Airbender Mini Rugged iPad mini Keyboard Case

Compatible: iPad mini 1, iPad mini 2 + iPad mini 3 ONLY. NOT for iPad mini 4


  • MODEL - NT31B



  • RECOMMEND - Extremist, as well as everyday user.



  • COMPATIBLE - iPad mini (1st Gen), iPad mini with Retina (2nd Gen) + iPad mini 3 with Touch ID only. NOT for iPad mini 4



  • FEATURES - Rugged protection, multi-viewing angles, auto sleep/wake, and 360 degree rotation



  • CONNECTION - Bluetooth connection: Range of 33 ft or 10 meters





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Airbender Mini Rugged iPad mini Keyboard Case
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Overview

 









Airbender Mini: NT31B
RUGGED BLUETOOTH KEYBOARD CASE FOR IPAD MINI + RETINA (2nd gen.) + iPad mini 3 with Touch ID only. NOT for iPad mini 4












Mini But Rugged

The Airbender Mini may be compact, but it can hold its weight in a tussle. Designed with ruggedness in mind, the Airbender Mini features a rubberized protection, providing the ultimate coverage for your iPad mini.


 


 









Versatile Folio Form Factor

The Airbender Mini is outfitted with a chrome-finished aluminum arm that allows your iPad mini Retina to rotate a full 360 degrees for both horizontal and vertical viewing. The retractable & detachable arm also allows you to adjust your viewing angle and distance to your heart's desire, yet pack up your iPad mini and take it on the road in a matter of seconds.














An Ultra low-Profile Keyboard

We know keyboard design. Flat-edges keys and extra spacing provide an ultra-comfortable typing experience - you'll barely feel like you are typing on a miniature keyboard. On top of that, our reliable Bluetooth technology allows for easy pairing and consistent connectivity from up to 30 feet (10 meters) away.

 


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  1. The best protection for your iPad Mini!

    After using this case for a couple of days, I've found it to be very durable and reliable. Unfortunately, it is slightly cumbersome just for day to day use, but if you use the iPad rigorously this case is perfect. The material used for this case is high-quality, and it feels comfortable to hold because of it. The hinge offers different viewing angles and the clip offers 360 degree rotation of the iPad. One of the best features is that you're easily able to detach the keyboard and hinge by squeezing the two clips together. The in-built screen protector is wonderful and smooth, but initially it felt a little rough on the fingertips. Also, the all of the ports are covered with rubber, so it is protected from spills.

    Review by Mike
    Rating

    (Posted on 6/23/14)

  2. Very rugged, great with or without the keyboard attached

    I've tried three different cases now for my iPad Mini with Retina display.
    After several weeks of use, the New Trent Airbender Mini has become my
    preferred case due to its high level of protection (it truly is a rugged
    case) and flexibility.

    For those that have done their research with the iPad Mini with Retina
    Display, you KNOW that it is not the same size as Apple's original iPad Mini.
    It might only be fractions of a millimeter here and there, but it matters
    with tight fitting cases. So, I am happy to report that the New Trent Airbender case
    fits PERFECTLY on my Mini with Retina Display. No worries there. Yes,
    there's even a hole for the second microphone that Apple put on the backside
    of the Retina Display model (seems to be a spot forgotten by other vendors).

    The case is VERY rugged. It consists of five pieces... the rubber
    protection piece for the back and edges of the screen, a screen protector
    with edges, a back plate for the screen to snap in the protector, the
    bluetooth keyboard, and the metal hinge piece. All ports have rubber plugs
    covering them except for the two microphones, and there are holes for the
    speakers. Thus, the case is water resistant and not water proof. It seemed
    that the sound from the speakers was even BETTER with the case on... not
    sure how New Trent did that.

    The keyboard pairs easily and reliably with bluetooth, and the on/off switch
    for the bluetooh is ON TOP and easily accessed rather than being recessed
    along the side. Finally someone figured out that the on/off switch matters.
    The keyboard is also rugged, but "mini" since this is for an iPad Mini, so
    expect cramped typing. I adapted easily enough, but I can't say that I'd
    want to do it for hours at a time, but that has been my experience with
    other keyboards for the mini as well. The keyboard charges with a micro USB
    port (cord included, no adapter though) and it has a red LED indicator that
    shows when it is charging, and it turns off when it is full (NICE feature).
    I used it for weeks without charging, so I can't tell you how long the
    charge on the keyboard will last. Longer than the Mini will last though.

    The metal hinge includes a connector that attaches to the screen very easily.
    As a matter of fact, the best part of this product is the ability to
    VERY easily take the screen off the keyboard and use it just as a tablet in
    a well-protected case. A+ to New Trent.... no more popping the screen out
    of the case every time you want to use it just as a tablet.

    When the screen is connected to the keyboard, the hinge mechanism allows the
    iPad Mini to be used in both portrait mode or landscape mode, and you can
    also lay the screen almost flat on the keyboard if you don't want to detach
    it.

    When shut, the screen is well protected from the keyboard keys and there is
    a rubber catch to keep the case shut.

    I really love this product for its ability to protect the Mini well and
    allow it to still be used as a tablet without completely disassembling it
    from the case. With the keyboard combination, it's good to have the
    portrait and landscape options for the screen. The screen stays in position
    with the hinge on its own... you don't need to lean the screen against
    anything.

    Total review = 5 out of 5, with a special note that the case is worth it
    alone for the rugged protection of the Mini. The keyboard is a bonus that
    makes the package travel well for any versatility you will need.

    Review by Tom L
    Rating

    (Posted on 6/21/14)

  3. Great Overall Product

    What a great overall product!

    The things I love are:

    1) the durability. This thing can handle a lot of wear and tear and holds up perfectly. My 18 month old daughter gets her hands on my iPad mini from time to time and both the case and iPad are non-destructible with this product.

    2) its ability to turn an iPad into a laptop. My laptop died almost 2 years ago, and since I had just graduated from college and figured I was done writing papers, I figured an iPad mini would suit all my technological needs, and it basically has. But if you are writing long emails, blogs, etc, the keyboard is a must.

    3) High quality covers over buttons and ports. It just makes it feel like it's being protected from dirt and dust. I like that.


    There are only 3 things I don't like about this product:

    1) If you already have a screen protector, the screen protector on this sticks to it and makes it look bad. Not a huge deal, plus you can always take off the original screen protector.

    2) The keyboard is not the standard keyboard and takes some getting used to. This is understandable since it has to be small enough to fit with the iPad mini's dimensions.

    3) It is almost impossible to remove, and when you do remove it little pieces break, but I guess I'm hoping it holds up long enough that I won't have to remove and replace it for a long time.

    Would definitely recommend the Airbender Mini to all iPad Mini users.

    Review by Joshua
    Rating

    (Posted on 6/12/14)

  4. Wonderfully Rugged, Bluetooth Enabled

    I would have given this keyboard case five stars if the keyboard could light up and if the punctuation marks were in the spots I'm used to finding them. However, if the keyboard had the lighting feature, I could instantly forgive the placement of the punctuation marks. I also wish it was a wee bit lighter in weight. Also, this case is maddeningly difficult to install, and the instructions are not very clear, at least not to someone like me. However, once you struggle, cry, struggle some more, break a couple of fingernails, nap, take a deep breath, try again, FINALLY find success and install the case, it's actually very pleasing. This is a terrific product, perfect for the ipad user who's exposed to the outdoor elements or perhaps the cook who loves to follow recipes in the kitchen, or the camper who's especially active. The case is equally frustrating to remove, so be prepared to marry your ipad to it once it is on.

    Review by Madeline
    Rating

    (Posted on 6/4/14)

  5. AMAZING PRODUCT

    The Airbender Mini Keyboard Case (NT31B) is an AMAZING product. I am very happy with the craftsmanship and ease of use. My husband is a landscaper and said that he no longer feels hesitant of taking the I-Pad Mini on jobs with him because of the rugged construction. My 12 year old has really gotten into reading and writing fan fiction short stories and she absolutely loves using the I-Pad to write them now. She said it is a lot easier than using the laptop and since she can take the I-Pad with her, she is able to write as it comes to her no matter where she is. I would most definitely recommend the Airbender Mini Keyboard Case (NT31B) to everybody that has an I-Pad mini.

    Review by Ginger
    Rating

    (Posted on 5/28/14)

  6. This is an AMAZING case

    I got this case for my iPad Mini because it looked really cool and useful in the pictures. When I received my case I immediately got excited when I opened it... The quality of the case is amazing and extremely durable. The battery for the case have a very long durability. I used it for over a week without turning off the Bluetooth and amazingly it still has battery. It is very rugged which I like because it protects my device from harm and can be detached from the keyboard easily when I don't need the keyboard. What I love most about it is the style and the feel of the case and the fact that the keys on the keyboard contain functions which can actually control the iPad like the volume or the home button. I have no complaints from this case other then I feel that it could be a bit lighter, but that is not at all a problem and I love the case all the same. I extremely recommend this case to anyone, especially a business person who is traveling on the go and does not have the space for the bulkiness of a laptop.

    Review by Domingos
    Rating

    (Posted on 5/26/14)

  7. Beefy case

    1st impressions:

    The item came in a nice solid box, and was excited to open it and install it with my iPad Mini 16gb (MD528LL/A. I unwrapped the product and briefly looked through the installation manual which went over the bluetooth pairing and a few pictures on how to install the sleeve for the iPad mini. The instruction manual also recommended to watch an installation video on the newtrent website. I watched the video, and it seemed simple enough. I proceeded to charge the keyboard while I install the sleeve on the iPad.

    Installation:

    This has got to be the most frustrating sleeve to install. First, i needed to detach the sleeve from the arm that is attached to the keyboard. There is a two spring clips on the arm that you press together and the sleeve case comes off. There was no instructions for this. Then I had the hardest time removing the soft outer sleeve from the hard inner case. I felt that the soft sleeve would rip as it did not slide off with thumb pressure. Once I got the sleeve apart, got the iPad in the hard case, and tried to install the soft sleeve, another wave of frustration set in. The home button cover that is part of the soft sleeve has small tabs that need to slide under the hard case. Very frustrating to get it to install properly. I'm a bit of a perfectionist and eventually got it in by installing the home button area first before the rest of the case. I must have spent about 1 hour putting it all back together properly.

    Keyboard pairing:

    The keyboard charged up fully at this time and I was able to pair the keyboard with my iPad Mini without any hassles. Keyboard works perfectly fine. I decided to pair the keyboard with my iPhone 5 32GB and it worked fine. I also paired the keyboard with my PS3, that worked perfectly fine. One thing to note is that because the keyboard has a pairing code that has to be entered on the keyboard itself, you cannot have the keyboard paired up with multiple devices at once. After testing with my PS3, I switched the iPad's Bluetooth on, but needed to go through the pairing process again. I guess this is a double edged sword as if you don't turn off your Bluetooth on your devices, the keyboard would interface with multiple devices at once.

    Overall usage:

    This case/keyboard is robust, heavy duty, and I feel safe that my iPad is protected. I'd say that typing on the keyboard is definitely faster than using the on screen keyboard, that is once you get used to entering punctuation's, such as apostrophe, and question marks. These are a bit difficult to enter at first, as well as the location of the backspace/delete key. I constantly entered the plus key when trying to hit the delete key. It just wasn't far up and right enough. The keyboard also has function keys for volume, forwards and back for music playback, and copy, cut and paste keys. One function I could not get working was what looks like an internet icon, just didn't seem to do anything. Later I found this change language, however, still not sure how that is supposed to work. Another unusual but helpful key was the key that acts like a home button. That was really helpful to use. The keyboard clam shell design with a swiveling arm for the iPad is a bit cumbersome to use. My girl friend grabbed the iPad and found it difficult and cumbersome to use while in bed. Once I made her familiar with how to remove the keyboard from the iPad, it was easier to use while lying down in bed. Overall, its a good product and for the price that is listed. It does seem reasonable. This would be perfect for traveling and doing work, it essentially turns the iPad into a tablet. The Since the keyboard is removable, it works great when you want just the iPad without the bulk. The case does have an overlay on the cameras, which does induce some glare when there is a strong light source. Speakers are not obstructed at all and sound quality is still good. Overall, I would rate this product a 4 out of 5 star.

    Constructive Criticism:

    Instructions could include more details on installation and removal of the iPad from the keyboard, as well as the swinging arm that slides out. These were pretty much a bit of a learn as you go, and some users may not be so mechanically inclined.

    The TPU homebutton could be redesigned for a better installation. Possibly with a detent system rather than small tabs. This might save some frustration.

    Include another latching mechanism on both sides of the case, this would allow for any orientation of the iPad to be closed in.

    I think as far as case designs go, I would prefer a inner TPU case with hard outer shell. Seems more sturdy.

    Review by Will
    Rating

    (Posted on 5/23/14)

  8. great case

    Case is a visual treat, with ease of use very high in lap and desk scenarios. It does face some challenges in the use of the keyboard, even with small hands (frequently used keys require the use of a function key, such as ' and ?). The overall case has a good weight to it, and doesn't cause the iPad to feel too bulky. The closure clasp doesn't hold strongly, but does well enough. Bluetooth pairing was easy, and even made connecting to other devices (iphone 4s ATT) simple. The screen protector shows smudges when not in use, but they are not very noticeable while using the iPad. The keyboard is simple to remove and reattach from the device, and holds a charge very well (left on overnight with no dent in overall time of use). I do wish the pivot connector had a bit more tension for positioning.

    This case would be perfect when a full laptop isn't very reasonable (mid-flight, during meetings, etc). Compared to my non-case integrated keyboard, this is a complete joy, and easily replaces it.

    Review by brad
    Rating

    (Posted on 5/23/14)

  9. Case + keyboard == win!

    Off the bat, what I really like about the case is the Bluetooth keyboard. My iPad Mini isn't something I use a lot professionally but I do like to bring it to work so that I can check on my personal e-mail accounts and social media without using my work computer. Responding to e-mails and commenting on what my friends are doing is much easier with the keyboard.

    The ruggedness of the case is a real plus for me. I take my iPad Mini almost everywhere I go and not having to worry about dropping it or sliding off a table is a real plus. I can also toss it in my backpack or messenger back and not have to worry about it getting crushed or scratched by the other things in my bag or if I accidentally drop it too hard.

    I do enjoy that the portion with the iPad Mini can separate from the keyboard and operate as a stand. I forsee myself using it to put the iPad up higher so I don't have to crane my neck down to look and type at the same time. It's also handy for putting a video on and walking around the house with it, putting it down where needed.

    The other little feature that I like is that I can separate the case part from the stand as well and walk around with just an iPad in a protective case. It's very handy for those times I need a smaller profile.

    My only real gripe is the keyboard is a little cramped for my hands. Probably unavoidable with something the size of the iPad Mini but it does make touch typing a little difficult for me. It could also just be something that I need to get used to so I figure with more time with the keyboard, I'll enjoy it more.

    Review by Vince
    Rating

    (Posted on 5/22/14)

  10. Writing A Breeze

    I find the Airbender to be a delightful addition to my Mini. It essentially turns a tablet into a laptop but retains the best features of both. I do a lot of writing and having the keyboard obviates the need for me to run upstairs to my computer whenever I have anything of consequence to write. The keyboard layout is good and, though I have large hands, easy to use. I believe that the Airbender would be a welcome addition for anyone needing a small, efficient laptop at meetings. My daughter, who attends meetings and conferences regularly in her work, no longer uses her iPad because it is clumsy and difficult to type on. The Airbender would solve that problem for her and for others in her situation. In addition, the fact that the keyboard can be removed so easily retains all the features one is used to in a Mini. And the ability to use it as a stand makes viewing videos, photos, and e-mails simple and convenient.

    Review by Phil
    Rating

    (Posted on 5/20/14)

  11. Tough little iPad Case but needs some work

    Over all I like the feel of this case and keyboard, however, I find the smaller keyboard a bit cumbersome and having to hold an extra key down for explanation points and question marks is a pain. The sliding and angling mechanism is to stiff and very difficult to get used to. The slide actually comes off the unit too easily. So when trying to position the ipad mini for keyboard use, I find that it comes apart and I have to pop the slide back in. The case itself is very well made and feels pretty indestructible. I would recommend you wait and see if Newtrent fixes the slide and angling issues before recommending that someone purchase this. But, if you don't mind a few quarks and want a very nice looking and strong protective case - go for it!

    Review by Michael
    Rating

    (Posted on 5/20/14)

  12. Very impressed

    Have been using this Keyboard Case for about 5 days. I was very impressed when I opened the package. I immediately charged the keyboard and then it took about 5 minutes to put the iPad in the case and then set up the Bluetooth keyboard. For me this keyboard case protects my ipad mini and I love the ease of use of the keyboard. The ipad case is removeable which is very helpful. The case is very protective, probably one of the best cases that I have had for apple products. I only used the keyboard twice so far. I used it for a couple long emails that I had to type up. I saved at least 10 minutes each time. It is very convenient when having to type more than a couple sentences. I think this would be great for someone that is on the go and needs to type a lot. This gets rid of the laptop all together.

    Review by Herb
    Rating

    (Posted on 5/20/14)

  13. Excellent Product, Excellent Value

    The New Trent Airbender case for the iPad Mini is an excellent option for
    anyone seeking a protective keyboard case for an ipad mini. This case has a
    unique design, unlike any other keyboard case I have used. The iPad goes
    within a protective shell, which can be used without the keyboard. This
    case attaches to the keyboard. It is a bit difficult to get the iPad in the
    protective shell due to the snug fit. However, this snug fit helps ensure
    the device is well-protected.

    Pros:
    Very protective
    Bluetooth keyboard paired easily with the iPad
    Long battery life
    Many different viewing angles
    Price- very reasonable compared to other brands
    Ports are covered well
    Buttons are easy to push

    Cons:
    keyboard is hard to get used to compared to similar cases
    Sometimes doesn't sit evenly (tips over)
    Difficult to shut all the way (very particular way to close it)

    Overall, I think this is a fantastic case at a great price. It would be
    great for anyone who commutes to work or school by bicycle. It makes your
    iPad function as a laptop without the bulk and weight. This would also be
    great for businessmen who travel and need to be able to work in planes.

    Review by Amanda
    Rating

    (Posted on 5/20/14)

  14. Nice Case for the Price

    The shipping of the product was quite rapid which I really appreciated. The packaging and directions to install the mini into the case and sync the keyboard were sufficient. I had an easy time installing the iPad into the actual case. I had assumed that the interior of the case would already be clean since in shipped new, however I had to take my iPad back out after seeing it wasn't. The one thing to note though was that there was an imperfection on the case, a small dent in the case which I noticed. That was a little disappointing, but not a big deal. After getting it in the case I really liked the feel of it. It was easy to hold, and didn't slip out of my hands like my previous uncovered iPad did. I also like the look of it as well. I've received several compliments on the case itself. It seems to serve it's purpose and protect the case as well.

    The bluetooth keyboard was very easy to sync, and charge. I like how the product all fits together. For me personally I don't think I'll use the keyboard as the keys seem to be to small for my fingers and hands. I don't think this is a design flaw, so much as it is the fact that my iPad is a mini and it doesn't lend itself to a bigger keyboard. I believe students would benefit from the use of a keyboard. Unless I am working in the Numbers App I don't believe I'll use the keyboard for much more than that. I work in the accounting field, and it would be too difficult to use a keyboard that small for the work I need.

    Overall I would rate the product a 4. I really like the case itself, and the protection it provides.

    Review by Tim
    Rating

    (Posted on 5/20/14)

  15. This case is like a bodyguard for your iPad Mini!

    The Airbender Mini (model NT31B) from New Trent has been redesigned to fit
    the iPad Mini and the Mini with Retina display. Those familiar with New
    Trent cases know of the Thermoplastic hardshell interior that is wrapped in
    a rubberized plastic sleeve that fives the Airbender Mini texture. (If
    you've ever held an iPad Mini without any type of case can attest to how
    slippery it feels in your hands.) The keyboard/case combo transforms your
    iPad Mini into a makeshift laptop. The hard shell case and rubberized
    sleeve and keyboard protects the iPad from accidental drops. (I pushed the
    iPad off my desk and watched it plummet 3 feet to the floor. I'm happy to
    say the experiment was a success, though I don't recommend folks teasing
    fate too much.)

    A plastic screen kept my Retina display looking crisp and free of dust and
    smudges. And who knew this case had tricks up its rubberized sleeve. The
    Mini can detach from the keyboard and stand on its own. I like to call this
    monitor mode. This allows me to position the laptop far enough away to
    easily see the screen and still type comfortably. Another trick the
    Airbender Mini has is what I call tablet mode, by disconnecting the base
    from the iPad with a pinch of the release on the rotational stand. Such
    flexibility allows the Airbender to transition from the office, to the home
    while maintaining a stylish look.

    The bluetooth keyboard paired quickly and maintained a connection even
    after putting the case to sleep or rebooting. The keys respond well and,
    after spending a few minutes getting used to the case, I could comfortably
    type close to the speed of using a normal keyboard. The Airbender Mini
    comes with a usb charger, which full charges the case in less than 4 hours.
    I've had the case for almost a week and I am still on a single charge. Not
    bad... not bad at all. While the Airbender is a great case, all is not
    perfect. For starters, better hit the gym if you want to lug this bad boy
    around. And the keys, while responsive and light, don't seem to have as
    much room as other New Trent keyboard/case combinations. However if you're
    the active type and want a case that can keep up with you, the Airbender
    Mini is a solid choice. Rated 4/5

    Review by Trinae
    Rating

    (Posted on 5/18/14)

  16. An All-in-one All-around iPad Mini Case

    I've been looking for a bluetooth keyboard case for my mini iPad. I tried the Logitech Keyboard Cover but returned it because it didn't provide enough protection for my iPad. I kept looking until I try this New Trent Airbender Mini. It's an all-in-one, all-round protective case. It includes a bluetooth keyboard, iPad stand, screen protector, protective case. I found that if I don't need to use the keyboard, I can remove it easily and use the protective case alone, which is less heavy to be carried around. It can also be used as a stand-alone iPad stand with just the V-shape metal stand attached. It's highly adjustable so that I can adjust to view the screen at any angle. It also has a turn-on-off function when you open/ close the case.
    There are many ways to use the V shape metal stand. The angle can be adjusted from a range of 15 degrees to 80 degrees. The attached iPad can be also rotated at 45 degrees and 90 degrees. I also tried to connect the keyboard to my iPhone through bluetooth and it works too.

    At the beginning it's natural to use it like a laptop, with the "screen" part (which is the iPad) attached to the keyboard with the metal part. Although the case let you use it this way, I prefer totally detaching the iPad stand from the keyboard because it's easier to manipulate the angle this way.

    I also like the integrated screen protector. It's part of the case so you skip the hassle of positioning the protector on the screen and also you don't really need to actually stick anything on the screen. The protector doesn't reduce the sensitivity of the touch screen. The keyboard has more than 13 function keys for fast access to some common functions like volume control, copy & paste...

    Overall, I'm very satisfied with the design and all the feature this case provides. It's also priced very reasonably. The material is of high quality and I believe that it will protect my iPad very well. It’s especially useful when you need to type a lot using the iPad.

    Review by Florence
    Rating

    (Posted on 5/18/14)

  17. Great keyboard and case!

    I used this keyboard case on my first generation iPad mini. My first impression of the case after opening the box was that the case was definitely solidly made. The keyboard felt sturdy, and looked very much like a mini version of a computer keyboard. I like the solid metal hinge that rotates 360 degrees to allow for viewing in landscape or portrait mode.

    The instruction manual included with the case needs more explanation for installing the case. Once I figured out how to peel the rubber sleeve off the case, I had difficulty unhinging the internal hard case to separate the front and back pieces. When I finally unhinged the two parts, however, inserting the iPad and snapping the two parts back together was simple. The instruction manual did not include any directions on inserting the hinge into the keyboard, or how to remove the hinge from the iPad case.
    Connecting the keyboard using Bluetooth was extremely easy. Directions to do this was vey clear.

    The iPad case is indeed very rugged. All ports are covered with rubberized plugs and can be pulled back to be easily accessed. I was especially surprised with the responsiveness and ease of using the home button with the rubber cover in place. The clear plastic screen cover took a while getting used to, but did not impede the responsiveness of the touch screen. I found it took a few tries of pulling out the hinge and moving around the iPad to get the iPad at just the right angle with the keyboard.

    It takes a while to get used to typing on the keyboard. First of all, The keyboard/iPad combo cannot be used effectively on your lap. It needs to be placed on a hard surface. The keyboard is small and cramped, and takes some typing practice to get used to, especially if you have larger hands.

    The keyboard/iPad combo closes very securely, and feels solid and secure in my hand. Although I didn’t test it for ruggedness by dropping the case, I feel confident that if it were to fall, my iPad would be safe and protected.

    I found that removing the iPad case was very frustrating. It took me quite awhile to get the clips released. I actually had to use a small screwdriver to carefully pry the two sections apart, while trying not to scratch my iPad. After 30 minutes, I finally removed the case.

    Overall, the New Trent Airbender Mini Rugged Bluetooth Keyboard Case is a well designed keyboard case. I think with practice, typing on the keyboard will become more comfortable. The quality of the case is excellent.

    Review by Sandy
    Rating

    (Posted on 5/17/14)

  18. This thing rocks

    Review of the Newtrent Airbender Mini
    Out of the box you can see the quality of this product, it looks solid and feels solid.
    Installataion of the ipad into its frame took less than 2 minutes, the trickiest part was getting the little tabs on the home button cover to seat under the plastic frame, I ended up using the small blade on my Swiss Army knife to gently ease them in place. Once in its polycarbonate frame with its rubberised sleeve wrapped over it and its screen protector on, my ipad feels bomb proof. Yes it doubles its thickness and adds a good 5mm around the outside, but it is a small price to pay for the
    protection that this case provides. Personally I love the feel as it adds more substance to my iPad mini and makes it far easier to hold.
    Out of the box the keyboard half of my airbender was without charge. It is supplied with a charging cable, USB to Micro USB, but no actual charger. This wasn't a problem as I have a plethora of apple chargers. I plugged it in for an hour and was then good to go. Setup, as per instructions, was very easy, turn bluetooth on, on your ipad, turn on the airbender keyboard, press the connect button, which starts the BlueTooth light flashing and the pairing process is initiated. New Trent Keyboard shows up in your Blue Tooth connections, select this and you are given a four digit
    pairing code on your ipad screen. Type the code into the keyboard and hit return and now your ipad and keyboard are paired.
    So what the New Trent Airbender mini consists of is a very nice ruggedised case for your ipad, a bluetooth keyboard, which is wrapped in a similar tough rubber, to the ipad cover and a metal hinged frame which connect the two halves together.
    The ipad connects to the frame using a circular spring-clip arrangement which allows for the ipad to be easily be attached and removed from the frame. It also allows for the ipad to be rotated from landscape to portrait mode.
    All of the components feel solid and on first inspection are very well designed and built. The frame allows the ipad to be opened and closed in a traditional laptop like clamshell arrangement , but then it also allows the ipad to be rotated from landscape to portrait for activities such as word processing. The hinge also allows you to adjust the rake of the ipad screen to obtain the optimum viewing angle. Finally the metal frame can be removed from the base of the keyboard to provide a stand-alone ipad stand, although the keyboard base adds weight and stability to the whole arrangement.
    The keyboard has a charging indicator light, but no other indication of battery condition, which maybe useful if travelling and using the keyboard a lot, or maybe Newtrent simply want you to carry one of the battery packs with you (which I do). Maybe if New Trent are concerned that a battery power indicator will consume too much power, then maybe a small app, that provides keyboard battery status maybe the order of the day.
    The keyboard itself is of the modern, chicklet style. With small, 12mm square keys, spaced with 5mm spacing, the keyboard keys are springy and responsive, with approximately 2 - 3mm of travel. The keyboard and keys are not backlit (to save battery life) but the proximity of the screen to the keyboard provides more than enough illumination. For proper typists the keyboard will be far too small, but for chicken peckers like myself the size is no real obstacle. The design and layout is well
    thought out, so much that Newtrent have even managed to cram in directional arrow keys as well.
    The top row of keys on the keyboard, as well as providing numeric characters, also doubles up as controls for many commonly used main functions, with a home button key on the top left hand corner; cut copy and paste, media controls and volume keys all as secondary functions.
    Having used the Airbender Mini for two days I have fallen in love with it. The keyboard is nice to use, it is pretty responsive and makes typing emails and short documents much easier. I have not noticed the increased weight,carrying my iPad mini around with me, wrapped in its airbender, but I have noticed the added bulk, a little. It reminds me of carrying my Filofax around, back in the 80's, it has a similar sort of size, bulk and weight.
    The airbender has attracted a lot attention, especially from my iPad mini owning friends, family and work colleagues, mainly jealousy!!
    I commute 50 miles, each way daily, an hour of which is sat on trains. There is little room on a normal Pendelino for typing on a laptop, the seats are very congested and being on the larger side makes it impossible. Typing on my ipad has been an absolute joy, in fact most of this review was written on it.
    Similarly watching movies, reading the news or playing Candy Crush Saga has been much nicer, with the airbender, allowing for a nice glare free rake on my screen.
    Several commuters have actually commented and asked if I was using some sort of new netbook.When I have shown them it is an iPad mini, they have stared in fascination.
    I have some bad habits, one of which is reading my emails and Kindle Books whilst lounging in the bath. Detaching the iPad mini from its frame, I now read on it, not worrying about minor splashes and steam (I like my baths hot).
    Watching movies in bed, on Netflix has been much easier. I can sit my Airbender on my nightstand,and watch a movie (with earbuds) without disturbing the wife.
    Do I have any criticisms of the Airbender Mini? My only niggle, and it is my only one is that I cannot use the arrow keys to scroll through my emails. If I could do that then my answer would be no.
    I know for many iPad mini users it will be too bulky and of little benefit. But if you, like me, like totype lengthy emails, or use your ipad to take notes or just hate screen typing and prefer the tactile feel of keys under your fingers, this may be the combo for you.
    I can see the Airbender Mini being of great use to students in lectures, lightweight roadwarriors who need to input a lot of data, but don't want to be lumbered with a laptop. Travel journalists will also see the beauty of this combo.
    The real beauty of this well designed and constructed combo is the fact that it splits so easily. A small pinch of the circular spring clip that holds the frame of the Airbender to the back of the ipad and the ipad comes free, returning it to its tablet status. The rugged polycarbonate and rubber jacket, in my opinion make the ipad easier to hold, with the added benefit of weather and fall protection. I am not a big fan of screen protectors normally - why bother its made of gorilla glass?
    Plus more often than not the screen protectors do little to enhance the usability of the touch screen, but I can honestly say I haven't noticed the screen protector on the Airbender, it just works.

    Review by Simon
    Rating

    (Posted on 5/16/14)

  19. This case means business

    Right out of the box, I knew this case meant business! Holding this product in your hands, you feel confident that your iPad Mini will be protected from even the most brutal of beatings, which makes it great for active people on the go, young children, or people who just have bit of a clumsy streak! There is an enclosed interior hard shell, with a thick rubber jacket wrapped around it. Access ports and buttons are sealed and protected to resist water, dirt, and dust. There is even a clip on the front to keep the iPad and Bluetooth keyboard tightly held together, keeping the device closed and protecting your screen during transportation. The keyboard has all of the typical function and home buttons, and is laid out just as a standard keyboard would be, making for an easy, natural typing experience. The built in screen protector is wonderful, and does not interfere at all with any touchscreen responsiveness. It’s a perfect pair with one of the wonderful micro knit New Trent styluses! Don’t want all the additional bulk of the keyboard but still want the protection of the case? Not a problem! The hinge can be easily removed from the back of the device, and you are all set to go! In fact, it’s the stylish silver swiveling hinge that is the defining feature of this product. The hinge pulls out and rotates so you can easily adjust the viewing angle to your preference. The absolute only negative that I can say about this product is that, at certain angles, the hinge is not always strong enough to hold up the iPad and the screen tends to drop down. However, this can be EASILY fixed by slightly changes in screen position, and does not interfere with the overall satisfaction of the product. You have the option of rotating the iPad mini to view in a landscape or portrait orientation as well, which makes this a nice, accommodating feature for various user needs. The hinge can also slide out and detach from the keyboard, making a nice stand for the iPad, allowing you to make presentations or simply show a funny cat video to your friends. For anyone looking for a cost-effective, well-constructed, durable case to protect their iPad Mini, the New Trent Airbender Mini is the way to go!

    Review by Betsy
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    (Posted on 5/16/14)

  20. Superior Case - Great Product - My New "Go-To" Case for Travel!

    I received my New Trent Airbender Mini Case (model NT31B), advertised as a "Rugged: Water Resistant, Dirt and Shockproof Wireless Bluetooth iPad Mini Keyboard case (upgraded version: fit Mini retina)) in the mail in good shape. For my beta test, I used my iPad Mini with Retina Display, 64GB model.

    Upon unboxing, I noted that the actual "case" part, that holds the iPad mini, was very similar in design to the Otterbox Defender for iPad Mini with Retina Display (model 77-28157) consisting of a rigid inner case which snapped around the iPad and a soft, silicone layer that wrapped around this rigid case, to give it some grip and protect against bumps, and an integrated screen shield that covers the screen and all camera ports, but in no way inhibits the touch screen functionality. While the Airbender rigid case was somewhat less substantial feeling than the Otterbox case right out of the box, once snapped into place on the iPad, and covered with the silicone wrap, it had a satisfying feel to it that is on par with the Otterbox product.

    The iPad case, itself, snapped into the hinge (all metal - a great plus since this part will get some wear-and-tear) that connected it to the Bluetooth keyboard assembly (also wrapped in silicone). Once connected, and with the flip-over latch tab engaged to keep the iPad case closed to the keyboard, the Airbender case has a solid heft to it. The hinge action is very smooth, allowing the iPad to be flipped up in landscape mode, or rotated (I found 360 degrees of rotation in that hinge) to a portrait mode.

    Pairing the Bluetooth keyboard was simple and quick, and you are off to the races! The action on the keyboard is nice, with a good tactile feel and reaction. While the keys can be a little cramped for larger hands, like mine, they worked fine after I got used to them, and they would work great for those with smaller hands, I am sure.

    Across my 3-day test period, I used this case to send and read emails, watch videos, play games like Words-with-Friends, and read books in iBooks. I found the landscape mode worked best for email and watching videos, but used landscape mode for games and reading books.

    The hinge, while attached to the iPad in its case, can also be separated from the keyboard and serve as a stand, in either landscape or portrait mode, for times when you wish to use the keyboard in your lap or at an angle on a desk or table top - much like a wireless monitor and keyboard setup.

    The iPad case can also be flipped over completely, leaving the keyboard on the far side, when you need a more stable stand for reading or when you want the keyboard out of the way (for reading your morning RSS feeds at the table while you eat breakfast or read a book in bed with the case in your lap).

    You may also separate the iPad case from the hinge, to use it as a stand-alone, rugged case for the iPad alone (sans keyboard) - this worked well for other tasks such as playing some games while I charged the keyboard in another room. When separated like this, I wondered if New Trent's Gladius cuff would snap into place to allow a hand-hold here - that would be a nice feature and an accessory I'd love to have to really round out the functionality of this case.

    I think I most enjoyed the device for responding to emails (the keyboard is a nice touch and when used with the iPad attached, it's almost like using a miniature laptop!) and for reading iBooks. The case seems well thought out in construction, and feels solid, which makes me think that it will travel well in a backpack or briefcase for those trips where you want to stay in touch, but don't want to carry a bulkier device. It's functional enough to meet all my day-to-day needs, as is, and I can see this device working well for my wife and I in the kitchen, looking up recipes, or even for our son when he needs to do research/homework (or watch movies) as we travel.Some issues and thoughts on how to improve this device: While I love it, there were a few issues.

    - First, while I like the integrated screen shield, which covers all surfaces to include cameras. Despite several tries (taking it apart, cleaning the shield and iPad, and putting it back together again), I did have an issue getting the last air bubbles out of the forward facing camera port. While this didn't impair the use of that camera (since the bubbles were to the side of the actual camera lens), it was an aesthetic that was a little distracting for me.

    - The second issue was the charging cover for the Bluetooth keyboard. While this worked fine to access the keyboard and to charge the device, after leaving it plugged in overnight, the silicone cover simply did not want to go back into place immediately, remaining slightly open for a day or so until it relaxed enough to get close again (it would have been better if this cap was a little more snug, when closed, or had some small tabs on each side or the top to allow some friction to keep it closed - this may also only be a design flaw in the beta test unit I received, as well, since all other silicone covers seemed to work just fine after being opened and closed a few times).

    - As a recommended enhancement, if there were a Gladius cuff that could snap into the back of the case when separated from the keyboard and hinge, this would be a GREAT product improvement.

    - The final thought I have is about the keyboard - while very functional and nice to have when out and about creating documents or responding to emails, if there were a way to open the case and have the keyboard expand (via retractable 'wings') to allow more spacing for folks with larger hands, that would be a
    great improvement.

    Review by Scott
    Rating

    (Posted on 5/16/14)

  21. trent airbender mini case with keyboard

    Let me first start out by telling you, that I am writing this review for the New Trent Airbender Mini NT31B heavy duty keyboard case for my IPad mini 2 with retina display by utilizing the keyboard that comes with the case. Where can you get a case for your iPad mini with complete protection, that comes with a keyboard and is less then 50 bucks! The item was received in a couple of days. When I opened it up, there were easy to follow directions to install the case and sync it to bluetooth. First off, you have to seperate the 2 pieces the ipad sits in. If you dont have finger nails like me, it can be a challenge. Next, you sync it, easy-just turn the keyboard on, hit the connect button then type in a 4 digit code which appears on your screen and you are good to go.

    Now let me tell you about my New Trent Airbender Mini heavy duty keyboard case: If you are familiar with the competition Otterbox, it is the same concept but a lot cheaper. The case itself has 2 seperate covers, one on top, one on the bottom and then a hard cover that goes over the back of the case. The screen is also covered by heavy duty plastic, which doesnt obstruct the view or make the touch screen any less accessible. The keys on the keyboard are clearly labelled and quite easy to type on. Let me also tell you how good looking this case is as well. The case has a 360 degree rotation design making it easy to find the position that works the best for you.

    I must tell you I bring my ipad to work with me every day and take it with me to lucnh so I was looking for a case that would protect my iPad mini. When I saw this Airbender mini which offered me superior protection and also came with a keyboard, I jumped on it. I have had it for almost a week now and couldn't be happier. I always wanted a case with a keyboard but they were always so expensive until now. Now that I know how great this case is, I might have to check out their other products for my iphone and ipad.

    Review by bob
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    (Posted on 5/16/14)

  22. Fantastic Bluetooth Keyboard and Rugged Case

    I recently purchased the New Trent Airbender Mini for the iPad Mini. The Airbender Mini is a combination of a protective case and a Bluetooth keyboard. The installation instructions are very easy to follow. There is even a video on the New Trent website that shows how to setup the Airbender Mini. You can install the case in just a few minutes. The case consists of a hard plastic body that snaps around the iPad Mini. This sturdy plastic case has a screen protector built into it. There are also clear plastic covers to protect both cameras. A rubberized silicon shell then fits securely over the plastic case. The silicon shell covers all of the iPad Mini's buttons and plugs. There are flaps that can be opened to access the lightning and headphone plugs. I am very impressed with the durability of the rubberized shell. It will definitely protect my iPad Mini from any bumps or bruises.

    The Airbender Mini’s Bluetooth keyboard easily paired with my iPad Mini. The keyboard is the same size as the iPad Mini, so it is smaller than a standard keyboard; however, it is still large enough to actually type on even with my fairly large hands. I wear size 2XL gloves. The keyboard has a good tactile response, which greatly aids in typing. Also, the keys have space between them so it is easy to tell if you press two keys at once. The keyboard is one solid piece, instead of folding in half or rolling up like some Bluetooth keyboards. This allows the keyboard to be used on uneven surfaces like your lap, bed, or couch. To extend the battery life, the keyboard will go to sleep after 10 minutes of inactivity. Pressing any key will wake up the keyboard. The keyboard is quite responsive and feels like a standard keyboard. With just a few minutes of practice, I am typing as fast on the Airbender Mini keyboard as I can on my laptop keyboard.

    The iPad Mini and its rugged case are connected to the keyboard by a heavy-duty metal hinge. The iPad Mini case snaps onto the top end of the hinge and can be easily removed. The lower half of the hinge slides into the back of the keyboard case. The hinge slides in and out of the keyboard case allowing you to adjust the angle of the iPad Mini screen for the best viewing. The iPad Mini case also rotates where it connects to the hinge. This allows the iPad to be viewed either horizontally or vertically. The heavy-duty hinge and a snap on the front of the keyboard hold the case and keyboard closed when not in use. There is no worry of the case and keyboard coming open at the wrong time. The whole package looks and works much like a mini laptop. With the keyboard, you can cut and paste, control the volume, jump to the home screen, and lock and unlock your iPad Mini. This is a fantastic keyboard. I am very impressed with how well it works, especially for its compact size.

    I highly recommend the Airbender Mini for protecting your valuable iPad Mini and for giving it a real keyboard. The Airbender Mini keyboard is a vast improvement over typing on the keyboard on the screen. If you do a lot typing on your iPad Mini or just want to be able to type faster, this is the keyboard and case to get.

    Review by Lance R.
    Rating

    (Posted on 5/16/14)

  23. Review of the New Trent Airbender Mini (NT31B)

    Review of the New Trent Airbender Mini (NT31B)

    I received the New Trent Airbender Mini case / keyboard two weeks ago and I began using it immediately on my iPad Mini. I had been using a LifeProof Nuud case some time but after a two week trial , the New Trent Airbender Mini is now my preferred and permanent case. I’m a physician, in active practice, and need a rugged, durable case that portable, easy to clean and can withstand the rigorous routine of hospital practice. The removable keyboard was an additional benefit.

    The case is actually modular in construction with multiple components. It has an internal hard plastic shell and screen protector which in turn is covered with a hard rubber cover, This then slides into a rechargeable Bluetooth keyboard which also functions as an adjustable stand in either portrait or landscape mode.

    The case arrived in a well packaged, attractive and protective box which included the Airbender Mini, a micro USB charging cable and a user manual. The manual included link (http://support.newtrent.com) which led you to an excellent instructional video demonstrating the installation of the case. I highly recommend viewing the video prior to installation. It enhances and visually clarifies the written manual.

    The installation is not at all complicated or difficult. You first remove the actual case from the keyboard by sliding out the upper part with the aluminum arm. This leaves you with two sections, the top which contains the case and protects the iPad and the keyboard. The top rubber cover (TPU Sleeve) can be easily be removed from the internal case proceeding from the top as shown in the video, progressing along the sides until you get to the bottom. The internal case is then opened by applying pressure along various indentations along all four sides and separating both halves. The iPad Mini is placed in the lower half first, then covered with the upper half which snaps into place. Make sure to clean the iPad screen and both sides of the screen protector before closing. The hard rubber cover is then replaced over the plastic shell for added protection.

    The hard plastic shell has an aluminum base that is removable (similar to a camera lens cover) and adjustable to 180 degrees. This slides into the keyboard and permits rotation of the iPad to just about any position with catches at 90, 180, 270 and 360 degrees. This in combination with the adjustable aluminum hinge, allows placement at any position that the user feels comfortable for viewing. The case has openings for all the ports and controls which allows ease access.

    The keyboard is then paired with iPad via the Bluetooth connection (after charging the keyboard lithium battery). The keyboard will also function just as easily separated from the iPad case. In addition, once paired, separating and closing the case and keyboard will turn on and off the iPad and keyboard.

    Pro: The case is excellent, well built and constructed of quality and durable materials. It is easy to clean and is water and dust resistant. The addition of a well designed, rechargeable keyboard is an great benefit. My iPad is used constantly both at work and with leisure activity. The case was carried in my lab coat without any cumbersome weight problem. I could also carry in the large pockets of my cargo pants although the pocket flaps did not completely close. It fit in just about most pockets of my Scottevest jackets. I’ve used it hiking in the mountains with inclement weather, biking, working in the yard, on top of a 20’ ladder while trimming a tree. It slipped from my hand from a height of approximately 10’ falling on the grass. The iPad was not damaged in any way.

    Con: The removable aluminum arm needs to have an latch or lock to prevent it from sliding out.

    Overall, I consider this case a great upgrade from my previous cases and doubt I’ll have to change it for the life of my iPad.

    It definitely has earned 5 plus stars and my complete recommendation.

    P.S. I would not have expected anything less from New Trent.

    Sincerely,

    Beraldo A. Vazquez, M.D.

    Review by Beraldo
    Rating

    (Posted on 5/16/14)

  24. Awesome Bluetooth Keyboard Case

    Great keyboard case to use. Once the case is on, there is quite a significant amount of weight, but it doesn’t make it uncomfortable to carry it around, the portability is great. I definitely love the size of the case, since it is the iPad Mini it’s really enjoyable to carry around and looks like a little netbook, but better! You can easily fit it in your backpack/messenger bag or carry it in hand with no worry because of the great protection provided by the rugged exterior. Accessing the ports and buttons is easy to do, it’s easy to charge the iPad as well, no need to take it out of the case.

    I was having issues with the screen and finding the right angle to use, but I finally figured it out. So now my experience with the case is enjoyable. I really like that you can detach the iPad from the keyboard if you're really not in the mood to use the whole Bluetooth Keyboard set.

    I definitely recommend this case for the protection it provides and ease of use, once you get the hang of the keyboard set.

    Review by Vero
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    (Posted on 5/16/14)

  25. Awesome Case with Keyboard for iPad Mini NT31B

    Extremely rugged case and water resistant. Great protection for your iPad Mini or iPad Mini with Retina Display. Keyboard is built into case so it’s always there when you need it. All holes are available in case; camera, microphone, speakers, volume, charging and on/off switches, yet are covered for protection. iPad Mini is bulkier in this case since it has a keyboard built in, but what you lose in additional bulk & weight (weighed in at 1 ¾ # with mini inside) you gain with protection and convenience of having the keyboard.

    I was expecting to have a harder time inserting my iPad Mini into case but followed instructions included which were very clear on just how to get your mini into case. There is also a website with video instructions if needed and handy tips and tricks.

    Keyboard is small but amazingly works very well for typing but be warned, it is a compact design so someone with large hands might have trouble. I have smaller hands and had no trouble with typing. It’s connected via Bluetooth which was very easy to do. Took a couple hours for initial charge but has an on/off switch to conserve battery life when not using.

    iPad Mini can be detached very easily and used separately from keyboard and it still has a high level of protection. This case allows your iPad mini to rotate a full 360 degrees for both horizontal and vertical viewing. It is also retractable allowing you to adjust your viewing angle and distance just the way you want it to be.

    I would definitely recommend this case/keyboard. It offers superior protection yet is still lightweight enough to slip into your bag or purse. I am quite impressed with the attention to detail and the feel of the keyboard.

    Review by MusicLady
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    (Posted on 5/16/14)

  26. Great case + KB that is easy on the wallet!

    PROS:

    1. Packaging is impressive not over well rated of waste of material. It serves good way of protecting the product without over doing it during shipping transit.
    2. Easy to install to my Ipad mini retina. Looks impressive comparing to my other SUPCASE defender case. More low profile and easier to handle with proper protection. It also comes with screen protector part of the case.
    3. Bluetooth keyboard paired up well with Ipad mini retina without issues. Ipad case back part attached to the keyboard without issue. Swivel is also good.
    4. Buttons on the protector is so much better to press and has better on response compared to SUPCASE defend case.
    5. Price looks more affordable comparing to Zagg and Logitech keyboard bundle case.
    6. Keyboard also has defender type of case which can handle some abuse.
    7. Keyboard charges with normal USB on cellphone adapters.

    CONS:

    1. a little heavy when both keyboard and Ipad min are together.
    2. Hinge connecting between the Ipad and the keyboard needs to have a lock. Every time I pull out the Ipad mini to sit on the keyboard, the hinge below usually come off. That part need to have a release lock to avoid coming off when positioning the Ipad mini. It should have a button to release the hinge if needed to take out.
    3. Screen protector has weird rainbow color on certain angles. Might need to change the material of the protector. It has weird reflection which has issues in viewing angles for the IPAD on certain light conditions which makes hard for me to read emails and such for work.

    Conclusion:

    Will recommend to people to buy for affordability. For work use, New trent needs to improve the screen protector. It's not easy for me to view emails and things on it.

    Review by CGO
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    (Posted on 5/16/14)

  27. Great All-round Protection for your iPad Mini

    I've been looking at keyboard cases for a while and when my wife had to give her work iPad mini back with its keyboard case, I bought her one to replace it and then looked at choosing a decent case for her. I wanted to get her a case that provided her with functionality of a keyboard but protected the case particularly from the hands of our twins girls who are toddlers and love using our iPads. When perusing the different styles of keyboard case on the market the Airbender stood out and was our first choice.

    The protection the case provides is second to none. The screen is well protected and the rubber protection also provides you with great grip. It was a little tricky to take the rubber skin off the plastic body and then unclip the two parts of the body to insert the iPad and even more so when removing the iPad from the case as I was worried I might break a clip.

    I was really impressed with the stand which my wife and I have used with the keyboard attached and quite a bit without. It was great when watching a movie whether we laying in bed, sitting with it on our laps or placed on a table. What we also liked is that you still have the ability to use the iPad mini on its own by unclipping it from the stand if you need to.

    The weight of the Airbender does make the whole unit heavier, but I think that is the price you pay for decent protection and functionality.

    Charging was straight forward and the charge itself lasted over 4 days (a few light days use and others continuously for two or three of hour stretches). I just used my apple plug and the USB lead provided and it worked a treat!

    Pairing the keyboard using Bluetooth was really easy and as soon as I opened an email, the keyboard kicked into action and I started typing straight away. The keyboard itself is relatively easy to use even though it is small. I have found that I do inadvertently hit the = button when instinctively trying to use the delete/backspace button, but I am sure I will get used to that.

    The function keys like select, copy, cut and paste work well as do the escape to the previous screen, Volume up and down and play functions. If the iPad locks out then it can be activated using the escape button and then the passcode can be inputted as well as still having the touch screen option.

    It took me a while to work out how to use the keyboard when using Pages, Numbers and Keynote, but once I had worked out that you need to touch the screen to engage the keyboard, it worked fine.

    My wife and I have been really pleased with the Airbender and feel that for the price you are getting a bargain. It feels and looks like it is worth more. It has made me consider getting the same for my iPad 2!

    Review by Pete
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    (Posted on 5/15/14)

  28. Love it!

    I received the New Trent Airbender Mini (NT31B) on Wednesday, May 7th, we used it with both of our Apple iPad Mini MD530LL/A (64GB, Wi-Fi, Black). My son loved the keyboard case to do internet searches and text messages, the ease of connecting it to the iPad via bluetooth was wonderful. He prefers this case to his otter box for protection, he also loves that you can have the screen positioned vertically or horizontally. Today my husband stole it so he could use it while he was traveling - his Apple iPad Mini MD530LL/A (64GB, Wi-Fi, Black) is linked to his work email, so as soon as he got to his destination he was raving about how it made doing email so much easier than typing on screen, he was able to go the whole flight with out having to recharge the case, since it is so new we aren't sure how long the charge will last but it was fully charged yesterday and has been used for about 5 hours so far without slowing down. The Fahler family believes this to be an exceptional product so far, I would highly recommend this to anyone who needed a keyboard case with protection, and will probably be ordering another one so there are no arguments over who gets to keep it.

    Review by Melissa
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    (Posted on 5/15/14)

  29. Great case for the ipad mini!

    I bought this case to test out for a construction manager to use in the field for estimating. We needed something that was durable, well built, and could handle rough use. This case has exceeded my expectations on every level. I have purchased many other brands of cases for the ipads we own and every one of them has been broken or heavily damaged within a few days. This NewTrent Airbender case is tough!! The build quality is excellent, the keyboard is easy to type on, the screen protector works flawlessly and the adjustable screen is extremely helpful. I would recommend this case to anyone looking for great protection for their ipad at a great price.

    Review by Matthew
    Rating

    (Posted on 5/14/14)

  30. Rugged

    This case is great for small hands. My son likes the size of the key board along with the flexibility of using the iPad without it.

    Review by Anthony
    Rating

    (Posted on 5/14/14)

  31. Good product

    The product is Airbender Mini for my Ipad mini retina. The product is brand new with fast shipping. Packaging is very sturdy and came with small pamblet for instructions. The bluetooth connection is flawless, very easy to connect. The key board works great. I am not used to the cut and paste function. I still rely on the touch screen, maybe it needs some practices.
    The concept is great, typing is so much easier then on the ipad. However, I find the cover to be a bit bulky. If the shell can be thinner, that would be perfect. The Ipad mini is small and thin and one would want to be that way, not extra extra thicker or bulkier. I have seen other product such as Logitech, the keyboard is by itself, the Ipad would just lay on top and snapped on. But this Airbender, you have to slide your ipad in, which takes room.
    In summary, great product, does a great job, which makes typing so much faster and easier. Anyone who types alot should get a keyboard. I would give 4 stars.

    Review by Kevin
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    (Posted on 5/13/14)

  32. Awesome Product

    New Trent Airbender Mini (NT31B)
    My experience with this product is I love it. It has a really sleek design and just looks awesome! I have enjoyed being able to conveniently use my iPad more for emails, documents, and for the excel apps rather than always needing to switch to my Mac Book for better typing convenience. Though there is definitely a bit of getting used to it as some of the symbols are use the function key due to the lesser amount of keys, but it is not bad at all.

    Pros:
    -Really like that the home button in the top left is always a Home Button. Would really bother me if I had to use the function key every time
    -Not too bulky, and still protective
    -Can detach iPad from keyboard easily
    -awesome to be able to use Portrait view
    -love that the outside doesn't leave fingerprints
    -nothing feels or seems cheap; very well made
    -all the buttons on the ipad are extremely easy to push

    Cons:
    -difficult to get control center up when in portrait
    -close flap didn't stay in at first. Took a couple days.
    -Rear slide comes all the way out
    -Caps, charge, and BT lights are not very easy to see unless looking directly above them

    Review by Zach
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    (Posted on 5/13/14)

  33. Awesome for Construction Field and Office Work!

    I work in the construction field and this product is well worth it when it comes to both the field and the office. I can take it off the keyboard and make field notes with pictures, and then respond to emails and create documents with ease using the keyboard. I have big hands to the keyboard took a little getting used to, but it's responsive and links up real quick. Awesome product. I can't wait to see what they come out with next!

    The rugged case keeps my ipad mini safe from drops and scrapes in the field which is most important to me.

    Review by Jim
    Rating

    (Posted on 5/13/14)

  34. Excellent keyboard case and very protective

    Very well designed case that provides superior all around protection for your mini. Each port is well covered, the screen protector adds nice layer of protection, and when closed, the mini is well protected. It is also beneficial that the case can be used with or without the keyboard as the ipad section can be removed from the keyboard section. The mini can then be carried by itself, yet is still well protected. The keyboard is responsive and is much better than the screen keyboard on the mini. The sleep wake function is adds a nice touch as well. Very nice all around package, that is versatile for the ipad mini user.

    Review by Erik
    Rating

    (Posted on 5/13/14)

  35. Great value for the price!

    Pros
    The set up was easy. Simply follow the instructions to make the Bluetooth connection. The cover is a bit snug/tight. That makes it a little hard to get on and off. I figure that makes for a better seal to keep out some moisture and dirt/dust. After a couple times putting the cover on and taking off again you get more accustomed to doing it and it gets easier for you.

    I showed off the Airbender to a couple of friends at work. They both thought it was great! One of them went to look at one for himself right away. He has been looking for one and hasn't been happy with any he previously found.

    The Airbender is great for commuters! You can sit on the train or bus and type away without it overhanging your lap and bothering the people next to you!

    Using it while sitting in bed or (as my daughter did her homework), laying on the floor, it's a keyboard you can use while you are comfortable! You are able to put the pad at an angle making it easy to see.


