I am loving taking my light and conveniently sized iPad everywhere instead of my huge, heavy, battery-greedy, Macbook Pro. I'm finding the iPad is great for most everything and does the job just fine. But the only thing that's not great for writing long reviews on epinions is the fact that iPad has no physical keyboard. And that's why I decided to go for a bluetooth wireless keyboard, which is what I'm using to write this review right now! The Targus Wireless Keyboard! (AKB32US)
I chose carefully upon making this decision, from what was available in my area. I almost went for the Apple brand wireless keyboard, but the Targus one had a slight edge when it came to price. Whether it was just on sale or it's the regular price, it beat the Apple brand keyboard by $20. And it boasts "months of battery life" on the box. I was sucked in. Plus, black is my kinda color.
The layout also played a factor. I love the idea of cases out there that not only house the iPad, but have a fold-out keyboard as well. The problem with those are these two main things: The iPad is restricted to the case whether I'm in the mood for that or not, and the keys on all the ones I've seen so far are too small. They typically make them smaller on some of those so they fit underneath the same length of the iPad. Great for being compact, but my fingers don't like it. The targus one feels great.
Also, this keyboard started getting designed right with quick keys on the unit, but didn't make enough of them. The keys that are there are great. There's a "sleep" button that you can hit to turn the unit to sleep mode. There's a menu button you can hit to leave an app. There's a "search" button to go to the search menu of the iPad. There's a keyboard button to bring up the on-screen keyboard if you need to. By default, whenever you're keyboard is wirelessly connected, there is no on-screen keyboard, which is good. For music, there's various buttons for using the music player, like play, pause, left scrub and right scrub buttons, as well as mute, volume up, and volume down keys. All these keys are along the top row of buttons. Below that, it's all the regular keys of a keyboard.
Since it's a relatively compact keyboard, there is no numeric keypad box of number keys, but if you hold the function key down, the numbers are painted on a section of the letter keys so you can use that. Although they're more diagonally alligned then I'd prefer, it works.
The keyboard is almost exactly the same size and feel of the Apple wireless keyboard. It's just as light, just as thin, just as sleek, and just as power friendly. It takes two AAA batteries and they have been lasting for many many days so far, so the box has been truthful up to now. On the back of the unit there's a tiny on-off switch you will need to use your fingernail to switch back and forth, and a "connect" button to get the keyboard connected.
I don't know if the keyboard is to blame or just the iPad, but the battery life of my iPad goes down very fast when I use it. I suppose this is due to fact my brightness is up, the wifi is enacted, and the bluetooth as well. And I am using the iPad 3rd gen.
Overall, the keyboard is well-built, works perfect, and is extremely convenient. It also always connects wirelessly fast every time. I do wish it had some more hot buttons. I still have to go to the iPad screen to touch things and swipe. I wish the arrow keys of the keyboard could be used to scroll up and down pages, or to move across the iPad user menu. Again, some problems I have with the keyboard, I can't quite tell if the keyboard is to blame or just the user interface design of the iPad itself.
But for the most part, I trust that various kinks will be worked out in future iPad updates, and in the mean time, I've got a great and well-recommended keyboard!
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Amount Paid (US$): 49.99