Category Archives: iPad Accessory Reviews

The iPad and iPad 2 are amazing and versatile devices. There are also a huge number of great iPad and iPad 2 accessories available from a wide range of vendors. There’s a huge array of iPad cases available, from skins and minimalist designs to full-protection options. There are also screen protectors, iPad case plus keyboard combos, and some great iPad stands. For the iPad 2 in particular, there is of course the Apple Smart Cover and a wide range of back cover cases that are compatible with it.

Harber London Magnetic Envelop Sleeve Magnetic Closure Flap

Review: Harber London Magnetic Envelope Sleeve for iPad Pro

Harber London Magnetic Envelop Sleeve

I reviewed Harber London’s Carry-All iPad Folio in the large size back in July and came away impressed with the quality of both the design and materials. The only issue I had with it was that the large version dwarfed my 12.9″ iPad Pro and Magic Keyboard. In fact, it was so big that my 15.6″ Lenovo Yoga C940 fit in it just fine.

I went ahead and reviewed it as an iPad Pro case, despite the massive size. However, I talked to a rep at Harber London about getting the medium version, which would be a much closer fit for my iPad Pro. They were sold out at the time, but asked if I would be interested in taking a look at a new product that is also compatible with the Magic Keyboard. In the end, I’m very pleased that I agreed.

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Review: Twelve South BookBook Cover for iPad + Keyboard

I’ve owned a couple of Twelve South products in the past and reviewed at least one elsewhere, so I know their reputation well. However, even though I’ve been aware of their popular BookBook cases for years and always thought they looked unique and interesting, I’ve newer owned or tried one. So when someone from Twelve South reached out to me about reviewing the latest version of their leather case for the iPad Pro, I was immediately interested.

However, that wasn’t the only reason I wanted to check out this case. While Twelve South has offered a version of the BookBook for the 2020 iPad Pro design for months, this newer version is made specifically for the combo of the iPad Pro and an Apple Keyboard. While it is capable of holding an iPad Pro alone, it can also protect one while it’s attached to a new Magic Keyboard.

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Solo New York Re:new and Re:focus

Review: Solo New York Re:new Briefcase and Re:focus Sleeve

Solo New York Re:new and Re:focus

Practical protection with an eco-friendly ethos

I’ve seen advertising for tech accessories made from recycled materials before, but I have to admit that they’ve never really interested me. I have demanding needs at work and it always seemed like the trade offs in quality and  durability were too big to justify.

However, I was intrigued when I got a press release from Solo New York about their new Re:cycled Collection of bags a few weeks ago. I reviewed their Everyday Max Backpack in December of 2018 and liked it so much that I used it as my daily computer bag at work for a year. Based on that experience, I figured if anyone could make a durable, good-looking bag from eco-friendly materials, it would be Solo NY.

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Logitech Folio Touch

Logitech’s New Folio Touch is an Interesting Alternative to Apple’s Magic Keyboard

Logitech Folio Touch

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I’ve been wondering if Logitech would ever pay any attention to the current iPad Pro form factor. Their Slim Combo for the original and 2017 iPad Pros was my favorite keyboard case of all time and I’ve been waiting over two years for an encore. Logitech also released new keyboard cases with trackpads around the same time as Apple’s Magic Keyboard, but only for the iPad, iPad Air and older iPad Pros.

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Magic Keyboard

Two Months with the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro

Magic Keyboard

I first wrote about Apple’s Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro a little over two months ago, right after it was released. I’ve logged many hours with this versatile accessory since then and I have to say that it’s been an interesting experience. My overall opinion of it has changed over this time, mostly for the better.

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Living with the Magic Keyboard and iPad Pro: Nothing is Perfect

If you a regular reader, you may have already picked up on this, but I am not quite as enthusiastic about the Magic Keyboard as most of the Apple blogosphere. I’m not saying that I don’t like it, because I actually do in a lot of respects. It is very good at the things that Apple designed it for. But it is that narrowness of scope, along with a few other drawbacks, that I can’t completely shake off.

While there are still plenty of good things I have to say about the Magic Keyboard in the future, here is all of the bad news I’ve come across so far.

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A First Look at the Magic Keyboard…Sort of

So my Magic Keyboard arrived at my house around 11:00 AM today. Normally I would be at work on a Friday even during these days of quarantines and stay at home orders, as my job is considered essential. However, this particular Friday found me at home for a not-so-pleasant reason. I had a date with an oral surgeon at 10:45 this morning. Yuck.

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The Brydge Pro is the Best iPad Keyboard I’ve Ever Used

I’ve heard about the Brydge Keyboard for the iPad for years and seen the glowing reviews. However, I have typically stuck with products from ZAGG and Logitech, as they tend to be a little less expensive and provide more coverage as cases. The main thing that kept me from trying the more expensive Brydge was the fact that it was much more keyboard than case, leaving the back of the iPad completely exposed. The other cases I tried had very good keyboards and provided excellent protection, making them better overall choices for me at the time.

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Powerbeats Pro Arrive!

I would say MY Powerbeats Pro arrived, but they aren’t actually mine. I am taking a look at them so I can write a little about them, but they will belong to my wife very soon. Wednesday was her birthday, so these are her Combo bday/Mother’s Day gift. She was kind enough to let me test drive before she takes them so I won’t get in the way of her listening pleasure once I hand them over.

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Getting Used to the Logitech Slim Folio Pro

Logitech’s Slim Combo for the previous gen 12.9″ iPad Pro was my favorite keyboard case of all time by leaps and bounds. It checked all the boxes. It offered protection without too much added bulk. It could be positioned at a wide range of angles thanks to the hinged kickstand. The keyboard section could be separated from the iPad section giving it plenty of versatility. For me, that’s the perfect combo of features.

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Hands-On Preview: TouchType Pro for iPad Pro

Every once in a while, I come across something really interesting while browsing Kickstarter or Indiegogo. The TouchType Pro, a creative and innovative keyboard case for the current gen iPad Pros, would seem to fit that bill. However, to be completely honest, that’s not how I found it. While the TouchType Pro campaign was just released on Kickstarter, I have been aware of this product for a while now. In fact, I’ve actually been able to go hands on with a prototype for a few weeks. More on this in a bit.

You see, Salman Sajid, the developer of the TouchType Pro and its earlier crowdfunded variations, originally reached out to me back in the Summer of 2017. After reading one of my iPad keyboard case reviews, he wanted to know if I would be interested in a project he was starting to work on. If you are a regular reader here, then you know there was no way I was passing that up.

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