    Cons
    Keys are little small for my fingers makes it hard to type quickly.


    Overall
    Great value for the price. I definitely recommend getting it!

    Review by John
    Rating

    (Posted on 5/12/14)

  36. A great product!

    I just LOVE the Airbender. It does the job a bought it for.
    Small little irritation is that sometimes it does not slide back easily into position and also, sometimes, when I pull too hard, the back part comes out of it's case. An easy fix though...

    Apple cover (too expensive and does not stand up)
    A cheaper version on the net did not stand up either!
    The Airbender stands up on it's own wonderfully!!! Quite solid and good value for your money! Great product! I love it!

    Review by Terri
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    (Posted on 5/12/14)

  37. Great Keyboard and Case Combo!

    I have been able to spend a couple days using my New Trent NT31B Airbender Mini case for my iPad Mini.

    So far, I'm very happy with the case. It feels very sturdy and secure, without adding too much weight.

    The bluetooth keyboard pairs easily, and stays connected without interruption.

    I really like the way the case allows the iPad to rotate when the keyboard is connected - this made it easy to type in all formats; email, facebook, twitter - whatever I did was easy to do.

    I haven't had a chance to test the waterproof features, but with an upcoming vacation, I'll be sure to try it out around the pool. Not having to worry about it getting splashed will be a huge relief.

    I would recommend this product to users who want an all in one protective case and keyboard. Much more convenient than a separate case/keyboard.

    I would rate the product 4.5/5, the only drawback being that it can be difficult to get in and out of the hard plastic shell; however that is a small price to pay for the positive aspects of the case.

    Review by Andrew
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    (Posted on 5/12/14)

  38. Great product for the price

    This product worked best when using at our house. I found the product a bit heavy/clunky to use when travelling or outside the house. Maybe if the materials or packaging were a bit lighter this would not be an issue. It protected the ipad Mini very well in all of our testing/using.

    I would definitely rate this product as a 5 as it did everything advertised. The keyboard connected easily to the ipad mini and I though the 360 degree rotation was fantastic. My children used the kickstand many different times to view the ipad while seated.

    Review by Curtis
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    (Posted on 5/12/14)

  39. Very good choice

    I really like the detachable case and keyboard works very well, am very pleased overall although the hinge takes some getting use to as it is stiff and will slide out. Once you get use to it, no issues. Very good value overall.

    Review by Clay
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    (Posted on 5/11/14)

  40. Very Impressed

    I am currently using the iPad mini, 16gb, Wi-Fi, Black & Slate and Im very happy with the Airbender mini NT31B. It fits the iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina display. When I first took it out of the box I instantly loved how durable it felt. It was very easy to insert my iPad which was really the only setup. It comes with a Micro USB charging cable and user manual. It charges in about 2 hours. It came already charged which I liked and made it easy to get started. I liked the way the screen locks with every turn and with the 360 degree rotation design your able to turn it in any position you want. My only problem with the Airbender mini is the aluminum arm, the piece connected to the rotation design, doesn't have a "stopper" when you pull the screen away from the keyboard. For example, when I pull the screen up and start moving it back to set it up in a laptop position the piece that moves back and forth, that connects the 360 degree design and the keyboard comes all the way out sometimes and I'll find myself having to put it back in. It really is not an issue and I know it states it's detachable but it's just something I wanted to point out. I never take my iPad anywhere because I never had anything I trusted to keep it from getting scratched up or damaged in some way but with the Airbender I'll be taking my iPad everywhere now. It's great for travel practically anywhere you can get Wi-Fi. Whatever business your in, the Airbender will most certainly come in handy. So overall I'm very impressed with the Airbender mini and between the ruggedness, the rubberized protection, Water resistance, dirt and shockproof qualities I know my iPad will be very safe. I highly recommend this product to anyone who is looking for an iPad mini keyboard case. This product is for you.

    Review by Pasqualino
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    (Posted on 5/8/14)

  41. Love it!

    New Trent Airbender Mini Rugged Bluetooth Keyboard Case for the Apple iPad Mini 1st & 2nd Gen (NT31B) is great for anyone looking to combine the protection of a rugged case with the convenience of a keyboard and doesn’t mind a little extra weight added.

    PROS: The Airbender Mini Rugged fits the iPad Mini very snuggly. Its built-in screen protector is clear, and does not take away from the clarity of the Mini’s display in the least or its sensitivity. (NOTE** Clean the iPad Mini screen before placing in cover, you will be glad you did! **) Having a small child using the iPad Mini, occasionally, the outer shell seems very sturdy, and when combined with the hard plastic inner layer, creates a nice protection for accidental drops, slips, etc. and with the latch on the case, should even prevent dust. The keyboard is easy to use and has a nice touch with a great response to the touch. I really like this case in that it has the ability to detach the iPad Mini from the keyboard without removing it from the protective case. And you can change the viewing angle of the iPad Mini. This is a great case for both adult and kids of any age.

    CONS: The Airbender Mini Rugged does make the iPad Mini a bit heavier, but not so that you will be disappointed. This should be expected when added a protective case as this is plus a keyboard. Also, it was a bit tricky to get out of the case but expected since it provides such great protection against accidental drops.

    Installation was easy and the instructions included were perfect. Syncing the Airbender Mini Rugged with the iPad Mini was simple and took only a minute or two.

    The Airbender Mini Rugged is a great addition to anyone who is looking to get rid a bulky laptop or just wants to be able to connect with ease while on the go. I am very satisfied with the Airbender Mini Rugged and would recommend this to anyone without a doubt. On a scale of 1 - 5, I would rate this case a 5 without hesitation.

    Review by Dana
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    (Posted on 5/8/14)

  42. Another Great New Trent item

    This is an incredibly versatile case that is functional and works well. The case is tough, even without the keyboard attached this case is worth the money. The keyboard is an added benefit, easy to pair and works well. You have to get used to a 'mini' sized keyboard, but if you need an option on the go, airplane, business travel, this is great. Great work, very happy customer.

    Review by Taylor
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    (Posted on 5/7/14)

  43. Awesome Case!

    When I received the New Trent Airbender Mini (Rugged), I was pleasantly surprised by its robustness and weight. The case felt solid and that was good. I did not want to put my "delicate" ipad mini retina in a flimsy case. The case feels very well-built and not cheap. It is also rubberized on the outside to prevent it from accidentally slipping from your hand. When you hold it, grip is very good.
    The aluminum arm at the back (the one that connects the two sides of the case) is also very solid. The fact that its aluminum and not plastic makes me feel comfortable that I would not be worried about breaking it easily. The arm is also adjustable and provides several viewing angles. It is not limited to just 90 degrees. The case can actually recline a bit more than that and a comfortable viewing angle can be seen.

    Another plus is that the arm itself is detachable. So if you did not want to use the keyboard, all you have to do is pinch the plastic connector at the back (just like how you would remove a lens cap from a camera lens) and detach it from the ipad mini. This way, you can use just the ipad mini without the keyboard but still maintain the same protection - water resistant, dust proof and shock proof. That in itself is a plus!

    I also loved the fact that all ports are covered by rubber/silicone. No water or dust can go in accidentally but it is still easy for me to adjust the volume or if I have to charge the device. There is a clear film covering the cameras and microphone, again for no accidental water entry. The speakers are also covered but sound still comes out. I dont know how they did that, but the fact that it works, is good.

    I believe that this case solves a lot of common issues one may have about how to protect an ipad mini and when one would need a bluetooth keyboard. You actually dont need another case for your ipad mini. Whether you need one for protection or for the keyboard, this one has it all.

    I find the keyboard very useful when I need to quickly edit a document and I dont have my laptop with me. Or when I dont want to carry a heavy laptop with me, having this as an option is great. I think anyone who wants any editing capabilities but does not want to carry around a heavy laptop can benefit with this. I can certainly see myself using this at work.

    A few cons:

    Keyboard layout -- some of the most commonly used symbols like the ? has been moved and it takes getting used to find it and use the function button. But I guess this is to be expected in a small keyboard.

    Aluminum arm -- would have been nice if it had a lock so that when you use it, it does not accidentally slide out. This is a place for improvement but the case is still good as is.

    Indicator lights -- the lights turn on during charging but if the case is closed, I do not know if the battery is full or not because I cannot see it. This is very minor but it would have been nice if one could see when the keyboard battery is full without actually having to open the case.

    Review by Angel Love
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    (Posted on 5/7/14)

  44. Airbender Mini is great for business

    This blue tooth keyboard case is awesome. It is rugged and flexible and allows me to use my iPad on the go. I paid too much money for my iPad to trust it to just any case, this is the best one for the job.

    Review by Donna
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    (Posted on 5/6/14)

  45. Water Resistant Case that Rocks!

    The New Trent case I used so with my original iPad Mini (not the iPad Mini Retina Edition). The case fit snugly on my iPad Mini and made me feel secure about its protection even if I dropped it. I really liked the water resistant nature of the case! After getting the case on the iPad mini I fastening it to the Bluetooth keyboard. I liked the swiveling nature and clamshell design, it is very well thought out.

    I found the case to be most useful to me with just using the water resistant case on the iPad mini and the Bluetooth keyboard unattached. I really have never needed or saw the need for a Bluetooth or wireless keyboard with an iPad. So the keyboard part wasn't that useful to me personally, but if someone is looking for that, I could see how this product would be really helpful. I thought the build quality of the case and the protection it offered me to protect my iPad from spills and falls were the best part of the product for my needs.

    I could see other professions that need a physical keyboard for typing would love the Bluetooth keyboard attachment. Also users who wanted to completely replace a traditional laptop could use this case and keyboard to do just that.

    Overall rating: 5
    Pros: Great case/protection for one's iPad mini, water resistant, clamshell design offers even more protection with the keyboard attached.
    Cons: For me personally I would not use or need the use of a Bluetooth keyboard.

    Review by BJ
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    (Posted on 5/6/14)

  46. Shrugging Off Mother Natures Surprises

    Although it is, initially, a bit difficult to open the case to insert your iPad mini, once it is in the case it feels very robust and solid. All of the buttons work/align perfectly and I was amazed that the screen protector had NO impact on the use or sensitivity of the device. I would highly recommend this case for those looking for a "weather-proof" solution for their iPad. I did not try a dunk test (nor do I think that it's classified for that) but for beach duty (sand) or hiking (dust, mud, moisture/rain) this case should be up to the task.

    The keyboard has good feel and typing sensitivity. It's cramped, but that's because this IS an iPad mini. They squeezed a lot of functionality into a small footprint. The keyboard is removable, which is a great option if all you want to do is protect the device and do not need the keyboard while out in the field.

    The only real downside is weight - but that's the price you pay to keep Mother Nature at bay. I highly recommend this case if your activities require the level of protection this case provides.

    Review by Will
    Rating

    (Posted on 5/5/14)

  47. What a Great iPad Mini Case - Rugged, Splash Resistant

    From the moment you take this Bluetooth keyboard case out of the box, you will recognize the quality of this product.

    The case and keyboard are both very simple to set-up. Easy instructions are provided to assist with putting the iPad Mini in the protective case. Pairing the keyboard is as simple as turning the keyboard on, pressing the connect button, and finding the keyboard listed within the Bluetooth devices on your iPad Mini.

    The keys on the keyboard are very receptive to the user, with all being located as they would be on a standard keyboard. A few of the seldom used keys can be accessed using the Function key.

    The keyboard and the case fold up very cleanly, with a small button which ensures the case doesn't come open while being carried. The protective case covers the entire body of the iPad, as well as all ports and buttons. All ports are easily accessible through small rubber coverings.

    My favorite feature of this case is the lens cap-like feature. A lens cap allows the user to easily attach and detach the iPad from the keyboard. This is great for those times when you don't need the keyboard. Simply pinch the lens cap and the protective case containing the iPad Mini is released. Now you can carry the iPad without the keyboard.

    I would give the Air Bender Mini Bluetooth Keyboard Case a rating of 5. Once again, the folks at New Trent have covered all the bases.

    Review by Donnie
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    (Posted on 5/4/14)

  48. Excellent product - best return for my money.

    After looking a lot on several options of cases for my mini Ipad y decided to buy this and I am very glad with the product. I did not expect this quality because is hard to know it when you buy something using only a picture in your screen. So I really recommend this product because it is very well designed and fits perfectly on my iPad mini, is sturdy and stylish. Thank you guys!

    Review by Victor H
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    (Posted on 5/4/14)

  49. Protective and functional case

    PROS::
    - Durable rubber and plastic covering were protective for everyday use
    - Not as bulky as I initially anticipated
    - further reduce bulk by detaching the metal arm and keyboard
    - snug fit
    - reattachable arm was very pliable in angle, yet stiff enough for propping the ipad upright to several viewing positions
    - attachable arm allows for 360 degree swivel

    **Best feature for my personal use: Mostly used the case with just the attachable arm folded in half underneath, to prop up my ipad an inch or two from the table; perfect for taking notes with my stylus.

    CONS:
    - Case and keyboard do not fold easily into a closed book position (as I'm assuming was intended, judging by the design) without angling the arm correctly first
    - The added friction from the screen protector makes a squeaky noise when using a stylus
    - if only using the arm as a 1-inch prop underneath the ipad case, the ipad has a tendency to be off balance ( if writing with a stylus like i often do for note taking)

    Regardless of those slight issues, I am still extremely
    impressed with the product and would definitely recommend it to others. I think occupations that require a lot of travel or field work
    would greatly benefit from the protection that this case has to offer.

    Review by Irene
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    (Posted on 5/3/14)

  50. Phenomenal Product

    After getting the NewTrent Airbender, I found myself using my iPad mini more for composing documents in Pages rather than simply for checking email or web surfing. I carried my device around with me regularly to meetings. I found myself also taking notes on the device.

    Pros:

    New Trent's Airbender Mini for iPad mini is a phenomenal and sturdy heavy duty case at a great price. The Bluetooth keyboard, the cool plastic/aluminum arm, and 2 piece piece plastic frame iPAD mini case are bundled in a nice cohesive package. This package comes packed in a nice professional looking box.

    I must add that this case is somewhat bulky but then again that is the tradeoff in protecting the iPad Mini from a drop.

    The two halves of the case can be used separately if desired. They come together via the plastic/aluminum arm. The arm snaps into the back side of the case that encloses the iPad mini much like the lens cap of an SLR camera. This same plastic/aluminum arm can be used as a stand for the iPad mini when detached from the keyboard allowing one to stand up the iPad mini without the keyboard attached to it if desired. I found this feature useful when using my iPad mini to demonstrate some photos I had taken.

    I frequently find myself closing the case much like a book when done with it. The rubber tab holds the iPad mini and keyboard nicely together in a closed position. The ports and controls of the iPad mini are all protected with rubber like flaps that are part of the Airbender Mini case. The keyboard is very responsive.

    Cons:

    The keyboard is somewhat non standard. For example, the quote key isn’t found on its own key, but rather as a secondary function of the O key. The question mark is a secondary function of the I key. Users who have large hands or need a more conventional layout will be better off with a standalone Bluetooth keyboard, but this one can be learned over time.

    Review by Carlos
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    (Posted on 5/3/14)

  51. Great iPad Mini Case/Keyboard Combo

    I am fully satisfied with this product. After having a few days to use it I still like it. The ability to easily detach the iPad from the keyboard is nice. My only, minor, complaint is that the slide out stand comes all the way out and does not have a release lever or lock. All things considered this is a great versatile, multi-use, protective case.

    Review by Kori Joyce
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    (Posted on 5/2/14)

  52. great improvement

    New Trent Airbender Mini Rugged Bluetooth Keyboard Case for the Apple iPad
    Mini 1st & 2nd Gen (NT31B): is amazing. I purchased the Airbender for the
    first IPad when it came out. I was not comfortable with the quality and
    build of the device when I first received it. It was purchased for my 9
    year old daughter to help her with her school work. As I used it more with
    her, I became converted as It held up very well.
    With the new Airbender Mini Rugged Ipad Mini case. I had no such problem.
    It is built like a tank. I do not worry about my Son taking it and spilling
    anything on it or dropping it as well. He is very good at both. We
    purchased a IPad mini for him and he was always jealous that he did not
    have a keyboard. A hazard when your kids are 14 months apart.
    Because we had the original Airbender, we are very aware how to use the
    Shortcut keys on the devise. We set up printing in our house and he uses
    his Ipad Mini much more for homework as well as playing. When you remove
    the Ipad case portion from the keyboard, it is much more protected and we
    feel much safer against damage.
    Thank you for the improvements in this device, it is great.

    Review by stuart
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    (Posted on 5/1/14)

  53. Fantastic product!

    iPad caseThe New Trent Airbender Mini Rugged for iPad mini is a fantastic buy. The Rugged is a great case for those who are constantly on the run. The material it's made out of has great grip and it's easy to install. The keyboard is fully functional and easy to type with. It pairs easily with the iPad mini. The swivel function is extremely convenient. I use it in class and in study groups constantly to show my peers notes and power points. The keyboard stays charged for days with heavy usage. The built in screen protector is also quite handy, it's easy to clean and easy to see through. This keyboard case is one of the best one's on the market. I give this product a five.

    Review by Anna
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    (Posted on 5/1/14)

  54. Handy Charger

    As a student, I find this device very useful. When I go to campus, it can
    be annoying to bring both my iPad and my smartphone charger along with me
    and it can be annoying in general to have multiple adapters plugged in and
    taking up space. This device plugs into one outlet and has two USB ports
    for your mobile devices' charging cables. I own a Google Nexus 4 and an
    iPad mini. The charger performs very well to simultaneously charge these
    devices. The charger is packaged minimally which is nice compared to most
    mobile products which are over packaged in plastic. Overall I rate this
    product a 4/5.

    Review by Jarrod
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    (Posted on 5/1/14)

  55. Overall a great buy

    When I first opened the box, I immediately noticed the weight to the case. It has a decent weight to it, but it feels very durable. The Ipad itself hooks onto the case very simply. Once the case is hooked up to the Ipad it is a quick task to connect it via bluetooth. One thing I didn't enjoy about the case is how the case connected to the keyboard. The metal piece connecting the two does not have any sort of locking mechanism so it takes a little bit of time to get used to it.

    Pros-
    Very Durable
    Great for the Price
    Long Lasting battery
    Simple to connect and use

    Cons-
    Weight
    Takes time to get used to opening and closing

    Overall it is a great case and I would definitely recommend it to others. I would rate this case a 4/5 because of the amount of time it takes to get used to it.

    Review by Daniel
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    (Posted on 5/1/14)

  56. Solid Protection and Great Functionality

    Device Used
    1st Generation iPad Mini

    iPad Casing
    It took a few minutes to put the case on but it feels extremely sturdy and seems like it can take a beating. The casing has covers on all of the ports and includes a thin plastic panel over the screen that helps protect against scratching. The covering on the home button requires significantly more force to press down but it hasn't been a big problem, especially since the keyboard has a convenient key for it. The casing detaches from the stand with a pinch of the back clip and is very convenient.

    Keyboard and Stand
    The bluetooth keyboard was ridiculously easy to pair with the iPad. Although it feels very small and cramped at first, after using it for a few minutes it gets noticeably easier. It is really designed for doing longer writing at a desk or flat surface. Fortunately it is easy to move around and reposition so you can angle and use it however you want. The keyboard itself adds so much more functionality that I have missed including quick shortcuts such as copy and paste, as well as media playback buttons. The battery life has been great so far as I haven't had to charge it in the week that I've had it, even after writing for a few hours.

    Overall
    This keyboard and case adds a lot of functionality and protection. You don't need to worry about it dropping or being hit and port covers provide great protection against liquid damage, although I wouldn't want to submerge it. With the added protection comes some bulk. It definitely has added some weight and taken away from the iPad's sleekness, but isn't anything too crazy. The keyboard definitely takes some getting used to but really does add to the experience. I only imagine myself using it in meetings for taking notes or writing up papers as it is ideal for longer writing.

    I highly recommend this product for those looking to get some serious work done and make sure their device is well protected. Don't expect to be typing at normal speed right away but your patience should pay off for the added comfort of using a real physical keyboard with your iPad.

    Review by Steven
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    (Posted on 4/30/14)

  57. Fantastic!

    This was by far and away the best keyboard case I have had the opportunity
    to use.
    It's much more reliable in terms of its durability and much sleeker. The
    fact that it can be undocked from the keyboard and be a stand-alone case
    makes it a phenomenal deal for its price.
    PROs:
    - Easily connected through Bluetooth
    - Shockproof Case and ability to undock from keyboard makes it a 2 for 1
    deal
    - Port Covers are much more sturdier than other brands which makes for a
    more protected IPad
    - Everything is protected, I can't find any openings for water entry
    - Camera cover can be easily cleaned
    - Easy to put Case on and Off
    - The Stand is a great feature to tilt in Landscape or Portrait. I have
    worked with keyboard cases that have a tendency to not lock in place, the
    locking mechanism on the NT31B is very reliable.
    Cons:
    - If you're a fast typer you may need to slow down slightly before your
    finger muscle memory gets used to the smaller scale. This isn't a knock on
    the keyboard as much as a...smaller ipad...smaller keyboard. Thus....don't
    get frustrated.
    - Having more color options would be nice, bug again that doesn't take away
    from the reliability and sleekness of this
    Overall I would say this is by far and away the best Bluetooth Keyboard on
    the market. The price is amazing for what you're getting

    Review by Wayne
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    (Posted on 4/30/14)

  58. Great keyboard case that provides excellent protection...

    After opening the box and charging the case (the keyboard is actually what is charging), I started working on placing my new iPad mini with retina in the case portion of this device. It works just like many of the other "rugged" cases out there, snap the iPad into a hard shell and then fit all of that inside a rubber/plastic sleeve. It fits nicely, no gaps or other issues. All ports are accessible and fairly easy to access even with flaps to seal them. The case works very similar to the full-size airbender case that NT has for the iPad 2-4 generations.

    The keyboard is small but easy to use. It does take a little getting used to as the space key can only be pressed with the left thumb and obviously this is not a full-size keyboard but it gets the job done.

    In regards to the case portion the surrounds the iPad, it is extremely sturdy and completely separates from the keyboard. This is very handy when you don't need the keyboard and allows dual-functionality as the iPad remains fully protected.

    Overall, the case doesn't add that much bulk to the iPad itself and even with the keyboard it remains manageable. It still fits easily into my Maxpedition Remora bag with room to spare.

    Review by Jay
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    (Posted on 4/30/14)

  59. The whole family loves it!

    The New Trent Airbender Mini is another great product from New Trent. This case is composed of the protective back covering, the swiveling arm that attaches to the keyboard and back case, and the keyboard itself. I could go on and on about how protective and durable this case is but I think the ultimate test is letting the kids use it with the iPad. Having 3 very active boys aged 4, 7 and 11 years old; we have come across many toys and products. Some products don't even last an hour with my 3 boys. But looks like the New Trent Airbender Mini just like its big brother for iPad (which we owned for the past few months) will last very well. The kids have dropped the iPad with the New Trent case; played with it on various surfaces, left it outside; accidentally fell asleep on it, etc. I owned this for a few days only but the feel and material is superior to its big brother that protected the iPad very well. I have to say that the New Trent Airbender Mini case has passed with flying colors. It is extremely durable even with the swiveling arm. It is also very easy to understand and use. My four-year old son did not have to ask me any questions on how to open up the iPad with the New Trent case or change the positions, etc. We are very happy with the New Trent Airbender case knowing that the kids can play with the IPad without damaging it. The best thing I like with this keyboard case is the fact that it is easily detachable. Mechanism is similar to the lens cover of DSLR. It was a very smart design. There are times that you want the IPad mini only without the keyboard; with this product it is as easy as a push of a button.

    Excellent product and less stress for parents :)

    Review by Dennis
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    (Posted on 4/30/14)

  60. nice fit

    I use it with an iPad Mini, what I like about the case+keyboard includes the good protection, the firm grip on the rugged case, the easy connection between ipad and the case, the prompt responsiveness of the keys, the short charging time for the keyboard, and the easy adjustment of ipad's angle/orientation on the case support.
    The keyboard is very responsive, only that you need to get used to the small key size. The assembling steps are kind of not so easy to me, but fortunately now there is video available showing the procedure. I would recommend this product to anyone.

    Review by chaowei
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    (Posted on 4/30/14)

  61. SOLID Military Like Feel and Style - TAKES A BEATING!

    The first thing you notice when you unbox the New Trent Airbender Mini is its solid construction. This case is tough and has a supercool military look to it, with it's black rubberized outer skeleton, and silver stainless steel looking hinge. This thing is hardcore. There are some really nice surprises that I wasn't expecting, right out of the box. First of all, there's the top half of the case, for your iPad Mini. This part of the unit has a screen protector that is framed in rubber and fits snugly into the shell that you tuck your device into creating what appears to be the ultimate in protection.

    Not only are all the ports (headphone, lightening port), buttons and switches (home button, power button, volume buttons, rotation lock/mute switch) protected by the shell with clear indication to where they reside, but the ports and cameras have an added level of protection. Each port has a rubber "hinge" that fits perfectly, stays in place, and swings open easily when access is needed. The cameras have the same clear plastic protection. In fact the only direct contact that any of the elements can have with the device is through the very small hole created for the microphone. I thought for sure all this protection would come at the expense of functionality, but I was wrong. The screen protector has black plastic across the top and bottom bezels with cutouts for the front camera (protected by the clear material used in the screen protector) and the home button (protected by a rubber button that's part of the back shell, swinging around to fit perfectly while lining up also with the lightening port for access).

    I thought with all this protection, that the user experience interacting with the touch screen would suffer in some way such as requiring some force in the middle or edges, but that is not the case. Not only are all finger gestures recognized as if I had no protection, but I was able to use a stylus with no sacrifice in function (and I tried several).

    The shell on its own would make for a great product, but that's only half the story. Another surprise was that the shell is removable from hinge that holds the top part of the unit (the iPad case) and the bottom part of the unit (Bluetooth keyboard and hinge), by squeezing both sides of the black disk which is attached to the hinge and serves to hold the iPad to the hinge and allows it rotate. Upon removing the shell from the bottom of the unit, I found another nice surprise. Detached, the shell that protects the iPad has a recessed where it attaches to the hinge from the keyboard side. By having a recess where the two pieces of the unit connect, there is added sturdiness to the unit when using it opened and rotating it in any direction and also allowing the hinge to have a low profile and be more closely connected to the device. This circular cut out forms a perfectly round view of the apple logo and is also protected by clear plastic! Very cool looking indeed.

    The bottom of the clamshell, is also very attractive as it contains the metal hinge which has the perfect amount of resistance to it providing a very sturdy hold of your device without being difficult to open or close. When attached to the hinge, you can position your device however you like, rotating it 360 degrees allowing for safe and sturdy typing and viewing in portrait mode, landscape mode, resting on the keyboard or “floating” above the keyboard (more on that below).

    Bluetooth connectivity was a snap. First I charged the keyboard via the included micro usb cable (again, equal protection here as the micro usb port also has a rubberized hinge that protects the keyboard's port when not charging). LED indicators on the keyboard indicate that you're charging by displaying solid red, and solid green when fully charged, indicating that it’s safe to unplug from the power source. All I had to do then was flip the power switch to “on”, and push the connect button. Again, flashing blue LED indicated the keyboard was in pairing mode, and showed up right away in bluetooth settings. I selected the device in the bluetooth settings and right away there was a message on my iPad that the device wanted to connect. All that was left to do was type in a short code and hit return. Bam, the keyboard is now connected and I haven’t had to repeat this step since.

    New Trent's attention to detail on the entire device is truly remarkable. There are so many functional port covers, ridges and concave / convex lines that match up perfectly between top and bottom of the unit providing a secure and totally flush closure. On top of that, there's yet another rubber hinge or snap to secure the two sides together assuring it won't open accidentally. Back to the detail. For such a small footprint that they had to work with for the iPad Mini, they were able to pack in a full 59-key QWERTY keyboard with a full number row including hyphen/underscore and +/= buttons on one side of the numbers and a home button to the left of the number one where you'd normally find the ESC key. Each row has all of the buttons I'm completely used to from using Apple’s bluetooth keyboard for my Macs. Function, control, alt/option, and command buttons are all to the left of the space bar while there are additional command and alt/option buttons along with all 4 arrow buttons to the right. The function button allows for “hot keys” and is very intuitive. The Function key has a deep blue font which corresponds to a number of keys that have secondary functions clearly shown in the same blue with self-explanatory icons. This makes performing many additional functions not only easy but extremely quick, saving a great deal of time in instances where I’d normally have to perform these functions on the iPad’s touchscreen.

    You would think that the keyboard would be tough to type on, but I typed this entire review on it and with no problems. My rather large fingers had only minimal adaptation to the keyboard which seemed to disappear by paragraph two. Above the keyboard is a strip of clear plastic where the LED indicators reside and are clearly labeled, for CAPS LOCK, Charging, and Bluetooth connectivity as well as the connect button and power switch. There is a horizontal ridge situated above this strip leaving ample space for the iPad to rest on any of it's four sides and be held in place against the ridge for those who want the iPad situated this way, resembling a single unit such as a laptop. This is not necessary though, which is unusual for a keyboard case.

    The extremely solid hinge holds the iPad's weight and allows it to “float” which is especially handy if you need to switch between portrait and landscape. While you don't need to have the iPad floating on a 90 degree angle, the disc that connects the top and bottom clicks into place at 90 degree intervals, making adjustments and rotation to a perfectly straight level, easy and fast. The solid construction makes this device so versatile. You can have the iPad floating slightly above the keyboard and touch type underneath the screen staying totally immersed in the tablet which makes it feel like you're viewing a tablet that is resting on a stand, perfectly still, while still tying away underneath while doing so without taking up more horizontal space around you than the iPad’s footprint. This gave me as the user a feeling as though I was not using a peripheral device as the keyboard is out of my line of sight. This is but one of the many cool ways how this ridiculously sturdy, beautiful, and unique device separates itself from the rest. When finished using the Airbender Mini, I closed it up and chucked it in my bag surprised that this military like construction didn't add an annoying weight to my already overstocked bag. Later, I just grabbed the device and I'm on the move, knowing my iPad mini is fully protected and does not require babying and gentle care which can be an issue for me as I can be rough on my devices.

    I can't recommend this highly enough. I've been buying accessories for my iPads since getting the first generation on launch day and haven't had anything close to as well made and functional as this item. New Trent has gone from not only my go-to for external and highly portable power packs for my iPhone and iPads to now the supplier of the coolest, most functional, and most protective case I've ever even seen. Check out the pictures and notice the remarkable attention to detail. New Trent has raised the bar to a whole new level.

    There are so many new players trying to capitalize on the accessory market, with all kinds of often visually interesting or sleek designs, but with ridiculous pricing, poor functionality, poor quality materials and manufacturing, creating disappointment and dissatisfaction. It’s so refreshing to come across a product and company like this who you can order from online with confidence. I look forward to owning great products from New Trent for years to come.

    Review by Matthew
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    (Posted on 4/30/14)

  62. New Trent Airbender Mini all I needed and more

    I used the keyboard case on my 16gb iPad Mini. The battery life was so great, I have yet to charge it after the first time. I have used it for days at work on my 12hr shifts with the new Microsoft Office for iPad to type my reports, and I must say the keys are spaced perfectly. When you're typing it actually feels like you're typing on your macbook pro. I have Belkin bluetooth keyboard case on my 128gb iPad 4th Generation, and I will definitely be looking into testing out the larger version New Trent offers for the larger sized ipad. I paid $120 for the Belkin case on my larger iPad, and the New Trent Airbender is more than half that price, and better quality. The protection is top notch. I dropped outside from waist-height when getting out of the car at work, and it didn't damage the case or the ipad. I would say this is meant for the consumer that needs typing capabilities at the grab of a hand. Whether its for work or not, I don't see how anyone would spend the money on a griffin survivor case or anything of the like, when you can get a bluetooth keyboard in a case for half the price. I'm thoroughly impressed by this case. It gets a 5 out of 5 from me.

    Review by Jordan
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    (Posted on 4/30/14)

  63. Great Product for the Price!

    Overall, I am fairly impressed with the product. Initial connection to the device was painless, and appeared to work first time. The installation of the iPad into the surround itself was okay, although, it took a while to get the little tabs around the home button to fit correctly. The quality of the product materials is probably a little on the cheap side, but when you compare the price charged to the customer, in comparison to other competitors - i'd say this is acceptable. The functionality of the product is good, - the keyboard works well and is fairly easy to type on - albeit, slightly strange to get used to from my typical 15" Macbook Pro. My only real criticisms of the product are as follow:

    - The angle of the screen when supported on the keyboard is probably not quite flat enough for my liking

    - The lack of lock on the base for the iPad support when it is stood up. It is pretty easy for the support to be pushed out from its socket when moving the iPad back on a desk for example.

    As a part time uni student and full time Civil Engineer, it's a pretty useful product. It is useful to use in meetings when making notes, but is also useful to use as an aid to display presentations on when making notes on a laptop etc. The protection offered to the device is good, particularly for someone who is as clumsy as i am!

    Review by Sean
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    (Posted on 4/29/14)

  64. So much more than a wireless keyboard...

    The New Trent Airbender Mini (NT31B) is so much more than a wireless keyboard, which makes it well worth the cost. And the cost is reasonable compared to other wireless keyboards in the first place. The included instructions and the available on-line instructional video are very clear and helpful. The case itself is easy to install.

    The case is a durable waterproof case that will protect against most anything you could throw at it, except dropping it in the water! Most of the openings and button are protected except for the speakers. This is perfect for my Dad to take the iPad Mini out on his fishing boat; it will protect against the dampness and roughness on the water.

    The case comes with a screen protector saving you that additional cost. As with other New Trent screen protectors, there is no issue with bubbles; it just goes on easily and does not impact the touch or graphics. Just be sure to clean any dust off the screen and screen protector before you install. (The case does not come with a lint free cloth but it would be a nice touch).

    One of the drawbacks to many of the wireless keyboards I've considered buying is that the keyboard is always installed. If you want to use the iPad without the keyboard you have to remove the entire case. Not so with the Airbender. There is a device that works like a camera lens cover to removed the iPad from the keyboard, The protective back case and the screen saver remain in place allowing you to handle the iPad normally.

    Additionally, the case and keyboard acts as a stand for using the iPad hands free. The iPad can be rotated so that the keyboard is out of the way behind the iPad and the iPad can be rotated to portrait or landscape viewing.

    Then there is the keyboard: it is well laid out, has a good button feel, and allows you to perform many of the iPad functions from the keyboard. It is extremely easy to set up the blue tooth connection, which you only need to do one time. The keyboard is small as it matches the landscape dimension of the iPad Mini, but it is surprisingly easy to type with ten fingers for small to normal size hands; larger hands might need to do the two finger method. Still it is much better and more satisfying than typing on the iPad keyboard, especially if you miss the button feel when typing. The stand and iPad can be configured to just about any angle that you may need when typing.

    I would recommend this keyboard/case to anyone. It is well constructed, versatile, and well worth the reasonable cost. 5 out of 5 stars!

    There are only a few minor things that I think would make the Airbender even better:

    - The hinge between the keyboard and the iPad is too stiff, you have to fight it too much

    - The hinge where the iPad connects to the support are could be stiffer. It does not hold the viewing position as well as it could.

    - The stand, which includes the two hinges, comes out of the keyboard section too easily. It would be nice if it did not come out unless you used a release button.

    - The only things that I would change with the keyboard is the CAP lock light is not really visible unless you look right down at it or if the ambient light is poor. I would also like to see the delete button in the uppermost right hand position because I am used to that.

    Review by Valerie
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    (Posted on 4/29/14)

  65. Great Keyboard and Case

    The case fits the iPad perfectly, and allows use of all ports and functions. The keyboard is easy to type on, despite its somewhat reduced size I had no problems with Bluetooth pairing. Great flexibility of use with the removable hinge/stand.

    Review by Sherwin
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    (Posted on 4/29/14)

  66. Great protective case with functional keyboard

    This is an extremly nice case with great funtions that allow you to detach your mini or use the keyboard for long typing projects. The case is very durable and light weight!!!! I feel much better after protecting my mini with the new trent airbender....

    Review by Clyde
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    (Posted on 4/28/14)

  67. Quality case for the writer on the go

    The New Trent Air Bender Case for the iPad Mini is a solidly built case that is designed to provide splash and impact protection. It's quite sturdy and when closed it forms a solid shell protecting both the iPad Mini and the Bluetooth keyboard built in to the case. This review is being written with this keyboard.

    The keyboard, though small, does provide a decent typing experience for me. I have fairly average size hands for a 5'11" adult male. Due to the iPad Mini's size the keyboard is a little cramped as one would expect ... though not unmanageably so. Battery life appears to be good. It hasn't died on me yet during extensive usage. This case is an excellent choice for the on-the-go Journalist, Novelist or Blogger. Anyone who needs 10-finger typing capabilities without having to lug around a full-blown laptop.

    The only con for someone who knows how to type are the keys that need to be accessed with the function (fn) key. Every time I try to type an apostrophe I hit the ENTER key because the ENTER key is where the apostrophe key is on a full-size keyboard. Most of the special characters are accessed through the fn key. The more I use the keyboard the more I remember to hit the fn key for special characters like the apostrophe. There is a small and manageable learning curve for someone who types as much as I do. I guess I'd consider this more of a caveat of making a very functional keyboard for such a small tablet than a problem with the design. Compromises needed to be made and I feel most of those compromises were fairly smart.

    As noted above, I'm typing this review on it. I've also used it to type up some code samples and begin a blog entry for a project I'm about to undertake. This is way faster than using the software keyboard on the iPad Mini.

    One of the best features is the quick release that allows you to separate the iPad Mini and the keyboard for when you want to use your iPad without the keyboard. The design of the quick release is similar to the center snap-cap lens caps. You pinch the center of the cap and the iPad releases. Reattaching is just as simple.

    The silicon outer cover provides caps over most of the ports allowing the whole unit to be splash resistant. This silicon cover is dense and appears to offer great protection from accidental drops. I take my iPad Mini with me in a non-padded canvas messenger bag. The bag gets banged around on occasion and this case gives me much more confidence that the Mini will survive my daily travels. The case I was using before was the standard folio-style case and I never felt confident it really offered sufficient protection.

    The only complaint I have is the lack of installation instructions in the box. I just prefer to have the paper instructions in hand. There is just a card with directions where to find the instructions online. That said, those directions to locate the installation video were precise and the video itself was well done. The video's instructions were very clear and adequate close-up shots were shown where needed. New Trent did a good job of making up for the lack of paper instructions with the quality of the video production for this case and keyboard though I still prefer paper directions. Yes, odd for someone who is very computer centric like myself. I guess it's just me.

    Overall I highly recommend this case if you're looking for significant impact protection and a very functional Bluetooth keyboard. I give it 4.7 stars on a 5 star scale.

    Review by Pietro
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    (Posted on 4/27/14)

  68. You HAVE to get this one

    So, you're not into typing on the multi-touch display of your shiny iPad, is that correct? That's perfectly alright thanks to probably one of the most rugged Bluetooth compatible wireless keyboard cases made especially for your iPad mini or iPad mini with Retina display! The Airbender Mini from New Trent is here and this will amaze you on many levels.

    PACKAGING

    Simple, concise, sturdy cardboard box has the case and keyboard all nice and shiny and ready for you to enjoy inside. Plastic wrapped case and keyboard ensure you have a new product without fingers all over it..at least, not yet. In a small cardboard box, you will find the microUSB charging cable that works on just about any AC adapter or charge from your laptop or desktop computer.

    UNBOXING AND INSTALL

    Just take the keyboard out of the box and out of the plastic wrapping. Upon opening the Airbender Mini, you will see a foam insert inside of the iPad screen protector itself. So, first thing that needs to be done will be to release the iPad case by squeezing the logo embossed release with your thumb and index fingers and the case releases. Next, off comes the TPU liner. This is a little trickier than the process for the New Trent Gladius as you will need to pay close attention to the right side of the case where there are two raised areas that the case locks onto for that side. Once the TPU is off, then the hard case and screen protector unlock relatively easily. Insert your iPad mini into the case and reverse the process. This tight fitting case makes you feel secure and impressed with the case right away.after the TPU has been carefully secured, mount the iPad back onto the latch and you are ready for pairing.

    Pairing the Airbender Mini Bluetooth keyboard is very easy. Simply turn on the keyboard, go into Settings > Bluetooth and then press the "Pair" button on the keyboard and the keyboard shows up in your device list. Select the "New Trent Wireless Keyboard" and enter the pairing code on your keyboard and press Return, and you are all set to go!

    KEYBOARD

    This keyboard is sturdy, but not as responsive as it's big brother, Airbender 2.0, but it has a great layout with that inverted-T arrow key region that we have come to depend on where other Bluetooth keyboards miss the mark here a bit. The keys are tight, since this is for an iPad mini, so get use to this if you have larger fingers. I can key about 35-40 wpm while using this keyboard, but just not as comfortable as a full-sized keyboard.

    OTHER FEATURES

    Port covers and a built in stand that removes from the keyboard very easily make this truly a versatile product with many uses. And the iPad case can be rotated 360-degrees for the best viewing options and working space, which is especially useful for if you are working in Pages or Word and need a portrait view of your document.

    THE VERDICT

    This case is on-track with all the right features. Great battery life, dependable, sturdy, and does all it says it can and will do. The quality that New Trent brings to all their products continues with this one for sure!

    A ***** (5-Star) rating is well-deserved!

    Review by Tom
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    (Posted on 4/25/14)

  69. Pleasantly Surprised

    I expected the Airbender Mini to be good (based on the reviews, I read), but was pleasantly surprised... great look and feel to this cover! Not too bulky, yet built rugged enough to survive the physical indignities of an on-the-go lifestyle. I also like it's compatibility with all the iPad Mini functions. You can do anything with the cover on, that you can do without it... and just as easy.

    I went to YouTube and watched a short video on how to put the cover on. I'm a visual learner and thought that was helpful. Fits snug and I had no problems putting it on my iPad.

    Very happy with my choice. Thumbs up!

    Review by Russ
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    (Posted on 4/25/14)

  70. Great Case and keyboard

    I was very surprised how light the case is. I started carrying it to work instead of my laptop. Keyboard is easy and convenient to use. Overall great product. Now I am not afraid of dropping or scratching my ipad and no more carrying the laptop. Thank you guys.

    Review by Serge
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    (Posted on 4/24/14)

  71. New Trent Airbender Mini

    The water resistant and durable case fit very nicely to the iPad Mini without adding a lot of weight. The Bluetooth keyboard also performed very well. The keys on the keyboard were very well spaced and typing felt very comfortable. As a student, I relied on the keyboard a lot while taking notes. The case was also very useful as it protected the iPad Mini very well as I traveled to and from school. It is very easy to attach the keyboard to the iPad when needed and subsequently detach when the keyboard isn't needed. I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a durable case, Bluetooth keyboard, or both.

    Review by David
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    (Posted on 4/24/14)

  72. Amazing Case, Durable and Easy to use!

    When I first received the case and opened the packaging I thought to myself , O great another huge heavy case that makes your device feel like a brick. Once I put the case on my iPad mini, my first impression of the case quickly changed. The case did not add alot more thickness to my device and it actually felt like I could throw my iPad across the room. The case fits very firmly to the iPad, there is no room for the iPad to move around and feels very snug. The case only adds alittle bit of bulk because of the swiveling medal piece but it did not bother me. The keyboard was very easy to connect and I can actually type on it without pushing 2 or 3 keys. The function keys to change the brightness and the sound was a very nice addition to the keyboard making it feel more like a laptop keyboard. If I could control a few more aspects of the iPad like a wi-fi toggle function key or a "home" button, then I would really love the keyboard. The keys are quite responsive and I really enjoy having the "punch and kick" of a sturdy key. The swiveling aspect of the case was very a nice feature. I can adjust the angle and tilt very easily and the swiveling doesn't feel loose, it has just the right amount of stiffness to hold the position of the iPad in place. However, it did take me a few days to discover that the swivel mechanism can extend out and help adjust the angle of the iPad. Before I discovered this feature, the iPad would fit into the holding groove but then the whole device would fall back because of the weight of the iPad. This really bothered me because as soon as I lift off the keyboard, the iPad would fall down. Once I discovered the adjusting feature of the swiveling mechanism, that solved my problem. I can have the iPad open with the keyboard out without it falling backwards. I guess the extending feature of the swivel mechanism was no very obvious to me but I figured it out. Now sometimes it can be hard to figure out how to close the case the correct way, sometimes rotating the iPad a few times. Usually when I close it, its on the wrong side and I need to completely rotate the iPad so that the closing strap can close the case properly. It's not a huge deal to me but it could be to others. If there was some sort of orientation lock or click that lets the user know the iPad is in the proper orientation before the user closes the case completely, that might be useful. My only other complaint is that sometimes on the edges of the iPad, the rubber part that wraps around the edges of the iPad, can sometimes come off and I have to move it back over the edge of the iPad. It only happens to a small section of the edges of the iPad. The screen protector was easy to apply however it seems that the screen protector scratches easily, I already have one noticeable scratch that I'm not sure how it got on there. Screen protectors are very hard to perfect but if it was a little more scratch resistance and offered smug resistance, that could be a really big selling point for this case. Overall I really love this case. It really does feel durable when I hold it in my hands and the swiveling mechanism seems sturdy and easy to move without feeling loose and weak. The keyboard is pretty easy for the most part to type on however it has to be a small keyboard because of the iPad Mini's small size. I would highly recommend this case to someone looking for durable protection of their iPad without the iPad feeling like a huge brick. I was pretty hard to look for major improvements to this case, the only improvements I had were minor.

    Review by Seth
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    (Posted on 4/24/14)

  73. Sturdy build, snug fit, and sleek design

    Pros:
    - Sturdy rubber + plastic build that can withstand the typical bumps/scrapes/spills.
    - Snug fit unlike other generic cases on the market.
    - Sleek design and stylish finish that feels nice to the touch.
    - Simple to install case and connect keyboard (via bluetooth).

    Cons:
    - Would like more of a tilt feature when the keyboard/iPad mini are connected.
    - Although I have gotten used to the keys, I would like to see bigger keys for those with larger hands. Maybe subtract some keys to make others bigger?

    Overall, I would purchase this case/keyboard again. The peace of mind being able to take my iPad mini to class or even to outdoor activities knowing it will be safe is awesome.

    Review by Jonathan
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    (Posted on 4/23/14)

  74. Keyboard little small

    This case was very difficult to remove the TPU sleeve off of. It would have been nice if the instructions had mentioned removing the iPad Mini case from from the hinge housing by the clasp at the back of the case. I actually cut myself doing this! This case is very snug and seems like it will do a good job of protecting my iPad Mini from dust and small drops. The case and the keyboard has the same feel and it all feels substantial. This case does had quite a bit of bulk and weight to carrying the iPad mini. I like the adjustable hinge mount that allows for multiple positions of the iPad Mini in relation to the keyboard (this should have been mentioned in the instructions)

    The screen protector does not prevent any of the functions of the iPad touch screen. It is snug with the surface of the screen. There should be a reminder to clean the screen of the iPad Mini before placing it in the case.

    The keyboard is too small to do long intensive typing on. It is fine for typing in internet searches or filling in forms on websites, but I would not want to use it for typing a paper or report. Data entry in a spreadsheet app is even a little tedious with the keys being smaller and the numbers being close together. The shortcuts are handy, but will take some getting use to.

    Review by Jason
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    (Posted on 4/23/14)

  75. Good value for Ruggedized Keyboard Case

    *New Trent Airbender Mini (NT31B) Review*

    The New Trent Airbender Mini (NT31B) was easy to install, especially if
    you are familiar with other ruggedized cases, such as the Otterbox Armor
    Series, which is what I had installed on my iPad mini previously. I use my
    iPad for field work mostly, and my iPad can be exposed to all kinds of
    weather, but dirt and moisture in particular. My iPad is the first
    generation iPad mini.

    *Installation*

    I had a minor issue with getting the home button cover in place, but
    eventually got it installed correctly and there were no other installation
    issues.

    *Case Impressions*

    I like the overall fit and feel on the main iPad case, it feels
    lighter and thinner than the Otterbox case. When using it without the
    keyboard attached, it feels a bit awkward with the hole in the back, but I
    can get used to that. My only concern is if I set it down somewhere dirty
    and get dust and particulates in there. I like the responsiveness of the
    home key and the ports seem well sealed.

    *Keyboard*

    I am using the keyboard to type this review. For the most part
    it works fine, but the delete key is not where I expect it and I keep
    typing "=". The other thing that is annoying is not having the usual
    symbols available. To access these, you have to use the fn key. Not a big
    deal, but difficult to get used to. The keys are very responsive and I
    like the feel. The gap between the keys and the keyboard is concerning,
    however. I can see getting a lot of dirt or moisture in there. I have been
    trying to use the keyboard extensively, and have not had to recharge it
    yet, so I can't speak to that aspect at the moment. One thing to note, is
    that the port cover for the keyboard charging port did not have a snug a
    fit as the other ports, and I had to hold it in repeatedly to get it to
    stay. I could see it wearing out from repeated use.

    *Stand*

    I was about to rip into the stand as useless or even broken. I
    couldn't get the screen to hold at a good angle, and I thought the top
    hinge needed to be stiffer. Luckily, I was playing around a bit further
    and discovered the metal hinge extends. This has alleviated my concerns on
    both the screen angle and the keyboard/ipad self-supporting. It would be
    nice to have better documentation that the case has that as a feature.

    *Overall Pros*

    · Feels solid and well protected

    · Keyboard works well enough for typing

    *Overall Cons*

    · Keyboard isn't sealed

    · Keyboard charging port cover is weak

    *Rating*

    4 out of 5. It would have been a 2 or 3 if I didn't figure out
    the hinge issue, but for now it seems to be a solid and rugged case. I
    wouldn't use the keyboard in inclement weather, but likely wouldn't need to
    anyway for my purposes. For the price, it is a great value as well.

    Review by mystereaux
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    (Posted on 4/23/14)

  76. Best travel and school accessory you can get!

    I have had this case about a week now and its wonderfully useful. It was money well spent and I have a few great why I support this purchase. Obviously it turns your iPad Mini into an extremely portable laptop, but what I must commend New Trent on above all else is the outstanding durability and overall quality. Without adding very much weight, this case feels like it could easily withstand multiple drops from 10 feet in the air. My second favorite characteristic would have to be the quickly detachable latch that secures the back of the iPad, which also has a cover so that the device is still 100% enclosed!

    There are only 2 things I would like to point out in the interest of being critical in this review. The first being it takes some getting used to opening and closing the case to put it in the position you prefer. That is due to the high level of adjustments you can make to put it in the perfect spot for you, so its not really a con. The second is more of a personal preference, but I am not a huge fan of the screen protector's feel. I really like the smooth swipes of an anti-glare/matte finish screen protector's but they also lower the resolution so its all a trade off. That being said, this case is a great product and if you are looking to add a laptop feature to your iPad you definitely cant go wrong with the Airbender.

    Review by Alex
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    (Posted on 4/23/14)

  77. Totally worth it!

    After reading most of the reviews of the Airbender mini model:NT31B, I decided to base my review from a different point of view: a students perspective. Quite a few students try to find tools that will help make their lives easier in order to focus on their studies and I’ve found the Airbender mini model to be just that. I was skeptical of the airbender mini because many bluetooth keyboards are cheaply made for this price that this case is sold for. I was pleasantly surprised when I finally was able to use it. Not only is the case made of sturdy material but it is also stylish. It was ideal for on the go especially on days where I really didn’t want to carry my laptop around campus.

    There are so many different ways to adapt the screen to your liking. The case is equipped with three major parts. The main would be the screen case, then the bluetooth keyboard and a stand that connects both keyboard and iPad mini. The keyboard takes about 3 hours to charge completely and has lasted me and entire week and is still going strong. Connecting the iPad mini to the keyboard is also very easy. It takes seconds to complete.Personally, I was worried that I would be stuck with awkwardly taking out the keyboard every time I wanted to use my iPad. You can unhook the 360 swivel from the stand. This was a cool feature as a student to go from writing a paper on the keyboard to writing notes with my stylus directly on the screen within seconds. This stand also provides optimal support unlike other cases where they would flop down.

    Although there are a few potential negatives that should be taken into account. Since the case is waterproof, and basically shatter proof, the case is a bit bulky and is not convenient if you want a slim case. It ultimately comes down to whether your priority is a case for looks or a case for protection. In addition, the keyboard is obviously smaller than a computers and it takes some time getting used to. Also, past reviews I’ve seen show it is easy to remove the case. I am having trouble taking mine off.

    Review by Daisy
    Rating

    (Posted on 4/22/14)

  78. great product.......excellent quality

    I have had a weekend to use this case and love it! (as a matter of fact I utilizing it to type this review) I have been a loyal OtterBox customer and was skeptical about purchasing anything other product. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality and craftsmanship of this case. Here's the lowdown:
    1. Keyboard highly responsive , no need to wait to see what you type. The keys are "true"keys not soft ones that you are constantly guessing what key you're hitting.
    2. The case for you mini is fantastic, it's durable, rugged, very water and dirt resistant.If you are familiar with OtterBox products then you understand how the case it put together with a hard plastic frame that you put your mini into surrounded by durable rubber on top of that.
    3. The hinge is made of metal and DETACHES from both the keyboard and you mini!!! Nicely done.

    Here are two minor flaws and when I say minor it could just be me being picky.
    1. The case does not cover completely. Again very minor due to they are somewhat covered.
    2. The hinge does not have defined positions which can lead to your mini slipping out of the keyboard IF you held the case by the keyboard.

    I would HIGHLY recommend this product to anyone looking to get a BETTER product than OtterBox and for a lot less money.

    Review by eric
    Rating

    (Posted on 4/22/14)

  79. Better than expected!

    I was hesitant to remove my LifeProof case from my engraved iPad Mini, but
    after receiving my New Trent Airbender Mini rugged keyboard case (NT31B) I
    was not concerned. I have been looking for tougher screen/device protection
    while transporting my Mini and this is it. Directions for installation were
    simple and straightforward with New Trents documentation.

    On top of the build quality, protection and functionality, this far exceeds
    my expectations. The ability to unfold and have a functional keyboard at my
    disposal for typing emails, notes or working in Excel is outstanding. I was
    able to rotate my Mini from portrait to landscape with ease and stability
    from the multi position mounting arm. Flexibility is an understatement for
    this combo as I can easily and effortlessly remove my Mini from the
    mounting arm as well as attachment. Bluetooth pairing was a snap. The
    Smart cover feature was another added bonus. Even the rubberized latch to
    keep device and keyboard closed is exceptional. All ports and buttons are
    protected while still functional. From my New Trent Portable Dual-USB
    charger I am able to not only power my Mini but the keyboard case as well
    since both ports are accessible on the same side. Nothing was compromised
    in overall aesthetics.

    I can say that this keyboard case is everything you would expect from a New
    Trent product. Needless to say there is huge WOW factor relayed from peers
    when seeing it. What more could you ask for. For my rating, 5.

