NEW TRENT : Airbender
Enhancing your mobile experience is New Trent's unshakable mission statement. New Trent Airbender IMP38B is the upgrade from the original "Airbender" with compatiblity with the newer iPad 3 / 4. The Airbender offer user a "laptop style" experience for the iPad, with a full key keyboard for simple input and hard case for protection.
iPad Compatibility :
iPad with Retina display (4th gen), The new iPad (3rd gen), iPad 2
NOTE: case is not compatible with original iPad (1st gen)
|- Hard clamshell case design : Polycarbonate.|
|- Low profile keyboard : 7/16 inch.|
|- Wireless Bluetooth connection : 10 meter / 30 feet.|
|- Built-in auto Shut-Off magnet.|
|- Multi-adjustable stand for vertical and horizontal positions : stand is detachable from the case.|
|- Three piece design : protective back, arm / stand, keyboard base.|
- Built-in Li Ion battery (non-removable)
|- Airbender keyboard||replace part : IMP010 (arm / stand only)|
|- micro-USB charge cable||replace part : IMP47B|
|- User Manual|
|CELL||Li Ion Polymer Battery|
|INPUT (type/spec)||Micro USB 5V@0.5~1A
|DIMENSIONS (in/mm) (w/arm)
||9.7"*8(7.5)"*1.1(0.9)" / 246mm*203(191)mm*28(23)mm|
|WEIGHT (unit/package)||20.8oz / 2lb = 590gm / 907gm|
- Excellent produce for a great price. Review by Jeni
- Decent Keyboard, Fantastic Case Review by Tommie
What you get in the box, is a pretty slick set of components. It does come in 3 parts; a protective backing for your Ipad, a moveable stand, and the keyboard itself. You can connect all 3 pieces together which gives a netbook feel to the Ipad. Its really nice to use and carry around. The really great part of the Airbender is the ability to separate each of these pieces. I found myself keeping the case separated most of the time. It was nice to prop the Ipad somewhere and type farther away. I have not noticed the case falling apart and felt comfortable to hold.
The protective case should fit the Ipad 2,3, and the new Ipad. In this review, I did use an Ipad 2 and had no problems fitting the unit. There was a solid fit with no shifting or missing parts. It is a solid plastic unit. It would of been nice to see a different material or something to hold the Ipad more comfortably. It was prone to slipping when holding just the Ipad alone.
The connective mechanism held to the stand well and did not have any issues of popping out or falling off. The stand itself works well in a variety of positions. It does hold the Ipad best when propping on a table. It tended to shift a lot on lap or slippery surfaces. However, with the variation of positions you can create, this problem could be easily remediated. As you rotate the iPad on the stand, it does click into place between portrait and landscape modes. The best feature of this stand is the ability to connect to the keyboard as well. It simply clicks in held well with the unit. It does offer for different viewing angles in this position as well. When working with all 3 pieces. I found it easiest to slide the iPad downward against the keyboard and slide up into the holding position. A vulcanized rubber area at the top of the keyboard holds the iPad in place when in this position.
The keyboard itself is a chiclet style bluetooth keyboard. Its slightly on the small side but worked well. The keyboard itself felt solid and was easy to use. The device paired easily and comes with an array of buttons to use with the iPad. These buttons include brightness, dedicated music buttons, gallery slideshow, keyboard switching, locking, and a home button. These all worked well with no problems. However, I did notice typing didn't always register. There were slight misses as well as misread typing. For the most part, the keyboard itself worked solidly.
Overall the New Trent NT-38B is a great bluetooth keyboard case. It would of been nice to have some type of grip when holding just the iPad however, the unit as a whole is a great case to use. The ability to separate and use the iPad in a variety of viewing positions trumps other keyboards. If you're looking for a keyboard case with a high variety of use, this is the case to have. (Posted on 4/30/13)
- First-time iPad keyboard user: Airbender case is a WINNER! Review by Patty
Exceeds and Meets Expectations:
1. The packaging was sturdy, carefully protecting the Airbender. The long narrow box held the USB charging cord (however no identification on the box may be overlooked and discarded.}
2. The simple instruction sheet explained the Airbender case and its features. Two packets numbered "1" and "2" were not identified, and I did not find any instructions for its use.
3. The Airbender case is sleek, slender, and basic. The keyboard is quite compact, and like other reviewers, I found it challenging initially. My hands are not big, yet I had to compensate for the closer key settings. However, once I began typing this review, I typed with few errors.
4. The Bluetooth connection was a breeze, and immediately paired with my iPad 2. I have not had challenges with the Airbender keyboard losing connection when the iPad is sleeping.
5. The Airbender case puts the iPad to sleep with closure of the lid.
6. I fully charged the keyboard, and have not recharged for many hours. The iPad is currently at 35%, and it was charged simultaneously with the keyboard. I'm waiting to see which battery drains first.
Not Quite Meets Expectations:
1. The screen lock key needs to move somewhere else. Because I am not a perfect keyboarder, I use the delete button often. Unfortunately, my same deficiency manifests when I accidentally hit the Lock.
2. While the flexibility to position the iPad is valuable, I find the Airbender the case is tippy when in the landscape position, and angled back to about 100 degrees.
3. I love the solid protective nature of the Airbender case. And aesthetically, black goes with everything. Perhaps NewTrent may offer different colors of Airbender cases and keyboards.
4. One suggestion for the keyboard is backlighting for use in darker environments.
Overall, the Airbender case is exactly what I've looked for in a keyboard product, and the sturdiness of the case is vitally important. I'm a traveler and tend to schlep around my laptop when my iPad serves the purpose. The Airbender case enables and enhances the best an iPad has to offer.
(Posted on 4/29/13)
- Great keyboard/case Review by taz
You've done a great job with the overall design and it wins point from a mobile sales professional like myself. As i said there are multiple applications for this design and i hope it continues to get even better with time. 4/5 (Posted on 4/23/13)
- An extremely well built keyboard that will change the way you use your iPad Review by Ben
I have been using the NewTrent Airbender NT-38B Wireless keyboard for just over two weeks and have been repeatedly, pleased with it's comfort, ease of use, compact design, and excellent looks. Below is my full review
4 out of 5
- I docked it 1/2 of a point for the difficulty of the keyboard orientation set up
- The other 1/2 of a point is due to some hinge mechanism challenges and some
keyboard challenges (that are overcome with use)
The Airbender comes packed neatly in a very high quality box. One thing I have always admired about purchasing products from Apple is that they pay very close attention to detail with regard to their packaging and NewTrent has hit the same mark. There is something about the box that tells you there is something special inside that you are really going to like (and you will!)
Inside the box there are only a few pieces: The keyboard/case assembly; a micro USB cable for charging the keyboard; some very simply instructions for connecting the keyboard via bluetooth to your iPad, and some moist cleaning pads.
The case that surrounds the iPad itself is a very nice, very sturdy, matte finished plastic panel. The case works as a stand alone case without the keyboard or clipped into the clasp on the keyboard stand. One extra nice feature is that when you use the case without the keyboard the apple logo is prominently displayed through the hole in the back.
The keyboard has a very compact feel however, the keys have adequate spacing even for someone with large hands like me. There are some very handy shortcut keys at the top of the keyboard that allow for quick access to certain IOS features without having to move your hands from the keyboard to the screen. For those who have not used a keyboard with their iPad much, one of the most convenient features is that you now have the directional keys. I cannot tell you how many times I have been frustrated trying to get the cursor to the correct place in a paragraph of text and now I no longer have to fret about that! There are a few misses regarding the keyboard that I will cover in the "Misses" section below.
Overall, this thing is built incredibly solid. I would even go so far as to call this somewhat ruggedized. There are adequate rubber stops both inside and out and the thickness of the casing is more than adequate to prevent damage caused from small bumps and the occasional drop. There is a rubber (almost "gasket-like") material surrounding the entire keyboard that feels good to the touch and sort of keeps your hands wanting to touch the keyboard.
Keyboard Orientation and Set Up
At first it can be a little challenging to figure out the best set up for working on the iPad with the keyboard attached. It is awesome to be able to connect the keyboard in either landscape OR portrait orientation (I have not see any other cases that allow you to do this so easily. The challenge is that it is difficult to find a good angle at which to keep the iPad. I have to say that I find it easiest to use the keyboard in portrait orientation due to the fact that I have not been able to get the right angle when working in landscape. Working with the sliding piece in the back allows for a greater range of movement however a loose hinge in the back prevents the iPad from staying in place without being nested on a table or the keyboard itself. I will cover this in more detail in the "Misses" section but for now say that it certainly isn't something that would ever prevent me from purchasing it (merely something I would like to recommend as a future feature enhancement.
I cannot really comment on the battery life except to say that I only charged the keyboard battery once and I have not had to since. I have been using the keyboard pretty heavily (I would say about 1.5-3 hours per day with pretty heavy typing (I use it with EverNote to take all of my notes)). That being said, I feel like the battery is more than sufficient for several weeks worth of heavy use.
Overall Hits, Misses, and Feature Improvement Suggestions
- The keys on the keyboard push well and have the perfect amount of travel. It is very similar to the MacBook Pro keyboard both with regard to layout and keystroke feel.
- The case is very compact and does not add a lot of additional weight. The best part is that it keeps the iPad feeling small which is something that I have not found in other cases especially those with keyboards attached.
- I LOVE that you can use the screen in any orientation
- The shortcut keys keep your fingers on the keyboard and not constantly reaching up for the screen. This saves time and frustration that is often associated with using a touchscreen with an external keyboard.
- The ability to easily detach the iPad from the Keyboard and still have a stand to use for something like Facetime. This is also very convenient when you would like to use an external monitor with your iPad via Apple TV. I like to use two screens on the iPad in this way and this keyboard is very handy in that regard. Another nice thing is that with the recent update to Apple TV you can also use the keyboard by itself to control your Apple TV. All super nice features.
- Overall the Airbender is a well built, rugged, convenient, and well thought out
accessory for your iPad. I HIGHLY recommend this Keyboard/Case combo over any others that are presently on the market.
Misses (includes feature modification requests)
Lock Keyboard Shortcut
The location of the "Lock" shortcut key is directly above the "delete/backspace" kay and therefore I find myself hitting it quit frequently (frequently enough to be slightly
- This is certainly a feature modification I would like to see in a future version.
The right-hand-side "Shift" key is much to small! It stops me in my tracks every time I need to use it and it has really slowed down my typing speed. I realize that real-estate is very small on these but if there is a way to at least make it a little larger that would be great
- As a feature mod. I might suggest making the left-hand-side "Shift" key
a little smaller and slide things slightly to the left which would allow the right sift key to become a little bigger
The hinge that attaches directly to the iPad is very loose and therefore the case flops to the back without hitting the table or keyboard first. This prevents me from putting the iPad in quite a few positions. This has been my number one frustration. If this hinge were tight (as tight as the large bottom hinge) then you could rest the iPad in virtually any three dimensional orientation.
Another draw back to this hinge being loose is that when you open the keyboard case the hinge slips and the keyboard flips in your hand making an almost cracking sound. At first I thought I had broken the case. I think that if the hinge were tighter you would not have this problem.
I have to wonder is this case might be better off is it didn't have this feature. The reason I say that is that when you open the case and the iPad turns on you are pressing apps and when you finally get everything open you can have several apps open and possibly even delete an app. Just today I nearly deleted an app this way. By the time I got the case open there was a dialog box asking me if I was sure I wanted to delete "EverNote App?". If you had to manually turn it on after getting it all set up I think it would be better. Maybe at a minimum you could make it clear which orientation the iPad needed to be in for this feature to work. That way if you didn't want to use it you could simply put it in a different orientation.
Congratulations to NewTrent on making an excellent product. I have thoroughly enjoye testing the Airbender and have to say that it has nearly allowed me to hang up my laptop as my day-to-day device. The ease of use and convenience that this accessory provides has been just what I was looking for (and didn't know!). (Posted on 4/20/13)
- Well Balanced Case Review by Randon
- Keyboard is roomy given the form factor (makes touch typing actually feasible)
- Keyboard easily and quickly pairs over bluetooth
- Features iOS specific function keys such as screen brightness, volume, and home button
- Case can be separable into a slim and lightweight iPad case and stand-alone keyboard (great for separating keyboard and letting kids play with iPad)
- Case boasts a lot of flexibility allowing for both portrait and landscape orientation as well as multiple viewing angles
- Placement of iOS screen lock button is a little too close to delete key leading to accidental screen locking
- iOS picture slideshow button did not work for me (Posted on 4/19/13)
- Great functional Ipad case. Review by Christian
- Compact case great for I-Pad Review by Ann
Tight keyboard takes time to get adjusted to using.
Right shift key, keep hitting the up key instead.
Opening of case a little awkward the I-Pad weight flipping back, it would help if it would lock to flip open then be able to unlock to maneuver I-Pad as needed.
(Posted on 4/16/13)
- Amazing Review by Andrew
- Airbender case for IPAD Review by Keena
- Great keyboard Review by Juan
- A sturdy iPad case Review by Andrew
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- Great folio case for iPad! Review by MBenn
The Air Bender has full QWERTY keyboard buttons that are able to access other functions of the iPad. The case also has the ability to rotate the iPad 360 degrees on a removable hinge that makes it possible to use the screen vertically and horizontally. An additional feature is the ability to slide the "stand" portion of the case back and forth which allows the user to use the screen at various angles.
The 360-degree hinge is sturdy and allows for complete control over the angles of use. I especially like the option of being able to use the device vertically or horizontally. It is a very useful design, as the hinge helps balance the iPad while in laptop mode and also allows the case to fold completely back the opposite way. The hinge is unyielding under the weight of the iPad and securely holds any angle. The Air Bender also doubles as a stand for your iPad in just about any position you need.
The ability to function as a stand is great, but the keyboard is exceptional. The Air Bender has a full-QWERTY Bluetooth keyboard that uses keys that are similar to the ones you'll find on most iPad keyboards. The keys are closer together and being able to type in such a compact space takes some getting used to, but personally I feel that it is an improvement over the on-screen keyboard, especially for longer, more involved documents. It is important to note that the keys are very responsive to the touch. The Air Bender has a good number of iPad specific function keys that further enhance the functionality of the device.
Setup is simple; just slide the iPad in, power on the keyboard, and pair it in the Settings menu. It is the same as any other Bluetooth accessory and takes less than a minute to finish. You only need to do this once. In use, performance was fast and responsive, with keystrokes registering with little to no delay.
The Air Bender has a very familiar laptop/netbook feel which is outstanding. It offers a versatile, sturdy, and removable hinge and a full-QWERTY keyboard in a portable, "use anywhere" package. There is a noticeable increase in the weight of the iPad when it’s physically connected to the case, but it also provides solid protection from drops and offers alot of useful stand options. This is a solid, high-quality product that enhances the iPad experience. (Posted on 4/9/13)
- Very Good Keyboard for the Price Review by Brian
- WOW! Review by mark
(Posted on 4/3/13)
- Better than many other more expensive keyboards and cases I have tried. Review by Leonard
1. Solid yet lightweight. Nice form factor. Maintains a portfolio feel when carrying. Have tried several other keyboard cases and they have always felt extremely heavy and bulky. Also, matte finish does not show fingerprints.
2. Separable design, Keyboard from Screen allowing for comfortable and personalized viewing and typing distance
3. Very Responsive with a good selection of smart keys.
4. Has smartcover tech but not listed anywhere...? Must remember to keep iPad with power button to right for it to work...
5. Keys a little close together for someone with large hands but way better than many other keyboards where the keys are much smaller and cramped.
1. Case "feels" a little too plastic making it a little slippery at times. Needs to be a bit more tactile to prevent slippage when carrying.
2. Hinge needs to be stiffer to maintain angle of iPad. Occasionally slid down after time.
3. Could use some kind of "feet" to keep iPad standing when separated from case. Made hard to position at times.
4. Needs to support more than 4 positions on rotor
5. Charger a bit annoying to plugin and line up, took several tries to get right. (Posted on 4/2/13)
- I love it Review by Sandra
- Lots of bang for your buck! Review by Danny
The keyboard is rather small. While I am a MacBook users, and have typed on laptop keyboards for years, the Airbender keyboard is certainly tighter - more in-line with a netbook keyboard. With a few uses you get used to it and can type very quickly - certainly faster than with the onscreen keyboard. As a touch-typist averaging close to 80wpm I find it useable for meetings and while on the go. As other reviewers have mentioned, it's a little annoying that the lock key is right above (close to) the delete/back key... but after you hit it a half dozen times you become more careful and learn to work around it. Having quick access buttons to dim the screen, access photos, or manage music playback is also great.
Probably my largest issue is with the hinge at the back of the device. While it is secure and allows you to rotate the iPad back to lay flat against the keyboard, rotate, etc., the hinge is somewhat loose and does not allow you to set the screen at varying angles. The iPad either must rest against the keyboard/surface to set the angle by resting the bottom edge, or the iPad must rest back against the hinge itself. The hinge will not secure the screen at various viewing angles. This is somewhat difficult to describe, as I've read other reviews who tried but that I did not understand. This is a relatively small issue, but it was probably my only disappointment with the case. With time I've learned to set it up comfortably.
