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Anker® Ultrathin Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard Aluminum Cover with Stand for iPad 4 / 3 / 2 – White Reviews

Anker® Ultrathin Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard Aluminum Cover with Stand for iPad 4 / 3 / 2 - White

  • Stylish, lightweight and super-slim, the keyboard doubles as a cover with a clip-and-go magnet. Easily write messages and emails when you're on the go.
  • Charge up in 4-5 hours and enjoy 100 hours of uninterrupted use.
  • Durable smart cover features an auto sleep/wake mode for your iPad, triggered by opening and closing the lid.
  • The built-in groove and stand, constructed out of durable plastic and metal, firmly hold your iPad in place for secure, easy viewing.
  • Package contents: Anker® Ultra-thin Keyboard Cover for iPad, USB charging cable, user manual.
Together at last. A keyboard and cover combo for your iPad. Out for coffee with a quick message to send? Do it with the perfect partner.

A perfect pair.
The Anker® Ultra-thin keyboard, which doubles as a cover, matches the ultra-slim width and the classic brushed-aluminum of your iPad. What's more, 14 hot keys keep your most-used-functions in easy reach.

A break from typos.
Trade in tapping for typing and give yourself a break from typos. Featuring low-profile, whispe

Price: $ 27.99

Customer Reviews

420 of 433 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a beautiful and stylish Bluetooth keyboard case that fits directly onto your iPad!, May 27, 2013
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jjceo (Greenwood, Indiana) - See all my reviews
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Customer Video Review Length:: 6:13 Mins

This is an ultra slim Bluetooth keyboard that is lightweight and offers a lot of features. The back side of the keyboard is made of aluminum and it looks like the back of an iPad. The keyboard's front has a rubberized coating that looks nice, resists fingerprints and has padded areas so the keys don't touch your iPad screen. The unit features a rechargeable Lithium battery rated at 280 mAh and it is expected to last 3 years. It can operate the keyboard uninterrupted for 100 hours and it only takes 4 to 5 hours to fully charge. You can also use the keyboard while it is charging.

The keyboard is only 4 mm thick and it has a magnetic latch on a hinge to attach to the iPad and it also has built in magnets that put your iPad into sleep mode when it is closed or opened. It is a nice keyboard with a specialty row of keys that allow you to quickly go to the home screen, adjust volume, control your videos or music, lock the iPad and even more.

If you stop typing for 15 minutes the keyboard will go into sleep mode and it will awaken and repair to the iPad in 2 seconds when you touch any key. Remember this as if you just start typing you may lose several characters that you have typed as the two devices have not properly repaired yet.

The keyboard comes with a charging cable that is 2 feet long that is a standard USB plug on one end and a Micro USB connector on the other. You can charge the keyboard with the USB port on your computer or any USB AC wall charger that you own. It also comes with four stick on rubber feet for the back of the keyboard and a user instruction manual.

There is a pop up tab that allows you to lean your iPad against it and have it stand up in the portrait or the landscape mode. There is an on button and a LED that indicates red if the keyboard is charging. There is also a connect button and a blue LED that indicates that the keyboard is ready for pairing by flashing. You have to press the connect button to start the pairing process.

The keyboard weighs in at 10 ounces and when it is connected to an iPad the set weighs 1 pound and 15 ounces. Bluetooth pairing was fast and easy. When you turn on the connect function just go to your iPad settings and turn on the Bluetooth capability and then touch the pop up message that says the keyboard is not connected. A message will pop up and it will tell you to enter on the keyboard a four digit code that is random and then touch enter on the keyboard and you are paired. The connection range of the Bluetooth keyboard is about 33 feet.

I liked this keyboard and I thought it was attractive and easy to use. I like the magnetic latch to the iPad and the auto sleep off/on magnets built into the keyboard so that when it is closed the iPad sleeps and saves its battery power. I rated this product as a 5 star item.

I was supplied a sample for test and evaluation and I promised to provide a fair and honest review.
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186 of 197 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anker UltraThin iPad Keyboard, May 28, 2013
Disclaimer: Review sample was kindly provided by Anker, all opinions contained within this review are my own.

The keyboard arrived in a small, neat package - quite a difference from those producst which turn up with an insane amount of packing material.

Contained within the package was the keyboard, a micro USB charging cable, a pack of 4 sticky `feet' pads and the instructions.

The keyboard itself is (obviously) the same size as an iPad, but weighs about half as much - when attached via the magnetic clip to an iPad 2, the total weight is under 900g, with a depth of 20mm.

