Still dreaming for a notebook form factor device that runs iOS? Apple’s MacBook Air with Lion may be a good idea, but there’s never been a better time to turn your iPad 2 into a notebook with just an accessory. Introducing the Aluminum Keyboard Case — a highly portable Bluetooth keyboard for use with an iPad 2, and acts as a case which protects the screen and sides of the iPad. It’s a phenomenal product, so we are pretty sure you would be interested on what does the thing feel like, and how’s that keyboard. And more importantly, how does it look like a MacBook Air? We have the answers to those questions — and many more — in our full review, so read on to find out!
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Why It Matters
Before starting to sync the keyboard with the iPad, there’s one important button we have to press — the connection button. Yup, this button is only used when pairing, but again, it’s nice that it was included, as it insures that you don’t have to remember any shortcuts or key combination sequences to pair with your device. So, we press it and take a sip of coffee. The status light flashes blue and we are ready for the pairing.
The built-in longer-lasting Lithium Polymer battery provides a very impressive battery life to the Aluminum Keyboard Case. The manufacturer states that the device should last for “several weeks” on a charge, and after our use, we would believe it. We typed this entire review, and more on this keyboard, and never had a battery warning. Moreover, we like the feature of the Keyboard Case charging over USB, so you never need to worry about replacing batteries. When the time to charge does come, there is a micro USB cable included to do the honors. What’s more, the included Sleep Mode turns out to be a valuable feature that helps to preserve the Keyboard Case’s battery life. For those times that you walk away from your keyboard with the switch turned On, it will time out after several minutes of inactivity. When it’s time to get back to work, just tap on a key to wake it back up and resume typing.
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