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Kensington KeyCover Hard Shell Keyboard for iPad 2/3/4 (K39785US)

Kensington KeyCover Hard Shell Keyboard for iPad 2/3/4 (K39785US)

  • iPad snaps securely in place for 360 protection and the ultimate shield for the corners of your iPad.
  • Tactile keyboard with high-performance scissor keys optimized for touch typist.
  • Removable Bluetooth keyboard delivers wireless operation.
  • Sleek aluminum hard shell with dark anodized finish resists fingerprints and smudges.
  • Rubber feet for stability.
  • Automatic wake and sleep modes when KeyCover is opened or closed.
  • Pop up stand supports tablet in typing mode.
  • iPad securely snaps into KeyCover in both landscape and portrait modes.

  Snap your iPad into a protective, stylish aluminum case while adding the productivity of a wireless Bluetooth keyboard. The Kensington KeyCover Hard Shell iPad Keyboard beautifully complements the aluminum back of your iPad for the perfect combination of aesthetics and 360Degree hard-shell protection. Inside the KeyCover features a wireless Bluetooth keyboard with high-performance keys optimized for the touch typist. KeyCover securely holds your iPad in both landscape and portrait modes so yo

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Belkin QODE Ultimate Wireless Keyboard and Case for iPad 2, 3 and 4th Gen with Retina Display (F5L149ttWHT)

  • Wireless iPad keyboard and protective case in one
  • Fold flat: the keyboard is only 6.4mm thick
  • Three viewing angles with precision-hold magnets for stability
  • Large keys provide a laptop like typing experience
  • Offers 160 hours of battery life between charges
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • SoundFlow design enhances iPad’s audio clarity
  • USB-to-micro-USB cable included

The thin and lightweight Belkin Ultimate Keyboard Case for iPad reinvents the tablet as an enhanced productivity tool. The keyboard’s large well-spaced keys provide laptop-like typing, while its thin 6.4-millimeter profile makes desk or lap use very comfortable. Three neodymium magnets keep the iPad securely in place and automatically turn the keyboard on and off, so that the keyboard is only on when you’re using it. When you’re not using the keyboard, the battery is saved and the onscreen keybo

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6 Responses to “Kensington KeyCover Hard Shell Keyboard for iPad 2/3/4 (K39785US)”

  1. D. Reinstein "marindavid" says:
    24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Features, More Security and a Lower Cost than the Logitech Ultralight, April 24, 2013
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    D. Reinstein “marindavid” (Fairfax, CA USA) –
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    This review is from: Kensington KeyCover Hard Shell Keyboard for iPad 2/3/4 (K39785US) (Personal Computers)
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    The Logitech Ultralight iPad keyboard, regarded as the standard for Bluetooth keyboard covers for some time now, has a new and significant competitor. With a different look, a lower price and some more desirable features, this HardCover Bluetooth Case from Kensington is well worth a try and, I think, a buy.

    I have been a regular user of my iPad2 since the day I received it – just over a year ago. While it is probably best suited for obtaining information, with the right accessory, it is also handy as a producer of documents. The core required accessory is, of course, a good Bluetooth keyboard. I have tried many, beginning with soft-key boards built into folio soft/leather/leatherette covers. These seemed better than the touch screen keyboard, but not much. The keys were too soft, not reactive to touch (giving little or no tactile feedback to the fingertips) and, with their very small keys, errors caused by striking the wrong keys were the rule rather than the exception.

    The first real breakthrough came, from my point of view, with the Logitech products. Their UltraLight iPad Bluetooth Keyboard looks good, feels good and does a nice job with the iPad. It feels a bit more solid than the Kensington, holds the iPad in place without the kick-stand used on the KeyCover and is easier to attach and detach from the iPad. It also costs $20 – $30 more. I have been pleased with it and was interested in trying and comparing this new KeyCover case from Kensington.

    Both devices pair easily and quickly via Bluetooth (the Kensington with 3.0.)