    Review by ittessor
    Rating

    (Posted on 4/17/14)

  80. Great case

    To start with, I was a little hesitant about the product, as all iPad cases nowadays are flimsy and bulky, or slim and don't really protect. And those are even without a keyboard. However, new Trent has done a great job. The iPad housing( detachable from keyboard) is slim and really protects the device from drops. Slipping is avoided via a virtually full device enclosure. The protective film doesn't compromise the screen's color and clarity.
    Not much of a writer, but typing on the keyboard, which is smaller in size' seems natural.
    Quality build and precise design for such a non expensive product.
    Will definitely take it along on the upcoming trip, and to meetings.
    A must for students

    Review by IGOR
    Rating

    (Posted on 4/17/14)

  81. Very well made and durable

    There is simple packaging and it is clear what the item is and does.It comes with an easy to use guide and is user friendly. Product is designed well and looks trendy, key these days.The feel of the product is robust and durable, and that continued through use.
    Installing the iPad mini to the case:-To open the case it is straight forward, however when unclipping, the 'eject' buttons around the shell are not soeasy to pop open, after several tries. -When inserting the ipad mini in, the glasses cover had a lot of dust settling in on the inside of the film cover. Perhaps a lint cloth could be provided with the product for installation so that this doesn't happen?
    Switching the airbender on:-Pairs up by bluetooth without hassle, keyboard feels a tad small but is a limitation on the size of the ipad itself.-The keys do feel smooth to use though. Perhaps a mouse/trackpad could be incorprated into the keyboard nearthe spacebar button for a integrated laptop feel?-Arrow keys do not move pages on the home screen, would help more with navigating
    Screen rotation unit:-Locks well and has smooth clicked to hold it in position. Unclips easily and rubber finish feels good on product.
    Silver clip hinge:-When adjusting the position of the screen the hinges loses its original position as it slips further in or out resulting in re adjusting the clip.the locking device needs to be somewhat more sturdier in my opinion.

    Overall I would rate this item closer to 5* than 4* so give it a 5* rating. It performs well, looks the part and I could only think ofminor improvements overall, which is a good sign.

    Review by Munaaf
    Rating

    (Posted on 4/17/14)

  82. it delivers!

    I tested the New Trent Airbender Mini Rugged Bluetooth Keyboard Case for the Apple iPad Mini 1st & 2nd Gen (NT31B) with our white first gen iPad Mini. The package was easy to open and case was easy to remove from the box. The instructions were clear and concise although it was a little tough to remove the rubber backing on the case to put the iPad in. A little elbow grease did the trick. I like that the case included a plastic screen protector built in to the case. Our iPad mini had a cracked screen so this will be us from being scratched. Once it was snapped in place and charged up with the accompanied cable, the keyboard was easy to sync and works flawlessly.

    The case itself is rugged although a little bulky but it is to be expected since there is a keyboard. The only negative about the case design are that not all the little cover flaps stay closed. Especially the one that latched the case closed. We love all the positions that the ipad can be placed in and that it stays where we want it to. It was easy to type, watch shows and have it flat for gaming. We also like that you can release the case from the keyboard and use it seperately. We had only one problem with the stand part almost scratched the table since it is metal, protruding out and not protected.

    This case would be great for the professional that wants to use the ipad mini for business and on the go. It turns it into a convertible laptop. I would take it with me as an engineer to the field and when traveling.

    Overall, this is a great case from New Trent for someone looking for a built in keyboard. I would give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars simply because of the few minor flaws I was able to find that kept it from being perfect.

    Review by Curtis
    Rating

    (Posted on 4/17/14)

  83. Absolute best iPad mini keyboard case

    Before trying this case I was using the Otterbox Defender for my iPad mini. The outer rubber shell on this case feels a little thinner than the Otterbox but not much. I would need a micrometer to say for sure. There is some flashing on the home button cover which I believe is there in order to help keep it in place - it's a little difficult to get it situated correctly but not impossible. The home button cover is definitely easier to use than that of the Otterbox. When the case is separated from the keyboard the Apple logo shows through a piece of transparent plastic that keeps the tablet back protected at all times. This is a very nice touch that has eluded several manufacturers on cases with a similar 'porthole' feature. The case without keyboard is about the same thickness as the Otterbox case without the cover. When the keyboard is attached it appears to be slightly thinner than the Otterbox with its cover. Surprisingly the hinge does not add any width as compared to the Otterbox as the 'ears' on the
    Otterbox cover are about the same size.

    Viewing angles and height on the Airbender are far superior to the Otterbox, but the hinge on the back of the tablet does not seem to be capable of holding the tablet at a set angle for long. Correcting this requires the bottom of the tablet to be in contact with the back of the keyboard. This may be by design but it would be better if the tablet could be elevated and angled at the same time, but this might require the hinge to be overly tight. This is only a minor inconvenience for me and will not affect my rating of the case.

    Pairing of the keyboard is easy and straightforward. Typing on the keyboard is a little difficult due to the size of the keys compared to the size of my hands, but I had a similar experience with a MoKo keyboard and didn't expect anything different from other keyboards in this form factor. There is a small strap used to hold the keyboard closed that can only connect on one side of the case. A little inconvenient but not a deal breaker by any means since the strap only seems to augment the hinge's ability to keep the unit closed. The keyboard does increase the weight of the tablet quite a bit but this is a small price to pay for the added functionality of the stand and keyboard along with the protection of the case. The ease of removing the tablet from the keyboard also nullifies this added weight. Battery life of the keyboard is yet to be determined, but it has been on and paired with the tablet continuously for a week and shows no sign of depletion.

    One possible downfall is that the keyboard charges via microUSB. While this isn't an issue for me it might require some users to carry an additional charger. It would be advantageous for the keyboard to charge using the Apple Lightning connector but I realize that this may not be possible due to licensing restrictions.

    Pros:
    * Roughly the same size as the Otterbox.
    * Excellent protection for the tablet.
    * Easy to disconnect the keyboard from the tablet.
    * Hinge doubles as a stand when fully extended and removed from the keyboard base.
    * Very attractive design.
    Cons:
    * Keyboard is rather small - no way around that with this size tablet.
    * Hinge on back of tablet is a little loose - again, not a huge problem.
    * Charging requires microUSB connection, ergo, a second cable type to carry. Since I already have an Android phone that uses this connection it's not a problem although die hard Apple-only users might find this to be more problematic.

    Overall, this is easily a 5+ star product. Would this replace my Otterbox? It already has. I can't see going back to the Otterbox after using this case for only a couple of hours.

    Review by William
    Rating

    (Posted on 4/17/14)

  84. Pretty Awesome case - with a caveat :)

    The Airbender Mini for iPad mini comes in a nice glossy box, showing the purchaser a nice picture of the case on the front and a photo of the case and keyboard on the back, complete with bullet points of the features, such as the 360 degree stand and the case being rubberised weatherproof – a major necessity in the UK! Once inside the sealed box, you find the case, an installation guide, a USB charge cable and a warranty extension card. Given that the case has a build in screen protector, I found it odd that a screen cleaner wasn’t included. I know it’s not a deal breaker, but it would give just that extra little attention to detail having everything you would need included.
    Removing the case from its transparent wrapper, the first thing you notice is the texture of the case, being rubberised makes it very non-slippery and it feels kind of soft – I know it sounds strange but it does to me. Build wise, I think this is very rugged and robust indeed. The hinge located on the side of the keyboard/stand mechanism seem very solid and certainly looks like it will stand up to a fair amount of wear and tear.

    Removing the case from the keyboard is easy enough – the circular stand “ejects” in the same manner you would remove a lens cap from a camera – simply squeeze the two parts inward and it detaches. Installation into the case is simple enough – remove the rubberised outer shell, unclip the plastic shell inside, insert iPad, seal the plastic shell (worth going completely around the case ensuring each clip is in) and then reattach the rubber outer, completing the case. One thing I really, really would stress is ensure you have cleaned your screen when you insert your iPad. This case comes with an integrated screen protector which is superb (as I always get a speck of dust or bubble in the “adhesive” ones), so that’s one thing less to worry about as well. Once assembled you can use the iPad as is (although you can’t use a smart cover, it isn’t a huge concern) or reattach back to the stand mechanism. The choice ultimately is yours, but to me, not much point in having half a case!
    You will immediately notice that the ports are covered, helping assist the weatherproof aspect as well as helping to prevent dust build up. Each port can have the cover flipped out the way so you can plug your headphones or lightning cable without any fuss and as the covers are integrated into the case, you won’t mislay them either. It also has a clasp mechanism, which is nice but does require a little bit of effort to push into place.

    Linking the keyboard to the iPad is simplicity itself. Making sure you have Bluetooth enabled on your iPad, you just flick the on switch on, hit connect and wait for the iPad to tell you what code to type to link the two together – job done. Charging time for the keyboard is estimated at 4 hours, but I checked mine and there was some charge to the keyboard which allowed me to pair it with the iPad. Putting it on charge only took an hour or so, so I would guess it was half charged initially.

    If you don’t need to use the keyboard, you can simply open and rotate the iPad out and fold down again – while this is possible, it does make the case shape akin to a wedge rather than being flat. I would probably only do this on the move, opting to disconnect the keyboard part of the case around the house. But if you wish to use the keyboard, you can simply adjust the position and angle of the iPad to suit your need, due to the 360 Degree rotating ring – either landscape or portrait and as the stand enables you to slide it out further, making it easy to adjust the angle to whatever position you may need. Personally speaking, I found landscape certainly more stable and portrait just a little loose in feel, not to mention that initially it took a little time to find that sweet spot where the iPad is tilted back to an angle that worked for me. I would hasten to add, that this has become easier now I know where it is, rather than having to gauge it the first time. However, all of this is immaterial if the keyboard itself isn’t very good. Luckily, it is very well constructed, akin to a medium to higher range laptop keyboard. It’s not a Cherry keyboard, but nobody should expect one in this kind of device! The keys are nicely spaced out and have a good tactile feel to them, although in cramped quarters, I managed to hit a few wrong keys, but I would surmise the more I use it, the less likely that is to happen.

    I think this would be the perfect case for any role that requires outside use – from couriers delivering goods to market researchers, due to the coverage of the iPad, the ruggedness and the weatherproofing. I also think for people like myself who commute via train and need to compose emails or documents on the move, it is compact enough to carry (although it does feel like it doubles the weight of the iPad) and once put on a table or similar on the train, easy enough to position and type very comfortably. If you’re not feeling like typing, it works just as well as a stand for movie watching too!

    Having used the previous version, I feel this is an improvement, particularly on the keyboard side of things as I didn’t like the feel quite as much as this incarnation. If I could make one improvement and to me it’s a glaring issue, is that the charge light is on the keyboard inside the case rather than an LED on the external side of the case – next to the charging port or anywhere on the case reverse would be ideal, as I don’t charge the unit up in an unfolded state. It might sound a little petty, but it seems to be an obvious no-brainer to me as I keep the iPad and keyboard together – not such an issue if you charge them separately. I can also see an argument for illuminated keys, which would help in poorly lit areas. I think it’s a valid point and could be an option with an on/off toggle for illumination but I do wonder if this was implemented, how much it would impact battery life. Still, maybe an option for the next revision?

    Review by Sad Muppet
    Rating

    (Posted on 4/17/14)

  85. Awesome product to protect your Ipad mini

    I give this product a four star simply because it's awesome all the way around with only a few minor issues. The case is durable and completely encases the ipad mini. The keyboard took a little time to get used to because of the location of some of them and some of the more common punctuation keys are reached through the "function" feature. The plastic enclosure snaps in to place securely and then is wrapped in a soft, rubber-like product that should protect against normal bumps and drops. The arm attaches and detaches easily from the keyboard by sliding in and out of a provided slot and detaches from the actual ipad mini through a snap-lock system. I love having the ability to use it as a mini-laptop or disconnected as an ipad. I recommend this item to anyone with the ipad mini for solid protection and ease of use.

    Review by Michael
    Rating

    (Posted on 4/16/14)

  86. Very Satisfied

    I have had my Airbender Mini for about a week now. I am very satisfied with it. The overall quality is great and the keyboard is easy to adjust to, it isn't too small and the response is great. I love that the iPad is detachable too, that's certainly a plus. I didn't want my iPad to be forced attached to the keyboard. I very much recommend it to anyone with an iPad Mini. The price is right and probably better quality than other similar items.

    Review by Carlos
    Rating

    (Posted on 4/13/14)

  87. Grat Case

    I love this case. It is the perfect case for both having a keyboard and for protection. It is a little hard to get on, but it is worth it. This case does just what i was expecting it to do and more.

    Review by Tyler
    Rating

    (Posted on 4/11/14)

  88. Good Keyboard...just needs some improvements

    I purchased this case last week and have used it every day since then. It is good but needs improvement to compete with other cases out there.

    To start at the beginning, I unboxed it and thought the rubbery material that the case is made of was very nice. I did not realize that the case came with a protective piece for the ipad itself which was also very nice. The owners manual, one sheeter, seemed to have been written by someone that didn't take the time to write the instructions based on the actual product. It starts with instructions on how to put the case on the mini but there's no instructions on how to take the case OFF of the actual keyboard. I actually had to google reviews for the case to find out that the back has pinchers that hold the case in place. Nonetheless, I found this out later after hapharzardly putting on the case.

    Once the case was on, the rubberized part over the home key stuck which kept turning siri on. The case is on so tight that I'm worried it will be difficult later on to remove.

    Outside of the above, the clear plastic cover that protects the screen is really nice. The cover itself is nice with all the holes aligning nicely. The piece that keeps the cover closed seems to get in the way of typing. Not sure why that piece is needed.

    Pairing to the mini itself was simple and easy.

    The Keyboard itself types very easily. Very intuitive. Some folks have said the keyboard itself is too small but with the iPad mini it seems natural that the keyboard is as well. The placement of the apostrophe seems odd that you have to type the function key to get to it but all other keys seem intuitive.

    I do love that the ipad stays protected and you can take it off of the arm. The arm however itself is rather clunky. No where in the instructions does it mention that it slides out of the case. Again, had to google to find that out. It does not seem to have a smooth operation. Its clunky to close it because you have to pull out the arm, then close the lid and pull it back in.

    Some needed features:
    At night, its hard to see the keys. Would be nice to light up.
    Would be nice to have a battery indicator so that I can see if I need to charge it. Battery life however seems great tho.

    Overall, the case itself is sturdy, protection is good, and the keyboard works well. Needs some help with the instructions, some aesthetic improvements.

    Review by Joe
    Rating

    (Posted on 4/9/14)

  89. This case is for the rugged individual.

    This case is a great product for my ipad. The design is great for someone like me who uses their ipad for work. My favorite feature is being able to disconnect the ipad from the keyboard. Most competitor cases do not offer this design. The case is durable enough for people who require maximum protection for their ipad. The only improvement this case needs is a latch that actually stays closed. I would reccomend this case to a professional who works in a fast pace inviornment.

    Review by Nate
    Rating

    (Posted on 4/8/14)

  90. Great Keyboard Case for iPad Mini Retina

    Like the looks and design. Keyboard takes some getting used to but pretty understandable that compromises need to be made due to size. Good protection so far. 3 year old dropped the ipad piece from table to tiled floor and ipad was protected.

    Review by Marcus
    Rating

    (Posted on 4/8/14)

  91. Great product!

    Im not the most careful person so I bump and drop my ipad more than I would like to but this case protects my ipad from getting damaged of scratched quite well. The material is synthetic and kind of has a smooth rubbery feeling so it definitely absorbs the shocks well. I dropped it on the ground and in the rain couple of time and it still works great! the blue tooth on the keyboard still works without a lag even though I had it for over a month now. If youre looking for a quality product that is shock and water resistant, I would highly recommend it.

    Review by Luke
    Rating

    (Posted on 4/7/14)

  92. Very Good Case

    Upon first inspection: tough and rugged, rubberized plastic parts. Has a
    good feel to it.
    Was easy to get on. iPad part has 3 pieces, front, back and the rubber
    covering.
    Pros: Tough, Water resistant, Shock proof, dirt proof (as long as the
    ports are covered). Built in screen protector. Keyboard has a long
    battery life, with built in battery. Separate stand for the iPad.
    Locking tab to keep iPad from opening unintentionally. Black color is
    very business-like and professional. ports covering lock switch and
    charging port, help keep dirt and water out.
    Cons: Can be awkward to open, needs to be able to lock iPad from
    swiveling on the stand. Other Color choices would be a nice touch and be
    able to appeal to others.
    Overall rating=5

    Review by Craig
    Rating

    (Posted on 4/7/14)

  93. Great product. Very safe and sturdy

    On a scale of 1-5, I rate your product a 4 and here is my reasoning why.

    The packaging was very nice, neat, and sturdy. Very good appearance. Upon opening the box, the entire product looked a bit large. Good for home use but not for traveling. I loved the material. Not cheap plastic like some and had a slight grip to it which is nice. I knew my iPad was safe. However, putting the actual iPad into the case itself was very hard to do and would not be easy to take out once it was in. This was a feature I didn't like. The keyboard connected to my iPad lightning fast everytime. The charge was short and the battery life lasted a longtime. The only issue I took a point off was because of the whole maneuvering of the opening and closing of the entire thing. I didn't like how the silver hinge could easily detach from the keyboard and slide out and the angling was a bit hard to get right. However, the customization of the angling was a fantastic feature. I wish the hinge that connected to the iPad was tighter so that I could position my iPad however fashion I wanted like if I wanted my iPad to lay flat but above the keyboard. Also, whenever I tried to fold it closed it was difficult because I had to reposition the hinge to default every time and would take several tries to do. Instead I opted to slide it closed but this made one of the keys pop off. So now I am missing a key. I would suggest to make the keyboard and case waterproof as well and to connect the keys to the board so that it does not end up popping off and breaking

    Review by Kimberly
    Rating

    (Posted on 4/5/14)

  94. A Whole New Experience with Perfect Protection

    It’s my first keyboard case and I would say it totally gives me a whole new experience.

    First of all, the case provides perfect protection. I never knew that a iPad could be protected like that. The case comes with a back cover, a screen protector, which is more like a panel compared to those thin plastic screen protectors, and a rugged case that locks back cover and front cover. Armed with this case, my iPad is immune to dust forever. I was afraid that the rugged case would be too bulky, it turned out that it feels just right. If you found it’s too bulky with the keyboard together, you can always detached the case from the keyboard, and just carry the case on the go. I really enjoy reading books on my iPad with this case on. Besides the protection, the cut-outs are clear and provide enough space. The buttons are very comfortable to press with this case on, somehow it feels even better than pressing the original buttons.

    The adjustable stand is another good feature that I like about this product. You can adjust your iPad to any angle with the stand. It would be a little difficult to find the best angle when the stand is too close to the keyboard, just pull the stand away from keyboard, or detach it if you like, you’ll find the perfect angle.

    The keyboard is nice and neat. Bluetooth connection is easy to set up and very stable, keys response is good, the shortcut keys are convenient.

    There are some cons that I've found so far.
    1.The wake-up function maybe too sensitive. I noticed that when it’s closed, if I twisted the case and keyboard even for a small angle, my iPad mini would wake up. It also disables my screen locker.

    2.The keyboard keys are a little bit small. I don’t have big hands and I wished the keys were bigger. The keys are built higher than the base which leaves some space to let dust get in, some people may have concerns about it.

    If you’d like to have good protection and a keyboard for your iPad, and then this keyboard case is perfect for you.

    Review by YI
    Rating

    (Posted on 4/4/14)

  95. Best Case I've ever used

    Let me start by saying that I was blown away the second I opened the box for the case. Before even putting my iPad Mini (w/ Retina) in the case I knew I had a winner.

    Built like a tank this case is more than likely gonna take more knocks and drops than you will. Its also an amazing feel to hold and use. The keyboard has fantastic keys that click and move just like a real keyboard. No rubbery smashing of contacts but instead a nice clean click which lets you know you have really made a fantastic purchase. The best feature of all is that you can remove the top part of the case from the keyboard when you don't need it. Carry it around as its own case and then click it back in place easily when you're ready to use it again. And the battery life on the keyboard is fantastic. And it's rechargeable as well.

    It just doesn't get any better than this price and this quality. I plan to buy as many New Trent products as I can just because I know they are worth it.

    Review by Heratiki
    Rating

    (Posted on 4/4/14)

  96. Fit, protect and is confort!!

    When you decide to buy the best tablet you also want to protect it with the best cover.
    This case do it. As advertised by the vendor, it is a plastic + rubber shockproof.
    It's not water resistance but can support a splash.
    The iPad mini Retina fit well inside the cover, beside protect the borders it also has a plastic cover for the screen, that doesn't interfere with the resolution and cristal clear of the screen.
    The keyboard fit well even for big hands. The bluetooth connectivity with the iPad works from the first time, and after configuration it connect instantly.
    I recommend it to all students like me. ;)

    Review by Isaac
    Rating

    (Posted on 4/3/14)

  97. Feel safe, good confort, fit iPad mini Retina

    When you decide to buy the best tablet you also want to protect it with the best cover.
    This case do it. As advertised by the vendor, it is a plastic + rubber shockproof.
    It's not water resistance but can support a splash.
    The iPad mini Retina fit well inside the cover, beside protect the borders it also has a plastic cover for the screen, that doesn't interfere with the resolution and cristal clear of the screen.
    The keyboard fit well even for big hands. The bluetooth connectivity with the iPad works from the first time, and after configuration it connect instantly.
    I recommend it to all students like me. ;)

    Review by Isaac
    Rating

    (Posted on 4/3/14)

  98. Best key Board Case out there!

    Review of the New Trent Airbender Mini (NT31B)

    I received my new Airbender in the mail this past Thursday and took the weekend to set-up and use my new product from New Trent.
    I have to say overall I'm very impressed in the quality, design and price of this product. I was a bit skeptical at first from the price alone, however that point turned into a plus after using the product.
    Set-up was very easy and straight forward as well as the construction of this product seemed very thought out and over all user friendly. I really like the way you have three separate pieces and can choose how and what pieces you want.
    I am a long time Otterbox user and I have to say the stand alone case for the iPad mini itself is worth the price asked for the entire Airbender set-up. I really like the feel it has as opposed to my Otterbox case. The Airbender has more of a grip and cushion feel to it, however it does seem to pick up dust and debris more easily.
    I really only have a couple complaints and as far as I know it has to do more with Apple then the New Trent product itself. I really don't like how you have to touch send when messaging. I find its more work to type with the Bluetooth keyboard then reach up to hit "send" then it would be to just hit the enter key or double tap it to give it more function. Again I would think that is more Apple then New Trent.
    The second issue has to do with parts. Im the kind of person that likes to take as few with him as possible. That's why, when given the choice to get a free iPhone 4s or pay 150.00 for the iPhone 5, I choose the 5 so the cables I had worked throughout my existing devices. So what Im saying is, it would be nice to charge the Bluetooth keyboard with the lighting cable. When I received my Airbender, the first thing I did was turn on and pair it to my iPad mini (g1). I saw it needed to be charged so I left it behind to be charged as I put together the rest of the set-up. After what seemed to be a short time the light was green and it was ready for use. I used it several times over the course of the weekend and it stayed charged, but like I said with having to hit the "send" key on screen I found myself setting it to the side and using the screen keyboard.
    Well after a long winded review on a product I am thoroughly happy with, I give it a 5 out of 5 and have already recommended it to several of my friends. I really look forward to seeing more products from New Trent in the future and will be purchasing a few more for the devices I already own.

    Review by Robert A.
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    (Posted on 4/3/14)

  99. Great Quality and A Piece of Luxury at your fingertips

    okay so after about a week of using my New Trent NT31B I will rate this product a 4 out of 5 overall. Heres a quick Pros and Cons breakdown:
    Pros:
    Quality Material
    Keyboard Ease of Use
    Charge port, Mic port, buttons access
    Camera Visibility
    Ruggedness and Feel

    Cons:
    No instructions ( a big one )
    Take Apart and put Together
    Weight
    Unclicking iPad from Keyboard

    On the pros is pretty self explanatory, I was pretty happy with the built and quality. When i carry this around people ask me about it and are surprised its an iPad mini case and not an actual mini laptop. I love the quality material and feels like a piece of luxury every time i grab/hold it. I like the keyboard being small and full as everything is within reach and typing fast is a breeze. Many charger/data cables are coming out bulky at the ends and the case doesn't need to be removed just to use the. The mic port has accepted all shapes and sizes of cables, unlike my Griffin Survivor case only accepts straight mic connectors. The Camera is perfectly clear on both ends and my other case has given me this hazy look in photos or reflects off the plastic.


    Let me explain a little on the cons. First i would have liked to know that the part that holds the iPad in place was extendable. i used it for 2 days thinking that it had a horrible viewing angle until my 5 year old tried to borrow it from me and i thought he broke it. I own the Griffin Survivor Case and the Otter box and both have been taken apart and put back together various times and still are holding up great. On this New Trent the plastic points where it snaps together was pretty hard to click together and they even looked like they were going to break. The iPad itself is pretty light and i like that about it, but once i carried it around with the case it was just as heavy as my laptop, not really but close. Now for the last bad part the removal of the iPad from the base. My wife couldn't do it and it took me a certain method to remove it especially since the base silver piece was in the way.

    Overall Im a happy New Trent user and cant wait for an upgrade or to check out what other products you guys offer.

    Review by Brian
    Rating

    (Posted on 4/2/14)

  100. great ipad mini protecter

    its a great protecter for my ipad mini., Keyboard is bluetooth and works like a charm..and it looks great. I also got alot of compliments

    Review by peter
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    (Posted on 4/2/14)

  101. The Best Case I Have Purchased!

    It was everything I was searching for and it was everything that it said it was. The protection is awesome! The keyboard was simple to set-up and user-friendly. With such great protection and features, it's still very light, considering how durable it is. I am overall completely satisfied with this product and would highly recommend it to others, which I already have a friend buying one today! :)

    Review by Minty
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    (Posted on 4/2/14)

  102. Well built case that gives you confidence it will protect your investment

    I recently acquired the NewTrent iPad Mini case NT31B. After reviewing the recommended installation video, I found putting my mini into this case to be very straightforward. The construction had a totally solid feel to it and once together, I was impressed with the fit between the mini and the keyboard. The keyboard charged in a short period of time and, although the keyboard is smaller than a standard keyboard, I found I was able to touch type with minimal issues. Larger fingers might need to 2 finger type. I feel that continued usage will make the experience easier. The keys give good feedback to the input. I like to read magazines on the mini while commuting on the train and, using the keyboard as a base on my thigh, the rotated mini (portrait mode) was very easy to read. The protective covering did not impede the touchscreen's sensitivity. The case adds some weight to iPad but this solid feel gives you a good product to work with. All the iPad functions were easily accessible with one issue. The protective tab over the HOME button must be placed correctly or it might hinder its use if pushed down too far. This is easily monitored and certainly does not diminish the ease of use this product gives. Based on the quality of construction, fitting of the parts and the versatility of the swing arm, I would give this product a 5 (out of 5).

    Review by Lance
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    (Posted on 4/2/14)

  103. Versatility at its Best!

    I bought my Airbender Mini keyboard case over 1 year ago and have loved every second of it! The keyboard is very high quality and has an extremely long battery life. The best feature of all is the ability to detach the iPad from the keyboard without having to remove the iPad from the case. This makes it very versatile and useful. Another great feature is how durable the case is. The casing around the shell absorbs the shock from falls, and it also repels water. I would absolutely recommend this product to anyone looking for a durable and useful case.

    Review by Tyler
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    (Posted on 4/1/14)

  104. Rugged, well built--- no, not me, the Airbender Mini!!!

    1st impression of the AIrbender Mini?, WOW! Very well constructed, very sturdy and provides bullet-proof protection for my Ipad. I wanted a keyboard case that worked well. It definitely does that. Paired easily, little to no lag when typing. The form factor is definitely smaller than other bluetooth keyboards, but necessarily so. I was easy for me to get used to and my typing speed is up to normal. Built like a TANK!
    I had to remove my screen protector so that the case would snap on correctly, but no problem as the case has one built in.
    I would recommend this to anyone with a Mini.

    Review by Lee
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    (Posted on 4/1/14)

  105. Very good keyboard case for iPad Mini

    The Airbender Mini is a good bluetooth keyboard case for the iPad Mini. It was a bit of a challenge to get my iPad Mini into the case since it is a snug fit, but the directions that were included were clear, and the snug fitting case seems to provide a good amount of protection for my iPad Mini. There are rubber covers for all of the ports on the iPad and also for the charging port on the keyboard. The cover for the mute/rotation lock switch is a little annoying- the case is thick, making it difficult for me to operate the switch. The switch is still reachable, and it's not a switch that I use very often on my iPad, so it's just a minor nuisance. It is nice that the case has a built-in screen protector, though I would prefer if it were an anti-glare screen protector. It's nice that the case allows the iPad to rotate between portrait and landscape mode. I would like to see the detents for those orientations be a little bit more stiff. The case will also stop at 45 degrees (between portrait and landscape). I'm not sure if that would be useful to anybody, but it is worth noting. The case can also open and lay flat with the iPad on top of the keyboard. This is definitely a plus if you don't want to use the keyboard all of the time. The hinge on the keyboard for this is nice and rigid so that it will stay where you put it, but the pivot point that allows the viewing angle of the iPad to be adjusted could stand to be a little bit more stiff. The iPad seems to stay put when using it on a table, but it flops around a bit when trying to use it on my lap while sitting on the couch.

    The keyboard is a bit cramped since it is so small, but I don't think there is any way to avoid this with a keyboard that is the same size as the iPad Mini. Even though the keyboard is small, it is still a step up from the soft keyboard on the iPad. I can definitely type a lot faster on the Airbender Mini than I can with the soft keyboard on the iPad Mini. Pairing was very easy (as it should be)- if you've paired any other bluetooth devices with an iOS device, you'll be able to pair with this keyboard without any further directions.

    Overall, this is a good keyboard, and is on par with other bluetooth keyboards that I have used with full sized iPads. There are a couple little things that I would improve on it, but overall, I'd recommend this keyboard to anybody looking to improve their typing experience on an iPad Mini.

    Review by Dan
    Rating

    (Posted on 3/31/14)

  106. Well Made Keyboard

    One big positive about this keyboard is that it frees up my macbook. I can now use my mini to type messages or answer emails that I would have use my laptop for. Just have to get use the small keys. But it had to fit the mini size so you just have to adapt. The case itself is a great protective case. It feels durable and not cheap. The weather resistance is a great plus. The bluetooth connected quickly and don't have to reconnect every time you turn off the keyboard. I like the adjustable metal base that connects the iPad and the keyboard. A con may be the way you open the case. Feels awkward to open. If you put something that locks the iPad in place so when you open the case it doesn't feel flimsy. Other than that this is a great case and keyboard.

    Review by Val
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    (Posted on 3/30/14)

  107. Amazing Case!

    I really enjoyed testing this case out as I have had the Airbender Mini 1.0 on my iPad for a long time now and I have really liked having the swivel screen and Bluetooth keyboard, but I wish it was a bit more durable as I always felt like I was going to drop it or spill stuff on it. So, even though I didn’t have any accidents with this case, I really like how it water resistant and shockproof. It is practically a Lifeproof iPad case but with the awesome added bonus of a Bluetooth keyboard and for over half the cost. I have really nothing but good things to say about this case as it is very functional and it was just as easy to use as the Airbender Mini 1.0 that I previously was using on my iPad Mini. The one thing I wish this had, and I felt the same way with the Airbender Mini 1.0 is that I wish it had a hand strap on the back or bottom of the case so you can hold it like a mini laptop in your hand when you are doing presentations or carrying it around. Another small thing I think would be pretty cool to put on the case would be a stylus holder for those that like to use a stylus to scroll through pages and browse while using the keyboard to type. Overall great product and highly recommend it for students, businessmen, secretaries, or really anyone who gets easily frustrated with the on-screen iPad keyboards. The keyboard really increases speed and productivity. Lastly, the one really cool thing I think you could do to the Bluetooth keyboards on all your case would be backlighting the keys. I would imagine it would drain the battery possibly faster but if you put a photon sensor on it to detect light so it can auto adjust it would really be amazing as I was trying to use it at night and it was hard to use the keys. Not sure if it is possible but I have it on my MacBook Pro and it is a real advantage. Overall I give this case a 5 out of 5 as it gives me such a better sense of protection then the 1.0 model.

    Review by chris
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    (Posted on 3/27/14)

  108. Great case for the rough and tough iPad Mini user

    I tend to like to have options when it comes to cases for my iPad Mini. Sometimes I'm minimal, sometimes I'm fancy, and sometimes I want to type. Of the case options I own I did not have one that I would consider rugged. Enter the New Trent Airbender Mini, a rugged iPad Mini case with a Bluetooth keyboard built into the assembly. The case is billed as being water resistant, dirt proof and shock proof, and from the feel of it I believe it all.

    The case is a hard-shelled rubber with a nice, grippy feel to it. It is not slick so that it will fall out of your hand or slide easily off a surface. It feels good. The first step of using the case is to open it up by flipping up the lock tab and then detaching the portion that holds the iPad Mini. This was the first thing that struck me as pretty cool: the hinge for the iPad Mini uses a camera lens-type fixture that allows for that top section to be disengaged from the rest of the case. Necessary to get the iPad in but also very convenient when you don't want the keyboard with you and just want to use the iPad. New Trent has a very well done video on how to get the case assembly apart and get the iPad Mini secured inside. Everything snaps in place very well and rests the iPad in very securely. All of the switches and openings of the iPad are covered by flaps on the exterior of the case. If you want to charge it, you flip open that flap and insert your cable, then snap the flap shut when you are done. There is a protective screen built into the case that covers the iPad screen. I found that it did not degrade the responsiveness of the screen, although it did appear to collect more smudges than using the iPad without it. Cleaning with a good microfiber cloth took care of the smudges, but they did quickly come back. Sound quality was still the same with the case on the iPad and I did not find a noticeable difference in the volume when in use.

    Once all assembled into the protective shell the iPad can be snapped back onto the hinge to once again complete the case. When closed there is a tab to keep the two halves connected during transit. The Bluetooth keyboard was easy to pair with the Mini; it connected just as any other Bluetooth device. When I first opened the case and set it on my desk to type I was a bit put off. The position of the iPad was not ideal and when in landscape mode it would swivel down into a vertical position rather than retain the position I had place it in. However, I had not realized the hinge in the arm allowed for positioning the iPad up and down. Once I set that I found the iPad was resting on the keyboard. Again I was confused. Looking at the case further I found another adjustment point: the arm holding the iPad is adjustable and can be retracted out of the keyboard side of the case. The arm ratchets out to several different distances allowing the iPad to rest back right at the top of the keyboard, making it a perfect position for typing or watching movies. Furthermore the arm can come all the way out of the case and act as a stand alone without the keyboard section. In a few minutes I went from a bit confused and disappointed to being pleasantly surprised as to how flexible the case really was. The cool factor went up greatly.

    The keyboard is a smaller affair fitting in the width of the iPad Mini. It has all the functions I would expect on a smaller form factor Bluetooth keyboard. The size of the keys are a bit on the smallish side and I found I was making quite a few typing mistakes at first. The space bar and I had a particular problem given that its length is shortened over a traditional size keyboard. After using the keyboard for a while (and slowing down a bit) I found my mistakes lessened. The space bar and I still have a a bit of a problem; it will take more training of my right thumb to get that resolved. The function keys on the number row allow for extra control of the iPad such as cut, copy, paste, music and volume controls, and a home button to return to the launcher.

    Overall I am quite impressed with the New Trent Airbender. It did more than I thought after my first look and proved to be quite able to handle the day to day needs I have for an iPad case. It does add a bit of weight to the iPad Mini, but in trade off you are getting great protection and a Bluetooth keyboard. This would make a great travel case in my opinion, and work great for someone who uses their iPad out on the job. For a full clamshell case with a keyboard I don't think you could do much better.

    Pros:
    - iPad Mini is held securely in the case
    - Can remove the iPad Mini from the keyboard
    - Very flexible in terms of positioning
    - Well constructed design

    Cons:
    - Keyboard takes getting used to
    - Can be tough to the the iPad back out
    - Screen cover is a bit smudgy

    Review by James
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    (Posted on 3/27/14)

  109. Getting this case on and off isn’t easy!

    I promise you, though, once you get this Airbender Mini on your precious iPad Mini with Retina Display, you won’t want to take it off. There’s just no need to. It does everything you could ask of a case and more, at a price that could be considered a steal.

    When you remove the iPad from the hinge, you have a tactile, easy to keep looking new case, that turns your slippery iPad Mini into a comfortable and secure extension of your hand - perfect for point-of-sale use. Actually, when I want to read, I prefer to leave the hinge on the iPad cover. It easily pulls out of the keyboard to work like a stand or a comfortable grip to hold the iPad. The clever lens-cover-like clasp that holds the hinge to the iPad case is very secure. I really like the plastic screen cover that came with the case - iPad screen protection without bubbles! It should be easy to find a piece of plastic that can be cut to size to replace it, if it gets ruined.

    With the bluetooth keyboard attached, you have a gorgeous mini laptop computer. The hinge extends out to provide good support at a perfect screen angle. My hands aren’t dainty, but it didn’t take me long to get into a slow rhythm of touch typing that’s reliable and faster than the screen keyboard. It also has a surprisingly good feel to the keys; as good or better than any mini computer I have used.

    This very well built case looks like the heavy duty protection it is and there is nothing cheap about it. If I drop it, or it falls, I know my iPad will be protected. At the same time, it makes a very classy unisex statement. It may be a tad heavier than a leather case, but the functionality of it more than makes up for the small added weight. This case is now a permanent part of my iPad mini.

    Review by Julie
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    (Posted on 3/27/14)

  110. Awesome case

    This is by far the best keyboard case I've used with the iPad mini. For
    starters, they keyboard is as close as you can get to being a full sized
    keyboard (they layout is unchanged, just slightly smaller. The case itself
    is very rugged (reminds me of an otter box). The hinge is pretty heavy duty
    so I have no worried about that breaking. Overall I'm very pleased with
    this case.

    Review by Gerald
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    (Posted on 3/27/14)

  111. Very sturdy Product - Very pleased

    I got the AirBender Mini for the Ipad Mini with Retina display. First thing I noticed after opening the main box was how heavy the box was.

    The box and the packaging inside was very well done. Seemed very sturdy and at this point based on the look and weight I felt it was going to be pretty rugged and keep my Mini safe. I pulled the case out and was surprised at how heavy it was. Not that it is a bad thing. I just wasn’t expecting it to be that way. But when you think about it in the open position you don’t want it tipping over. I wouldn’t say that the weight is a huge deal breaker for me I was just surprised. It may be for some. This is my first keyboard/case for the Mini so I really didn’t know what to expect. It also doubled the width of the Mini when its in the case to about an inch keyboard and case together.

    Once I got everything opened, I looked over the directions to see how it all comes apart to put the mini inside the case. The top part where the Mini is housed comes off of the main case with a squeeze plug much like a camera lens cap on the arm.
    Once you have that section off, there is a rubber piece that comes off from around the edges and then a two part harder plastic that the Mini goes into. There is a clear plastic shield that is part of the top part of the case that protects the actual screen from scratches.
    Once you have that all snapped back to together, and it really does go together nicely. Very snug, as I would expect it to be. You can re attach it back to the keyboard.
    The keyboard already had a charge on it, so I went ahead and paired it to my Mini. Very easy process if you have paired anything to your Iphone or your Ipad. There are step by step instructions included if you are not aware of the process. I’ve used this case all week and haven’t had to recharge the keyboard yet. The printed directions were very nicely done. Pictures as well as text.
    All of the buttons are accessible by rubber doors that flip open and close tightly. The case also has a clip that will allow it to shut and hold it shut. This piece is a harder plastic. The keyboard was very sturdy. I’m a bigger guy with bigger hands yet I was able to type on the keyboard very easily. The keys are raised quite a bit. I would almost expect more of a rubbery feel than a hard plastic feel for the keys. I was also surprised at how high up they went. Still all very functional. Over the course of the week I have used my Mini for games, music, videos, browsing the web, and mail and never had any issues with the case.

    Very please with the product and the standard is what I would expect after purchasing several other New Trent items.

    Review by Jeff
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    (Posted on 3/27/14)

  112. Best add-on for iPad Mini

    Rating 5+. The New Trent Airbender Mini has surpassed my expectations in design, function, and safety. It was impressive in construction and looks, easy to initialize, and is a real delight to use. The rugged looks and protection from the elements (and accidents) tell the world you care for your iPad Mini. There are two relatively minor adjustments I would like to see in it's design: (1) some sort of locking mechanism to positively hold the tongue of the iPad support in the keyboard, and (2) some way to lock the iPad lower edge against the hinge while open. For me, this case is a must-have add-on.

    Review by David
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    (Posted on 3/27/14)

  113. This is one Tough iPad mini retina w/ Keyboard.

    Product: New Trent Airbender Mini - Rugged: Water Resistant, Dirt and Shockproof Wireless Bluetooth iPad Mini Keyboard case (upgraded version: fit Mini retina).
    Tested with: iPad mini Retina.
    Initial impression: For a ruggedized case with a keyboard this is less bulky than I expected. Definitely looks like it will take a few knocks and survive without a problem. I have used an iPad mini Otterbox Defender case (no keyboard) and the bulk is comparable and the New Trent has the benefit of a keyboard.
    Installation: It took but a few minutes to peel off the rubber backing and slide the iPad in. No real issues. Fit is snug and secure. All the buttons worked first try.
    Keyboard: Bluetooth connection was easy and painless as expected. Although it is a small keyboard the keys are spaced well and have a good positive touch feel to them. Never any doubt whether a key is pressed or not. I probably have medium sized fingers and was able to type at a moderate speed with minimal corrections. I don’t think you could do much better for the iPad mini size factor and I was able to get used to the small keyboard quickly. I liked the home key in the top left of the keyboard, very convenient.
    Cons: Not sure what the longevity of the closing latch tab. Although I’m not really sure I would miss it if it broke off as the clamshell stays closed pretty well on its own. The on/off slide switch on the keyboard is nearly flush and you kind of have to use your finger nail to slide it on and off. Not a big deal but it is difficult to get much leverage on it.
    Also, when you open the case if you pull on the closing tab it will peel back the rubber casing material. See picture img_8205 below. It could benefit from a retaining tab in the center area like you have on both the left and right side. Not a big deal as it pushes back easy enough but it does seem like an oversight in the design and is kind of annoying to have to put the case back together every time you open it.
    Overall impression: Overall, I like the case more than I expected and I was skeptical at first. The relatively compact size and seemingly very durable case with the benefit of a keyboard as well. I really like the quick release to take the iPad and leave the keyboard behind is a great feature and easy to use. No problems accessing any of the headphone or charging ports. Functionality was flawless, everything worked as expected and was quite ergonomic and intuitive. I had no apprehension letting my five year old play away with my iPad inside this case. God only knows how many times she dropped it. No worse for wear.
    Anyone who wants real protection for their iPad mini should consider the New Trent Airbender Mini. Compared to an Otterbox defender it offers the same protection or more with a solid feel and the benefit of a keyboard for only a couple dollars more. Road warriors and anyone with kids rejoice.
    Five out of Five stars.

    Review by Makk
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    (Posted on 3/26/14)

  114. Great combo case!

    I have been using this keyboard case for about a month now and am really pleased with it so far. It has added the protection I have been looking for and the keyboard is a bonus! I really like the fact that it acts like a folio keyboard case but then has the added ability to separate the case from the keyboard. I personally really like this feature as I do a lot of reading and watching of YouTube videos in my spare time and have no use for the keyboard during those times. It's nice that I can prop the iPad up and angle it to the best viewing angle with little effort. The case is water and dust resistant as the manufacturer states. I am a fireman and I bring my iPad with me on almost all of my calls. This case definitely stands up against a lot of other cases out there.

    I only have 2 complaints. The first is that I have the LTE version of the iPad Mini w/ Retina Display which is a tad bit bigger than a normal iPad Mini w/ Retina Display. I could not connect one corner of the plastic inner case but the rubber part still goes over it. The second one is the clip that attaches the iPad case to the stand is a little hard to get open since there isn't much real estate for your fingers to grab on to. I have to use the part of the stand near the hinge of the clip in order to get the clip off. Minor inconveniences for such a great case! I would definitely recommend this if you are looking for a folio type keyboard case and also a durable one!

    Review by Charles
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    (Posted on 3/26/14)

  115. New Trent Makes a Great iPad Mini Case

    The New Trent Airbender Case for the iPad Mini with Retina Display is a great case. New Trent isn't kidding when they say it's rugged. It easily protects my iPad Mini through my type of everyday use - it survives the normal jostling of being carried around in a bag or a backpack with no problems and I have no doubt it would survive the occasional fall in stride. It's pretty compact too (all rugged cases carry a little bit of bulk - that bulk provides the protection) and adds little weight to the iPad Mini. The built-in screen protector is sturdy enough and quite sensitive too - no need to press hard or to repeat motions to get it to respond. The hinges are plastic and are tight enough that I hope they loosen up a bit with regular use; however, my husband disagrees - he likes the tightness of the hinges. The clip that connects the Mini to they keyboard is tight as well, but easy to operate. It fastens the two parts together just like a lens cover to a camera.

    The Bluetooth keyboard is also first-rate. For starters, it stays paired with the iPad Mini, even after the Mini is in sleep mode or is powered off. (This is a big deal to me, as I've used other cases that required re-pairing every time I wanted to use the keyboard.) The keys are compact - to be expected in a Mini keyboard - but they still remain large enough for comfortable typing. The positions of some of the incidental keys (e.g., the backslash, apostrophe, bracket, etc.) are different than on a typical QWERTY keyboard in the interest of space-saving, but they're quickly learned.

    The only real complaint I have about the New Trent Airbender case is that it's quite masculine-looking. Perusal of the New Trent website shows that most of their products only come in black (and occasionally grey), but I would love to see this case in a color other than black. I know that's probably not a big deal to most users, but it really makes a difference to me and is the main reason why I tried other cases before this one.

    All in all, I will gladly recommend this product to anyone in the market for a Bluetooth keyboard case.

    Review by Kelly Johnson
    Rating

    (Posted on 3/26/14)

  116. Neat multifunction case/keyboard/stand

    This is a neat multifunction case for my iPad mini. It's a rugged case that feels like a high quality otter box or similar kind of deal. The metal stand arm is a nice touch.
    When I first opened it, I connected it to power first to charge up the keyboard. It fully charged in only about 15 minutes, so it's nice to know it was shipped with a mostly full charge.

    Next, onto installing the case portion onto the iPad mini. The "case" portion, or the upper part of the keyboard/case sandwich is made up of two pieces- a hard shell that snaps onto the iPad mini, and then a softer rubberized shell that stretches around and over the hard shell. This creates a really nice feeling case protecting the iPad. The outer shell has port covers that should keep dust out--nice!


    The case also has an integrated screen cover that covers the display, the front facing camera, the back camera, and even the hole where the rear apple logo shows through. This is a nice touch--my iPhone case that has a rear hole just leaves the product's backing exposed to getting scratched. This is basically 100% protection.

    Next step involved getting the case reattached to the arm and keyboard.
Snapping it on works just like putting a lens cap back on a DSLR- squeezing
the disc and popping the circular piece back into the iPad case..simple enough.
    I then paired the keyboard with the iPad in the bluetooth settings...entered the 4 digit pairing code displayed on the iPad screen, and within minutes, I've got a functioning keyboard connected to my iPad mini.

    The keyboard has some nice benefits; it has a button which simulates the
home button press, and another which locks the iPad screen (turns it off).
Pressing the home button key wakes it up again.
    The only one quirky thing about the keyboard case is that the metal arm
slides out of the keyboard completely, and there isn't a stopper or
anything from catching the arm from completely ripping out if you pull it
too quickly or carelessly. Just be cautious when the iPad is connected, if
you're pulling the arm backwards. You'll be doing this when adjusting the
angle of the screen.
    This doesn't detract from the quality or functionality of the keyboard
case. I'm definitely going to be leaving this on the iPad mini full-time.
It's just so simple to toss it in my bag and go. If I definitely don't need
the keyboard, squeezing the circular disc quickly releases the keyboard,
and I've got a nicely protected iPad in a great case.
    5 stars!
    
*One tiny note about the case and some QC- the display screen protector has
a small "crease" in the clear plastic- as if somebody dented the plastic a
bit during packaging/manufacturing. It's not terrible, but it was a slight
bit of damage before I even got to install the case on my iPad mini.

    Review by David
    Rating

    (Posted on 3/26/14)

  117. An excellent product at a great price from an exceptional company

    This is one of the best purchase experiences I have ever had. The product is outstanding and the price exceptional. Inquiries to the company were answered quickly and service far exceeded my expectations. Cannot recommend this product or this company enough.

    Review by dl
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    (Posted on 3/26/14)

  118. Great protective and functional case

    Opening the box and inserting the iPad Mini into the Airbender Mini is
    straightforward and only takes a couple of minutes. Following the Bluetooth connection directions after powering on
    the keyboard was simple and the pairing connection occurred virtually
    immediately. I have used the keyboard with
    Pages, e-mail responses and in four browsers (Safari, Chrome, Firefox and
    Photon) as well as MYSMS texting program on my Mini and the keyboard worked flawlessly with all programs.
    It appears the keyboard does not use much power in standby which is a good thing as I keep forgetting to turn it off when I am done using it. LOL I charged it when I first got it and have not had to recharge it in a bit over a week even with forgetting and leaving it on for long periods of time. The key action and
    feedback feel of the keys is excellent in my opinion. Much better than some other "rubberized" keyboards I have tried in the past. The key spacing is decent considering the size limitation of this also fitting into a relatively minimalist sized "all in one" case. All the keys are where I expect them to be on a Querty keyboard. I also connected this bluetooth keyboard to my Droid Bionic
    and HTC One cells immediately and without issue. So, I will be able to use it with them as well, at need. The hinge bracket allows great viewing angle flexibility, but was a bit stiff at first making it somewhat awkward to change positions.It seems to be loosening up and I believe this will improve with use so I am not going to take a star away for this. The camera lens cover attachment works well to keep the Mini securely fastened to the case and yet it is easy to remove it. The screen does not degrade the
    touch sensitivity of the Mini and certainly adds some scratch protection. All ports (camera, charging, headphones, etc. are accessible and all, but the speakers have covers. Covers for the speakers would intrinsically be
    counterproductive, of course, but this does weaken the water resistance feature a tad. Back to the bracket functionality you can
    easily set it for both horizontal and vertical view and turn it in a full 360 as well as flip it and use it for viewing with the keyboard at the rear. So, there is tons of viewing flexibility with this case. The case itself gives a great tactile feel to the entire package. It also
    has the built in magnet so that it turns the Mini off when you close the case and on when you open the case. The small rubberized latch secures the case closed quite securely. I tried a lot of stupid, careless stuff and the case never came open even during a few small on purpose drops. (I used a bed for checking this as although I have high confidence this case gives great protection from more serious accidental drops I will wait for an accident to actually test this. LOL The rubberized exterior will also go a long way towards preventing inadvertent drops from the unit slipping out of the hand or off of a surface. The sturdiness of the case however, also causes the single largest drawback to the unit for anyone who is purchasing the Mini for lightweight, minimal size portability. The case adds a half inch to the length and almost a full inch to the width when you include the hinge, but of course you are also gaining a keyboard as well as a ton of protection. I compared the weight of my Mini with and without the keyboard and case and they add 491 grams to the carry or 1lb, 1.3 oz in US measurements. That said, the additional dimensions and weight are all for very functional reasons as you gain a great keyboard, viewing angle tool and solid protection against drops, spills and scratches all in a smart looking package that feels good in the hands. In the case the Mini feels similar to a top end netbook with similar functionality except with a touch screen and a much longer battery time. It also adds the option to remove the keyboard and bracket for greater temporary portability while still retaining much of the screen and case protection which is not possible with a netbook. This case would definitely not be for a confirmed minimalist, but for anyone else it is extremely functional.
    You can remove the Mini completely from this case, but it's a PITA so you want to consider this a relatively permanent case. That said, as you can quickly and easily remove the Mini from the bracket and keyboard which eliminates most of the added weight and size, but keeps a good portion of the drop and scratch protection on the mini it's a win/win for most people. If you want a good protective all in one case, this is it.

    Review by Tim
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    (Posted on 3/25/14)

  119. Awesome Rugged iPad Mini Case! And it has a keyboard!

    I recently decided to pick up a NewTrent Airbender case for my iPad mini. The keyboard seemed like it would be nice for typing emails, documents, or reviews-like this one, etc. Plus, the rugged case is really what interested me most. I tend to be hard on my electronics, so having a case like this seemed a good idea!
    First of all, the design is great! It is rugged, and appears to be so, but it doesn't look like it is wearing a lifejacket.. Being a photographer, I love that NewTrent used the lens cap attachment for the ipad to the keyboard base! The iPad was installed pretty easily. There are some thin plastic pieces to be careful with, but I had no issues. I would not want to regularly take the ipad out of the case though..
    Everything (ports, speakers, etc) are easy to get at and use, but still guarded. A couple of my headphone/speaker cords wouldn't fit in the opening, but otherwise, no issues.
    I haven't dropped it yet, but I'm sure I will. And I'm rather convinced that it will not be a concern. Same for water. I'm not going to take it swimming. But I would feel better about being caught in the rain with the case on. Also nice for working in the kitchen/home brewery!
    The keyboard is small, obviously. It takes some getting used to, but then its good. The hotkeys for music control, volume are nice. I would like it if the fcn keys could be remapped, but thats probably more of an apple issue.. I've not found a use for the option and cmd keys, and it would be nice to have a second fcn key on the right side of the board, for easier one handed music control via keyboard.
    The stand also takes a bit of time to adjust to adjusting it, but it is the best iPad stand that i've used, the only one that actually works, and has some flexibility of how to use it. An attachment for a stylus would be nice, but not a big deal.
    All in all, I am very happy with the NewTrent Airbender case for my iPad Mini!
    5/5 overall

    Review by Josh
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    (Posted on 3/25/14)

  120. Sturdy and overall great case

    I recently tested the NewTrent Airbender Mini and I have to say it's quite nice. The build material feels sturdy with really thick plastic so it doesn't feel at all cheap. They keyboard is nice, although kind of small, but that's to be expected since it's built for an iPad mini. The only concern I have is that when the iPad case is open, the iPad itself sits a couple centimeters in the air suspended, and it's quite loose. This causes it to wobble back and fourth unless it's placed on a flat surface, so using it on your lap gets kind of annoying. Aside from that, the case is great.

    Review by Jack
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    (Posted on 3/25/14)

  121. Great Keyboard/case and design for a great value

    right out of the box this product looks and feels like it was made by apple. the case fit with ease and the design is brilliant. I like that you can use it in landscape and in vertical positions. I like that you still have a rugged case on the device even if you don't want to use the keyboard. My son says he has been using it as a computer in school by logging onto his remote desktop. I have had other keyboards and this with the design the flexibility and the price I honestly cannot recommend anything other then the airbender case.

    Review by Tony
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    (Posted on 3/25/14)

  122. Sometimes, you get more than what you pay for, here's one example.

    When I received the package for my iPad mini with retina display, I was immediately intrigued and surprised. The product comes in a nice, very simple package. It comes in a minimal package like the iPad. The case itself has a cool feel to it that feels kind of soft: it is actually plastic and rubber but it has a bit of a velvety feel to it making it pleasant to hold and grippy. The hinge connecting the iPad mini case to the keyboard is made of very sturdy metal. It feels really substantial and it's stiff so that whatever position you put it in it so to stays in that position. It took a bit for me to realize that the hinge can extend out and even come out completely. When you do this it's like you have a free standing monitor and keyboard. I really think this is handy when you want to work from a table or desk. The connection to the iPad portion of the case is not very stiff all and rotates very freely. This okay as long as the iPad is touching a surface but did make the iPad wobble a little bit if you are holding in the air or at your lap or chest.

    The case that detaches from the keyboard very simply with a just to touch of a button (I did it with just a thumb and index finger) and it allows it to become a fairly sturdy case for your iPad itself. I think it's really ingenious actually. It would compare similar to other rugged type cases I have seen, but they don't have a keyboard and are nearly double in price. The on off buttons on the keyboard are really small and kind of hard to get a hold. I personally had a little trouble separating the little IPad sleeve from the hard case but once I read the directions it was a little bit easier. The keyboard is pretty easy-to-use it's a small keyboard as you can imagine but it has a good click on each key so you know that you pressed it. The keyboard was responsive with no discernible lag. and it's you know that you push the key. I have chubby little fingers and I was able to use it pretty well and hit the right key pretty much all the time. I used the keyboard about 15 feet away without a hiccup but because of the size of the mini's screen I couldn't really see what I was doing more farther than that. The clear plastic screen is on the case is good, it doesn't dull the sharpness of the retina display. It feels a little bit thin so I don't know if it would handle too much abuse but it's pretty hard. The screen seems to be pretty responsive though and easy to get it to manipulate the touchscreen.