This is a very elegant looking keyboard - the design is clean and uncomplicated, with the back of the keyboard the same silver as the back of an iPad. The keyboard itself is a chiclet style and is pleasant enough to type on, although the keys are slightly clicky, especially the space bar.
One thing to note is the symbols on the keyboard are setup for a US English layout, the # sign over the 3 instead of , but it defaulted to UK English when actually typing.

To support the iPad, there is a little pop-up stand, which is quite sturdy and supports an iPad in either portrait or landscape, depending on your preference. Its worth noting though that it seems a little reluctant to be flattened out, requiring either more pressure than would normally be expected, or the user to hold the release latch open to get the stand to sit flush with the base.

Connection to the iPad was very simple, and posed no issues. As a test, I also tried connecting the keyboard to a Nexus 7 and an HTC One X, again with no issues.

Typing was remarkably smooth for a such a thin keyboard, and I had no trouble writing half a dozen emails, and this review, on it. As such, it would be perfect for in a meeting, or in a lecture, for taking notes, or for working while on a train perhaps.

I've tried a couple of other iPad keyboards, including the Logitech Ultrathin keyboard http://www.amazon.co.uk/Logitech-Ultrathin-Keyboard-Cover-iPad/dp/B00835UQK8/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1369731979&sr=1-1&keywords=logitech+ipad, which is almost 3 times the price, and I have to say this compares very favourably. In fact, I would struggle to justify paying that much more for the Logitech.
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103 of 110 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars You get what you pay for, Not good for class or work, October 27, 2013
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I originally posted a better rating for this product, but after using it for a couple months, I have become more and more frustrated. To be fair, it's probably my own fault. There is a reason prices vary so much for these types of keyboards, and you definitely get what you pay for. If you want a keyboard for casual use, this one is fine. I made the mistake of thinking I was a casual user, and quickly discovered that this was not the case.

The Good
1) The case is sturdy and pretty well-constructed.
2) Connecting it to my iPad was super easy.
3) It has a lot of useful function keys at the top that let you do things like change the volume, change brightness, etc.
4) It holds the iPad at a good angle for viewing, and it is fairly sturdy on a desk or table.

The Bad
1) There is no way to tell how much charge you have left on the keyboard. This means that you will lose power at some point without expecting it. If you are a casual user, this won't matter. You can just come back to what ever you were doing later or go grab the charger. If you want to use this for class or meetings though, that luxury probably doesn't exist. This happened to me, and it was at a very inconvenient time. To avoid it, you should probably just charge they keyboard whenever you are thinking about it (my guess is that this will kill the battery quicker in the long run though). If you are like me, chances are you will forget to do this at some point as well.
2) The bluetooth connectivity is not good enough if you are a fast typer. I have had numerous classes in which I needed to type as quickly as possible, and see what I was typing without delay. While the delay on this keyboard isn't terrible, you will absolutely notice it if you are a fast typer, and it will get more and more annoying as you go on. Some of the keys require multiple or exceptionally hard presses as well (especially the space bar!). Between this and the delay, I would often miss important points during class trying to make sure that everything I typed was transcribed correctly on my iPad.
3) The keys are really really loud. A lot of my classes are small seminars, and it is blatantly obvious when I start typing. This has a lot to do with the bluetooth functionality too because I am capable of typing more quietly, but when I do, my iPad doesn't register which keys I have hit on the keyboard.

All in all, the bad was way too much for me. I have upgraded to a more expensive keyboard (although I got it on sale during Black Friday so it wasn't that bad), and I have not had any of the issues I mentioned above. If you are using this at home for random things, you are probably fine. Unfortunately, I do not fall into that category. I'm not sure how no one else has had these complaints? Maybe most of them are casual users or maybe I got a faulty keyboard. All i can say is, as with a lot of electronics, it's better to spend more money up front (especially if you require a better product) than to waste time and money on the cheaper version before getting the more expensive stuff anyway.
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  1. jjceo
    337 of 347 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    This is a beautiful and stylish Bluetooth keyboard case that fits directly onto your iPad!, May 27, 2013
    By 
    jjceo (Greenwood, Indiana) –
    (TOP 10 REVIEWER)
      
    (#1 Hall OF FAME REVIEWER)
      

    Customer Video Review Length:: 6:13 Mins

    This is an ultra slim Bluetooth keyboard that is lightweight and offers a lot of features. The back side of the keyboard is made of aluminum and it looks like the back of an iPad. The keyboard’s front has a rubberized coating that looks nice, resists fingerprints and has padded areas so the keys don’t touch your iPad screen. The unit features a rechargeable Lithium battery rated at 280 mAh and it is expected to last 3 years. It can operate the keyboard uninterrupted for 100 hours and it only takes 4 to 5 hours to fully charge. You can also use the keyboard while it is charging.