    To begin, the obvious differences are many. There is an additional (6th) row of keys on the Kensington for most of the shortcuts generally found on a standard computer keyboard. There is no `Delete’ key, but a more familiar backspace left arrow. Although the keys are about the same size, the board somehow does not take up more space. The keys are at least as tactilely responsive as those on the Logitech and typing actually seems a bit more defined and less prone to mis-strokes. Unlike the Logitech which is held in place by magnets alone, the Kensington case clips onto the iPad so seems a lot more secure – though getting used to attaching and unattaching it took a half-dozen practices.

    The kick-stand that hold the iPad in the standard 60 degree position for typing feels a tad flimsy and, I suspect, would be the first part to break of wear down. The Logitech aluminum finish matches the native color of the iPad while the Kensington is black. One of the big plusses in the Kensington is that the case has round rubber `legs’ in all four corners of the base, eliminating the tendency of the Logitech to slide around, especially on smooth surfaces, and pretty much eliminates the inevitable scratches that the Logitech outer surface accumulates over time.

    All-in-all, there are two completely satisfactory keyboard cases. The Logitech is prettier and easier to attach and separate from the iPad. The Kensington has what I found to be a better layout of user-friendly keys, greater security both closed and in use and a savings in cost. I cannot say that one is definitively better than the other so recommend that both be tried! If that is not possible, at this point, having used both for some extended writing, I would opt for this new Kensington KeyCover. When a quality products is available at a lessor cost with a few features that actually make it more desirable, why not?

    Kensington has earned a great reputation for their electronic accessories. Particularly for those built for use with Apple products, they have exceeded reasonable consumer expectations. I fully expect this standard to be met and sustained with this new KeyCase Bluetooth Keyboard.

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  2. tachi1 "tachi1" says:
    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Pretty good (as a keyboard), but not as a cover., April 29, 2013
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    tachi1 “tachi1″ (Miami, FL United States) –
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    This review is from: Kensington KeyCover Hard Shell Keyboard for iPad 2/3/4 (K39785US) (Personal Computers)
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    I am annoyed when a product comes without instructions so, right off the bat, we got off to a bad start. Installation isn’t exactly ‘plug and play’ as you might expect in a product without instructions and I had never before installed hardware to the ipad. There is a slip of paper that tells you to go to a website (or scan a QR code) to get the manual. When I did so, I couldn’t spot any product that began with “Hard shell” and the search function told me that there was no manual for such a product. I kept doing the same thing over and over and (finally!) it found the manual. For those of you who might be having the same problem, here is the link:

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    Once you know the process, installation (and ‘pairing’) is a breeze. The i-pad fits easily into the groove, the plastic stand that pops up holds it at the perfect angle for desk viewing at either orientation. It removes and slides in without effort.

    I am writing this review on the keyboard and I do like not having to use the tapping i-pad keyboard. I am always making mistakes, either adding extra letters or not having letters register. This is pretty close to typing with an actual keyboard. I love that I have arrow keys and a caps lock, I hate that the shift key on the right is a bit far and I wish it had a “delete” key so I could delete left to right instead of always right to left, but those are minor problems. Of course, the keys are a little closer together than they would be on a regular keyboard, but you easily adjust to touch typing. Good responsive keys, neither requiring too much pressure nor overly sensitive. It also has tab, Fn, control, alt/option, and command/control. Best of all, you don’t have to keep switching between the letters keyboard and the number/symbols keyboard all the time. Despite the fact that the i-pad weighs much more than the keyboard, the keyboard lays flat on the desk regardless of orientation. Since the non-slip buttons are only on the four corners, the smooth plastic surface slides off your lap and I don’t feel comfortable using it that way, particularly in portrait orientation. I don’t mind because I got it to work on a desk, but it might be a consideration for you. On the whole, the KEYBOARD part of the product rates pretty highly.

    My main complaint is that the I pad is hard to remove once you are no longer using the keyboard and want to use it as an i-pad cover, it is really awkward. It is difficult to snap on, and downright scary to snap off. I am concerned that I will damage the i-pad yanking so hard. According to the online manual, there is supposed to be a “screen protector”
    included with the keyboard. I didn’t get that (and I’ve carefully checked all the packing materials) but I doubt that this would make a difference in the easy of removal, and I’m wondering if, without it, the screen is vulnerable–maybe I’ll insert a sheet of paper or something.

