Airbender Mini Review

It seems that iPad-compatible keyboards are popular more than ever, so manufacturers and designers need to pay extra attention to make their cases fit or complement any third party keyboard. What more, it seems that a new trend in iPad case design appeared, so now more and more cases come with a wireless keyboard included. This still seems like a new territory, so designers are still trying out different combinations in order to see which one will transform your tablet into a full featured netbook.

New Trent is a company which specialized in different kinds of smartphone accessories, and recently introduced a product named the Airbender Mini. This is the case made for the iPad mini, which offers very strong protection and also features a keyboard. What’s interesting about this product is that it’s priced at $40, which does sound like unbelievably good deal, since most similar products are priced around $100. Continue reading to see how this case performs, and what features you can expect for this price.

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Once you open its packaging you’ll see several parts which need to be assembled. First, you’ll need to place your iPad mini into a two-piece plastic frame which very strongly snaps around your tablet. After you’ve placed this frame you’ll now need to snap a smooth rubber case onto it. You’ll also receive a screen protector, which means that your tablet will be protected from all angles. As I’ve said in the previous paragraph, you’ll also receive a wireless keyboard which comes as a single part that you simply attach to the part that you’ve just assembled. Keyboard can be used independently, and can be carried with your iPad by using it as a cover. What is really interesting about this product is that you’ll also receive an arm which can connect the keyboard to your iPad, so you’ll get something that resembles a mini iMac. I was surprised by how functional this whole construction is, since I was able to choose the perfect viewing angle and use my iPad mini in a way that I’ve never used it before.

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When it comes to protection, the Airbender Mini is doing a great job. It is made of quality materials, and seems sturdy enough to keep your tablet protected even if you drop it. This product looks like one of those rugged cases which completely covers your iPad in plastic, so some people might have a problem with this kind of aesthetics, while other won’t mind it.

Now a few words about the included keyboard. It is able to offer you up to five hours of continuous use, on a single charge. You’ll certainly need some time to adjust to this keyboard, since it’s quite small and you’ll actually need to learn how to fully utilize it. I’ve used some much more comfortable and more powerful keyboards, but those cost $150 and up. So by having on mind that this product only costs $40, you’ll actually receive a very nice and functional keyboard.

PROS: Quality made. Very interesting combination of a case and a keyboard. Very affordable.

CONS: Takes time to adjust to this keyboard. Some won’t like this kind of aesthetics.

The IntelliCase Review

During the last couple of months I’ve had a chance of reviewing several products which were designed and are being sold by Griffin. This is a well-known manufacturer of third party accessories made for iOS devices, and some other handheld devices and notebooks as well. The products I’ve reviewed are a dock made to hold your iPad and iPhone at the same time (PowerDock Dual), and a very interesting accessory which lets you free you musical creativity (StudioConnect for iPad).

In today’s article I got a chance to review yet another product made by Griffin, and it’s named the IntelliCase. This is a case made for the iPad mini, and it’s priced at $30.

On a first look I think we all can agree that the IntelliCase is a nicely designed iPad mini case. It protects your tablet from all sides, and it is consisted of a flexible cover and a rigid shell which protects the back of your tablet. This shell is made of hard polycarbonate and provides excellent protection and also seems very resistant to scratches. It leaves open all iPad’s ports and buttons, giving you quick and easy access. If you take a look at the pictures you can notice a very large lip located on the back of this shell, and it’s used to convert this case into a stand, but more about that later. The other part of the IntelliCase is its front cover, which works the same way as the Apple’s SmartCover, meaning that it comes with magnets which put to sleep your iPad mini while not in use, and which can wake up the tablet once you open the cover. It’s flexible and comes with textured surface for easy grip. It actually feels very nice under the fingers.

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What’s important to say is that the IntelliCase is quality made and gives all-around protection to your tablet. In case you drop it by accident, I expect that this case will provide full protection from any damages. On the other hand, I need to express my concern about the magnets located inside the cover, which are strong enough to keep the cover in place, but not strong enough to keep it together during an impact. This means that if you drop it at some unusual angle, this cover might open and leave the screen of your tablet fully exposed.

As I said earlier, the one prominent feature of the IntelliCase is the lip found on the back. It is used to hold the cover after you fold it, creating a very sturdy and reliable stand. This is a very nice addition, and I guess that many are going to love it. On the other hand, as much I loved it I had the problem with the lip because its sticks out too much. It also can create a problem while you’re holding the iPad mini with both hands while reading a magazine, for example. I am not sure why designers at Griffin didn’t incorporate some kind of movable or retractable lip, which could fit back into the body while not in use.

