38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
love it, near perfect companion to the already perfect iPad Mini,
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This review is from: MoKo Smart Type Cover Case for Mini 2 (2013 model with Retina Display) and Mini (2012 1st gen), Black and Slate (With built in Bluetooth Keyboard and Stand) (Will not fit iPad Mini 4) (Electronics)
OK, so the back is plastic, but it all looks nice/consistent, compared to the keys and top. So it works.
The keys are responsive, just the right amount of spring-yness to them, and the "island style" keys make the smaller keyboard overall area much easier to find the keys.
The function top-row alt keys (things like pause/next/prev/play vol up/down/mute, lock, brightness up/down, etc.) all work nicely. Compared to my iPad2 and ZAGG tray keyboard -- the "lock" button doesn't get past the "swipe to unlock" screen like the Zagg does, but it at least toggles showing/hiding that screen. (Update: actually, just don't use the lock special function key button -- just open/close it when in "hinged" mode and that wakes/sleeps the iPad automatically *and* locks/unlocks it, too! (You need to, similar to the Apple smart cover option, make sure you have the setting for "iPad Cover Lock/Unlock" set to ON if you want that excellent feature. 8-)
The back rail has a clever magnetic moving piece that attaches to the iPad -- you simply move the iPad from the "for typing" slot to the back and the magnet auto-sticks. You then fold the iPad down to the keyboard and additional magnets nicely turn off/lock the iPad. Easy Peasy!
I'm a geek, so I have the $10 iSSH app and ssh-ed in to work to unix terminal and fired up Emacs and tried various CTRL sequences (including some overrides) and most so far seem to be working. And that's actually for whatever reason a bit *better* than the Zagg so far (I sometimes got some bizarre "stuttering" repeat at times, but haven't seen it yet w/ the MOKO).
I trashed an awful alternate iPad mini keyboard in another review -- so the < $30 and free shipping make this keyboard the total slam-dunk.
NOTE: as is the case w/ the smaller form factor, it's a little bit of squishing your fingers and getting used to it. But first time, I was able to type "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" w/o typos, so it's not too bad (and I have huge hands, but slender fingers 8-)
NOTE: also look carefully at the keys -- to deal w/ the compressed space (especially horizontally speaking), some of the keys like braces, quotes, and such are added to other keys which use the "function" key to emit them. I knew this when I ordered it, but make sure you don't overlook that in case certain key movements are going to make you sad.
I can post/add a video review for this later. The boxing shows a keyboard keys backlight (!) but I think that might be for another model in same family. I'll update if mine does that and I figure it out!
Happy to have a "mini mac lite" again!
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Initial post: Feb 6, 2013 12:26:15 PM PST
Seth Suplin says:
It would be awesome if you could post a short video of the keyboard in action. I can't find one anywhere... great review!
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2013 2:21:26 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 10, 2013 12:34:22 PM PST
video review posted! 8-)
Posted on Mar 14, 2013 5:33:21 PM PDT
B. Bax says:
Loved the thorough review. I'm torn between this keyboard and the sharkk case cover combo. New SHARKK Apple iPad Mini Keyboard Bluetooth Case Cover Stand For 7.9 Inch New Mini iPad With 360 Degree Rotating Feature And Multiple Viewing Angles. Folio Style. For the iPad MINI ONLY
What I like about the Sharkk is the ability to flip the iPad so the case is closed but the iPad screen is exposed. The first video review shows it, if I'm not making sense (it happens). Can you tell me if this keyboard can be attached in reverse so it will close but still show the screen?
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2013 6:01:01 PM PDT
glad you found it helpful!
ooh, that's an interesting question. perhaps frustratingly, my answer is "kinda/mostly", not a a full "yes".
the hinge is a two piece system, a middle magnet bar that can spin infinitely inside a second overall hinge.
due to the magnets, when the ipad is spun the other way 'round, they repel.
so the middle magnet bar spins 180, and weakly attaches thru the forces thru a bit more plastic instead of getting super close to the magnets.
so it holds in place, but while in normal magnetic hinged mode, you can pick up the ipad and the keyboard can literally hang from it, in place, the flipped around version magnetic connection is strong enough to slide locked together when flat on a table, but if you pick up the ipad, the connection can only barely hold on w/ the keyboard dangling (it's too precarious in that setup).
that's all probably helpful to know, but i'm not sure if that will help you decide! 8-)
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2013 6:14:56 PM PDT
B. Bax says:
I appreciate your info! I didn't even think about polarity of the magnets. I just don't know what to do with the keyboard when I decide not to use it... oh well, I'll make a decision eventually.
Thank you again :D
Posted on Apr 12, 2013 6:52:34 PM PDT
Love the idea of keyboard attaching like it does. Coming from a MacBook & a touch typist this could be a product for me but would like to put whole thing in a neoprene case, the i-Blason Super Cushion Neoprene Sleeve Case Cover Pouch for Apple iPad Mini 7.9 Inch. What would be the total thickness with keyboard attached? With this info I can then see if it would fit inside. Thanks
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 12, 2013 8:20:59 PM PDT
if you have them magnet-ed and mated together, it's just a bit over 2 ipad minis in thickness.
More precisely, it's very close to a thickness that is in between:
* two ipad minis "face-to-face" in thickness (we have two minis here, and just compared them)
* two ipad minis "face-to-face" with one having a Smart Cover on it
hope that makes sense!
holding a ruler to it, i see about 5/8" thickness of the iPad mini + moko, hinged and closed together
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2013 4:59:42 AM PDT
This combination will probably fit in the neoprene bag. I might not always take the keyboard with me so might just put ipad mini in bag by itself. Thanks for your comments.
Posted on Nov 15, 2013 7:25:21 AM PST
Sidney Smith says:
First video I have seen on a review. Super duper helpful thanks a lot
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