    Since I carry my i-pad in my purse I will continue to use the apple plastic cover as a cover. It is thin, doesn’t take up as much room, and protects my i-pad well. I will use the keyboard at home for writing e-mails (and reviews). I confess that this was always my intention, but it might have been nice to, occasionally, have the option of taking the keyboard along. After my struggles to get the i-pad to come apart from the keyboard cover, I have given up that idea.

    So, if this was only a ‘keyboard’ I would have given it a 5, but since it is also supposed to function as a ‘cover’ I’ve had to remove a couple of stars because it is not something I would ever choose to use as a cover.

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  3. lee ettleman says:
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    great product, May 1, 2013
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    This review is from: Kensington KeyCover Hard Shell Keyboard for iPad 2/3/4 (K39785US) (Personal Computers)
    What i like most about this product is the ease of use and setup. It connected to my ipad within seconds, and instantly works as a Bluetooth keyboard, I also like the fact that the stand allows the ipad to work vertically or horizontally. Only complaint is that the keys are a bit small, but when compared to the built-in onscreen keys of the ipad, its a great step forward!

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  4. A. D. Lum says:
    233 of 239 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great!, April 26, 2013
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    A. D. Lum (Honolulu, Hawaii) –
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    Oh my goodness, I love this thing! I’ve used three different regular cases, a mini bluetooth keyboard, and a keyboard/case combo. I did not expect this to be vastly different from the other keyboard case that I tried.

    First of all, this is a hard case. It does not flex. The other keyboard case that I tried was rigid/stiff, but it could flex a tiny bit. That means that when closed, part of the keyboard could make contact with the iPad screen. Maybe that’s nothing, but I don’t like anything that isn’t soft touching the iPad’s screen. This case was built with close tolerances. When closed, the keyboard comes very close to the screen, but does not touch it. If you hold it up to the light, you can see the tiny separation. If you don’t believe your eyes, you will find that you can slide a sheet of paper between the keyboard and iPad when the case is closed.

    The bluetooth syncing/linking was easy. Also, there is no physical switch to turn the keyboard off and on like there was on my other keyboard case. The keypad is engaged when the keyboard is in one of its three possible reclining positions. The case magnetically “snaps” into one of the three reclining positions. Snap it out and bluetooth goes off. No more worrying that you forgot to turn off the bluetooth switch.

    There are two trade-offs. A trade-off is not a flaw. It is a feature whose existence means that something else is necessarily lost or diminished. For some, trade-offs are good, and for others not so good. For me, both trade-offs are good.

    Trade-off #1: The sound deflector over the speakers directs sound toward the user. It amplifies it a little and also makes it quieter for those who are not in front of the device. A larger deflector (including your own cupped palm) does the job better, but then it would look ugly and get in the way. I prefer a deflector that does a moderate job but is unobtrusive and looks good. That’s better than one that works great but looks like a bullhorn stuck on your case.

    Trade-off #2: The case is not hinged. That means it does not open predictably like a book. The two portions of this case are “tethered” together by a strong, wide, and thin material. This makes it easier for butterfingers to fumble with, but it allows the case to do something that a hinged case cannot do. You can flip the keyboard section in back of the iPad section with the keys facing away from you or toward you. In this configuration, the sections are “stacked”. It’s like folding a magazine so that the rest of the magazine is behind the page you are reading. But a magazine is hinged. The part folded back is always facing away from you. Another way to say it is that you can flip the keyboard directly behind and parallel to the iPad, with the keys facing away from or toward the iPad. I much prefer the keys to be facing toward the iPad. That way, my fingers are contacting the smooth outer case instead of the keys on the keyboard. Bravo. I like this tethering feature, even if it does require one to be a little more careful.

    How about the feel of the keyboard? No complaints.

    Scratching? I tend to treat my electronic stuff with care. But I’m not a fanatic about it. I do a normal amount of sliding it around (metal side down) on tables and such. There is no scratching that I can see.

