Brydge + Keyboard with Speakers – Review

On July 22, 2014, in iPad, iPad Keyboard, Review, by Russ Walkowich

Brydge + Keyboard with speakers for iPad 2, 3, 4
Company: Brydge
Price: $99.00 MSRP

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The Brydge keyboard series has an interesting background. Begun over two years ago with a KickStarter campaign, the Brydge keyboard initially received favorable reviews by both consumers and reviewers. However, supply problems arose with the company and things faltered. Fast forward to this year and change came to the Brydge. New ownership took over and looked at what was good and made some changes to update the product line to keep up with the iPad and to provide much improved customer service.

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Kinesis Keyboard – Review

On January 7, 2013, in Keyboard, Review, by Julie Kuehl

Kinesis Freestyle 2 Ergonomic Keyboard 
Company: Kinesis Corporation
Version: Freestyle2
Compatible with: Macs; separate version available for Windows
Requires: USB port, Mac OS X 10.4 or later for full functionality
Price: $109.00 for keyboard, $40.00 for VIP3 Accessory Kit

The Kinesis Freestyle2 keyboard is an ergonomic split keyboard that works flawlessly with Macs. It takes absolutely nothing more than plugging it in to set it up. If your brain and hands can wrap themselves around having a split keyboard, this one is wonderful.

Kinesis Freestyle2 keyboard flat with separated sections

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Genius LuxePad 9100 Bluetooth Keyboard
Review

On November 27, 2012, in Bluetooth, iOS, iPad Keyboard, Keyboard, Review, by Peter Nikolaidis

Genius LuxePad 9100 Bluetooth Keyboard
Price:$69.99 US
Company: Genius


I was recently sent a LuxePad 9100 Bluetooth Keyboard by Genius to review. In a nutshell, if you’re going to use a physical keyboard with your iOS (or other) device, this is a decent unit. However, there are shortcomings, not necessarily of the hardware, that you should be aware of.

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Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover
Review

On November 22, 2012, in Bluetooth, iPad, Keyboard, Review, Tablet, by Steve Hammond

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover
Price: $99.99 US
Company: Logitech

Many iPad owners find the onscreen keyboard suitable for their usage, but when it comes to writing long emails or documents, a Bluetooth keyboard is welcome. While you can buy and use any standard Bluetooth keyboard, when traveling with your iPad, not all of them are very practical. The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover may be the solution.

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iPazzport Fly/Air Mouse Keyboard
Review

On May 31, 2012, in Review, by Curt Blanchard

iPazzport Fly/Air Mouse Keyboard
Manufacturer: Pazzport
Model: KP-810-16
MSRP: $40.00
iPazzport Fly/Air Mouse Keyboard

Despite its unconventional name and odd concept, this Air Mouse actually works. Plug the included USB dongle into your Mac (or Windows, Android, Linux machine), turn it on, and your cursor moves around the screen following the movement of your hand courtesy of the built-in “3 axial Gyro-sensor.”

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Logitech Tablet Keyboard for iPad

On December 30, 2011, in iPad, Keyboard, Review, by Guy Serle

 

Logitech Tablet Keyboard for iPad $69.99 (about $60.00 from Amazon)

I love my iPad. I truly do and its insanely great form and function blended together in an all around awesomely inspirational touch-based interface makes using it a joy. Just one little quandary. I hate using the onscreen keyboard.

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Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 for Mac
Logitech
$50 US

This new solar-powered wireless keyboard is almost perfect. It works great, but it has some perfectly annoying “features.”

There is no printed manual or full set of Internet instructions. Its web site is incomplete. No built-in indent on the keyboard is provided for storage and travel with its USB dongle. There is no way to know when the caps lock key is activated.

Aside from those four minuses, Logitech has done a stellar job with engineering and design of its new Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 for Mac. Solar and ambient light battery charging are effortless. So is power management using a free software download. Battery efficiency is exceptional.

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Level8 Backpack & MacBook Protective Sleeve
Company: Level8
Atlas Backpack15″ Protective Sleeve
Price: 15″ & 17″ Atlas Backpack – $99.99 USD, 15″ Protective Sleeve – $49.99 USD

 

As a teacher who carries his MacBook Pro and iPad 2 to school each day, finding a decent laptop bag is a real priority for me. Without a doubt, the readers of this article are fans of Apple’s amazing, yet pricey products. Protecting that investment while maintaining functionality is important for people who want to maximize their productivity. I think I’ve finally found my solution after using Level8’s Atlas Backpack and 15″ Protective Sleeve for the past month.

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The David Guy
TechFan #32

On May 20, 2011, in Podcast, TechFan, by Tim Robertson


Download and listen to the show here, and subscribe in iTunes.

Mice, keyboards, and scanners, oh my. Tim and David discuss the lack of good keyboards, and what Tim has on his desk that may be the best keyboard ever made. Sick of changing batteries in your Magic Mouse? We have a solution for that as well. And how close are we really to a paperless office or home?

Contact TechFan at feedback@mymac.com and leave a message at 1-801-938-5559.

