We’ve got iPads covered
Jennifer Dudley- Nicholson reviews some handy accessories to enhance your tablet.
ZAGGKEYS FOR IPAD MINI Zagg
IT’S hard to imagine something as small as a hardcover book, namely the Apple iPad Mini, could stand in for a laptop computer. It’s a lot easier to imagine, however, once you fi t this ZAGGkeys case to its tiny form. This cover hugs all curves and openings of the original Mini with hard plastic, though leaves a soft, faux leather fi nish on the outside. But the reason you’d buy this case is its superbly designed keyboard, as this six- row creation has generously sized keys, a host of function buttons, and even multi- coloured backlighting. Touch typists will appreciate its design as it magically fi ts in all necessary keys and gives the impression of a much bigger canvas. dicksmith. com. au
IPAD AIR SMART CASE Apple
APPLE started making its own iPad covers for the iPad 2 but the Cupertino tech giant has quietly stepped up its game with this Air accessory. While its Smart Cover remains the same, albeit in different colours, the Air’s Smart Case now comes in leather, delivering a polished and professional exterior on both sides of the iPad. The rear of the case is still stiff, to hug the iPad Air’s contours, but the inside is lined with microfibre to protect its metal back and screen, and the outside is covered in premium leather available in six colours, from bright red to business- like beige. The front cover still folds in three parts to sit upright on a desk and a magnet turns the screen on and off like a fridge door. It’s not a reinvention of the Smart Cover but, like the iPad Air, a slick improvement. store. apple. com. au
BRYDGE+ SPEAKERLESS Brydge
TO PEOPLE frozen by indecision over whether to buy an Apple iPad or a MacBook Air, one American company offers a compromise. The Bridge+ keyboard turns Apple’s tablet into something very closely resembling a Mac. The keyboard is a hefty slab of aluminium with six rows of island- style, raised keys and even an Apple- esque lip at the front. Two hinges with removable rubber grips provide a home for the tablet and keep it in place with friction, with inserts for the past three iPad models also suiting an Air. The keyboard connects with Bluetooth and features a rechargeable battery. At 590g, it is heavy, its right Shift key is small, and it’s a bit too long for the Air’s footprint, but this case makes typing easy. thebrydge.com
PARADOX SLEEK Cygnett
THIS seems like a simple iPad Air case from Melbourne- based Cygnett. It holds the new tablet fi rmly in place with a hard plastic base that reveals all ports, cameras and buttons. Up front is an attached cover featuring a microfibre lining to buff its screen. There is a little bit more to the Paradox Sleek, however, as that cover folds in eight sections to keep the tablet upright on a table and, arguably, in a sturdier fashion than Apple’s own case. It lacks magnets to turn the screen on and off as you close and open it, however, and the front cover is prone to moving, leaving a sliver of the tablet screen exposed.
au. cygnett. com
KEYFOLIO EXACT FOR IPAD 5 Kensington
THIS tablet case is all about business. Kensington may have issued its KeyFolio Exact case in several colours, including bold chartreuse, but inside it reveals its professional nature, with a six- row keyboard, grooves for different tablet angles and space for a large stylus. The keyboard inside this cover- all case is held in place by magnets and can be moved to accommodate your typing style. Its buttons are also generously sized for fast missives, while its exterior is well made and seals with magnets. Unfortunately, the case itself is not thin, covering the iPad Air with many layers, and its 910g weight turns this package into a weighty travel companion. kensington. com. au