If you are looking for a relatively inexpensive keyboard/case combo for use at home or on the go - I highly recommend the New Trent Airbender. Double check the description to make sure you are getting the case and design you want. (Posted on 3/29/13)
- Great Keyboard - Almost Perfect Review by Big-O
*Overall design is elegant
*Quality feel. Sturdy (Most other keyboards I have found are quite flimsy in nature).
*Easy access buttons on the top row are a nice feature that integrates well with the iPad.
*Main arm of the attachment is very strong, and has an appropriate level of
tension for its work. The ability to remove the monitor stand is a nice
bonus for when I am working at a desk.
*The case is sturdy enough for me to use my iPad as a laptop with no desk. I love the ability to easily detach
the iPad and use it as a stand alone device.
*I also LOVE LOVE LOVE the ease
of switching orientation.
*I love that the case stays tightly closed
when I have the iPad in it and am not using it. Other cases without dual
side attachment struggle with this point.
Things to know before purchasing:
*The lock button just above the delete key is placed such that I often (90%
of the time) miss the delete key and hit the lock key. I am learning not to do this, but I have had to retrain my fingers.
*Same issue with the page up key. I often (95% of the time) hit the page up key instead of the question mark. Several times this has caused me to end up somewhere else in my paragraph or at the beginning of my line typing...and then I have to start over. Not crippling, but I needed to retrain my fingers.
*The device is a bit cumbersome to set up because there are so many steps (though you can do so relatively quickly, but once you set it up it is a dream:
swing the arm out, slide the stand back, tilt the stand down, place the monitor, make fine adjustments.
*The screen angle seems a little steep to me for laptop use and depending on the height of my desk, but you do have a range of angles based on the very settings that make this more "cumbersome" to set up, which is a positive.
*The keyboard does not lock in place per say, so you have to adjust the arm to have sufficient tension between the screen and the lip designed to hold the screen in place. Not a negative, just something to note.
A great buy overall. (Posted on 3/29/13)
- Cool, SImple, and Very Functional Case w/Keyboard Review by Peter
- Excellent Packaging
- Case is sturdy, well made, and looks great
- iPad could be easily installed and removed from case
- Keyboard quickly, easily, and successfully paired with iPad
- The keyboard and case nicely protects the iPad screen when case is
- Keyboard is quiet when typing, although rubber keys would make the
keyboard even quieter and provide additional protection to the iPad screen.
- Nice indicator lights for CAPS lock, Charge, and bluetooth discovery.
- Can easily rotate screen 360 degrees
- All buttons, camera, and charging port are accessible with case on
- Case nicely supports iPad in horizontal and vertical positions, easy to flip the iPad screen, and you can even disconnect the iPad and use like a separate monitor
- You can still use the iPad as an iPad, by adjusting the case so that the iPad lays flat on top of the keyboard
- No explanations of keys on the keyboard
- No keyboard backlight
Things I would like:
- The case opening to be a little smoother ... sometimes I needed to touch the iPad screen
- Since you can quickly disconnect the iPad with backing case, it would be great if I could connect the Smart Cover more securely to the iPad
- A trackpad above the keyboard (Posted on 3/28/13)
- Turns my IPad into the perfect Laptop replacement Review by Richard
1) Well designed. The ipad fits perfectly.
2) The keys on the keyboard feel great and provide that "full," keyboard feel.
3) The battery last what seems to be forever.
4) Ascetically it compares to the current generation of iPads, nice adjunct.
5) Competing products are easily 50% more in cost with lesser quality then the Airbender.
1) The case / keyboard adds bulk and weight to the slimmed down Ipad. But truly this is not that big of a deal. If you need a external keyboard the combo of the Airbender and the Ipad is about as light and slim as it can get. (Posted on 3/27/13)
- Nice keyboard overall Review by Harry
I really like the music controls though- they even work with Pandora. Bold, italic and underline work with the cmd button like on a Mac keyboard- this might throw Windows users.
One cool thing is you can bring up the virtual keyboard (keyboard button on top row) from which you can access additional functionality such as strikethrough, highlighting (! key), paragraph functions, etc. (At least in Evernote, which is what I'm typing this in.)
The arrow keys can be used with the fn key for the home, page up, page down, and end functions.
All in all, typing on the keyboard isn't bad. I have concerns about how well the plastic shell holds the iPad itself, and I don't think the overall case would offer much protection if one were to drop the iPad in the case. Suffice it to say I wouldn't attempt it myself.
The case is magnetic, so when it's closed the iPad turns off and turns on when it's opened. Another cool feature is that the iPad can be separated from the keyboard. However, the weight of the iPad on the plastic stand makes it a bit precarious, so it can't be placed at too shallow an angle or it collapses on itself. Also, when the stand is connected to the keyboard the most shallow angle allowed is still a bit steep for my taste, especially in landscape mode.
Another feature I really appreciate is the fact that the iPad can be swiveled from landscape to portrait mode, which is very handy for apps that only support portrait mode.
It's pretty lightweight, which is good. It's easy to connect & only requires one time to be paired to Bluetooth, then it can be used instantly. I have a logon password and even when the iPad is off, all I have to do is hit any key and it wakes up and I can enter my password. (Posted on 3/26/13)
- Nice case! Review by The Big 5
- When opening by pulling from the top the lower portion of the case "snaps" up towards you. To me that feels as if it may break easily or if one of my children are trying to open it. When pulling stand out it seems to go back in too easily. - I am 6'5" and have large hands so can be a bit narrow when typing. However, in order to fit in an ipad case, that is necessary.
SUGGESTIONS:- Maybe a locking mechanism on the back portion of the case so when opening it doesn't just "flip"/"snap" right up at me. Backlit keyboard? Charge both the keyboard and ipad at the same time with one cable?
Overall though it seems to do the trick of protecting the keyboard, while providing a a bluetooth keyboard at a reasonable price. (Posted on 3/26/13)
- Very pleased with this product Review by Ryan
There's 2 main components to this device. One is the case that clips into the iPad, which in turn can connect to the keyboard. I like the plastic shell case that clips to the iPad - my concern was that like many cases it would add too much bulk and i'd want to remove it often. That does not seem to be the case (worst pun ever intended). It's lightweight and doesn't add any considerable bulk to the iPad. All of the ports and buttons and speakers are exposed through the design of the case. I haven't taken the case off since I first put it on, and it actually seems to make the iPad easier to hold. Thankfully I haven't dropped my iPad lately so I can't attest to the protective capabilities it may add, but it seems like it would add at least some protection for the iPad hardware. It feels safer with it on. The case also has a pleasing design in that it leaves a hole that exposes the apple logo, and thats the hole that attaches to the keyboard. I'm a sucker for thoughtful design like that.
It's simple to attach and remove the iPad from the keyboard stand. Thats another feature I like - I didn't want a cumbersome project just to put the keyboard on the stand.
Actually, its the type of product that you have to play around with a little before you get a good feel with how to correctly sit the iPad in there for the best different viewing angles. The instruction manual is short - it's enough to get you up and running, but a few extra usage tips might have helped. I often found myself setting up the iPad in a way that I thought was correct, but was actually making the setup back-heavy, and prone to tipping backwards. I found out that you have to adjust the viewing bracket a little to get it into a good position. Once I got comfortable with the weight distribution, I was able to setup the iPad in both portrait and landscape mode without fear of tipping.
The thing that impressed me the most about the keyboard are the specialized buttons for the iPad control. These include: a home button, a search button, one that brings up and hides the keyboard, music controls, brightness controls, and a lock button. I was expecting a fully functional keyboard so that did not disappoint, but these specialized buttons make a world of difference. It gives the feeling that this isn't just a keyboard that works with an iPad, its a keyboard specifically designed to take advantage of the iPad's features. I love being able to adjust the brightness without having to go into the settings, or change the music without double tapping the home button or leaving the application I'm using.
It also was easy to connect with bluetooth. The iPad recognized the keyboard immediately, and it told me the password to enter on the keyboard to connect. I'm glad it didn't make me remember or choose a password that I would surely forget.
There's a fundamental issue I have with pretty much any portable or travel keyboard - in an effort to squeeze all of the buttons into a smaller package, the buttons are often smaller and closer together. This case does a good job of adding all of the keys into a layout that doesn't vary much from a normal keyboard, but these buttons are still closer together than an everyday keyboard. I can't fault this specific product much for that, because there's really no other compromise when making a keyboard to fit the dimensions of the iPad. But having to type with my fingers closer together isn't ideal. I can still type much faster than the on screen keyboard, but there's a trade off in comfort as opposed to using a full size keyboard. One specific issue I found myself having is that the lock key is directly above the delete key. I'm used to a bigger delete key of course, and often I press the lock key instead of pressing delete. However, if there was any key to press accidentally, i'm glad its the lock key. I can just press it again to unlock and pick up where I left off. Had another key been in that position, for example, the home key, it would be such a hassle to return to the application I was previously using.
I do wish the integration between the keyboard and the iPad would extend more, but I think it is a limitation by iOS and not the product. For example, once I press the home button on the keyboard, it returns me to the home screen. From there, I would love to be able to use the keyboard to scroll through the icons and select one. I can't seem to do that, so I have to revert back to touching the screen. Another example is sending Messages. I can type a message on the keyboard, but I can't just press enter or shift-enter to send the message. I still have to press the send button on the screen. It's hard to fault a product for something that is most likely an apple design feature, but it would be nice if the keyboard could integrate into the iPad usage more.
The iPad can close into the keyboard, which gives it the feel of a small IBM computer or netbook. I'm not a fan of hiding the beauty of the iPad, but I guess you gotta do what you gotta do. Once its closed, it does add some girth and weight to it as expected, but its still not heavy. The keyboard is low profile, and the whole thing still surprisingly fit into my messenger bag which has a thin sleeve designed for the iPad. It was a tight fit, but a fit nonetheless. I'm glad I didn't need to upgrade my messenger bag to accommodate this case.
The bluetooth battery seems to last long, but i've found the battery life to be somewhat of a mystery. When I first got the keyboard, I plugged it up for the initial charge, and a red charging indicator light came on. I charged it for about a full day, and the light stayed red. There doesn't seem to be an indicator of a full charge. However, i've been using this product for close to a week and that was the only time I charged it, so it seems to be going strong. I've actually forgot to turn the keyboard off at times, and i'm still on the initial charge. I'm not sure if there will be an indicator when it gets low on battery life. I can't remember if it was in the instruction guide, I was too eager to start playing with it.
Overall i'm very pleased with this product. I find myself using this as more of a dock for my iPad, which is a pleasant surprise. I expected to gain a case for my iPad and a keyboard if I needed to use one, but I didn't anticipate gaining essentially a docking station for my iPad. I can set it up right next to my laptop when i'm working and adjust it to a good angle, as opposed to laying on a table and having to pick it up when I want to use it. Sometimes i'll keep an application like email or messages open and use it as a separate communications station. The convenience of the specialized iPad buttons really shine in settings like this.
With all the viewing options, this product provides a lot of versatility and flexibility with normal ipad usage, if its for travel or home or whatever. It allows me to get more out of my iPad, and I can't ask for much more than that. I can see how it could be useful in a variety of settings. I'd give 4.5 stars if I could, with the main issues relating to the general issues of smaller keyboards. (Posted on 3/26/13)
- iPad keyboard case Review by JTR
charged up pairing with my iPad was very quick and I was able to start
using the keyboard right away. I've been using the case daily with ease. The keyboard is steady and feels like a standard keyboard. Overall it's a great case especially the hard case to protect the iPad. One key item to note this is not a laptop use it like an iPad and it works well. Great keyboard case for and iPad! My rating is 4.5 (Posted on 3/26/13)
- Very impressed with the Airbender case/keyboard Review by Aimee
case is as follows:
Pros - upscale quality packaging, initial set-up and use in less than 5 minutes, bluetooth connection was quick and hassle free, sturdy build and feel, the matte finish provides grip, all ports/buttons/camera on iPad are accessible, compact keyboard that includes many function keys (brightness, volume, lock screen, arrow keys, video controls, etc.), long lasting battery, it is easy to detach the iPad from the keyboard if desired, also easy to reattach
Cons - if you are using it on your lap, on a soft surface (like a pillow, on your lap), or positioned below eye level, it can be difficult to to position the iPad screen at the correct angle. I found that it would get top-heavy and sometimes tip backwards or have the iPad rotate all the way around to face the opposite direction. Sliding out the connecting portion does help with the angle issue, but it does not lock into place, and can easily get pushed back in while trying to adjust the angle of the iPad. This is the biggest problem I had with this item. With a little bit of practice/trial and error, it has become easier to position the iPad's screen angle.
It is a bit heavier than I thought it would be when it is all together, but I can easily look past this because of all the positives.
Suggestion - I would love (and it would be incredibly convenient) to have a storage place for my NT microfiber stylus so I don't have to search through my bag/purse to locate it, when I want it. (Posted on 3/25/13)
- Great Product! Review by christopher
- I loved the case!! Review by Raquel
- Great case and bluetooth keyboard for the iPad Review by David
- Great unit Review by Megastar7
Independently I do not feel the protective shell is adequate to prevent damage to my IPad if it were dropped. I therefore stopped using it after the first couple of days when it popped off on its own, and went back to using my old imitation leather cover. If I were to design the cover on this I would make it out of something less slick and with a bit more protection (padding).
The stand is definitely a keeper for me. I can use it alone with some finagling but it is a cinch to just slip it into the keyboard halfway (this is what allows ipad to rest above keyboard without toppling over) and prop my pad on it and flip my leather cover over the back. I find it is the perfect angle for setting on the counter to read recipes off of or just to sit down and type. The angles it provides are a huge advantage over the 3 or 4 that my current cover allows....none of which have the height that this one has. I give this part of it an A+.
The keyboard is the most important part and no doubt the only reason one would purchase this item. While I've not used any other bluetooth keyboards, I have used hundreds of typewriters and keyboards. And while I love the fact that I can now use a keyboard with my IPad instead of the virtual keypad, I do have a few problems with this keyboard. One of the worst features is that the shift key on the right is in the wrong location. There is a page up key where the shift should be and I mistakenly hit it constantly. If I slow down and think about it I can avoid this problem but then I'm also having to slow down. I've been using this for less than a week though and I would expect I will get used to it and perhaps not even notice it after a while. I wonder if this will cause any difficulty as I go back and forth between my computer keyboard and this one.
A 2nd problem I had initially was that sometimes a letter would repeat itself when you don't intend it to and sometimes a letter will not show up that you did intend. However, either the keyboard learns to adjust to your pressure or I am adjusting to it as the more I use this the less it is happening.
To end I have just 2 more observations to note about this product. One is that the instructions were easy to follow and I had no problems with them but there were a couple of typos in the small "booklet". Finally, the use of any bluetooth keyboard will necessarily shorten the charge life of your IPad's battery. I don't have a problem with that as I am usually at home when I'm working on my IPad but it is something to keep in my mind when you first begin to use the product. I have not timed it but believe the charge life is about half of its usual if I leave the bluetooth (not necessarily the keyboard) on all the time. So you may want to be sure and turn off your bluetooth when you are not using it.
(Posted on 3/20/13)
- Awesome keyboard case AND... BEST value for the money Review by Stacy
Comparing my experience with the AirBender to previous keyboard cases, the AirBender has many great features and is the best value for the money, HANDS-DOWN!
Here is my breakdown of the pros and the few "cons". The PROS definitely outweigh the cons in this item!:
* After figuring out all of the possible configurations and why the slide out part is there, I really like being able to use my iPad in many different configurations.
* I love being able to turn the screen portrait.
* The construction is substantial, and protective of my iPad.
* I love having specialty keys
* It's really awesome to be able to pull the iPad off of the AirBender without taking it out of the black case altogether.
* It was super easy to pair with my iPad and overall I really like it after I've used it for several days
* I would recommend the item to a friend, good price overall for a good item.
* The rotational clip holding the iPad onto the AirBender was hard for me, but that is because I have a pretty bad left hand injury, so it takes me two hands to do many things
* The keyboard LOCK key is where my delete/backspace key is on my keyboard, but is great to have to lock your iPad screen when you need to. It just takes getting used to!
NewTrent does it again with this item... I'm recommending it to friends and am glad NewTrent has a variety of items to choose from. Next time I want to buy something, NewTrent gets first look! (Posted on 3/19/13)
- Very good product Review by Tycho
All in all it's a solid product for the price. (Posted on 3/17/13)
- great keyboard case for iPad and even Apple TV2 but not ideal for computer/HTPC use yet Review by Eran
1. THE GOOD STUFF: there are many great things about this keyboard, some of which appear to be improvements over earlier designs because i have not had some of the problems described by other Amazon reviewers. the space bar is working great for me, no problems with the shape and no problems reliably hitting the space bar with my right thumb while touch typing. overall size and layout of keyboard is much better than i expected from a keyboard of this size (with the exception of the right shift key as described below). the clamshell design is great and i love how the rotating mount for the ipad can be removed from the keyboard and used to stand the ipad on a desk or countertop even when the keyboard is detached. the keyboard itself works GREAT with Apple TV2 and this is a good secondary use for this keyboard, especially considering how frustrating it can be to enter a lot of text (e.g. passwords, logins, etc.) on an apple tv using the apple-supplied remote control and onscreen keyboard. the basic arrow pad works great, both with OSX applications and also with the Apple TV2. i was able to use this keyboard for a full 8-hour shift of video editing with final cut pro which is an unfair test to put such a small keyboard through but it passed surprisingly smoothly, all things considered. battery life appears to be good as i have not yet had to charge the keyboard and have not turned it off for the past two weeks.