    Keyboard has some little function shortcuts like cutting and copying and pasting that are pretty easy to use.

    Sounds come out of iPad case clearly without any muffling. All the the other ports are easily accessed. The headphone jack was easy to get to but if you have a really big plug on your headphones, you might have a little trouble getting it to fit in there.

    You might not want to have a second screen protector like a invis-a-shield while using the case because it caused the screen to cling a little bit to the case.

    I think this would be a great case for someone who might work in a medical office like a nurse and moves around a lot. It's rugged and sturdy without being obnoxious in its size and weight. I could see a contractor or supervisor who is in the field and visiting off site finding this a useful investment for their iPad mini. You could easily toss this in your passenger seat of your vehicle without harming your device. It's really easy to start using to type notes which is what you want for a keyboard because if it takes you a bunch of time to use, you'll just use the built in screen keyboard on the iPad.

    Overall, I really like it , I'd give it a five, subtracting a little for the weight and the wobbly pivoting connection to the iPad case as well as a couple of the small and hard to use buttons. But big pluses for the rugged feel of the case and keyboard, as well as the substantial and very versatile hinge marrying the keyboard and iPad case.

    Review by Anthony
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    (Posted on 3/25/14)

  123. Turned me into a believer of bluetooth keyboards!

    So I just picked up the Airbender Mini (NT31B) for my iPad mini, and let me tell you I was thoroughly impressed!! 5-stars all around. Seriously, this thing is built like a tank...feels rock solid and high quality materials. The outer casing has this great tactile rubber feel and the hinge is metal-NICE!

    Okay...Ive got to pause for a second...I just noticed a really cool feature...ahh seriously this is awesome. I thought the cool camera cap lens looking thing on the back was just for looks, because lemme tell you, it looks cool....BUT, i just played with it again, and it actually detaches the iPad from the keyboard, while still keeping it in a case....OMG, yessss! Brilliant combo of functionality and design.

    I love the feeling when I push the home button and power/switches...has that satisfying clicky feel. After the initial bluetooth keyboard pairing, it automatically connects everytime I turn it on. I love all the different angles I can tilt and rotate the display. Has a lot more versatility than my previous case which was limited to 3 pre-set angles.

    The home button (top left corner of keyboard) is a great idea! Even as Im writing this, I forget Im on my ipad...it feels like Im using a super tiny laptop which is awesome. I never really thought I would want or need a bluetooth keyboard, I kind of always thought it wasnt for me or I didnt need it. I always figured theyre great for business people or 9-5 jobs...I work in the movie industry, and as such, I mostly consume entertainment. But this is PERFECT for that too because of all the angles I can adjust the ipad...its not limited in any way. But I do write emails, but if its going to be a longer one, ill always just use my computer because its too much of a hassle typing on the ipad....problem solved with the Airbender! =)

    There wasnt really anything I could find wrong with it....I do find I keep missing the backspace button, which is no fault to the keyboard....its because my pinky is trained to go higher and to the right on a normal keyboard...the more Ive used this keyboard the easier it gets and my muscle memory learns.

    Review by Michael
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    (Posted on 3/24/14)

  124. Excellent!

    This New Trent product is a really good case for the iPad Mini. It is easy to install out of the box and the Bluetooth keyboard syncs with the device in a matter of seconds. The design is well thought out and feels and looks (and is) sturdy.
    The iPad Mini is not meant as a replacement of a small notebook or something similar, since the screen is just not big enough to comfortably work on it for long periods of time. But what surprised me is that the small keyboard that comes with this is so easy to use. After a short learning curve of finding the delete button after making a typo, I had no problem typing almost as fast (with two hands) as on a full sized keyboard! This gives me the ability to actually respond to my emails on the iPad Mini and not take forever to write a paragraph.
    This case is weather proof it says on the box. Obviously it is not water resistant since not all the holes (such as the speakers in the back) are covered. But it definitely gives you more protection than a regular case. When you use only the cover and not the keyboard (i.e. lying it flat) it should also be spill proof, which could come in handy if you have kids or spill prone.
    Now, getting used to opening and closing the cover is a little bit of a learning curve. Because it is a rugged design, you have to figure out the best way to set it up without putting excessive strain on your iPad screen. What I do is opening it up half way until it starts to tilt, then slide the metal stand back as far as you want, after which you can tilt the screen in place. Storing it, bend the metal stand up, slide it in, and shut the case tight. This way you don’t have to put your fingers on the screen itself.
    The only things I wanted to see is a rubberized protection on the keyboard itself (so it is spill proof when fully using the product) and a stop for when extending the stand. Other than that, really great product!

    Review by Tycho
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    (Posted on 3/22/14)

  125. Great cover at a great price

    This review is for the New Trent Airbender Mini (NT31B). I will break this review up into three parts that detail my experiences with the case + ipad mini (1st gen)

    Fit/Build quality

    The case feels nice to the touch. It is made out of grippy rubber and hard plastic. I like the fact that the hinge and arm stand are metal. There is a nice audible click when rotating the ipad attached to the arm stand. The case detaches easily from the arm stand by squeezing the two tabs on the back of the case. The case fits flush with the ipad with no fitment issues. I did have an issue with getting the home button cover to align correctly due to the little plastic tabs. I discovered you need to start with the home button cover and get that aligned first, then put the rest of the case on. The keyboard is sturdy and the keys are not hard to press.

    Compared to my Otterbox case, this case minus the keyboard is slimmer. The flaps that protect the inputs are easier to pry open than the Otterbox. The covered buttons (volume, home, power, etc) are easier to press than on the Otterbox, which are very stiff. The Otterbox case does not have grippy rubber and I have some qualms of slippage. I feel that protection is on par with the Otterbox.

    Usability

    The design is nice and compact. While the keyboard adds weight, it is a minor qualm. If this is an issue, all you need to do is detach the case. The ipad will go into sleep mode when the case is closed against the keyboard and will wake when opened, a nice touch. The arm stand functions beautifully. Either in landscape or portrait mode, the viewing angle is good due to the multiple adjustment levels of the arm stand extension. Pairing of the keyboard via Bluetooth was extremely easy. I have no issues with leaving the keyboard on, closing the case/reopening it and the Bluetooth connection is established once again. Charge time and battery life on the keyboard is acceptable.

    Future Improvements

    Here are some of the things I would like to see in the next iteration of this product. One of them is better instructions. I did not discover that you could extend the arm stand. I happened on this accidently. I went back and checked the instructions and saw no mention of this. Another improvement would be to put an indentation for the clasp on both sides so that no matter what position you close it in, you can secure the clasp. Another thing is that the caps lock indicator light is really weak. I thought I got a defective unit since I could not see the light illuminated from my viewing angle. I have go close and stare straight down to see the light. Last but not least, don’t know if it’s possible or not to turn the keyboard into a battery pack also so that you can charge your ipad or other devices from the keyboard itself.

    Overall Score

    Overall this is a solid product with a few minor quibbles. For the price, this case+keyboard cannot be beat. I would give it a 4/5.

    Review by Paul
    Rating

    (Posted on 3/22/14)

  126. It does what it's supposed to and does it well!

    Let me start with the packaging first. It was good, sturdy and the package arrived quite quickly as well.

    The instructions manual was comprehensive and was required (unlike most other manuals) to get the iPad mini inside the cover and connected to the Bluetooth keyboard.

    Coming to the product, initially the keyboard does feel small, especially if one is used to typing on a full sized keyboard at work (like me). So it takes time to get used to the keys, their placement, etc. However, after one gets used to, typing is a breeze so for all people who want to use it to type long emails, etc. and need a keyboard, this one feels sturdy and works well.

    The additional blue buttons on the keyboard which are shortcuts to using the iPad mini are also quite handy.

    It charges pretty quickly so that’s an advantage. Also, it rotates fully so quite an advantage when one has to show some stuff to other people, etc.

    Review by Angad
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    (Posted on 3/21/14)

  127. Couldn't ask for anything better!

    I purchased this case about a week ago and I'll be honest...at first I was a little skeptical because I had never heard of New Trent before and I don't like to waste money on something that I'm not familiar with. I was looking over the deals on woot.com and stumbled across this case in the user submitted deals. I saw the price was around $45 and it definitely piqued my interest since my current case cost me about $70 and came with a flimsy stand and no keyboard. I'll break things down a little further below, but for those who want the Reader's Digest version all you need to know is that this case is sturdy, provides solid protection, and gives you a keyboard that rivals all the big name brands at a fraction of the cost.

    The Case: First and foremost, this case has just the right balance of rigidity and protection. Where a lot of cases have an outer layer of a rubber sort of material that I have personally always worried about tearing, the outer layer of the New Tremt Airbender Mini feels much sturdier and more resilient than most cases I have had. The included screen protector is also a step in the right direction over my previous cases as this one has significantly less glare which means it seems like there is almost nothing in between my eyes and the case...a huge benefit when watching videos in high light situations. Another added bonus, this case takes a page from Apple's playbook and reacts just like Apple's own proprietary smart cases in that it wakes and sleeps automatically when you open and close the cover.

    The Stand: Included with this case is a detachable stand that is incredibly well designed and very sturdy. Rather than providing a stand that the iPad merely rests on, New Trent manufactured a stand that physically connects to the case and locks it in place and then slides into the keyboard. I particularly like how the stand is still a viable option and surprisingly sturdy even when it is not connected to the keyboard. The only thing I believe would make the stand better would be some sort of clip or locking mechanism that would keep the stand from sliding out of the keyboard when you try to adjust the screen. Not even close to being a big enough issue for me to dock a star, but something for them to consider in future iterations.

    The Keyboard: I also have a 4th gen iPad that I have in a sort of leatherette case that came with a bluetooth keyboard and I must say it is utter garbage when compared to this one. The keyboard I have with my 4th gen iPad has more of an unnatural rubbery, squishy feel that makes me almost not even want to use it. Like most bluetooth devices, this keyboard connected to my iPad mini in seconds and was immediately useable. My favorite aspect of this keyboard is that the feeling of typing with it is almost identical to typing on a regular computer keyboard. Once you get used to the smaller form factor, typing becomes second nature. Also, it was pretty neat to find out the little key in the top left hand corner mimics the home button...nice added feature.

    The Summary: All-in-all I believe that New Trent, to me a company I've never heard of until last week, has completely suprised me and knocked it out of the park with this product. I would most certainly recommend this to my friends and family. When you start to see lower quality products coming from well-known name brands at a higher price point, they become completely unjustifiable after using this case. Better product at half the price...what's not to love here?

    Review by Jered
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    (Posted on 3/20/14)

  128. Wow what a great product!

    I have used this on my iPad Mini for quite some time now, I am blown away by how easy it is to use, and the protection that it provides. I love the many different potions that you can place the iPad in. The keyboard is very intuitive, and the battery lasts forever. I am very glad I got this, it makes using my iPad so much easier!

    Review by Ryan
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    (Posted on 3/20/14)

  129. Best deal around!

    This is by far the best deal around! If you were to try and guess the purchase price it would be at least triple the actual price. Everything is top notch as far as the build quality. I can't imagine how they can sell this for the price! They must be loosing money!

    Review by Clyde
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    (Posted on 3/20/14)

  130. Nice case

    I had never really thought about getting a cover with a keyboard but while browsing for a cover for my new iPad mini, I came across this one.

    I was worried about dropping my new iPad, I tend to do that sort of thing, and really wanted to get some sort of protection before I took it any further than the living room.

    The New Trent Airbender Mini arrived at my door very quickly, quicker than I anticipated. Before I even opened the box I could tell that this is not a light product; but as the saying goes, "heavy is reliable".

    I opened the package, this cover is quite robust!. While I could have figured out how to install the cover on my own, I was gratified to find instructions that took a lot of the guesswork out. I was surprised to find the screen cover is actually part of the overall cover and not something that sticks to the screen, I must have missed that in other reviews that I read. Surprised does not mean disappointed.

    It was simple enough to get my iPad into the case, once inside I felt that I could now drop my iPad from a 10-story building and it would survive unscathed.

    I powered up the keyboard, activated my bluetooth and was typing! I didn't have anything I wanted to type yet, but that's not the point as I was typing!

    I do find the whole thing a little top-heavy when trying to use it as a laptop, but that will probably be dealt with as I get a little more used to it. This is my first tablet and I don't normally use a laptop so I'm willing to say that the issue is with me. I like that the display is very adjustable now, I find myself converting the whole thing into sort of a pup tent shape when reading in bed with the keyboard as the base, this allows for a nice angle of the screen without having to lean the iPad up against the headboard.

    All in all, I'm pleased with my purchase. The price was good and I feel like I got a quality product.

    Review by Adam
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    (Posted on 3/19/14)

  131. So Far

    So far I would have to say this is the best case on the market. I do wished it came with an extra clear cover and maybe a magnet to hold the top part to the bottom part better while in the open position.

    Review by Shawn
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    (Posted on 3/19/14)

  132. Awesome product

    I was going to get a otter box, but I chose this instead. It is as durable as the otterbox, but lighter and it has a built in wireless keyboard. I didn't have trouble pairing the Bluetooth either, like I have had with other wireless keyboards. Also, the fact that the keyboard can be removed without compromising the waterproofing is sweet!

    Review by James
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    (Posted on 3/18/14)

  133. Sharp, attractive, and functional case that enhances the iPad Mini

    I tried the Airbender Mini with an iPad mini 16GB (Wi-Fi Only/1st Gen), in Space Grey.

    First off, the packaging: nice quality, seemingly inspired by the Apple minimalist packaging aesthetic, but sparse almost to an extreme; if I was unfamiliar with the product, it would have trouble drawing my attention on a shelf next to similar products from other manufacturers, and it doesn’t detail much of the capability of the case. Is this relevant anymore, in the era of online sales?
    Inside, a good presentation on opening the box. Easy to remove the case from the packaging. The included manual is a nice touch, but almost too brief: I was not sure how much force it took to remove the TPU case form the plastic frame and I was concerned about damaging it. Otherwise, installing the iPad inside the case was easy and quick. Pairing the keyboard was also simple, and having a partial charge was a nice touch so I could start to work immediately.
    Design:
    This is a very nice looking case. Professional/executive, tending toward sci-fi/high-tech. Comfortable on the fingers, with a texture that makes it feel like it won’t slip when being carried in one hand.
    Opening and closing the case is interesting. There’s a strap that is intended to hold the iPad side and the keyboard side closed; this strap doesn’t stay locked, and it is not very substantial. I expect it to break off over time. Also, the strap is right under my thumbs as I type on the keyboard and is annoying. The hinge is very stiff, making the strap seem unnecessary. Will the hinge loosen over time with use?
    The hinge assembly slides in and out from behind the keyboard very easily, in fact, it comes out altogether often. So, I find that applying force to the hinge often results in the keyboard falling off (better than the iPad falling off, I suppose).
    Use cases:
    I have two main uses in mind for this case. First is holding it over me while reading in bed, laying on my back or side. It is too unwieldy to hold this way with the keyboard attached, whereas it is very simple to remove the keyboard half and hold the case, due to the easily removable hinge assembly. It is very comfortable to hold; my other case is an Otterbox Defender and it is noticeably thinner and lighter than the Defender. Again, the texture comes in handy for holding this way. Another plus over the Otter: I find that these newer iPads, where Apple has reduced the size of the bezel, have made it difficult for me to use swipe gestures from the screen edges in the Otter case, because that case's bezels rise up sharply from the edge of the screen. The Airbender Mini has shallower bezels at the screen edges and I find that the gestures are easier to complete and more often recognized the first time.

    My second use case is typing in a faux-laptop configuration. This is the primary reason I looked into cases with this type of design. My finding is that: typing with the iPad Mini in the landscape orientation is basically unusable; the angle of the iPad is too close to vertical for me to comfortably work. The hinge extends easily along one axis only, so the angle that the screen can sit at is limited. With the iPad in portrait orientation I can work comfortably. In fact, I typed much of this review in that manner.
    A few words on the keyboard. I am not a fast typist, so the size of the keys didn't cause me too much trouble. The keys are very springy, and the feedback takes a little getting used to. The rearrangement of lesser used characters to function key combinations is not surprising, but will definitely take some getting used to. Again, at this size, I would say the keyboard is a good tradeoff. My only real complaints about the keyboard are: first, the position of the strap that holds the clamshell closed and its proximity to the spacebar; and I noticed a few times that it would drop connection, the BT light fast-blinking, and wouldn't reconnect until I turned the keyboard off and back on again.

    A use case that I experimented with, is as a content-consumer, where I watched videos while listening to the built-in speaker or via earphones. Again, the lightness of the case (sans keyboard) made it a pleasure to hold for extended periods. A built-in stand would have been an interesting plus but it can be simulated with the keyboard half connected. The dark colors of the case make it “disappear” while watching, giving a more immerse experience.

    My last complaint is regarding the armature that connects the iPad to the hinge. Several times I reconnected the two, only to have the iPad fall off; there is no clear feedback that the connection has been made without testing it, and the stiffness of the hinge can make the test flip the iPad off altogether.

    In conclusion, this is a fine case, and good value for the price. I really like the look and feel, and being able to comfortably type on the small keyboard is a pleasure. This brings the iPad Mini close to transforming into a suitable laptop replacement, with a very compact footprint.

    Review by Fritz
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    (Posted on 3/14/14)

  134. Awesomeness

    This thing is a great stand/keyboard/case, can do whatever you need!

    Review by Ben
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    (Posted on 3/13/14)

  135. Retina Display model fits like a glove

    All things considered, this case is amazing! I'm a software developer and often have to hand my iPad Mini with Retina Display over to strangers to test my applications. I needed something that would withstand a fair amount of abuse, but also feel comfortable to anyone using it. I first purchased the Otterbox, and was utterly disappointed (I will be posting pictures of the comparison). I then found this little beauty. In similarity to the Otterbox it feels rugged, even more durable. In contrast, it is much more comfortable to hold and use and comes with a BT keyboard! The Airbender Mini also has a screen protector, a back camera protector and even a front camera protector. I haven't taken too many pictures with it yet, but it doesn't appear to obscure the image at all. There is also a clear protector over the rear hole where the stand attaches. This means when you remove the stand, you can see the apple logo. Not a deal breaker, but a cool touch.

    I've had this case for a few weeks now. I most often cary both halves of the case for protection and just in case I need a keyboard, but I usually use the iPad without the lower half or stand. It's really nice that all three pieces are separable so you can basically set it up any why you desire. Setup was a breeze and I still haven't needed to recharge the BT keyboard. I could go on and on about the features this thing has over others, but I suppose a pros/cons list is more manageable.

    Pros:
    - Super comfortable to hold, even more so than without a case
    - Buttons are perfectly easy to press (unlike other brands)
    - Appears and feels tougher than any other heavy duty case I've used
    - Great versatility with three components (Case, stand, keyboard)
    - All components fit together nicely
    - BT keyboard battery seems to last forever
    - Great value for price
    - Looks good
    - New Trent customer service

    The Airbender Mini is great and getting 5 stars, but you should know...
    - The screen protector isn't the clearest (tiny dots are visible in bright light). I assume this is for increased touch sensitivity.
    - It isn't as easy as a laptop to open and set up, just takes practice

    All in all, unless you need waterproofing, get this case. I would recommend this over any other heavy duty case on the market.

    Review by Ryan
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    (Posted on 3/13/14)

  136. Excellent value, protection, and product!

    I've always wanted a case with a built in keyboard but at the same time provide a great deal of protection from bumps and drops. The Airbender Mini was the solution and I have been very impressed with the quality New Trent has put into their product. I really like how I can detach the iPad mini itself from the keyboard base in a split second, and the fact that you can adjust the tilt position while typing to a viewing angle that works best for you. If you are trying to decide what case to get for your mini and want a keyboard as well then you should definitely give this case a shot.

    Review by Caredhel
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    (Posted on 3/12/14)

  137. Amazing multi-use ipad mini case

    have had some time now with the airbender case and I am very happy with it. I find the rugged build and splash proofing to be very useful, I don't particularly like the plastic on the display as it degrades the display's overall view ability and colors however I understand it is necessary to maintain the splash/scratch resistance which is a fine trade off for me as it had kept my ipad mini in mint condition when was ready to sell it. My friend has the ipad and case now and he is really loving it as he is a frequent device dropper. The rugged build of the case is top notch with shock absorbing rubber and covered ports.

    Regarding the keyboard it has exceeded my expectations, while not the best keyboard it provides a good typing experience for the given space constraints. Pairing is extremely simple and the dedicated ios buttons are very useful in performing shortcuts to get around apple's lack of mouse compatibly for ipads. The keyboard even works with my LG G2!

    The stand is great as it rotates to allow for portrait and landscape modes which is great when surfing the web in portrait and switching to landscape for videos and note taking in class. The hinge is rigid and tight which lets the ipad stay in place at multiple angles. MY favorite feature is that I can easily remove the ipad from the keyboard for everyday handheld usage where a stand or keyboard is not needed such as with gaming.

    I would love to see a model of this that carry's a bigger battery with the ability to charge the tablet as well but overall I'm really happy with it.

    Review by KH
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    (Posted on 3/12/14)

  138. Need a keyboard case with lots of protection...then look no further...

    If you are looking for a case with the protection of an Otterbox and a keyboard that adds the functionality of a netbook then this case is for you. Its a great value and well worth the price. I highly recommend this case. I love them so much I have one for my iPad Air as well.

    Review by Robert
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    (Posted on 3/10/14)

  139. Rugged but small and Sleek, It travels well on Planes

    I have to say I am a big fan of the Case. I travelled on a plane 4 Times with it. It is very rugged which is a good thing. I also was in a meeting that lasted 3 days and it was very convenient to take notes in Evernote. The Bluetooth never had to be re-synced even after shutting both iPad and Keyboard off Several times for Plane. The way it can be adjusted for View is great, makes it a one size fits all. The only con I had was the Hinge, it doesn’t flow well, It also slips out really easily. It is good that it comes off, but it should have a lock to keep it sliding out on Accident. I highly recommend this Product!

    Review by Trey
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    (Posted on 3/9/14)

  140. Perfect Case, Perfect Price, Beats the Competition

    After much research, I purchased the Airbender Mini directly from New Trent. Let me tell you, this thing is great. When comparing the case to others at the Airbender price point, it is a no brainer. The 3 & 8 year old have tested the durability of this thing and it still looks like new after several weeks of daily use. Here are some of the factors in my choosing of this case.

    CASE & KEYBOARD
    - It has a Bluetooth keyboard & case for nearly the same price as the Otterbox Defender or Griffin Defender
    - The case alone is at least as durable and protective of the Otterbox Defender cases I've had on my iPhone 4 for years
    - The Bluetooth keyboard has a long life once fully charged. I would estimate 60-75 hrs. Remember to turn it off when you're done and it seems like this thing never dies.
    - The built-in screen protector is durable. I don't even notice it is on the screen and it does not interfere with touch commands at all. It sits directly on the screen and doesn't have that "bubble" effect anywhere on the screen
    - All buttons remain tactile when installed in the case.
    - When closed, the case and keyboard combine rather seamlessly to provide a hard, protective shell around the keyboard and iPad.

    HINGE
    - The viewing angle is highly adjustable with the Airbender's stylish hinge design.
    - The iPad can be set up horizontally or vertically without disconnecting the hinge.
    - The hinge is very easy to disconnect and reconnect for those times when you don't need a keyboard.
    - The hinge is sturdy and looks pretty awesome. It works great as a kickstand.

    I really have nothing bad to say about this case. The only concern I had at first was the plastic/rubber tab that holds the keyboard and iPad closed together when not in use. However, after several weeks of use I haven't had any issues with this tab and it shows no signs of wear. It continues to hold the case closed just as it should.

    Overall I highly recommend this case to anyone that is considering an Otterbox/Griffin type case. It also comes with a great keyboard to boot. At $20-$30 more I would still feel that it had great value.

    Review by Michael
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    (Posted on 3/8/14)

  141. Super Case

    My iPad fake leather case was in a shambles from use that when New Trent asked me to do a review of their Airbender Mini I got excited. My son wants to be able to take the iPad to high school for note taking. I told him we needed to get a survivor type case like he has on his iPhone before I would let him take the iPad in his backpack.
    The case arrived well-packed and in perfect condition. The installation instructions are clear and simple. The case fits the iPad well and all buttons and ports are easily accessible. The case also comes with an incorporated screen protector.
    I love the ability of being able to rotate the iPad so it sits vertically or horizontally and it is very stable either way. Another nice feature is that the case will actually separate, allowing you to carry just the iPad without the keyboard, yet still providing full protection. This feature allows for flexibility and in essence giving the owner two cases. Only down side if you have arthritic hands (like myself) squeezing the dial to remove the keyboard might be a challenge.
    Setting up the Bluetooth keyboard is simply. Just punch in the code to connect the Bluetooth. The keyboard keys have a nice feel to them. New Trent also included two shift keys on the keyboard along with the function keys. I am pleased with the quality and strength of the unit and would highly recommend this product.

    Review by Joy
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    (Posted on 3/7/14)

  142. Awesome

    The Airbender Mini is just amazing. The case fits my ipad perfect, the quality of the case itself is superb, the keyboard is sleek and responsive. All together this would be perfect for anyone from a professional level to a personal level such as for school. I would recommend this product for the future.

    Review by edwin
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    (Posted on 3/6/14)

  143. Great product. Best I have found so far..

    I have been looking for a setup with case keyboard and looked at other models. This was the best option I found.

    Once I received it I was satisfied wight the fit and feel. This case protects your mini ipad and the keyboard provides added convince helping you get the most of your ipad.

    The battery on the keyboard lasts a long time and it pairs withe my ipad every time!

    Review by Robert
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    (Posted on 3/6/14)

  144. Great case and keyboard

    I have been using this case for over a week and am extremely happy with it. The keyboard is quiet and really accurate for the size. The case is heave but no more than it has to bee to keep the iPad upright as a clamshell. the bluetooth was easy to connect and I have had no issues in getting it to work. I use it mosly for typing in a virtual desktop for work access.

    Review by Dave
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    (Posted on 3/6/14)

  145. Great case & keyboard!

    I am on my 3rd bluetooth case/keyboard combo and I finally found a keeper! The sturdiness of the case is phenomenal. It was easy to connect to, and have had no problems. Even the shortcut keys make it fun and easy to use. I've had several compliments when I pull it out at work and love the sleek design so it can easily fit in my bag or notebook. I highly recommend and have bought one for my wife.

    Review by Jason
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    (Posted on 3/6/14)

  146. Rugged and practical case with a neat and just as practical keyboard

    The product has performed great, and I have received many compliments on it. Living in a climate that experiences 4 seasons, the rugged case has proved beneficial in the snowy and rainy climates. It does add a bit of weight to the iPad Mini, but once acclimated, the user experience is the same. I have yet to charge the keyboard, so battery duration has been exceptional. The screen smudges easily, but is not too noticeable when the iPad is on. An easy wipe down can rectify that. Like some previous reviews mentioned, the case is not initially made for the iPad Mini with Retina Display, however, by contacting New Trent Customer Service, a representative can send you the replacement part that is needed. And as a matter of fact, the replacement part arrived before the keyboard! Typing takes some getting used to, but like any other learning experience, once you learn the quick keys and functions, typing is a breeze, especially the useful 'home' key. Pairing only needs to occur once when you first use the product. After the initial pairing, simply turn it on, and the Bluetooth recognizes the keyboard immediately. The different positions that the case can be used for is beneficial for all types of situations....landscape or portrait situations when using the keyboard for particular websites or sending e-mails, watching video in landscape mode without the keyboard (it detaches easily) or positioning itself such that it sits at the perfect angle on a hard surface, or using it as an e-reader, the New Trent does it all!

    Review by Chris
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    (Posted on 3/5/14)

  147. Above and beyond what I expected!

    This is an amazing case. It's quality is hands down not what I expected. I would recommend this product to everyone! It keeps my iPad protected and the key board is very responsive. Don't bother with any other cheap case., get the piece of mind with this rugged protective case. Thumbs up New Trent, great product!

    Review by Gabriel
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    (Posted on 3/5/14)

  148. Awesome for my iPad Mini!!!

    This case is awesome for my iPad mini. It is very rugged and the keyboard is awesome. The pairing of the Bluetooth keyboard is very fast and it also has an auto shut off so the battery doesn't drain.

    I could not get all the corners to snap in all the way. It felt like I was going to break either my iPad or the case by applying as much pressure as it needed to close all the corners. The only thing that I can think that was causing this issue is that I have a thick heavy duty screen protector. So I did what I could to get the case securely closed over the iPad mini. Personally, I feel like it is secure enough to do whatever I need to do with it. So just FYI, it is a little difficult to install.

    Overall, this is an awesome case. Also, don't forget to register this on their website. It comes with information inside the box for you to do this. Registering this case through their website will give you an extra three months of insurance, for FREE!

    Review by Jeremy
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    (Posted on 3/4/14)

  149. Great Case & Keyboard for a great Price

    This is a great protective case and versatile all for an excellent price.
    I spent a lot of time researching keyboards for iPad minis. What i found was that
    many keyboards cost 50% more than this and all you get is the keyboard. The Airbender mini gives you the keyboard, a case and a stand. Everything works great from set up to typing to protective case.
    Definitely would recommend this to anyone with an iPad mini.

    Review by Mark S
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    (Posted on 3/3/14)

  150. Great case for iPad Mini

    The New Trent Airbender Mini was a perfect fit for the iPad Mini (1st gen). I felt no worry about the iPad getting bumped or scratched inside the case. It felt very sturdy and well built with lots of padding to protect the iPad from possible accidents. The keyboard connected perfectly without any problems using bluetooth and made typing on the iPad much quicker and pain free. The auto sleep/wake function added more convenience with just shutting the case and putting the iPad in sleep mode. The case with the keyboard was slightly thick, as to be expected, but was a huge plus when I was able to remove the iPad from the keyboard in two easy cases to take the iPad with me and remove some of the weight and size if I knew I did not need the keyboard. It was extremely easy to pop back into place to use the keyboard once again. The 360 spin that the iPad was capable of doing made viewing anything on the screen simple without having to remove the keyboard. The flexibility of the case allowed for changing the angle and tilt of the iPad and keyboard so you can see the screen and keyboard comfortably no matter what you are doing. Overall I have had a great experience with the case and would give it a 5 for anyone who knows what they are getting into. If you do not want a heavier or larger case it may not be as convenient but once the keyboard is removed it takes away a huge portion of that problem. I found this case was easy to use in any situation and had easy access to the charger, headphone jack, and even the speakers sounded great (which many thicker cases are unable to accomplish) The case did not hinder the iPad use in any way, only added more convenience and functionality to the iPad mini.

    Review by Zachary
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    (Posted on 2/26/14)

  151. surprisingly great

    The pictures of this product just don't do it justice. This is without a doubt my favorite accessory i have ever gotten. The keyboard is so simple that i had my 7 year old set it up and she has stolen it every chance she gets since. I feel safe knowing it doubles as the most robust case i have come across, i seriously feel like i could throw it off a bridge and still get my ipad back in working shape (please do not try). probably the best thing about it though is it is living proof that the designers listen to the reviews, the first airbender had a lot of complaints about key position and sticking but this one has not even hinted at any such problem. Worth every penny.

    Review by kory
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    (Posted on 2/25/14)

  152. Great Case-Small Keyboard

    I got this and put my iPad mini 2 with Retina Display into this setup immediately. The reason I got this was because I have been a laptop user for almost 20 years. All of a sudden, I have to use a tablet, and I have big, clumsy fingers. I have to say it is still smaller than the typical keyboard I am used to, but it is easier to use that the tiny screen keyboard that pops up on the iPad mini. Initially, the bluetooth setup could not have been easier. Other bluetooth devices I have used in the past have had a short battery life, this keyboard had an amazing battery life and a great ability to wake up from sleep. I used the keyboard, for an entire day, and never ran out of battery life during that day. When I was not using the keyboard, it did go to sleep but woke up quickly and re-connected to the iPad mini almost instantly. It works seamlessly with every application I use on a daily basis.
    The two down sides I can find are:
    1. When you flip the tablet over it does not fold flat and makes the entire device a bit awkward. Most of this is due to the shape of the hinge and the rigidity of the material it is made of.
    2. The connector that keeps the keyboard and the iPad mini attached is a little difficult to unclip & reconnect to the iPad mini.
    If it wasn't for these two issues, I would have given it a 5 star. Otherwise, it was a great solution for my laptop woes!
    OH, one last thing, I did drop it off my dresser at home and the case did protect the screen! YEAH! I was worried that the screen would crack since it landed on my keys, but everything was alright! Even though it feels a lot lighter than my last case it definitely protected it from a 5 foot drop right onto the screen on top of a set of keys! A great case!

    Review by Chad
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    (Posted on 2/21/14)

  153. Durable and Functional

    I needed the durability provided by the Trent Airbender, it doesn't add a lot of bulk or weight and having the ability to take the iPad without the stand and keyboard is a great option for functionality.

    Review by Justin
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    (Posted on 2/19/14)

  154. Great Case With A Few Quirks

    Purchased the NT31B NewTrent Airbender Mini for use with an iPad Mini with Retina Display. Right out of the box the case appears rugged and very solidly built.

    Like most other cases, getting the tablet into the case is a bit of a struggle. It’s no easier than most any other case (Especially ruggedized cases) however it’s also no more difficult either. The tablet goes in the top half of the case and the bottom half is the keyboard.

    Once in though, this case is excellent. The keyboard is very responsive and very easy to use. It is a bit small, as most tablet keyboards are but it isn’t unusually small. Pairing was simple and quick. There is also a quick release to remove the tablet entirely from the case while keeping it in the protective upper shell.

    The rotating top is very handy. Allows for use in landscape or portrait mode very easily. An aluminum arm connects the top half where the tablet goes with the bottom half of the case. This arm extends out to allow for different positioning. One issue though is that the arm easily slides fully out. While I can’t imagine it would pop out unexpectedly, it is all too easy to pull all the way out when trying to use the case with the tablet in portrait orientation. It would be better to have it stop before it comes all the way out. Also the arm doesn’t quite extend far enough to easily use the tablet in portrait orientation. It needs maybe one or two more ‘clicks’ of the arm to easily use. It absolutely can be but it’s a bit tricky, especially since as mentioned the arm easily just comes out entirely.

    The case is nicely sealed and well padded. While I wouldn’t consider this an ultra-rugged or fully waterproof case it seems more than sufficient. I am currently using it in a hospital setting and very happy with both the splash protection and padding.

    One last quibble is that the case folds up nicely with a small latch to keep it closed. However, the depression on the top half of the case that the latch catches on is only on one side of the case. Since the top rotates a full 360 degrees, I keep finding myself folding it up with the latch on the wrong side. I have to unfold it, rotate the top half and then close it again. It would be great if that depression was on both sides.

    Pros:
    Nicely rugged and splashproof
    Tablet rotates full 360 degrees and has quick-release to remove entirely
    Keyboard pairs easily and has great feel
    Price absolutely cannot be beat
    Great design for a ruggedized case with keyboard built in

    Cons:
    Metal arm for top half of case comes out too easily and doesn’t extend far enough to easily allow for portrait orientation
    Top half of case only latches on one side – if folded wrong case won’t latch
    A bit bulky (To be expected of any rugged case though)

    Absolutely will buy again and will be looking for other products in this line

    Review by Matt
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    (Posted on 2/19/14)

  155. Very rugged, great design!

    I love my NT Airbender Mini. Very solid/rugged design. I love that I can rotate it from landscape to portrait mode while mounted to the keyboard stand. I also love that I can easily detach and reattach my iPad Mini to/from the keyboard mount.

    The only problem I've had is that my large hands/fat fingers don't fit well on a small keyboard and I sometimes have issues getting the power button to work through the shell.

    Review by Scott
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    (Posted on 2/16/14)

  156. Great Product a must have to protect your idevice

    Works great would highly recommend it as a rugged case that will protect your devices, fast ship and arrived no issues

    Review by Charles
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    (Posted on 2/14/14)

  157. Must Have for Sales

    I received an iPad mini from my employer to use in my sales efforts. I wanted to find a case that would protect my mini and I also wanted a Bluetooth keyboard. I went to Amazon and put in the search and low and behold the New Trent Airbender came up. I was surprised by the low price since I had seen just cases with screen protectors being sold for $85. I was worried that with the low price it would not be well made, but I decided to give it a try. I am very glad I did as this product is perfect. It is very well made, the hinge is heavy, but you have no worry that it will bend or break. I am able to separate the mini from the keyboard very easily and use the frame to display the presentation for my customer and the keyboard to advance my presentation. I have recommended this product to everyone on our sales force and I know a couple have already ordered one. One thing that really surprised me was how well I was able to use the keyboard. I thought with it being small that I would constantly "fat finger" the keys, but the keys are well spaced and I haven't had that problem at all. As others have said, this is a MUST HAVE.

    Review by John
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    (Posted on 2/13/14)

  158. Great for school

    I used this keyboard for my last year of my Undergrad. I bought this and the app "notability". School had never been easy to take notes and stay organized. This keyboard/case made it all possible. It saved room in my backpack and made it much lighter(no need to carry around multiple notebooks).

    It was also very easy to get adjusted to the smaller size of this keyboard compared to a regular desktop keyboard. I was able to type just as fast as I normally do with the airbender keyboard. That also made notetaking much easier. I was able to type as the teacher was talking and not have scramble and rush myself to keep up.

    It is a skinny little keyboard, but the battery is outstanding. I used this keyboard for at least 4 hours a day/5 days a week during my last semester, and I only needed to charge it twice over that 15 week period. Even if you don't need to use the keyboard, it works great as a stand. It can hold your ipad horizontal in any position if I'm watching a movie, or hold it vertical when I am using some iphone apps on my ipad. The rubber bottom also prevents it from sliding at all. I only have positive things to say about this product. Bravo Newtrent!

    Review by ReelJV
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    (Posted on 2/13/14)

  159. Fantastic Case/Keyboard

    When I first started looking for the perfect case I didn't think I would be able to find it. I wanted something that would offer shock absorption, screen protection. But I also wanted a keyboard. I put my "wish list" into an Amazon search and low and behold the Air Trent Airbender Mini popped up. I expected something like this to cost $80 or $90, I was shocked that it was under $50. I ordered it, but after I did, I worried that at that price it was going to be cheaply made. My worries were quickly assuaged when I got it and started using it. The hinge is very heavy duty. I have tried to bend and break it and it will not. It is so versatile. You can turn the iPad and way you want to view it. The keyboard, even though it is small, is very easy to use and I have no problem with accidental keystrokes. I use this for sales presentations at work, and being able to quickly separate the keyboard from the iPad, yet still have a stand to prop the iPad up is great. I can use the Bluetooth keyboard to then advance the presentation slides. I am thoroughly impressed with the quality and usefulness of this product and have recommended it to the rest of our sales staff.

    Review by John
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    (Posted on 2/13/14)

  160. Incredible product / LOADED with value!!!

    I recently received the Airbender Mini NT31B as a gift, and I have to say, it is FANTASTIC!!!! When I first opened the box, my expectations were immediately blown away by the "feel" of it alone. The silicone sleeve that the case resides in is slightly textured so it's not slippery AT ALL. It took a little bit to get it apart and install my iPad mini, but once that was taken care of, it was smooth sailing. Instructions are included, but not necessary. Anyone who's ever used an otterbox case or something similar will have no problem figuring this out.

    The device quickly paired with mine. When typing, there's ZERO lag time. The feel of the keyboard is a little small, but keep in mind this is intended to be used with a device that has "mini" in the description.

    Nothing about this is cheap. From feel, to construction, to practicality, you can tell time and money were spent on delivering a quality product and it shows.

    The thing that I love most about the Airbender is its versatility. I can completely remove the keyboard and stand quickly and easily and I'm left with a nice, sturdy, quality case for my ipad. The screen protector is very responsive and doesn't diminish the accuracy of the touch screen like some cases do. That alone is worth the price of admission. If I'm tired of holding it, the stand quickly reattaches and is super useful and easy to use. You don't have to have the stand physically attached to the keyboard for it to work, since it pairs via bluetooth. I find myself leaving my iPad on the stand at my desk and typing with the keyboard in my lap.
    I've had the case for a couple weeks now and use the keyboard daily and I've yet to recharge it.

    Overall, I can't find anything bad to say about this product! I would recommend it to ANYONE with an iPad mini.

    Review by Aaron
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    (Posted on 2/13/14)

  161. Great iPad Mini Case/Keyboard - wish we bought more!

    I bought the Airbender Mini - Rugged for my son for Christmas for only $31.95 at Amazon. If I had known the original price was $49.95, I would have purchased 2 more (my husband and I received iPad Mini's for Christmas, too - and my husband really likes the quality of this product).

    When I purchased the Airbender Mini - Rugged, I did not realize the iPad Mini case was fully enclosed. When I opened the box, I was really impressed with the quality, and knew my son was going to love the fully enclosed case. This case fully exceeded his expectation.

    After a couple of weeks, he had a problem with the keyboard. He disconnected the keyboard, and could not repair it. Although he was having problems with the keyboard, he wanted to keep the Airbender Mini - Rugged.

    At Amazon I could not do an exchange since Idealpoint is an outside vender. I would have had to return, and reorder the product, and pay $18 more than I originally paid.

    After contacting Amazon, I decided to contact Ideal Point, and have been very satisfied with their customer support. They immediately emailed me a return label. Since my son has an iPad school (the school put an authorized sticker on the case to authorize his new mini), Idealpoint sent the replacement first, so he would not have to return the case with the authorized sticker on it.

    My son's only complaint about the keyboard is there is not a brighter/darker (brighten or dim) key or a undo/redo key like his previous keyboard.

    He would recommend this product, and so would I for the outstanding customer support I received!

    Review by Joanne
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    (Posted on 2/12/14)

  162. Sturdy and compact

    Being a full time doctoral student, nurse, father I have to say that this product has so many advantages. My favorite things include its durability, how compact it is, and how versatile it is. My kids have dropped it, I have lugged it around in my backpack, and use it all the time at work...and it still works great!

    Review by Josh
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    (Posted on 2/10/14)

  163. Just survived a four foot drop

    After receiving an ipad mini I wanted a case with the best combination of functionality and protection - emphasis on the protection. While it certainly seemed like the best product for what I wanted, I was still unsure of just how protected my ipad was... until just now when it fell out of my bag, off the counter, and onto a tiled floor - with absolutely no damage.

    Setup: This was a bit tricky, in that the case fits very tightly around the ipad. You definitely won't want to be removing it from the case frequently; however, it very easily detaches from the keyboard to make it more portable. The screen also lays relatively flat on the keyboard, so detaching it isn't often necessary - I've only bothered detaching it to put it on the treadmill while I run.
    Covers/lock: The case has rubber-like covers for all of the ports to keep out dust, and for added protection. Yet, they are malleable enough that they don't interfere with the port when you actually want to use it. It also had a snap-in lock to keep it closed, so it isn't randomly opening in your bag (which could potentially expose the screen/keyboard to harm).
    Keyboard: The keyboard is small, as some have mentioned, but it's for a mini - that should be expected. There is definitely an acclimation period - but I've found the keyboard to work very well for taking notes during lecture. It is infinitely better than the onscreen keyboard, and automatically connects via bluetooth nearly instantaneously.
    Versatility: The ipad holder itself is very versatile, in that it has 360 degrees of rotation, and slides in/out (i.e. away/toward the keyboard) on a metal arm. Thus, it works well while lying in bed, sitting at a desk, on the floor, etc.

    The only thing I would add to this product would be a more exact status indicator for the keyboard's charge (e.g. 40% charge remaining). Though, I must say, it seems to have good power management, and has lasted for quite a while without recharge.

    Review by Travis
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    (Posted on 2/9/14)

  164. Best case! Video review here!

    This is the best ipad case on the market for a great price! Check out my video review at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-KO5FFuE9Y
    You will not be disappointed if you buy this case!

    Review by Dominic
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    (Posted on 2/9/14)

  165. New Trent Airbender Mini Keyboard Case - Powerful product in a small little package

    The New Trent Airbender Mini Keyboard Case (NT31B) is a power-packed case and keyboard combination. The case is extremely rugged and the built in screen protector is great. The keyboard is very functional and responsive to all keystrokes. The keyboard retains power for a long time on a single charge. I never have to worry that my iPad mini when it is encased in the New Trent Airbender Mini Keyboard Case. It is easy to use and gives me the peace of mind that my iPad mini is protected. Whenever I need to take my iPad mini with me, I am confident that it will be well protected and will be able to fully function to meet my productivity needs. The only drawback I can find with it is removal. Once you have this case on your iPad mini, expect it to stay there for a while.

    Review by Jaclyn
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    (Posted on 2/7/14)

  166. very tough case

    a strong and sturdy keyboard case with a very adjustable stand great for almost any viewing angle and easily detached from ipad.
    i used to worry about taking my ipad out with me but with this case i just throw it in my bag and i know its not going to get damaged. every inch of the ipad is protected. top product i strongly recommend it.

    Review by Alex
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    (Posted on 2/7/14)

  167. Great Job New Trent

    When my otterbox defender case finally gave out after 2 years of hard service, my first instinct was to buy another otterbox. When I searched on amazon for the otterbox, this came up as an alternative. For less than the cost of a defender New Trent offered a case with as much protection AND a bluetooth keyboard. I couldn't resist and bought it. I've had this case for a little more than two weeks and it's been the best accessory I've ever bought.

    Pros
    -Case is super protective, just like an Otterbox Defender, Griffin Survivor, or Lifeproof Fre
    -Not as bulk as the Defender or Survivor
    -Case separates easily from the keyboard and functions like a standard protective case
    -Keyboard types exactly like my Macbook pro in both feel and function
    -For a small keyboard it's surprisingly comfortable, I can use my iPad in class to take notes all day rather than lug my laptop everywhere
    -Compact size is smaller than an average hardcover book

    Cons
    -Keys like the question mark, forward slash, and quotation mark are in weird places
    -When the battery is low the bluetooth will cut out occasionally

    If you are looking to buy an otterbox or lifeproof type iPad case, check out this keyboard case combo before you do.

    Review by Jacob
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    (Posted on 2/6/14)

  168. Great product

    Great product. Love the protection it provides the iPad. The key pad lasts longer the the belkin I use to own. The flexibility of changing the screen angle is great for when I am doing work on it and then want to show someone sitting across from me with out having to lift is great.

    Review by Catarino
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    (Posted on 2/5/14)

  169. Great Product for use at school!

    I WOULD recommend this product to a friend. It is very durable and a great keyboard for the price, much cheaper than most and offers rigorous protection along with it.
    I bought this product to be able to use my iPad mini Retina 32gb at school instead of carrying around my $2500+ MacBook Pro, and let me start off by saying that it accomplishes that perfectly! The case fits perfectly around the unit and is slim. Compared to the Otterbox© defender series case, I like this one much better–the case is very light and slim, the Apple logo is exposed, all ports and cameras are protected, and also the annoying "rainbow" effect is not as noticeable as it is on the Otterbox© case, although it is still there.
    Aside from the case for the iPad, the keyboard is a nice design. The keyboard is a bit small, but it is by the size of the iPad mini and is very easy to get used to. The battery on the keyboard is amazing, I can go days without charging the battery, and I charge the battery every-so-often because I'm not sure when the battery is going to loose charge, and I use this keyboard everyday at school. The keyboard is very efficient, I can usually type papers and essays very quickly, as if I were on a computer. There doesn't ever seem to be any connection issues with the keyboard, although sometimes the keyboard may lag a slight bit between letters, but that only seems to be when it's just been woken from sleep after a while. In my opinion, the best addition to the keyboard is the hot keys. I can hold down the function key and access many of my features such as pause, play, skip, volume, and the lock button. One great button on the keyboard is the Home Button, as it makes multitasking a breeze. Also–I think this feature is more Apple, not the keyboard–the keyboard controls act just as they would on my MacBook (cmd+c copies, cmd+b bolds text, cmd+v pastes, cmd+i italics text, cmd+a selects all, etc.).
    The slide-out stand thing on the back of the case is a nice addition, as I can adjust my iPad to the angle of my choosing. Pairing is very simple, just hit connect, select the keyboard on your device, type in the code, and hit enter. Just that simple.
    I use this keyboard case just about everyday at school. I use it to text from my iPad and produce emails, I also pair the keyboard to my phone (iPhone 5s) to produce text messages sometimes. I think this keyboard case is great for students, high school and college, as it has great portability and is much easier than typing directly on the iPad screen itself. I know that this keyboard case relieved me, as I no longer have to lug around a $2500 MacBook to and from school just to type daily assignments, I can now just use my iPad at school and use my MacBook is the security of my home. The case also seems to have great durability. The entire case, from the keyboard to the iPad, has an all-around rubber protection. And the price point is great. For only $49.95 you get a keyboard for your iPad that includes protection for the iPad and the keyboard itself. Planning to use the keyboard at school, I was half-expecting any keyboard I get not to last too long, as they are usually just an expensive (usually around $60) hard-plastic keyboard with a cheap case for the iPad. This keyboard case seems like it will last much longer than other keyboards that are usually around 60+ dollars. It would be cool to see the company eventually incorporate a backlit keyboard, which would be a great addition, but is really not 100% necessary as the iPad seems to light the keyboard enough to type at night. Also, some sort of battery indicator would be nice, such as an iPad app that connects the keyboard to the app displaying the battery level or an implemented battery indicator built in to the keyboard, just to help the user determine about how much typing time they have left before needing a recharge.
    It is also nice that the keyboard features a "Smart Cover" feature and locks the device when it is closed and activates the screen when it is opened.
    And I just wanted to note that I typed all of this with the keyboard.

    Review by Cameron
    Rating

    (Posted on 2/5/14)

  170. Best Keyboard case out for Ipad

    I have owned a couple of other keyboard cases for my other ipads and this one is by far the best designed and most versatile. I find the case itself offers similar protection like most other dust-proof,water resistant styles. The keyboard is responsive and large enough to not feel toy-like and the entire clamshell apparatus is very well built. I will slowly be upgrading all of my family's ipads to the Airbender style.

    I would highly recommend this.

    Review by Brad
    Rating

    (Posted on 2/4/14)

  171. Great product!

    I am absolutely thrilled with my iPad mini case NT31B.
    It would rate a 5 with me on any scale.
    It is ironic, I came upon the case on Amazon because I was looking for a remote keyboard case, and although I do use the keyboard occasionally, I really appreciate its many other virtues more, such as its durability, versatility, and flexibility.
    It was a little difficult to install, but I figured it was worth it. It is useful to use the video.

    Review by New Trent fan
    Rating

    (Posted on 2/4/14)

  172. Cool design, sturdy, versatile


    I didn't use my iPad Mini with retina outside of my house before I had this case, I was too worried about drops and water damage. I waited for New Trent to release a version of the Airbender that worked with the retina model and it was worth it. The overall sturdiness and protection of ports on this case is great.

    I like:

    - positioning versatility
    - ease of removing Mini from keyboard
    - size and weight with or without keyboard attached - it heavy or bulky to carry for a long time, in my hand or in a bag
    - rugged yet sleek design - very cool!

    I don't like (thus reducing my rating 1 point, to 4/5):

    - unremovable screen protector
    - tendency for Mini and keyboard to separate when making adjustments to create a "laptop" setup that I like to use

    Suggestions (I'd be willing to pay more for this case, up to double the current model's price, if it had them all):

    - removable screen protector so a scratched protector can be replaced
    - better screen protector, maybe glass of some kind, that can show off retina display
    - small locking feature to prevent full separation of Mini and keyboard when adjusting positions
    - spot to store a stylus (I have and love the New Trent's NT62B) and a cleaning cloth to wipe the screen
    - ability to attach a carrying strap

    Review by Lillea
    Rating

    (Posted on 2/4/14)

  173. The Ultimate iPad Mini Protection (With a Functional Keyboard)

    I did some extensive tech research on all keyboard/folio products for the iPad Mini prior to purchasing the New Trent's Airbender Mini, and I'm glad I did. I realize that there are many other good options on the market by ZAGG, Belkin and Logitech...but none of them will protect your iPad quite like this!

    I purchased my iPad primarily for college use and wanted maximum protection. I've seen many scratched up and cracked tablets all around me, even those in cases. Additionally, I decided that a keyboard for note taking purposes would be an ideal feature. So I started doing my homework on possible options.

    If someone reading this review is where I was when I first started, let me help make your decision easier for you. If you want to revel in how slim your iPad is and, for some reason, want to SNAP it in and out of a case repeatedly...then this product is NOT for you. Here are the reasons why I purchased the NT31B and why I am extremely happy with the product:

    1. Total iPad Protection
    2. High Quality Case Construction
    3. Functional & Reliable Keyboard
    4. 360 Degree Screen Rotation
    5. Built-in Screen Protector
    6. Easy Separation from 3 Pieces to 1
    7. Travel Convenience
    8. Price (Can't Beat!)

    To think, this case offers ALL of these things and costs HALF as much as similar products on the market! So give New Trent's Airbender Mini a chance and see for yourself. I assure you, you will NOT be disappointed.

    Review by Michael
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    (Posted on 2/2/14)

  174. The Ultimate iPad Mini Protection (With a Functional Keyboard)

    I did some extensive tech research on all keyboard/folio products for the iPad Mini prior to purchasing the New Trent's Airbender Mini, and I'm glad I did. I realize that there are many other good options on the market by ZAGG, Belkin and Logitech...but none of them will protect your iPad quite like this!

    I purchased my iPad primarily for college use and wanted maximum protection. I've seen many scratched up and cracked tablets all around me, even those in cases. Additionally, I decided that a keyboard for note taking purposes would be an ideal feature. So I started doing my homework on possible options.

    If someone reading this review is where I was when I first started, let me help make your decision easier for you. If you want to revel in how slim your iPad is and, for some reason, want to SNAP it in and out of a case repeatedly...then this product is NOT for you. Here are the reasons why I purchased the NT31B and why I am extremely happy with the product:

    1. Total iPad Protection
    2. High Quality Case Construction
    3. Functional & Reliable Keyboard
    4. 360 Degree Screen Rotation
    5. Built-in Screen Protector
    6. Easy Separation from 3 Pieces to 1
    7. Travel Convenience
    8. Price (Can't Beat!)

    To think, this case offers ALL of these things and costs HALF as much as similar products on the market! So give New Trent's Airbender Mini a chance and see for yourself. I assure you, you will NOT be disappointed.

    Review by Michael
    Rating

    (Posted on 2/2/14)

  175. Great Product

    Installing my iPad mini into the case didn't take very long, it did take a moment or two to line up the case's power button with the iPad mini button and now it works just fine. I also noticed that it didn't take very long for the bluetooth keyboard to acquire a full charge. I like the flexibility to view the screen in landscape and portrait views. I also like being able to completely detach the iPad mini from the keyboard and the ability to use the iPad mini as a tablet with the keyboard attached. I found the Airbender Mini to be made of good durable quality material and the flap closure worked without any problems. I feel very comfortable with my iPad mini being secure in the Airbender Mini. As a police officer, I bring my iPad mini with me to work and on ocassions the iPad has slid off the passenger seat on the floor and hasn't suffered any damage (big thumbs up).

    I found the Airbender Mini was a little wider than the Airbender Mini 1.0, the keyboard itself appeared to be the same size at the Airbender Mini 1.0. The height of the Airbender Mini was shorter than the Airbender Mini 1.0. I found the keys were very responsive when typing on the keyboard. The Airbender Mini was thicker than the Airbender Mini 1.0.

    I have a tempered glass screen protector on my iPad mini and the only issue that I found that any gestures were delayed with the use of both my screen protector and the Airbender Mini's integrated screen protector. I would have preferred the integrated screen protector to work with my screen protector.

