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BlueTooth Keyboard and Cover for iPad

By , July 3, 2012 8:33 am

So, you think you can live with your iPad but you could be so much more productive if you didn’t have to put up with the “soft” keyboard on the screen. I don’t know about you, but I like the feel of a full stroke keyboard so I thought I’d go looking for a keyboard for the iPad that was wireless. I hate dealing with wires and the whole idea of the iPad is to be totally portable right?

So I got an email offer for the keyboard below. I jumped right on it as it was the right price and I am just a sucker for a gadget add-on. If you visit my blog at all, I think you understand.

Nice aluminum casing with built in rechargeable battery!

So upon ordering and receiving my Hype HY-1023-BT keyboard, I was duly impressed with it’s appearance and overall quality. The aluminum matched very well with the iPad and the key action was very nice. The aluminum itself was a bit flimsy and not as good a quality as the aluminum on the iPad itself, but then again what is? However, what I really liked was the way that you could prop up the iPad in a slot in the keyboard and get a psuedo laptop experience.

Wow, it looks like a mini-laptop in this mode!

But the real the kicker was that I could place the keyboard on top of the iPad and have it become one protected compact unit as shown below.

Protected like a clamshell. Keyboard snaps on face of iPad.

OK, so enough of the physical coolness of this keyboard. How does it really work and is it worth the price of admission?

After using this on and off for a week, here’s my quick list for your consideration.

PROS:

  • Great protection for the iPad face. Great and secure fit.
  • Full key action is great for long sessions of writing and / or email answering.
  • Blue tooth pairing is easy and wakes up every time without incident. It will even go into powersave mode if you forget to turn off the power switch.
  • Rechargeable battery uses a standard mini-usb for charging.
  • Combo touchscreen and keyboard is nice and you get used to it fast.
  • Lots of curious looks and compliments.

CONS:

  • If you have any kind of case or protection on your iPad already, you have to remove it to fit this keyboard cover. I had a nice Belkin TPU cover along with the Apple smart cover that had to be removed. This leaves the back of the iPad vulnerable.
  • Taking the cover off is not so easy. It takes a bit of effort to snap off and then insert in the stand. You also have to turn on the Bluetooth keyboard to get a connection.
  • If your battery dies, you are outta luck.
  • I found I didn’t use my iPad as much because it was work to get it setup.
  • It’s too much like a laptop now.

 

I think the last two items in the CONS column seal the deal. I found that the convenience of whipping out the iPad for a quick session was defeated. It took a while to set up the iPad and the immediacy was compromised. So I went back to my TPU case and Apple Smartcover. It may not be as cool, but it makes the instantaneous usage of the iPad much easier. Apple got it right.

However, if you want t a full sized keyboard and you don’t want to spend the bucks for the one from Zagg or Loitech ($100), then this is an awesome alternative. Oh yeah, how much did I pay? I got it through a GroupOn Deal for around $25! For that price, it’s a steal.

 

Best Bluetooth Headset

By , May 17, 2009 5:47 pm

Plantronics new headset is a winner!

Plantronics new headset is a winner!

The new Plantronics Voyager Pro is the best headset. There I said it. I’ve been trying all kinds of headsets since my Motorola HS710 died on me the other day. As it turns out, it wasn’t really dead. That’s a story for another day. I am currently using an iPhone 3G and I was looking for the headset that would sound the best period. It had to sound good both ways, meaning that the caller had to sound good to me and I had to sound good to them as well. It’s not as easy a task as you may think. I tried 3 “high-end” headsets before my friend at Plantronics showed me the light. Here’s a quick summary.

Aliph Jawbone – These are well know for their “noise is nothing” campaign. They have amazing noise cancellation technologies so that you sound great to the person on the other end. You can be in a noisy bar or standing next to a weed whacker and you’ll still sound good. The problem lies in the other direction. The volume of this headset is not very high and if you are by a weed whacker, you will not be able to hear the other person. Couple that with the fact that the design is so minimal that you can’t figure out where the buttons are and you may not love this unit so much. I tired on for many months and about the 6th time that it was dead when I needed it because I had left it on by accident, I decided to eBay it.

Motorola HS710/HS715 – I tried both of these and discovered that they are basically the same unit except for the color. these are great all around headsets. They have the flip out boom microphone that also turns it on and off. It’s a brilliant design. These kinda hang off your ear so some may not find it so secure. I used these for years and was going to get another when I thought I would experiment with newer technology.

Motorola Pure H25 – This looked like a winner. So tiny with that patented boom microphone and then also a new noise cancellation technology. The first night I tried it I called my brother in law. From a perfectly quiet house at night, he told me my voice was breaking up! OK, that was all it took. Next one…

Plantronics 925 – This unique “V” boom headset sits in your ear, weighs nothing and is the recommendation of the folks in the Apple store. OK, I’ll give it a go. It fits well enough, but how was the sound quality? Again I called my brother in law (becoming my control group) and talked to him at night. Sounds good he says! So far so good. Then I called him on 2 other occasions from the car and outside. He said I sounded robotic, like something was muffling my voice. Later on, the clipping began. OK, coupled with the fact that I hate the on/off single button control, this one was no longer a candidate.

Plantronics Voyager Pro – This is where my friend came in. He saw my posts about the problems with the 925. You see, my friend is a sales executive at Plantronics. He offered to send me a new Voyager Pro to try. How could I resist? To make a long story short, it’s been over a month and I am still happy with how it performs. It’s got the same issue with the button to turn it on and off, but the sound quality is superb. It’s plenty loud and the people I call can’t tell I am on a headset! That is the highest compliment you could offer in this realm.

So, end of the day – I highly recommend the Plantronics Voyager Pro. It rocks.

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