    The keyboard is only 4 mm thick and it has a magnetic latch on a hinge to attach to the iPad and it also has built in magnets that put your iPad into sleep mode when it is closed or opened. It is a nice keyboard with a specialty row of keys that allow you to quickly go to the home screen, adjust volume, control your videos or music, lock the iPad and even more.

    If you stop typing for 15 minutes the keyboard will go into sleep mode and it will awaken and repair to the iPad in 2 seconds when you touch any key. Remember this as if you just start typing you may lose several characters that you have typed as the two devices have not properly repaired yet.

    The keyboard comes with a charging cable that is 2 feet long that is a standard USB plug on one end and a Micro USB connector on the other. You can charge the keyboard with the USB port on your computer or any USB AC wall charger that you own. It also comes with four stick on rubber feet for the back of the keyboard and a user instruction manual.

    There is a pop up tab that allows you to lean your iPad against it and have it stand up in the portrait or the landscape mode. There is an on button and a LED that indicates red if the keyboard is charging. There is also a connect button and a blue LED that indicates that the keyboard is ready for pairing by flashing. You have to press the connect button to start the pairing process.

    The keyboard weighs in at 10 ¾ ounces and when it is connected to an iPad the set weighs 1 pound and 15 ¼ ounces. Bluetooth pairing was fast and easy. When you turn on the connect function just go to your iPad settings and turn on the Bluetooth capability and then touch the pop up message that says the keyboard is not connected. A message will pop up and it will tell you to enter on the keyboard a four digit code that is random and then touch enter on the keyboard and you are paired. The connection range of the Bluetooth keyboard is about 33 feet.

    I liked this keyboard and I thought it was attractive and easy to use. I like the magnetic latch to the iPad and the auto sleep off/on magnets built into the keyboard so that when it is closed the iPad sleeps and saves its battery power. I rated this product as a 5 star item.

    I was supplied a sample for test and evaluation and I promised to provide a fair and honest review.

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  2. Matt
    151 of 159 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Anker UltraThin iPad Keyboard, May 28, 2013
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    Matt

    Disclaimer: Review sample was kindly provided by Anker, all opinions contained within this review are my own.

    The keyboard arrived in a small, neat package – quite a difference from those producst which turn up with an insane amount of packing material.

    Contained within the package was the keyboard, a micro USB charging cable, a pack of 4 sticky `feet’ pads and the instructions.

    The keyboard itself is (obviously) the same size as an iPad, but weighs about half as much – when attached via the magnetic clip to an iPad 2, the total weight is under 900g, with a depth of 20mm.

    This is a very elegant looking keyboard – the design is clean and uncomplicated, with the back of the keyboard the same silver as the back of an iPad. The keyboard itself is a chiclet style and is pleasant enough to type on, although the keys are slightly clicky, especially the space bar.
    One thing to note is the symbols on the keyboard are setup for a US English layout, the # sign over the 3 instead of £, but it defaulted to UK English when actually typing.

    To support the iPad, there is a little pop-up stand, which is quite sturdy and supports an iPad in either portrait or landscape, depending on your preference. Its worth noting though that it seems a little reluctant to be flattened out, requiring either more pressure than would normally be expected, or the user to hold the release latch open to get the stand to sit flush with the base.

    Connection to the iPad was very simple, and posed no issues. As a test, I also tried connecting the keyboard to a Nexus 7 and an HTC One X, again with no issues.

    Typing was remarkably smooth for a such a thin keyboard, and I had no trouble writing half a dozen emails, and this review, on it. As such, it would be perfect for in a meeting, or in a lecture, for taking notes, or for working while on a train perhaps.

    I’ve tried a couple of other iPad keyboards, including the Logitech Ultrathin keyboard http://www.amazon.co.uk/Logitech-Ultrathin-Keyboard-Cover-iPad/dp/B00835UQK8/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1369731979&sr=1-1&keywords=logitech+ipad, which is almost 3 times the price, and I have to say this compares very favourably. In fact, I would struggle to justify paying that much more for the Logitech.

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  3. shing yu
    59 of 64 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    not for traveling, November 17, 2013
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    The ipad doesn’t stay on the stand, with or without the case while traveling — it’s a good keyboard if you’re going to stay at home and use it at a desk, but not great for those who would be using it on a train, plane, or even in an airport or waiting area.

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