Can I write a story on it? – JD, 6
At the end of last year, I made a big change to way I work. My MacBook Pro was on its last legs and needed replacing, but instead of getting a new laptop, I opted for a desktop Mac. There are a million benefits to having a desktop machine. The kids can’t steal it (as easily), the screen is bigger, it’s better for my posture, it doesn’t overheat on my lap…the list goes on. But on the downside, it means when I travel, I don’t have a computer I can take with me. And that’s a problem.
I decided I didn’t want to run a desktop and laptop machine simultaneously, so I opted to order an iPad Air with good 4G internet service and then started looking around for keyboard cases that would effectively turn my iPad into a much better productivity device.
Top of my list of requirements was that the keyboard be well laid out and sensitive enough to touch type on – fast. I type at upwards of 100wpm on a standard keyboard so I really don’t get on well with weak keys that miss every third stroke.
The keyboard in the new case I have from MyTrendyPhone.co.uk is excellent. As you’d expect, the keys are small and bunched together, so I can’t type as quickly as I would on a full-size keyboard, but I can type pretty fast and it doesn’t seem to miss a stroke. There’s enough space below the keys to anchor your hands and not feel like you’re typing at and awkward angle.
What’s also great is that the keyboard is fixed to the case via magnets, so you can actually remove it if working on a desk and put it at a more comfortable work angle.
The case itself has a sturdy pop out stand built into the back which stands the screen up at a good angle. The only issue there is if you’re not on a nice flat surface, as the leather hinge between the keyboard and iPad section is flimsy and so it wobbles about.
The case protects the iPad well and has saved it from a few bumps and cracks at the hands of the kids. It stays closed thanks to a tab that does up around the back, which has kept it safe getting bumped around in my suitcase this weekend.
Connection-wise, it’s very simple to connect, just turn it on, press the Bluetooth button, select the keyboard from the list of Bluetooth devices on the iPad and then tap in the code provided on screen. The battery inside the keyboard seems to last ages – I’ve only had to charge it once, which is done via the USB cable provided.
I’ve been using the case for over a month now and overall, the flimsy hinge is the only negative point I can really think of. As such, I would highly recommend this case, available from MyTrendyPhone.co.uk for £32.70.
Disclosure: we were sent the case for review. No payment was received for this post. All posts are 100% honest.