The search for a perfect replacement for my heavy laptop when traveling on quick business trips continues as I tested out yet another wireless keyboard to use with my iPad. This version from Ipevo is perhaps the most stylish that I have seen since it comes in a sleek handcrafted tan leather case (it also comes in black) allowing it to fold up into an attractive attaché case.
At the back of the case is a convenient stand that folds out allowing you to stand your iPad at the back of the case and use the keyboard in conjunction with it as you would a laptop. It also makes it a great resource for watching movies on an airplane tray table even when not using the keyboard.
Word processing apps for the iPad are good, but not great, but my concern with many wireless keyboards is that the Bluetooth connection sometimes wavers leaving certain things you intended to type off of the screen. This is why I was eager to try this new keyboard, which is priced extremely competitively at $79 on the Ipevo website.
To begin, the keyboard easily stays in place thanks to a magnetic bottom, and it can also be removed for remote use. The entire thing weighs just over a pound making it a simple edition to my briefcase and a beneficial replacement to a laptop. Its battery life is strong enough to last on a long flight and charges quickly. A special button also switches the device quickly into sleep mode if the juice is running low to conserve the battery. If watching movies, the keyboard even has built-in buttons to play, stop, pause, rewind, or fast forward.
What many people take time getting used to is typing on a compact keyboard. Connecting the keyboard with the iPad is a cinch thanks to the well-written startup guide that makes even technology novices feel comfortable.
Trendsetters appreciate the fact that the iPad 3 fits well in the case although there are currently some hiccups with the sleep/wake mode for iPad 3 that are being worked through by Ipevo.
When typing, I experienced minimal disconnections with the wireless Bluetooth signal which made my experience using it quite productive. It is certainly a worthwhile device to use for quick emails, and the attractive case and stand added to the benefit making it one of the better brands that I have tried.
Like other wireless keyboards, it is not meant for those that need to type pages of documents when traveling (it is meant for emails and short reports), but it definitely lightens the load for trips when writing your first novel is not the priority.