2. THE TRADE-OFF: because the keyboard is only as wide as an iPad the keys are close together and this takes a little getting used to at first. This is most noticeable when trying to hit the "delete" key (and getting the lock key accidentally) and when trying to hit the right side "shift" key (and hitting the up arrow key accidentally). It only took a few minutes of using the keyboard before I was able to get used to the position of the "delete" key and hit it without hitting the lock key. The right side "shift" key position is more of a problem and I still occasionally hit the up arrow key accidentally when reaching for shift, which can be frustrating.
3. OTHER MISC. NOTES: iPad "auto lock" magnet system works great with my iPad 2, but only if the iPad is facing in one particular direction when the lid is closed. the function keys across the top of the keyboard work great for iPad and are very handy, especially the home button and lock button. these function keys work as standard function keys with a mac OSX computer, but because they are not pre-printed with "F1, F2, etc." it takes a little getting used to at first.
I have rated this product 4 out of 5 stars because I see a few ways in which it could be improved (especially for use with computers) but overall it is a very good product which performs outstandingly with both iPad 2 and Apple TV 2.
(Posted on 3/16/13)
- This thing is awesome! Review by Freddy
1. Functionality- it was incredibly easy to put the case on my iPad and the design is very intuitive in demonstrating how to release my iPad from the stand portion. It synced easily and I was surprised and impressed by built in buttons that could control my iPads volume and brightness. The swivel mechanism/arm is a little bit tricky to learn at first but within five minutes I was able to figure out different ways I could position it to use the ipad.
2. Battery life- seems reasonable and the charging cord plugs into any usb charger so that makes it very versatile.
3. Size- I was pleasantly surprised by how light it was considering the strength of the case, the swivel arm design, and the size of the keyboard.
Overall I would not hesitate to give this case a 5 out of 5 rating. (Posted on 3/13/13)
- Wife loves it! Review by Lou
- The fact that the upright brace is removable is a very nice feature, it holds the ipad upright even when removed from the keyboard.
- The release button for the upright brace is in an awkward position, as the ipad hits it when sliding back and forth on the back portion of the keyboard.
- Nice that the unit has an on/off switch, but an auto-off timer would be a nice feature to add.
- It levels very nicely in vertical position, but that is not the most convenient position for viewing movies, pictures, etc. When in horizontal mode, the ipad seems to be just floating along and not in a set position.
- Set up was a snap, and the keyboard is very comfortable to use.
(Posted on 3/11/13)
- Great deal for price! Review by Joe
I tested and used every key and every one did the function expected and the function written on the key.
-Easy to use
-Would like thicker plastic or metal in the plastic.
This is a great keyboard for the price! (Posted on 3/11/13)
- Compact, Functional and Effective Word Processing Workhorse Review by Donnie
This is my second Bluetooth keyboard I previously owned the AmazonBasics Bluetooth Keyboard (before it came with a mini stand) which I used regularly and enjoyed. I will try not to use it as "The Standard" but only as a model of comparison. This may possibly be a helpful approach to those who are familiar with the AmazonBasics keyboard.
I have been using the Airbender IMP38B with an iPad2 on a regular basis typically 4-6 hours Monday-Thursday for academia and work purposes and the rest of the days for leisure and homework, approximately 2-3 hours. I used the applications Pages and Notes for Word Processing and Keynote for simple presentations and had no issues other than having to use the touchscreen regularly to get in the proper location where I could type. As this was faster than pressing tab multiple times, but this is not so much an Airbender IMP38B issue than it is a typical Mobile Tablet limitation/Issue. I used Safari (Internet), Photon (Internet), Email, Netflix (Movies) and Crunchyroll (Movies), Autodesk Autocad (Computer Drafting&Design) apps and had no issues.
(((My conclusion and "personal opinion" of someone who uses the Airbender Primarily for MOBILE word processing and Secondary for MOBILE small presentations and on the job/onsite Architectural Design modifications. Overall I have been impressed and satisfied with the Airbender IMP38B. I would give it 4.5 stars out of 5 if I could but I choose to give it 5 stars in order to not deter potential users from trying Airbender IMP38B. Therefore I prefer to think about in between ratings (1/2's or .5) in the more charitable sense instead of the negative.)))
Before using the Airbender IMP38B the iPad2 would not have been the hardware of choice for applications that required large amounts of typing. Instead I would have preferred the use of my Ultrabook or Laptop. The Airbender IMP38B has allowed me to be a bit more compact and mobile especially in a School/Classroom setting, as the primary scope of work in a college/academia is Research & Typing/Note-taking. In my work environment though it is more challenging to use the Airbender IMP38B as the iPad2 does not possess the ideal processing power for graphics that a high end laptop or desktop could possibly have. That being said the Airbender does allow me to be more mobile in an academic setting and has become my preferred choice of hardware device over my Ultrabook. The battery Life on an iPad2 and Airbender IMP38B permit me to work longer without needing an outlet in comparison to an Ultrabook and Laptop. I also own the New Trent IMP 120D iCarrier which expands my abilities to be more "outlet independent". I recommend this product to ANY K-K12 to College student, or individual owning an iPad compatible device. That desires the smallest possible footprint on their desk while still being able to comfortably yet in an effective and still efficient manner type without being impeded by chubby fingers and/or micro miniature keys. I think New Trent Arcadia NT38B/IMP38B Airbender successfully accomplishes the creation of a device that hybrids both mobility and functionality.
Every good product still has its areas of improvement I included a section that has a combination of things I "like" along with a critique and their possible improvements. Hopefully this section will help inform potential users of what the Airbender does and doesn't have. (Please note as stated above I am well pleased with the Airbender IMP38B enough to rate it 4.5 stars. And that despite any critique or my opinion of possible "improvement" suggestions I don't think it detracts from the products current functionality and effectiveness as a product. My comments are only concepts that reflect would make MY use of the product better, I am selfish that way) :)
My favorite feature by far is the removable iPad Cover from Stand and Stand from Base/Keyboard System which is really a 3 part system (Cover, Stand & Base/Keyboard) which New Trent implemented well. In my daily use that has been by far the most practical and functional feature on the Airbender. It provides almost limitless customization possibilities regardless of the space of my work-area.
A Con and word of caution:
- One of the difficulties I found while trying to open the Airbender is that the Cover/Stand portion became difficult to fully open once I reached an approximate 60-70degree angle or 7" if measured from Cover Corner to Base Corner. Perhaps creating some kind of locking mechanism between the case and the stand could alleviate this issue. So that while the Airbender is being opened when completely shut position, it is easier to open without the top edge of the iPad Cover flipping towards the back possibly damaging the 360* rotation mechanism.
- Personally I love the Matte Finish in comparison to piano/glossy finish. I would recommend a more rugged/tough case overall. I am concerned if I accidentally dropped the Airbender Cover it may crack or break. But then again electronics are not designed to be tossed around like Frisbees. What I had in mind is like the Otterbox and Trident brand cases. But just to be clear the minimalist slim design is great I just wish we could have both worlds. The Cover & iPad is very thin & light which is a plus. When detached from the Stand and Base adding a textured back to the Cover may help reduce the chances of slippage from hands.
- I think a much needed upgrade is adding a cut out in Cover for a SmartCover. A unique and clever feature is the ability and ease by which the Airbender Cover can be separated from its Stand and Base. It may not be necessary to use the keyboard Base all the time so detaching it for on the go leaves the iPad screen vulnerable since the Base/Keyboard was what protected it when closed.
THE BASE & KEYBOARD
-I liked that I had a full set of keys on my keyboard even some extra shortcut keys which I found most helpful like the Home Screen and Light screen. Considering I have chubby fingers keys did not feel to small and the key labeling was clear even in dim lighting. I type about 40-45 words per minute so I enjoyed that keys were quieter than most laptops in my classes.
Side Note: In comparison to AmazonBasics Bluetooth Keyboard (ABBK) I found the ABBK keyboard keys make less noise at my current typing speed (40-45 wpm) than the Airbenders. ABBK keys (9/16"x9/16") are slightly larger than the Airbenders approximating at 9/16+"wide x 1/2". The overall width of the keyboard is smaller and does not have a designated "ESC".
-Having a ScreenLock key was great but I found myself accidentally locking my screen when typing as I would mistake it for the delete button. A personal preference as someone who used the Airbender in majority for word processing, I would recommend relocating the ScreenLock key to the opposite side next to Home Screen Key, as the tilde & #one key button might be used less than delete key.
-The Globe key (Languages) had no function at all which is located above #6 a circle with lines running through it. Perhaps a customizable key/s might better serve the user.
-I absolutely love the battery life of the Airbender I haven't been able to approximate the max capacity of the battery but I have reached at least 4+ hours of continual use with about 18+ hours of standby with on and off keyboard interactions. Then I had to charge it as I did not want to be in a school or work environment with a battery depleted Airbender.
-Also noticed that when the Airbender is opened beyond a 90-95degree angle it tends to tilt back more and more the further the top edge of the Cover is away from the base edge (edge near spacebar key). Perhaps to create a balance slightly more weight may be needed towards the Base keyboard edge to create equilibrium when the Cover is opened beyond a 90degree angle.
-A plus is it uses a standard micro-USB charger, so I was able to use PowerGen Dual Port USB 2.1A charger to charge it instead of the one it came with. So it charges to full in approximately 3.5+hours. I am not sure if it is any different as far as charging speed in comparison to standard charger.
These are recommendations of possible upgrades to a future version of the Airbender.
1. Illuminated Keyboard/keys-set that could be turned on and off.
2. Programmable/Customizable Keys (may require application).
3. Light/LED or Digital Battery Indicator, the battery life on this keyboard is amazing but its difficult to figure out how much juice it has left.
4. There is a 9-1/2x2-1/4 area above the keyboard that is not being used perhaps Solar Powering & Charging capabilities might be possible? Environmental friendly.
5. Touch-pad similar to laptops/ultrabooks so the iPad screen need no to be touched. Due to balance issues every time the iPad is touched when it is not in portrait position causes it to tilt back and lose balance.
6. Perhaps keyboard keys/area only does not need to be physical keys but touch screen surface instead. (Posted on 3/10/13)
- Awesome! Review by Jason
open the keyboard and type away on something - and then unsnap the keyboard
and take the iPad off for reading. I also like that the iPad turns on
immediately when opening up the case. All bluetooth functions on the
keyboard seem to work as they're supposed to. Only downside to this
product is the size of the keyboard - but that's because I have big
hands/fingers - so that's my issue - I'm used to firing away on a regular
sized keyboard, so I've had to slow down a bit - but it's only a minor
inconvenience. Overall, this product is great - would definitely recommend
for folks on the go that need to type up a quick email without having to
punch letter-by-letter on the screen itself. (Posted on 3/9/13)
- A MUST have keyboard for ANY iPad user!! Review by Ravi
then. I had been using a generic cover along with a generic keyboard for
my iPad, but wanted to get a decent keyboard. It's hard to lug around two
different devices of similar size at the same time, but this keyboard/case
combo fit the bill perfectly.
The hard cover for the iPad snaps on on perfectly. The cover then snaps on
to the keyboard mount. At first I was afraid of breaking the mount point
as I am with everything that mounts (horrors of Galaxy S2 car dash
mount...shrugs), but I think it can take a bit roughness. I don't see it
breaking from normal use.
Now that I had my iPad mounted, it was time to pair the keyboard. Pairing
process is quite simple. Hit the connect button on the keyboard and BT LED
lights up, pair from iPad and boom you are ready to go. I've used the
keyboard for past few days and did not have to reconnect like my old one.
The on/off switch is conveniently located right on top. You don't have to
turn the keyboard on side looking to turn it on. The keyboard features 3
LED lights (CAPS, CHRG, BT). Self explanatory. I've used other Bluetooth
keyboards before, but none of them had the CAPS light. This always ended
up with issues typing in passwords. Having a CAPS light makes it seem like
a normal keyboard.
All the special function keys worked perfectly. I really appreciated the
volume control. I could live without all other function keys to launch
apps such as browser, but volume keys are lifesavers. The lock key is a
nice added feature.
Overall build quality is great. I haven't had any trouble with the
keyboard. I love the layout of buttons and also the charge port. Charge
port is located on the right side of the keyboard and since I have my iPad
turned on landscape, I am able to have both wires coming from same side.
The grip pads are great and I haven't had my keyboard slip. The key size
is just perfect. I have big hands, and I haven't had any issues using the
I see no flaws so far, and am very happy of having purchased this keyboard.
Looks like my iPad found its perfect companion.
I'll update the review if any issues arise, but at this point I don't expect
to see any.
PS: I wrote this review using this very keyboard. AMAZZING!! (Posted on 3/9/13)
- NT-38B Airbender Case is a very good purchase! Review by Sim1Sim
2.Current New Trent products that I own include the New Trent Arcadia NT38B/IMP38B Airbender Clamshell Keyboard Case and the New Trent NT52D/NT-5200 iDual 5200mAh External Battery pack.
3. I receivedf my product about a week ago and so far find that I have no major problems with it.
The Airbender NT38B-- One of the main reasons I chose this case was because it provided a snug fit for the iPad over the other faux leather type keyboard that strech out and warp quite quick with normal daily use. The Airbender NT38B lined up perfectly and the screen shut off is flawless. Going by other reviews, I ran the keyboard through the paces and tested for myself the things people were saying about it.
I had no problem putting the iPad into the cover and the Bluetooth took under a minute to connect. Once connected it remained connected until I manually turned off the keyboard and turned off the Bluetooth settings for the iPad. They layout and size of the keyboard and keys is functional and easy to use once you get used to the positioning and tasks of the additional keys. I have found that the Airbender is fairly sturdy in normal landscape and portrait mode while on a flat surface and even using in your lap as long as the iPad is resting on the arm and is not tilted to far back. When flush with the top edge of the keyboard the screen sits on about a 90 degree angle and withstands light tapping on the touch screen without a lot of movement. I have found that the directional keys mainly work in text input boxes but not in page navigation unless you hve the Voice Over settings set to On with the iPad 3. With it set to On you can use the arrow keys to
move from all the apps except the ones on the bottom favorites bar. Pressing the Home key allows you to pan left and right through your various home screens and double clicking the home key is like swiping up to see your recently used apps.
The Airbender NT38B is a little on the hefty side, especially when combined with the New iPad. When not in my backpack, I usually carry my iPad in my purse. I have stretched out the straps of a few purses on the weight of the iPad alone. Reading thoroughly through the description for the keyboard I understood that it would be a matte hard plastic and it is. It has a slight texture to it but the outside surface stills is a bit slippery or slick to the touch. The arrow keys are not completely functional and in a lot of apps you still have to touch the screen to open a text box or the navigate around a page. The right shift key is a little too small "cmd" would be better if placed on the other side of the up arrow key. I am still trying to figure out how to select some of the function keys like the alt/option, cmd keys and have tried using them with the "shift, control, fn" keys with no result. That being said, a short key refresher would be
great in the brief user guide that comes with it.
(Posted on 3/8/13)
- Great keyboard/case Review by Mark
The case is very durable and I am not afraid that it would randomly fall out. Charge lasts for a long time and I feel that it will be secure.
Once you figure out the orientation of the iPad using the case is a breeze. Much better than my flip-open leather case that I was previously using. (Posted on 3/6/13)
- Extremely useful! Review by Blake
I love the portability and solid feel of the case. The iPad screen can be placed in many different configurations, which makes it extremely versatile for different classrooms, lighting conditions, etc. Also, the iPad can be removed from the keyboard, while still retaining the protective backing, which makes me feel more confident when carrying my iPad alone.
The only problem I've had is with the spacebar; some times it doesn't register. I'm thinking its just a part of my typing technique as I don't press directly in the center of the bar, but after some getting used to, the problem has been reduced. Perhaps the actual button below the spacebar could be enlarged to register on the edges of the spacebar as well.
Overall, this has been the most useful iPad accessory I've ever purchased. (Posted on 3/5/13)
- Great Product Overall. Review by Scott
Pro’s - - Very lightweight and easy to carry around.
- The 360 rotation feature is very convenient when switching from portrait to landscape.
-iPad is easily detached from the entire device.
- iPad easily unclips while inside plastic cover from the keyboard and stand.
- iPad with stand easily is easily removed from keyboard.
- When you flip open the case the iPad automatically turns on and opens to your home screen if you do not have a password set. (Just like a smart cover)
-Very responsive keyboard.
-Great battery life.
Con’s- -The tilt feature for the iPad is very loose and disables the ability to use in a comfortable position.
-The rubber bumpers that help when closing get in the way of your thumbs at the spacebar.
