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Useful, but far from ideal
on 29 November 2012
The first thing I noticed when opening the package was that the actual product was slightly different from some of the photographs posted on Amazon and indeed those on the box of the product itself. In some photographs the body of the keyboard appears to have a matte light grey plastic finish. Mine has a sprayed on metallic (silver) finish, which looks a little cheap and is cold to the touch. If I were to be a little unkind, I would say that it looks like a biscuit tin lid with an integrated keyboard.
On the upside it's a nice biscuit tin lid. The keyboard is light and slimline. It is easy to set up and connects quickly.
As a cover it fits well to the Ipad 2, but might be a little tight when clipped onto other models.
(I personally won't be using it as a cover, partly because I fear that it will damage my screen protector while clipping and unclipping.)
When you put the white iPad longways in the slot, (thereby using the product as a stand), it looks pretty stylish, somewhat like a slimline netbook. However, when you do this, you will also discover a fundamental design flaw. The iPad is slightly too heavy for keyboard, so when you put the iPad in the slot, the keyboard doesn't lie completely flat on a hard surface. This means that there can be rocking and banging as you type. The screen is not fixed in place and wobbles in the slot, which is annoying in itself, but I would also worry that with prolonged usage the sharp edges of the clips that keep the iPad in place could cause some damage.
For me, the product does not work well as a stand. However, if you place the keyboard on a softer surface like your lap, or a magazine, they absorb the shock and minimize the problem.
The keyboard itself is a little small. Initially, I found typing within the restricted space tight and muscularly tiring, and that due to the small keys, I was making more mistakes and dropping more characters than usual. After a few days, I got used to it, but those with bigger hands might find it more difficult.
The keys are flimsy and can be a little unresponsive if you don't make a good contact, particularly the bigger keys such as the Backspace and Enter. I also have concerns about the keyboard's durability.
Overall I would say that this is a decent product for the price. It is light, slimline and portable. As a cover it works quite well, but as a stand it leaves a lot to be desired. The keyboard is functional if a little flimsy. In my opinion it is a useful accessory at a good price, but far from ideal.