One great gift this holiday season: you can personalize your iPad keyboard case with photos! We have tested out this latest printable accessory from Photobox.
The iPad keyboard is fairly new. Basically, it is a Bluetooth that is battery powered with a built-in stand. This is compatible with the iPad 2, 3, or 4. While it does work with the iPad Air, you can’t use it for a magnetic cover like with the older versions of the iPad, and it doesn’t fit ideally into the slot which is in the front of the stand. If you have an iPad Air, you will want to search elsewhere. This holiday season, if you buy an Apple iPad that is on sale don’t forget to buy a keyboard case as well.
The keyboard also serves as a cover. It attaches to the iPad’s side with strong magnets, just like Apple’s Smart Cover. What this means is that it is compatible to real shells with the right cut-outs for the Smart Cover. This includes Photobox’s iPad CaseIt’s simple to create design on the Photobox website. Several templates are available, giving you the choice using just one image, or just building a montage of many. We tried both these approaches and they both have their pros.
What happens is your photos get printed on a metal cover. The cover is then pressed and shaped and attached to the keyboard. We were very satisfied with the color accuracy of the completed cover, however, we would recommend turning off the color enhancement that is on by default if you want a more natural appearance.
From a distance, print quality may look good but if you look more closely, you will find that it characterizes a grainy appearance, something you would see from an inkjet printer, made over 10 years ago.
Moving on to the keyboard, the keys are a pretty good size. If you don’t have too large of digits, you are able to type long documents with no problem.
The layout of the keyboard is appealing, but we don’t like the idea of a Enter key, half-heighted. Also remember that the cursor keys also serve as a page down key, a page up key, home keys and end keys. These require the use of the Fn key. At the top, an extra row of keys provides shortcuts to search, brightness, and volume functions.
Keys are comfortable to type on and have plenty of travel. We noticed that is usually was responsive to touch-typing but it did duplicate a letter or miss a keystroke on occasions, when we tested it in our Bluetooth-filled office. But overall, it is very good for people who want to be able to write documents without having to bring along a laptop. The keyboard is chargeable from any USB port using the cable that is included. The battery is supposed to last around 100 hours for each charge.