- Some keys are almost worthless to me because they do not work with a lot of apps.
- Shift keys could be a little larger.
- The lock key should be moved away from the corner. I press it too much when backspacing and deleting.
(Posted on 3/5/13)
- Really Like, but Don't Love Review by Pam
Very sturdy case - I feel my iPad is well protected
Easy to set up - blue tooth connected without a problem, easy to take on/off
Overall functionality is great. I love having a larger keyboard!
Holds a charge for a long time
I wish there were more ways to adjust the screen angle. While the option is there to adjust, at a certain point it just becomes too top heavy and won't support the weight.
The right 'shift' key doesn't seem to align like a normal keyboard. I keep missing it and hitting the key next to it.
Not used to having my iPad battery drain so much faster. Must be because of the blue tooth connection. (Posted on 3/4/13)
- Recommended. Well thought out and executed Review by Brendan
My only complaints about it are fairly minimal. Because the arm is attached to the iPad's center, it's a little awkward to open and flip into position; the bottom of the iPad wants to swing out rather than stay near the hinge point until you've finished opening and are ready to set it in position. The keyboard is comfortable and I can type pretty well, but the right shift key is small, and I tend to hit the Page Up key instead; still getting used to that. Also, one end of the keyboard sits ever so slightly higher than the other. I don't feel any difference, I just notice it visually; it is very slight though, and not something most people would likely pick up on.
All in all, I'm very pleased. I had read many "Best Keyboard Case" reviews of other brands on CNET and PC World, etc, and am really surprised that this was not included. It beats out nearly all on price, and includes features that rarely show up in the other top rated ones (like adjustable angles and portrait mode). I've had several people stop me and ask about it; they all seem to like those same features and have been disappointed by the lack of them in the keyboards/cases they currently use.
If it got stolen or damaged tomorrow, I would buy it again without hesitation. (Posted on 2/27/13)
- I love it! Review by Doreen
Packaging was very nice
Charges easily in my computer USB port
Syncing the IPAD was very easy - just hit the connect button and it found my IPAD - punch in a number that is shown on screen and the sync is complete.
The keyboard is definitely small and will take time to get use to. Still I feel that once you get use to the touch you will also get use to the smallness of the keyboard. I can't type as quick as I can on a regular keyboard but I am definitely typing quicker then if I was just using the keypad on the IPAD
The NT38B is very well constructed & the IPAD is well protected. I had the Smart Cover before I got this product to protect my IPAD & the 38B protects the IPAD & keyboard quite nicely.
It is very comfortable to work on sitting on my lap. I have a little lapdesk that I use so it is nice & flat while typing on the keyboard. I can easily watch TV & be answering emails all at the same time.
I believe the Amazon price was $53 for this product. The quality of the NT 38B is well worth the price. I have read reviews of some other keyboards that are more money but the NT38B is great for the price.
The space bar is short so you seem to hit the bottom part of the keyboard case quite a few times while typing so words get put together.
The only other issue I have with the product is how it opens & closes. It doesn't seem to slide easily. Again not a big deal.
I have used the keyboard for about 2 weeks now doing emails and making notes and I have had to recharge the keyboard only once since my initial charge when I received it.
All in all I would highly recommend this product to anyone who would like a keyboard for their IPAD.
(Posted on 2/26/13)
- Good product Review by Ann
Cons: seems to be extra keys that are not needed such as page up, page down, etc. Makes the keyboard cramped and it is easy to hit the wrong key.
Still an excellent product. (Posted on 2/25/13)
- The Airbender is great! Review by Laurel
- Good keyboard case Review by Marvin
- the best Ipad/ keyboard case in it class Review by Tokunbo
the new trent acardia nt38b is well built. it has that sleek black shell and a fine finishing keyboard. the key board works and functions precisely,
-the case looks very beautiful in the black mattel
-the case can be adjusted in different angles and orientation base on persons desire
-the keys responds well
-the case is well built and very durable to prevent damages to the iPad
-the keyboard has a lot of shortcut keys such as home, volume ,picture and search
-case can be detached
the up and down keys cannot be used on most applications. and some keys has no functionality.
overall, i will suggest it is a great buy and perfect product
(Posted on 1/30/13)
- Solid Keyboard and case combo Review by Anthony
- Lightweight & Thin
- Good battery life
- Charges fast
- Easy to pair
- Shortcut keys on top are useful
- Small keys take some getting used to
- Charging Port for the ipad would be nice (although could be difficult
with the 360 rotation and would probably kill the keyboard life
- No Shortcut key to send a message (it was kind of annoying to type an
imessage and still have to hit send on the screen)
- Couldn't get the perfect viewing angle (the ipad in landscape with the
bottom resting right above the keyboard)
- Doesn't go into sleep mode when you close it like the magnetic screen
- The cover that goes around the back of the ipad covers the top so you
can't use a magnetic cover in addition to it (when not using the keyboard)
Overall it's a good solid product but I don't think it's for everyone. I would 100% recommend it to someone who is on the road a lot and may use their ipad as a laptop replacement (documents/heavy email/etc). However, for the casual ipad user (games/some email/web browsing) I don't think a keyboard is necessary. (Posted on 1/28/13)
- Very nice iPad keyboard Review by Jeff
- Solid Case with a few quirks Review by Shane
The first quirk is regarding the mechanism for holding/rotating the iPad. When you are opening the case, it can be a difficult to find the position that will keep the iPad in either the portrait or landscape mode since the mechanism doesn't lock in place. This is remedied by opened the lid a certain way each time (search on youtube for a video that shows this). I do have to say that the keyboard feel is amazing. There is good depth to the keystrokes and the keyboard doesn't feel cramped at all. To have that in a portable case without adding very much weight or size is awesome.
Another quirk is that it is a little inconvenient to use the iPad screen flat without disconnecting the iPad section from the keyboard part of the case. If I were to fold down the hinge to have the iPad screen-up to maybe draw on the screen or move icons around faster, I end up getting a lot of typing of the 'y' key or the 'u' key because the hinge hits the keyboard in that position. If I were to turn off the keyboard so that no typing occurs, I am worried about those two keys lasting the lifetime of the case when they are constantly being smashed in that position. I like the versatility of the case. I like that it can be used in many different positions and as connected or disconnected as the user would like. The user can have the screen get as far (within the range of bluetooth) or as close as they would like while typing and still have some stability from the hinge.
Another quirk is that the case does not have any ridges or rubber areas (other than the feet on the bottom of the case) to help the user hold on to the case as they are walking or changing case positions. I actually accidentally dropped the ipad in case one day. The drop was from about my bellybutton so about 4 feet off the ground and the case landed on carpet on its edge. I didn't see any damage to the case or the iPad. I like that the case seems very durable but it would be nice if there were more grippy spots.
I used the case with while traveling to Pittsburgh and Detroit as well as in my time around the house and wherever I would normally take my iPad. At first the increased weight (as mentioned, I only had the smart cover and a plastic backing case previously) was a little surprising, but the increased utility and efficiency given by typing on a keyboard and not on the screen more than makes up for that. The hinge mechanism also really helps with keeping my ipad upright and in a viewing position without my having to hold on to my ipad if I am using it as a reference while writing, etc. This meant that I could use the keyboard wirelessly at any angle that was comfortable for me without having to worry about the angle of viewing for the screen.
(Posted on 1/26/13)
- Great Keyboard Case for iPad Review by Chris
I think the keyboard has good spacing for the size of the case, and it proves much easier to type on than the iPad. My only complaint when it comes to the keyboard is the small size of the right shit button. The button is very small, and the keyboard doesn't auto correct to an upper case letter when starting a new sentence. This proves difficult at times, and took some getting used to.
My only other complaint about the case would be regarding the part the actual iPad snaps into. It took me about five minutes to get the iPad out of the case after it was snapped it. While the iPad is definitely secure while in the Arcadia, it would be nice if it was slightly easier to remove.
Hands down this is a much better case than my Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover, and a much lower price. I would rate this case a 4/5.
(Posted on 1/22/13)
- A solid choice if you need a slim, lightweight keyboard case Review by Dan
The iPad snaps firmly into the plastic case and this case can be separated and used without the keyboard for those times you want less bulk. Without the keyboard attached, the case is slim and light and protects the iPad well.
When attached to the keyboard, you have the option of typing with the iPad in either landscape or portrait mode … a big plus over most keyboard cases. This is important to me as I prefer portrait mode when I'm working on documents.
The keyboard seems well constructed and they keys have sufficient travel to give it a feel similar to a regular keyboard. The keys are closer together due to the smaller size of the keyboard vs. a full-size keyboard, and that takes a little adjustment, but this is true of any keyboard case you will buy. The keyboard has dedicated keys to access the home screen, search and music controls, and they all worked well.
I did find the location of the right shift key problematic as it's farther away from your left little finger than you would expect and I had to remember to stretch to hit this key. I also found the lock screen key to be too close to the back key and I often hit the lock key by mistake. Other than those two minor issues, the keyboard was solid and make typing on the iPad a pleasure.
Things I Liked
* Compact solution
* Case component is slim& light
* Dedicated iPad keys for home screen & search
* Ability to use in either portrait & landscape mode
Things I Would Change
* Location of right shift key
* Location of lock screen key
(Posted on 1/19/13)
- Good solid purchase Review by Helene
- All in one solution for my travel needs. Protection and flexibility with min weight. Review by Aamarc
The airbender can be used in any position which helps when I travel on the train, the airplane, in the office, in bed... Now when I throw my ipad on my bag is has added protection without the added weight.
PD: I wrote this review with my new keyboard/case. (Posted on 1/18/13)
- Great Keyboard Review by Angel
- Awesome little ad on for my Ipad Review by Ron
iPad into a laptop. I do my fair share of typing and using ipad's onscreen
keyboard is not easy to use for a typist. At first I thought it was a little
off balanced as the ipad's weight would make the keyboard flip backwards but
after watching the video on the manufactures website and reading the manual the
ipad should sit directly on the back end of the keyboard and foot on the back
slides in and out to change the angle of the screen. It's not meant to be
suspended above the keyboard. As far as the keyboard itself, it connects quickly though Bluetooth. Once you get used to the keyboard layout and key spacing you'll be typing as well as you ever did.
Pros: Bluetooth connectivity is very easy and a onetime setup.
After the initial charge the battery life is very good. The keyboard contains
several shortcut keys such as brightness, volume, music controls and more that
are very helpful. Once the keyboard is properly setup it is very sturdy on
tabletop and because it has rubber meet it does not move around.
Cons: The stiff hinge makes it impossible to setup without
touching the screen and leaving fingerprints to clean off. It's a little on the
heavy side almost doubling the weight of the ipad. The screen lock key is close
to the delete key making it easy to accidently turn off the ipad while typing. The
right hand shift key is too small and hard to find but after getting used to it
becomes less of a problem.
The Pros and functionality far out weigh the cons which is why I gave this product 5 stars (Posted on 1/18/13)
- Excellent combination of a keyboard and a case Review by WLC
Cons: Added weight almost makes it feel like a netbook, Bluetooth connection is manual every time
I have used this keyboard case now for almost two weeks and I love it. So far, I've only charged the battery once (the initial charging) and it's showing no signs of starting to lose its charge. The versatility of this product allows for multiple modes of use. I mostly have used this one of two ways; with the keyboard, and with the keyboard and arm completely removed. I have used this on an iPad 2 and 3 and it works great on both. I have seen other keyboard case combinations online but I just prefer the look and the durability of this case.
(Posted on 1/16/13)
- Nice case for the price Review by Sandra
- Great product to turn your iPad into a Netbook Review by Michael
(Posted on 1/15/13)
- Most Functional Keyboard around Review by Dan
impressed with the battery life. I love how I was able to collapse this instantly and get on the go. If I could pick one this off my improvement list it would be the angle/tilt. It just flops around too much and too quickly. If this could tighten up with a little knob or something it would be close to perfect in my eyes. Compared to what is out there right now, I think you will be happy with this purchase. (Posted on 1/14/13)
- Keyboard Case: Increased My Productivity Review by Tracy
If I may make a suggestion, add an additional note (under installation and removal) to show that the retractable insert has the ability to shift or bend up and down to accommodate the vertical or horizontal position of the iPad.
Another suggestion concerning the retractable base would be to add another arrow under the rotating button to describe or note that the neck of the base can shift up, down or backwards and forward. This enhances the user’s ability to rotate and listen for the “click”, as it is moves in one of its many positions. I am impressed with the 360-degree rotating button.
The available color selections are a great; however, a good suggestion would be to add other colors like red, blue, or green. A splash of color can brighten your day!
New Trent Arcadia Airbender Clamshell Keyboard Case: Review
Wow! This case has so many awesome features. The protective case is durable and flexible. The protective case absorbs the shock associated with holding the iPad. Another impressive feature is the rotating button will accommodate vertical, horizontal, or slanted displays. The keyboard stand is removable, adjustable, and has a rotating button. My iPad2 pairs quickly with the keyboard. In fact, I left my iPad idle for several hours. Naturally, I thought that I would have to pair the device again—I was pleasantly surprised that the terrific keyboard quickly engages when my fingers touch the keyboard.
Additionally, I use the New Trent Arcadia Airbender Keyboard case every day to respond quickly to emails in my home office. I love it because a few website portals that I visit often require a vertical setting and this fantastic keyboard case allows me to change positions quickly.
When I am waiting outside in my truck to pick my children up from school, I also use the keyboard case. My truck is a Cadillac Escalade and the New Trent Arcadia Airbender Clamshell Keyboard fits perfectly on my console between the two front seats. I am able to read and respond to emails.
The whole ensemble is lightweight and it fits nicely in my purse. My Ipad and the New Trent Arcadia Airbender Clamshell Keyboard are inseparable. I cannot leave home without it.
On a scale of 1-5, I rate this product as a five (5). This is a wonderful asset to professionals, as it increases productivity.
(Posted on 1/14/13)
- great for price Review by Jim
- I own a Logitech Ultrathin, and the New Trent beats it in the Value game. Review by Dave
- PRICE! Compared to logitech's offerings, the price for the functionality offered is a tremendous value.
- The enclosure serves as a proper case for the iPad. Can un-hook for ipad-only use without taking off the enclosure.
- The adjustable and removable "kick stand" is a really unique feature that works pretty well.
- Special ipad function keys are great.
- The keyboard tested fine with the iPhone 4 as well. It should work with any bluetooth-keyboard-compatible unit.
- The keyboard itself is not uncomfortable to type on, and seems to have similar "touch" to the more expensive Logitech unit.
Cons (compared to Logitech)
The unit as a whole is a little flimsy. The plastic holding the iPad portion to the keyboard is too thin perhaps?
It takes a while to figure out what works for configuration and what doesn't.
On the whole, if you're a value conscious consumer, and an iPad keyboard is in your future (which changes the iPad game to something new and great), this is the clear winner. (Posted on 1/11/13)
- Great case & keyboard Review by Brandon
Cons: The shift key on the right hand side is in an odd position and is smaller than a traditional keyboard, which takes time to get used to. I have found your hands will get used to the keyboard layout pretty quickly. Keyboard cases such as the Airbender are somewhat bulkier than cases without keyboards, but the Airbender is still quite compact. (Basically that’s the cost for extra protection.) Clipping the iPad in and out of the airbender stand can be somewhat difficult at first, until the user gets used to doing this easily. When clipping the iPad back into the case & stand, I find it easiest to lay the ipad face down on the keyboard (just as it will be when the case is closed) and then it is very easy to attach the circular clip into the backside.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this case. Especially for the price!
(Posted on 1/9/13)
- Great Protection, Reliable Keyboard Review by Tadambon
Pros: The iPad is fully protected when the case is closed. The hinge appears to be very sturdy and keeps the iPad safe and in place while opened or closed. The smart magnet built into the keyboard automatically unlocks the iPad when the case is open and locks it when closed. The case does add a bit of bulk but not near as much as I expected there to be. The case is itself is very light and durable. I enjoy the rubberized feel inside the keyboard case. The keys themselves are hard plastic like most keyboards. I also like knowing that when the case is closed, my iPad does not rest directly on the keys due to the rubber bumpers along the edges of the keypad. It was very easy to connect the keyboard to the iPad, even without reading the provided instructions.
Cons: The keyboard's lock button is directly above the delete key. I constantly lock my iPad while typing. After working with the case for a while and becoming use to the layout this becomes less of an issue, but initially it can be a little irritating. The right side shift button is also a little small and hard to press, but again, after getting use to the layout it is not a huge issue. The case can also be a little hard to open without scraping the iPad across the keys. Maybe if the hinge wasn't so loose it would be easier to open without losing control of the iPad itself.
Overall review: I really like this case, the keyboard is easy to type on and once getting use to some of the key positions. Knowing my iPad is fully protected is also a huge plus. The pros definitely outweigh the cons and I would recommend this case to anyone who wants great protection along with a good reliable keyboard. (Posted on 1/9/13)
- Best IPad Case Ever Review by Kenneth
- Great keyboard case for the price Review by JS
However, when opening the Airbender, the top is a bit awkward to handle. It's very difficult to keep it from quickly flipping open. I have almost dropped it 3 times due to this. Also, it would be nice to be able to position the iPad at any angle and it stay in that position without propping it against the keyboard.
