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.

DODOCase Magic Keyboard Case

Review: DODOcase Magic Keyboard Case for iPad Pro 12.9

DODOCase Magic Keyboard Case

Thanks to the popularity of Apple’s Magic Keyboard, a new type of case for the iPad Pro has emerged over the last year. There are plenty of bags and sleeves out there that will hold a Pro and MK together and I’ve reviewed a few of those in recent months. However, the more interesting cases I’m seeing now are those that not only hold an iPad Pro and Magic Keyboard, but also allow you to use them together without removing the from it.

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Brydge 12.9 Max+

Review: Brydge 12.9 Max+ Wireless Keyboard with Trackpad

 

Brydge 12.9 Max+

When I saw the first ad for the new Brydge 12.9 Max+ Wireless Keyboard with Trackpad, I knew I had to try it. I’ve been a fan of Brydge’s keyboards for a few years now, but just from a photo, I could tell this one is different. Very, very different. From the new design to the massive trackpad, the Max+ is a whole new ballgame. Let’s get into the reasons why and all of the fine details.

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UAG Shock Sleeve Lite With iPad Pro Black Midnight Camo

Review: UAG Shock Sleeve Lite for iPad Pro

UAG Shock Sleeve Lite With iPad Pro Black Midnight Camo

If you carry an iPad Pro around with you, a case that provides at least some basic protection is almost a requirement. Even if you prefer to use it au natural, you are risking your investment if you aren’t at least transporting it from place to place inside of something.

This is one reason why sleeve cases have always been popular with iPad users, back to the earliest days of the device. Even though I prefer to keep my iPad Pro in some kind of case, I still like to carry the pair in something that provides more drop protection when I’m out and about.

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Brydge 12.9 Max+ with iPad Pro

First Look: Brydge 12.9 Max+ Wireless Keyboard Case with Trackpad

Brydge 12.9 Max+ Box

A few months ago I got an email saying that Brydge was working on a new firmware that would bring multitouch to their Pro+ keyboard case’s trackpad and  I got really excited. All of the sudden, this accessory that I had completely given up on was back in the game with a fully functional trackpad. The beta firmware was impressive and gave Brydge’s first iPad Pro keyboard with trackpad a whole new lease on life.

A few weeks later, I saw even better news from Brydge. They announced that they were coming out with a new keyboard case for 12.9” iPad Pros (including the new, slightly thicker 2021 version) that was very different than their previous models. It was the 12.9 Max+ Wireless Keyboard Case with Trackpad, and it looked like a legitimate competitor to Apple’s Magic Keyboard.

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Twelve South StayGo Box

Review: Twelve South StayGo USB-C Hub

 

Twelve South StayGo Box

USB-C Hubs often feel like a dime a dozen commodity accessory. There are plenty of cheap ones (in more ways than one) to be found at places like Amazon and eBay. I’ve used a few such accessories over the last few years, and you can usually tell how poor the quality is within a few hours. Whether it runs blazing hot or works inconsistently, they tend to be worth what you paid for them, and not in a good way.

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Logitech Combo Touch Box

Review: Logitech Combo Touch Keyboard Case for iPad Pro

Logitech Combo Touch Box

I’ve reviewed more keyboard cases than I count off the top of my head. I have covered Apple’s Smart Keyboard (hated it), Smart Keyboard Folio (disliked it), and Magic Keyboard (really liked it and still own it), as well as all of the recent iPad Pro models from Logitech and Brydge. I also covered many keyboard cases from several manufacturers, all the way back to some of the first for the iPad 2 in 2011 in my former writing position. You could say iPad keyboard cases are kind of my thing and have been for a long time.

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Review: Harber London Leather Messenger Bag for iPad

It wouldn’t take anyone looking around this site long to figure out that I have a thing for leather accessories. Cases, sleeves, bags, and pretty much anything else- I’ve reviewed them all over the years and continue to use many of them today. There’s just something about the look and feel of a well-made leather accessory that really appeals to me, much the same as fine woodworking.

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Solo NY Reclaim

Review: Solo New York Re:claim Backpack

Solo NY Reclaim

A good laptop backpack that you can feel good about owning

I love a good laptop backpack. In my line of work, where I’m always carrying my laptop, iPad Pro and all their various accessories along with plenty of stuff in my hands like controllers or tools, a backpack is definitely the most efficient way to get it all from A to B. Because of this, I’m all ears whenever there’s an opportunity to review new backpacks.

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HoverBar Duo

Review: Twelve South HoverBar Duo

HoverBar Duo

While iPad stands often feel like a dime-a-dozen commodity accessory after a decade of Apple tablets, we seem to be in the midst of a sudden renaissance for this product category. You have Kensington’s new StudioDock, which is impressive in both its size and feature set and comes with a price tag to match. Then there’s the Satechi Aluminum Desktop Stand that I wrote about Sunday and back in January. Now we come to a third high quality stand released this year that brings both great construction and a high level of versatility. This stand is the HoverBar Duo from Twelve South.

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Satechi X1 Keyboard and Aluminum Desktop Stand

Follow-Up: Satechi Slim X1 Keyboard and Aluminum Desktop Stand

Satechi X1 Keyboard and Aluminum Desktop Stand

Back in late January, I wrote a Quick Look on two new accessories from Satechi that I had the opportunity to try out. Their Slim X1 Keyboard and Aluminum Desktop Stand are both impressive iPad-compatible accessories that are great in their own right, but are even better when used together.

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Brydge Pro+ Keyboard

Brydge’s Beta Firmware Breathes New Life Into Their Pro+ Keyboard

Brydge Pro+ Keyboard

While we were on vacation this week, I started testing out the Brydge Pro+ Keyboard. Again. Due to lack of updates, I eventually gave up on the first one I bought and it ended up in a drawer. I had high hopes when it was announced, but that was before Apple released its official trackpad support and Magic Keyboard last spring. 

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