Toffee Slim Folio Review

Folio style cases usually offer the most elegant way to fully protect your tablet. As you surely know, tablets simply attract dirt, smudges, and scratches so it’s very important to properly protect them. On the other hand, many of us use tablets at work (besides using them at home or anywhere else), so any kind of protection you buy needs to look sharp and elegant as well. This is why folio cases are usually the best choice for tablets, and there are numerous types which come in different materials and shapes. These small and sometimes very subtle differences will determine if a product can make a profit and succeed.

In this article we are going to talk about a folio case made for iPad mini. It’s called Toffee Slim Folio, and comes from a company named Toffee which produces very elegant wallets, bags, and cases made for smartphones and tablets. Even though this company has been around for several years now, it became known for leather sleeves and cases which are specifically designed for iPhones and iPads.

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Once you take a look at the Toffee Slim Folio you’ll immediately realize that this is a well-made product. It feels great in hand, and upon tactile inspection I’ve discovered that genuine leather is actually covering a very hard internal shell which is there to protect your iPad mini. This internal shell is not visible in any major visual aspect of this product since it’s covered with leather over its exterior, while there’s also a very soft microfiber cloth that’s covering the inside of Toffee Slim Folio. You can actually see the black plastic shell only at edges and around some ports and openings.

When it comes to ports and openings, they are fully exposed. The buttons are reachable but you can expect for them to be a bit recessed because this case comes with solid plastic structure which builds up some thickness. But what’s important is that buttons and ports are fully usable.

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As you can expect, Toffee Slim Folio comes with magnets with automatically lock and unlock your iPad mini. The thing is that they’re very sensitive and even the slightest movement will probably unlock your tablet. This isn’t too big of an issue since there’s a very strong “lock” mechanism which is consisted of a tab and a slot which are made of leather so you can be assured that the case won’t get opened by accident. This leather tab and slot are also used to fold the case into a stand and to secure reversed connection so everything will stay in its place.

There are a lot of things to like about Toffee Slim Folio. It is quality made and offers great protection, and you can even find it in several different color combinations (red, blue, black, and pink). The only thing to be concerned about is how sensitive those locking magnets are, and there is also a question if $69.95 is too much for an iPad mini case.

Incipio’s LGND iPad Case Review

LGND 2Even though iPads are probably one of the most quality made tablets on the market, they still need some protection which will keep them scratch-free for a long time. It is also important to take care of iPad’s touchscreen, since this is where it holds most of its functionality, so in case you’d like to use your iPad for a while, you simply need to invest in a quality protection case.

Today we are going to talk about the latest Incipio’s product. This company is specialized in all kinds of cases and bags for Apple-made computers and handheld devices, even though Incipio also makes some basic audio equipment and iOS-compatible chargers. The product we are going to review in this article is called the LGND, and this is origami-style iPad folio case.

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The LGND is made to be compatible with the third- and fourth-generation iPad. As we said earlier, this is a folio-style case which means that it covers iPad’s back and front side, and the tablet’s left side as well. It leaves open all the ports, buttons, and speaker. The backside of this case is very light and thin, so you won’t have any problems accessing all these ports and buttons. It is also important to say that even though its backside is thin around port openings, it is overall very firm and sturdy and I believe it will take care of your iPad for a long time.

The front side of LGND case is made of the same material found on its back, but as you can from the pictures, it is origami-like shaped. This means that you can fold it into two different positions and make it serve you as an iPad stand, which is a nice addition to a traditional tablet case. Both of these positions are made to be used with landscape-oriented iPad, so your tablet could be tilted at 20- and 45-degree angles. When you fold this case into a stand, its magnets are used to firm up this whole construction so I have to say that it keeps iPad firmly in its place.

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Even though the LGND will keep your iPad safe from any external damages, and it can also serve as a reliable stand, this case does have some disadvantages. Simply said, it wears easily, and in order to make a permanent scratch on its front side you simply need to make a cut with your nail at a very mild pressure. This means that the LGND will be covered in scratches from its first day of use, and it will quickly lose its “brand new” look. What’s important to say is that even though it wears out rather quickly, this does not affect its protective function.

The Incipio’s LGND is priced at $35, and could be purchased in two materials: vegan leather and suede. Also, it comes in several colors like black, navy blue, gray, pick, and red.

