With the iPad 3 right around the corner, you are probably wondering why we are even still bothering to review anything for the iPad 2. Well it’s because NOT everyone is going to get the iPad 3, and for those that still have an iPad 2, we know you still need your accessories. So there you have it.
Are you finally ready to get an external keyboard for your iPad? Then you’ll want to consider the new Aluminum Bluetooth Keyboard Case for iPad 2 by Cirago. This sleek all-in-one case has a brushed aluminum finish that matches the iPad perfectly.
One feature that makes this keyboard unique is that it is also a case. But it’s not a typical case where your iPad is tied to it. Instead you simply lay your iPad on top of the keyboard and it fits in nice and snug. At first I didn’t think it was going to work, but it does, almost magically. The fit was perfect, and that was even with the screen protector and leather backing on my iPad. And when it’s closed, the nice cool aluminum feels great in your hand.
There is no need to be concerned about harming your screen when it’s lying on the keyboard. They have lined all the contact areas with a smooth high-density rubber. With the iPad 2 in place, it is really easy to carry and preserves the nice, sleek lines of the iPad itself. So, it’s only a case when you want it to be. If you are going to use your iPad for a while without the need for a keyboard, no problem, just pop it out and leave it behind.
The Aluminum Bluetooth Keyboard Case is also a breeze to set your iPad into position for typing. There is a small stand which has two positions, but it really isn’t needed unless you want a more vertical angle. The keyboard itself is a pleasure to type with. The key return is great, the keys having just the right amount of spring in them. There are also a number of shortcut keys to access different features of the iOS. For example, Home Button, Brightness, Search, Copy, Cut, Paste and quite a few more.
Connecting the Bluetooth is as easy as it should be too. Just a few seconds after I removed it from the package, I was already typing away. Keep in mind that this keyboard should work with other Bluetooth enabled devices as well, should the need arise. Cirago also claims that the keyboard’s battery will hold a charge for a couple months. This is of-course great for those who may not use this accessory too often, but want it to be ready to go at a moment’s notice. Under normal use, the battery should last for 40-50 hours or more. There are a few indicator lights above the keys to help you keep track of the power status as you type away.
In conclusion, if you’re looking for a iPad 2 keyboard, consider the Aluminum Bluetooth Keyboard Case for iPad 2 by Cirago. It works well and looks good, and what more could you ask for. The keyboard case is currently selling for $89.99 which is a bit more than some other iPad keyboards, but considering that it is also a case, it is well worth it.
The Good: Sleek and functional design that matches the iPad’s aesthetics well. Excellent tactile feedback. Long battery life.
The Bad: Price is a bit high but you are getting two accessories for the price of one.