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Published on July 19th, 2015 | by Greg


Typo: A Great Keyboard For Your iPad Air

It doesn’t take more than a few seconds to identify a good keyboard: the click-clack of satisfying tactile response, the accurate proprioception where your fingers can sense that they are properly situated. And while keyboards on a desktop computer are easy enough to replace, we always suggest sitting down with a laptop before purchasing to ensure that you get a chance to type a bit. With a tablet, though, you face a dilemma that divides the world- enjoy a lighter weight and less-bulky gadget or enjoy a more productive one with an external accessory.

The iPad Air and iPad Air 2 are beautiful, but trying to type out anything longer than an email can be a chore. Hence Bluetooth keyboards and cases, like today’s: the Typo for iPad Air 1 + 2, one of the most Apple-like keyboards imaginable. It’s ultra-thin and detachable, with a magnetic latch and a fairly durable case, with aluminum machining that matches your classy device. Keys aren’t cramped like many solutions- it’s basically a full-size model, even the number keys, though the Shift, bracket, and arrow ones have been compressed. And thanks to Bluetooth Low Energy and the internal high-capacity battery, you won’t need to worry much about recharging for almost a year of normal use.

On the flipside, there had to be a few sacrifices and compromises- there are no backlit keys, for instance, and the case isn’t as attractive or as sturdy as standalone models. Access to the headphone jack and charging ports isn’t affected, and the touchscreen and home button work just fine even with the keyboard active and case attached. One odd point and common mistake: you can’t really pickup the case when the keyboard is attached but dangling, as it will drop off. You can adjust it though, to a variety of viewing angles. Pairing is simple, and typing felt great- this article was a breeze, and it might just be the best typing experience for a Bluetooth keyboard. Rounded edges, smooth corners, and top-notch materials make this feel executive-level, a premium offering to be sure.

You may wonder why Typo doesn’t offer phone keyboards- and the answer is that it used to, but agreed to stop doing so in a settlement with Blackberry. A Typo for iPad Mini models is on the way soon and available for pre-order now though. You might also have heard one interesting fact- the company was, in fact, co-founded by Ryan Seacrest. But those are asides, and what was facing us was an excellent keyboard with a decent case and a quite-high price. Function keys for things like Siri and media controls, as well as a home button, are a nice touch too. Available now, in stores and online, the iPad Air 1/2 Typo Bluetooth Keyboard is a solid buy and a great design.


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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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