Cooler Master’s JAS Pro Stand Review


JAS Pro 1Once you hear about Cooler Master, you probably associate it with PC market and those large cooling devices which are used to keep PC’s temperature at control. Cooler Master now also offers some very interesting MacBook stands, which received big media attention and some very positive ratings. This is why we were interested in trying them out and seeing if one of these stands really deserves its hype.

We are going to review Cooler Master JAS Pro stand, which is currently priced at $70. This company also offers the L-Stand, which is a model priced at $65, but it’s differently designed so we are going to review it in a separate article, in the near future.

Once you see the JAS Pro for the first time, it somehow captures your attention. It is very simple in its shape and colors, but it is very elegant, feels really nice in hand, and it feels quality made. Once you take it you’ll realize that you’re holding a very serious laptop stand since it’s made of high quality aluminum and it weighs 22.4oz (636gr.).

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The JAS Pro is fully made of aluminum and its aesthetics perfectly fit any MacBook (Air or Pro). I really liked how designers took care of small details and how edges are very slightly rounded, which all gives a very positive first impression. As you can see from the pictures, there are rubber feet on the bottom which prevent movement, and there are also rubber lining which is there to keep your MacBook in its place. By closely inspecting these rubber linings, I realized that you can peel them off with ease, even though it requires some force for them to completely detach from the aluminum body. This could be a problem down the line, but I also assume that this won’t be a big deal since you can clean these adhesive tapes and return them to their original position. Again, this is not its downside, but only something to have on mind.

The JAS Pro offers many viewing angles which could be achieved by adjusting its height. It is also completely foldable and portable, which is a big plus. Simply fold those two sides into one, and pack it alongside your laptop, so you can use it practically anywhere. Also, it is quality made and scratch-free, so I guess that you’ll be using it for a very long time.

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The JAS Pro can be used with any MacBook model, even though MacBook Pros seem like the best fit. It is also interesting to note that you can use this product as an iPad stand, which is yet another pleasant surprise. In case you’re using an external iPad keyboard, simply place your iPad into the JAS Pro and you can adjust every possible viewing angle. To be completely honest, this stand works much better than most iPad stands, and it’s a huge plus that you can use it with a laptop and a tablet as well.

The bottom line is that the JAS Pro is one of the best choices for a MacBook stand, and even though it is a bit pricey, it’s well worth it.

Logitech FabricSkin Review

FabricSkin 1If you’re interested in buying a keyboard for your iPad, you will be surprised with how many models are out there. It seems that these days the market is crowded with iPad accessories, that comes in all shapes, forms, and sizes. Having a keyboard seems like a very good idea in case you’re interested in typing documents or doing a lot of web browsing on a daily basis. Even though iPad is enjoyable to use on its own, having a good keyboard is simply essential in case you’d like to use your tablet in the long term.

In this article we are bringing you a review of the latest Logitech’s attempt to design an iPad keyboard. We reviewed several Logitech’s products, made for iOS devices, and in general we were happy with them. The keyboard we’re reviewing today is called FabricSkin, and could be purchased for $150.

It is very clear that the FabricSkin is made to resemble Microsoft’s Surface keyboard.  This way, Logitech decided to implement some of Microsoft’s aesthetics and make something that will appeal to iPad users.

After reviewing several of their products, it has become clear that Logitech is working hard to build a certain image. This image reflects quality made products, and very tactile and nicely looking materials. The FabricSkin is clearly made in this manner, since this is a very well manufactured product. Its outer shell is very hard yet flexible, so I assume that you’d get to use this case without any problems for a very long time. It comes in several colors, and these variants actually come in several different material combinations. Most of them come with hard polycarbonate outer shells, while the other side can be made of very soft leather or even cotton. You can find blue, orange, black, grey, yellow, and red variant (some editions are only available in certain regions).

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Even though this is a quality made product, there are some things I didn’t like. It is clear that FabricSkin is heavier than most iPad cases, and it is actually heavier than iPad itself. This will be a problem for some potential users, so it is important to notice this issue.

Speaking of functionality, FabricSkin uses Bluetooth to achieve connection between a keyboard and an iPad. Every single key is slightly raised, and hides mechanical switches underneath. This means that you can hear that soft clicking while you type, and that is a nice thing. Also, it is covered with water-resistant coating, easily washable with a soft cloth. A nice addition is a set of magnets that detects when iPad is not in use, which automatically turns off the keyboard, this helps to save some power. According to Logitech, battery life is 2-3 months long, if you use this keyboard for two hours per day.