    While in the library using my iPad to do word processing with Pages 09, I felt like taking a break and browsing a bit. I wondered if I could stand it up in portrait orientation. I expected it to utterly fail as it was not designed to do this. But much to my delight, it can stand up on its side. Sure, it stands vertically (can’t tilt the screen), but I tend to slink down in my chair when I relax so it was no problem!

    Finally, this case looks good. It looks cool. It’s slimmer than even the non-keyboard cases I’ve used. The smooth finish and the perfect way it mates up with the iPad is something to admire. I have an urge to show it off. OK, it’s more than just an urge – I show it off whenever the I get the chance :-)

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  5. James Tepper ""Are we there yet"" says:
    71 of 75 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent iPad Wireless Keyboard/Case Combo, May 4, 2013
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    James Tepper “”Are we there yet”” (Boonton Township, NJ United States) –
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    The Belkin Belkin Ultimate Wireless Keyboard and Case for iPad 2, 3rd Gen and 4th Gen iPads performs exactly as advertised. It has a complete wireless QWERTY keyboard, about 10% smaller than the standard keyboard that is surprisingly responsive and comfortable to type on, with a bit of adjustment. It mates with the iPad via standard Bluetooth pairing. Out of the box, it literally takes but a few seconds to have your iPad snapped into the plastic top holder and paired with the keyboard. There is no on-off switch. Simply set the back containing the iPad into one of three small notches in the keyboard/base unit and the keyboard is powers up. Take the iPad out of a slot and the keyboard goes off. Removing the iPad is also a snap.

    The unit is charged via a USB cable and claims to be good for 160 hours. I have no idea if that is true or not, but I have not had to charge it since the first time, and I’ve had it for couple of weeks (but I often use the iPad for reading with the keyboard folded with keys facing the the back of the iPad and therefore “off” ).

    With the iPad set at one’s desired angle (there are 3), the keyboard and iPad so resembles my MacBook Air that I keep looking for the track pad. There isn’t one however, and it takes a bit of getting used to the thing to know when to touch the screen and when to use the keyboard. There are a number of function keys that are similar to those on a regular Mac keyboard for controlling sound (which is actually better with the case’s little baffle that directs the sound forward than it is with a naked iPad), video and a home key that takes the place of the home button on the iPad. The arrow keys make editing text MUCH easier than the touch-drag and release that one must use on the touch screen itself. There is no manual (at least none that I could find, but there probably ought to be) to explain what some of the other function keys do. I am still discovering little surprises (e.g.., space bar returns you to the last open app when the iPad goes to sleep) and I expect to discover a few more.

    The keyboard/case is reasonably light for the strength and protection afforded by its aluminum base, and the self contained keyboard, but it is heavier than the heavy duty Snuggs leather case that was the iPad’s previous home. The keyboard folds out of the way in back of the iPad for reading, but the resulting sandwich is less comfortable for reading than with the iPad in my Snuggs case or caseless.

    The biggest drawback is that the keyboard is 10% smaller than a regular keyboard so for (rather lame) touch typists like me, switching back and forth between the Belkin keyboard and one of my regular computers is (at least with my rather limited experience) troublesome. Maybe that will go away with more use.

    Bottom line: The Belkin adds a considerably amount of functionality to the iPad for e-mail and text-based apps like Pages. Without it, one is basically reduced to typing with one or two fingers. With it, one can begin to approach the texting ability of a laptop or desktop computer for many applications with the much smaller and lighter iPad. On one of my next trips, I think I’ll leave the laptop at home and try just the iPad with the Belkin.

    Recommended.

    J.M. Tepper

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  6. PositiveLogic "Looking for Positive, Not Fear... says:
    201 of 225 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Some concerns addressed — will keep it, July 30, 2013
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    PositiveLogic “Looking for Positive, Not Fear… (Somewhere along Pacific Coast Highway) –
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    IMPORTANT: Scroll down to see my updates in which I explain why I’ve raised the rating to 4 stars from 2 originally.

