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Kensington KeyFolio Thin X2 Plus Backlit iPad Air 2 Bluetooth Keyboard Case (K97391US)
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- Key Sense Power Channel automatically turns the keyboard on and off
- Integrated Bluetooth keyboard with 6 rows of high performance scissor keys
- Ultra-thin form fitting cradle maintains tablet's sleek profile with enhanced drop protection
- Quick Fold design hides keyboard to enable streamlined viewing mode
- Automatic tablet wake and sleep modes when cover opens or closes
- Magnetic closure for a safe and secure fit
- Ultra-thin, hard shell cover maintains slim profile with enhanced drop protection
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Kensington KeyFolio Thin X2 Plus Backlit Bluetooth Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2
The iPad Air 2 is light and thin, which means you're probably looking for a thin, lightweight keyboard case that's loaded with features to go along with it. Kensington has your answer with the KeyFolio Thin X2 Plus for iPad Air 2. A sleek and form-fitting, hard-shell exterior surrounds the tablet in protection while maintaining its thin profile. When the KeyFolio Thin X2 Plus is opened, it reveals an integrated white LED backlit Bluetooth keyboard that's ideal for low-light conditions. There are 6 rows of high-performance scissor keys that include a row of dedicated shortcut keys, allowing you to be more productive using fewer keystrokes. The QuickFold design allows you to hide the keyboard beneath the iPad Air 2 to quickly and easily transition from typing mode to viewing mode. The KeySense Power Channel automatically turns the keyboard on and off when it’s engaged or disengaged from the magnetic stand, helping conserve battery life.
Backlit Bluetooth Keyboard
With white LED lighting that makes typing in dark conditions easier, the KeyFolio Thin X2 Plus offers 6 rows of high-performance scissor keys, including a row of dedicated shortcut keys, allowing you to be more productive using fewer keystrokes.
KeySense Power Channel
The keyboard automatically turns on and shuts off when it is engaged or disengaged from the magnetic stand, optimizing battery life.
Constructed of strong, lightweight polycarbonate, the ultra-thin design snugly fits your tablet and provides enhanced drop protection.
With a simple move, hide the keyboard beneath your iPad Air 2 so you can quickly and easily transition from production mode to viewing mode.
Extend the battery life of your tablet by putting your iPad to sleep when the cover closes and conveniently wake when the cover opens.
Strategically placed magnets ensure the case shuts solidly for a compact fit.
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So Brilliant for So Thin. The iPad Air 2 has redefined the look and feel of what a thin, lightweight tablet should be, and now Kensington is doing the same thing for ultra-thin iPad Bluetooth keyboard cases - - introducing the Key Folio Thin X2 Plus for iPad Air 2. A sleek, form-fitting hard-shell exterior surrounds the tablet in protection while maintaining its thin profile and adding minimal weight. When the Key Folio Thin X2 Plus is opened, it reveals an integrated backlit iPad Bluetooth keyboard that features 6 rows of island-style, high-performance keys that provide a seamless typing experience rivaling any laptop, especially in low-light conditions. The unique Quick Fold design allows you to hide the keyboard behind the iPad to exclusively interact with the tablet. The "Key Sense" keyboard power sensor lets you switch seamlessly from an active Bluetooth keyboard to standby mode when it's disengaged from the magnetic channel, helping conserve battery life.
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1. Solid keyboard, with keys that are evocative of the lovely sleek Mac keyboard keys.
2. The most form-fitting of the three cases I've tried, which means that it adds the least bulk to the iPad.
3. Cutouts in all the right places
4. Easy enough (but not too easy) to get the iPad in and out.
5. Reasonable enough when folding it back to just use the tablet.
1. Little bumps to tell you where F and J are are barely anything, and I can't easily find them. These are essential for a touch typist.
2. The outside feel of the case is disappointing. It's hard plastic, with a very nice texture, so that it's not slippery. It's actually very thoughtfully designed. But there's something about it that feels cheap to me. Others will enjoy how solid it is, so this is just my aesthetic... the lone iPad is such a lovely sleek thing and I would love to find a keyboard case that has a similar aesthetic.
3. No escape key. When I looked at this online, I was just checking for cases that have six full rows of keys and didn't check carefully enough about particular keys. Very few users will care about this.
4. Can't adjust the angle of the screen relative to the keyboard, as you can with some cases.
5. You can predict where this is going to give out, which is the hinge between the two hard-case outer pieces. Moving this around -- folding and unfolding -- you can see that that point is taking a lot of stress and is not sturdy enough for it.
6. I prefer a case that has velcro or something to hold the cover when you're not using the keyboard and just reading on it as a tablet.
The other cases I've tried are:
1. The Belkin QODE Ultimate Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2 (White)
This has only four rows of keys, so I was definitely disappointed
2. The Logitech Type+ Protective Case with Integrated Keyboard for iPad Air 2, Dark Blue (920-006913)
This Logitech has a very similar keyboard layout to the Kensington here (including no escape key; maybe I am SOL)
It has a larger profile, with maybe an extra 1/4" buffer around the outside edge of the iPad
But is really rather similar in functionality to the Kensington here.
It has a textured vinyl exterior that is not as tough as the Kensington, and yet doesn't seem to have the obvious weak spot at the hinge.
I am going to look into keyboard remapping, and contact both manufacturers, but my guess is that I don't get to have an escape key. I'll also continue to try out both keyboards, and will update this review if I learn more or my opinion changes.
Update: I was just googling the escape key iPad issue and found some helpful suggestions that I will note here and try out later:
1. "If you have a keyboard with the "keyboard key" the fourth from the left On the top row of keys. This functions like the escape key on other keyboards." So this might work.
2. Give Ctrl and [ a try that should send the same as Esc (ASCII 27).
This might mean this case works fine for me... when I'm in a position to connect to the servers, I'll try it and report back.
1. This did not work for me, as well it should not. The keyboard key is there to allow you to have the regular iPad keypad show up on the screen itself.
2. Ctrl-[ did work for me
3. Fn-<home> also worked for me (function key + the house button, on the upper left)
I'll mention as well that I'm using the app Prompt to get to the servers, which does provide an escape button on the touch screen... but I wanted it on the keyboard.
So I will keep trying out this case and might end up deciding this is my preferred case.
Later: Yes, I am at peace with the things that were awkward before, and I am very happy with this case.
This Kensington model, however, is far superior. It doesn't have the convenience of the snap out design, nor does the battery last nearly as long, but it is a much better piece of overall engineering, and does have a convenient viewing angle for using the keyboard, good power saving features, and a nice fold-over mode for using the iPad in a flat position. The back lighting is very good and has three levels (off, dim, bright). The keyboard is better, too -- more responsive keys that make it easier to type than on the Zagg. It too has a shell into which you place the iPad and which protects the edges and back, but despite being thin and light, this shell has a much more rugged design with superior cutouts that resist damage. The whole unit feels much more substantial.
I have not so far experienced any of the other problems some users have described. The unit paired easily to my iPad and has worked as advertised and as expected but it is only in its first month of use.