The only issue with this keyboard is a bit odd key layout, because it requires some time to get used to. Also, this case provides only one viewing angle, which is a shame since we all use iPads a bit differently.

VersaCover Mini Origami Review

VersaCover Mini Origami 1In general, folio-style cases are the perfect hard shells for any iPad Mini, and they are very convenient to carry and use. The problem with those is that most folio-style cases are very bulky, so when you place your iPad into it, it will become even bulkier. I guess that everything comes with a price, so in case you need a very strong protection for your iPad, you’ll simply have to deal with added weight and bulk.

In case you’ve got an iPad Mini, and you like folio-style cases, a company called Moshi made a product which you might be interested in. It is in fact a folio case, but it is very slim and can generate enough protection without adding any bulk. It is called VersaCover Mini Origami, and continue reading to see what this product can offer you.

Many will like VersaCover Mini Origami because of its lightweight construction. Just like any other folio case, this one has a back and a front side, so you can comfortably slide your iPad Mini into it. This case is made of a translucent plastics, molded into a single flexible piece. With this said, you can assume that this plastic won’t suffer hard hits, but it will keep your iPad Mini free from scratches and other light accidental damages.

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VersaCover Mini Origami leaves all ports open, as well a small hole for the back camera, and a microphone too. Back shell is a single piece of plastics, while the front cover is made of a very thin plastics covered by a layer of soft suede. It feels really nice in hand, and takes of iPad’s screen properly. You can choose from several color schemes: (Aloe) green, (Denim) blue, (Sakura) pink, and (Velvet) grey. A nice and gentle pastel tones will suit most people.

Now, what’s really interesting about this iPad Mini case is that it can be folded into several origami-style shapes, so you can use it as an iPad Mini stand. The front side is dented by five lines, which are used to make a certain shapes. You can actually make four different shapes, which means you can use your iPad Mini at three viewing angles in landscape, and one position in portrait orientation. This case is really versatile, and offers you enough space to play around with your iPad Mini at different viewing angles. Also, even though the cover is made of thin plastics, once you fold it into a shape you’ll get a very strong and sturdy construction.

If you ever used any of Moshi’s product, that you know that you can expect a good quality. The VersaCover Mini Origami is no different, and comes with some nice details which show that designers took their time with this product. With all this said, $50 seems like the reasonable price for this product.

Inspiria Metallic Case Review

Inspiria Case 1When you go on a search for a new cover for your iPad or iPhone, you’ll face dozens of different types of cases. There are all kinds of sleeves, thin plastic shells, folio-style cases, shells which come with rechargeable batteries, metallic/aluminum protective cases, and much more. As you can see, there’s a case for any possible situation, and also the price range is quite large, so you can surely find the right fit for yourself. A review like ours can be very helpful, since this can be the most convenient way to find some new and interesting product, and to see all of its good and bad sides, which you can’t see otherwise.

In this article we are bringing you a review of a very interestingly looking folio-case, made only for the iPad Mini. This is a special type of a folio case which is made to resemble a hardcover book, so I assume that most students are going to love its aesthetics. This cover is called Inspiria Metallic iPad Mini, made by Xhbit, and sold for $80. This is surely one of the expensive iPad Mini Cases, and it’s got interesting looks, so I was very interested to see what this case offers.

First of all, let’s see how quality made it is and a few words on its design. It is clear that Inspiria case is made to resemble a hardcover book. It comes in several vibrant color combinations, and if you decide to order it online, you can actually make you own color combination. This combination refers to a color of the outer shell, its internal sides, as well as that rubbery band which could be seen on the pictures and which wraps this case. It is quality made, and inside you can find a bamboo frame where you can place your iPad Mini into. It fits really well, and it will keep your tablet in its place regardless of shocks or any other sudden movements. As we said earlier, when you place your iPad into bamboo brackets, and close the covers, you can wrap around a small rubber band, so everything will be nicely framed and in its place.

Once you decide to inspect details of the Inspiria Metallic Case, you will see that there are some problems with it. For example, the most obvious one is that it doesn’t support magnetic sleep/wake feature, which is something you can find in almost every folio-style case. This means that you’ll need to press Home or Power button each time you’d like to wake your iPad. Now, there’s another problem and that’s a design of a cutout made for power button, which is a bit misplaced. It means that this cutout doesn’t perfectly fit the power button, so you’ll need to press extra strong in order to activate it. This is not a serious problem, but it is a very present inconvenience. There’s also no cutout for the back camera, which I also didn’t like.

