Props again to the guys over at MobileZap for hooking me up with this nice little accessory for the iPad Mini, the Aluminium Bluetooth Keyboard Stand. Now this isn’t the only accessory for the iPad Mini, they have a heap of great stuff over on their website which you should check out.
- Operating distance: 0-10 Meters
- Modulation System: GFSK
- Operation Voltage: 3.0-5.0V
- Standby Time: 60days
- Charging Time: 4-5 hours
- Lithium Battery Capacity: 160mA
- Uninterrupted working time: 55 hours
- Power: Charge By USB
The keyboard itself is very nice, it has that Apple feel to it, nice keys / feedback just like on my Macbook Air, it is just smaller. So no complaints in this department. One of the things I did find is that the booklet that comes with it is not printed correctly and also the text is cut off as you can see in the following two pictures. Now on the box it states 60 days standby time, but in the booklet it says 150 hours, which equates to 6.25 days. I’ve had the keyboard for more than a week, and hasn’t gone flat so I am guessing that the 150 hours (6.25 days) is wrong.
The thing that I liked about this mini keyboard is the way that it doubles as an iPad stand, which it should even though it works up to 10m it’s more suited to be made into a “netbook” so to speak, and it sits in the little dock quite well and has a great viewing angle at 60 degrees, it has been designed very well for a keyboard under $30.
The keyboard itself also has special function keys for things like turning the volume up or down, changing the screen brightness, playing music or taking you back to the home screen. All these little features on they keyboard make it a breeze to use and come in quite handy. You end up not needing to touch the screen for certain tasks which means less fingerprints!
So the bottom line is, if you’re after a keyboard, stand and hard case / cover for the iPad mini and don’t want to spend a lot of money, this keyboard from MobileZap is a must have, you won’t be disappointed with the purchase. If you do check it out, don’t forget to have a look at all the other accessories they have over on their iPad Mini Cases page, there is plenty to have a look at and choose. Shipping time is quite fast too, I received the keyboard within 4 days.