    Overall, I would give the Airbender Mini a 4 and would recommend the product to anyone who is looking for an affordable protective case with keyboard for their iPad mini.

    Review by Yvette
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    (Posted on 1/31/14)

  176. Great rugged case / keyboard for iPad mini!!!!

    If you have been looking for a rugged case with a keyboard for your iPad mini, then this is the case that you are looking for. The keyboard is small but that’s what you would expect from a keyboard that is sized for an iPad mini. The Bluetooth keyboard paired with the iPad right away and without issue. The keys feel nice and are very responsive. I did not notice any lag when typing. The battery life seems good so far. I charged it up when I first got it and have not had to charge it since (about a week now). The keyboard has a tab that clips to the iPad when closed. This is nice because it keeps the unit closed when not in use. The rubber seems to pull away from the case when you open the tab though. There are two little tabs on the iPad side that fit into the keyboard to keep everything stable when the case is closed. The case fits perfectly to the iPad mini. The ports all line up perfectly. The case and keyboard together are a little bulky but this is exactly what you would expect from a rugged style case. I really like the fact that the iPad can be detached from the keyboard while leaving the protective case on the iPad. This is nice because I personally do not always want the keyboard – particularly when I just want to browse the web or play a game. The keyboard can actually be separated from the iPad in two different ways. The first way to detach the iPad is to unclip the iPad from the middle of the case which basically makes the case more tablet like and very portable. The second method is to detach the metal stand from the keyboard and the iPad will stand up in both portrait and landscape. The case itself is a nice rugged case with a hard plastic shell and a rubber outside that makes the case easier to hold and will offer good protection even when detached from the keyboard. The rubber covering is nice and seems to hide fingerprints well. The case also has a built in screen protector. The screen protector is clear and doesn’t seem to detract from the screen. The keyboard comes with a charging cable but not a power brick. This is not a huge deal, because I can use the one that came with my iPad but I think that it would have been nice to include one.

    Review by Bob
    Rating

    (Posted on 1/28/14)

  177. New Trent Airbender Mini Case NT31B

    This case fits the iPad Mini with Retina, new model at the end of 2013, just fine. It is a very secure, very sturdy case. This case is not going to fall open easily. There is also a rubbery latch that will hold it securely closed, but I haven’t found a need to use the latch, as it is quite secure without it. I suspect I could drop it from several feet and find no damage of any kind, but I’m not willing to experiment just to see. Connection to Bluetooth was a snap, only took seconds to pair it up. Once paired the first time, the keyboard connects instantly when it is turned on. The default angle for the Mini screen is a good angle for viewing.

    It’s worth watching the video on the website about the stand, and how many ways it can be used.

    Installation of the Mini took me 20 minutes, with cleaning the screen and the screen protector, and a little trial and error. When taking apart the Mini case portion, put a thumbnail in the larger of the two indentations at each locking point and push down. It's a little hard to grip but it’s doable. The first time I put it together, I had to take it apart again to clean it more carefully. It would have been a lot faster installation if I wasn't so picky about lint on the inside. A lens/microfiber cloth would have been a nice addition. Be sure to clean the inside of the screen protector, including camera areas and the back round panel portion. Also clean the screen and cameras of Mini. There was some static that attracted dust/lint, but not bad. Once you’ve put it together, you’re not going to want to take it apart again very often, so it pays to do a good cleaning the first time around.

    The keyboard keys have nice solid feel. I'm not used to tiny keyboards so figuring out how to use the all important apostrophe took a moment - hit function key and the L key which doubles as the apostrophe - it's well marked, I'm just a newbie at small keyboards. It's actually a fairly nice size, keys are large and very well marked, easy to read. A key for keyboard symbols is in the user guide provided.

    I was able to type on the keyboard without the Mini attached to the stand, when the Mini was 18 inches away from the keyboard. Any farther and I wouldn't have been able to see the screen well enough so I didn't bother trying any farther distance.

    The screen is quite touch sensitive even with the screen protector on, although along the bottom section of my Mini screen the protector does not lay completely flat against the screen and makes it less responsive to touch. There is a slight bubble between the protector and the screen in that area on mine. Typing directly on the Mini with the screen protector on takes a little more pressure than without, but should be easy to get used to. I can pull down the calendar easily on the Mini, but pulling up control center was a little tricky at first. If you swipe up across the black bottom edge though and not just on the screen, the control center comes up easily too. I just had to learn the trick. The screen protector makes no discernible difference in the brightness of the screen.

    Cons:
    • It is relatively heavy, weighing in at 1.816 pounds total with the Mini with retina installed, 0.748 pounds for just the keyboard and stand, and 1.068 pounds for the Mini in case without stand or keyboard.
    • It’s not easy to quickly assemble or disassemble (i.e., remove the Mini so as to use a different case if you wanted to be able to switch to a different kind of case).
    • It is awkward to open and get the Mini positioned for use with the keyboard.
    • Where the stand connects to the Mini, there is quarter inch protrusion, so you can’t stack books or anything on it.

    Pros:
    • This is a super sturdy, secure case, and it looks cool too.
    • All of the Mini buttons are easily accessible.
    • Instant keyboard connection via Bluetooth once it is paired the first time.
    • Multiple options for viewing angles and stand positioning are a Big plus. The Mini can be very easily removed from the keyboard and still keep the stand attached to it. The stand works fabulously in both horizontal and vertical positions.
    • The keyboard goes to sleep just like the Mini does, so retains it’s charge well.
    • If you are looking for a fairly indestructible case to protect your Mini, and a quality Bluetooth keyboard to go with it, this is what you want.
    • It’s worth mentioning again that the videos on the website are really helpful in the assembly, and in the different ways it can be configured.

    Overall, I give it a 3 out of 5 stars.

    Review by KT
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    (Posted on 1/25/14)

  178. Wonderful

    This case is handy for when you have to write papers for school or work. And the built in screen protector is wonderful keeps the screen free of scratches and doesn't mess twitch the clarity of the display. All the ports are fully covered keeping dust and debris from getting in the ipad. This is a really good case.

    Review by Brandon
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    (Posted on 1/24/14)

  179. Great Case

    This case is awesome! The size is really nice and it doesn't make the ipad mini feel bulky. It's small enough to drop in a backpack or bag. The protection is super and where I live that's probably the most important reason for using it. The tilt/swivel features are nice and the keyboard is something that I use often. I would recommend the Airbender Mini to anyone that is considering a protective case for their device.

    Review by paul
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    (Posted on 1/23/14)

  180. Fantastic, Well-built Case/Keyboard Combination for iPad Mini

    Got this for Christmas for my new iPad mini. I was impressed with the case and keyboard right out of the box. First off, the keyboard comes with a full charge out of the box...no need to charge before first use. The case holds the iPad snuggly and features a built in screen protector. Awesome for protecting my iPad from the elements of everyday life and kids. Also, you can disconnect the iPad from the keyboard and use the stand to prop up the iPad for watching movies or in any circumstance where you don't necessarily need the keyboard. Great case...highly recommend

    Review by Mark
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    (Posted on 1/23/14)

  181. Great product and price - just make sure you take everything off your iPad Mini first!

    I read tons of reviews on this product and compared it to the Zagg folio keyboard version as well and thought for the price and design this was the best option. I got it in the mail today and upon trying to put it on my iPad mini (original - not retina display) I could not for the life of me get it closed fully, nearly 3-4 snaps were still open. Not a huge deal but it bothered me none the less. I watched the tutorial and read the tips on the New Trent website and searched on Google but very few other people had this problem, unless they were trying to fit the iPad Mini with Retina Display (which is a few millimetres larger in depth). I then decided to try removing my Moshi XT screen protector and the metal ring for a mini iPad/iPhone camera lens kit I have on the back and TADA it fit pretty much perfectly, all the snaps clicked! Even though it seemed like barely anything extra, removing them made all the difference! Keep in mind this is not the type of case you want to take off and put on repetitively, its very tight fitting which is good, but just a bit of a hassle to get off without blistering your finger tips lol!

    Review by Kaitlin
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    (Posted on 1/23/14)

  182. Great case for the Mini.

    This is the case for the Ipad Mini or Mini with Retina Display.

    The case arrived well-packed and in perfect conition. The instructions are simple and clear. It features an impact and splash resistant case that houses the Ipad mini and is stand alone. This case is removable in 2 ways: as a hard case with a rubber outer casing with the arm that connects to he keyboard port acting as a stand,or the stand can be removed entirely and the case used to carry the Ipad mini separately. .
    The outer rubber case was difficult to remove, but once removed, the Ipad fit neatly into the hard shell and the protective rubber shell was replaced easily. The case fits well and all buttons and ports are easily accesible. The case also comes with an incorporated screen protector. The case seems sturdy, and protective
    The case and arm attach to the keyboard portion, and allows rotation in landscape and portrait position, as well as allowing multiple angles for screen viewing.
    Connecting was easy and quick. The keyboard is very responsive and the keys are large enough to be able to type quickly, despite the small size of the keyboard (a function of the size of the Ipad mini itself).
    The case closes and has a latch, so the Ipad is well protected for travel. The entire case is light and relatively thin for the protection it affords.
    I would recommend this case for travelers and students who need to write on the fly,or,with the right apps, for anyone who wants to turn their Ipad mini into a powerful netbook.

    Review by Sal
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    (Posted on 1/22/14)

  183. Durable, portable, affordable

    This case is amazing. I feel like my device is perfectly safe from nearly any fall in this case. It's not too bulky either. The keyboard is responsive and sized well. Doesn't take long to charge even though I've rarely had to charge it. It's a bit troublesome to make it angled right when you want to set it up as a laptop. But once your prop it in the right position it's great. Also a lot more affordable than the competition. NewTrent is a great company. I love the portable battery pack I got. Lasts a while and once again, really good for the price. Highly recommend this brand.

    Review by Andrew
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    (Posted on 1/21/14)

  184. The Definitive Full-Featured iPad Mini Case

    The New Trent Airbender iPad Mini Keyboard case is great. As far as I'm concerned, this is THE case to get for your new iPad Mini. As soon as I bought my wife an iPad Mini for Christmas, I immediately jumped on Amazon to shop for a case. After comparing features and reading reviews I settled on the New Trent Airbender Bluetooth iPad Mini Keyboard case, and I have not been disappointed. Great quality and great features. Would highly recommend to all.

    Review by John
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    (Posted on 1/21/14)

  185. great product

    I am writing this review with the airbender now and i must say its a great product and is very easy to use and fast responding. It is not fully waterproof but it is splash proof and can take a drop like no other case can. It is great on battery and easy to connect. A great product.

    Review by Charlie
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    (Posted on 1/18/14)

  186. Very Good!

    I purchased this product for myself after doing extensive research on cases and keyboards. I have been using it now for over a month and am very satisfied. I do wish the arm could be extended just a little bit more for a slightly better angle, but would not return it because of only this issue.

    Review by Lisa
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    (Posted on 1/18/14)

  187. A Must Have for your iPad Mini

    I bought this item and was pleasantly surprised! The keyboard allowed me to type on my iPad mini much faster than the touch keyboard and turned the iPad mini into a mini computer. It is very durable and folds all up for easy transport. Not a lot of bulk, you can see fine through the screen protector and it is really cool how it allows you to adjust your iPad up,down or further away from you. I wish it was available in Different colors. The option to transport your iPad without the keyboard is also an option this little case from Trent offers. Compared to other similar products this case offers more for less. All in all I highly recommend this good buy and they offer a 10 month warranty on top of everything!!!

    Review by Kyla
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    (Posted on 1/17/14)

  188. A Must Have for your iPad Mini

    I bought this item and was pleasantly surprised! The keyboard allowed me to type on my iPad mini much faster than the touch keyboard and turned the iPad mini into a mini computer. It is very durable and folds all up for easy transport. Not a lot of bulk, you can see fine through the screen protector and it is really cool how it allows you to adjust your iPad up,down or further away from you. I wish it was available in Different colors. The option to transport your iPad without the keyboard is also an option this little case from Trent offers. Compared to other similar products this case offers more for less. All in all I highly recommend this good buy and they offer a 10 month warranty on top of everything!!!

    Review by Kyla
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    (Posted on 1/17/14)

  189. A Must Have for your iPad Mini

    I bought this item and was pleasantly surprised! The keyboard allowed me to type on my iPad mini much faster than the touch keyboard and turned the iPad mini into a mini computer. It is very durable and folds all up for easy transport. Not a lot of bulk, you can see fine through the screen protector and it is really cool how it allows you to adjust your iPad up,down or further away from you. I wish it was available in Different colors. The option to transport your iPad without the keyboard is also an option this little case from Trent offers. Compared to other similar products this case offers more for less. All in all I highly recommend this good buy and they offer a 10 month warranty on top of everything!!!

    Review by Kyla
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    (Posted on 1/17/14)

  190. Great case Great service

    This case is really nice and a great price. It does an excellent job protecting the iPad as well as making the device very versatile. I am able to use the device in so many situations. I don't even take my laptop to meetings anymore as my ipad has totally replaced it.

    On top of a great device NewTrent is an awesome company. I inquired over the Christmas holiday if this case if the iPad Retina. I received a response that over christmas that they have an updated cover for the retina and that they could send me the updated part once I placed my order. I received the updated part faster then my actual order which was early as well. Great support and great products.

    Review by Philip
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    (Posted on 1/15/14)

  191. Amazing rugged case

    This product is amazing. The case itself without the keyboard is very durable and no dirt gets to my iPad mini. The keyboard works amazing. I use it to type projects in school and have had no problems with it. All the ports / buttons are very accessible and easy to use. Bluetooth connectivity is very simple to figure out. I highly recommend this product to any iPad mini user looking for a high quality and affordable priced case.

    Review by Charles
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    (Posted on 1/13/14)

  192. Awesome Product

    The Airbender Mini is Great! I love the fact that it is so rugged and durable, and that it provides so much protection for the iPad Mini. The fact that you can disconnect the iPad from the keyboard is a big plus. In addition, the 360-degree rotation is awesome! It gives so much more capabilities to the product. Overall, the product is a must-have for anyone looking for a protective case, iPad Mini keyboard, or both! Plus, no other iPad Mini keyboard has these features, which really make this one stand out.

    Review by Leo
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    (Posted on 1/12/14)

  193. Awesome Product

    The Airbender Mini is Great! I love the fact that it is so rugged and durable, and that it provides so much protection for the iPad Mini. The fact that you can disconnect the iPad from the keyboard is a big plus. In addition, the 360-degree rotation is awesome! It gives so much more capabilities to the product. Overall, the product is a must-have for anyone looking for a protective case, iPad Mini keyboard, or both! Plus, no other iPad Mini keyboard has these features, which really make this one stand out.

    Review by Leo
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    (Posted on 1/12/14)

  194. Superb Quality, Great Keyboard

    My immediate impression of the NewTrent Airbender Mini is that it has good weight too it. This doesn't feel like a flimsy case made by other manufacturers. Looks and feeling of a product can be deceiving, but that is not the case with this...case. I love how easy it is to detach the iPad itself from the keyboard. The mechanism to do that will be familiar to anyone who has ever handled an SLR or DSLR camera.

    This case helped shed some weight in my book bag. As a commuting student, carrying a lot of books plus a laptop puts a lot of strain on my back during the course of the day. This case helped ease that strain. It does add, however, some extra bulk to the iPad itself, but it doesn't add as much weight to my bag as a full-size, 17-inch laptop does. The keyboard works flawlessly, and the keys are as good as the keys on my laptop. I am definitely going to buy one of these for my girlfriend's iPad Mini.

    Review by Chris
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    (Posted on 1/11/14)

  195. Great

    Types very smoothly and has a good texture. Love how it can bend in all directions and sit in any position. Also I love how it turns it into a laptop.

    Review by Julia
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    (Posted on 1/10/14)

  196. Love it

    I got this case aft doing intensive research. My son is special needs so I needed a case that can withstand accidental drops and such. I love the way you can rotate the screen and the keyboard is great for me when my son asks to search for videos. A suggestion is to have a backlit keyboard for nighttime. I would definitely recommend to friends and continue to purchase future New Trent products.

    Review by Chinecua424@gmail.com
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    (Posted on 1/8/14)

  197. Great Case for iPad Mini

    Design

    I previously had an Otterbox case on my iPad mini, and I have to say I like this one much more. The design is great and it is very sturdy. I am confident that if I drop my iPad with this case on it, that it would be protected.

    The textures are nice and I really like the metal support which connects both pieces. Everything about this makes it feel very sturdy.

    The one issue that I ran across is that the iPad Mini is too heavy for the keyboard base. In almost any position the keyboard easily fell over. I did finally find 1 position where it would not tip over, but it defeats the point of having a rotating flexible case if it only works well in 1 position.

    Function

    After getting everything setup, and finding a proper way to keep it standing, this keyboard and case combo were very impressive. The keyboard FN keys were a great addition and makes this much more useful. Having a keyboard with me anywhere I go is great as I have been able to take notes in meetings, search the internet. It is very good for business use.

    Review by B
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    (Posted on 1/6/14)

  198. love it

    The New Trent air Bender is a great design and easy to use on top of it my two year old loves to use the key board and the iPad

    Review by Matthew
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    (Posted on 1/4/14)

  199. Great Product

    First glance it looks like a sturdy thick rubber case. Very nice looking case with a compact bluetooth
    keyboard attached. The keyboard works flawlessly an since its standard bluetooth can be used
    with any device. I have tried it out with my iphone 4 and new galaxy s4.
    The Case can rotate without turning the keyboard an can act like a stand
    for games or videos. Everything about this case feels sturdy and works well.
    The charger cord for the keyboard is standard micro usb that works with
    a lot of devices like the galaxy s4. The charger feels sturdy unlink most thinner cords and is long
    enough for comfort.
    The only con i could find is putting the mini in the case. Its a task to
    peel off the rubber and get the mini in there. So for someone who likes
    to take their mini out of their case a lot might want to take this into
    consideration. But if you plan on leaving it in the case for as long as
    you can this is a great case and will protect your ipad mini very well.

    Review by Mark
    Rating

    (Posted on 12/28/13)

  200. Great case, very durable for any condition

    I have used a Targus Versavu with keyboard with my standard iPad for a couple years now. So I was interested in testing out another company’s product with my iPad Mini.

    Getting the iPad Mini properly mounted was a bit of a chore, with it being a ruggedized case. I have used ruggedized cases, with keyboards, before with iPad and iPhone devices, soe I knew a few tricks to getting the case fitted around properly, although, getting the last bit of case properly fit into the home button section took a little work. The online video link included in the paperwork was a good resource for novices.

    I like that the keyboard charging is done through a standard style cable. In this case a micro USB connection. Good, because in case the included cable ever gets lost, those cables are easy to find. Charging the unit was very straight-forward, with the LED indicators. I followed the recommended initial charging time of 4 hours.

    Next was syncing the keyboard via Bluetooth. This was straight-forward process, especially if you have done this before with iOS devices. Instructions included in the paperwork were easy to follow. I was pleased with the responsiveness of the keyboard when typing. It felt natural, and the keyboard feels very durable, especially with it being a ruggedized case. There was also a clip on the front, to help keep the case closed, so it cannot accidentally open.

    When using the case, it is nice to be able to use the screen in either a portrait or landscape view. I do wish it was able to set into the case at a larger angle for viewing, while using it on a table. The Targus Versavu set at a nice angle for having on a table when typing. The arm that holds the iPad can be adjusted a bit for the viewing angle, but gravity with bring it down some over time. I like that if the keyboard is not needed, you can rotate and fold the screen against the keyboard, so that it can be held somewhat comfortably.

    The aspects of being a ruggedized case are well designed. the covers for the ports are fairly durable, and should last well over lots of use. Other ruggedized cases have had a cover over the camera, that you need to peel and move out of the way. This case leaves the camera exposed, and I really like that feature, because on some cases, that flap can pop back and disrupt the use of the camera. I like that in spots near the corners of my Targus Versavu that wore thru the felt material, this case does not have any materials I can observe will have the same issue.

    I think users that use their iPad mini a lot outdoors, would find this case quite useful in protecting their unit from dirt, water, and the elements. In general, anyone who finds themselves using their iPad outside, or transporting it in and out of vehicles would appreciate the durable design and function. Even if attached to a mount in a vehicle, like for law enforcement or delivery vehicles, it would work quite well.

    Product Rating on scale of 1 - 5: 5

    Review by Ryan
    Rating

    (Posted on 12/24/13)

  201. Great keyboard with durability in mind for all conditions

    Devices tested on: iPad Mini

    I have used a Targus Versavu with keyboard with my standard iPad for a couple years now. So I was interested in testing out another company’s product with my iPad Mini.

    Getting the iPad Mini properly mounted was a bit of a chore, with it being a ruggedized case. I have used ruggedized cases, with keyboards, before with iPad and iPhone devices, soe I knew a few tricks to getting the case fitted around properly, although, getting the last bit of case properly fit into the home button section took a little work. The online video link included in the paperwork was a good resource for novices.

    I like that the keyboard charging is done through a standard style cable. In this case a micro USB connection. Good, because in case the included cable ever gets lost, those cables are easy to find. Charging the unit was very straight-forward, with the LED indicators. I followed the recommended initial charging time of 4 hours.

    Next was syncing the keyboard via Bluetooth. This was straight-forward process, especially if you have done this before with iOS devices. Instructions included in the paperwork were easy to follow. I was pleased with the responsiveness of the keyboard when typing. It felt natural, and the keyboard feels very durable, especially with it being a ruggedized case. There was also a clip on the front, to help keep the case closed, so it cannot accidentally open.

    When using the case, it is nice to be able to use the screen in either a portrait or landscape view. I do wish it was able to set into the case at a larger angle for viewing, while using it on a table. The Targus Versavu set at a nice angle for having on a table when typing. The arm that holds the iPad can be adjusted a bit for the viewing angle, but gravity with bring it down some over time. I like that if the keyboard is not needed, you can rotate and fold the screen against the keyboard, so that it can be held somewhat comfortably.

    The aspects of being a ruggedized case are well designed. the covers for the ports are fairly durable, and should last well over lots of use. Other ruggedized cases have had a cover over the camera, that you need to peel and move out of the way. This case leaves the camera exposed, and I really like that feature, because on some cases, that flap can pop back and disrupt the use of the camera. I like that in spots near the corners of my Targus Versavu that wore thru the felt material, this case does not have any materials I can observe will have the same issue.

    I think users that use their iPad mini a lot outdoors, would find this case quite useful in protecting their unit from dirt, water, and the elements. In general, anyone who finds themselves using their iPad outside, or transporting it in and out of vehicles would appreciate the durable design and function. Even if attached to a mount in a vehicle, like for law enforcement or delivery vehicles, it would work quite well.

    Product Rating on scale of 1 - 5: 5

    Review by HallTech
    Rating

    (Posted on 12/24/13)

  202. A good product for students using iPad Mini, well worth the price!

    A great, high quality and sturdy product. The professional design make it very visually appealing and something that you would like to have on campus. It takes a bit of work to get the balancing right, but once in place I find it a great design and a keyboard more reminiscent of a small net book as opposed to a cheap blue tooth keyboard. Having experienced two other bluetooth keyboard cases prior to this one (one at the same price) I can say that this product is a gem among what else is out there.

    The detachable keyboard, stand, and screen as separate parts are a unique feature that is definitely useful. Using my laptop for school, I use it to read, to type and to watch lectures, and having the adaptability of this mode makes it easy to switch between various viewing modes. This case has honestly made me feel like I have a new device.

    Review by Cassandra
    Rating

    (Posted on 12/20/13)

  203. Best Case ever

    i have an iPad mini (1st gen)
    i recently switched over from the otterbox case (with an unattached bluetooth case) to the new trent airbender mini case.
    i love this case, it makes my life easier.
    it makes your tablet act like a laptop
    it is worth the $50
    The only downside is the added weight

    Review by avi
    Rating

    (Posted on 12/19/13)

  204. Rugged Practical keyboard and case

    This is a robust and practical case for your iPad mini which also doubles up as a Bluetooth keyboard. Are you fed up we trying to type on the screen? Do you get frustrated at losing half your screen to the on-screen keyboard? If your answer is yes then this New Trent Airbender Mini Keyboard/case is the solution for you.
    As soon as you take this product out of the box you instantly realise that this is a quality product. admittedly it's a bit fiddley to install the iPad into the case but the upside is you know your valuable tablet is now secure and protected. Pairing up the Bluetooth keyboard could not be simpler. The unique hinge raises your iPad above the keyboard or you can rest it on the keyboard. It rotates 360 degrees so can be used in portrait or landscape mode. The case also folds flat onto itself to allow you to use your IPad as a tablet. There is even to option to detach the ipad completely from the keyboard.
    This keyboard/case is more than a match for similar products that cost twice as much. a definite recommended buy!

    Review by Simon
    Rating

    (Posted on 12/17/13)

  205. Convenience and Peace of Mind

    I ordered the Airbender Mini (NT31B) since I use my iPad mini in my business. It needs protection from impact, water, and dirt. Plus, I needed to expand the ease of using the iPad with the keyboard. The Airbender seemed to have all the right features. The case that holds the ipad can tilt and rotate in any direction – portrait, landscape, and anywhere in between and once it is put in a position, it holds it well. The Bluetooth connection seems smooth, no delay or hiccups. I don’t necessarily love how the cover seems to attract dust. It washes off easily so it’s no big deal but I seem to be brushing it off constantly. The keyboard is quite small, not ideal for bloggers or novelists, but what can you expect with an iPad mini. The case opening surrounding the earphone plug is a little bulky, blocking any kind of extra-large headphone jack. Will fit the vast majority of headphones just fine but something to be aware of. All in all, I’m extremely pleased with the item. It gives me convenience and peace of mind that my investment is protected.

    Review by Rich
    Rating

    (Posted on 12/16/13)

  206. Fantastic ipad mini protect case

    The product I bought is fantastic. It is strong and can protect my Ipad mini as well. The key board is easy and friendly to use.

    Review by Shuji
    Rating

    (Posted on 12/13/13)

  207. Perfect! Just What I Needed...

    When I initially opened the box and looked at this product, I was automatically excited. I could instantly tell that it's good quality and sturdy, yet lightweight. This case and keyboard combo definitely exceeded my expectations. As far as setup, I had a bit of trouble getting my iPad Mini into the case, but I also had a two year old crawling on my lap while trying to set it up. Once I actually read the instructions, setup was a breeze. When the case is attached to the keyboard, it swivels with ease... which is a feature I love. It unhooks in a snap from the keyboard if you don't need it and just want to use the case.
    It was really easy to connect to my iPad Mini. Once I charged up the keyboard and powered it on, I just went to settings on the iPad mini, turned on Bluetooth, clicked the "connect" button on the keyboard and it immediately found it. I followed a quick prompt and entered a code to connect. Very simple, extremely user-friendly.

    I was worried that the keyboard would take a bit of getting used to as it is small, but of course it's the Mini so that's to be expected. However, considering the size, it's incredibly comfortable and easy to type quickly with the keyboard. The New Trent Airbender turned my iPad Mini into a mini laptop, and I love it! I should also mention that even with the case on it's still very lightweight. The keyboard adds a bit of weight, but still much lighter than a laptop - with basically the same functions.
    Overall I'm totally impressed with the Airbender case for my iPad. I don't usually write such lengthy reviews, but I just had share my experience because I highly recommend this case/keyboard combo to anyone with an iPad mini. Oh, and one last thing...I can charge the keyboard while I charge my iPad Mini on the same New Trent external battery pack. How handy is that? It's really convenient for traveling, but I often use it at home if I forget to charge overnight so I'm not "stuck to the wall" with everything plugged into outlets. Now, if they'll just make an external battery pack with the capacity to charge three devices at once so that I can charge my iPad Mini, Mini Airbender Keyboard AND iPhone all at once...I'd be one happy camper! :)

    Review by Lori
    Rating

    (Posted on 12/13/13)

  208. Best Option on the Market!

    Airbender Mini Keyboard Case (NT31B) is, in my opinion, the best option for your ipad mini! The product far exceeded all of my expecations. It protects my ipad and provides a very functional external keyboard option that allows me to avoid the dreaded touchscreen keyboard...

    I was a little confused by the installation instructions; however, customer service directed me the the video (which was actually identified in the instructions as well). The video was extremely helpful and the whole process was a breeze from that point forward.

    This is a stylish, practical and extremely functional product! One of my favorite Amazon purchases to date!!! New Trent is now bookmarked under my "Favorites" in my browser!

    Review by Jay
    Rating

    (Posted on 12/13/13)

  209. Superb Protection and Versatility

    Pros:
    - All around protection for iPad Mini (including ports)
    - can rotate iPad for use in landscape or portrait orientation
    - Responsive, easy to use keyboard
    - iPad can be detached from keyboard for use on stand or as tablet only
    - buttons remain easy to press
    - Price considerably lower than comparable rugged cases without a keyboard

    Cons:
    - clasp used to hold keyboard closed can be difficult to use
    - silicon outer shell attracts dust, hair
    - easy to forget to turn off keyboard

    Ordered this case from Amazon on recommendation from a friend, and thus far have found it to be everything I was looking for in a case.

    I love the fact that this case can be used in so many different ways! You could:
    - detach the iPad from the arm to use the tablet
    - detach the arm from the keyboard to use as a stand
    - Use like a laptop with the iPad in either landscape or portrait orientation.

    The main case protecting the iPad is built similarly to other rugged cases. A hard plastic inner shell is covered with a silicone outer layer which covers all ports and buttons. Despite this, ports remain easily accessible, buttons are still easy to press, and touchscreen sensitivity is not affected. (NOTE: If you are using a screen protector or a protective plastic film around your iPad you will need to remove it. The screen protector will cause blotches to appear on your screen. The case fit is also extremely snug -- you may not be able to properly close the inner protective shell.)

    The bluetooth keyboard itself, while looking unassuming, is responsive and very comfortable to type on. Initial setup was very easy, and has worked without fail since, resuming sync within 2-3 seconds. The only thing to note here is that it can be very easy to forget that the keyboard is on when you close the case, which may lead to the battery draining.

    What is most remarkable is that this case is being offered at a lower price point than rugged cases without a keyboard! There is simply no other case I've seen that offers this level of protection and versatility.

    Review by Gatsby
    Rating

    (Posted on 12/12/13)

  210. Great Product

    This is a great product. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is considering buying a versatile and easily removable iPad Mini case with a keyboard. It takes a few minutes to get the iPad Mini into the case, but after that, it's an effortless and very convenient accessory. A must have for anyone who does an extensive amount of typing on their iPad Mini.

    Review by Kevin
    Rating

    (Posted on 12/11/13)

  211. amazing case, best I've ever used.

    detachable feature is extremely useful and should be on all cases. keyboard is responsive, lasts forever and ipad feels safe and protected. all I could have asked for in a case. set up is extremely easy. would highly recommend for every ipad mini owner.

    Review by matthew
    Rating

    (Posted on 12/11/13)

  212. Great value, great price

    I bought this keyboard/case after much searching and testing of other keyboards. It is excellent! My iPad fits securely in the case which feels sturdy/rugged yet adds little extra weight. There is little New Trent hasn't thought of - love the ability to swivel 360 degrees to use as a tablet, the ability to remove the cover with iPad and to have it stand up without the keyboard. I most often use mine in a laptop like position and I can adjust the angle to my exact needs. I have only one small complaint. The keyboard is noisier than my Acer netbook but it's only a minor difference and one I can definitely live with given all the other features. The case looks great and has garnered much comment/compliment. It's a great fit for a professional environment. It paired quickly and easily with my iPad and Samsung Smart TV. The battery holds it's charge as promised. I highly recommend this keyboard. It's a great product at a great price. I have only one suggestion for New Trent but it may be too much to ask. It would be perfect if there was a cover that could be attached to the back cover that would protect the iPad screen when the keyboard is not attached. Great product at a great price. I highly recommend.


    Review by Susan
    Rating

    (Posted on 12/10/13)

  213. Very great!

    This iPad mini case/keyboard is outstanding. I bought this product and use it for college. It is perfect. I highly suggest it for a college gift or business.

    Review by Jack
    Rating

    (Posted on 12/10/13)

  214. Extremely Satisfied!!!

    This is one of the most innovative and impressive cases on the market right now, and I was extremely happy with it. It is rugged, functional, and versatile.

    Pros:
    - The case, silver stand, and keyboard attachment all separate. You can use the case alone, use the keyboard-case, or set it up like a desktop. Extremely versatile
    - RUGGED! Closes up with a clasp, and feels solid. The case also has an integrated screen protector, which does not compromise clarity
    - Inexpensive
    - Keyboard is small, but well designed. Took a few days to get used to, but well worth it
    - Can be arranged at many viewing angles, and the hinge is strong. It will hold up against gravity, and your ipad will not come swinging down

    Cons:
    - The case is a little heavy, but that is the price you pay for ruggedness, and it's well worth it to me.

    Overall, the best ipad mini case I have seen so far. Beware though, does not work on ipad mini with retina display.

    Review by Jordan
    Rating

    (Posted on 12/5/13)

  215. Very nice and sturdy accessory for your iPad mini

    Even though it a little bit heavy and looks bulky - but this is what it was built for - to protect your $500 iPad, which holds in it much more than it costs. And it did protected mine - it fell down a couple times and nothing happened to the ipad. I also like that you can turn the screen whatever way you want. Many different things I like this case, but the most important it the feeling of being protected.

    Review by Oleg
    Rating

    (Posted on 12/4/13)

  216. Good keyboard case.

    The first image of NT31B is solid. The rubber parts of it are harder than I expected. It increases the feeling of quality for me, but increases the difficulty to put it off and on. The internal plastic case I tested is a little small for my iPad mini (Please see the attachment of photo). I am not sure if this is a special case. It makes me hard to fit the rubber case on perfectly. The screen protector of the case does its job to keep water and dust away, but increases the reflection of sunshine and has a effect on touch feeling on screen. The design of rotation part and multi-adjustable is so convenient, especially when I separate the keyboard and iPad. Meanwhile, I think it will improve the user experience if you increase the damping force (I am not sure if I am using the right word) of rotation part. Generally, I expect to have a unit body instead of one plastic and one rubber parts.

    The keyboard looks great, solid and easy to connect. However, it takes time to adapt it due to the small size of it (I know it is the problem of the size of iPad mini). I made a lot of typing mistake at first. I had to change some typing habit to adapt it. Therefore, be honest, I do not use the keyboard frequently and it is just my second option. I guess it may improve a lot if it is slightly adjust the position of each key by testing people’s tying habits.

    In concluded, I use the case part of this product a lot and really like the design of multi-adjustable part. The keyboard is expected to be better. I will give it 4 stars.

    Review by CHEN
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/29/13)

  217. Newtrent

    Really liked the case recommend it over all others, great keyboard, like how the screen is supported like a laptop, great feel and value for your money!

    Review by Matthew
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/27/13)

  218. Great case

    Got this product for my son's ipad mini to protect it and he loves it. It is a great case for the money. The case feels really solid and sturdy. I like that the keyboard detaches and you do not have to use it if you do not need it. I am the IT Director for a distributor and will defiantly be getting these once our delivery drivers get iPad/iPad Mini's. The only thing I would suggest is making more colors then just black, pink or white would be great other colors, so would blaze orange or safety yellow.

    Review by Derek
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/25/13)

  219. Amazing Value

    I was a little wary of such an inexpensive bluetooth keyboard/case combination (typically something like this is too good to be true), but was very impressed with what I received. The installation was a little tricky, but after following the directions and getting everything set up, I am really enjoying the convenience this combo provides.

    Bluetooth Keyboard: Paired immediately with my iPad mini. The key travel on this is the thing I was most worried about. Many times keys on these type of keyboards can be sluggish or feel off in a way. This one feels crisp and provides the perfect amount of travel/tactile feedback to give you confidence while typing. There are only two things I find a little off--one is the fact that the apostrophe has to be called using the "Fn" button, the other is that the space bar is just a tad to the left of where my thumb typically lands. Besides those two small issues, it's a great board.

    Case: The case alone is worth the $40 as it's extremely rugged and very well-made. The only issue I'm having is detaching it from the combo piece, which can be a little tricky the first time.

    All together, this is a great combo for an unbelievable price. If you're looking for a well-made case and keyboard combo, this is the way to go.

    Review by Nick
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/23/13)

  220. Great case for the iPad mini

    I've been using the Airbender for about a week now and I'm loving it. Right out of the box, I noticed the sturdiness of the case. Since my iPad mini is usually in my bookbag or purse, I'm sure it gets banged around throughout the day. With this case, I don't have to worry about the iPad getting crushed by my heavy books. As a nursing student, I'm always working on some project or paperwork. The Airbender allows me to do some work, without having to lug my laptop around.

    I had no issues syncing the bluetooth with my device and it was pretty effortless. The keyboard is very responsive and has no issues typing at the speed at which I type. It does take a little while getting used to a smaller keyboard. I have small hands and I still managed to stumble a lot before adjusting to it. Considering the smaller dimensions, it is to be expected.

    The one thing I wasn' t too crazy about is the plastic tab that is used to secure it close. It looks like a piece that could come off not too far into the future, especially if you give it a good yank. Overall, I give it a 4 out of 5 stars, only because I think the little plastic tab closure might become an issue later on. Either way, I would recommend this product to anyone who has a iPad Mini.

    Review by Jennifer
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/22/13)

  221. Great Purchase!

    If you have an Ipad mini, this case is a must have! I was a little skeptical about using a keyboard with my ipad mini, because I didnt think any keyboard/case would be large enough to facilitate easy use. I was wrong, the case is very rugged, looks nice, and is also quite versatile. The keyboard is easy to use, and because it eliminates the keyboard from the touch screen, it makes the screen seem much larger!
    It is very easy to set up, easy to use, and greatly improves the experience of using an Ipad mini

    Review by Ben
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/21/13)

  222. Tough keyboard case for the iPad Mini

    I am writing this review on my ipad mini with my new Airbender keyboard. I purchased the Ipad mini for my work, and I type a lot. The touchscreen was just not working for me, so decided to buy this New Trent keyboard case and I’m very glad I did.

    The unit is well built and is very durable. It is water-resistant, and very well designed with rubber surrounding the entire ipad mini’s perimeter. This case would definitely protect my ipad mini if I dropped it. It has full keyboard functionality and the response is great.
    The case also has a nice feel in your hands.
    Bluetooth paring was quick and simple.
    The case is detachable from the keyboard, which is a big plus to me.

    All functional holes are available for camera, microphone, speakers, charging up/down volume and on/off switch.

    Charging only takes a couple hours.
    I would purchase this item again!

    Review by francine
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/21/13)

  223. Fortress of a Case

    This is an excellent product for those needing a compact, convenient keyboard and complete protection of their iPad mini. The silicone rubber surrounding the plastic shell (which surrounds the iPad) provides protection from damp environments and the inevitable drop. I have virtually zero worries about the iPad being damaged with normal use. So long as my kids don't throw it out the window or leave it in the street, I think I'm good.

    The keyboard, although small, is very usable. I was greatly surprised how quickly I could type on the smaller-than-normal keys. It is much better than the screen keyboard on the iPad I had been using. Cut and paste has become a cinch.

    The screen protector is very durable and soft to the touch. It appears to provide the protection I need without hindering capabilities. This same protection is provided for the cameras.

    The versatility is also amazing. You can put the screen in any orientation or angle, close or far from the keyboard, or remove it completely and have it stand on its own. The stand can also comfortably be held in your hand if preferred for use without the keyboard.

    With such versatility and protection, there are some disadvantages. It takes longer than usually to install the case (20 min), and does add some significant weight and bulk to what is normally a very light and slender iPad. I couldn't quite close all of the snaps on the case; it was a very tight fit. I tried several times with two different iPad minis and was unsuccessful.

    Opening the case is also not extremely convenient. It takes a minute or so to lift the screen from the keyboard, slide the screen back, and adjust its angle for viewing. It is not a quick usage case.

    Pros
    1) Nice keyboard
    2) Very durable
    3) Great protection
    4) Very versatile screen stand

    Cons
    1) Adds significant bulk and weight
    2) Difficult quick access to iPad
    3) Case did not easily fit iPad and excessive time was need to install

    Review by David
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/20/13)

  224. Great Product!

    The Airbender Mini Case for the Ipad Mini is a very good product. The
    protective case seems to protect the iPad mini very well, and the Bluetooth
    keyboard is as advertised. My Pros and Cons are below:

    Pros:
    Case for iPad is worth the money alone
    Bluetooth keyboard works seamlessly with with IPad Mini, function keys and
    all work as expected
    Rotating hinge for landscape vs portrait viewing works very well and can be
    removed from the keyboard to be used as a stand only (and this is very nice
    for the kitchen when cooking)
    The battery life for the keyboard is in line with expectations but a nice
    upgrade would be to have a larger battery and an option to charge off of it
    Cons and none are a deal breaker for me:
    The built-in screen protector is not great, but I should qualify this with,
    I have not liked the built-in screen protector of any case I have ever
    used.... Life proof or Otter box (still use them for the protection and
    water resistant properties)
    Removing the rotation hinge from the back of the iPad has a learning curve,
    but most users should get the hang of it after a few times (honestly I have
    decided to leave it more times than not)
    I pulled the silver hinge out of the keyboard a lot and did notice that
    over many uses the slot selector wore with time. But the up initial
    function is great.
    The keyboard is a bit cramped and a few of the keys you normally would
    expect on a keyboard are only there with the help of a function key. A bit
    of a learning curve, but overall not the end of the world.

    Like I said, the keyboard is a bonus in my mind. Looking for a rugged case
    for your iPad Mini? This is totally the best bang for your buck!

    Review by jgrove
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/20/13)

  225. Tough and functional

    Ipad fits into the case securely with all the appropriate openings lining up exactly with device. Case makes the ipad extremely protected. Swivel and tilt function allow the screen to be placed in any desired position. Bluetooth keyboard connects easily and maintains a charge. Keyboard has large keys with good separation so typing is easy and accurate. Keyboard makes using the ipad mini perfect for note taking in a meeting. Case is heavier than my previous soft cover case but the extra protection and keyboard was worth the change.

    Review by David
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/20/13)

  226. Very Nice Product

    The Airbender Mini Case for the Ipad Mini is a very good product. The
    protective case seems to protect the iPad mini very well, and the Bluetooth
    keyboard is as advertised. My Pros and Cons are below:

    Pros:
    Case for iPad is worth the money alone
    Bluetooth keyboard works seamlessly with with IPad Mini, function keys and
    all work as expected
    Rotating hinge for landscape vs portrait viewing works very well and can be
    removed from the keyboard to be used as a stand only (and this is very nice
    for the kitchen when cooking)
    The battery life for the keyboard is in line with expectations but a nice
    upgrade would be to have a larger battery and an option to charge off of it
    Cons and none are a deal breaker for me:
    The built-in screen protector is not great, but I should qualify this with,
    I have not liked the built-in screen protector of any case I have ever
    used.... Life proof or Otter box (still use them for the protection and
    water resistant properties)
    Removing the rotation hinge from the back of the iPad has a learning curve,
    but most users should get the hang of it after a few times (honestly I have
    decided to leave it more times than not)
    I pulled the silver hinge out of the keyboard a lot and did notice that
    over many uses the slot selector wore with time. But the up initial
    function is great.
    The keyboard is a bit cramped and a few of the keys you normally would
    expect on a keyboard are only there with the help of a function key. A bit
    of a learning curve, but overall not the end of the world.

    Like I said, the keyboard is a bonus in my mind. Looking for a rugged case
    for your iPad Mini? This is totally the best bang for your buck!

    Review by jgrove
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/20/13)

  227. T31B New Trent Airbender Mini

    The NT31B New Trent Airbender Mini is the best case/Bluetooth keyboard I have found on the market so far. Since I am always on the move and my laptop is just too heavy to carry, I found the perfect IPad mini companion I will ever need. It exceeds the protection ability of all cases available, and it's foldable arm serves the double purpose of a hermetic close and a versatile, multi position stand. Look no further, if you settle for the best, this is you.

    Review by Pablo
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/19/13)

  228. Great protection and versatility.

    This product is ideal for me to use on my camping trips. It has a great sturdy "feel" to it. Unlike some other cases I have tried this one actually feels like it would give great protection to my mini. I love how it can be one unit with the keyboard or separated from the keyboard while still providing great protection. I found it to be only slightly heavier than other cases but most of those don't give me the same sense of security along with the keyboard. My only concern with this is the swivel on the hinge. It seems to be rather fragile and difficult to use when separating the keyboard from the cover. It has not broken on me but it does seem to "stick" when I go from portrait to landscape views. For the price I think this one is hard to beat!

    Review by Seth
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/18/13)

  229. Looks and feels like a mini laptop computer!

    This product works great! It looks and feels like a mini laptop. It's a little on the heavy side, but probably needs to be to be as protective and sturdy as it is. All around great product.

    Review by Alayne
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/17/13)

  230. Awesome Ipad case, cover, durable, and a keyboay

    Fully adjustable, October 17, 2013



    This review is from: New Trent Airbender Mini - Rugged: Water Resistant, Dirt and Shockproof Wireless Bluetooth iPad Mini Keyboard case (integrated screen protector) (Personal Computers)
    This NEWTRENT NT31B Airbender Mini Bluetooth keyboard arrived in Superior quality packaging.

    If orange charge light, and looking forward to using it, the sooner its plugged in to charge the sooner it will be ready to use.
    My charge light was orange so started charging at 6 30 pm. Directions indicate to charge either at least 4 hours or until light turns green
    I`m typing this review on the keyboard Like the feel of the keyboard. also like soft feel of silicone sleeve.
    Very good directions for placing ipad mini into top portion.
    Now there are two pieces (well, three if you count silicone sleeve)that the the mini will be placed between. Took me a bit to get the Ipad into the holder but I think taking long to put mini in may have been more of an operator error. Patience recommended. Just had to work with it a bit to make sure each hinge was pushed together so they were all latched snugly. The Ipad has a 360 degree turn and it sits where you want it to. It has more positions than I can count.

    Keyboard charging light is now green took about an hour. I think I will heed their warning about turning keyboard off when not in use to save battery. Prior to the opportunity of testing this I wasn't sure I wanted a keyboard but I`ve only been using this for an hour and a half and I`m so happy to have it.

    I was wondering how it might work when I'm laying down wouldn't be able to utilize keyboard but I flipped screen away from keyboard and it now serves as a stand. Actually it can adjust it several different ways.

    Used this for a few days now and the only thing I'm wondering is if the clear cover on
    the screen is desensitizing the touch. But it could also be an ipad screen protector issue. It is really nice to have a regular keyboard with the numbers above letters instead of having to toggle back and forth.
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    Fully adjustable, October 17, 2013


    Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)
    This review is from: New Trent Airbender Mini - Rugged: Water Resistant, Dirt and Shockproof Wireless Bluetooth iPad Mini Keyboard case (integrated screen protector) (Personal Computers)
    Today received this NEWTRENT NT31B Airbender Mini Bluetooth keyboard Superior quality packaging.

    If orange charge light, and looking forward to using it, the sooner its plugged in to charge the sooner it will be ready to use.
    My charge light was orange so started charging at 6 30 pm. Directions indicate to charge either at least 4 hours or until light turns green
    I`m typing this review on the keyboard Like the feel of the keyboard. also like soft feel of silicone sleeve.
    Very good directions for placing ipad mini into top portion.
    Now there are two pieces (well, three if you count silicone sleeve)that the the mini will be placed between. Took me a bit to get the Ipad into the holder but I think taking long to put mini in may have been more of an operator error. Patience recommended. Just had to work with it a bit to make sure each hinge was pushed together so they were all latched snugly. The Ipad has a 360 degree turn and it sits where you want it to. It has more positions than I can count.

    Keyboard charging light is now green took about an hour. I think I will heed their warning about turning keyboard off when not in use to save battery. Prior to the opportunity of testing this I wasn't sure I wanted a keyboard but I`ve only been using this for an hour and a half and I`m so happy to have it.

    I was wondering how it might work when I'm laying down wouldn't be able to utilize keyboard but I flipped screen away from keyboard and it now serves as a stand. Actually it can adjust it several different ways.

    Used this for a few days now and the only thing I'm wondering is if the clear cover on
    the screen is desensitizing the touch. But it could also be an ipad screen protector issue. It is really nice to have a regular keyboard with the numbers above letters instead of having to toggle back and forth.

    Review by Sharilynn
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/16/13)

  231. Great Product

    When I recieved my Mini Keyboard I fell in love with it. The mini keyboard is awesome because I can sit the mini IPad up like a laptop and type away and not have to type slow using the screen of the IPad. The mini keyboard allows me to type faster when I am doing my school work on it. The case also protects my IPda incase it would fall. I would reccomend this mini keyboard case to anyone.

    Review by Jennifer
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/16/13)

  232. Rugged and durable iPad Mini case

    This is my review of the NT31B Airbender iPad mini case. I received the
    case Monday the 4th of November and have had a few good work days to try out the case
    so here goes. First of all, the unboxing was fairly straightforward and it
    was kind of obvious what needed to be done to get the iPad inside the case,
    but it was a little difficult to do. Once I got the iPad inside the case it
    was a bit of a challenge to get the case attachment mechanism to line up
    correctly at first, but after a couple of attempts, I got the hang of it.

    The case is very rugged and I enjoy the comfort and peace of mind not
    having to worry about banging it around a bit carrying it in and out of
    sales presentations, and to and from my car and the office. Most everyone
    that has seen the case thought it looked cool and liked the keyboard and
    the ruggedness of the case. I received a lot of compliments on the way the
    screen could flip and change position as well. A couple of times, I got
    caught in a rain shower and didn't really have to worry about it for the
    first time ever, so that was nice also. It was nice that all of the
    functions are available as well, and the access to all of the jacks and
    connectors was fairly straightforward and comfortable to open.

    I was able to demonstrate one of my sales apps with easy with my customer
    and they were able to see the screen because even though they were sitting beside me, I
    could orient the screen slightly toward them so they and I could both see
    what was going on. I wish the screen position adjustment were a little
    firmer or tighter because the screen would move about some times even
    though it needed to be stationary.

    As far as the keyboard itself goes, I must say it didn't work very well for
    me when typing long documents. I really tried, but I just haven't been able
    to get the hang of it. It always seems the spacebar was just not
    exactly right for me but maybe it's just me. My children did really like typing on
    the keyboard, so maybe the issues with the keyboard were just due to my
    lack of typing skills.

    I haven't had the case long enough to comment on the battery life, but I
    haven't had to recharge and it's been going strong since Monday of this week
    and today if Friday. I think there should be a way to check battery life remaining so you are always
    ready if need be and don't get stuck with a dead battery.

    I didn't really have a chance to take many pictures under different
    conditions, but I didn't notice any problems with glare or reflections
    because of the case.

    Review by Erich
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/15/13)

  233. Great Case -- Great Value

    New Trent Airbender Mini (NT31B)

    Installation
    I had a slightly difficult time installing this case.
    It was a very snug fit
    I had tried to install it with my Zagg skin full protection on my iPad Mini.
    I had to remove the Zagg skins off of both the screen and back
    It was still a snug fit and a little difficult to close the hard plastic case (not necessarily a bad thing
    because it means that there is no movement of the iPad Mini

    Keyboard
    Extremely easy to pair with the iPad
    Very responsive
    Layout is the same as the layout on my Mac Air, which makes it very easy to use
    Only negative that I have found is that the space bar is a little small for my liking

    360 degree rotational stand
    Works very well. Being able to remove the iPad from the keyboardis a very nice feature
    360 degree rotation is excellent, you can set your iPad up either in landscape or portrait

    Protection
    This case appears to be as good or better than some some of the other cases that I have seen or tried for
    the iPad Mini.
    Port coverage is excellent and all ports are easy to access and protected when not in use.

    Evaluation
    I would rate this case at 5 Stars if the Installation Instructions had a warning/reminder about the snug fit of
    this case and that if you have a screen protector and/or full body protection on your iPad it should be
    removed before trying to install this case and if the space bar could be made a little larger.
    Another positive about this case is that the automatic shut off works when you close the case. This was a
    pleasant surprise as most heavy duty cases do not have this feature.
    Rating
    I have been using this case for about 7 days and I don't envision removing it as it suits my needs.
    I am giving this case a 4.5 Star Rating based on what I noted in the Evaluation.
    This is a product that I would recommend to my friends, family and associates. At the price point at which
    this case sells, it is well worth the investment.

    Review by Murray
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/15/13)

  234. Very useful case

    Pros:
    very sleek and rugged case
    nice design
    easy to handle and carry when folded up and on the move
    micro usb for charging
    very useful and easy to set up keyboard
    all ports covered and easily accessible
    nice feature with the detachable/swivel latch
    great price

    Cons:
    ports may feel a little weak
    top half feels a little flimsy

    All around great case very useful feels great in hands especially when folded up and on the move,keyboard works well and pairs easily with ipad, protects ipad well and covers all ports but also making it easily accessible comes in handy for where ever you go whether your out somewhere or even at home your covered and ipad also detaches from the keyboard giving you freedom so your not just restricted to using the ipad with keyboard. when looking at this product and comparing this products to other companies this case really stand out especially for the price many other companies products offer a keyboard and thats it for well over 80 dollars here you get a bluetooth keyboard case for your ipad mini that also offers great protection as well and gives you freedom were ever you go.

    Review by justin
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/13/13)

  235. Amazing value and an amazing product!

    *Pros:*

    1. PRICE - Value, value, value. Where can you get a rugged
    water-resistant, impact resistant iPad Mini case WITH Bluetooth Keyboard
    for $40!

    2. Quality - this thing is built great, does exactly as it is
    advertised to do

    3. Design - NewTrent came up with a very unique design here. Through
    an aluminum hinge, this case is extremely versatile. Three functions in
    one: can be removed and carried around in its own protective case (which
    also has a built in screen protector), can be used with the aluminum hinge
    as a stand without the keyboard attached, or can be used as intended
    attached to the keyboard.

    4. Simply works - perhaps the best compliment of all is that this
    thing works and works with ease. The keyboard albeit small connects every
    single time without issue. The design allows easy viewing from any position
    and the camera style attachment on the back allows for a strong connection
    and easy separation of the iPad and keyboard.

    *Neutral:*

    1. Weight & Bulk - The Airbender case is not for everyone. It is a
    rugged case and rugged cases are bulky. This is not a negative, it's a
    simple fact. I don't understand those who are complaining about this fact,
    it should have been obvious by the description, "rugged".

    *Cons:*

    1. Keyboard Size - Newtrent's keyboard layout is not as magical as
    some others for the mini but overall it works after getting used to it. The
    key challenges I had were:

    a. Size, but I am a bug guy with big hands.

    b. The choice to locate the apostrophe as a function key when used so
    commonly has be a bit baffled. And after about a week of use I am still
    having a hard time remembering where it is and how to deploy it as I type.

    2. Case - it is not easy to pry apart the plastic that encases the
    iPad. This is both good and bad and most likely just inherit of the rugged
    design. My word of advice is not to expect to use this as a case that you
    remove the iPad from on a regular basis.

    3. Keyboard Port Cover - The port covers again are part of the rugged
    design, however after only two charges, the port cover on the keyboard
    charging port will not stay closed and pops open which jeopardizes the
    splash proof/water resistant design. To note, I have not had this issue
    with any of the port covers on the iPad case.

    *Conclusion:*

    Overall, this is an excellent keyboard case at an incredible price point.
    The Pro's greatly outweigh the Con's and to be honest, I believe you would
    be hard pressed to dramatically improve upon this keyboard case.

    Review by Dean
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/13/13)

  236. New spin on an old concept

    Build: Great build, reminiscent of the toughbook series laptops. Seems
    like it could endure some punishment. The external buttons are a bit stiff.
    Keyboard is responsive and has a solid feel. I do not like that the
    screen doesn't have anywhere to lock into, though the mechanism holding it
    in place seems to be sturdy thus far. I would have preferred the latch to be more
    secure fitting or click in as well, but that's a personal preference. The rubber flap
    that is currently there does indeed hold it in place, but pops out a little
    too easily. The recessed ports make it a little difficult to use aftermarket
    accessories.