X-Doria’s Dash Folio Felt Review

Dash Folio Felt 2In case you’re interested in using an external protection to keep your iPad free of scratches or damages, you can surely find the right case, a shell, or a skin. There are many different type of external iPad protection, which is a good thing since some of like using those tight skins which tend not to change iPad’s original aesthetics, while on the other hand there are those who like folio-type of cases. These cases completely cover your iPad, so it somewhat looks like a notebook. This means there is going to be the front and end cover, as well as some type of a system which will hold an iPad firmly within these covers. Folio cases are usually bulky and some of them also add a significant weight to iPad. They also bring complete protection and they usually act as a stand as well.

In this article we are going to review one of X-Doria’s products, which is a company which makes all kinds of holders and protection for iOS devices. This case is called Dash Folio Felt, and is priced at $50. According to X-Doria’s statements, it is made for iPad 2, 3 and the newest generation.

At a first sight, it is clear that Dash Folio Felt is a quality made product. On the outside you’ll find felt exterior, which feels nice in hand. It only comes in one color – dark grey. This type of external felt will surely attract dust out of any surface you place it on, which I didn’t like. It also means that it will become somewhat dirty after a while, even though its dark color will keep it invisible. For someone who’s very sensitive to dust, this type of external lining wouldn’t be a good fit. In case you really like X-Doria’s products, you can find another folio case, which comes with leather cover. It is also priced at $50.

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Internally, you can find a lot of faux leather. Stitching is very good, so I guess you shouldn’t have any problems with Dash Folio in a long-term. As you can probably imagine, you can also use this cover as a stand, and it is able to keep your iPad inclined at five different viewing angles. Four of those could be achieved by using the ridges found in the front cover, while the last one is achieved by folding over the front cover around the iPad’s back. Also, this case leaves all ports open, as well as both cameras.

Now, many users noticed that this case works very well with the iPad 2, but you will need an extra push in order to make other iPads fit it (3rd and 4th generation). I hope this won’t negatively impact on the stitching, since these two iPad can stretch it a bit. It seems that X-Doria tried to make a folio case which will suit as many iPad generations as possible, even though it should have made a small adjustments to each iPad generation.

Thunderstorm by Belkin Review

An iPad is the bestselling tablet mostly because it offers such a great performance and usability in all kinds of situations and scenarios, while retaining amazing design. You probably know all about that “serious side” of an iPad and how it can be used in your everyday business, from exchanging e-mails, having Skype meetings, quickly editing iWork and Microsoft Office documents, and so on. But iPad has its fun side also, since it’s perfect for watching movies and TV shows, listening to music, and playing games as well.

I believe that most hardcore gamers, who use iPad, also own an amazingly good pair of headphones, which are an essential piece of equipment in order to really get into a game. iPad comes with a good speaker, one of the better ones found in tablet devices, but it can’t really bring you that amazing sound you’d like to hear while watching movies. Well, in case you’re interested in such product, keep reading this article.

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Belkin recently introduced home theater system, made for your iPad. No, it’s not a range of huge speakers with AirPlay connection, but instead this is an iPad case which comes with its own built-in speaker. This product is called Thunderstorm, and could be yours for $200.

The Thunderstorm is a case for your iPad, which comes with its own cover, so you actually place an iPad into it. It adds on size and weight of an iPad, since its size is approximately 10×9 inches and it weighs about 1.4 pounds empty. As you can see, this is a serious addition to your iPad, and not one of those small wireless speakers which are usually failing to bring any improvements over iPad’s own sound.

In order to use it, you simply need to place an iPad into Thunderstorm’s plastic brackets and that is all you need to do. Once you start playing a movie, you’ll be blown away with its sound. We have tested numerous wireless speakers, but this speaker simply beats them all. It doesn’t only bring much louder sound, but it also brings incredible bass that you’ll feel pulsating all around you. It definitely beats any other (wireless) speaker of this price range.

The Thunderstorm’s case can be flipped back and used as a stand, which is a nice addition. It also comes with its own free iOS application, developed by Belkin. It is fairly simple and allows you to select one of several preloaded modes like movie, music, or game, but it doesn’t actually bring some much noticeable difference. After all, this app isn’t essential since Thunderstorm has a perfectly powerful sound on its own.

When you purchase the Thunderstorm, you’ll receive this whole audio system packed in one case, as well as an AC adapter used to charge it. It can last for 10 hours on a single charge, which means that it can last as long as your iPad with Retina display, for example.