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The Magic Charger for the Magic Mouse

ZAGGmate with Keyboard
Review

On January 12, 2011, in Cases, iPad, Keyboard, Review, by Russ Walkowich

ZAGGmate with Keyboard for iPad
Company: ZAGG
Price: $99.99 USD

The iPad has turned out to be an enormous hit since its introduction in 2010, far surpassing what the estimates were for such a product. One of the things that has both worked for and against it has been the lack of a “regular” keyboard. Users have either loved the on-screen keyboard or have railed against it. One of the solutions that has popped up has been a keyboard linked to the iPad via Bluetooth connectivity. The ZAGGmate with keyboard case is one of those products.

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Perfect Harmony for iPad
Review

On January 11, 2011, in iPad, Review, by Rich Lefko

Perfect Harmony
Folding Keyboard - $99.95 USD
iRizer for iPad – $39.95 USD
Company: Matias

I’ve done several reviews of late that revolve around keyboards. I reviewed the excellent Matias Tactile Pro 3, and using an iPad, took a look at the very handy Kensington Keyfolio. What if someone could create a great full functioned keyboard that you could use with an iPad, and then offered something to hold the iPad while you were typing? Both would need to be compact and light for carrying, but rugged enough to hold up to a lot of use.

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Matias Tactilepro 3
Review

On December 3, 2010, in Keyboard, Review, by Rich Lefko

Matias Tactilepro 3
Company: Matias
Price: $149.99 USD

Keyboards are very personal computer peripherals. The criteria you use to choose your keyboard can be very different than the criteria I use to choose mine. There are plenty of keyboards but most people use the Apple keyboard that came with their Mac. While the current Apple keyboards are fine, other keyboard manufacturers offer different functions, keys and options.

Its all about the keys

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The Kensington KeyFolio
Review

On November 16, 2010, in iPad, Keyboard, Review, by Rich Lefko

Kensington KeyFolio
Company: Kensington
Price: $99.99 USD
kensington.com

A new breed of iPad cover is about to hit the stores. These covers have integrated keyboards and make the combination of iPad and keyboard look and act a bit like a netbook. I was lucky enough to get a pre-release version of the Kensington KeyFolio Bluetooth and case for the iPad.

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By Guest Reviewer Jackie Richards, and John “Nemo” Nemerovski

BTKeyMini
Company: Macally
Price: $100
Product web site

Keyboard Socket
Company: Waterfield Designs
Price: $15
Product web site

Keyboard Slip
Company: Waterfield Designs
Price: $29
Product web site

Macally’s innovative BTKeyMini is a combination Bluetooth iPad keyboard with a stand that doubles as a protective cover shell for the keyboard. Jackie Richards thinks the stand could be less severely upright in its sole position, or somehow variable.

Jackie keeps her iPad in an iFrogz rubber sleeve that needs to be removed for the iPad to rest in Macally’s BTKeyMini stand. She doesn’t like having to slip this rubber cover off and on. Jackie was “very leery” of this stand, but she likes the way it covers and protects the Macally iPad Bluetooth keyboard.

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CableJive dockXtender and duaLink

On July 16, 2010, in iPhone, Macintosh, Review, by David Weeks

The Weeks Division of MyMac Labs recently took two CableJive cables for a test drive: the dockXtender and the duaLink. Here’s what we learned.


The dockXtender is the simpler of the two devices. It’s an extension cable, plain and simple. If the current docking cable for your iPod/iPhone/iPad is too long or too short, the dockXtender may be the right length. You can purchase it in two feet (60 cm) or six feet (180 cm) lengths. The dockXtender is solidly built, but the cable’s not so thick that it’s not flexible.

Be aware this cable is NOT for connecting your iDevice to your computer; it’s a 30-pin to 30 pin cable that allows you to move your iDevice further away from the gadget that also uses the 30 pin connector at the other end of the dockXtender. For most users, this will be external speakers or a docking station. It will pass all audio, video, and power from one device to the other.

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Celesta Titanium Silver Keyboard – Review

On June 15, 2007, in Review, by John Nemerovski


Celesta “Titanium Silver” Keyboard
Aevoe/Moshi

Price: $120
aevoe.com/moshi/celesta

I have read and heard about premium keyboards, but never used one until recently. Celesta by Aevoe/Moshi is a class act, expensive and worth every penny, especially on a per-keystroke basis. Construction is high-tech rugged, and design and styling are high-tech gorgeous. If you are unhappy in any way with your current keyboard, set your dollars, euros, or yen aside until you can come up with the $120 US to purchase Celesta in black-on-black or white-on-silver. Black is currently sold out at the Aevoe Universe store, but I can personally recommend the white model. It’s easy on the eyes and on your fingers.

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Microsoft Laser Wireless Desktop Keyboard and Mouse for Mac
Company: Microsoft

Price: $99.99
www.Microsoft.com

First Impressions
The first thing I noticed upon unpacking the Microsoft Laser Wireless Desktop Keyboard and Mouse for the Mac was that the keyboard and mouse are both finished with an aluminum-like finish to match the G5. The keys were clear plastic, and I was hoping they would light up for low light use (they don’t). The mouse has a nice ergonomic fit, but is designed for right-handed use only. Both keyboard and mouse require batteries, and Microsoft included four Energizer batteries to power the hardware. Finally, I noticed that the documentation provided was awful thin, consisting of a few pamphlets with visual instructions for installing the wireless transmitter, the MS keyboard and mouse drivers on CD (universal binary), and explicit instructions to install the software before installing the wireless transmitter into one of your USB ports.

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