One other potential issue is that the charging cable connector (keyboard side) appears to be proprietary or at least unusual. I thought at first that it was a mini USB connector, but it is not. The other end of the cord is a normal USB connector.
One addition that would be nice is a lighted keyboard. (Posted on 1/5/13)
- I love the Airbender! Review by Sheri
1. The biggest selling point is the ability to move the iPad into portrait and landscape mode. I still have apps that only work in one orientation or the other, as annoying as that is.
2. The keyboard. I do have some cons about it, but I like it for the most part. The keys are very responsive and not rubbery or tacky like others I have tried. Cons are below with regard to the keyboard.
3. The adjustable slant feature on the hinge.
4. I like clicking it back together to transport. It feels very solid when in the closed
5. Bluetooth connection. Very smooth. Occasionally, I will have to go to settings to make it connect again, but for the most part it is always on when I need it.
6. The keyboard holds a charge for a long time. I haven't timed it, but I get annoyed when I get the charge light. I don't recall getting annoyed yet, so I know it's acceptable.
7. I like not having to remove a piece to charge my iPad. That is a bonus for me, but I realize that some companies block it to give it more protection.
Keyboard pet peeves are the Delete key. I keep pressing the lock key instead of Delete. That is truly annoying. Maybe it is just my muscle memory from my laptop keyboard, but I haven't gotten used to the location or size of the Delete key. It has been almost seven months, and perhaps if I used only this keyboard, I would retrain my fingers. Also, the right Shift key could be bigger. I realize that the physical dimensions of the keyboard could prohibit correcting this issue. It's not a deal breaker.
(Posted on 1/4/13)
- AMAZING PRODUCT!!!!!!!!!!!! Review by zack
Cons: everyone has to ask me where i got it to get one for themselves
great product buy buy buy (Posted on 1/3/13)
- Great Value Review by Alec
- Nice looking case and keyboard Review by Shirley
I snapped my iPad onto the protective cover and it went in without any problems. I then turned on my iPad. The keyboard had a good feel to it as the keys are smooth and flat the way I like it, but they are a little close together and took some getting used to and I did fine after that. About two hours after charging the keyboard, the green light came on, which means it was fully charged so the company must send it out partially charged. Next was pairing the bluetooth with my iPad. The print on the instruction sheet was very small and I found it difficult to read, larger print would have been nice. The instructions for pairing were incorrect for my version of the iPad (I have the iPad with Retina Display). You would go to "Settings" and then three levels above "General" is the "Bluetooth" function (instructions said to go under "General" to find the "Bluetooth" function). This might be for earlier versions of the iPad and not the newest one. However, not a big deal. If you're familiar with computers, this is an easy do. Got it all up and running and started checking out all the key functions. It took me a while to get comfortable with turning the stand so that my iPad would go from portrait and then landscape, but did well and I actually had fun using it both ways and then alone on the stand. Several times I thought for sure my iPad would drop out, but it was in very securely and that made me feel at ease.
The case feels really good in my hands. My only concern is that when I go to close the case, I feel like my screen is going to get damaged. It just might be that I am overly cautious. I would not hesitate to highly recommend the Airbender keyboard case to anyone who has invested their hard earned money on an iPad Tablet. (Posted on 12/31/12)
- Loved the product Review by Chris
- Best ipad keyboard/case for the "Road Warrior" Review by EMP
Connecting the keyboard via bluetooth to the ipad was quick and easy. There are many additional functions that I didn't expect, but was pleasantly surprised. Like the ability to change screen brightness, go to home screen or search, change volume and the media player keys. I did find myself hitting the "lock" key by accident a couple of times instead of the delete key, but quickly got used to the delete keys location. A recommendation for future models would be the addition of a touchpad or wireless mouse. That would make functionality almost identical to my netbook and laptop, but the keyboard by itself is still light years ahead of keying on the ipad by itself.
The keyboard is a gem when going on business trips that require keeping up and responding to e-mails. I used to take my laptop in addition to the ipad for just this reason, but now find I can leave the laptop home. Because of the small size of the keyboard/ ipad combination, I also find working on the plane in cramped seats much easier with this product. For a "road warrior" like me, this is a new essential tool, a keeper, and a great value. (Posted on 12/29/12)
- Easy typing! Review by Maureen
- Best keyboard case!!!! Review by JP
First, it is really easy to connect, just turn your bluetooth on and you are done, you don't have to pair it every time you turn it on, like in others. Second, it's the only one that allows you to keep your iPad in both, landscape and portrait mode, without needing to take off your iPad. Third, very rigid case offers excellent protection for your iPad.
If you are looking for a keyboard case, that also protects your iPad, and holds it in many positions, this is a great choice. (Posted on 12/22/12)
- Great keyboard for a great price. Review by Jae
The keyboard just simply works. No sticky keys and no keys randomly popping out.
Connecting was easy peasy.
The case itself is not slippery. It's not rugged but it's not slippery like some of the other cases. Huge bonus.. I had a case where it'd constantly try and escape out of my hands.
Many options on how to use it. You can fold it down, carry case, keyboard, laptop style, all sorts of angles.
Durability is fantastic.. which brings me to my title. My niece was carrying it around and smacked it into a doorway and the case showed no evidence of damage. (Of course I don't recommend anyone to go throwing iPads or go walking intentionally smacking into things!)
Battery seemed to last longer than other bluetooth keyboards on the market.
It's durability is there but because of it being a fully plastic frame it clicks and makes sounds like it's not as durable. Beyond the sound and the feeling though it hasn't broken down so no complaints.
If you have nails like me the letters will fade off like any other keyboard. I wish there was some kinda protective cover that came with it.
Small keyboard layout.. well what can I expect it has to fit properly with an ipad but I got big hands! I can still type with it though it just takes a little getting used to.
Overall I think the keyboard is a nice buy. If you want to pay a good price for a good product this is a great starting point. Can't beat it really. (Posted on 12/21/12)
- Protection and ease of use in one great product Review by KOwens
Both pairing and connecting were very quick and efficient. The keyboard cover protects the screen of the iPad. I feel overall, NewTrent is a good value for the money.
(Posted on 12/21/12)
- Great product for Educational use! Review by tim
As rugged as the Zagg keyboard cases we were previously using, and the rotating display and detachable casing makes these perfect for any setup.
Highly recommend! (Posted on 12/20/12)
- I like it alot !! Review by Sai
(Posted on 12/20/12)
- Easy connection, great keyboard and perfect when you need a keyboard for a tablet or other device. Review by David
The status lights: CAPS, CHRG, BT. There is a "connect" button to hit when connecting to a device's BT settings.
•Super easy to connect. Connect button to use when making a new connection at any time.
• On/Off button, easy and simple.
• Brightness buttons, fast search button,web launcher button, as well as play/pause, FF, RW, mute, volume up & down. Also has command button.
• A little bit bigger profile than the iPad itself, but not much.
• Protects iPad on all sides.
• Hassle free packaging, nice quality.
• Battery life is great, I have not had it die on me while it was turned on all day and used intermittently throughout the day.
• Smooth plastic case, can slip in fingers
• In a few angles, the screen can wiggle around.
• Small keyboard/keys. Has to be to fit within size of iPad.
•Not island keys.
Summary - Easy connection, great when you need a keyboard for a tablet or other device. (Posted on 12/18/12)
- Superb Bluetooth Keyboard Review by kory
Anyone looking for a keyboard solution needs to get the imp38btt. I take
this case to all my meetings and seminars. As well as school, being able to
type much more effectiviely and efficiently. All while not having to take
my apple blue tooth keyboard. The functionality is perfect. Havent found
any issues regarding use and compatibilty. Definitely recommended for
-Hard protective case. (enough said there)
-Battery on the bluetooth keyboard lasts forever i have used it over a
month and have yet to charge.
-Removable stand being able to swivel and show anyone around makes a great
-add a place to carry a stylus.
-the unlock button for the sliding stand could be in an easier access spot
(Posted on 12/18/12)
- Handy device Review by Arif
a.. Feel of a laptop to type documents, fill web page content or emails.
b.. Docking of ipad is useful when travelling or sitting on a desk/table.
c.. Great if possible to connect to TV and use the bluetooth keyboard
d.. Useful shortcut buttons
e.. Long lasting battery life
f.. Can use in landscape or portrait mode.
(Posted on 12/17/12)
- Airbender Excellent Keyboard - Excellent Value Review by JaLo
- Solid, but will take some time to adjust to. Review by Michael Basil
I have actually used a couple of full-size Bluetooth keyboards before this one and I was worried that I might not like the cramped keyboard, I actually did, but with some reservations.
· Fit great with an iPad
· Seems to have a long battery life-been using it for 3 days for most my work and still going strong
· Love the construction. It's solid and doesn't add a lot of weigh to my iPad
· I actually used this with my android devices too and it worked perfectly
· Love the ability to swivel from portrait to landscape and detach iPad easily.
· Loved all the quick function buttons
What I didn't like about it:
· Lock Key- Next to the backspace button
· Right Shift Key too small
After a couple of days you will get use the the keyboard layout, but I still wish the shift key was bigger. Does this make me want to get rid of this product? No, not at all. This is the best combo keyboard I have found for an iDevice so far! (Posted on 12/14/12)
- Professional and Mobile Review by Robert
I love the security of the back snap. Feels like it could really last.
A different material for the outside would be great. A leather would greatly improve the feel and look of the case.
The keyboard feels very similar to my laptop keyboard. This case helps the iPad make my laptop more and more irrelevant.
This case is just what I’ve been looking for. The touch screen keyboard technology has gotten better over the years but it still doesn’t quite match a real keyboard.The feel of the keys is similar to the “heavy” feel of a midsize laptop keyboard. Just the way I like it.
I drive a cab and need my devices to be mobile and compact. This case helps me get more done in my down time. It also allows me to quickly and discreetly stow away my iPad when I get a fare. (Posted on 12/13/12)
- Protection and functionality Review by Ernesto
Amazingly simple to set up connection
Very Slick and well designed
Does not add much weight
Compact and secure making it a must if you are on the go
It is more like three in one- blue tooth key board, case, and stand
This case in essence turns your iPad into a mini computer while not compromising the portablity of the iPad. Once it is fully on I was amazed at how solid it felt when it was closed. I was very surprised that when everything was said and done my iPad did not feel like it was weighed down. Also the case gives you the freedom of taking the key board and separating it from the stand, allowing you to set it up to your liking. Although the keyboard is small it is very functional, it might be a slight issue with people with larger fingers, but if they are used to the small touchscreen keys, this should be a walk in the park. It truly turns your iPad to a much more functional tool, be it if you are working on replying emails, or writing the minutes for a meeting. It also incorporates a great deal of shortcuts in the keyboards, which I found incredibly helpful, being that it is always a hassle to find them somethimes. Some of the shortcuts are brightness, photos, audio, a home button, quick search, a lock button, and play back buttons.
A couple of suggestions for improvement are the opening and closing are a bit stiff, and feel as if I am placing more pressure than I would like. Nonetheless, I would not hesitate to recommend this product for someone it is an overall great accessory to upgrade your already great iPad. (Posted on 12/13/12)
- More functionality than expected Review by Luis
- Great Keyboard and Protective Cover all in one Review by George
The keyboard itself seems well made and sturdy. The protective case also seems very sturdy and protective. The battery life is awesome, I have not had it on a charger in over a week and I am typing on it now. The keyboard wakes up extremely quickly and I like that. I have another bluetooth keyboard and it feels cheap compared to the NewTrent I am now using. Also the other keyboard was sometimes hard to wake up or even impossible without turning in off for 5 seconds and then turning back on to get the bluetooth to connect. Not the NewTrent I am using every time one or two pushes of any key and it quickly connects to the bluetooth and I am typing away. (Posted on 12/12/12)
- Great Keyboard Case for the Quality, Function, and Price! Review by Amzad
The IMP38B has 3 various positions. The first 2 is with the case connected. It can be adjusted in landscape or portrait (Preferred). The third position is landscape with the case separated.
Battery life is great. It will last you a very long time. I took the IMP38B with me to college everyday for a week using it instead of my Macbook for taking notes.
It was a bit different at first without a mouse but within 5 minutes, everything was running fine using Pages. Typing is fairly quiet and quick. The keyboard isn't small like a netbook but not a laptop keyboard. It's in a comfortable spot between so it's easy to type. Give it 5-10 minutes if you new to small keyboards. The function keys are nice for volume and music playback. I've charged it twice through the week and spend about 3-5 hours each day using it.
Carrying it no issue. I had casemate sleeve case for just my iPad with the smart cover and even with the keyboard and case, it fits in just fine. It uses a universal cable Micro-B cable so you can just use the charging cable that comes with most Samsung smartphones.
When I'm home and using my iPad for entertainment purposes such as watching some Ray William Johnson on youtube, I must say the ability to remove case from the case stand is the one of the best features. The case itself is protective.
With the case closed, there are rubber bumps on the lower end of the keyboard so you don't have to worry about the keyboard damaging your iPad screen in any way. Auto-on and off with the magnets works fine with my iPad.
The only con i have is when opening the case up. When the case is closed like a laptop and your opening it, open it slowly else the bottom portion of the iPad will swivel up.
Some suggestions I can make is to possibly add a small slot or cutout to be able to add a smart cover if the iPad is separate from the stand. That way I won't have to snap the case back into the stand when I'm not using it.
(Posted on 12/12/12)
- I really like this product Review by Hunter
- Handy and versitile bluetooth keyboard Review by Andy
really liked that it had all the regular keys like brightness, volume,
and lock/unlock keys built in and are very similar to a mac keyboard
(which I use). It was also very easy to change languages. The keyboard
material was a good quality and I liked the tactile feedback when
pressing the keys. I also enjoyed the ability to easily rotate the ipad
as well as move it closer/further away from the keyboard. Detaching the
ipad was also very easy to do and a nice feature.
The only small complaint would be to move/reposition the lock/unlock key as it
is too close to the delete key and often resulted in me pressing the
lock key by accident when trying to delete, which was a bit annoying.
But overall, I'd definitely recommend this to my friends. (Posted on 12/11/12)
- My new work machine Review by charles
So far very happy with this case. (Posted on 12/10/12)
- airbender case/BT KB Review by oferinmn
its a bit stiff initially but loosened up after about a day. Only change - I would make the shift key a bit bigger.
(Posted on 12/10/12)
- I love the Airbender Keyboard Case!! Review by Trisha
(Posted on 12/10/12)
- I really like this. Great buy! Review by Rochelle
- Flexibility sets it above the rest. Review by David
Unlike the Zagg, you can use the plastic hard case without the keyboard, so when you are travelling light, you don't have to bring the keyboard section. Additionally, the ability to use portrait or landscape comes in handy, especially when you are reading magazines online -- or newspapers like my favorite, the New York Post.
You can also use it in psuedo desktop mode, where the screen is suspended above the keyboard like an all in one.
I have not had any issues with the keyboard function -- those complaining that it is a cramped keyboard are missing the point. You can't fit a full-size keyboard in the space of an ipad.
The only flaw I have seen so far is that the page up/page down buttons don't scroll web pages.
Overall, a great product, especially for the price. (Posted on 12/10/12)
- Verg Good Keyboard and Case. Review by KLC
My first impression of the New Trent NT38B/IMP38B Airbender ClamShell Keyboard Case is what a fabulous product and remains so. Consistently impressed with New Trent’s attractive packaging (as this is not the first product I’ve purchased from them) along with easy to follow users guide that comes with complete illustrations; a quick look and you can easily set up the Bluetooth, (very easy to pair with my iPad2 Bluetooth). The New Trent Airbender fully charged in 6 hours the recommended time, although the light turned green shortly after charging commenced.
Really, like its overall good looks, it is sturdy and functional keyboard, and case. As far as options are concerned it is versatile, you can use it as a case, or detach it from the keyboard. It took me a minute to figure out how to remove from the stand but after I referred to the user guide, it detached in a second. After I put my iPad into the case, I found it to be a great, snug fit. I did notice that it seemed top heavy and at one point, it tipped over. However, I just readjusted the stand and after using it for one week, I figured out if you extend the stand by approximately 1” it sits quite nicely and for me a very comfortable position for reading and using the keyboard. The keyboard is a nice size and easy to use. Additionally, I read a review/s that mention keyboard issues. So far, I have not experienced any problems. I am enjoying using my new New Trent NT38B/IMP38B Airbender ClamShell Keyboard Case. As far as viewing my iPad, it does rotate nicely for either vertical or horizontal viewing but I just keep mine in the horizontal position since this is my preferred viewing method.
Overall, I highly recommend the New Trent NT38B/IMP38B Airbender ClamShell Keyboard Case. I find it to be good looking, very good quality (well built), and user friendly and better than many other accessories that are out there. It is great; I just grab it and go….
Oh, I received my purchase in a very timely fashion!
I would rate it a 4!
