Top positive review
11 people found this helpful
on 25 December 2017
Quick intro into how this works: It’s composed of a back and and a cover. The back clips onto the bare back of the ipad and completely covers it except for the camera, volume button, and where the stand is. The cover is the keyboard. Don’t worry, the keyboard doesn’t actually touch the screen when you close it because on the left-side of the front of the case you find these magnets which will close the cover. These magnets are raised so when the keyboard comes over the ipad it also is raised.
How do you work it? When you open it up, you’ll find an area above the keyboard that has magnets. You clip the ipad into place (like you see in the advert pictures) so the whole thing is held by magnets. Don’t worry, the magnets do not lose their magnetism. When you do that, the Bluetooth automatically turns on. The first time you have to pair and activate your keyboard, but all times after that the keyboard connects automatically when you clip it into place and you can start typing 3 seconds after connecting it.
I’ve used this ipad case for about 1.5 years now so I think I can say that it’s durability is very good. None of the keys are broken, the magnetism is very strong (bit weaker but you barely notice it) so the case still shuts. Bluetooth connection is fine, it doesn’t randomly die, and it automatically connects when you set it up.
But obviously there is wear and tear: the rubber protectors you find at the top of the screen (when you stand it up in ‘laptop’ mode) are starting to peel off and not stick to the underlying magnets that’ll shut the case. That’s annoying because it means scratches and less grip is possible. That’s wear and tear; nothing to do with the build of the model.
The battery life on this is insane. I’m talking months of use before it dies. And I use my iPad and keyboard everyday for studies. It comes with the charger but you can just use any android charger, and charging takes just a few hours (I just leave it overnight). You do not need to worry about battery at all. And its much much better than those keyboards that use batteries. It also has a button that tells you how much battery there is left in the keyboard, and it even flashes you when battery is running low; but even then you have like a good few days before it truly dies.
Keyboard function is fine, keys feel nice and comfortable. Side note: the first one I ordered had a defective R key and their customer service immediately refunded me, sent the product back free of charge, great customer service. It has a command function which is the Control function on a Windows keyboard and whatever function on a Mac i.e. you can copy and paste as you would Ctrl+C, Ctrl+P, but just use this command button. And its also got its own function buttons e.g. screen-lock, home screen, volume up/down etc...
All in all, I think it’s a very very good iPad. I expect it to last another 3.5 years for the rest of my studies (if you’re reading this and you’re a medical student at UoL who get the free iPads, get this one! Although the portable keyboards are also very good). Seriously consider this one!