    Connectivity: Excellent, no issue pairing, maintained connectivity during
    testing. There was an initial lag when I started using it, but was
    unnoticeable seconds afterwards.

    Portability: Size is marginally bigger than the case I was using, but of course with the additional benefit of keyboard and protection.

    Main issue is the latching mechanism to close the case, other than that it
    is a pretty awesome product!

    Review by Robert
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/12/13)

  237. Newtrent a manufacturer of reliability

    Let me take you on a little journey. Upon first glance unboxing the product was a piece of cake. Opening the box revealed an impressively wrapped product which we all can appeal and relate to sometimes the packaging is the most important factor and that is ultimately what sells the product. On to the major unveiling it revealed a dimensionally fitting keyboard for the iPad mini in which at first glance appeared solidly built. Newtrent leaves no disappointing feeling whatsoever, when holding the product in my hand without the iPad inserted in yet, it was very lightweight however, its description highlights the fact that it's durable, rugged, and can ultimately protect your valuable apple product if dropped. At first I was concerned about adding a case with a keyboard attached because normally it contributes to a bulkier product when the iPad mini is far from that. A main appeal of the iPad mini is its slim factor and even with the iPad mini inserted into the airbender, I was impressed to hold it with one hand and still feel like it conformed to a mini netbook. It's a great fear for Newtrent to produce a product most fitting for Apple and essentially coin the term "Apple netbook." Granted I am not the greatest with tools and I thought inserting the case into the product was the most trying part though I'll only dock .5 so I would still rate this product 4.5. However, I do understand that the only reason it may have took a bit longer to insert te product is because the product is especially fitted to the product as to not leave any strange gaps here and there, so overall I would considerably deem it a perfect fit. A few other pros of the product is that the pairing process is as easy as pairing any Bluetooth headset to a smartphone. The process of pairing took less than 10 seconds and was immediately recognized by the iPad mini. I also love the functionality of the product in that you can pivot the product in 360. Degree angle to cater to your favorite viewing experience. A con for my personally is the size of the keyboard but that may be my personal taste because I am old fashion and love the full size keyboard. Though, I understand the build and perspective because to make the case and keyboard as minimally obtrusive and fitting as possible means having a smaller keyboard. So no points lost warranted to be lost there. To reiterate, I would give the product a 4.5 rating.

    Review by Tony
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/12/13)

  238. Fun and functional for a great price!

    I just received my New Trent Mini Bluetooth keyboard and I couldn't wait to charge it up and use it. I love how the screen can rotate from landscape to portrait mode and flips over so you can share photos etc without turning the iPad Mini 2 completely around. The keyboard is understandably tiny, but after a few minutes it didn't bother me as much (it still feels a little odd having my fingers so close together). Someone with larger fingers or wider hands might have more difficulty typing. I love the rubber port dust covers and the case seems much more durable than my leather cover (and not much larger either so it still fits easily in my purse!) The built in screen protector is a nice touch that my leather cover did not offer. I haven't used all the function key shortcuts, but I really like that this keyboard has them. One comment from another member of the household - a handle would be nice on the side with the hinge. Overall - highly recommended!

    Review by S
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/12/13)

  239. Newtrent a manufacturer of reliability

    Let me take you on a little journey. Upon first glance unboxing the product was a piece of cake. Opening the box revealed an impressively wrapped product which we all can appeal and relate to sometimes the packaging is the most important factor and that is ultimately what sells the product. On to the major unveiling it revealed a dimensionally fitting keyboard for the iPad mini in which at first glance appeared solidly built. Newtrent leaves no disappointing feeling whatsoever, when holding the product in my hand without the iPad inserted in yet, it was very lightweight however, its description highlights the fact that it's durable, rugged, and can ultimately protect your valuable apple product if dropped. At first I was concerned about adding a case with a keyboard attached because normally it contributes to a bulkier product when the iPad mini is far from that. A main appeal of the iPad mini is its slim factor and even with the iPad mini inserted into the airbender, I was impressed to hold it with one hand and still feel like it conformed to a mini netbook. It's a great fear for Newtrent to produce a product most fitting for Apple and essentially coin the term "Apple netbook." Granted I am not the greatest with tools and I thought inserting the case into the product was the most trying part though I'll only dock .5 so I would still rate this product 4.5. However, I do understand that the only reason it may have took a bit longer to insert te product is because the product is especially fitted to the product as to not leave any strange gaps here and there, so overall I would considerably deem it a perfect fit. A few other pros of the product is that the pairing process is as easy as pairing any Bluetooth headset to a smartphone. The process of pairing took less than 10 seconds and was immediately recognized by the iPad mini. I also love the functionality of the product in that you can pivot the product in 360. Degree angle to cater to your favorite viewing experience. A con for my personally is the size of the keyboard but that may be my personal taste because I am old fashion and love the full size keyboard. Though, I understand the build and perspective because to make the case and keyboard as minimally obtrusive and fitting as possible means having a smaller keyboard. So no points lost warranted to be lost there. To reiterate, I would give the product a 4.5 rating.

    Review by Tony
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/12/13)

  240. Airbender for iPad Mini takes the Cake

    Airbender for iPad Mini

    Pros
    • Protection: The case offers great protection for the iPad mini. It competes well with any Lifeproof or Otterbox case I have seen and tried for iDevices. It offers great protection while maintaining the thin, sleek look of the iPad mini.
    • The Airbender case is well designed to detach from the keyboard easily when necessary.
    • It has, by far, the best built-in screen protection I have seen on any case for an iDevice. Often the screen protectors are loose and have space between the screen and the screen protector. The Airbender’s screen protector is tight to the screen of the iMini which gives it a feel much like touching the screen itself.
    • The Airbender offers easy to use port/button protection. The rubber flaps covering the audio, power, and side switch are easy to open, but clip in to place VERY well to allow for great protection.
    • Also, a feature that I love, when detached from the keyboard, you can see the Apple logo through the back of the case!! It’s always great to see that sleek, simple logo of theirs.

    Cons
    • When the keyboard is out, the device gets top-heavy from the iPad. It can be difficult to find the right position to place the iPad without covering up the keyboard. Also, you can only have the case in landscape orientation when using the keyboard because it will tip.
    • Lastly, I love a case that has a place for my stylus. I used to think they were silly, but when I started using a mini, and bought a New Trent stylus, I changed my mind about them. And would love to see a way for the case to hold it.

    Overall, it is a fantastic product that I recommend over the competing brands. Thanks New Trent.

    Review by Peter
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/11/13)

  241. Great product...a couple of minor flaws

    I find the overall use of the product is great. Not only was it great for
    my mini, but I also paired it with my iphone when I needed to send a longer
    email and my mini was being occupied by my kid. It seems like a very
    sturdy product with great protection. The axis that connects to the back
    of the iPad mini is a little rigid. I had to work to make it rotate to the
    right angle that I wanted it to be in. It's a great case and a great
    keyboard. The function shortcut keys really work well. You can access
    your volume, safari, email etc just by a key stroke.

    Pros:
    Great rugged case
    Bluetooth keyboard pairs easily
    keyboard functionality is seamless
    Very easy to just throw in your go bag on the way out of the house

    Cons:
    flexibility in the connection between the case and the keyboard case (axis)
    Screen protector should be optional / removable. Many people have a screen
    protection already in place.

    Overall, I would recommend this product to a friend. It's a great deal and
    a great case.

    Review by Justin
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/10/13)

  242. Wow very nice

    I will start off by saying WOW this keyboard is very well made the picture doesn't represent the keyboard well at all when I opened the box I was instantly impressed and surprised I wasnt expecting it to be that well made for under $40.The keyboard also has a case included with screen protector attached for the IPad Mini which is a bonus the Ipad Mini fits perfectly.The case is water resistant and seems like it could take some pretty good drops and dings without any issues.The IPad mini case is attached to a swivel so you can rotate your device pretty much anyway you need to and its also removable for when the keyboard isn't needed.The iPad can be charged while in the case as well and all the other holes for functions are useable when needed with covers over the charger port and headphone jack when not in use.The keyboard is a full keyboard and the Bluetooth seems to work very well I'm actually writing this review with the keyboard and I havent experienced any lagging by which I mean waiting for the letters to appear after I type them,took probably 30 seconds to have the keyboard synced to my ipad mini and typing.I have had no problems syncing the keyboard with my smart tv and my iphone so it can be used for other Bluetooth devices as well. The battery seems to last quite a while I used it for almost 3 hours consecutive and its still going strong.i did have to charge the keyboard when it was delivered and it took about 1.5 to 2 hours to be fully charged.In my opinion this is a great deal when I was looking for a case for my Mini I couldn't find a good one for anywhere near $40 and with this purchase you receive a keyboard and case so you can't go wrong.I would highly recommend the New Trent Airbender Mini.

    Review by Chris
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/9/13)

  243. Fabulous

    Packaging: The box had no excess room, nicely packaged. Shipping was quick and timely.

    Directions: The directions were fairly simple. In fact, there's only one thing I would change - the directions do not mention that it is possible to take the screen off the stand. I found it by accident because it just seemed like it ought to come apart.

    Keyboard: The keyboard is small yet manageable. The directions are clear and the color coding (blue for caps lock, red for charging) help keep things clear. It was easy to connect with the iPad mini and is fairly easy to use. The only thing I dislike about it is the controls for common punctuation (?, ", etc.) are not where they are on a full-size keyboard. I'm sure it's because of the size restrictions, it just takes a while to get used to it.

    Case: Nice looking, rugged. It definitely adds a bit of weight to the iPad mini (estimated to double it). The mini will no longer fit in my purse easily; however, it is extremely well protected and has the blue tooth keyboard for convenience. The case doubles as a stand - so I can easily read from my nook app, watch a movie, or facetime. The keyboard and stand combination makes it easy to take notes, work on keynote presentations, etc.

    For those that need/want a lighter stand there is a thinner, less rugged version available - the Arcadia ArcLight - ACD300. The Airbender definitely provides a complete protection. I wouldn't hesitate to let my kids use it, take it outside, or take it camping.

    Cons:
    Heavy, a bit bulky, slight keyboard layout

    Pros:
    Excellent protection, easy to connect, built-in multi-use stand,

    Stars: 5

    Review by Mary
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/8/13)

  244. Best iPad mini case

    This is one of the best cases i have ever had for any device! It has a really good build design and the keyboard gives it that extra edge. Here are my pros and cons of this case.

    Pros: The case is very protective from drops, bumps, and the screen protector protects from scratches. It also has a wireless keyboard! I have seen other cases with keyboards and they just looked to bulk and also you couldn't take the keyboard off. With this case you can take the keyboard off if you don't want to use it and you can play on your iPad mini comfortably. The way to review your iPad mini from the keyboard is ingenious, pull the clamp from both sides and it's off. The stand on this case is like one I have never seen before. It extends out for multiple viewing angles and also I like how you can make the iPad mini "float" in the air like I'm using a Mac desktop. You just push the hinge up and it "floats" there. The case also works like a Smart Cover, waking the screen when you open the case and locks the iPad mini when you close the case. Lastly, I just love how you can go to the home screen, raise/lower the volume, copy/cut/paste, and even lock/unlock the iPad mini all from the keyboard!

    Review by Khalid
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/8/13)

  245. I am very satisfied with the product and will definitely recommend it to my friend.

    As a person who is pretty obsessed with electronics and is an Apple diehard, I did a lot of research before trying a bluetooth keyboard for my iPad mini. It looked like the best keyboard on the market.After receiving it, I can confirm that to be true. This is an awesome product.The keyboard functions perfectly, and the keys feel great under your fingers. Very similar to the keys on my macbook pro and very dissimilar to the keys on most bluetooth keyboards.The function keys are great. A lot of thought has gone into the layout of the keyboard to allow you to have as much utility as possible with the very limited amount of space.Even though it is tiny due to the small size of the iPad mini, it is very easy to use, even for someone with larger hands.The case is very tough and strong, it can drop on the floor but the ipad will be safe and sound. It feels very sturdy and well-made.The iPad fits in the stand slot perfectly and it detaches easily. I am very satisfied with the product and will definitely recommend it to my friend.

    Review by Patiwet
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/7/13)

  246. Great sturdy case!

    Received my New Trent Airbender Mini Heavy Duty Keyboard Case(model: NT31B) for my Ipad Mini and WOW am I impressed! First impression is this case is well built, sturdy and definitely for the road warrior who wants a case for protection with a keyboard case included. It was a bit challenging to get the mini into the case as it's very tight but I take that as good as I don't plan on taking it out and it will stay in no problem. Once in the case, the keyboard connected via bluetooth easily as the instructions directed and has reconnected every time as advertised. Love the keyboard-very easy to use, has a nice home key in the top left to close whatever app you are in and get you back to the main screen, keys are small but well laid out and have a nice feel to them. The fn button gets you to the lesser used keys which takes just getting used to finding the question mark then its no big deal. The half that holds the ipad itself can raise up, rotate, slide in and out and I just found out that by pinching the back it will release from the bottom case entirely which is great if you don't plan on using the keyboard! Comes with cable to recharge the case but not the wall plug which is okay cause I have those. This does probably double the weight and size of the mini but the increase in functionality is worth it if you are looking for a keyboard case with all the flexibility this provides plus you can always remove the keyboard part if not using at the time and just keep your mini in the other half which is a nice case on its own. I would give this a 5/5 star rating!

    Review by Woody
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/7/13)

  247. NT31B Airbender Mini 3.5/5

    This is by far my favorite case. I recently returned from an overseas trip and this case gave me confidence that my iPad mini was well protected yet still fully functional. Several fellow travelers were impressed and asked where I got it.
    Pros:
    The iPad snapped into the case with no trouble. The instructions are spot on for the install of the iPad and the silicone covering fits snugly.
    The case is very esthetically pleasing.
    The silicone material surrounding the hard plastic makes for a good grip on the iPad. The whole case is rugged but not too bulky or adds much extra weight
    The ability to decouple the iPad from the Keyboard is a fabulous option.
    The screen protector has good optical quality and there is no noticeable distortion, yet the capacitive touch functions as normal.
    The aluminum arm is very sturdy yet light weight.
    The keyboard has a good feel to it and the iPad function keys work flawlessly.
    The ports (charging, audio out) are well protected yet easily accessible.

    Cons:
    The hinge on the arm is very stiff and I was worried I would break it but it seems to loosen up after use.

    Review by Marcus
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/7/13)

  248. Great protective case and responsive keyboard

    I ordered the airbender wireless bluetooth keyboard case, NT31B, to use for
    my iPad Mini all day long during my arts festivals.

    Pros: The keyboard is very easy to type on, the keys have a good feel to
    them. It connects via bluetooth easily and automatically reconnects when
    the ipad or keyboard are powered on/off. The case for the ipad itself is
    very sturdy, and well made. I was a bit concerned at first that it was not
    as simple as just sliding the ipad into the case since I thought I would
    want to remove it between shows. But when I realized it had the quick
    release to separate from the keyboard/stand portion I changed my mind and
    will be keeping the case on all the time. I had to replace my mini last
    spring because the screen cracked in my purse and I think this sturdy case
    will ease my mind that it won't break again. Lastly, the stand itself, is
    really perfect. It allows you to rest it against the keyboard in a very
    stable way, but also you can have it raised up a bit and angle it however
    you please. With my register app I was able to have it towards me to ring
    up the sale and then just tilt the screen back towards the customer and it
    stopped at the perfect angle to flip the app over to display to them and at
    an angle they could sign comfortably. I don't know how long the battery
    lasts in the keyboard, but I had it turned on all day and didn't have a
    problem. I think it goes into a power saving mode because a few times I had
    to hit a key or 2 to wake it up but then it worked like a charm.

    Cons: Since I'm using this to make my sales, I have to plug in a card
    swiper into the headphone jack. The case is too thick for the connection to
    be made. I considered using a headphone jack extender, but then the swiper
    would dangle and be difficult to use. I ended up just snipping 2-3 mm away
    from the edge of the jack into the soft cover, and snipped the raised edge
    of the hard cover from the area immediately around the jack. This extra few
    mm gave it the room to snap into place and I was able to swipe the credit
    cards with ease. It also didn't mar the look of the cover or reduce how
    securely it was fit. The only other issue I had was when my customers sign
    for their purchase I usually have them us a soft stylus pen so that it is
    more natural than signing with your finger. Unfortunately the clear cover
    doesn't seem to be sensitive enough to use a stylus. It worked fine with a
    finger though.

    I give this a 5, I absolutely love it.

    Review by Kelley
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/7/13)

  249. Fantastic

    The product has been fantastic. The sturdy construction has left me confident in protection of my iPad and the bluetooth keyboard works effortlessly with the switch of a button. The Stand feature is sometimes a bit cumbersome, but easily manageable most times. The charge on the keyboard lasts quite awhile and is very convenient. The casing was a bit too snug in the first attempts of application due to the protective skin on the iPad, but it still made due.

    Review by Phillip
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/6/13)

  250. Awesome item!!!

    Awesome item! I go on many trips and the airbender is awesome the keyboard is great, Although I recently found out I have to charge the keyboard, a charge lasts for days. The frame is nicely constructed for good support when using it. All around great item to my collection of accessories for my apple products.

    There were only two things I didn't like to much about this item but I managed to deal with it because the positives out did the negatives.One of the first things you notice about this case is that it's pretty heavy, much more so than some other such case/keyboard that are on the market right now. If you are looking for a very light accessory for your iPad Mini then this case is not for you. But what i like about it is the case can be used with or without the keyboard and still protect your iPad mini which I tend to use it without the Keyboard. I feel the keyboard is better when I travel, This pretty much replaced my macbook when I travel. If you are looking for a rugged iPad mini case that has great bluetooth connection at all times when using the keyboard with the iPad and a sturdy case to protect your iPad mini then this is the case for you. It is priced to compete with other case/keyboard combos and I'm glad I bought this one. I would highly recommend this to anyone from staying home and using it in your room as a smaller replacement to a computer or someone who travels a lot and wants to watch movies or browse the web on a plane/train etc. Great item all around!!

    Review by Michael
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/5/13)

  251. Keyboard for iPad Mini

    This is a great product if you need two things: 1) A strong, protective cover for your iPad mini and 2) a keyboard. If you need to use your iPad mini similarly to a laptop, for instance if you do a lot of emails, etc., this product will work really well. It's much easier to type with this keypboard than it is with the onscreen keyboard.

    Review by Peg
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    (Posted on 11/4/13)

  252. Excellent Product - I am very happy!

    I received this product and was amazed at how well it fits the iPad mini. The design of this product ensures a secure fit and the rugged construciton makes me feel very comfortable taking it with me anywhere I go. I have young ones at home and can travel quite a bit for work, so having a case that can withstand a beating is crucial. I like how you can seperate the tablet from the keyboard. Pairing the tablet to the keyboard was very simple and quick. So far, no problems! I would recommend this to a friend in a heartbeat.

    Review by Luis
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/4/13)

  253. Excellent Product, Superb Protection, Reasonable Price

    I received this product and was amazed at how well it fits the iPad mini. The design of this product ensures a secure fit and the rugged construciton makes me feel very comfortable taking it with me anywhere I go. I have young ones at home and can travel quite a bit for work, so having a case that can withstand a beating is crucial. I like how you can seperate the tablet from the keyboard. Pairing the tablet to the keyboard was very simple and quick. So far, no problems! I would recommend this to a friend in a heartbeat.

    Review by Weger
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/4/13)

  254. great bluetooth keyboard, great value

    Received a demo version of this product, and thought it really did the business for the low price it was advertised for.

    The keyboard, despite being very small, is very passable indeed. It was easy to get into a high speed of typing, the keys not feeling a million miles away from a regular chicklet keyboard on a laptop. I only notice that the delete key is not where i expect it, and the space bar needs to be hit with my/left thumb, otherwise i get \ or a /.

    It is quite surprising how/much they squeezed into the keyboard, its got all the keys you need in quite a small space, and is way, way ahead of the on screen keyboard.

    The protective sleeve is nice and rubbery, and looks like it protects the ipad pretty well- i did not try to find out how well, because it was my wife’s iPad.

    The hinge on the lid is fine , but the rotating part of the hinge, which allows you to move the iPad to any angle, is stiff and it seemed best to me to not rotate at all.

    I thought at first that the case itself was rather unbalanced- tipping the ipad into laptop mode made the whole thing unbalance. Then I discovered that the hinge pulls out so that the ipad lines up nicely with the keyboard and balances just fine, the effect is to have a rugged, robust miniature iPad laptop. Even the screen is protected by a thick window.

    Negatives- to get neatness, the rachet system that allows the hinge to pull out and give you the angle you want feels a little on the flimsier side, and the ipad does not switch off when you close it up. The whole case closes fast with a rubber clip which I would personally replace with a metal or magnetic clip.

    However, for the money this is offered for, this is an outstanding bargain. The bluetooth keyboard is great, and you’d normally pay way more than the asking price for this device just for the keyboard, but the clamshell and the rugged rubber glove is included, which means for those that want a keyboard on their iPad, this is brilliant.

    Review by Jason
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/4/13)

  255. Getting another for the iPad 2nd gen

    Left long review on Amazon. I have the one for the iPad Mini - I have used if for several days I don't think you can find anything better. I dropped the regular iPad twice and had it fixed but was warned to bd extremely careful because the drop damaged the edge. Had ordered an Otter box case for it so my husband could take it with him on trips. Canceled that order..
    I have even synced this with my IPhone 4S to see if I could .. It worked great and with the latest update I have been able to use my mini and case wherever I go because my phone acts as a hotspot.
    You will not be disappointed

    Review by Nan
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    (Posted on 11/3/13)

  256. Good Product

    I'm very happy with the protection that this case provides. I carry my tablet in my purse, and it stays well protected even when I bang it around. The screen protector is fantastic, it is clear and very sensitive to touch. The keyboard takes some getting used to, but it is quite useable. My only complaint is when the tablet is in portrait mode, it is top heavy, and tends to make the case fall backwards.

    Review by Janet
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/2/13)

  257. Perfect for my 4th grader

    Airbender Mini : NT31B
    Protective keyboard case for iPad Mini 1st and 2nd gen
    It only took me a few days to receive the air Bender mini. I was looking for something that was protected and could take a drop or two and wouldn't have to worry about getting wet if I was running in to get out of the rain. This is very important being that I live in an area that has a rainy season and it rains almost every day during that time. When I received the Airbender iPad mini case, it looked pretty nice in the box which was done well. Now, to see if it is useful. It comes in three pieces plus the cable to connect to the computer for charging. It also comes with a set of instructions. There is the base keyboard which is rugged and water resistant, the screen casing which is made up of a hardshell in a rubberized cover. Just by looking at it, it looks like it can be dropped gotten wet. The Airbender iPad mini case is put together when it comes, so I need to take it apart in order to get the iPad mini inside of it. The instructions state that there are arrows on the hardshell case where I should press in order to unsnap the case. I may not have been doing it correctly, but it wasn't the easiest thing to get the hardshell apart. In retrospect, this might be a good thing. It shows that it won't come apart easily if dropped. I do have a couple of ideas for NewTrent that might make it easier. There are two parts to the hardshell: a bottom and top. You put the iPad mini in the bottom then lay the top over and snap into place. The first try wasn't successful. After going back to the instructions, I realized that it's a hinged casing. I needed to do one side first and then the other. After I did that, it seemed to snap together just fine. It's good to use the included instructions. After getting the hardshell snapped together, I put the rubberized cover on. I may be missing something, but the rubberized covering wasn't completely flush on all the edges of the device. For the most part it was, but there was just one area that didn't seem to go flush and that might be my fault. I'll keep trying. The rubberized covering has access to everything you need: your earplugs, the power plug in, mute switch, etc and everyplace that there is a plug-in, it's covered nicely. You don't have to worry about water splashing up on it or if you're out in the rain. Now, it looks like a mini laptop almost. You open the top part, the lid, which is made to give you screen angle preference. One of the other things I really like about this is that the iPad part of it snaps off by squeezing two levers together on the backside. Very easy. This allows you to carry just the iPad mini part around with you without the keyboard. Sometimes, you just don't want the whole thing together. NewTrent gives you the choice to have it together or not. It snaps back in just as easy. There are a couple of notches in the keyboard case that need to match up with the iPad top which has some plastic protrusions so that it fits together. If you close the device and those don't match, it might seem as if the keyboard and top don't close flush together, but if you make sure the protrusions match up with the indentions, then it goes together fine.
    All in all, I would give this a four out of five stars. Three stars for the part of taking the hardshell apart, 5 stars on being rugged and water resistant. Almost perfect. Another nice device by NewTrent. Looking at it from an analytical point of view, I was a bit picky on some of this review, but overall I think it's really nice and I would definitely recommend it to my friends. Although it won't go to the bottom of the swimming pool, getting water on it doesn't hurt it and dropping it a few times hasn't hurt it. This is for my 9 year old son and needs to be durable as I do believe it is.

    Review by Bradley
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    (Posted on 11/2/13)

  258. Perfectly designed case for rugged protection

    This is an amazing little case for the Mini. It only takes a few minutes to install, afterwhich the IPad has a great protective case that covers it almost everywhere (there are holes for the speakers, thankfully!) All the ports are covered while remaining accessible. The case can be easily detached from the keyboard, so you the flexibility to use your iPad as you want to. It's a great design. You can also open it up, flip the tablet around, and close it, allowing you to use it as a tablet without removing the keyboard.

    The keyboard works wonderfully. Of course it's smaller than a standard keyboard, but big enough for me to touch-type.

    The stand: I've bought numerous stands for my IPad in the past; this case beats them all. It offers a great range of angles to stand the ipad in both the horizontal and vertical positions.

    The only problem I have with the case: my 3 year old son thinks this new "mini computer" should belong to him. The case is proving to be a rugged as I hopped! :)

    Note: The written instructions provide a link to an short online instructional video - don't ignore it, watch it. The video provides a few nice tips that are really helpful.

    Review by Anil
    Rating

    (Posted on 11/1/13)

  259. An overall great buy.

    I was hunting for a keyboard case for my mini for school and I noticed a lot of the ones I was looking at weren't what I needed. I need a case and a keyboard. Not two of them together. This blew my mind away when I saw it.

    First off the price. This could easily sell for $80-100 bucks but I am glad it isn't because it makes this product better.

    Second the features. Like I said the only keyboard case that has a case and a keyboard. I don't have to take out my ipad of the case to just carry it without the keyboard. I can clip it on or off the stand and boom I have a keyboard or not.

    Third is the flexibility with the stand. It is like having a hybrid between a laptop style and a desktop computer. Whatever your preference is you can have.

    And fourth is the case itself. It has an otterbox like case which is more then any normal student or worker needs. If you are a construction worker this would easily meet your needs of a protective case. I have no fears of dropping this on cement or carpet.

    Now for the downsides to this product. To me these are not really downsides, they are more it's what has to be because it is an ipad mini sort of deal.

    First is the bulk, of course if you have a very protective case you will have extra weight and size. For me no big deal, I rather have it the size of my macbook pro then eyelash thin any day if I knew it was protected well.

    Second is the keyboard, it's small of course. NO BIG DEAL. You will find this in every single 7 inch keyboard you find. You just have to get used to it and stop complaining. In all honesty it's just they style that you type, instead of using the normal way you type you might have to use 4 fingers instead of eight.

    That's it. I hope this review helps you convince this is the case for you because it probably is. I would recommend it to anyone I saw with an ipad mini.

    Review by James
    Rating

    (Posted on 10/31/13)

  260. Great mini case and keyboard

    My review of the NewTrent AirBender Mini- NT31B

    On a scale of 1-5 with 5 being the best, I would give this item a 4.

    When I received the Airbender, the set-up was easy and the directions that
    came with it were very helpful. It was also easy to put the iPad mini in
    the case. The case is lightweight and easy to open and close, but seems to
    be protected also (even though I never dropped it to test). I also found it
    easy to open and close the ipad and and remove the top section from the
    keyboard section.

    Some issues that I had with this case are:

    -the size of the keyboard for my fingers but that would probably be the
    case with any ipad mini keyboard

    -the top slides out of the base to easily

    -the rubber clasp doesn`t keep the case close and comes undone easily

    I would recommend this to anyone that needed a keyboard for their ipad mini.

    Review by Josh
    Rating

    (Posted on 10/30/13)

  261. Great mini iPad case and keyboard

    My review of the NewTrent AirBender Mini- NT31B

    On a scale of 1-5 with 5 being the best, I would give this item a 4.

    When I received the Airbender, the set-up was easy and the directions that
    came with it were very helpful. It was also easy to put the iPad mini in
    the case. The case is lightweight and easy to open and close, but seems to
    be protected also (even though I never dropped it to test). I also found it
    easy to open and close the ipad and and remove the top section from the
    keyboard section.

    Some issues that I had with this case are:

    -the size of the keyboard for my fingers but that would probably be the
    case with any ipad mini keyboard

    -the top slides out of the base to easily

    -the rubber clasp doesn`t keep the case close and comes undone easily

    I would recommend this to anyone that needed a keyboard for their ipad mini.

    Review by Josh
    Rating

    (Posted on 10/30/13)

  262. Durable & convienent

    If you use your iPad as much as I do, this is the product you need. It is durable and waterproof. The keyboard may look small but it is very usable. It comes in handy when out and about and you need to send an email or write a word document. It's very easy to use and if you do not wish to have the keyboard attached, the iPad case easily detaches. It's also a nice looking case and functional. I have dropped it a few times already and the case doesn't have any marks on it at all and thoroughly protects the iPad. I would recommend this product for anyone who has an iPad (mini or full size).

    Review by Tim
    Rating

    (Posted on 10/30/13)

  263. Great, sturdy case and comfy keyboard

    I received the New Trent Airbender Rugged to review* and was very impressed with it from the start. It has a nice feel (the rubberized coating to resist water) and it also feels very sturdy. I initially had steered away from cases like this because of the weight (about 1 lb) since I like to use my iPad mini in my classroom while I'm walking around but it can be detached from the keyboard if needed. I have another keyboard that I got (an Anker® Ultra Slim Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard ) but I don't like using it because each time that I use it I have to go back into the bluetooth settings and find the keyboard again; that is not the case with this keyboard. I set it up once and then when you turn it on again it syncs automatically. The battery life seems good and it only takes about two hours to charge. I like that it doesn't use batteries like my other keyboard; you just plug it in and go! The size of the keyboard reminds me of the new apple keyboards (with no number pad) and is pretty nice to type on (not too small; I am a 5'11" woman but I am able to type very normally on the keyboard. I had my husband try it out and he was able to type as well). You can type with the iPad mini vertically or horizontally which is nice depending on which app you're using! It is nice to just have it open on your lap too even if you're not typing but want to watch something and not hold onto it. I also really like that there is an integrated screen. I already have a screen protector on it but if I didn't have that it would be okay with the screen that is part of this case. It is a good, sturdy, and useful case.

    The only issues that I have with the case were with the setup. This is a case that you'll want to leave on once you put it on. There are written instructions included with the case but I highly suggest watching the video at http://support.newtrent.com/nt31b-installation-video/ as I found it very helpful. I found two things tricky/hard while installing it: 1) the tabs that you have to align to click the two main pieces were really tricky; in fact I worked for about five minutes until my fingertips were sore and then I gave up leaving two not properly done but I figured with the rubber case going over it that it would be okay. 2) The spring loaded mechanism (the circle on the back where the screen attaches to the keyboard) was tricky and a bit hard to do. I had a hard time figuring out how to get it to open but then I finally got it. Again, it is a case that you'll probably leave together once on!

    Even though the setup was a bit tricky and there are a few things I don't like I think that this case is a great deal for the price and as sturdy as an Otterbox. If you're looking for a great keyboard that protects it a bit when not being used this is the way to go.

    *The opinions given here are my own.

    Review by Allison
    Rating

    (Posted on 10/30/13)

  264. Works well, small but useable, protects iPad mini

    There are many good features of the New Trent iPad mini keyboard. The Bluetooth works well most of the time and the case completely covers and protects the iPad, which is nice because I have little kids with sticky fingers playing with my iPad. The keyboard is small, but usable. The only complaint I really have is that I have to remember to push the function button if I want to use the apostrophe. All in all it's a good case/keyboard combo.

    Review by Kimberly
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    (Posted on 10/29/13)

  265. Wow! I'm super impressed! Under valued product!

    When I first checked out the Airbender on Amazon, I thought it looked impressive in the pictures; however for the price of thirty something dollars, I didnt think it'd be as good as the pictures looked, and boy was I surprised! The Airbender is probably one of the most under valued products on Amazon! The packaging said quality, and when I first touched it to pull it out, the excellent rubbery, matted feel immediatly brought a smile to my face, because I knew I was going to fall in love with this product! I didn't even feel I'd use a keyboard much with my ipad mini (have an Amazon gadget buying addiction), but after discovering this product and using it the first day, now I can't live without it!!! I fly Gulfstream Jets for a living, and all our manuals, charts, checklist, etc. are stored on our ipad mini's and we legally have to have them on every flight. I wasn't sure how I'd like the keyboard in the confines of the cockpit, but itos actually great! I spend long legs cautching up my logs with the airbender, and then on approach, I unattach the keyboard from the awesome airbender case on attatch the ipad to the yoke! The Airbender is not only the keyboard, but is also a seperate case that unattaches, and it's got to be one of the best ipad cases I've seen, alone without the keyboard attatchment! I's slim, yet very rugged, and water resistant. I wouldnt be surprised if they started finding, not only the black box, in a plane wreckage, but also finding completely intacked ipad mini's in their Airbender cases! Thats how rugged these things are! I don't reveiw products often, but I had to reveiw this awesome product! Everyone with an ipad should own one. I dont often read instructions, so at first I thought the Airbender was not balanced properly, but thats before I figured out that the ipad slides out from keyboard and balaces perfectly! I'm using it right now for this reveiw. Everybody I know with an ipad mini is getting an Airbender for Christmas! I value this Airbender product at $80+, and the case alone without the keyboard at $40+, so don't waste your money on a more exprensive case, because it wont have anything on the airbender

    Review by James
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    (Posted on 10/29/13)

  266. Best keyboard case ever

    When I open the box, first impression was that it was heavy. Then looking at the product I understood.
    The case is in rubber but covers everything, from the small buttons, the screen (screen protector attached to case). It is like a Otterbox but with a keyboard.
    It looks big but it is really protective.
    It is really easy to fit or take out the Ipad mini because of the rubber and I am not scared to take out the tablet or brake the case.
    I like the feeling of the rubber, it is strong and did not left any finger prints on it.
    The rubber on the buttons and the protector in the case makes the Ipad mini really safe. I enjoy it and makes me forget that it is heavier.
    I also enjoy the bar on the keyboard that blocks the screen to slide. It happen to me with other case that have a kind of hole.
    I really recommend this product and did not regret my purchase.

    Review by Nassirix
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    (Posted on 10/29/13)

  267. Great product for the price! Could use a minor enhancement.

    The case is sleek and very protective. The keyboard is easy to use even
    with the small size. The thing that drew me into this product was the price
    point but at the same time made me apprehensive. Overall this is a great
    function product. I've listed some Pros and Cons to clearly outline a
    review on this product.

    Pros:

    Easy to use keyboard

    Solid Construction

    Nice price point

    Great tool for business use

    Water resistant

    Cons:

    Kind of clunky to open and set up the screen. The hinge would serve a
    better purpose if it locked/unlocked or had notches that easily allowed you
    to set it up.

    Rubberized body adds extra weight but not much more than any other case.

    Review by Micah
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    (Posted on 10/28/13)

  268. Great item

    This was great. I think it's a 5......love how compact it is.....and the keyboard works great. I would highly recommend it to anyone with an iPad mini.

    Review by jeffrey
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    (Posted on 10/28/13)

  269. Awesome product, even more than I expected.

    This a simple, rugged, case and keyboard that effectively turns your iPad mini in to a laptop and back again in an instant. The keyboard is easy to use, and the battery life is great. The rugged case is perfect for protecting my device, I have two small children that love to play rough with it. The swivel is great, accommodating limitless angles and orientations. It is a slim design and, now that I've been using it for a while, I am astounded at the quality of this product for the price.

    Review by bill
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    (Posted on 10/26/13)

  270. Nice Keyboard

    Unpacking the AirBinder Mini NT31B package consists of a clamshell container for the iPad mini connected to a Bluetooth keyboard, and a 2 ½ ft USB to mini-USB cable used for charging the keyboard.

    The clamshell for the iPad mini reminds me of the Outterbox for my iphone. It is a plastic case for the iPad encased in a silicon rubber cover. The ports of the iPad have hinged silicon plugs that cover the ports, opened when needed, and the camera and speakers are exposed, but covered by the clear plastic shell.

    Paring the keyboard was simple. Once the iPad and Bluetooth are both turned on, power on the keyboard and press the ‘connect’ button. The screen displays a number that you type in using the keyboard, and you are connected. This seemed strange to me as most paring required entering a number via the iPad and not the keyboard, but this worked.

    I charged the keyboard overnight. The indicator light on the keyboard turned red to show charging and turned green when fully charged. I would like to see the light moved to the side of the keyboard, next to the charging port. This would allow me to view the charging status without opening the keyboard.

    My first impression of the AirBinder was that it felt very secure, a little heavy, but sturdy. This keyboard usage is very flexible. The iPad turns 360 degrees, is removable from the case altogether and the stand itself can be removed as well. The keys are small, which should be expected, since this for the mini, but I still had no problem using the keyboard.

    The Keyboard contains all of the keys you would expect to see. In addition, are special keys such as ‘Home’, volume up/down, and ‘Lock Screen´ that are used in combination with the function key. In addition, there are other keys such as ‘control’, ’alt/option’, and ‘cmd’ that I don’t know what they do. There is NO mention of any of the ‘special keys’ in the manual, so you can use trial and error to discover what they do. I would of liked to see a ‘back’ key. It also appears that the navigation keys (HOME, page up/down and the arrows) don’t seem to work with Safari, Mail, and most apps that I tried.

    In conclusion, this keyboard is not bad as it really protects the iPad, and is very flexible on how you want to use it. The worst part of this product is the manual. It only covers the basics for assembly and operation and no ‘special keys’, separating the keyboard from the iPad, using the iPad with just the stand, etc.

    Review by Rick
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    (Posted on 10/26/13)

  271. Fantastic cover and keyboard

    I needed a case and keyboard for my iPad mini that would offer considerable protection to an accident prone person. I chose this product because of the good reviews and it's design.
    It provides great protection for my iPad. It can be used with the keyboard or without. The keyboard connects via Bluetooth quickly and easily and is easier to use than typing on the mini.

    I have had cases for other tablets in the past, and none of them measure up to this one.

    I would recommend the NT31B to everyone.

    Review by Ginger
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    (Posted on 10/25/13)

  272. Love this case.

    Review for Airbender Mini:

    I would give this case a 5/5

    Pros:
    - Nice feel to the case, gives a good grip.
    - Able to access all ports, buttons and switches without frustration.
    - Easy and quick setup
    - Nice protection for the screen
    - Easy to open/close
    - Keyboard is really responsive
    - Weight is perfect. Doesn't feel cheap.
    - Charging time and battery life is reasonable
    - Able to adjust distance between the keyboard and the iPad.

    Cons:
    - Fn key is a little touch and go
    - The keyboard is light and when opened the iPad tends to pull it forward forcing you to keep your hands really firm down on the keyboard.
    - Key spacing is a little awkward. My friend with large fingers tried it out and he found it nearly impossible to type on.

    Review by rwsmith12
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    (Posted on 10/24/13)

  273. New Trent Airbender Mini case

    Review of New Trent iMini case and bluetooth keyboard

    DISCLAIMER: I received a version of this case to review, and I have attempted to be objective given that.

    Unboxing:

    The case arrives in a sturdy and well organized box that is easy to open:

    Inside the box the case is neatly packaged and is covered in a plastic wrap that protects from dust and other contaminants during storage and shipping.
    It also comes with an instruction tab for removal, and the power supply for the bluetooth keyboard is packaged separately in a cardboard container.

    First impressions:

    Underneath the case in the box is an instruction manual for using the case including directions on how to fit the iPad mini into the unit which is a multi-step task that requires some attention to detail to get right, but is straightforward if one follows the instructions carefully.

    The case feels rugged and sturdy. It has a rubberized texture that is water repellant and is easy to grip and which also adds an extra level of tactile security to holding the iPad mini so that it will not slip in one's hand when being carried. It is reasonably heavy compared to other slim-fit flip cases, but given that the New Trent case provides the promise of more durable protection for the iPad mini, the choice of this case is inevitably trading off that protection against the additional weight and bulk. That is a decision that the purchaser is likely to have already made in order to gain the functionality and physical integrity of a hard case like the New Trent case.

    Opening the case involves unlatching a small rubber insert at the top. The case opens a little stiffly until one gets used to its design, but that sensation is not hard to overcome in daily use.

    What feels a little strange at first is that the top part of the unit that holds the iPad mini flops around a little. The initial impression is that this will lead to the iPad mini not resting firmly down on the keyboard section when it is in use. However, this proves not to be the case, and a judicious use of the adjustable nature of the removable top-unit slide in/out clasp means that it is possible to achieve a very steady seating position for the iPad mini behind the bar at the top of the keyboard area quite adequately. In addition, the weight of the iPad mini once inserted adds to the stability of the top part of the unit resting on the keyboard area below.

    The reason for this is that the case is not a traditional clamshell design but a two part construction. The top section can be entirely removed from the keyboard beneath by sliding out the clasp that is connected to the rotating circle on the back of the case.

    Another feature that is immediately obvious on opening the case is that there is a protective shield for the iPad mini that sits in front of the iPad mini screen. This is glued into the case and is not a peel off screen protector. It adds an additional layer of protection for the iPad mini screen when in use.

    Inserting the iPad:

    The instruction manual does lead one through the iPad insertion process properly, but could be clearer and use more photographic representation to assist the user in inserting the iPad mini into the case. For example, it isn't immediately obvious that the rubberized cover surrounding the iPad cover is detachable, but, that is exactly what the instructions indicate should be removed in order to gain access to the plastic case it surrounds. A new user of the case may feel hesitant performing the deconstruction initially and the instructions could do more to visually assist the user.

    The next challenge comes in opening the plastic iPad mini covering. There are depressible plastic latches all around the case which are not easy to press down. A concern for some might be not wanting to press too hard and break the latches. It is also not easy to coordinate pressing all the latches down and the case will inevitably bend slightly until the first few are opened.

    Once this has been achieved however, the two pieces come apart easily and the iPad mini fits snugly into the bottom section of the unit.

    The *next* challenge comes in reattaching the top part of the case – the piece through which you view the screen. Of necessity, this is a tight fit once the iPad mini is in place so that it does not move around. That has both good and bad points. The good is that one can feel secure in the knowledge that the iPad mini is not going to get scratched by any friction while inside the case. The bad is that it is quite difficult to get the case completely shut and all the plastic latches firmly seated back under their clasps.

    However, once inserted and resealed, the iPad mini is held firmly in place and there is no fear of it dropping out!

    The final step in the setup is to reattach the rubber surround to the plastic case. That part is not hard, but there was a little confusion as to where the small flap cover for the home switch goes. It does not fit in the slot in the case but over the top of it.

    All in all, the process takes a few minutes to complete, and carefully followed, the instructions are accurate if a little sparser than they could be.

    The case in use:

    Firstly, the top unit is entirely detachable from the keyboard. This can be useful if one desires to use the iPad mini without the keyboard. However, the clasp remains part of the upper unit and some may find that distracting when holding the iPad mini section by itself because of the extra bulk compared with a slim-fit case.

    The clasp has a number of notches that allow placing the iPad mini at a variety of different angles. These appear well designed so that in normal use there will be no slippage between settings.

    There are no issues in accessing the power or volume buttons which are covered by rubber, nor in hearing the speakers. However, there is a understandably a very slight degradation in audio quality given that the case is now covering the iPad mini speakers but there are speaker outlet holes in the side that let the sound through almost as normal. The mute / rotate switch, earphone jack and lightning cable connector are accessible via sealable rubber flaps. There is also an adequate camera hold in the back of the case covered by a plastic insert. I did not try the camera through this opening but it does not appear to impede normal lens use and there is no flash occlusion to be concerned about on the iPad mini.

    Some users may find the top part of the unit stands too vertical without sliding the clasp out of the unit a few notches.

    Secondly, finding the correct angle and placement for use is a matter of personal taste. In practice, it seems best to slide the clasp out a short way and then gently pull the screen forward over the keyboard a little. Once that is done, the iPad sits steadily in place behind the ridge at the back of the keyboard. In use, this caused no stability problems even when typing on the keyboard fairly quickly. However, it does take this extra step otherwise the tendency will be for the iPad to appear to flop around instead of sitting stationary.

    There appears to be a small amount of extra flexibility in the rubber covering around the keyboard which lends itself to it appearing to bend a little and not fit quite so precisely. In practice this is no impediment to using the device, but could allow dirt or other contaminants to get into and under the keyboard section. This may be unique to the particular unit I received and other users may not experience the same flexibility.

    Responsiveness of the iPad mini within the case:

    There is no apparent reduction in touch usage created by the plastic screen cover when using a finger. Swiping across the screen to unlock feels like swiping across the normal iPad mini screen. Also, there is no lag and there are no dead spots.

    For example, when playing a keyboard instrument or a game where any screen latency would be unacceptable, but the New Trent case does not appear to cause any concerns with that.

    Connecting the keyboard:

    The keyboard is a rechargeable bluetooth keyboard that is charged using the supplied USB cable. Once charged the cable can be disconnected during normal use. The keyboard can then be paired with the enclosed iPad mini very easily. This requires turning on the keyboard using the on switch near the back on the top of the keyboard which makes it discoverable to the iPad mini and then pairing it with the iPad where it appears as New Trent Keyboard

    The normal bluetooth keyboard pairing sequence then ensues, of typing the number shown into the keyboard and pressing Enter. Once that is done, the keyboard is paired with the iPad. This is a very straightforward process and there was no difficulty involved in getting the iPad mini to see the New Trent keyboard.

    Using the keyboard:

    The following part of the review was written on the Bluetooth keyboard in a text note and then emailed to myself and has only been marginally edited in order to assist the flow.

    ----
    Here is a test note that is written using the Newtrent keyboard on the Airbender mini case.

    It's a very nice keyboard once one gets used to the smaller keys and the narrow space bar.

    I like to use both thumbs to space with as needed - but most often my right thumb. The space bar is off center - to the left - which means I sometimes hit the forward slash key instead of the space bar. But I can nearly touch type on it with ease.

    The keys are plastic-topped - not rubber, although they appear to rest on a rubber membrane underneath. However, apart from any clumsy typing on my part the keys were always responsive.

    Auto-repeat works as do the arrow keys, page up / down, home and end - which like some other specialized functions are accessed using the blue Fn key. One small oddity is that quote and double quote are accessed via the blue Fn key as well via o and p.

    The volume and mute controls work via Fn from the keyboard, as do the brightness controls. Using Fn tilde / backquote gets to the iOS home screen. Twice takes you to the process management screen (on iOS 7 - where you swipe up to kill a process or scroll left and right to select one. I imagine it would work the same to give you the bottom bar process management on iOS 6.)

    Fn = locks the screen - but again turns it back on without needing to swipe the unlock on the lock screen. This acts like the magnetic close latch and is therefore not a surprise after realizing what it's doing.

    Screen usage is generally OK, but, ironically, the NewTrent mesh pen requires a firmer press against the plastic screen covering (which does not adhere to the iPad by the way - just rests on top of it.). Since I had previously purchased the mesh pen for screen writing on the iPad / mini, and commented at how smoothly it glides across the surface, this was a little disappointing in using them in combination.

    This note was written on the keyboard in the case. :-)
    ---

    In summary: the keyboard is very nice once one gets used to the slightly different arrangement caused by having to pack the keys into a small space. For all that, I could touch type on the keyboard with ease within a few minutes and I would say it is one of the nicest small keyboards I've used.

    The case can also be rotated on the circular part of the rear clasp as above, and there is no issue with stability once the same “pull forward slightly and seat” approach is used to obtain the optimum position behind the keyboard.

    Now for the problems…:

    There are two main - and in this reviewer's opinion, significant - concerns with this case:

    1.) It cannot receive a 30-pin to lightning connector. This is a major drawback if you are using any 30- pin peripherals with an iPad mini as it necessitates removing the iPad mini from the case. A normal lightning charging cable fits just fine via the opening, but there is simply no way to insert a 30-pin to lightning connector. I suspect other peripherals with a wider header may also suffer the same problem. I consider this a serious drawback with this case. As a musician, all my external peripherals use the older 30-pin connection and I cannot use them without the 30-pin to lightning adapter. Hence I cannot use them with the iPad mini in the New Trent case.

    2.) This leads to the second major drawback with the case. Removing the iPad mini. It was impossible to depress the plastic clasps using a finger as when initially opening the case halves to insert the iPad mini. I had to resort to very carefully using the blade of a flat- head screwdriver to get enough leverage on the clasps to depress them enough to release them. I was very concerned about damaging the iPad mini if I happened to slip with the screwdriver, and there are inevitable concerns about scratching the New Trent case and /or breaking the plastic clasps by the simple action of having to use the screwdriver and significant force.

    A better method needs to be devised in future releases of this case to allow for faster and easier insertion, but especially removal, of the iPad mini.

    Conclusion:

    Overall I like this case a great deal. It is sturdy and the rubberized exterior means that it feels secure in the grip of the hand. Although it isn't padded – and would likely not protect the iPad from serious damage due to dropping from any height, it nonetheless provides obvious protection from knocks and bumps when closed. When open however, the screen protector is only plastic and if struck with any force would not protect the iPad screen within. It does serve to protect from scratches and dust nicely however.

    The keyboard is a delight to use after getting used to its compact layout. The screen protector offers little impediment to normal use, but, as noted does require a slightly firmer pressure if using a stylus – even a New Trent mesh stylus.

    Pros:

    Rugged
    Elegant
    Sturdy
    Delightful keyboard which adds functionality to normal iPad keyboard use. Mostly well engineered for compact fitting.

    Easy access to all the iPad mini switches, speakers and jack. iPad mini to bluetooth keyboard connectivity was robust.

    Recommended for users who will always keep the iPad mini in this case such as architects, landscapers, tradespersons, doctors, outdoor sports enthusiasts etc. In fact anyone who normally uses an iPad in a more taxing environment and for those who need to add a physical keyboard to their iPad mini experience.

    Cons:

    Not always easy to seat the iPad mini in place behind the keyboard but it can be achieved satisfactorily with practice.

    *VERY* difficult to remove the iPad mini without fear of breaking the case or scratching the iPad itself.

    *IMPOSSIBLE* to use a 30-pin to lightning connector while the iPad mini is in the case.

    Heavier than a normal user might expect – certainly for reading or in the hand use – and probably too much case even for regular office use.

    FINAL SCORE: 4 / 5

    This would have been 5 out of 5 if not for the major two concerns noted in the Cons section.

    Review by Derek
    Rating

    (Posted on 10/24/13)

  274. best rugged case

    If I had known of this case before I bought an Otterbox I would have foregone the Otterbox and stuck with this one instead, it's definitely better value for your money.

    First off, the airbender has two separate components the case and the keyboard which can be combined to make your ipad mini somewhat of a netbook. The case for the iPad Mini is comparable with the Otterbox so it fits the bill for a rugged case while the otterbox has a separate cover to be used as a stand the airbender has a stand built right in so you can use it on its own without a case.

    If you're feeling productive you can use the keyboard which is also responsive although it is cramped. I have yet to test it out over a long period and as a replacement for my macbook air, I will update this review in the future.

    Right now if you're looking for a rugged case I think this is a definite value for your money compared with the Otterbox.

    Review by ivy
    Rating

    (Posted on 10/23/13)

  275. Overall Good Product

    I really like this product. It feels very durable which gives me confidence that my iPad mini will be well protected. I also love the built in screen protector/cover. It responds well to touch and is not distractive at all.

    The keyboard took about 4 hours to charge completely for the first time. It connected very quickly to my iPad; It took about a minute and I haven't had to reconnect since then. When I turn on the keyboard, it automatically connects, which is definitely a plus. The keyboard is very responsive as well.

    This product is a bit bulkier and heavier than expected but you get used to it after some use. The rubbery texture to it is very smooth which feels really nice and is easy to grip.

    The keys are very cramped and for someone with small hands,like myself, it is still a bit difficult to type without accidently hitting the wrong key. This was expected and probably just takes some getting used to in order to write well.

    A few things I did not like were the fact that I could not get the hard case to close shut with the screen protector I already had on my iPad.I have a screen protector on the front and back of my iPad and in order for it to close, I would have to remove them which I did not do. Also, in order to access some keys, you have to press the FN key which is expected, due to the size of the keyboard, but a bit annoying. Because of this, I would not recommend using this keyboard for very long documents.

    Lastly, the arm that connects the keyboard to the iPad is nice because of it being able to rotate, but when the iPad is in landscape view, there is only really one angle to have the iPad in. If you want to lean the iPad back a bit, you end up with it dangling above the keyboard which causes it to shake and wobble when typing. When trying to move the iPad back a bit more to avoid the wobbling, the arm's extension ends up coming out, leaving you stuck with that initial angle or the wobbling.

    Overall, I would still recommend this product. If you're looking for a keyboard for your iPad that is durable, provides great protection and a bit cheaper than others on the market, this is the keyboard for you.

    Review by Cindy
    Rating

    (Posted on 10/22/13)

  276. Outstanding value product - case protection and keyboard in one.

    Rating 4.8 out of 5.

    This case is primarily used by my 11 year old daughter who wrote the following review for me.

    "This case is incredible. It protects my iPad and has a wireless bluetooth keyboard which makes it like a mini laptop. I can write stories, notes and diaries a lot easier than using the screen keyboard. It also has a 360 rotator so you can have it landscape or portrait and move it to any angle to see it. It is a little big bigger than my old case but feels much better and is still quite light. You can take the keyboard off the iPad and just use it as normal but with the advantage of a screen and body protector".

    I found the case to be very well built and it arrived in a very smart looking box which I wouldn't hesitate to offer as a present for someone. I noted that some people have said the initial 'fit' of the iPad into the case to be fiddly, but I didn't experience any problems with the clip together plastic casing fitting very well. The keyboard is compact as you would expect to be the same width as iPad mini, but once you get used to the close key spacing typing isn't a problem.

    In terms of set up, the screen angle can be adjusted easily using the bracket clipped into the keyboard base to most viewing angles. The bluetooth connection is a once only easy setup with re-connection happening automatically once you turn the keyboard on.

    Unclipping the iPad from the keyboard and bracket is done by squeezing the centre of the rotating mechanism. This can be a little fiddly and I have found that it's best to do this when the case is closed, but this is only a very minor criticism of the product.

    Overall an extremely good value case and keyboard combination and I am planning to get the larger version for our full size iPad as I this will make note taking much easier on my travels without the need to take a bulky laptop.

    Review by Steve
    Rating

    (Posted on 10/22/13)

  277. New Trent Airbender for iPad Mini

    This is our first iPad mini keyboard. It was previously kept in a slim portfolio carrier. My wife primarily carries this in her purse.

    The case, like most keyboard cases, adds some bulk but it was nothing overwhelming. With a little rearranging she was able to keep it in the outer pocket.

    First and foremost I have to praise the versatility of this case! It can be used as a keyboard case, you can detach the iPad from the base, the iPad rotates on the arm, and it can be folded over and lay mostly flat.

    The case is a rubber material and was easily to install over the iPad. You take the rubber cover off, then unlatch a plastic cover and put the iPad in. The plastic cover has a screen protector which was an added bonus. After getting the iPad in its case, you just reattach to the swivel arm.