(Posted on 12/9/12)
- Easy, Lots of Functionality, Great Protection Too. Review by Grant
(Posted on 12/9/12)
- Great fit; fun and easy to use! Review by mwmusser3
With the New Trent Airbender keyboard case it is a different experience! The flexibility and ease of use makes me WANT to use this keyboard! First of all the case itself gets a perfect rating. It fits snug around the iPad and gives me confidence that first and foremost that my iPad is protected. Next is the positioning of the iPad itself when you want to use the keyboard, brilliant! In portrait, the iPad rests against the keyboard, keeping the iPad stable while typing. In landscape, the New Trent video and other reviews show the iPad pushed back away from the keyboard - which is fine, but I can't stand the iPad to shake while typing. So I use the pressure from the case hinge to push the iPad against the keyboard while in landscape to stop the shaking. This only works because the case has given the iPad display arm (hinge) the ability to slide back allowing more room to adjust the iPad. This works perfectly!
The keyboard itself was a little difficult to use at first because some of the keys wouldn't register as you typed. However, after using the keyboard for an hour it worked great. I just had to "break it in" for a bit.
My favorite feature of the Airbender is the ease of the BlueTooth (BT) connection to the iPad. One button and works every time! No pairing hassles, etc.
Ease of use
Keyboard must be broke in a bit (requires heavy typing at first)
Charger cable is a little loose, but works fine (Posted on 12/9/12)
- The Perfect iPad Case Review by Sálongo
Received my Air Bender Clam Shell Case with keyboard yesterday and it is the perfect case but it’s a gift for my wife to use with her iPad2. I love the finish of the case, which does not show finger prints and gives a little bit of a grip when picking it up and opening it. My computer USB ports are full so I charged the keyboard using the one of my iPad AC charging adapters. Paring the keyboard to the iPad 2 took just a couple of minutes and I paired it to my iPad 1st Generation and it works great. I like the field of the keys and in a pinch I can use it with my iPad when my wife is looking the other way.
The versatility of the case is what made me decide to get it. Being able to rotate from portrait to landscape mode, have a variety of viewing angles and the fact that the iPad will stay at whatever angle I choose was what made me decide to buy the Air Bender. Being able to slip the various case components apart was another factor in my decision to buy. One thing I think should be changed is the hinge on the back of the protective case that the iPad slips into. The pins that slip into the release plate will break after a lot of usage. One thing I would love to see incorporated into the case would be the battery from the New Trent NT1400 iZen Power Portfolio that has a built-in/removable 14000mAh iPad Battery Case, That would make it the ultimate iPad case.
I love the versatility of the Air Bender case and as soon as I upgrade to an iPad 3 I’ll get a case for myself. In the meantime my wife is enjoying hers and lets me use it from time to time.
Wookieman: Photographer & Visual Artist
(Posted on 12/8/12)
- IMP38B keyboard case for iPad 2 Review by Usman
It does take a bit of getting used to, but once you have become accustomed to using the IMP38B, it becomes a daily habit. I can now use my iPad to write detailed and long emails and I no longer have to wait till I get to my notebook. In fact, I am using IMP38B to write this review.
The IMP38B does have some issues that I would love to see addressed, for instance, when typing, words would get typed with multiple letters (e.g. discover would appear as “disssscover” and the other inconvenience I found was the placement of the “lock” key right above the “delete” key. Most of the time I had to unlock the device because I would accidently press the “lock” key instead of the “delete” key while typing.
I would rate this product a 4-star. The 1 start I am taking away is because of the issues I have mentioned. (Posted on 12/7/12)
- A nice keyboard + hardshell case + stand! Review by Xiaoyu
As expected, the iPad is much heavier with the Clamshell case on. The case is black, made of plastic with a matte finish, so it won't attract fingerprints.
The top cover snaps onto the the back of iPad snugly, providing a nice protection to the back of the iPad. The only problem is that if I don't want to carry the keyboard base, the front of the iPad is not protected. Removing the top cover is not expected to be a routine operation. That left me with two options. One, keep using my old folio with the cover snaped on. I could still insert the iPad into the folio, but with added thickness and weight, it wasn't a pleasent experience. So I chose the second option by putting the ipad into a lightweight carrying sleeve when the keyboard is not needed. Being able to use Apple's smart cover will no doubtly be an excellent choice.
The case provides multiple viewing angles to a certain degree, in both landscape and portrait modes. This is much better than the folio based keyboard case, which is limited to landscape orientation and restricted viewing angle.The rotation of the hinge was not as smooth as I would like it to be. Adjusting the screen to the desired angle took a little effort. Those are the tradeoff for having multiple viewing angles and screen orientations. The auto-wake/sleep function works the same way as the Apple Smart Cover does, but only when the screen is counterclockwise rotated due to the location of the magnets. A little attention to the orientation of the iPad when closing the clamshell is all that is needed.
The feeling of the keystrokes is fine to me, though I do not type very fast. I haven't discover the usefulness of the fn key, since it seems that only home, end, page up and page down keys need it. That is only my guess, because all the key labels are in white, not in blue for fn as commonly seen on the notebook keyboards. In adddition, I tested in several apps but haven't found out how pageup and pagedown keys work.
For a case with bluetooth keyboard, the Airbender is a good product with more designed features than the folio-based keyboard cases. Now I also use the case as a convinient iPad stand to watch video, run clock or weather apps while the iPad is charged I definitely welcome the feature of being able to attach Smart Cover for screen protection when the keybard base is not needed. That will make the Airbender perfect for any situation.
(Posted on 12/6/12)
- Works great, but needs a few tweaks here and there Review by Kenny
Now it's time to write a review for it. I usually like to use something for about a month before I write a review on it because it would be a more realistic review than someone who just received the product and didn't like it at first glance and give it negative reviews.
So here goes. I have an iPad 2. Installation was simple enough.... IF YOU FOLLOW the instructions! I thought I was kinda smart and tried to do it on my own, but things didn't really snap correctly here and there and when I finally read the instructions, I was like "duh"!!
Anyways, enough about that. The iPad fits really well into the case. Precision cut outs for the sound, picture, and buttons. That's a huge plus. The most irritating thing is that when you buy something for your device, the cut outs are just all in the wrong place.
Bluetooth connection works great between the keyboard and the iPad. Now here are a few things about the keyboard. Not that anyone would do this, but you might. I took out the keyboard and actually tried to pair it up with my Mac Mini. Did not work too well. It was always disconnecting and I had to pair them up over and over and over again. So, maybe in some form of technology it's only meant to work well with the iPad?? I'm not tech savvy enough to know much more about that.
The keyboard itself. I have a wireless Apple keyboard and I wish the layout of the New Trent keyboard was a little bit more similar to the Apple keyboard. I mean, after all, it is made for an Apple product. I am a touch typist and the most annoying thing about this keyboard is the shift key that is on the right side of the keyboard. It is placed after the page up button and is not the size of a regular shift key. So, as I type, I always end up moving the cursor up somewhere instead of making something capitalized. I find that really annoying. But I honestly don't know how else they could design it. I think this was the best they could do to accommodate all the keys into this compact device.
On the other hand, the little buttons (where F1, F2, F3 etc... are) are replaced with brightness, magnifier, picture, volume etc.... that is VERY convenient. Don't have to close any applications to change or bring up these basic applications. And another button that is totally useful is the escape key. It simulates the home button on the iPad.
Now on to the whole case. Love the matte finish. Somehow, unlike New Trent's portable charger, which I think is made out of the similar material, does NOT attract fingerprints. I really like that. Matte and still fingerprint resistant!! The construction is well done, and like I said earlier, precision cut outs. The material feels strong and durable.
Now on to the using of this case/keyboard. It is a little heavy I think. I'm usually ok with heavy devices, but this one feels unusually heavy with the iPad in it. I am not sure why. I guess it doesn't look that heavy, but it is. But I think that's the price you have to pay for durability and good material and construction.
Positioning of the iPad and how it swivels around and you can have it in all different orientation is wonderful. Put it further away from you, closer to you, vertical and horizontal all executed very easily. There is one major thing that I really really do not like about this keyboard is the angle of the screen vs. keyboard. This device works really great if you're sitting at a desk. However, if it's on your lap, or when you're in bed the angle is not wide enough. It is kind of difficult to explain, but think about looking at this device from the side, the keyboard is flat on the table, and 90 degrees to that you have the screen. I would like the screen/iPad to be able to tilt more than it can away from 90 degrees. Right now it just does it to about maybe 20 degrees? I think New Trent can fix this by making the arm that extends the screen into the keyboard longer.
Another improvement or maybe I should call it enhancement is the ability to take off the keyboard and then put on an Apple smart cover and just go, without the keyboard. That would be really super and cool.
So, in summary, love everything about it except 2 things. The shift key and the angle of the iPad to the keyboard. Maybe the next generation Airbender will have these enhancements and fixes. (Posted on 12/6/12)
- Travels Best Friend Review by Yolewis
The keyboard keys are very close together which took a minute to adjust to but helped with typing in tight spaces with little elbow room. I love the fact that it only weighs about 2 lbs and I can carry it in my large purse.
I can type in the bed without waking my husband because the keys are soft and not noisy like my laptop.
LOVE THIS DEVICE!
(Posted on 12/5/12)
- Nice Case, Better Keyboard Review by John Carter
The case has a lot of features from protecting your IPad to being as close to a laptop as you can get.
Pros: Comparable to, in my opinion, the strength of an Otter™ box but the convenience of a laptop.
Case has a soft interior that keeps from scratching the exterior of the IPad.
Easy release on the back allows to leave the Keyboard charging while also keeping to work.
The unit is clean looking and allows for a very business look.
Cons: When opening the screen it isn't locked into place and allows it to twist and turn. Doesn't come loose but is a little annoying until the case breaks in.
Some of the options on the keyboard are app specific which leaves a few of them completely open and un-usable.
The unit has an on and off switch and if not turned off it runs the battery down quicker.
Overall the case is great for use and protection of the IPad. There are a few cons but for anyone looking for a Bluetooth keyboard and case for their IPad then this is a great choice. (Posted on 12/5/12)
- Sturdy when closed Review by William
All in al, I gives this a 4/5 (Posted on 12/5/12)
- Great Keyboard For Those Who Are iPad Users! Review by Ben
case. I bought it originally to use my iPad to keep my work schedule,
meetings, etc. as well as contacts and a few entertainment features. It
has cut down my time entering information into my tablet. There is tight
opposition of both halves of the case, so I don't worry about things
slipping between my keyboard and iPad screen. I like the fact that I can
orient the iPad in both landscape and portrait. It is a bit awkward to
place the iPad in landscape and then bring it toward the keyboard. When I
try to do this, the tablet seems to overlap the keyboard. What would
probably help is to have a small stop bar that would keep the tablet from
leaning over the keyboard. Another nice feature is that the user can
separate the tablet from the keyboard. It's a nice touch when I need to
spread out a bit, or want to watch a movie on my iPad. The lock is helpful
as well, but I would like to have seen the lock on the back edge of the
shell, near where the tongue goes into the groove, rather than where it is
on the top surface of the keyboard. To me, it makes it easier to use
singlehandedly. Finally, I would like to see this product in aluminum to
make it a bit more sturdy, than the plastic that is used now. When
manipulating the two halves, I'm always afraid something is going to snap
or break. All in all, it's a great keyboard for a lot of different uses. (Posted on 12/4/12)
- Nice Keyboard Review by JC
- Real Quality at an affordable price Review by Dan
An interesting side note was that I also tried the Airbender out as a separate keyboard to use with my iPhone. Linking the keyboard to my 4s couldn't have been simpler. The evening I tried it out, I had quite a few emails to respond to. What would have taking me the better part of an hour, was done in only a few minutes. This was my first experience with a bluetooth keyboard but it won't be my last. It is a marvolous product and a real pleasure to use. (Posted on 12/4/12)
- sleek in design and function Review by sja876
the IPAD 4 (you have the option of only carrying the case and stand) then
it will ad a tad of weight (just shy of a pound). It pairs with blue-tooth
very easily. I have very little criticism. The biggest nusance I
encountered was that the charger cord came in a tiny, unlabeled white box
which I almost threw away. I would recommend that the manufacturer make
the charger more evident in the packaging. This is a solid product--It is
nice looking, sleek, highly functional, and well-designed. The screen
position is highly adjustable. The case is sturdy, professional-looking,
and has a long-lasting battery (charged via USB-port). The screen flips up,
so it is as if your Ipad had been neatly transformed into a laptop. (Posted on 11/30/12)
- Great keyboard for iPad Review by Juli
The iPad fits VERY snugly in the case, and it takes a bit to get it out - I was probably being very gentle the first few times because I didn't want to damage either product. But it is good to be snug... then you don't have to worry about it falling out of the case.
I highly recommend this case to anyone looking for a bluetooth keyboard. (Posted on 11/29/12)
- Fantastic keyboard-case for iPad Review by Andres
Right out of the package I was very impressed with the aesthetics of the keyboard. It is very slim and looks like a product that was carefully designed for the iPad and not just an "afterthought" product. It has a very professional look to it, which is perfect for those people that need to edit documents on the go but don't want to deal with bulkiness of a laptop. It offers great protection (iPad was easy to snap into place) while turning the iPad in a great portable tool.
The keyboard was very easy to pair with the iPad. I had never really thought of getting something like this for my iPad but now that I've tried it I don't think I can stop using it (writing this review with it); it is very "addictive". It is a full keyboard with decent-size keys. I love the shortcut keys it has because they add a lot to it's functionality (volume, home button, lock iPad, brightness, and a few others). I love that it supports portrait and landscape mode. The fact that you can pull- out the stand allows you to accommodate the viewing angle to your convenience.
The only "negative " aspect I found with the product, which was not a big enough of a thing to make me not love the product, was the swivel that the ipad itself is attached to. While it does allow you to rotate the iPad (from landscape to portrait) it is not sturdy enough to hold the product at different angles when the stand is detached from the keyboard, like it is shown in the cover of the box that you should be allowed to do. Again, this is something that could definitely use improvement but didn't really bother me because I wasn't planning on using it like this all that much.
Overall, I loved this product because not only does it add protection to your iPad but turns it into a working tool that allows it to be a product that is used for much more than just entertainment. (Posted on 11/29/12)
- Robust, stylish and functional - SUPERB Review by Danny
It’s so easy to connect; if you can’t connect this with your iPad then you shouldn’t have an iPad – ITS THAT SIMPLE.
It’s a solid case for my iPad that offers absolute superb protection. The case itself, just snaps onto the iPad making it surprisingly comfortable to carry. The case opens and closes very easily. I believe that what makes this case different from any other is the face that you can take separate the keyboard from the iPad. The iPad is also able to be used in both landscape & portrait modes which are a quality feature.
Unlike any other keyboard case that I have used, the keys are very responsive and I very rarely find myself having to go back to correct a mistake etc. The function keys on top of the keypad are superb with key functions such as screen brightness, buttons to control volume and music etc. I have reasonable big fingers but I have had no problem with the keys being too small or anything so far.
My iPad has now become an important accessory in terms of meetings etc. I no longer have to drag my laptop into work meaning carrying an extra laptop bad. With this case, I am able to pull it from my day to day bag and get typing within a minute which is superb.
In terms of anything that could be added to this case, I would maybe like to see a back lit keyboard.
All in all a very robust case, that is stylish and functional; and will keep your iPad safe and protected, so much that my friends are asking where they can buy one next! (Posted on 11/29/12)
- Great product Review by Dennis
- easy keyboard.
- when tapping the numbers , it types the number ( no shift , shift is used for the symbols).
- easily connected to iPad/iPhone via bluetooth .
- holds iPad very well.
- you can take it out and use it as a case .
- you can use the stand to tilt the iPad to play penguin race , mega run , ... .
2 little cons :
- it uses qwerty whereas I normally use azerty . But if you are acustomed to using qwerty this shouldn't be a problem.
- it is a little difficult to get the iPad out of the case . (Posted on 11/29/12)
- Definitely a keeper Review by Matt
keyboards for my iPad, but this one stands out. It doesn't come without a
few con's, none the less, still my favorite!
-Holds everything in very neat package
-Very well built, I like the sturdiness of the unit
-Works great on a plane! Just like having a laptop without the weight
-All the keys respond well, no lag and work as they are supposed to
-The battery on the unit lasts a very long time, in fact I have no idea as
I have not had to recharge it yet
-Lots of viewing angles
-Hard to get used to setting up initially-Felt like I was going to break it
until i got used to it
-I wish that the swivel part had a little more friction so you can add more
angles to the viewing
-It would be nice if the iPad cover part had a little more friction to it
so when carrying it it didn't feel so smooth
Like I said, this is my favorite iPad keyboard between my Zagg and Apple
Bluetooth keyboard and look forward to using it in the future.
Definitely worth trying! (Posted on 11/29/12)
- Nice keyboard/case combo Review by JEFF
- Great multi function Stand/Keyboard/Case Review by Douglas
device can serve as a keyboard, protective case, and a stand. I like how
you can put the iPad in portrait and landscape.
When the case is closed I feel that it provides very good protection even
against drops. I also like how there are rubber grips on the case as well,
so it doesn't slide as much.
I found myself using the stand and keyboard separately. I liked this
because I didn't have to have the iPad on my lap. I could sit the iPad on
my desk and have just the keyboard in my lap. This is great if you are
sitting on a sofa with a table in front of you. This way you can sit back
and relax and type.
