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

Kensington KeyCover Hard Bombard Keyboard f&#959r iPad 2/3/4 (K39785US)

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  • Tactile keyboard w&#1110th high-performance scissor keys optimized f&#959r touch typist.
  • Removable Bluetooth keyboard delivers wireless operation.
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  • Pop up stand chains tablet &#1110n typing mode.
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Belkin QODE Ultimate Wireless Keyboard &#1072nd Case f&#959r iPad 2, 3 &#1072nd 4th Gen w&#1110th Retina Spectacle (F5L149ttWHT)

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  • Three viewing angles w&#1110th precision-hold magnets f&#959r stability
  • Large keys provide a laptop l&#1110k&#1077 typing experience
  • Offers 160 hours &#959f battery life between charges
  • Instant Installation Guide
  • SoundFlow design enhances iPad’s audio clarity
  • USB-t&#959-micro-USB cable built-&#1110n

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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
    Fantastic 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 Bombard 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 uncommon look, a lower price and some more desirable features, this HardCover Bluetooth Case from Kensington is well worth a try and, I reckon, 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 clever as a producer of documents. The core required accessory is, of course, a excellent 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 small or no tactile feedback to the fingertips) and, with their very small keys, errors caused by striking the incorrect 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 excellent, feels excellent 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 simpler 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 start, 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 smallest amount as tactilely responsive as those on the Logitech and typing really 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 poor and, I suspect, would be the first part to break of wear down. The Logitech aluminum end matches the native color of the iPad while the Kensington is black. One of the huge 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 external surface accumulates over time.

    All-in-all, there are two completely satisfactory keyboard suitcases. The Logitech is prettier and simpler 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 prose, I would opt for this new Kensington KeyCover. When a quality products is available at a lessor cost with a few features that really make it more desirable, why not?

    Kensington has earned a fantastic 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 excellent (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 Bombard 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 terrible 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 blue-collar. When I did so, I couldn’t spot any product that started with “Hard bombard” and the search function told me that there was no blue-collar for such a product. I kept doing the same thing over and over and (finally!) it found the blue-collar. For those of you who might be having the same problem, here is the link:

    […]
    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 prose 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 catalog. This is pretty close to typing with an actual keyboard. I like that I have arrow keys and a caps lock, I despise 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 small closer together than they would be on a regular keyboard, but you easily adjust to touch typing. Excellent responsive keys, neither requiring too much pressure nor overly sensitive. It also has tab, Fn, control, alt/selection, 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 hard to snap on, and downright scary to snap off. I am concerned that I will hurt the i-pad yanking so hard. According to the online blue-collar, there is supposed to be a “screen bodyguard”
    built-in 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 simple of removal, and I’m wondering if, without it, the screen is vulnerable–maybe I’ll insert a page of paper or something.

    Since I carry my i-pad in my purse I will take up again 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 prose e-mails (and reviews). I confess that this was always my intention, but it might have been nice to, occasionally, have the selection 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 thought.

    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
    fantastic product, May 1, 2013
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    This review is from: Kensington KeyCover Hard Bombard Keyboard for iPad 2/3/4 (K39785US) (Personal Computers)
    What i like most about this product is the ease of use and setup. It together 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 fantastic 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
    Fantastic!, April 26, 2013
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    A. D. Lum (Honolulu, Hawaii) –
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    Oh my goodness, I like this thing! I’ve used three uncommon regular suitcases, a mini bluetooth keyboard, and a keyboard/case combo. I did not expect this to be vastly uncommon 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 earnings that when closed, part of the keyboard could make contact with the iPad screen. Maybe that’s not anything, but I don’t like anything that isn’t soft sad 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 page of paper between the keyboard and iPad when the case is closed.

    The bluetooth syncing/linking was simple. 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 earnings that something else is necessarily lost or diminished. For some, trade-offs are excellent, and for others not so excellent. For me, both trade-offs are excellent.

    Trade-off #1: The sound deflector over the speakers directs sound headed for the user. It amplifies it a small 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 hideous and get in the way. I prefer a deflector that does a moderate job but is unobtrusive and looks excellent. That’s better than one that works fantastic but looks like a bullhorn stuck on your case.

    Trade-off #2: The case is not hinged. That earnings it does not open predictably like a book. The two parts of this case are “tethered” together by a strong, wide, and thin material. This makes it simpler 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 headed for 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 headed for the iPad. I much prefer the keys to be facing headed for the iPad. That way, my fingers are contacting the smooth external case instead of the keys on the keyboard. Bravo. I like this tethering feature, even if it does require one to be a small more precise.

    How about the feel of the keyboard? No complaints.

    Scratching? I tend to handle 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 excellent. It looks cool. It’s slimmer than even the non-keyboard suitcases I’ve used. The smooth end 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
    Brilliant 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 excellent for 160 hours. I have no thought if that is right 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 but, 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 really better with the case’s small 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 control text MUCH simpler than the touch-drag and release that one must use on the touch screen itself. There is no blue-collar (at smallest amount none that I could find, but there probably ought to be) to clarify what some of the other function keys do. I am still learning small surprises (e.g.., space bar returns you to the last open app when the iPad goes to sleep) and I expect to find out 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 largest 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 smallest amount 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 cut-rate to typing with one or two fingers. With it, one can start 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 reckon 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 Dread… (Everyplace along Pacific Coast Highway) –
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    IMPORTANT: Scroll down to see my updates in which I clarify 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 point headed for 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 huge dissipate of time.

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

    I am disappointed because the Belkin Ultimate Keyboard for the iPad really has a excellent 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 rare 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 persist on getting the Belkin Ultimate Keyboard, I strongly suggest you get a scratch resistant screen bodyguard. 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 prose the above review, I confirmed two things which make me feel more comfortable about maintenance this:

    1) I questioned 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 bodyguard with Tech Armor Apple New iPad 4, 3 & 2 HD Clear Screen Bodyguard with Lifetime Replacement Warranty [2-Pack] – Retail Packaging. While I reckon 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 bodyguard, it was not permanent. I was able to rub it away. Since this was a larger issue than the battery indicator light, I’ve rechecked it numerous era and confirmed no permanent scratches before prose this review update.

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

    1) Keyboard allows for instant accurate typing. It’s not as solid feeling as my Logitech Fabricskin and by and large 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 place 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 see 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 life slightly heavier on one side in landscape position. I wish Belkin had accounted for this, but it’s not really that huge of a deal.

    BOTTOM LINE:

    I’ve tried may iPad keyboards and I’ve returned most of them for a refund. My returns have built-in Logitech’s super well loved 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 clarified that one remaining issue I had was how the orange light does not give any confirmation that the…

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