    One part I struggled with – how to get the iPad to sit flush on the keyboard tray! I struggled for 10 minutes trying to figure this out when, by sheer luck, the whole swivel arm extended back from the keyboard. See attached picture for reference. Extending the arm then allowed for the iPad to sit at the proper angle. The arm could use something from keeping it from coming all the way out as well as I routinely pull it out too far and remove it from the base.

    I charged the keyboard before connecting. No problems at all connecting the Bluetooth to the iPad. And the battery is still holding a charge after moderate use over several days. Keys are a little small, but again, this is a keyboard for the iPad MINI. Took a little getting used to but is comfortable now.

    One small concern – our headphones plug would pop out due to the thickness of the rubber cover with just minor movements. The thickness is needed to provide protection but this was a little bit of a concern. We had no other issues with accessing other buttons. The rubber connector that keeps the case closed fits snug as well.

    Our daughter tested the durability by dropping the case and the iPad worked fine afterwards.

    Overall 4 stars and a great case!

    Review by Jeff
    Rating

    (Posted on 10/22/13)

  278. The Airbender Mini-Rugged Case

    The Airbender Mini-Rugged is a durable case worth every penny. What I like about it is how compact it is, almost conforming to the IPad Mini, not too bulky, and light enough to carry around easily. Its design makes it look stylish. Just wish it came in different colors.

    Review by Trini
    Rating

    (Posted on 10/22/13)

  279. Very satisfied with this product

    Was looking for something rugged and this was it. Very satisfied with it and have purchased others for users in our solution.

    Review by AJ
    Rating

    (Posted on 10/22/13)

  280. Perfect Complement to Ipad Mini

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!

    I absolutely love my new "New Trent NT31B"!! I wanted a case with a keyboard for my I-pad Mini that would allow me to easily use the keyboard as I do with my laptop, but without the bulk that I was finding in most keyboard cases for I-Pad Mini's. The keyboard is perfect size. There is plenty of space for typing with both hands they way that I am used to doing using my laptop. I also really love the function buttons, being able to just hold down a button to access an area of my I-pad. One example of this is when I needed to send a quick email. All I and to do was hit the function button and the new message box came up - perfect for when you are busy and need to sent something fast. It has literally changed the way I use my I-pad, now I am using it instead of my laptop. The overall case is excellent, has a great, smooth feel to it. Looks very professional. I love that all the ports have protective coverings. In fact, the Whole I-pad is covered
    including the screen, yet it does not change the touch function of the I-pad. I also love the fact that the case holds the I-pad up and away from the keyboard, making it much easier to use - whether I am sitting with it on the table or my lap - or especially when I am just laying down (I no longer have my arm aching from having to hold pad with one hand while I work with the other :)! I also loved the fact that I can separate the case into two parts, taking just my I-pad and still having it encased without the keyboard, and in just a snap putting it back together again. The only thing I didn't like is that the hinge doesn't always keep the pad at the angle that I put it. But I think that is just a tightening issue. The only thing that I could think of that might improve on it is- it would be great to have a spot to put a usb port to so that I could save my pictures and videos onto to free up space from my I-pad.

    Review by Jakki
    Rating

    (Posted on 10/22/13)

  281. GREAT iPad mini Case & Keyboard Combo

    I have been looking for months for a case and keyboard combo which provided extra protection for my iPad mini. I found just protective cases without the keyboard. I was delighted to find a case which had both of these I was looking for. Since I have dropped my iPad a couple of time, the New Trent Airbender has provided the protection I wanted for my iPad. The keyboard is a great. It keeps a charge for days even with heavy use. I LOVE THIS CASE and KEYBOARD!!!

    Review by Kim
    Rating

    (Posted on 10/19/13)

  282. Outstanding Protection and a Keyboard.

    I am a major fan of this Case. I actually own 2 other cases, one of which I really love, but this might be one of the best iPad cases that Ive seen. The amount of protection it offers the Mini (including it supposedly being water resistant, but I refuse to test that!!), and that it comes with a keyboard, makes it great. And at its current price, it’s a No Brainer, if that is what you’re looking for.

    Upon first getting the box and even opening it, this case appears massive. I had to check that I had the right one. But once you get your iPad mini snug inside the case, it doesn’t appear so big and your iPad is protected like Fort Knox.

    I kept not wanting to give this 5 stars, because there are a few flaws. BUT once you consider all that it offers and the price, a few flaws don’t seem so bad. The major flaw to me is that the stand/arm which connects the parts holding the Mini and the keyboard simply sits inside the keyboard section. Theres nothing holding it in, so if you pull it too far, it comes out. When standing up your Mini it takes a little adjusting to get it at the right angle without pulling that part out. While I understand the reason for this is to easily detach the Mini from the Keyboard, I wish there was some way to keep me to control when it comes out and when it doesnt. Also like I said before, it takes a little adjusting to get the Mini at the right angle, partially because the case moves a tad bit stiffly. I think this is due to it being new and over time it will loosen up.
    Another small flaw is that when you put the Mini inside its section, the tabs going around it don’t all go in completely. At first you think maybe its not fastened completely, but it is. And once you put the rubber piece that covers it in place, you cant see it and its much less of a concern than you originally thought.

    As far as they keyboard. Like with any iPad Mini keyboard, its kinda and you have to get used to typing on it. I had no problem connecting the keyboard, you just follow directions and boom.

    Overall this is a great case. Most of the equivalent cases are going to run you anywhere from 40 to 100, and they either don’t offer the same amount of protection or don’t offer a keyboard. So if you want a high level of protection for your Mini and a Keyboard, this is your solution. My reluctant 5 stars were earned.

    Review by LaDaveon
    Rating

    (Posted on 10/19/13)

  283. Ecxeeds Expectations

    After testing out the New Trent NT31B, I
    have found this case to exceed all expectations for my Ipad mini. This case is very sturdy, rugged and heavy,
    which in fact will protect it from drops, whether they are accidental or not. I
    find this to be the most important feature, protecting your investment and after
    several falls, I know I can trust it too. Another feature in this case is the
    water resistance it provides, which is vital for those who are easily
    distracted with everyday life. A spill is bound to happen here and there, and
    it is very important that this case can shield your hardware from liquids. The Bluetooth
    keyboard easily syncs to the Ipad, and you are able to type documents more
    rapidly and more consistent than the Ipads internal keyboard. The case cover is
    removable and leaves access to all the ports which are needed during use, whether
    by itself or with the keyboard. The last and most important feature is the
    price tag that goes with this case, which is well under what it should be.
    Given all the features this case/keyboard combo offers, I would pick this up
    ASAP. 5 out of 5 stars and I must say, I am not easily impressed.

    Review by VC
    Rating

    (Posted on 10/18/13)

  284. Ecxeeds Expectations

    After testing out the New Trent NT31B, I
    have found this case to exceed all expectations for my Ipad mini. This case is very sturdy, rugged and heavy,
    which in fact will protect it from drops, whether they are accidental or not. I
    find this to be the most important feature, protecting your investment and after
    several falls, I know I can trust it too. Another feature in this case is the
    water resistance it provides, which is vital for those who are easily
    distracted with everyday life. A spill is bound to happen here and there, and
    it is very important that this case can shield your hardware from liquids. The Bluetooth
    keyboard easily syncs to the Ipad, and you are able to type documents more
    rapidly and more consistent than the Ipads internal keyboard. The case cover is
    removable and leaves access to all the ports which are needed during use, whether
    by itself or with the keyboard. The last and most important feature is the
    price tag that goes with this case, which is well under what it should be.
    Given all the features this case/keyboard combo offers, I would pick this up
    ASAP. 5 out of 5 stars and I must say, I am not easily impressed.

    Review by VC
    Rating

    (Posted on 10/18/13)

  285. Ecxeeds Expectations

    After testing out the New Trent NT31B, I
    have found this case to exceed all expectations for my Ipad mini. This case is very sturdy, rugged and heavy,
    which in fact will protect it from drops, whether they are accidental or not. I
    find this to be the most important feature, protecting your investment and after
    several falls, I know I can trust it too. Another feature in this case is the
    water resistance it provides, which is vital for those who are easily
    distracted with everyday life. A spill is bound to happen here and there, and
    it is very important that this case can shield your hardware from liquids. The Bluetooth
    keyboard easily syncs to the Ipad, and you are able to type documents more
    rapidly and more consistent than the Ipads internal keyboard. The case cover is
    removable and leaves access to all the ports which are needed during use, whether
    by itself or with the keyboard. The last and most important feature is the
    price tag that goes with this case, which is well under what it should be.
    Given all the features this case/keyboard combo offers, I would pick this up
    ASAP. 5 out of 5 stars and I must say, I am not easily impressed.

    Review by VC
    Rating

    (Posted on 10/18/13)

  286. Excellent

    I bought this to serve as a case for my iPad mini, the price really drew me in because it seemed to be the best value quality and price wise. As far as it being a case, it works wonderfully. I had a little trouble getting it apart to put on but I understand it's designed that way for added protection. It does make the iPad a little bulky but the case is rubberized and gives the iPad a nice grip. The whole iPad is encapsulated so you don't have to worry about scrapes and bumps to body or screen. I didn't think id use the keyboard much but i find myself using it a lot. It's comfortable to type on and responsive, no lag whatsoever. Connecting the keyboard via Bluetooth was a breeze. I would by from this brand again and would highly recommend it.

    Review by Rebekah
    Rating

    (Posted on 10/18/13)

  287. Ipad Mini Air

    The New Trent NT31B Airbender is an outstanding solution if you are looking to have a keyboard readily available for your Ipad mini. While offering outstanding protection, the keyboard itself is very responsive, smooth, and allows additional screen space because you are not using the screen keyboard, which compromises precious screen space. The Airbender is well constructed and can also be used as a standard hand held case with little ease. This allows your Ipad mini to be passed around in order to share content. Finally the included stand is very useful when you feel the need to stand your Ipad mini upright on a desk. While screen can shake slightly while typing the convenience of having a keyboard far outweighs this small issue. The keyboard is easily connected using built-in bluetooth technology and seems to hold a charge very well. Overall, I am very pleased with this product.

    Review by B.A.
    Rating

    (Posted on 10/18/13)

  288. Love this Case!!

    The New Trent Airbender Wireless Bluetooth iPad mini Keyboard case was easy to place on the ipad mini. The instructions were thorough and easy to follow. Pairing the Bluetooth went smoothly. I paired it before I realized detailed instructions were included. The case is very rugged, as stated, and it has an auto on and off when opening and closing the case. I used the camera on the mini ipad after I detached the case from the keyboard. This I felt was an excellent feature. There is a piece of plastic inserted in the case that covers the screen. This is necessary to protect the screen when the screen is separated from the keyboard. The keyboard makes for easy typing. The swivel screen is an excellent option; some of the games only show on an upright screen so the swivel feature works well. I am most impressed with the ruggedness of the case. Since I dropped an ipad using another case and cracked the screen, a rugged case is a must for me. I feel very secure with this case.

    Review by Dolores
    Rating

    (Posted on 10/18/13)

  289. Awesome!

    New Trent NT31B (1pc) Rugged Airbender Mini Wireless Bluetooth IPad mini Keyboard case

    Delightful Surprise!
    I ordered the New Trent NT31B keyboard/case in hopes I would receive a really quality case that could be counted on to keep my I pad mini safe. I've had issues with cases and keyboards that were not good. Why, you may ask. Because In our home we have a 16 year old grandson, a 6 year old grandson and our little five year old princess. They swipe my Ipad mini on a daily basis, and believe me, when they do, disaster is apt to follow.

    I opened the package, plugged in the unit to my computer to charge. Then I took everything out and read the instructions. There wasn't anything complicated about what to do next. The instructions are very easy to understand, a plus for me. Also, if you do run into a problem the manufacturers have placed the web addresses, phone numbers and an online video you can view for help.

    As I went through the set up instructions I noticed how well designed this keyboard/case is. Everything fits the way it is supposed to. There were no gaps and all the little holes for charging, earphone, buttons where they are supposed to be. The case feels good, by that I mean, it’s not bulky, but it's very sturdy.
    I put my mini into the case and The Bluetooth was set up in less than two minutes. I was worried that the clear covering would affect the touch screen capabilities. I need not have worried, everything worked fine. I love that you can position the screen anywhere you want to. I love that you can take out the keyboard and just use the case. if you want to.

    All in all I feel this is a really good product. I purchased it to keep my mini protected. This product does that job just fine. It's designed well, very sturdy and the price is right. My only real problem is when I set my Ipad up to use, the slot that holds it to the keyboard comes out too fast. I think that is probably a personal dislike, not a flaw. I give this product 5 and I would recommend it to anyone with children who worry about their equipment, or just persnicity like me.. If you are looking to find functionality and reliability the Airbnder NT31B has it.





    Review by Sandra
    Rating

    (Posted on 10/17/13)

  290. great buy

    At first the assembling was kind of difficult, just because you have to press hard and try to do it on a flat surface so that the corners are even when trying to put the ipad in the cover, instructions are easy to follow, if you have any problems there are youtube videos you can use. The cover is great, it is hard, if you carry your ipad in the bag and throw it around this is the right cover for you. At first it will feel heavy but you will get used to it, it is really not that bad. Conectivity between the ipad and keyboard was real easy. Battery lasts long, easy to charge and fast. It is comfortable to write using both hand on keyboard even with big hands.

    It is really a great buy! removing the ipad from the keyboard and using it just as a cover is a plus! easier to handle if you dont need to type.

    Review by Gus
    Rating

    (Posted on 10/17/13)

  291. Real good cover/keyboard

    At first the assembling was kind of difficult, just because you have to press hard and try to do it on a flat surface so that the corners are even when trying to put the ipad in the cover, instructions are easy to follow, if you have any problems there are youtube videos you can use. The cover is great, it is hard, if you carry your ipad in the bag and throw it around this is the right cover for you. At first it will feel heavy but you will get used to it, it is really not that bad. Conectivity between the ipad and keyboard was real easy. Battery lasts long, easy to charge and fast. It is comfortable to write using both hand on keyboard even with big hands.

    It is really a great buy! removing the ipad from the keyboard and using it just as a cover is a plus! easier to handle if you dont need to type.

    Review by Gus
    Rating

    (Posted on 10/17/13)

  292. excellent product

    The case fits well and offers excellent protection from scratches, drops, and spills. The bluetooth keyboard is easy to connect and reconnects automatically every time. It works well and after just a few days i'm typing nearly as fast as with a full size keyboard. The only suggestion for improvement that i have is to include a place to keep a stylus. In all it is an excellent product for the money.

    Review by Benjamin
    Rating

    (Posted on 10/16/13)

  293. Outstanding protection and usefullness!

    Outstanding product! The New Trent NT31B Rugged Bluetooth iPad mini Keyboard case has turned my ipad mini into a valuable field asset. It’s very well protected and fits into my tactical bag with no problem. Though smaller than a regular keyboard, the keys felt natural and it took no time to get comfortable with it. I would give it five stars, except I had to open the inner case to take to take the ipad out again for an obsessive compulsive reason. It’s a tight fit. I used a metal pry tool to open it and I scratched my one pristine ipad. So don’t be like me use a plastic pry tool. I think it’s a better value than an other more well known protective cases. I am extremely happy with it.

    Review by David
    Rating

    (Posted on 10/16/13)

  294. I love it!!!

    So here's what I love about this thing!!! It looks tough as hell!!! I cant tell you how many people have asked me, What is that? Ive had some other cases and they don't match the looks or functionality of this one!

    About the keyboard. This has been really well thought out. I have control over a lot of functions right there in the keys!!! I can adjust the volume levels and brightness of the screen in a couple of easy keystrokes. I love the fact I can skip or replay tracks on my music. Also the swivel is a really neat feature and when you close it up, it locks your screen!!! I think they've thought of everything!!!

    Review by Richie
    Rating

    (Posted on 10/16/13)

  295. Good protection

    My initial rating would be a 4 out of 5. The only reason it did not get 5 stars is because the hard plastic snap enclosure would not completely snap shut.

    http://support.newtrent.com/nt31b-installation-video/

    Even after following the great instructions on the video link above, snapping the cover around the ipad proved to be difficult at the top and the bottom. If I snapped the top in first, the bottom would not snap completely shut. If I snapped the bottom together first, the top would not completely snap shut. The sides were very easy to snap shut however.

    With the silicone wrapping though, the top or bottom edge that did not snap completely shut was really not an issue.

    The bluetooth did connect seamlessly though. Typing will take some getting used to as the keyboard (because of the small size of the mini ipad) is quite small. Even though it is small, the keys are fairly large and typing with them was very easy.

    I can't wait to really get to use the keyboard for typing out some long emails on the road. I'm sure that's when this case/keyboard duo will shine.

    Overall, I feel it's a wonderfully priced combination. The fact that you can detach the iPad from the keyboard is great. This drops the weight of the device back down to a highly portable level when the bluetooth keyboard is not needed.

    Review by Mike
    Rating

    (Posted on 10/15/13)

  296. Great Keyboard & Great Case

    The New Trent Airbender Mini NT31B was a pleasant surprise. I was concerned that it would be too bulky, but it's rugged and sturdy instead. I thought it would be too heavy, but it's not, and I thought the keyboard might be cramped, but it's comfortable with a nice feel to the keystrokes that's similar to a laptop.

    The bluetooth pairing was easy. The connection was made after a few seconds, and it works flawlessly every time I turn it on.

    This is a uniquely constructed keyboard that allows both portrait and landscape views. The rotating arm works the way it's supposed to, and doesn't get in the way of the iPad functionality. The case has a nice rubberized feel to it, unlike some of the slippery hard rubber cases. The case consist of a sturdy plastic back and a screen protector, with a silicon wrap that seals all of the ports. With the keyboard detached, it offers nice protection for the iPad Mini. The case has two pieces; the hard outside, and a rubber boot. The ports are also protected, making the case water resistant.

    The charge lasts for several hours. I've never had to recharge while working with the case on the iPad Mini. Recharging takes only a few hours.

    This keyboard case is really a 4 for 1 purchase. It's a sturdy (but not bulky) case, a great keyboard, a screen protector, and a portrait and landscape stand. I thought I'd keep taking the case on and off, and use it only when I needed a keyboard, but I was wrong about that too. Once I started using it, I've never taken it off.

    Review by Stuart
    Rating

    (Posted on 10/14/13)

  297. Great Value\Prodcut

    The NT31B performed as advertised, from the product description I read on Amazon.com The packaging was neat and although not flashy, sturdy enough that I was confident the product would be undamaged when I opened it. The soft, almost slick texture of the case took me by surprise. Instructions on how to install the device were clear and easy to understand. Although the instructions said the hard frame should be just be pressed and “clicked” into place it did take a fair amount squeezing to get the last to clips to “click” and stay closed. The soft outer shell installed easily and the iPad mini was easily attached to the keyboard.

    The Bluetooth keyboard connected flawlessly to the iPad mini and worked as I would expect any keyboard. I like the spring in the keys as it feels durable enough to handle a fair amount of typing.

    One feature that was not clear in the description was the how the screen would flip 180 degrees and hide the keyboard underneath. I was elated to discover this, however, because of the metal frame which connects the keyboard to the iPad mini, it seems unnecessarily bulky. This would be truly my only negative comment about the device. The closure tab, which at times feels clumsy works adequately enough considering the material it is made out of. All of the button coverings seem to work great.

    Overall I think it is a great product, and for the price a tremendous value. I feel it keeps my iPad mini safe and adds the additional functionality I was looking for in this product.

    Review by Dennis
    Rating

    (Posted on 10/14/13)

  298. Great case with superb protection

    Ive been using the airbender for the iPad mini now for about a week and I am super impresed with the product. The airbender offers superb protection to my iPad. I wont lie, I do tend to just throw my iPad down onto the bed or onto the side and with this case, its protected at all times. The added extra of having a keyboard case is now I am able to treat my iPad like a proper laptop, I can have good proper conversations with my friends online and type really long emails in the same time as I would using a laptop. The feel of the case itself is also very smooth. A big thing for me is I have had keyboard cases in the past, and I always found that my fingertips were left hurting after typing in length. With this, I find the keypad to be very responsive, I very rarely find myself having to press a button twice to get a letter to appear. The instruction booklet is also very easy to follow. The case came partly charged straight out of the box as well, meaning I only had to connect the two devices together and it was ready to use straight away.
    I really like that in no time at all, I can turn this case from a keyboard case into an ordinary hand held case; just makes them times when you wanna pass your iPad around to show photos etc that little bit easier.
    My only real issue for this is that the case can appear to feel quite heavy at first and does bulk the iPad mini out slightly as well. But this taken into account, I would take 100% protection off my iPad over how much it now weighs any day of the week.

    Review by Danny
    Rating

    (Posted on 10/12/13)

  299. Decent keyboard and case solution

    I have been using the NewTrent bluetooth mini ipad keyboard case
    (model/NT31B) for a few days now and am even typing this review using it. All in all the case and keyboard is a nice addition. I would feel safe going on a business trip without lugging the full size laptop along which is something I may try on my next trip.

    Here are a few pros and cons about this keyboard case:

    Pros
    - overall a very sturdy construction, it feels very solid
    - it feels like it adds a layer of protection to the ipad
    - the keys work well and are very responsive to the touch
    - the case is very forgiving allowing you to rotate the display a bunch of different ways so the viewing angles are not an issue ever

    Room for Improvement
    - Removing the ipad from the case is a little clunky and not the easiest operation, the video i saw made it look easier than it is...perhaps a click switch or something would have been a better release than pinching two handles together
    - The backspace key seems like it is in the wrong place, i keep hitting the equals sign instead of backspace
    - The case is kind of sticky, setting it on a counter with crumbs and it picks up the crumbs, discovered that after breakfast one morning.
    - With the sturdy construction, it definitely adds some weight and thickness to the ipad.

    Overall
    - If you are looking for a decent keyboard / case solution for the mini ipad, i would certainly give this case a look, it folds up nice and makes you way more proficient than using some onscreen keyboard!

    Review by Ben
    Rating

    (Posted on 10/11/13)

  300. Really great case just noticed 2 things...

    Had this case for a week and love it there were only 2 downfalls so far:

    1.) Silicone feels like it may stretch in time, it's good so far but time will tell

    2.) Keyboard seems a tad smaller than others ive used, nothing drastic by any means, just seems a tad smaller than the previous one I had.

    Other than that i love the case, very protective, and love that i can remove the ipad from the keyboard if im not using it and still have good protection, also able to have the iPad as portrait or landscape while using keyboard.

    Review by Paul
    Rating

    (Posted on 10/11/13)

  301. Attractive Well Design iPad Mini Accessory

    Soo I have now been using the Airbender Mini (NT31B) for the IPad Mini for the last 2 weeks now. I have to say that this product is amazing and meets everything I could imagine about this product and quality it has to offer in such an awesome compact design! Rating this product I would give it a 5 star ratting out of 5 and here are my reasons why: First off this product gives your IPad Mini amazing protection to the everyday abuse in my busy lifestyle. The product gives you double protect 1 being folded and attached closed to the Bluetooth keyboard and 2 having the rubberized skin and screen protector on the IPad Mini itself. The online video instructions is very helpful and was the first thing I did before reading the rest of the instruction booklet. The instruction booklet is also very helpful and full of detail pictures to help me finish the rest of the instillation to utilizing the products full capabilities. Once up and running you will fall in love with this product and will not know what to do with out it at such a small cost beating out any competitors!! The product give your IPad Mini new capabilities that I never knew the IPad Mini could do. The Bluetooth keyboard gives your IPad Mini the full size laptop feel allowing you to complete projects and emails at lightning speeds!! The product also has an awesome quick disconnect allowing me to use the IPad Mini without the keyboard with easy instillation to putting it back with a click of a finger!! The product comes very well packed in a well displayed box drawling your attention from the get go. Everywhere I have used this product always seems to draw attention form friends, family, co-workers, and people around me that see me using this amazing product. If I have anything bad to say about this product is that it does have a slight weight to it and does make your IPad Min have some bulkiness to it as well. All in all the features, protection and endless capabilities out weigh this product and its competitors by far. If you are an IPad Mini advocate and user this is definitely the must have product that you will be amazed by and will love using in your day to day lifestyle!!

    Review by Shaun
    Rating

    (Posted on 10/10/13)

  302. Solid case

    it feels solid and was not difficult to open like some other products. The instructions for the initial setup are pretty straightforward. The case itself feels really safe, I would not be afraid to drop it. I like that the keyboard has controls for volume, brightness, etc. and that the case can be rotated so the home button is on either side. The keyboard is good for its size too.

    Review by EB
    Rating

    (Posted on 10/8/13)

  303. Fantastic buy!

    Wow! A great case for the iPad mini- I love everything about it! The ability to turn the screen in any direction is amazing for a case for this low cost. I also like the keyboard and rugged case. "Rugged" is exactly what it is...as advertised. Actually this case impressed me enough to make me want to check out other New Trent products. Reasonably priced and true to description.

    Review by Darin
    Rating

    (Posted on 10/8/13)

  304. Great keyboard for your mini...

    Airbender for iPad Mini is a handy tool for your mini, especially if you type a lot with papers or emails. Set up was super easy, someone with no electronic skills could very easily set up this bluetooth device. After set up it is as easy as flipping the switch to on whenever you want to use it and flipping it to off when you don't. Keyboard is nice, the keys are easy to hit and comfortable on the fingers, the arrow keys are very handy. The case seems sturdy enough to protect the device with accidental drops.
    The rubber skin on the outside is ok, when opening it the edge does seem to catch sometimes and roll however it is easily pushed back into place.
    Typing time for each charge seems to be decent. I can not comment on how long the battery will last with daily use, at the cost of $40-$50 my expectations would be at least a year and a half to two years.

    Review by Dawn
    Rating

    (Posted on 10/2/13)

  305. Better than expected!

    I have given this product a five out of five for a number of reasons. My iPad mini fits easily into the case and snaps very well onto the Bluetooth keyboard. All of the areas are protected by the case and the rubber casing fits very snuggly, not like some other cases where the rubber continuously slides off. Keyboard is easy to connect to and holds a charge very well. Has many keys that are common to an Apple/iPad but will also interact well with multiple different apps as it utilizes the full keyboard. I have one con but it is necessary due to the size of the iPad mini. I have slightly larger hands and it can be a tight squeeze on the smaller version of the keyboard. My hands will still fit on the home row keys but I had to get used to not moving my fingers as far when typing so that I would not hit all of the wrong keys. Overall this product gets a great rating because of its ease of accessibility and very nice look. The iPad has the option to snap off of the keyboard case to just use as an iPad on its own while also giving you the option of having it stay attached to the keyboard and stand nicely on the keyboard edge to create a small workstation using your iPad mini. I have been using this product for a week now and travel all around a school district to do tech work. It has been a nice addition to my tech collection.

    Review by Keegan
    Rating

    (Posted on 9/30/13)

  306. I love it

    This device is very useful. It detaches from the keypad and iPad can stand like a mini monitor. I use it to watch videos steadily. It perfectly fits and very rugged looking. I really love it.

    Review by Rosemarie
    Rating

    (Posted on 9/30/13)

  307. Rugged

    I rate it 5 out of 5 for its tough/cool look, soft feel, ease of connecting Bluetooth and protective layers.

    Very well packaged. Comes with a charging cable and a short pamphlet of instructions which includes a Video presentation url. (I had to switch back to Firefox :( from Chrome to get it to play)

    It really looks like a rugged unit. Tough but stylish looking. I love the feel of the silicon sleeve. It gives a good grip, is protective and soft to the touch. Silicon is the outside covering over both the Mini and the Keyboard. But I was surprised by just how many layers make up the whole unit. You fit your Mini inside a hard shell casing covering the back & with a clear plastic covering the screen. The clear casing doesn't seem to detract from the screen clarity. It snaps together completely encasing the Mini & you put the silicon covering over that. It went on really easily, but when I realized i needed to take my Mini out and give her face a good wipe, I really struggled to get this hard 'under casing' off again, despite the directions. But maybe that's a good thing. Presumably, I won't have to do that much at all. Once tucked back up in all the layers though, it feels as though my Mini is very well protected from me carting her around all over the place & it seems pretty water resistant. They've seemed to have done a really good job of making sure all the holes are in all the right places for buttons and speakers and lenses and things.

    Without reading the instructions it was very easy to get the keyboard to pair via Bluetooth. There's a few little buttons above the keys area and opening Settings on the Mini and pressing the connect key, entering the number it gives you, will pretty much get you connected fast. Other function buttons in that location are useful too.

    I was able to use it straight out of the box which was great. Plugging in the USB chord that comes with it turns the 'CHRG" light on the panel near the On/Off button, red. Assuming it turns green when fully charged.

    I had to fool around quite a bit with the arm connecting the Mini to the Keyboard to get just the right angle and aspect I wanted. That feels a bit awkward. It did initially feel like a few too many moving parts for my taste overall. But I got used to it. It won't really hold in an angled position up off the Mini, which bothers me. It just won't stay at any angle that doesn't have the bottom propped on the keyboard. I do like that I can turn the whole face to portrait if I want to as well, just swivel it around on the arm. I ended up taking it apart, i.e. pulling the arm fully out from the keyboard and using it like that, with the Mini propped up away from the Keyboard since I was working at a table. You can also very easily detach the arm completely from the back of the Mini if you want to just use it without the Keyboard.

    Once closed up there's a little silicon 'plug' that locks from the Mini side to the Keyboard side. Not sure how well it may secure the thing closed, but I'll certainly use it.

    Though the keys seem higher and a little stiffer than another keyboard I had tried, I actually found using this keyboard not as awkward as I anticipated. I got used to it quite quickly.

    Overall, I feel my Mini is well protected. It looks good and though it felt a bit complicated at first, I got used to it.

    Review by Rebecca
    Rating

    (Posted on 9/30/13)

  308. Excellent Case

    After opening the package, my first impression was WOW! This thing really looks slick and professional. The packaging was very impressive and had lots of helpful instructions, but not so many that you feel overwhelmed. Then I removed it and was wowed again. The texture and feel of the rubberized case is really cool and has a nice professional feel to it. As I looked it over I noticed that the case has rubber flaps that cover the ports to protect them from water or dirt and the areas that shouldn’t be covered (such as the camera) are still protected by a clear plastic covering. Obviously a lot of research and time went into the design of this case. Every port is perfectly aligned with the iPad. So after examining the case I started reading the instructions for installing the iPad. The instructions were straight forward and very clear. (None of those “Lost in Translation“ problems, if you know what I mean.) After getting the iPad installed I turned on the keyboard (which happened to be fully charged by the way) and pressed the connect button (according to instructions). I went into settings and Bluetooth on the iPad Mini, and had the keyboard connected and working immediately. It’s nice to see that once it is connected, I don’t have to do it again. Every time I turn on the iPad and the keyboard, it connects instantly and I can even use the keyboard to type in my passcode to access the iPad. So once I was online and using the keyboard I found it to be a nice one. I really wasn’t expecting to like such a small keyboard, but I find it really easy to use and type on. It has a satisfactory feel when you actually push a physical key down while typing. So much better than typing on an on-screen keyboard. Another fantastic thing is that you don’t have to push a special key to get to the numeric keys or symbols. They are all right there with shift or function. That alone saves a lot of time and frustration. One other thing I thought was very nice is an actual Caps Lock Light. My new laptop doesn’t even have that. Positioning the screen was a little awkward at first, only because I had never used one of these cases before. Once I did it a couple times it was very simple to get it to a position that was comfortable, and you can even remove it and place the screen further away if needed. Although I haven’t flown with it yet, I can see that it will be very nice to use on the tray table on the plane, without the fear of the guy in front of you tilting his seat back and crushing your screen. (I’ve had that happen multiple times on my laptop.) So, all in all I am very pleased with this device. I also hope that New Trent will come out with a rubberized case for the full size iPad.

    Review by Ricky
    Rating

    (Posted on 9/30/13)

  309. Slick keyboard/case for Ipad mini

    REVIEW FOR Airbender NT31B

    Packaging appears high end but the price is reasonable for all the features of this New Trent product.
    Multiple features in one sharp accessory case/keyboard for the iPad mini. I have purchased similar cases but they don't come close to the design and sleek feel and look of the New Trent Airbender.
    -Easy to put together using it as a keyboard, case and stand
    -Found it to be durable but it doesn't have a bulky feel when holding it, either in full case with keyboard or pulled apart from keyboard if just using the iPad mini.
    -The water resistant screen allows for the beautiful display to be viewed as though there was nothing covering it. Where other covers stick and show circles taking away from screen resolution of the iPads, this screen doesn't change the appearance.
    -The keyboard is obviously smaller to adjust to the size of the mini but doesn't take long to get use to the key placement.
    -Charges quickly
    -When the iPad is disconnected from the keyboard and stand it has a very sharp look to it. Showing the apple symbol in the back with a black ruberized cover over a durable plastic inclosure. Feels light enough in the hands, smooth to touch and easy to operate buttons designed around the iPad with every button easily accessible.
    -Automatically shuts down when iPad turns off but still good to turn off the bluetooth to keyboard.
    -Sheet included with a short video link giving instructions on putting together initially.
    -Function buttons on keyboard allow for added control of screen like music, volume, etc.
    -This case does not wobble and is designed solidly so way to go New Trent for designing a case so I don't have to lug around my separate keyboard any longer.

    I have few to no negatives other than maybe a little rubber grip on the rotational turn, found it awkward at times trying to grip and open the back but it could just be my hands.
    Really loving the new case and its slick appearance!

    I'm rating this product a 5 on a 1-5 scale

    Review by Lisa
    Rating

    (Posted on 9/29/13)

  310. Wow!!!!

    As I started to open the package that I received in the mail, the very
    first thing that caught my eye was the amazing and nice looking box that
    New Trent uses for this item, strong, firm and nice looking, that tells me
    a lot about the company.
    Once I got the box open I notice that its not just the box, is the the hole
    package, everything so neatly and very presentable, as I started putting my
    Ipad in the case, let me tell you something,............ I have never seen
    such a nice tight fit, I love this case!! After putting the case and the
    keyboard, I started to play with it, I notice that it has one of the most
    clean, easy to used keys, the only thing that I couldn't find it was lights
    for the keyboard.
    Another thing that I love about this case is the protection, the padding,
    and one thing that my wife told me is "WOW THAT THING LOOKS MEAN!!!" That's
    when it came to me, the only word describe this item is "TOUGH". Is hard to
    be tough and look good! Well you guys have done it!!!!
    So after trying out the AirBender Mini I definitely with no doubt will give it
    a big 5 star!!!!

    Review by Erick
    Rating

    (Posted on 9/28/13)

  311. Awesome idea; good product with a little room for improvement

    Rugged Airbender (NT31B) iPad Mini Case Review--Mixed Feelings

    The New Trent Rugged Airbender iPad Mini case is a hit. It adds a tremendous amount of usability to the iPad, admitting it to be used just like a laptop. It also built to be adjustable, allowing for extra comfort for every user.
    The stand that attaches to the back of the iPad allows for the tablet to stand alone like a normal computer monitor, essentially turning the tablet into a desktop. The adjustable arm also offers the ability to set the screen at different angles for improved viewing. One of the biggest things for me though was the fact that the keyboard and adjustable arm can be completely detached from the iPad--which is extremely helpful when trying to write or draw on the tablet. I have another keyboard unit from Zagg that gets on my nerves because the case has to physically be removed from the pad to get the keyboard out of the way so I can work with a stylus; it can definitely be a pain in the butt. When the Airbender case is detached from its keyboard, the iPad remains in a polycarbonate/thermoplastic case so any damage that can be done to the tablet by the elements or by simply dropping the unit is prevented, so I give high marks to the versatility of this New Trent product.
    The polycarbonate and thermoplastic hard casing for the iPad feels very resilient and at the same time fits the iPad snugly like it is supposed to. I also like the idea of having the plugs over the openings and buttons to keep debris out of the holes on the device.
    The Airbender's water resistant and dirt/shock proof dual-layered protection and polycarbonate frame is definitely comforting on trips when the iPad is stowed away in my luggage. It feels very solid/durable and it puts my mind at ease knowing I am not going to open my suitcase up to find a cracked screen or broken iPad.
    Price is also a factor to consider. The list price of the Zagg mini keyboard that I have was right at $99.99. Compared to the Airbender which is roughly $40.95 on Amazon (or can be bought on the Newtrent.com website for $39.95), it is almost a no brainer which one to go with. I'm not sure how long the deals will last, or even if their still going on, but there were special promotional deals on Amazon, which include anywhere from discounted to free external batteries, styli, and other keyboard accessories--so definitely go check it out.
    This all seems like a flawless idea, but after working with the unit for a while, I have to add a couple things. The screen can tilt, which can be great, but at the same time, if you are on the road where the tablet cannot be stationary, the screen will change position since the hinges are not very stiff. Another thing that could be changed is how the tablet is balanced--it is heavy compared to the keyboard and if it is tilted back too far, the unit just falls over. Lastly, the keyboard keys are super tiny... even for an iPad mini. Other keyboards use more space and add more rows in order to make the buttons a comfortable size. The New Trent Airbender mini only uses a span of what looks like 2/3 of the keyboard platform. I think the layout of the keyboard could handle having some improvements made.
    I must admit though, my favorite part of this package is the case that gets put on the iPad. It is a very secure case and appears to be something that will help to keep my technology safe.

    Pros:
    * Low price of $40.95
    * Links wirelessly through Bluetooth
    * IPad can be rotated to be viewed either horizontally or vertically on the Airbender with the rotatable arm
    * Arm can be removed from the keyboard, turning the iPad into a desktop
    * Arm and keyboard are detachable for convenience
    * Excellent protection from the elements--very sturdy case
    * Smooth and light weight--no jagged or rough edges
    * Very versatile and can be used for tons of different applications
    * The case for the iPad is very similar to the Otter-box as it has its own screen protector built in
    * Has built in "shut off magnet" to put tablet to sleep when closed
    * Comes boxed up with charger, keyboard and directions for everything
    * Very solid polycarbonate and thermoplastic case!!!
    Cons:
    * Half of the adjustable arm is made of plastic--could stand to make the entire arm out of metal
    * Even for an iPad mini, the keyboard is small
    * Unless you are sitting still, the iPad is likely to change position and swivel downward
    * Not very well balanced unless iPad is over the keyboard

    Over all I think this is a 3½ star product. I recommend it to anyone in the market for a case for his or her iPad mini. Its cheap, durable, adjustable, and all around handy. For such a low price, it's almost worth it just for the protective qualities of the case.

    Review by Trent
    Rating

    (Posted on 9/27/13)

  312. Very rugged and protective, but screen the screen can become less sensitive if you have a

    Rugged Airbender (NT31B) iPad Mini Case Review--Mixed Feelings

    The New Trent Rugged Airbender iPad Mini case is a hit. It adds a tremendous amount of usability to the iPad, admitting it to be used just like a laptop. It also built to be adjustable, allowing for extra comfort for every user.
    The stand that attaches to the back of the iPad allows for the tablet to stand alone like a normal computer monitor, essentially turning the tablet into a desktop. The adjustable arm also offers the ability to set the screen at different angles for improved viewing. One of the biggest things for me though was the fact that the keyboard and adjustable arm can be completely detached from the iPad--which is extremely helpful when trying to write or draw on the tablet. I have another keyboard unit from Zagg that gets on my nerves because the case has to physically be removed from the pad to get the keyboard out of the way so I can work with a stylus; it can definitely be a pain in the butt. When the Airbender case is detached from its keyboard, the iPad remains in a polycarbonate/thermoplastic case so any damage that can be done to the tablet by the elements or by simply dropping the unit is prevented, so I give high marks to the versatility of this New Trent product.
    The polycarbonate and thermoplastic hard casing for the iPad feels very resilient and at the same time fits the iPad snugly like it is supposed to. I also like the idea of having the plugs over the openings and buttons to keep debris out of the holes on the device.
    The Airbender's water resistant and dirt/shock proof dual-layered protection and polycarbonate frame is definitely comforting on trips when the iPad is stowed away in my luggage. It feels very solid/durable and it puts my mind at ease knowing I am not going to open my suitcase up to find a cracked screen or broken iPad.
    Price is also a factor to consider. The list price of the Zagg mini keyboard that I have was right at $99.99. Compared to the Airbender which is roughly $40.95 on Amazon (or can be bought on the Newtrent.com website for $39.95), it is almost a no brainer which one to go with. I'm not sure how long the deals will last, or even if their still going on, but there were special promotional deals on Amazon, which include anywhere from discounted to free external batteries, styli, and other keyboard accessories--so definitely go check it out.
    This all seems like a flawless idea, but after working with the unit for a while, I have to add a couple things. The screen can tilt, which can be great, but at the same time, if you are on the road where the tablet cannot be stationary, the screen will change position since the hinges are not very stiff. Another thing that could be changed is how the tablet is balanced--it is heavy compared to the keyboard and if it is tilted back too far, the unit just falls over. Lastly, the keyboard keys are super tiny... even for an iPad mini. Other keyboards use more space and add more rows in order to make the buttons a comfortable size. The New Trent Airbender mini only uses a span of what looks like 2/3 of the keyboard platform. I think the layout of the keyboard could handle having some improvements made.
    I must admit though, my favorite part of this package is the case that gets put on the iPad. It is a very secure case and appears to be something that will help to keep my technology safe.

    Pros:
    * Low price of $40.95
    * Links wirelessly through Bluetooth
    * IPad can be rotated to be viewed either horizontally or vertically on the Airbender with the rotatable arm
    * Arm can be removed from the keyboard, turning the iPad into a desktop
    * Arm and keyboard are detachable for convenience
    * Excellent protection from the elements--very sturdy case
    * Smooth and light weight--no jagged or rough edges
    * Very versatile and can be used for tons of different applications
    * The case for the iPad is very similar to the Otter-box as it has its own screen protector built in
    * Has built in "shut off magnet" to put tablet to sleep when closed
    * Comes boxed up with charger, keyboard and directions for everything
    * Very solid polycarbonate and thermoplastic case!!!
    Cons:
    * Half of the adjustable arm is made of plastic--could stand to make the entire arm out of metal
    * Even for an iPad mini, the keyboard is small
    * Unless you are sitting still, the iPad is likely to change position and swivel downward
    * Not very well balanced unless iPad is over the keyboard

    Over all I think this is a 3½ star product. I recommend it to anyone in the market for a case for his or her iPad mini. Its cheap, durable, adjustable, and all around handy. For such a low price, it's almost worth it just for the protective qualities of the case.

    Review by Trent
    Rating

    (Posted on 9/27/13)

  313. Awesome protection at a great price

    Out of the box it was easy to set up and get going. I had the mini set up and running in under 5 minutes. The Bluetooth connection process was simple, and it reconnects as soon as I turn the keyboard on.

    The feel of the keys when typing is very good, the keys do not feel loose and sloppy they are firm to the touch. As for the layout of the keyboard it is by far the best I have used for this size keyboard.

    The iPad mini is very secure in the case. The hard case with the rubber sleeve gives it a nice feel. The rubber sleeve also has an additional benefit as the mini does not slide on a table or other smooth surface. There are covers on the case for the charging port and the earphone jack. The case offers extra protection to the screen area with a plastic shield incorporated into the case. I love the functionality of the case where the keyboard is detachable and there is still protection for the iPad.

    I have other Bluetooth keyboard cases and this is by far a superior product.

    Review by Mark
    Rating

    (Posted on 9/26/13)

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    Review by Gootomv

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  316. Excellent

    The look of this product is very nice; from the packaging to the product itself, it is very appealing. Its price allows it to be an affordable solution to typing on the Ipad Mini.

    The directions to pair the Ipad Mini keyboard to your Ipad mini were fairly simple; however, the first time I allowed too much time to elapse between turning on the keyboard and pressing the pairing button, and I could not get it to pair without turning the keyboard off and back on. After my initial problems pairing, the keyboard has worked wonderfully. When both devices are on, they sync up just fine, unless they have been paired with another device in between.

    The case seems sturdy and its design allows for quite a bit of flexibility. My only problem was that I already had a screen protector on my device which I didn’t want to remove, and although it is not very thick, it was thick enough to prevent the Airbender case from snapping completely closed on all sides. I found I could deal with this, or use the Bluetooth keyboard and my own case.

    The keyboard provides enough space to accomplish what it needs to- it’s no full size keyboard, but it certainly gets the job done! It’s much easier than trying to use the on-screen keyboard for anything more than a few sentences. It is responsive and seems to have a good battery life- especially if you remember to turn it off between uses. All in all I’m very pleased with this product!

    Review by Luke
    Rating

    (Posted on 9/25/13)

  317. Great Keyboard

    I really like I the Trent NT31B Airbender Mini keyboard case. It was simple to hook up. It’s very rugged feeling, I feel like if it were dropped it would protect it. The keys are quite comfortable for me to use. It makes typing so much easier on the ipad mini.

    Review by Carrie
    Rating

    (Posted on 9/25/13)

  318. Terrific iPad Mini Bluetooth keyboard and case

    This accessory for the iPad Mini is attractive, well made and well
    designed. The protective clamshell case is made of neoprene with an
    attractive black matte finish and is impact and splash resistant. It
    fits well, feels secure and is lightweight and convenient to travel
    with. A nice touch is rubber bumpers on the case that both keep the case
    from scratching furniture and sliding on table surfaces. The also case
    has a protective silicon screen protector sleeve. The tradeoff for all
    this protection is that it takes a few minutes to mount the iPad mini
    and is not just a pop in & out procedure.

    The device is powered by a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery (allows 500
    charges). It is recharged by a micro USB port (comes with a 32 inch
    micro USB cable). The device can be charged via a computers USB port or
    any USB wall charger. Be nice if information was provided as to how long
    a charge will last, but it seems to last a very long time (days as
    opposed to hours).

    Connecting this Bluetooth device to the iPad was effortless and pairing
    again is unnecessary. In connects once paired in an instant.

    The iPad min easily mounts in an adjustable bracket that allows 360
    degree rotation for portrait or landscape orientation. Further by
    extending or retracting the bracket arm permits a large number of angles
    for viewing. The bracket can be slid out so the iPad mini can be
    separated from the keyboard and the bracket used as a separate stand
    (with or without the keyboard). The iPad mini attaches firmly when
    mounted. When mounted all ports remain accessible. Cover easily closes
    and opens when iPad mini is attached. On opening the case, the iPad mini
    auto starts which is another nice feature.

    The fullQWERTY keyboard is well layout with nice size chiclet style keys
    (that are responsive with nice travel but quiet when pressed), not as
    large as a desktop but for a portable device very functional. I have
    large fingers and was concerned if I could use a keyboard this size
    easily and it was not difficult. I particular like the special function
    keys that allow adjustments such as: brightness, volume, mute, payback
    music controls, search, and closing current app to return to home
    screen. LEDs allow feedback as to charging, battery level, caps lock and
    pairing status. A great feature to add would be back-lighting the keys
    to allow for use in dark environments.

    In summary this is a wonderful iPad mini device that combines the major
    features found in three accessories: Bluetooth keyboard; protective case
    and stand. I recommend it without any reservations and plan on using it
    both at home and travel.

    Review by Kenneth
    Rating

    (Posted on 9/23/13)

  319. Excellent keyboard and case combination

    This case and keyboard combination is a must have for an iPad mini. The case has a very elegant design. Once you open the case you have a lot of options for use of the keyboard. I personally love the ability to have multiple options on the placement of the screen because of the hinge functionality.

    Using the keyboard while traveling to control the video playback and volume was amazing. Much easier to use than the screen functionality.

    Overall, very little to complain about in this product.

    Review by Samuel
    Rating

    (Posted on 9/22/13)

  320. Mini in size, great for function

    Packaging:
    - Good solid packaging; well padded.
    Instructions:
    - Error in Installation Instructions; Under “How to Connect”, section 5, says “Your IPad Mini should discover the NT31b device named “Bluetooth Keyboard” Select this to connect.
    o Actually, the iPad Settings menu says “New Trent Keyboard”.
    - On page 3 of instructions, para 5 says “Select the Newtrent Keyboard”. The actual settings listing on the iPad mini says “New Trent Keyboard”.
    o I like the “New Trent Keyboard” tag in devices; it helps to pick out correct device.
    - Step 10. I found my keyboard did not auto-connect on subsequent use. However, it always connected when selected from Settings menu.
    Design:
    - The keyboard design is different that the New Trent Blue Tooth keyboard for the iPad Retina. For example, to actuate the “Home” button (upper left) requires the Fn + Home button on the iPad Mini keyboard; on the iPad Retina just the “Home” button is required. I use the home button frequently. I know the keyboard is smaller, but I recommend leaving the “Home Button” as primary and making the “~” button used with the Fn button.
    - The keys have great feel, positive feedback when pressed, and large enough despite the small keyboard.
    - The Silicone sleeve fits well, except for the main latch. It did not fit well or stay connected. Suggest using a Velcro latch or another attachment that fits more snugly.
    - The clear plastic cover is a very good idea. It protects the iPad screen but does not interfere with the touch accuracy. Well done!
    - The hinge is very stiff, which is good. The stiff hinge prevents the iPad Mini from “flopping” around, possibly damaging the unit.
    Overall rating: 4
    - The silicone sleeve is not as good as a hard shell case and gives the unit a slightly odd feel. If protection is the main object, then silicone is probably better.
    - The Fn + Home button combination is not convenient.
    - Great button feel and feedback.
    - Easy to connect and use.

    Review by David
    Rating

    (Posted on 9/21/13)

  321. Universal, rugged, secure, & great price

    I worked in a demanding field in and around power plants so I needed a product that would protect my device from harsh enviroments, but also provided the flexability to enjoy it when not at work. Very rugged design that stands side by side with the OB products. The hard shell fits securely and the rubberized cover fits like a glove (no loose corners like some of the OB issues). The keyboard is small....but so is the device. If people are worried about a small keyboard then go with the standard ipad. I type well over 120 words per minute and have not had an issue with typing on this device. During meetings I can now keep up while taking notes. It only took me a few short minutes to adjust to the small keyboard. The case does add some weight, but weight was not my concern. Functionality, protection, and configurability were. The lens cap style of disconnecting is tight and fast. I actually prefer holding the mini with the case on then with it off. The additional thickness and ruberized material provide more confidence while holding it. All the buttons work flawlessly and the cutouts for connections are easy to open/close and provide ample access and clearance. I love being able to seperate the screen from the keyboard. during meetings it allows me to get more comfortable while typing. This device is half the price of items found at big box stores with 3 times as much functionality.

    I have been using this for weeks, non-stop, and have yet to experience any issues as noted by other users.

    Review by Mike
    Rating

    (Posted on 9/20/13)

  322. Good product only flaw is the hinge

    pros:
    case protects the iPad completely and also covers up the ports to keep dust out.
    built in screen protectors are good and do not affect the cameras.
    the detachable case comes in handy when the keyboard is not needed.
    keys on the keyboard are very responsive and feel good when typing.
    case looks like it can take a beating and can take a pretty high fall.
    the case has a smart cover built in.

    cons:
    case is a bit bulky.
    The hinge for the keyboard is not very sturdy. it won't hold in some positions..
    the hinge detaches from the keyboard too easily.
    the silicon case in some areas does not fit the case perfectly (top area).

    Overall this is a good case, the biggest thing I like is that it provides the iPad with great protection, covering all ports of the iPad.
    The biggest thing I dislike about the case is the hinge connecting the iPad to the keyboard, this hinge is not sturdy and is not able to easily position to a desired position on the keyboard. A few times I tried positioning the iPad the hinge comes out altogether and it became annoying to have to put it back in.
    I enjoy the keyboard, the bluetooth connects automatically and quickly once set up with the iPad.

    Review by Iris
    Rating

    (Posted on 9/20/13)

  323. Very nice!

    I wanted to try an external keyboard for my iPad mini. I needed one that was inexpensive but durable and easy to use.
    I found this on Amazon, read many different reviews and decided to give it a try. I really like it. The case is very nice. It reminds me of a slimmed down version of the Griffon Survivor case I have on my old iPad 2. I like the pivot feature. So far, it's been very durable. If you don't want to use the keyboard, you can either fold it up or completely remove the keyboard section.
    The keyboard is nicely laid out and responsive.
    I mostly use it while sitting on the couch or in bed, so it's in my lap.
    I'm very happy with this purchase and recommend it to others.

    Review by Donna
    Rating

    (Posted on 9/19/13)

  324. Disappointed

    The case looks good and I love the stand. In fact for this reason I arranged for it to be sent to New Zealand where I reside, spending extra to do so. But once I put my Mini in I was frustrated as hell.

    The stand is flimsy and the iPad has to rest on the keyboard area or it will wobble if you use it to type like a laptop. The keyboard was randomly unresponsive, missing the space bar or not registering the shift key even as I hold it down or tap it multiple times--- took several seconds for it to finally pick it up.

    The case is awesome without the keyboard, and the stand is great for using your iPad like a webcam in Skype. But removing the iPad from the case is basically impossible and delicate removal just can't be done. Sadly my case cracked in areas when I finally got it free after 20 minutes.

    The protective screen guard is okay but nothing like the iPad by itself which is usually how it is for screen guards. The case is very bulky and notably heavier to use in my opinion, and smells constantly of a dizzying chemical smell. It picks up dust easily because of the rubberised surface, not the cases fault, but still the reality of this kind of product.

    Was amped for this case. Overall has been a waste of money. Only redeeming quality is the so-so stand.

    Review by Joshua
    Rating

    (Posted on 9/10/13)

  325. Great case for travel and protection and still be able to do serious work.

    I used this product to write my dissertation on my iPad mini during my 9 day cruise in Europe. I loved being able to carry this throughout Europe as opposed to my 15" Toshiba or 13" Macbook. I love the keyboard. It is a slightly different layout to accommodate the small space of the mini, but it works. The only key I used a lot that seemed a little out of place was the apostrophe keystroke. It did have a function key which made it possible to access the home button, brightness, and volume functions of the iPad without having to lift my hands off of the keyboard. The keyboard is rechargeable via a usb cable which I plugged into my New Trent travel charger battery pack. The case does add a little bit of weight to the iPad device, so that it weighs about that of the full size iPad. This being said the case provides a nice hard plastic shell overlaid with thick rubber outside which makes it easy to grip. The front provides a clear screen protector that is built-in to the case. On days where I felt I would not need the keyboard, I disconnected the iPad mini from its keyboard base and slide it inside my jacket pocket as I walked around different countries and would pull it out to take pictures and videos. The case did not hinder the ability to take pictures or video from the rear or front facing cameras. When I would use the keyboard, I liked how the iPad could slide back from the keyboard a few inches due to the stand it was on that allowed the iPad to tilt up and down as well as move back and forth in relationship to the keyboard. The stand could also hold the iPad up on its own on a flat surface. I would sometimes leave the iPad on the stand a top of a table while i typed on the keyboard in my lap. I did not notice any significant lag between typing and the text appearing on the screen. I also loved that some of the Apple keyboard shortcuts that you would use on your computer worked with the iPad and the keyboard. For example I could press the command key and C to copy any highlighted text. I could also use Shift and an arrow key to highlight text in the Pages app. That was a pleasant surprise.

    Every once in a while I noticed I had issues with the space bar not registering when I was typing fast. I think this was when the battery of the keyboard was getting low on juice. Another issue I had is the plastic cover that hides the screws of the hinge broke in half, causing the iPad to get caught on my jacket pocket when I would pull it out. After this happened I noticed that it seems the hinge opened up ever so slightly twisted which I believe led to the plastic covering to break under the stress. It happened within the second day. My last negative piece about this product is that I tried to plug my stereo system up to the iPad when I returned home and the opening for the headphone jack is about 2mm too small to accommodate a 1/8" stereo jack. It is plenty big enough for my headphones, but the cables I have for my stereo system have a bigger housing that is just slightly too big for the opening in the case. This is also true when I tried to use the cable for my computers speakers on the iPad. Since most people probably use the iPad Mini while on the go this is probably not a big issue.