I also used just the stand by itself as well, without the keyboard. It is
great to be able to sit the iPad on your desk and display it as you read.
Or just have it on the stand when you are not using the iPad. It's easy to
just slide up to the iPad on the stand and jump right into the user
Overall its a great device and I will continue to use it. I would recommend
this to family and friends. (Posted on 11/27/12)
- Great keyboard case if you need one. Review by David
- A great value! Review by Kristopher
--> Nice box and packaging - easy to assemble and understand the unit.
--> The case and key board are high quality and have a good feel. The iPad pops into and out of the protective case very well. Things feel tight and secure.
--> I like the non-slip tabs on the bottom, the unit stays put! Trust me, I have used other units that slide all over.
--> For business travel, this is a great unit when I want to crank out some email or larger documents. The keyboard shortcuts alone are so helpful!
--> The rotating screen is a really cool feature. I did not think I would use it, but found myself actually using portrait mode more than landscape as I composed emails and documents.
--> Keyboard works great, pairs easily and repairs quickly when I start using the case
--> Great value for the price
--> The lock/off key is too close to the delete key - I shut off the device several times by accident as I went. I assume with time this would be something I would adjustto, but not sure why that button is so prominent.
--> Instructions were fairly easy, but the english was choppy and poorly written. I am not sure why folks can use English proofreaders
--> Adjusting the angle of the screen in landscape mode proved challenging. I was never quite able to adjust it like the box without lots of jiggling and adjusting.
--> The ability to separate the stand from the unit and adjust it back is nice, but I was never able to position it like the box demonstrates. It is actually impossible as the iPad is attached on a swivel and it is loose (not tight or controlled). In the end, the unit does support the viewing angles you need and works very well in portrait mode.
In summary, this is a great keyboard and case value for the price. It protects the unit well and handles portrait mode very well for typing. I will continue to use it for my traveling case to enable more typing on the keyboard for email and larger documents. I recommend this unit if you are in the market for a superb case and keyboard combo at a superior value.
(Posted on 11/22/12)
- <<<<CONSIDER THIS KEYBOARD>>>> Review by Kenny
I have debated getting a wireless keyboard for my iPad 2 for while. I ordered the IMP38B not knowing what to expect or even if I would like this functionality - let me tell you I was pleasantly surprised by many things:
Ease of use
How much more efficient it made me
A few of the awesome features of the keyboard protective case are that it has a nice protective plastic casing but also very thin cover for the iPad that can be removed and used without the keyboard if you need to travel lean. I also have big hands and the keys although smaller still are very easy to use without much practice or problems adjusting from a standard keyboard. I also like that you can separate the keyboard from the iPad and stand and set it further away for a more comfortable angle. The different functions on the keyboard integrate nicely with the iPad offerings (home screen, auto lock, etc.). The stand can also allow the iPad to be viewed vertical or horizontal. I could write more reviews, but last thing I will say is if you are debating getting a keyboard definitely do get one because it will make your life easier and you will love how much more you can use the iPad. I sometimes get on my Mac Air because I need to write emails or research things for work and it is painful (as you know) to type a lot on the iPad touch keys. Since getting this, I have been able to use it much more and been extremely happy with this product. (Posted on 11/20/12)
- Versatile with a lot of nice functions. Review by Mennisdiller
The Airbender has made my office meetings a breeze. For the longest time, I’ve had to bring my old lap top into our meetings and with the Airbender, I was able to replace it with my iPad and made memo taking that much easier. From time to time, I needed to iMessage some colleagues and it sure beat having to stylus everything. Again I wish there was an enter key to send, but the ease in which I was able to type everything made my work that much easier. At one point, I took apart the NT-38B and just left the iPad on the ‘stand’ and showed a video presentation and I was able to control the sound, brightness and chapter forwarding from across the room. This device has compacted what I need to bring to the table and the fact that it’s wireless and detachable is a bonus. A great product that I plan to use over and over again.
(Posted on 11/19/12)
- Fantastic Bluetooth Keyboard and Protective Clamshell Case Review by Ehrien
- Netbook like keyboard, Great design! Review by Tony
The package came with a great graphic picture of the unit. The box has New Trent brand name on the box with bluetooth logo implying that the unit is connected with bluetooth. The box is just barely fit the unit with some protective foams in the box. It has company name, address, and phone number on the other side of the box. I ordered the white keyboard, but the picture on the box is the black unit. It just put a sticker barcode with model number NT-38W on there.
The box includes: Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard, Protective Case, Stand with rotating button, USB cord for charging, User Guide, and New Trent other product description.
I check the user manual and followed the instruction on its installation. It was easy to put the ipad into the protective case. However, I have some trouble of removing it from the protective case. The case was made of plastic protective case and its unable to bend the unit to remove my ipad. Even if I follow the instruction onUser mannual, I was unable to remove the protective case. The SMART CASE made by Apple was soft and bent-able and easy to remove.
It is easy to charge the unit for 6 hours for the first time. It has USB port provided. There are three lights on the top/front of the keyboard. The first oneis CAP; if the CAP lock is on, a yellow light will come up. The 2nd light is the charging light. If it is charging, the light will be red. If it is fully charged, the green light will turn on. If the battery is running out, it will flash green instead of solid green.
The bluetooth connection was easy; just go to settings and go to "bluetooth" and turned on the unit. Once it is connected, just follow the instruction on the ipad.
The protective case is made of plastic matte finish. The material feels plastic as well.
Now, lets talk about the keyboard section. NT38W-The Keyboard keys are also white, but the keyboard plate is in black, which it looks strange to me with partial white and partial black. It just does not match well. I like the keys on the keyboard and it does fit my finger size. It feels smaller than the desktop or regular laptop keyboard, but i think it just fits perfectly for me when I type.
I love the function keys on the front row; it makes me easier to use my ipad for music and video. I don't think the language key is important to be there, and it looks like "internet" key to me, but i found that out it is "language" key from the User Manual. Also, it was hard to correct my typing with my pinky finger by pressing "delete". I always press the "lock" key on top of "delete" by accident.
The space key is also a small problem to me. Sometimes it just doesn't function; maybe I typed a bit fast. It works perfectly when i type slower. All the keys work perfectly on NOTE, but not on other APP like Safari...etc..
When I tried the keyboard on the internet the arrow keys won't function even if I pressed FN with the arrow. i have to use my finger to scroll the screen instead of arrow keys on the keyboard.
Overall I give 5/5 on this keyboard.
Pros: Removable stand and can be used by its own without keyboard.
The keyboard finish has great feel.
Nice color to fit either black or white ipads.
Easy to use anytime and able to carry in and out anywhere.
Looks like a Mac when I show it to others. Very great design.
Cons: If you have bigger fingers, you might find keys are too close to each other.
The arrow key should work on Safari and other APPS
The keyboard plate should be white instead of black. It does not look good to me.
It is quite tight on the stand connection. Feels like it might break at anytime. (Posted on 11/19/12)
- solid Review by Tom
It's a very easy case to set up and I love being able to flip it into portrait or landscape mode depending on the program. Worked great on my trip on a plane since it's small and lightweight. Plus, since it's a tablet you don't have to deal with TSA and it can stay in your bag through security. (Posted on 11/18/12)
- very good bluetooth keyboard Review by cesar
pounds. It brings a Keyboard and a stand of the iPad which doubles a
protective case with a kickstand. I really liked the stand since it fits
very snug and has all corners protected.
The keyboard is easy to use and has a LOT of features, I could use it
vertically, horizontally, end even just sitting on a desk while I'm on the
couch. The separable design was a clever feature, and very convenient. I
luckily use a tray to put this while I'm in bed or watching tv, but if I
didn't have that, I would see it being a problem having it on my lap.
The keyboard is almost the size of a full keyboard, but it's
barely noticeable because of how it's laid out. Very soft on key press,
and doesn't sound weird or noisy when I'm writing.
I would really recommend this product to anyone who needs to go on a trip
and don't want to bring a laptop, but still has to do some writing. 5/5
All of this was done easily on the Keyboard from the iPad. :) (Posted on 11/15/12)
- Could be great with some small improvements. Would still buy again Review by Anthony
very easy to pair via Bluetooth
keyboard is nice when doing a lot of typing on the iPad
USB charger is a plus because there are plenty of those lying around
Manual on\off switch to save battery life.
Very easy to click iPad into place
Ability to swivel iPad to landscape or portrait
Cut outs are perfect. Buttons and cameras are easily accessible.
There is also the ability to extend and retract the iPad
If you angle the iPad too much, it will tip over because the keyboard is much lighter
After only having this device for a week, it's still challenging to take it OUT of the case. You kind of have to pry it off of one corner first then it's easier to free from the rest of the sides.
A number pad would be nice, but not a deal breaker. Maybe one that could slide out of the device like a CD tray or something. (Posted on 11/14/12)
- Great case, secure and easy to use, love it Review by simon
Connection to the keyboard is via bluetooth, and was very easy to set up. Although the keyboard is quite small, it has all the functionality of a normal size key board; making typing easier.
All in all a very robust case, that is stylish and functional; and will keep your iPad safe and protected. (Posted on 11/14/12)
- Great Product Review by Dmitriy
-small(basically feels like part of the iPad) and is about the size and lenght of the Ipad
-Covers the entire Ipad(which I like because I don't need to buy the case)
-All of the keys on the keyboard are functional(my previous keyboard had some keys not functioning)
-Doesn't fall over when placed on table
-Don't need to reconnect every time you need to use the keyboard(auto connects after the first time)
-A bit difficult to set it up(though manageable)
-Fingerprints are visible after touching the case(disappears after a little while)
I totally recommend this product to everyone and pretty sure you will not regret buying it. (Posted on 11/14/12)
- Excellent Product! Review by J
Here are the pros:
1) Excellent build quality: This is a quality product, built well and sturdy.
2) Bluetooth responsiveness: Not once did I need to reconnect the keyboard. I open up the case and start typing. Never fails.
3) Versatility: As you can see, this is one of the few cases that allows you to easily use the keyboard as if the iPad were a full laptop, AND in a couple seconds, disconnect from the keyboard and use it as just an iPad...and still be protected.
4) Battery life: I charged this thing once and it lasted for over a week with heavy use...3-4 hours a day.
5) One of the only devices on the market that allows you to turn your iPad in both landscape and portrait mode. Unbelievable flexibility!
1) The keys are not spaced very far apart. All of these keyboards are small, but there are others on the market that have more space between each key, which obviously allows you to type a bit easier.
1) Move the "lock" key one inch up. When hitting the backspace/delete button, you sometimes end up locking the screen.
Bottom line: Even though the keys are very close, you WILL get used to it quickly, and will be typing at normal speed. That single tradeoff, which in all honesty is not really an issue after a few days of use, does not over shadow all the pros of this device. You will not find one on the market that has the vast amount of flexibility that the Airbender provides. It just does not exist with other products. Thus, if you want total flexibility (laptop and iPad), this is the case for you! I could not be happier with it!
(Posted on 11/13/12)
- Two items in one. An IPAD Cover/Protector and a wireless keyboard. Review by David
- A Few Adjustment Will Make This Perfect Review by Josh
The biggest features of this product: it keeps case and keyboard together, it has a VERY slim profile, it's adjustable/removable, and the keyboard works seamlessly.
Some cons I have for this product: it feels a little too "plasticky" and I don't think it protects as well as a dedicated case, the hinge is little stiff and the iPad doesn't sit completely still while typing.
Overall, this case/keyboard combo (IMP38B) is a great product but there a few things that NewTrent have to improve on for me to rate it 5/5 stars. (Posted on 11/12/12)
- I agree with the positive reviews Review by Amy
- Excellent case Review by Gaz
The battery lasts a long time especially if like me you turn it off everytime you lock the iPad. A massive 5 stars for this product as an added bonus I feel that the iPad is much safer now from accidental damage!
(Posted on 11/9/12)
- Leave your notebook at home Review by Patrick
notebook , grab tool bag and head off to first client's office. I have been
stuck carrying my notebook around because I am not one of those people who
out a fast response, I need a keyboard. Not only that, have you every tried
to dial in to another computer while on the road with your Ipad? Its a huge
time waster. Takes me forever, well not anymore.
At last I can leave my notebook at home ,unless its more then a two day
trip. With the Airbender I get a case, keyboard and a stand. I no longer
have to break down my notebook
for day trips since I can do everything I need to with my Ipad2, now that I
have the Airbender. I really did not think that the case would be tough
enough for my comfort zone.
Not that I intend to drop it, but I feel pretty good that if I do, my Ipad2
won't break. The stand is a little stiff which I like because it holds the
Ipad in the position that
I put it in. Keyboard works well, but coming from New Trent I expected that.
One thing I would really like to see, not sure if its doable, is for a way
to charge the keyboard and the Ipad off the same plug. Not sure if a usb
input could be added that would
allow charging both the keyboard and the tablet at the same time.
Even without that this is a great product for those who don't want to be
stuck writing emails with their finger. Having a keyboard makes the Ipad
that much better. Combining a stand,
case and keyboard, truly allows you to leave your notebook at home. (Posted on 11/9/12)
- best keyboard/case I've found Review by Dianne
- Best bluetooth keyboard-case out there Review by Joseph
- Great Case Review by Taylor
First off, it's a solid case for my iPad. It snaps together perfectly, is easy to carry, and is a breeze to open and close. One of the features I love is that I can take the case apart if I don't need the keyboard.
The keyboard it top-notch and keeps up with my typing. There are keys at the top of the keyboard that make the screen brighter, darker, and handle most other iPad functions. While the keyboard is heavier than my other iPad case, it does have an internal battery that has lasted weeks without needing a charge.
I have incorporated this case into my day-to-day business, and it has been very useful so far. Clients can sign documents now and it looks more credible than simply an iPad with no case.
As far as improvements go, I would like to see it be a little lighter. Also, my previous case had a place where I could connect a stylus to the case. I would love to see this feature included in the next iPad case.
Other than that, if you need a keyboard case, look at this one first.
(Posted on 11/2/12)
- This Is A MUST Have For iPad Users Review by Roger
There are only three, very picky things that I might like to see improved. The first is that you have to actually manually reconnect each time you turn it off. It may be I don't know how to set the settings for automatic. The other is, in opening and closing had a key pop up on two different occassions. It was quickly and easily fixed by pushing it back in place. The final is still a small right side shift key. I know that the apple keyboard has a full size right shift. It just takes time to get used to it. Unlike many other keyboards, this protects your investment and does not put strain on the charge input on the side of your iPad. I can't help but feel like that will cause problems if used a lot.
Let me tell you, this is my fifth keyboard and it is one of my favorites. It provides great flexibility, great feeling keyboard and security for the iPad. I know that some have indicated that it blemishes the apple on the iPad. I have not had that happen yet. But I tend to use it in a horizontal position. This keyboard case is worth the investment. Having used it another month, nothing changes. Still my favorite. Still my go to. I charge it every night and use it every day. (Posted on 10/31/12)
- Best of both worlds Review by Mark
Substantially less expensive than the few similar designed competitive models
Allows versatility as a tablet when needed by easily removing the iPad from the keyboard.
Protective back shell remains with tablet when used alone. The leather portfolio/keyboard combinations I used before did not allow for this.
Non so far. (Posted on 10/31/12)
- Excellent piece of technology Review by Steve
At first glance I was concerned that my iPad would not be safely secured into the case, however it slipped in with a couple of clicks and was held quite firmly in place. Thus far I have had no concerns that the tablet would fall out.
After it clicked in I had some concerns about getting it out again, but surprisingly the iPad came out of the case pretty easily with application of a little pressure around the edge.
I charged the keyboard for 6 hours, as stated in the documentation before first trying to use it.
I was most impressed at the look of the closed unit. It looks sharp, has a nice matte black plastic finish and has cutouts in the edge of the case so that you have access to the charging port, volume control, power switch and speakers, even a small hole for the camera.
The pairing of the device to the iPad was effortless. I clicked connect and was prompted to enter a 4 digit code on the keyboard and it immediately paired with no hassle.
The lid, while attached to the keyboard case has a 360 degree rotatable cover so that you can easily setup your tablet as both a landscape screen and a portrait screen.
The case is completely detachable for free standing support of the screen at various angles and if you wish to keep it attached to the main keyboard, there are 4 or 5 lockable settings to adjust how far you want the tilt on the tablet to be for you comfort.
The keyboard offers home, end, page up and page down keys which I found very helpful in my initial use. Some other keyboards I have tried have not supported these kinds of functions so thumbs up to New Trent for thinking of it.
The top row of keys has functions for the iPad Home key, a photo slideshow, adjusting volume up and down or mute, locking the iPad, displaying or hiding the built in soft keyboard,a couple of control keys for listening to music and a key to lock the device.
Duration of charge seems pretty good as well. Sometimes I have forgotten to turn the keyboard off after I am done with it and it seems to be holding the charge pretty well. Perhaps it goes into a standby mode after the case is shut, but I've been using it a week so far and it is still going strong and hasn't needed a recharge yet (that is with an hour, maybe two of usage per day so far this week).
