0 to virtually 180 degrees. The keyboard is weighted so it doesn’t tip over at all whatever the angle. This does mean the keyboard it quite heavy, which is fine for use at home or in the office but may be a consideration if you are carrying  it around. (The manufacturers say the weight is to counterbalance the iPad weight and that the iPad Air keyboard will be lighter when it is available).

The Brydge+ has built-in stereo speakers that are considerably louder than the iPad’s internal speaker. The sound quality is similar to the MacBook’s built-in speakers- good clear sound for work or watching a movie, but not a really rich sound profile- so not my first choice for music listening.

I have been testing this keyboard for the last 6 weeks or so and have become very fond of it- so much so that on a recent trip to Europe left my MacBook at home and brought along the Brydge+  in preference to other lighter keyboards that I own. My only complaint is doesn’t have a caps lock light.

If you are looking for an iPad Keyboard that looks stylish and provides a great typing experience  the Brydge+ is a great choice. The Brydge+With Speakers Aluminium iPad Keyboard is available from the Brydge website RRP $99. A neoprene sleeve is also available for $19.99 which fits the iPad with Brydge+ attached, and I would recommend this to protect the iPad and keyboard if you are traveling with it.

This is Brydge from Brydge Keyboards on Vimeo.

NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

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