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Apple iPad Keyboard Dock for iPad 1st Gen, iPad 2 & iPad 3 - UK Layout MC533B/A

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Technical Details
BrandApple
Item Weight807 g
Product Dimensions35.2 x 20.6 x 8 cm
Item model numberMC533B/A
SeriesMC533 iPad Keyboard DOCK
  
Additional Information
ASINB003VDR70O
Best Sellers Rank 44,818 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.1 Kg
Date First Available10 July 2010
  
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Product Description

With the iPad Keyboard Dock, you get a useful home base for your iPad. It combines a built-in aluminum Apple keyboard with a dock for syncing, charging, and more. It also works with other iPad accessories, such as the iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter and the iPad Camera Connection Kit. Here are some ways you can use the iPad Keyboard Dock: Connect the dock to your computer with the USB cable included with your iPad to sync iPad and charge its battery • Connect the dock to an electrical outlet using the iP



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I recently purchaced this keyboard having wanted the item for many weeks. The first thing I must point out is how good the product works with the iPad 2. I downloaded the pages app and when combined with the new keyboard the iPad functioned as well as any laptop I have ever had. I highly recommend this product if you want to try and use your Ipad for word processing.

The delivery was extremely fast and the packaging was neat and secure. Overall a five star performance.
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This is a great keyboard but not so great design... Maybe it's just me but I find it excessively fiddly to connect the iPad 2 to it, the tapered sides resisting any attempts to easily slide it into place, causing concern that my uncoordinated fumblings are leading to scratches on the lovely body of my beautiful tablet.

Not what you would expect from an Apple product.

Nor is the insecure feeling of the lock of the dock, with the iPad wobbling somewhat alarmingly from side to side, rather than fitting tightly as I was expecting.

That said, this is a fantastic feeling keyboard - just the right amount of resistance on the keys, sleek, industrial lines and a fabulous design. The iPad specific buttons are also bordering on genius. So much so that I really struggle to go back to using my laptop after a session with this, inevitably finding myself jabbing the non-touch screen with my finger and wondering why nothing is happening.

A glimpse of the future of computing no doubt - detachable touch screens are here to stay - but for once Apple have missed the mark a little in terms of the functionality of the design. Don't regret the purchase though, and like I said in the title, essential - especially if you are prone to break into prose while using the iPad.

Love it and worry about it in equal measure. I will be first in the queue for the next revision I imagine.
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As you would expect from Apple the quality of the keyboard is excellent. By plugging the mains charger into the back of the keyboard you can charge your iPad while using it and if you can leave it on your desk it is easy to just put the iPad in it for charging. The one slight problem with this is that if you have a case on your iPad you will have to take it off as it won't dock with it on.

There are some useful keys on the keyboard - return to home page, lock the screen which turns the iPad off until you press it again, brightness control, volume control and keys for moving through music tracks.

You have to use the iPad in portrait mode as the docking port is at the bottom of the iPad so that does limit some of its uses and some of the keyboard short cuts you would expect like bold, underline etc, don't apply.

It has a socket for connecting powered speakers to the base but I haven't tried it yet.

As I said in my title it's nearly there and if it was £25 it would have got 5 stars but like all Apple equipment it's not cheap.
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Perhaps I should have been alerted by the total lack of any product desription by Amazon, but this does not accept the ipad3 (or new ipad, or whatever apple's odd nomenclature is) at all well. The keyboard is very good, and a blessed revelation after using the touch screen. Well engineered and pleasant to use. The docking mechanism is a disaster however. One would expect some sort of track, to guide the ipad sqaure and true onto the plug/socket, but there is nothing, instead one has to carefully align these blind. Then when in place the ipad is very insecure as it sits on a ridge. Using touch screen functions is a two handed affair, one hand to hold the screen in place. As soomn as I find a better alternative this is heading for the bin, or ebay.
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I have used the Apple keyboard previously, and on an iPad 2 it proves very handy indeed.

However the one that I purchased from this seller was not the English model as advertised. My girlfriend had opened it up and was using it before she realised that many of the symbol keys do not work as shown and in fact then we realised that there were some unusual keys on the keyboard. Am surprised Amazon allow a retailer to sell items that are not as advertised and hope that other people steer clear of this reseller.
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This dock is brilliant. The most well designed keyboard I've ever used and features many standard keyboard shortcuts that users of the mac use e.g. Cmd + xc or v for copy and paste. I use it often to write extensive notes from lecture slides so hardcore typers will have no problems.
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By Poppy on 16 Jun. 2012
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Well built and nice feel for quick typing. I bought this for my wife but I use it more than her. Would be nice to have a small built in mouse but otherwise a great add on for the iPad.
4 stars as sometimes it takes a bit of wiggling to get it to register its prescense on the iPad and when connected the iPad does feel a little bit wobbly on its base.
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This keyboard was the wrong layout for the country despite being listed as UK, it can't be used with any iPad with a case and the plug broke after a small amount of use. It ended up in the bin very quickly.
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