Kensington Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad or iPad 2

I’ve blogged before how much I love my iPad.  I read from it (Kindle for ebooks and Zinio for emagazines), I watch TV and movies on it, and it’s a handy lightweight browser when just lounging in the house.  But despite all that, the real reason I bought it was so I could take notes (Evernote) at conferences.  The battery life is simply amazing.  Unlike with a netbook or laptop, I can last all day long without searching for that lost city of gold AKA a free power socket at an IT conference.

But the sucky thing about note taking with the iPad is the keyboard.  I got used to typing on the screen, but I just cannot get used to the constant need to frequently shift through lower case letters, upper case letters, character set 1, and character set 2.  I mentioned to one of my colleagues that I’d be going to the Build conference and that I’d want to take lots of notes on my iPad.  And that’s when he introdoced me to the Kensington Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad (1).  We (work) happen to distribute these in Ireland so that made it easy for me; I swapped it out for my usual cover and gave it a go.

Yes, it adds weight and thickness to the iPad.  Not a big deal.  It gives me a functional QWERTY keyboard.  That is a big plus.  I can type away with no issue.  I was told that the keyboard would be a little spongy.  It’s like that to protect the screen when folded up.  It’s a little weird at first but doesn’t slow me down.  It does require charging via a USB lead so that must be remembered.

Note that there is different model of keyboard for the iPad 2.

My personal review: well worth the money if you want to take lots of notes or write a lot on the iPad.

4 thoughts on “Kensington Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad or iPad 2”

  1. I’ve seen one and was impressed. Since Microsoft announced that there will be multiple browser support for their LOB Cloud application CRM 2011 Online, this hardware combo will be a big help for mobile use.

    Thanks Aidan.

  2. +1

    Combined screen and protective cover. What’s not to like. Typing is quiet, which makes it appropriate for lecture/library use. If you don’t like silver, you can customize both the cover and the iPad with skins.

  3. Lenovo will be offering its Android tablet with this “style” of keyboard when it ships within two weeks…but it uses a direct connect standard USB cable going from the keyboard to the slate/tablet. No recharging required, no batteries in the keyboard, since its a direct connect. The device will also natively play Flash content. And supports Office documents with Documents to Go. And it will have a pen that has fine resolution, not some crayon-like stylus…if you want to do real work, it will be the better choice.

  4. I have something similar. Called a laptop. Has a built in cover and a great keyboard…’

    Honestly Aidan I played with an iPad 2 for an entire day. Aside from the battery life, impressive to a degree, and the toy like add on’s I just do not see paying the cost and having to deal with ridiculous high priced proprietary accessories.

    Perhaps next year at the Minasi conference you can show my the highlights and convince me to move over…

    From what I have seen and have been shown the “wow factors” I just don’t get it…

    That aside, I did pass this very good info on to my iPad 2 co-workers as they often complain about the lack of a keyboard.

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