    ORIGINAL REVIEW 7/30/2013

    I ordered the silver version from Best Buy. It’s the same as the one sold on Amazon except for the color. There were two immediate problems, that escalated into a huge hassle:

    1) As mentioned by another Amazon reviewer, the orange light that is supposed to indicate that the unit is fully charged never turns blue, no matter how long I charged. I called Belkin Tech Support and after an 20 minutes on hold, I find that the person on the other end had no knowledge that such a defect might exist among a certain percentage of units sold. Consequently, she did not know how to troubleshoot it. So that was a big waste of time.

    2) Also as mentioned by another reviewer, the keyboard case, when closed, leaves long horizontal scratch on my screen protector. I tried to rub it out, but it’s permanent. Now–it’s entirely possible that if I removed the screen protector that, the actual screen of the iPad itself would not be scratch. But the fact that my screen protector would get scratched is pretty alarming.

    I am disappointed because the Belkin Ultimate Keyboard for the iPad actually has a good feel to it and I’m able to type accurately with it. Unlike my Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio Carbon Black for iPad 2 and iPad (3rd/4th generation) (920-005370) it does not have the alternate layout which causes occasional errors when typing on the top number row.

    Bottom line: I wanted to like this because of all the glowing review the Belkin has had. But my Logitech Fabricskin remains my #1 favorite iPad Keyboard.

    For those who insist on getting the Belkin Ultimate Keyboard, I strongly suggest you get a scratch resistant screen protector. As for the issue of about the orange light never turning blue, chances are that I got a lemon and you might be okay.

    UPDATE: 7/31/2013

    Since writing the above review, I confirmed two things which make me feel more comfortable about keeping this:

    1) I asked the reviewer who had mentioned that the issue about the Orange light never turning blue if he still got satisfactory use out of the Belkin Ultimate Keyboard. He confirmed that he has not had to recharge it in months and has been using it often.

    2) I replaced my cheapo screen protector with Tech Armor Apple New iPad 4, 3 & 2 HD Clear Screen Protector with Lifetime Replacement Warranty [2-Pack] – Retail Packaging. While I think it’s a sloppy design that enables a sharp edge to touch your iPad screen, I was glad to see that, while the Belkin still left a mark on my new screen protector, it was not permanent. I was able to rub it away. Since this was a bigger issue than the battery indicator light, I’ve rechecked it several times and confirmed no permanent scratches before writing this review update.

    In the meantime,to reiterate and add to what I said above, here are the positives:

    1) Keyboard allows for quick accurate typing. It’s not as solid feeling as my Logitech Fabricskin and overall quality is not as impressive, but it makes up for through it’s standard layout on the number row.

    2) It’s light. Other than the Logitech Ultrathin, which I’ve also used, it’s the lightest iPad keyboard I’ve used, with the added bonus of offering full protection on all sides for your iPad.

    3) Stable enough to be used on your lap, or on non-level surfaces. Many reviewers have stated that the magnets and too weak and it has a tendency to collapse if you put it on your lap or try to type while slouching on a couch. I’ve tried both, I’ve found that it holds together quite well. I’m guessing that they made the magnets stronger on later versions.

    ONE ADDITIONAL NEGATIVE.

    When it’s locked on the magnet that is closet to the keyboard, I notice that the iPad leans over slightly to the left. I doesn’t affect performance and I’m guess that it’s due to the iPad being slightly heavier on one side in landscape position. I wish Belkin had accounted for this, but it’s not really that big of a deal.

    BOTTOM LINE:

    I’ve tried may iPad keyboards and I’ve returned most of them for a refund. My returns have included Logitech’s super popular Ultrathin Keyboard (offers no protection to the iPad’s backside) and the Clamcase Pro (defective). So it says something when I find one I like enough to keep to one. The Belkin has multiple flaws. But the pluses outweigh them at this point.

    Update as of 8/1/2013

    I was contacted by a member of Belkin’s public relations people (see comment area) who wanted to address the concerns I expressed in my review. I explained that one remaining issue I had was how the orange light does not give any confirmation that the…

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