Product Type: Apple keyboards
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Quite well built, warranty, a bit pricey
Apple Wireless Keyboard
Member Name: Seven17
Apple Wireless Keyboard
Advantages: Low power consumption, build quality is good
Disadvantages: Drains the iPad battery really fast.
I mainly use this keyboard for my iPad when typing out long documents, since it's much more comfortable than tapping on the glass for an hour straight... The keyboard has a nice spacious layout and quite soft keys when you hit then really hard. The keys are marked with a grey paint for each letter and so far after several 1000+ word documents for work, and about 6 months wear and tear, none of the characters have rubbed off or worn smooth.
Cleaning is quite easy with a small tooth pick getting in between the really small grooves but other than that you can just get a wet wipe and clean straight across the keyboard. It takes less than a minute to clean the whole thing and by picking unwanted crumbs out you prevent jamming or breaking the circuit boards inside.
Connectivity is easy and simple with just a few things to do. Make sure your device is able to start bluetooth by turning bluetooth on, and making your device discoverable, then join the Apple Keyboard connection - note that you do get a quick start guide if you have difficulty with getting bluetooth to work.
My keyboard has multiple scratches and dents particularly around the back but it has stood up to the test of time quite well, no major mechanical faults and these scratches were from me just throwing it into a bag and not covering or protecting it properly.
The keyboard is very low power consumption, it uses just a few watts but the green energy saving stops right there. Activating bluetooth and then pairing with this drains my iPad battery like there's no tomorrow. I usually get just 4 hours when typing using this keyboard and the amount of draining it does really annoys me.
The keyboard is very comfortable to use, no aches or pains unless i hit the keys way too hard but generally they have a soft bounce and I have not yet worn down the tips under the keys so it feels quite bouncy still.
At around £50 you are looking at quite an expensive keyboard but remember this is Apple, you get a free 1 year warranty, it's bluetooth enabled and is quite comfortable compared to some of the stupid copy's with really annoying keys that stick or break.
This is a recommended keyboard and bear in mind what you're paying for given the high price.
Summary: Good for typing long documents, much more comfortable than the iPad's glass.
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