    Review by EJ
    Rating

    (Posted on 9/8/13)

  326. Great Protection

    I swear by Otter Box for my iPhones, and the Airbender gives comparable protection to my iPad Mini. The height of the easy type keyboard is more comfortable than other blue tooth keyboards I've had to the IPad (and for other mobile devices), which increases my productivity. The other feature is really like is the swivel stand that allows the case to rotate 360-degrees.

    Definitely the best iPad case/keyboard I've had.

    Review by Joshua
    Rating

    (Posted on 9/5/13)

  327. iPad netbook!

    I purchased this product after looking at several other iPad mini cases. The zagg looked to bulky, so I eventually purchased the Logitech Ultrathin. Although the build quality on the logitech was nice, it offered very little protection and the keys were layed out in such a way that it was difficult to type on.

    So, I kept looking for a better keyboard case, and eventually discovered the New Trent Air Bender mini on youtube. UNBELIEVABLE device.

    First off, This case (I'm typing on it now) offers fantastic protection. The iPad half can be disconnected from the keyboard half, and when used as a stand alone case for just the iPad, it's as rugged as a otterbox.

    All the ports are protected, as well as the screen. Very comfortable and doesn't add too much bulk. I feel comfortable throwing this around on the couch or a chair.

    The keyboard side is just as well protected, and the key layout is much better than any other mini keyboard I've tried. Typing is totally comfortable once you learn a couple tricks with the function key.

    Set up is easy, just turn it on and pair it. Stays paired. Dead simple.

    The best part is how versatile it is in different positions. The arm on the back allows you a wide variety of connected angles, or you can remove the iPad (display) and the stand on the back allows it to sit completely independent of the keyboard.

    The only thing I'd say to be careful of is make sure you're not using this case with any kind of screen protector or film shield. The engineering is SO tight that even a thin screen protector makes it difficult to fit into the case. And if you ARE able to fit it in with one, it's nearly impossible to get off. I managed with a thin pokey tool.

    As I mentioned above, the case has a built in screen protector that's very good. No bubbling or gaps between the glass and the case.

    This case offers unbelievable value, it's one of those purchases that I say to myself "Damn this thing is amazing" every single time I use my iPad. Indispensable.

    Fantastic keyboard, stand alone case, AND a stand... All these things combined make this beyond an amazing product.

    Combine this with a screen sharing VNC app like Splashtop and you've literally got yourself a Mac netbook!

    Review by Rob
    Rating

    (Posted on 9/5/13)

  328. Solid, well constructed and good protection - You'll be happy with this case

    Over the past few days I've been testing the New Trent NT31B Airbender Mini ruggedized case for the Apple iPad Mini. This is a plastic and neoprene hard case with integral Bluetooth keyboard, designed especially for the iPad Mini. Upon opening the box I was presented with the case, which was well-packaged, including the keyboard (i.e. back of case), the internal hard case, the external neoprene case, instructions (read them!) and it even included a micro-USB keyboard charging cable (a nice touch). The case took a bit of work to get onto the iPad Mini, due to the design. It wasn't a problem; it was just a little more work than I had anticipated, due to the design (you have to put significant pressure on the latches to separate the two halves of the case - However, this makes it very tightly closed when they snap back together). The iPad Mini goes inside the "inner" hard case, then the neoprene case goes around the back and sides of the "inner" case, to include wrapping around the sides and front edges. The neoprene includes a cutout in the back for the swivel attachment to the keyboard base, small neoprene flaps to cover
    the power button, volume rocker, headphone jack, charging jack and even the "Home" button on the front. This gives the unit a very solid, rugged, tightly-sealed feel. After
    charging the Bluetooth keyboard, it was no problem to pair it with the Mini. The keyboard features a pretty typical "compact" QWERTY layout, with all the buttons in pretty much the right
    locations. The key action is great; no issues at all with how they feel and act when pressed. My only complaint is that the space bar is too short for a right-handed space bar user like me. I ended up pressing the key to the right of it in search of the space bar. So, I just had to learn to move my right thumb a little farther to the left than I was used to in order to hit the
    space bar. It's a small thing that just needs some getting used to. The swivel hinge for the Mini is very clever, once you get used to how it works. The Mini can be separated from the keyboard by squeezing on the round connector on the back, very similar to a camera lens cap. Once separated, you can take the Mini with you and leave the keyboard. When it's attached to the keyboard it features full swiveling (to enable Portrait or Landscape viewing), with a slight "ledge" above the keyboard to rest the bottom edge of the Mini against. The bracket the Mini is attached to actually pulls out from the keyboard portion (I found that by accident), so that you can set the Mini out in front and position the keyboard where you need it (very clever!). I didn't get a chance to check the keyboard battery life, but I expect it's directly proportional to how much you use the keyboard. I used the Mini with the
    Airbender case for a couple of days at work, taking my usual notes on it, and it performed very well. It connected easily and stayed connected via Bluetooth. Overall I give this unit a 4.5 out of 5 (rounded up to a 5 for this review). For the price it's a great investment to protect your Mini and have a nice keyboard available, too.

    Pros: Keyboard action is great, keys feel good and are well laid out (with the exception of the space bar, as mentioned above). The hard/soft case design is well thought-out, offering great protection to the Mini, including protecting the various buttons and openings via neoprene flaps. The ability to separate the Mini and keyboard when using them is a very clever design feature, allowing you to move the keyboard around without affecting the Mini. I would carry the Mini around anywhere with this case and not worry much about physical harm or moisture getting into the Mini. That's not to say I would submerge it or run it over with a car, but for everyday use, this case will give your Mini a much better chance of surviving a drop or spill onto it, without damage.

    Cons: The case was a little tough to get onto the Mini. The plastic clips that hold the front and back sections of the "inner" case are hard to separate. However, the good side is that, because they are hard to separate, they won't come open after you snap them closed. Next, the clear plastic cover over the screen is difficult to use with conductive pens/styluses, such as New
    Trent's Arcadia retractable stylus. You have to press pretty hard for them to work well; much harder than without the cover. However, given that the cover is one more
    component of the overall protection of the unit, that's not necessarily all bad. Lastly, aside from the spacebar issue (mentioned above), the only other "con" I would cite is the neoprene "locking" flap that serves to keep the unit "closed." I'm not sure how else it could have been done, but the small neoprene flap has little "nubs" that go into a slot on the top of the Mini, to keep it closed tight against the keyboard. This is not an ideal solution, as you have to really wiggle the nubs to get them to seat inside the slot. After it's fully seated, it does not appear that the unit will come open, but a slightly different design might be easier to use.

    Overall, I would highly recommend this unit for your iPad Mini. It offers great functionality and protection.

    Review by J_Image
    Rating

    (Posted on 9/4/13)

  329. Protective and Handy!

    The Airbender NT31B would be a very useful product for students or anyone wanting to use their iPad in a laptop capacity. The housing is durable and lightweight considering all you get - a silicone sleeve, a hard plastic cover, and a detachable keyboard.

    Pros: The installation instructions were straight-forward and the wireless sync was very easy. The silicone sleeve and hard case cover provides a lot of protection for the iPad screen. I have two toddlers so this is an important detail! I found it easier to type if remove keyboard from the screen; I set the keyboard on my lap and moved the iPad to a table. I thought the ability to detach the keyboard from the iPad was great! I also appreciated the ability to fully maneuver the screen while still attached to the keyboard base.

    Cons: It was a little troublesome to cover the home key on the iPad mini with the silicone tab because the plastic housing gets in the way but it didn't take long to fix. Another minor issue concerns the keys. They are a little hard to push and they click loudly but this is trivial. It is rather awkward to type with screen attached to keyboard if it's sitting on your lap. The weight is distributed too far in the back so it will tip over. If you separate the keyboard from the iPad you will have an easier time typing. Lastly, I have small hands and didn't have a problem using the keyboard but I could see how it could be a nuisance for someone with larger fingers and hands.

    Review by RedIvy
    Rating

    (Posted on 8/31/13)

  330. Rugged!

    as mentioned, the product is very rugged, my ipad mini become very solid.
    I like the way I can flip the screen up and keyboard still there, and still I can detach the keyboard
    and have an armored ipad mini. the protection is very nice, you may see some rainbow oily thing in the screen protector,
    but if the ipad is on, its all gone, so its no problem with me at all.

    The keyboard works great too!

    Review by widarto
    Rating

    (Posted on 8/28/13)

  331. Great for my iPad mini but can still be greater/better!

    What I like about it and don't like about it:
    - I like the texture and that rubbery feeling when holding the case. It's not slippery to the hands even if I have sweaty hands. Though some of the plastic parts feel like it's cheaply made especially the lower pivot arm. You need to be careful because it feels like anytime it could snap/break.
    - I like the feeling when typing using the keyboard - like I'm typing on a desktop or laptop keyboard. It's probably better for women or people with tiny fingers.
    - I like the fact that the iPad is easily detachable from the bluetooth keyboard. But the positioning of the pivot arm and the iPad can be awkward sometimes. It's wobbly if not properly positioned or if you don't place it on top of the table. It's definitely not designed for the lap top (top of your lap).
    - I like how it can be detached from the keyboard and you can use the pivot arm as a stand. Or if you decide to completely remove the pivot arm and keyboard, you may also do so.
    - I like how soft or responsive the volume and power buttons are even if with the case installed. I also like the port rubber covers for keeping them dust free. Though I don't like the rubber lock for the keyboard to the iPad case. They could've used magnets or something else? Hmmm..
    - I like how easy to pair the keyboard to the iPad. Though the connect button could do some improvements because it's hard to press it if you have greater than tiny fingers (i have to use my pinky finger to push it). Though it would've been better if they had a dedicated home key (not having to press Function + ~ just to go to home). In fact, they can use this home key to go to home or press it again and show the search view in iPad. I would also like it more if they have an auto-off feature if it detects that you're not using the keyboard anymore (so the on/off toggle switch might need to be replace with an on/off push button).
    - I like how it keeps the sensitivity of the screen even if there's a plastic film cover in front of the screen. But only drawback is that it is not very responsive to the stylus pens that I tried on it. (Not really sure if it's the stylus pen or the screen causing that).
    - I like the long battery life (I've only had this for few days). Though I'm not sure yet if the battery is user-replaceable or how long before you need to replace it. (Everyone knows that if Apple made their iPhone/iPad/iPod's batteries user-replaceable, then people won't have any reason to switch to other brands. It's like they are forcing their customers to buy their product every year)

    Overall, this is a great buy and great accessory for your iPad.

    Review by Georgi Antonio
    Rating

    (Posted on 8/27/13)

  332. Great case and keyboard for an even better price!

    I originally started off with a keyboard folio from Logitech which is just
    simply a keyboard and case. After switching to the New Trent Airbender I
    think I've found something I like. The silicone ruggedness of the airbender
    case gives great protection. While it adds some bulk and makes it a little
    heavier than most I feel confident carrying it around and tossing it into
    my work bag. The outer silicone casing is nice so when I set it up on a
    table to type I know it won't slide around. The ipad mini itself fits into
    the casing with a protective screen cover which is then connected to the
    keyboard case. It's connected by a metal arm that extends out for different
    viewing angles and also can be rotated to portrait mode vs landscape. There
    is a clip on the back of the iPad mini case that allows you to unclip from
    the arm to use solo. Connecting the keyboard to the ipad mini is super easy
    with Bluetooth. Just go into your iOS settings and turn on Bluetooth as
    well as turning it on at the keyboard and it's pretty much that simple. I
    also had plenty of room on the keyboard to type comfortably on it with out
    feeling cramped.

    Some of my favorite things: there are shortcuts on the keyboard for volume
    control, screen display brightness (!), the keys are responsive, the ipad
    mini detaches from the case, STURDY, protective coverings over volume,
    audio jack, and charging ports, camera lens protection, can be turned and
    angled in many different ways, great price point!

    Some issues that I have had: the arm that reclines the ipad mini back is a
    little to stiff or tight to move it easily, debris (like fuzz) sticks to
    the silicone of the outer casing but can be wiped off, can be kind of heavy
    if carrying around all day.

    Overall I would recommend this to anyone in the market for a keyboard or
    keyboard case. I love that it's all there together but if I need to I can
    separate the keyboard and ipad mini out too, it also folds back on top of
    the keyboard to hold it for reading or browsing. The charge of the keyboard
    has held up really well (usb). It will take a few tries to figure out what
    angle and set up is right for you.The case closes together nicely and it
    has a rubber locking mechanism but I don't think its necessary. If you
    travel a lot or just like to do a lot of typing you should definitely pick
    up this case!

    Review by kelskc
    Rating

    (Posted on 8/23/13)

  333. Great keyboard case for the Mini

    The New Trent Rugged Airbender Mini keyboard case for the iPad Mini is exactly as advertised. It was easy to install, and works like a charm. the Mini can swivel from portrait to landscape alignment without being removed from the case. The silicon outer cover offers great protection, and a nice non-skid outer surface that holds the device steady on most surfaces, and gives comfort and confidence when carrying the case around. The keyboard is both compact and very usable, the variety of function keys makes most jobs easy.

    Review by Michael
    Rating

    (Posted on 8/23/13)

  334. Get more out of your iPad mini!

    Pros:

    I absolutely love the case part of this item. I find myself using my iPad mini more and in more rugged places because it feels so well protected. It also make the iPad mini easier to grip and it feel better in my hand. It's seriously making me fall in love with my iPad mini again.

    It's just as strong and as well designed as any Otterbox case I've had, and with the Otterbox case going for the same price as the New Trent case but you get a keyboard with the New Trent case, it makes it a no brainier which product to buy!

    The keyboard works great for holding the iPad mini in a comfortable viewing position in either landscape or portrait orientation. The metal arm is very durable and easily holds the weight of the iPad mini.

    Con:

    I don't love how the keyboard attaches to the iPad mini. The attachment mechanism holds really well, but it can be hard to get my big fingers in to pinch it to make it separate. It's not the worse thing, just a little annoying at times.

    Also, when you fold the keyboard and iPad mini up to carry together, they are held together with a small piece of the rubber case. I feel like this little piece will easily break and can be difficult to lock together at times.

    Overall:

    I love this case for the protection it adds my iPad mini alone, and the fact that it comes with a Bluetooth keyboard is a great additional bonus. I would recommend this product to anyone who wants to get more out of their iPad mini.

    Review by Michael
    Rating

    (Posted on 8/23/13)

  335. great product

    I've been using this product for about a month now and it has worked surprisingly great. It's not only convenient but it's durable as well and the materials are all quality. The design is sleek and minimalistic and the functionality of this product is simple and to the point. It works exactly how you would expect it to.

    The actual case itself is very durable and will keep your iPad safe, the bumper surrounding the sides is a mixture of hard and soft rubber with a deep inset so you won't have to worry about scratches or dings on the screen. All the openings and holes for the volume, charging port, home button, etc. align perfectly.

    On top of the products durability, the case is also water-resistant. It may not be 100% water-proof, but after spilling a full cup of water on top of the keyboard and simply drying it off there were no damages to its functionality and it worked fine.




    Review by michael
    Rating

    (Posted on 8/22/13)

  336. Great protectable case that allows you to type on your iPad Mini via bluetooth

    This is the best iPad Mini Keyboard/Case. This New Trent case is great for students and workers that type notes or documents all the time. Not only does this case provides a great keyboard for the iPad mini, but it provides great protection for the iPad mini. It's a hard shelled case that is also water resistant. I love this case and would recommend it to anyone that owns a iPad mini. Thanks New Trent

    Review by Jeffrey
    Rating

    (Posted on 8/20/13)

  337. Love it

    Just received my new Trent IPad mini case and I love it. It has all the features and essentials I was looking for in a case. I love the detachable keyboard and extra protection.

    Review by Jimmy
    Rating

    (Posted on 8/15/13)

  338. Best Keyboard/Case Combo For iPad Mini!

    The Rugged Airbender Mini Wireless Keyboard is an absolute MUST have! I have tried several keyboard/case combos and this product from New Trent is the best, let me just give you a few reasons as to why this is the best:
    #1. First of all this is almost like two different products because you can actually remove the case from the keyboard and still have full protection with a built in stand which is quite sturdy too (and it comes with an integrated screen protector). You cannot even find a protective case of this quality for less/ then $59.95 anywhere. When connected to the keyboard, the mini can be adjusted into so many positions and angles. It can be viewed in portrait or landscape mode and you can flip upside down to show somebody else whats on your screen. I am just in awe of this product.
    #2. It is actually really dirt proof! It ALL comes right off if you get anything on it. This case is also shock proof, and water resistant (which basically means you just can't submerge it in water).
    #3. The bluetooth is very easy to connect, your iPad will "see" it right away and you only have to connect one time. The keyboard fully charges in about and hour or so, and I've had this for about a week an a half and haven't had to recharge it yet!
    #4. On the keyboard it has controls so you can go to the homescreen, change the brightness, you can play/pause videos or movies, rewind/fast forward, increase or decrease volume, and much more with just the press of a button!
    #5. This actually looks like a Mini Laptop! It is very sleek, expensive looking, and just a great quality product! (Especially for the price were actually getting it at.)

    All in all this is a 5 star product and I couldn't be happier with it! And I've bought a few products from New Trent now and I haven't been disappointed one time, and really that's all someone can ask for!

    Review by Samantha
    Rating

    (Posted on 8/13/13)

  339. Well worth the price.

    I've been using the Airbender iPad mini keyboard/cover for several weeks now. I have to say I'm very impressed by this product. It is a well made, well thought out keyboard cover. All ports and switches are accessible via plug covers or raised rubber buttons, they all work well. The hinges and parts all appear to be of high quality materials. So far the battery life of the keyboard is better than my iPad mini's. I've only charged it the origin time and it still works fabulous. If the keyboard goes to sleep a couple of taps of the space bar and its linked again via bluetooth.

    Review by Skip
    Rating

    (Posted on 8/13/13)

  340. Great keyboard case!

    I've only had the Airbender Mini case for a few days, but I have already
    found it to be an essential addition to my iPad Mini. Overall, I would
    rate it a 5 out of 5 - it's great.

    Likes:

    * Protection. I feel so much safer carrying my iPad around, putting it
    in my backpack, etc. with the protection the Airbender provides. I
    hope I never drop my iPad. But if I do, I feel like the Airbender
    will keep any damage to a minimum. I'm more than happy to trade a
    little extra bulk for the peace of mind the case provides. Plus all
    the ports are covered saving me from cleaning lint out of the ports
    like I have to do once in a while on my iPhone.
    * Build Quality. The case fits my Mini like a glove and the rubberized
    outer shell gives it a nice grippy feel that actually makes it
    easier to hold than the naked iPad. The screen protector works
    perfectly. I was concerned before buying that the screen protector
    might detract from the tangible nature of interacting with an iPad -
    perhaps causing the screen to be less sensitive to my touch. But
    this has not been a problem in the least and I enjoy the feel of the
    screen protector as much as I do the bare iPad touchscreen. The
    entire package is very well designed and when the whole thing is
    assembled and closed clamshell-style, it feels like a high-quality
    miniature laptop. I just love carrying it around and showing it off
    to people.
    * Versatility. I really appreciate the way the case can adapt to the
    way I want to use it rather than the other way around. I can carry
    the iPad by itself in the case, I can use the stand and the case
    (without the keyboard) to prop up the iPad so it is easier to work
    on or to watch a movie, or I can fold everything up together and use
    it like a laptop. And in the short time I've owned it, I have
    already used the Airbender for all of these functions and it works
    great. I also like that the stand disconnects from the keyboard so I
    can place the iPad and keyboard relative to each other in the most
    comfortable position.
    * Value. This thing is an absolute steal for forty bucks! I looked at
    other keyboard cases that cost twice as much as the Airbender but
    none of them provide as much functionality and protection.
    * Keyboard. The keys have a very nice feel and are easy to type on. I
    am a very fast touch-typist so there is a learning curve for me to
    find the correct keys given their smaller size and the locations of
    some of the punctuation keys and Shift keys. But once I have been
    typing on it for a few minutes, my hands adjust pretty well. I'm
    confident I will get better at this as I become more accustomed to
    the smaller keyboard.


    Dislikes:

    * Closure flap.I can't say I love the little flap that attaches the
    keyboard to the upper case. I feel like it could tear off easily or
    break off and I find it takes a little more work than I expected to
    get the flap to seat completely in its notch. If the case needs a
    flap to close it (I'm not convinced it does), I would wish for a
    more sturdy one that gives a more satisfying closure.

    Review by William
    Rating

    (Posted on 8/9/13)

  341. It almost turns the Mini into a netbook, though there are a few limitations.

    The New Trent NT31B case is a nice, though not perfect, companion to the iPad Mini. It almost turns the Mini into a netbook, though there are a few limitations.
    The Bluetooth keyboard connects easily and lasts a long time, if you switch it off between uses. I've had it a week and haven't had to recharge it yet, still I'd recommend purchasing it with a dual USB charger. The case is rugged with rubber and plastic, a screen protector, and flaps over all inputs, keeping my tablet well protected from the elements. I love that the screen can rotate so that my view is either portrait or landscape, however I'd prefer that it snap into those positions. The fact that it swivels to any location in between feels a little flimsy or cumbersome. It closes up nicely with the keyboard providing excellent screen protection.
    Unfortunately, in some apps the keys don't always work as labeled. In Safari for example, the "l"; key is not an "l", but acts as punctuation. The keys function as expected in Pages and other apps I tried through. One suggestion would be some sort of indicator of battery charge, like the onscreen battery indicator I get when paired with my Jawbone Bluetooth. It currently doesn't seem to give an indication when it is fully charged, or when my battery is low.
    Overall, it is an excellent case and a good keyboard.

    Review by Shane
    Rating

    (Posted on 8/8/13)

  342. Great Product at a Great Price

    New Trent NT31B (1pc) Rugged Airbender Mini Wireless Bluetooth iPad mini Keyboard case , Water Resistant/Dirt Proof/Shock Proof/ with Dual-Layered Rubberized Full Body Slipcover Protection and Polycarbonate Frame, Integrated Screen and completely accessible Plug Covers, Rotatable Aluminum Swivel Stand, and Detachable Case

    I received this keyboard/case and was pleasantly pleased . After several days of using the product, I felt I needed to post this review to let others know what a wonderful product and accessory for my Mini IPad. To start with, the case was easy to install on my IPad, then syncing the keyboard with the IPad using the bluetooth was very simple following the instructions that were included. Once that was set up, I was ready to go....the keyboard itself has sturdy keys and they respond well to touch, typing on the keyboard was much easier that I thought given the size of the keyboard. Using it to chat or email was simple and easier that the keyboard on the Mini Ipad. I love the fact that the IPad was easy to adjust, rotate vertical or horizontal and it detaches easily if needed. Watching a movie and not having to hold the Mini, using the adjustable stand is a plus too. There are extra buttons on the keypad for controlling playback controls, volume and the brightness of the screen which makes it easy instead of locating them on the IPad. I like the fact too that all the ports are protected with the silicone tabs and are easy to access when needed. Overall, I really love this keyboard/case...It is built well, not bulky and is very versatile. It gives me the protection I need to keep my IPad safe ifit were dropped. The only cons that I found are the silicone piece tab that locks the keyboard and IPad in place, I find it alittle hard to get in place. Also, I would suggest maybe some additional colors to choose from...other than that I feel it is a great Ipad accessory and I would recommend this product. Great product at a Great Price !
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/A1X1CEGHTHMBL1/

    Review by Charlene
    Rating

    (Posted on 8/8/13)

  343. Great Product

    The NT31B Airbender Mini is a great case. It protects the iPad from drops
    and accidental spills. The keyboard is real handy and very easy to use.
    Makes it much easier to type than other cases out there. Easy to take
    apart if you don't want to use the keyboard. Also the keyboard battery
    last a long time charged. Although a bit heavy, it is still not bad if you
    carry it around in your backpack. Easy to connect to iPad. All buttons
    are still easy to access with case open.

    Review by Rafael
    Rating

    (Posted on 8/7/13)

  344. Great Case, Great Value...

    This case is great. Its not perfect, but the pros out weigh the cons in my opinion. Here is my list of pros and cons:

    Pros:

    High quality material and workmanship.
    Protects all areas of the iPad mini including screen and cameras.
    Great use of the extra function keys to perform extra features.
    Mac shortcut keys work great.
    Retains sleep mode from smart covers.
    Bluetooth keyboard battery lasts a long time on single charge.
    Bluetooth keyboard automatically shuts off if accidentally left power button on ON position.
    Got many compliments on the case at my work.

    Cons:

    Rubber molding feels like it might get loose over time.
    Rubber molding retains finger print markings.
    Interior of clear protective screen looks wavy when looking at screen turned off.
    Case adds a bit of weight overall.
    Keys on bluetooth keyboard not always responsive.
    Rubber piece that keeps lid and keyboard closed is hard to insert into its opening.
    Sometimes a bit awkward when closing the lid on keyboard if not at the right angle.

    Review by Jorge
    Rating

    (Posted on 8/7/13)

  345. Airbender Mini NT31B

    SUMMARY
    o Product performed successfully under inclement weather conditions
    o Perfect value compared to similarly constructed, competitor products
    o Capable of withstanding hazardous weather conditions (including rain, sand and wind)

    PURCHASE
    o Product purchased directly from 'idealpoint' on Amazon
    o Shipment arrived within 72 hours of ordering product

    PRODUCT
    o Packaging allows for adequate protection of product during shipment (hard cardboard box)
    o Includes micro-USB charging cable, manual and NT31B case

    INITIAL INSPECTION
    o Case is constructed using same protection principles as similary designed products (three-layer protection includes silicone sleeve, plastic case and screen protector
    o Keyboard component and tablet component are attached via removable metal hinge
    o Packging comes with directions that are easy to follow for installation of the case onto your iPad Mini device
    o Once installed, device obtains sufficient added protection from the case

    FIELD TEST
    o This product was tested over the course of five (5) days in a desert environment
    o Weather during field test was scattered daily showers with temperatures from 75-93 degrees; humidity ranged from 10-30%
    o Case was subjected to contact with rain, sand, mud and dirt over the course of five days
    o Case protected device from rain showers and kept the device dry (case in closed position)
    o Sand accumulated at device openings; easily cleaned with soft brush
    o Mud easily removed with wet rag
    o iPad Mini not damaged during field test; retains full functionality

    PRODUCT USAGE
    o Tablet case disconnects from keyboard allowing for flexibility of movement to place the tablet where desired
    o Following the installation instructions, the device quickly connected every time the iPad was turned on for use
    o Keyboard was charged for eight (8) hours overnight prior to first use (worked duration of entire field test without additional charge required)

    SUSTAINS
    o Device protection provides great value for the consumer considering similarly constructed products from competitors
    o Protection capability is above-satisfactory due to flexibility of how the device and case can be used (detached or attached)
    o Capable of utilizing in conjunction with stylus pens for flexible use and ease
    o Rugged protection reinforces protection for the iPad Mini

    IMPROVES
    o Does not include a USB wall adapter, only micro USB cable (forces customer to provide their own)
    o Fastener that keeps case closed is made of silicone which, over time, is prone to damage and wear/tear that could potentially tear over time(suggest a plastic lock fastener instead of silicone)
    o Suggest hinge that connects the tablet and keyboard together lock and not be permitted to separate by pulling the two components apart
    o As with all silicone-based covers, the silicone sleeve will eventually wear over time if the consumer repeatedely takes the case on/off; limit amount of times the device is removed from the case in order to mitigate possibility of silicone sleeve not forming to the case properly

    OVERALL ASSESSMENT
    o This product is a great value for consumers who wish to protect their iPad Mini devices
    o Product offers same protection as similarly designed items that are available in brick-and-mortar stores at a fraction of the cost
    o Trusted brand in mobile electronic accessories succeeds with another accessory built for the iPad Mini
    o Take advantage of this great value and save yourself paying up to twice as much as what this product is offered for!

    Review by Shaun
    Rating

    (Posted on 8/7/13)

  346. Good quality product, worth the money

    After trialing this device, it was evident that it ranks up with the best bluetooth keyboard for the iPad mini.
    Pros
    -Easy bluetooth paring, very consistent and reliable connection.
    -Nice feed back from the keyboard keys and tactile feel, not like some that can miss some letters due to varying typing pressure.
    -Nice heavy duty protective case.
    -Case closure latch is very secure, sealed when closed to prohibit debris to get in the case when iPad is placed in a bag.
    -When detached from the keyboard, case still provides great protection for the iPad.
    -The screen protector is great, doesn't interfere with tactile interaction with screen.
    -Great for Blind/Visually impaired users, very close to a regular computer keyboard (arrow keys, and command keys)

    -Nate

    Review by Nathaniel
    Rating

    (Posted on 8/7/13)

  347. Great Build Quality and strong product!

    The New Trent case is a very heavy duty and professional case. The build quality is top-notch and the device is very functional for what it is intended for. Remember that this is a bluetooth keyboard for an iPad mini, and as a result the keyboard is going to be small. Even with that said though, I found that I could type quite quickly without feeling overly cramped on the keyboard, including long emails and other notes.

    The case is on the heavier side, but that it is to be expected for a ruggedized case. I really like that the two halves are detachable and have been using the iPad mini exclusively in the protective case since I bought it. I don't dare toss it around or splash it with water, but I'm confident that the device would be fine from those types of actions.

    One minor quip is that the arm attachment for the keyboard is fairly easy to pull all the way out on accident while positioning the screen. As such, it would be nice if there was a lock to lock it in place (or at least prevent it from coming out when not intended (adjustments). It fits snugly, but having a latch stop would be an improvement.

    I'm very happy with the unit and the price by which it was obtained. No complaints overall at all.

    Review by Tim
    Rating

    (Posted on 8/6/13)

  348. great product but a mixed bag personally

    My initial impression is that it is very heavy. It adds quite a bit of bulk to the ipad, but it does feel very well built and will provide a good amount of protection for the ipad. Installing the ipad onto the unit was a little tricky, as the fit is really tight, but once it is on it will be really secure. I tested out to see how difficult it would be to take the cover off, and it was slightly difficult at first, but once you know how to, it's much easier. The unit fully charged within a couple hours and connected easily with the tablet. Response to typing is very good...just as quick as a connected keyboard. Keyboard layout is fine, with shift keys on both sides. The keys are a bit small, and as I am typing this I am encountering a lot of typos and having to correct a lot of words, and I dont have the biggest hands.

    I have mixed feelings about the extension arm. It enables you to position the screen at almost any angle, even flat if you wanted. However, once the arm is extended the screen does not secure very well...tends to be a bit wobbly. It would be better if there was something that secured it a bit more in place.

    Overall it's a mixed bag for me. Definitely some good things but some others I can do without or can use some tweaking. Am still rating it 4 stars because, even though it's not an ideal product for me, I can see the benefits of this item, especially the price...definitely can't beat it for what you are getting!

    Review by Doug
    Rating

    (Posted on 8/4/13)

  349. Good and Durable iPad mini keyboard case

    Functionally the NT31B Airbender iPad mini Keyboard works well and is comfortable to type in for its size. It is easy to get used to the keyboard and build up to a solid typing speed. Overall the keyboard layout is as would be expected given the width of the iPad mini. The keys are small, but I was still able to type with small adjustments to get used to the keyboard layout. The NT31B Airbender keyboard is a great device to maximize the usefulness of the iPad when travelling.

    Connecting the iPad to the keyboard via bluetooth was about average when compared to other bluetooth keyboards I've used. With that said, after the keyboard has been paired it takes under 2 seconds after pressing a key to pair the devices.

    The keyboard is sturdy and is solidly constructed. Getting it adjusted just right does take more effort than I'd expect, but this keyboard is made for maximum protection. Although I did not drop the iPad while it was inside of the case as a test, the construction and design appears to be similar to OtterBox iPhone cases which can withstand a fair amount of abuse.

    The case allows for the stand to slide out of the keyboard to function as a free standing iPad holder. This enables you to use the ipad wihtout the keyboard but still use it as a free standing monitor stand similar to a desktop monitor. This could be useful for such things as bringing the iPad into the kitchen while looking up a recipe to cook, or as a night stand where you don't have to physically hold the iPad upright. The only draw back that I saw with this feature, is that there is not a latch or stopper that prevents the stand portion of the case from sliding out the keyboard. This could be an issue if you were to grab the keyboard and assume that both parts were fused together and handle the iPad and keyboard case as a laptop, which could lead to inadvertently dropping the iPad.

    The keyboard allows you to easily detach the housing with the iPad in it from the stand and keyboard. The mechanism to remove the iPad is similar to a lens cap of a dSLR camera. This allows you to use the iPad with a protective case without having to actually pull the iPad out of the case, which would be painful if you had to pull it out every time you wanted to leave the keyboard behind.

    Review by TJ
    Rating

    (Posted on 8/2/13)

  350. Good and Durable iPad mini keyboard case

    Functionally the NT31B Airbender iPad mini Keyboard works well and is comfortable to type in for its size. It is easy to get used to the keyboard and build up to a solid typing speed. Overall the keyboard layout is as would be expected given the width of the iPad mini. The keys are small, but I was still able to type with small adjustments to get used to the keyboard layout. The NT31B Airbender keyboard is a great device to maximize the usefulness of the iPad when travelling.

    Connecting the iPad to the keyboard via bluetooth was about average when compared to other bluetooth keyboards I've used. With that said, after the keyboard has been paired it takes under 2 seconds after pressing a key to pair the devices.

    The keyboard is sturdy and is solidly constructed. Getting it adjusted just right does take more effort than I'd expect, but this keyboard is made for maximum protection. Although I did not drop the iPad while it was inside of the case as a test, the construction and design appears to be similar to OtterBox iPhone cases which can withstand a fair amount of abuse.

    The case allows for the stand to slide out of the keyboard to function as a free standing iPad holder. This enables you to use the ipad wihtout the keyboard but still use it as a free standing monitor stand similar to a desktop monitor. This could be useful for such things as bringing the iPad into the kitchen while looking up a recipe to cook, or as a night stand where you don't have to physically hold the iPad upright. The only draw back that I saw with this feature, is that there is not a latch or stopper that prevents the stand portion of the case from sliding out the keyboard. This could be an issue if you were to grab the keyboard and assume that both parts were fused together and handle the iPad and keyboard case as a laptop, which could lead to inadvertently dropping the iPad.

    The keyboard allows you to easily detach the housing with the iPad in it from the stand and keyboard. The mechanism to remove the iPad is similar to a lens cap of a dSLR camera. This allows you to use the iPad with a protective case without having to actually pull the iPad out of the case, which would be painful if you had to pull it out every time you wanted to leave the keyboard behind.

    Review by Tupac
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    (Posted on 8/2/13)

  351. Overall a great case

    The Airbender mini overall is a terrific product. I was able to install the case onto my iPad mini with no problem, and the keyboard connected to my mini with no issue. The product is rugged with the exception of the hinge, which when I open the case feels like it may break. the arm holding the iPad mini to the keyboard also completely slides out and separates from the keyboard, which gets a tad frustrating when trying to slide the iPad in viewing position. I found a method that makes it easier to work with, but for those who get frustrated quickly take note. They keyboard takes a bit of getting used to, otherwise works just fine. Charging the keyboard is quick and I still haven't had to charge it yet (two weeks straight with it on and still going). I like the fact that you can unclip the iPad if you don't want to use the keyboard, although the silicon portion tends to slide of the sides every now and then. Separating the iPad from the keyboard is a bit of a challenge, but connecting it back is easy. So far the case hasn't gotten in the way with taking pictures using the rear facing camera. When trying to keep the iPad in viewing position, touching the screen tends to make it move around constantly. If there was a small divot to keep it in place like on the Arclight it would be much better. While some parts feel fragile, the case as a whole feels solid. I find myself using it all the time, regardless of where I am!

    Review by Ryan
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    (Posted on 8/1/13)

  352. Great Value!

    The Arcadia iPad Mini Keyboard-case combo is different than any other keyboard-case I’ve ever tried. It is both compact and offers great overall protection. The keys itself are spaced out enough that makes typing easy especially when you compare it with the on-screen keyboard. Everything from the way the iPad mini fits in the case to the way ease of setting up the keyboard is wonderful.



    The only gripe I have about this product is that the keys themselves are a little hard to get used to. I generally use Logitech or Apple keyboards for my main computers so typing on the Arcadia keyboard took a little while to get used to. The reason is because the keys on the Arcadia take a little more effort to depress. I suppose the resistance on them isn’t as soft as Logitech or Apple keyboards.



    I never liked the idea of having a keyboard-case cover for my iPad mini due to fear that typing on them would be difficult. However, the Arcadia keyboard-case has changed my mind. Yeah, it’s that good. I have used this product for a few days now and have gotten used to how the keyboard feels. Taking quick notes during class and writing emails have been a breeze and I would highly recommend this product especially for its price. You get both keyboard and a case protection for what a very attractive price. Highly recommended!

    Review by dave
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    (Posted on 8/1/13)

  353. Good Keyboard Case for the Mini

    The iPad mini Airbender keyboard case is a decent keyboard case for the iPad mini. There are many awesome things about it, but there are also some flaws. Overall, the case feels great and does a good job protecting the iPad from the dangers it may face during day to day life, even though it is somewhat thick compared to other cases I have tried. One thing I wouldn’t mind seeing is a thinner design, or the option of a case that isn’t quite as “bullet proof” to go with the iPad mini keyboard. One thing that has bugged me is that the screen protector sometimes has a strange feeling to it that hinders finger movement on it. The keyboard has taken some getting used to, but it works quite well, considering it is somewhat limited in how big it can be. It would be nice of the iPad functions (especially the home button) didn’t require pressing the function button too. Even though they aren’t necessary for the iPad’s functions, it is nice to have the typically Mac buttons (option & command) since the keyboard can also be used with a Mac via Bluetooth. The one thing that I haven’t gotten a chance to test much is battery life, even though it has worked well over the past week with a small amount of use each day. Overall, this is a great case that protects the iPad as well as offering some additional functionality.

    Review by Brad
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    (Posted on 7/31/13)

  354. NT31B

    This is a great product. It is easy to assemble and it protects the iPad like no other I have seen before.

    I especially like the fact that the screen can be tilted. I use this feature all of the time while reading one of the bible programs I have installed on my iPad Mini. The keyboard is very easy to use as well for word processing and general text input. I have not tried to see how water resistant it is but I am sure that I will get the chance sometime when I am out and it is raining.

    The only drawback I see so far is that it is a little harder to close than I thought it would be. I am afraid that I am going to break the tab off.

    Review by kevin
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    (Posted on 7/30/13)

  355. Nearly perfect iPad mini keyboard case

    I picked this up on a whim; I had a trip coming up and wanted to try taking my iPad mini with me exclusively but wanted a keyboard to go with it. I debated just getting a bluetooth keyboard but those seem cumbersome or costly. I ran across this and for the cost figured I'd give it a shot as an all in one solution.

    First thing, I was incredibly surprised by the quality of the case. Every inch of the iPad is protected from everything - even rain and dust. The construction feels solid enough that I don't have to worry about something happening to the mini while inside. The keyboard is comfortable although small and once you position the screen it feels like a mini laptop. Not something I'd want to bang out a huge paper on but more than enough for conversations and emails.

    One of the interesting tricks to this device is that you can detach the keyboard and hinge from the top part of the case if you don't want to use the keyboard. It's a really nice touch that shows how well thought out the design is.

    So what could be better? Well the hinge can get a little fussy in getting it so the iPad rests on the keyboard, thus preventing the screen from shaking while typing. Feels like this could be fixed by some sort of ratcheting hinge. Noting major but a minor quibble. Other than that the TPU/Silicone exterior has a tendency to pull away from the plastic housing when undoing the latch mechanism. Minimal again but a minor thing. Those issues don't really take much away from the overall picture though and when you factor in the functionality and cost they really become almost moot.

    Pros:
    ++ Great protection
    ++ Detachable case/keyboard mechanism
    ++ Great price
    + Comfy keyboard for the size

    Cons:
    - Hinge can be hard to get perfect

    Very satisfied with this case, especially given the cost. I asked a friend what he thought it cost and he initially guessed more than double the price. Just goes to show you that you're getting a great bang for your buck.

    Review by William
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    (Posted on 7/30/13)

  356. Awesome Case!!

    I really like the Airbender mini Case. I had a Smart Cover with my Mini before and didn't like the options for propping up my iPad. The Airbender makes watching videos really nice because it gives you multiple viewing angles and you can just use the top case and stand as a viewing station. The keyboard is really nice. I have big fingers which makes it hard to type sometimes, but the keyboard is really easy to use. The hot keys are great!! My only dislike right now is that the hinge on the Airbender is really stiff, but I imagine that it will loosen up over time!

    Review by Eric
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    (Posted on 7/30/13)

  357. Very nice product

    I used the case on entry of data for spreadsheets and word processing. In the spreadsheet the keyboard allowed easier and accurate keying. The touch of the keys feels great and allows the mini to act more like a lap top. The case is sturdy, and offers outstanding protection. The rotatable stand, is great, and i used this a lot, depending on what program i was using the mini .

    I showed it at work, and people caught on quick on how to set it up, and was using the keyboard in seconds.

    Review by Dan
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    (Posted on 7/30/13)

  358. Very nice BT keyboard and case

    I have had this New Trent IMP90C dual port charge a little less than a week. It is small and very compact. The plug is hinged and will fold into the casing to allow for easy transport or sticking in your pocket if needed.

    There is a blue LED on the device to show it is receiving power from the outlet. This is handy to know so when you plug in a device and it will not charge, you can at least check and make certain you have power at the outlet before you start troubleshooting cables, connections, etc.

    It appears only one of the USB ports will charge my iPad4. I know the iPad4 requires more power to charge due to the amount of juice from the batteries required to run the retina display. I had to swap the cables around a couple of times to make certain of this face. My iPhone however would charge in either port.

    Pros:
    Small and compact
    Foldable plug
    LED light to show it has power

    Cons:
    Would be nice if the ports were labeled to show which one was sending out for power for iPad charging

    Overall I would give this portable dual port charger a 4 out of 5. It's small, light weight and allows two devices to be charged at once. It would be nice if the ports were labeled with their charging capabilities.

    Review by Lance
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    (Posted on 7/29/13)

  359. A Winning Case for my Mini! Excellent Protection With Multiple Configurations!

    This Airbender Mini bluetooth keyboard case is a winner! It offers solid, sturdy protection for my iPad mini with a pleasingly smooth, rubberized hard shell case. The port holes are covered for added protection. The iPad is well protected by a hardshell case. A clear plastic window protects the screen and the Apple logo on the back. The bluetooth keyboard pairs flawlessly and quickly with the mini and the keys have a solid feel when typing. I like the placement of the hot keys.

    The awesome feature that makes this case outstanding is its extreme configuration versatility! I can use the case connected like a mini laptop, I can rotate the screen 360 degrees, I can separate the iPad from the keyboard and use the mini with or without the keyboard. I can create most any viewing angle that I need. The case puts the mini to sleep when it is closed.

    Although the case was very easy to put on the mini, I found it more difficult to remove, even after reading instructions. It takes some practice gently prying the back off without damaging the case. Extra time to remove the mini from the case is required, along with plenty of patience. It takes some practice to be able to do it quickly. The entire case is a tad bulky, but not overly so, and this is a fair trade-off for the protection and versatility the case provides.
    Highly recommended!

    Review by Helen
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    (Posted on 7/29/13)

  360. Very Pleased

    I just received my IPad Mini Keyboard case and so far its great. I love the feel of the keys and how they respond to the touch. It's like using a real computer keyboard. Not the rubbery feel of other keyboards I have used.

    The rotating swivel stand is amazing and easy to set it just the way I need it for different circumstances.

    So far so good!

    Review by Lance
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    (Posted on 7/29/13)

  361. Very good product with only a few minor shortcomings

    The packaging the AirBender comes in is excellent. I appreciate not having to completely destroy a package in order to get to the product inside. The box is solid enough that you can use it to store the keyboard and case in when not in use.

    Assembling the unit was straightforward and is similar to many other protective cases on the market. The "grip" of the silicone sleeve was a little more smooth than I expected.

    Pairing the keyboard with the iPad mini took mere seconds and it was up and running. The keyboard felt a little small, but that's just because it had to fit within the footprint of the iPad mini. Still way better than typing using the on-screen keyboard for any length of text.

    I found it somewhat difficult to get the iPad arranged in the right position and wished it could angle back a little farther. Taking the unit apart was also a challenge the first time, but I expect will get easier with time.

    All in all, the AirBender mini is a useful product when you need to type a lot of emails or notes on the road and don't want to take a laptop with you. It would be good for attending conferences because of it's small form factor.

    Review by Brian
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    (Posted on 7/29/13)

  362. Great Case. Even Better Price

    I am really impressed with the quality of this case. It only took a few minutes to install and fits really well. It did take some trial and error to find a steady angle for typing with the keyboard. The key is to rotate the iPad 180 and it fits much better against the keyboard. It is difficult to attach the rubber latch from the keyboard to iPad but with time I will get the hang of it. Absolutely love the fact you can remove the keyboard completely and use the stand by itself. Overall a great case and a even better price.

    Review by Jordan
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    (Posted on 7/27/13)

  363. Very attractive, sturdy protective case

    1.Attractive box, easy to open and remove items.
    2.The black rubber cover has a very good quality feel.
    3.A very attractive, sturdy protective case.
    4.Closed, the iPad Mini is well protected in a purse, backpack or any type satchel.
    5.The installation is practically permanent as disassembly is difficult.
    6.The squeeze connecter to the kick stand, although quite attractive, is difficult to squeeze to remove the stand. Then again it is unlikely to come lose.

    Review by Tom
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    (Posted on 7/27/13)

  364. Great product

    This is a great product. It is easy to assemble and it protects the iPad like no other I have seen before.

    Review by kevin
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    (Posted on 7/27/13)

  365. Great keyboard case!

    I quite like the Airbender Mini. If one plans to do a lot of typing, you'll find it much easier to type on the Airbender than to peck out emails on the on-screen iPad Mini keyboard.

    The Airbender Mini arrived charged, and setup instructions were clear. It just took a couple of minutes to get the case on, and I was good to go!

    One of the big plus-es of the Airbender Mini is that keyboard aside, it's actually quite a nice iPad case. The case has a hard plastic layer that completely surrounds the iPad, including the bezel and back (though, there is a see-through cut out over the Apple logo). It also has an attached screen protector. Over the plastic case, there's a flexible rubber layer, which surrounds the entire iPad, including part of the bezel and the home button. All in all, it's a great case, and I imagine would protect your iPad well from drops. While certainly not waterproof, I would definitely say it's going to protect your iPad for minor spills, rain, etc. All of the ports (headphone, charging, mute/rotation lock) are covered by rubber flaps. The volume and power buttons are under a layer of rubber, but are very easy to find and press. There's holes for the speakers and microphone. New Trent pretty much thought of everything, in terms of the case.

    The other half of the Airbender is the keyboard. The keyboard does take a bit of getting used to, just because it's so small (but hey, what can one expect; it's for an iPad Mini, after all). The layout and feel of the keys is nice. It feels like my Dell laptop keys, but on a smaller scale. There are shortcut buttons to change the screen brightness, volume, to jump to search, to skip ahead on movies, to turn the iPad off, etc. I find those very helpful. For the first few days, I did keep reaching for a touch pad on the keyboard, forgetting that I had to actually touch the screen to navigate. That's just a matter of habit, and I've mostly stopped doing that now.

    One thing I love is that you don't have to have the keyboard with you at all times. The case and keyboard are completely detachable, via a clamp that is pretty much exactly like a lens cap for a SLR/dSLR camera. The whole case is a little on the bulky side (about an inch thick) when the keyboard is attached, so it's great to be able to take the keyboard off if you don't need it for a certain event.

    The iPad can be situated in either landscape or portrait orientation. I didn't have tipping problems, regardless of how I turned the iPad. Positioning the screen does take a bit of getting used to. You have to both pull out the stand from the back of the keyboard, and also adjust the angle of the "camera lens" clasp. I do wish it were just a tiny bit more intuitive, but given another week or so, I'm sure I'd forget that I ever had problems adjusting the screen.

    After almost a week of use, I've found that I really like the Airbender. It's a great case, a great keyboard, and a great combination keyboard/case.

    If I'm being nit-picky, There are a couple of minor things that I might change:

    I do wish that the interior hard plastic shell came in white, not just black. I have a white iPad Mini, and you can only see a patch of white around the camera, and just a slight edge of the bezel. Overall, it certainly looks like I have a black iPad Mini.

    I also wish that the screen protector was optional; perhaps a separate piece of the case that can be used, or not, depending on one's preferences. I already have a screen protector on my iPad, so I found that the screen protector attached to the Airbender really isn't necessary for me. While it doesn't get in the way or interfere in with the workings of the touch screen, it does extend the possibility of getting dust, etc. under the screen protector. So for me, I would have just left off the screen protector, and instead just used the one I already have stuck directly to my screen.

    Overall, I give this case 5 stars. If you're looking for a keyboard case for your iPad, buy this one!

    Review by Christy
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    (Posted on 7/26/13)

  366. My mistake

    I previously gave this product a not-so-good review. I mentioned that the plastic covering left a pattern on the surface that was very distracting.

    I got to thinking about why that would be happening. I realized that I have a screen protector. I removed the protector and reinstalled the Airbender and no more pattern.

    It might be worth while for Newtrent to mention thins in its instructions of installation.

    Other then that problem I'm getting used to the system. You'll note that I went from 1 star to 4.

    Review by gshacienda
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    (Posted on 7/23/13)

  367. Excellent Hard-Core Case

    I purchased the NewTrent Airbender Mini because I needed a decent case for my mini, I wanted a keyboard for it, and it was from NewTrent who hasn't let me down. I was definitely satisfied with this product. I'm a particular-person who envisions an imaginary product with features and hopes that theres a product out there that meets the specifications that I would want. This came very close to being the ideal product for me Let me tell you the good and the bad
    The Good: It works great. No connectivity problems, it might as well be wired in the back. It's durable..yes, i've dropped it. Its who I am..hence why I wanted the case. I've had other equipment where you feel as though a good drop will cause it to shatter or if you handled it too roughly its game over; not this one though, this one is hard core. Take it pretty much anywhere Feel free to play hard. It's sleek. Its outcasing is hardened rubber, its rugged, and keeps weather, dirt and dust out of any port or oriface. When it's closed up, its looking pretty sharp. It's also compact.Probably one of the slimmest keyboard/case combo on the market. Its a little thicker than some of the other ones that NewTrent offers, but this is the heavy duty variety and you come to expect this; but you don't feel like you're lugging around a hard-shell samsonite from the early 80s. FOR THOSE ALSO IN MEDICAL FIELD: YES it still fits in a white coat pocket--BUT its bulky and will weigh you down.

    The Bad: It can be a little cumbersome to work with. It is designed to be able to work one the fly with, but it really works best when its on a table or surface of sorts. Now mind you- ignore what other people are saying - you DONT NEED A FLAT SURFACE (it helps), a surface of any sort will allow you to prop it up quicker and angle the scren easier... but not required, you CAN EASILY pull out while walking or standing- just takes some getting used to. **But this limits the use of this case. If you are using this as part of your business and are planning on pulling it out so you can type in customer info or whatnot on the fly, it will be difficult; but its definitely doable. Earlier models were not as friendly with this concept and you really couldn't use it easily in this fashion, but its safe to say its remedied.

    So I use this a lot at work. I'm in the medical field and I like to pull out my ipad to read, take notes, write up papers or projects, and this works ideally. It's also nice at lounging around, on the beach or pool side. Remember its durable so if you throw it in the beach bag or rest it on the concrete, you're not too worried. It works great, does what it says, and yes, there are a few limitations, but I highly recommend this product if you are on the go

    Review by Peter
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    (Posted on 7/22/13)

  368. Very Sturdy, Provides Excellent Protection!

    I like the case but the small flap that closes both the keyboard and iPad seems like it will be the first thing to break. The silicon is nice and has great grip but smelled like house paint when I opened the box, hopefully this will dissipate quickly.

    The button covers are great and provide ample protection without inhibiting the use. It seems like the keyboard is responsive enough and it's easy to use. The hot keys are nice too makes the system easier to use. Very easy to connect, and hassle free also. Added some substantial weight to the whole system but the fact that you can separate the keyboard and use the case as a stand is a huge plus and makes up for the counterbalancing weight

    Overall it's a great product! I would highly recommend this to anyone who is looking to protect their fairly fragile, and very valuable iPad Mini!

    Review by Joseph
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    (Posted on 7/17/13)

  369. Keyboard case and all-around protection for my iPad.

    I like the design of this keyboard case overall, with the clamshell design and the rubberized outer cover. It feels nice in regular use and provides all-around protection for the iPad. The keyboard is always available since it is integral to the case.

    The iPad can be positioned in landscape or portrait mode and can even be detached for independent use.
    Bluetooth pairing of the keyboard with the iPad is easy and foolproof and the iPad reconnects with the keyboard flawlessly each time it is turned on for use.
    The keyboard keys feel good in use and I get a lot of usage time on each keyboard charge. I like the way that the keyboard uses USB charging which is more convenient than having another independent power adapter/charger.

    Overall a good design and all-around protection for my iPad.

    Review by Tom
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    (Posted on 7/13/13)

  370. Great keyboard that also works with Android phones

    I really like this case for the iPad mini and like the fact that that it
    will protect the iPad mini much better than not having a case at all. The
    rubber on the case also helps so that it doesn't fall out of your hands and
    makes it easier to hold with one hand. I am not a huge fan of built in
    screen protector films so I personally would have liked it better if it
    didn't have a built-in screen protector and that a stick on screen
    protector would have been provided.

    The keyboard works great and even though I have large hands I am still able
    to type on it with very few mistakes. If I were to make a small
    improvement it would be to place the delete key at the top right instead of
    the += key. I frequently find myself hitting the wrong key whenever I use
    the delete key. Another nice feature is that there is an included USB
    charging cable to charge the keyboard, and the keyboard came pre-charged.
    On a side note I was able to pair this keyboard with my Samsung Galaxy
    Note 2 and will be using it for my Note 2 also to help take notes with.

    Overall this is a great product and will help protect your iPad mini as
    well as make you more productive.

    Review by Late
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    (Posted on 7/6/13)

  371. Awesome super smooth keyboard!

    I am very pleased with the case aspect of the product. The case is sturdy
    and durable, while not being too bulky. Furthermore, it is sleek and
    aesthetically pleasing. If not already done, I would suggest creating
    multiple case colors (mine is black) to attract a more diverse clientele.
    The "holes" in the case (for camera, micro USB, etc) are perfectly sized
    and convenient and I am happy that they still offer protection (in the case
    of the camera and power button, for example). Furthermore, the silicon
    casing is not as tight around the plastic screen protector as I would like.
    The screen protector is great, and crystal clear.

    Regarding the keyboard, I am also mostly pleased. The keys work smoothly,
    with perfect bluetooth coordination. I found it a little difficult to
    "snap" the keyboard onto the case - perhaps the next model would be more
    convenient if made magnetic. I also found the positioning of the keyboard
    stand to be slightly awkward at times, sometimes forcing my arms into an
    uncomfortable position.

    Overall, I would recommend this case to others.

    Review by Shoshana
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    (Posted on 6/28/13)

  372. Tiny keyboard not so bad. Excellent Protection

    I am really surprised with this case. I thought the the ruggedness would make it too bulky and it does somewhat. It just doesn't bother me so much. I actually appreciate the soft feel of the plastic or rubber on the case and I really like it on the detachable case that holds the Mini. It actually makes holding the Mini feel "good". The detachable case is a big plus. The case is slash proof, but I won't be testing that.

    I'm actually surprised with the keyboard. I was able to do some touch typing on it as long as I didn't go too fast. They keyboard is cramped but those with small hands should manage ok. I have average size hands and typing on it wasn't so bad. I definitely wouldn't want to write anymore than a couple of paragraphs on it if I didn't have to.

    It does smell and if you have a strong sense of smell it may bother you, but it should disappear over time.

    If you have an iPad Mini and you're prone to dropping it, get this case. The part that covers just the iPad Mini is worth the price alone.

    Review by Randy
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    (Posted on 6/21/13)