Published on July 19th, 2015 | by Greg0
Typo: A Great Keyboard For Your iPad Air
It doesn’t take more than a few seconds to identify a good keyboard: the click-clack of satisfying tactile response, the accurate proprioception where your fingers can sense that they are properly situated. And while keyboards on a desktop computer are easy enough to replace, we always suggest sitting down with a laptop before purchasing to ensure that you get a chance to type a bit. With a tablet, though, you face a dilemma that divides the world- enjoy a lighter weight and less-bulky gadget or enjoy a more productive one with an external accessory.
The iPad Air and iPad Air 2 are beautiful, but trying to type out anything longer than an email can be a chore. Hence Bluetooth keyboards and cases, like today’s: the Typo for iPad Air 1 + 2, one of the most Apple-like keyboards imaginable. It’s ultra-thin and detachable, with a magnetic latch and a fairly durable case, with aluminum machining that matches your classy device. Keys aren’t cramped like many solutions- it’s basically a full-size model, even the number keys, though the Shift, bracket, and arrow ones have been compressed. And thanks to Bluetooth Low Energy and the internal high-capacity battery, you won’t need to worry much about recharging for almost a year of normal use.
On the flipside, there had to be a few sacrifices and compromises- there are no backlit keys, for instance, and the case isn’t as attractive or as sturdy as standalone models. Access to the headphone jack and charging ports isn’t affected, and the touchscreen and home button work just fine even with the keyboard active and case attached. One odd point and common mistake: you can’t really pickup the case when the keyboard is attached but dangling, as it will drop off. You can adjust it though, to a variety of viewing angles. Pairing is simple, and typing felt great- this article was a breeze, and it might just be the best typing experience for a Bluetooth keyboard. Rounded edges, smooth corners, and top-notch materials make this feel executive-level, a premium offering to be sure.
You may wonder why Typo doesn’t offer phone keyboards- and the answer is that it used to, but agreed to stop doing so in a settlement with Blackberry. A Typo for iPad Mini models is on the way soon and available for pre-order now though. You might also have heard one interesting fact- the company was, in fact, co-founded by Ryan Seacrest. But those are asides, and what was facing us was an excellent keyboard with a decent case and a quite-high price. Function keys for things like Siri and media controls, as well as a home button, are a nice touch too. Available now, in stores and online, the iPad Air 1/2 Typo Bluetooth Keyboard is a solid buy and a great design.