SHARKK Folio Bluetooth Keyboard Case with 360 Degree Rotating Feature and Sleep/Wake Function for iPad Air 2 - Black (KC-SH561A-BLK)
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- FUNCTIONALITY & PROTECTION – The Sharkk iPad Air 2 case is an all-in-one protective shell and Bluetooth keyboard. The iPad snaps securely in place and when closed protects your iPad as well as the keyboard.
- EXTENDED BATTERY LIFE – After just four (4) hours for one full charge, the Lithium Ion battery will last for up to 60 hours of continuous use. Indicator lights let you know when your case is fully charged and blinks when it needs to be charged again.
- iOS FUNCTION – This wireless keyboard has built-in keys for common Apple functions and iOS commands. It also features SLEEP/WAKE function that automatically locks your iPad and puts it into “hibernation” upon closing.
- FEATURES – The Sharkk Folio style Bluetooth case has a 360-degree rotating function so you can view your iPad in landscape or portrait mode. It also features two sliding aluminum tracks that extend from the case that allows you to secure your screen in the desired viewing position.
- LIGHTWEIGHT, DURABLE DESIGN – This 1lb case is ultra-thin when closed making it easily portable. The stylish matte black finish also makes the case easy to grip to avoid drops.
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With Both A Fully Functional Keyboard And A Rotating Stand, This Slim Case Allows For Easy Transportation Making It The Perfect Accessory.
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I got mine today and to be honest, I think the fine folks at Sharkk have lost their minds. To say I was skeptical that for less than $25, this case could be well built or do what was promised is an understatement. After all, go to Best Buy and look at the Zagg or LogiTech cases and they'll set you back about $100. So how could Sharkk send me a case that is well made, which also includes a built in Bluetooth Keyboard, with iOS integration that also rotates for less than $25? How?
Well let me tell you. They did. This case is beyond my expectations. Really! The case is really well made and has a nice matt finish, but is solid as can be. The aluminum tracks you pull out to place your iPad in either orientation are as smooth as butter and the case side which cradles your iPad is as nice if not nicer than any case you can put an iPad in. Sharkk really needs to update the pictures they have for the case. From the pictures, it shows that the case stops at the speaker and lightning plug area, then continues around the rest of the device. I was concerned the missing surround would reduce the strength of the case and just not look good. I was really pleased to see they've redesigned the case to completely go around the entire iPad with perfectly positioned openings for the speakers and plug.
Now the Keyboard. Pairing was so simple. It took literally seconds. I have a Zagg Bluetooth Keyboard I've used for the last couple years with my iPad. It was expensive all by itself. This keyboard feels better than the Zagg and is integrated with the iPad iOS to let you adjust volume, screen brightness, change tracks in the music app, mute, lockscreen or even bring up the onscreen iPad keyboard. Really Really NICE. And the keys have an excellent tactile feel, with nice clicks which feel just like a laptop. Yes, it would have been nice to have backlit keys, but hey, for less than $25, it's still a remarkable package.
I had read some people say the latch upon closing is difficult to open. I have absolutely no issue with how it opens as it doesn't take much effort at all. In fact, I'd be disappointed if it could open too easily. It might make it less secure when the case is closed. Oh and the packaging this arrives in is great. The only criticism I can offer is the instruction sheet has very small print and the Chinese to English translation could have been better. Still, it's easily understood and gives the important information you need to know.
To say I'm absolutely amazed by this keyboard case is an understatement. My rotating Targus case cost more than twice what this did and all it did was rotate. To have a really terrific integrated Bluetooth keyboard in a truly well made, innovative case, with the ability to rotate 360 degrees, with this much quality for less than $25 is simply unbelievable. As my title says, this thing ROCKS! You should get one for yourself and you'll see what I'm saying!
Ps: Please see the pictures I've uploaded. Especially the one showing how the case now completely surrounds the iPad!
I like how the back of the case slides out on two aluminum guides and it provides a sturdy stand to support the iPad Air when it is standing up. There are rubber feet on the bottom of the case to prevent it from sliding and the back portion that slides out also has rubber feet on it.
Before you use the keyboard for the first time you should charge it and it may take up to 4 hours to charge for the first time. The LED charge light will turn red while the keyboard is charging and it will turn green when it is fully charged. If the battery becomes low it will blink green to indicate that it is time to recharge the battery.
Snapping in the iPad is fast and easy to do and it is securely held into place. Taking it out is harder but just take your time and pop out one corner at a time.
The battery is a rechargeable lithium battery. It has an uninterrupted working time of 60 hours. The keyboard has an auto sleep mode so if you are not typing it will go asleep. When you touch the keyboard it will wake up in about 2 to 5 seconds. After the initial charging it should take about 2 hours to recharge the internal battery. There is a micro USB port on the side of the keyboard that is used for charging the battery.
The keyboard also has magnets in it that will put your iPad into the sleep mode or wake it up when you raise the keyboard off of the iPad. (Please see my video) The keyboard features a wireless Bluetooth connection to your iPad and the pairing process is fast and easy. I show how to pair it in my video. The working range of the Bluetooth is about 33 feet.
What's in the box?
* The case that weighs in at one pound
* There is a charging cable that is 32 inches long.
* A brief instruction manual.
The keyboard is very nice and the letter keys and the shift keys are larger than they were on older styles of Bluetooth keyboards. They have made the top row of specialty keys smaller as well as the arrow keys to allow more space for the keys that you use the most. Remember that the auto capitalization, double space for a period and the auto spell functions do not work when you are using the keyboard as opposed to typing on the iPad's virtual keyboard. The top row of specialty keys are home, dim screen, brighten screen, pop up the virtual keyboard, cut, copy, paste, skip back, play/pause, skip forward, mute volume, volume down, volume up and lock the iPad. If you stop typing for a few minutes the keyboard will go to sleep to save battery life and you only have to touch any key to turn it back on. Wait for 2 to 5 seconds before you begin speed typing. There is also a LED that is yellow if the Caps Lock key is on.
This is a very nice keyboard with a lot of features. The case's cut outs are all properly located and this is a nice and rugged case with a professional look. I rate it as a 5 star item.
I was supplied a sample for test and evaluation and I promised to provide a fair and honest review.
UPDATE 1/6/14: Received email from Sharrk today & there's a problem with Bluetooth chip. They will be sending me another case FOC as soon as production on new cases begins. They started having problems after Apples last update.