There are some molded rubber feet on the back of the case that give the case some grip to reduce slipping when you have it on the table. There are also some similar rubber tabs around the edge of the keyboard so that when you close the case, the keys aren't touching the iPad screen.
To wrap out the pros, I was also very impressed that I could comfortably set up the screen at an angle I was happy with, set it on my desk and play a movie without having to worry about finding some way to prop the iPad up so I could comfortably watch the movie while doing other things on my desk (on this day I was going through some papers and what not, trying to clean my desk up).
After singing the praises of this keyboard and case, there are a couple of cons, but these are for the most part minor annoyances and not anything that detracts from a 5 star rating for me (but your mileage my vary).
The right shift key is in a very awkward position and I more often than not found myself hitting one of the surrounding arrow keys rather than the shift key. It is also the same size as a regular key and not double size like you'd expect a shift key to be.
The space bar is a little close to the bottom edge of the keyboard and sometimes was missed (hitting the edge of the case instead).
There is yet another charging cable to make sure you don't lose as the keyboard charges via a mini USB port.
Finally, i find that the keyboard is a little smaller than I would really like and it will take a little time getting used to the limited width of the keyboard. Considering that the keyboard is made to be no wider than a standard iPad, I understand the limitation but unless you have very tiny hands it will take a little getting used to.
However as mentioned above,I find these few "cons" to be nuisance value, rather than anything substantive.
Overall this is a solid product and I look forward to a long relationship with it (especially since I used my iPad as a note taking device). I will probably find myself using it more and more now that I no longer have to deal with the clunky built in soft keyboard. (Posted on 10/26/12)
- Great case Review by Brien
Connecting via Bluetooth was very easy .
The ability to just use the case on the iPad is great, as well as the ability to pull out the hinge and have nearly unlimited angles in both portrait or horizontal mode.
Automatically turning off the iPad by closing the case works well (just make sure that the volume controls are at the top when closing it)
The hinge is stiff, making it a little difficult to open (although ultimately I would rather it be too firm than too loose). Maybe some kind of lip or slight indention on the case might make it easier to open, but it's a rather trivial issue.
I do wish that the iPad case could be used with an attachment similar to the Grabbit so that I could hold the iPad easily while reading utilizing the same case - definitely an add-on that I would buy. (Posted on 10/26/12)
- Fantastic keyboard and case! Review by Nick
- One of the best protective keyboard cases available. Review by Kurt
The case is actually three cases in one. Combined, you have a handsome and rugged keyboard case with a strong construction which can easily replace a laptop with very few limitations. When closed it surrounds the iPad in a gorgeous hard clam shell case that well protects the device without blocking the speakers, headphone jack, etc..
When you press the well designed and easy to reach release on the rear of the iPad, the iPad, securely protected in the cases hard shell back piece, detaches from the keyboard base allowing the device to be used in tablet mode.
The third way that the device can be used is to simply pivot the ipad so the back of the ipad faces the keyboard and you again have the functionality of the tablet but still have the keyboard attached in case you wish to use it.
Cons: The back shell that protects the back of the iPad is cut perfectly and fits snug on the iPad, but being injection molded tends to have a few edges that are sharper than preferable. The worst of which falls directly above a pinky finger folded under the iPad when held detached from the keyboard base and held in portrait mode. A fast touch with a nail file or a knife will smooth out the edge and make it more comfortable to hold for prolonged periods of time. With the exception of the easily corrected sharp edge there are no real cons in the design or quality of the product. Some people with larger hands may make a few typing errors while adjusting to the compact keyboard but after typing a bit will quickly adjust to it. Within a few hours use I was typing flawlessly. (Posted on 10/24/12)
- Really nice Bluetooth keyboard Review by Mark
Out of the box, the device was heavier than I expected. In practice the weight became a non-issue and actually improved the overall stability of the unit. The overall fit with the iPad 2 was perfect.
The bottom hinge is very stiff. The stiffness of the hinge really helped keep the keyboard closed and stable when open. While I'm using this with an iPad, it will work with many Bluetooth enabled devices, including an iPod touch.
Use of a standard micro-USB for charging was a nice plus. I was able to charge the unit using my computer and various chargers with no issues.
The stand is adjustable to allow you to get the viewing angle you want. It takes a little work to get it just right, but then it is remarkably stable. Closing the unit is easier and being able to just push the stand in is a nice touch.
The design and feel of the keyboard is very good. The addition of the media keys and the dedicated application keys was unexpected. I am still unsure of what the fn key provides as only page up and down appear to be supplemental functions. Although a compact keyboard, typing was fairly easy to do.
Pairing the keyboard was straight forward and presented no issues. I had no problems with communication during a week of use.
A very nice case / keyboard. Works as advertised. While I did not test the ruggedness of the case, it appears to be very sturdy. The keyboard works very well and other than a few key placement issues to get used to, it performs flawlessly. Battery life is great. Great features / capabilities for the price, a good buy.
(Posted on 10/22/12)
- Beats all other clam shell cases out there - Great Product Review by Chris
I did have issue with getting the iPad to sit in the correct position after extending it out, but after a conversion with the people at New Trent I was directed to a YouTube video that demonstrated how it is done. The trick is to pull the base out to where you want it, then pull the iPad past the lip and slightly over the keyboard. Then push back gently until the iPad falls behind the lip, it's amazing how well things work when you use it the way it was intended. The case folds over on itself so the iPad lays flat on the keyboard for writing or drawing, and detaching the iPad is extremely easy, much better than my older model. Just squeeze the button and pull it off.
Yes some of the keys are small, it's an iPad somethings gotta shrink, but the keys are responsive and have worked just fine throughout this review.
Now for what I don't like, the storage compartment is gone in this model so you can't store the recharging cable with the case. That's it, and that is no big deal, it doesn't detract from the usefulness of this case. I have other people at work who have come to show there new case that they paid over $100 for and have turned there iPad into laptop. I love seeing the look on there face when I show them this case, my iPad can be both landscape and portrait, this case lays over flat on itself for writing, and with the squeeze of a button I can take just the iPad. The best part is when they find out I only paid half what they did.
On future models I hope they build in some kind of compartment for the cable and a stylus, I would give up a little bit of thickness for that, but thats just a plus on an already great case. If your looking for a clamshell design and keyboard this is the one you want. (Posted on 10/22/12)
- My Favorite iPad Keyboard Case Review by Brian
- Best case yet Review by daniel
This is one of the few items I have ever used that I would honestly give a 5 star rating on. I have talked my 2 of my friends to buy this item already and they love it as well. (Posted on 10/17/12)
- Great keyboard. Makes iPad typing a breeze. Review by Jeff
The iPad easily detached from the keyboard if you want it off of it.
A lot of features on the keyboard outside of a regular keyboard.
Doubles as protective case.
Long battery life.
No delay in the bluetooth.
Hard to position sometimes without tipping the whole thing over.
Wish somehow the keyboard could charge with an Apple 30 pin charger so I didn't need to carry another cable.
(Posted on 10/17/12)
- IMP38B Review: Review by Jack
Detached from unit with back case - great light weight and protective for backing. Easily dock / undock from air bender case.
iPad setup with Keyboard - Similar to a netbook. Keyboard is a little tight, but it has some great function keys for an iPad (lock, home, brightness, picture slideshow, volume, music controls). Keyboard charges so no need for battery. I love the feel of the clamshell when it is shut. It's like a laptop, but so much better. Screen can be adjusted to support different angles and horizontal vs. landscape too.
Stand removed from Keyboard - This method of the stand is great for watching videos. Without the keyboard, the stand can prop up the iPad and allow different angles for viewing.
My only complaint about the unit is that the keyboard is not full sized. While having a physical keyboard is a great start, I wouldn't mind a wider base for a full sized keyboard.
I have already shared the case with others the common comment is about the many different ways to use it, and the small keyboard.
overall, I love it and I no longer use my other cases. (Posted on 10/17/12)
- Who needs ultrabooks anymore? Review by Djstar
Full keyboard with all the keys and numbers, including a row of shortcut keys.
Great protection when closed in clamshell mode.
Shortcut keys actually work! (Eg undo, copy, paste) or (Cmd-z,-c,-v)
Can be used in landscape or portrait modes.
Only complaint is that its a little heavy and bulky, but its fine by me!
(Posted on 10/13/12)
- Great flexibility :) Review by Jamie
took me a week or so to get comfortable with using the clamshell (my first time dealing with this), and learning how to open it without feeling like I might break something.
I had other bluetooth keyboards connected to my iPad, because the name of the keyboard is nondescript, I had trouble remembering which is which… maybe it's a software issue, maybe there's a way around this?
I had a iPad Apple SmartCover, and sometimes, I just want to travel light, and not carry my keyboard. I wish I could use my SmartCover with my keyboard cover.
In terms of sturdiness and ergonomics this is the most comfortable and freely adjustable keyboard/stand combo. I love the horizontal and vertical options, and the adjustable angle at the back. I can comfortably set this on my lap to take notes, or on my bed to watch a movie.
The black plastic case for the iPad body, and the tray for the keyboard are both well made and does not feel cheap or flimsy. Because of the clamp mechanism for attaching the iPad to the clamshell stand, I can feel safe holding the contraption by the keyboard without worrying the iPad will fly off.
I also like how the clamshell comes together, protecting both the iPad and the keyboard keys. There's little black rubber 'feet' on the corners so that when the iPad is closed over the keyboard, they don't scrap each other. (One of my favorite additions, because I'm always worried about screen scratches.)
The outside of the clamshell (when closed) has a slight rubbery feel as well, giving it, most importantly, a good grip to hold on without fear of slipping. The rubbery feel is also good because i'm not worried about scratches, and can feel good just tossing it in my back pack with my computer (in its case), pencil bags, etc.
Overall, I'm really happy with the keyboard! (Posted on 10/12/12)
- Works as advertised and does what is expected! Review by Pez
Essentially it makes the iPad act as a netbook with a touch screen and certainly improves usage if you write long messages!
This keyboard offers great cost/performance and works great as a solid keyboard (notebook style) and rotating stand at the same time as being a case. The “stand” section had a very strong hinge that at first had me slightly confused, so you know the stand won’t fall over under the weight of the iPad.
A few negatives however, some parts of the case feel a little “flimsy”, the back shell (that the iPad slots into) is rigig and feels solid. However the stand and hinge feel a little wobbly. It’s worth noting that even though it’s solid (as mentioned above) you probably need to rest the iPad on the base section for it to feel safe because of this.
-Acts as a full case for the iPad, protecting the back at all times and the front when “closed”
-Easy to use function buttons for volume, brightness and music; similar to a mac keyboard. Also includes a “picture frame” button? Which I am still unsure if it’s needed.
- Works well with the iPad, the software acts exactly the same and even corrects typos (as per normal)
- The indicator lights and switch make it very clear what status the keyboard is in (which some other keyboards represent poorly). This includes connected, low power, charging etc…
-Once you’ve made the initial connection the iPad and keyboard connect automatically, even if you don’t touch either of them for a long period of time (tested in a 60 min meeting).
-The stand works “alone” so you can detach it from the keyboard and watch films etc. It also works in both vertical or horizontal mode
- The stand feels a little ‘flimsy’ sometimes and isn’t as easy as you may expect to set up – you have to open the shell, then drag the stand back with a switch and then put the iPad on the stand again
-Small keys, though I’d expect this with a keyboard for an iPad
- (not on the keyboard) but, not many apps implement the “enter” shortcuts you are used to on your computer, e.g. in iMessage and Facebook Chat, hitting enter on the keyboard does not send the message and you must lean forward and press the button on the screen
If you need a keyboard for your iPad I would recommend this as a good product, if offers great functionality and quality but at a low cost. You won’t get the same ‘perfect’ build quality that you get with other more expensive products but this is expected.
In summary works as advertised and does what is expected.
4/5 (Posted on 10/12/12)
- I liked it the more I used it! Review by Moses
The keys are a little small if you have large fingers like I do, but again, the more i use it, I think I'm getting used to the spatial aspects of the keys. I don't really have a suggestion on how to improve that because larger keys means a larger keyboard and case and the size of the case is quite perfect for this device. I was a little frustrated with the directions inside the box. They were so small that even with my glasses, I could barely read the instructions. For that reason, I would suggest that the manufacturers do make a larger font size for the directions.
The case fits the ipad perfectly but it is a little stiff. I don't know if maybe it's stiff because it's pretty new, or if it should be just a little looser. For example, I do have some difficulty opening and closing the case and trying to set it up so that the screen is angled enough. Again, it's doable, but not as easy as I feel it should be. Nonetheless, this is a great product and something you should consider having for your iPad, especially if you use it a lot like I do. (Posted on 10/11/12)
- By far the best keyboard case I've used Review by Jeff
The unified feel of this case. I like the fact that I can just open up this case and start using it. It is solid and I don't feel that it will tip over or that my iPad will tip out of the case.
The fact that I can rotate the screen. This is very handy for what I do. I use it most often in the landscape orientation, but there are a few things that are easier in portrait mode. I like the fact that I can just rotate the iPad and use it in either direction.
The protection the case provides. I feel like my iPad is very protected in this case. While it does add a bit of heft, I don't feel like my iPad will slip out or off of this case.
The feel of the keyboard. The keyboard in this unit feels quite solid and doesn't feel like a cheap bluetooth unit like many others I have tried.
The function keys in the keyboard. I really like the fact that I can control the volume and brightness as well as utilize the home button and lock functionality. Very nice!
The easy release for the iPad itself. I like how easy it is to undock the iPad from the case. Sometimes when I want to go 'light', it is nice to just squeeze and release it from the case.
The weight. While I'm not sure this is really a con, it does make the iPad quite heavy. It feels more like a small laptop. Since it essentially does become a small laptop, not really sure this is a fair 'con'.
Durability? I really like the ability to quickly undock the iPad from the case, but I'm not sure how durable the locking and swivel mechanism will be over time. I have used this case quite a bit in the past week and a half I have had it and not had a single issue, but I guess time will tell how durable this mechanism really is.
The shift key for the right hand. I have found myself consistently hitting the up arrow (which takes the cursor to the beginning of the line on my iPad) while trying to use the right shift button. I understand this is simply a muscle memory retraining exercise, but it has been a little annoying. :)
Having to put my hands on the screen to fully open the case. While trying to fully open the case, I find that I have to put my hands all over the screen to get it open far enough. I have figured out that if I open the case slightly first and then grab the support arm, I can usually get it all of the way open without touching the screen. Maybe this is just a retraining issue.
Finding the micro USB cable. While not really a big deal, it wasn't very clear that the usb cable was in the white box that looks like a spacer. I thought that maybe I hadn't received one.
The main feedback I would have on this case would probably be just the directions. Like I mentioned above, I thought that I hadn't receive the usb cable. I did end up finding it, but it wasn't called out where to look. The only other thing might be describing that you can slide the stand arm out a little to change the viewing angle of the iPad, especially in landscape mode. I struggled with this a little at first before figuring out that I could do this. All in all, a really great case that I use all of the time. Great job!
(Posted on 10/11/12)
- Great case! Review by Terry
- I love this keyboard case!! Review by David
The Airbender iPad stand is really easy to setup and start using. Snapping my iPad into the detachable case was...well...a snap and pairing the keyboard takes very little effort, which I am sure is a plus for people of any technical skill level. It is really nice to be able to slide the iPad away from the keyboard with the retractable and detachable stand, however while the stand's main hinge is very sturdy...and very stiff, the hinge that is located on the detachable iPad case in the back middle seems a bit loose without resting the iPad on the keyboard base itself. That said, this removed stand is an extra feature and not the main intended use mode for the case. I also advise being a bit careful when opening the case and adjusting the main hinge so as not to put too much strain on this "rotating" hinge as it seems like it could break if stressed too much.
Overall, a great case!
Well thought out case design
Good Construction overall
Love the keyboard layout and keys
Easy to use
The hinge on the detachable swivel seems to the "the weakest link" ;-)
Opening a closing seem a little stiff, but I am sure it will loosen over time.
(Posted on 10/10/12)
- Recommended ! Great Design! Review by Rick
-slim keyboard design
-covers the entire iPad
-Charge, bluetooth, and power indicator light
-easy to connect
-tough plastic casing
-easily detachable from keyboard
-apple like packaging (nice touch)
-Dedicated Keys to control iPad functions
-it was difficult to adjust the iPad screen when on the arm. Im assuming its stiff because it needs it to hold the iPad in that the desired position
-swivels way too loosely (angle wise)
(Posted on 10/9/12)
- Nice product - Recommend Review by Justin
1. Overall, the product is very easy to use. Turn it on, sync it with a device, and go to work.
2. The product is very comfortable to use. The keyboard is a good size and allows for ease in typing.
3. Nice finish with professional look.
4. The keyboard click. What I mean hear is the noise the keys make when you depress them. Often on small devices like this the keys will be soft, playable, and make no noise when depressed. This makes typing difficult at times. The keyboard on this device clicked like a normal keyboard and makes typing a breeze.
5. Easy to disconnect the iPad from the arm and keyboard.
1. The arm that connects the iPad to the keyboard is very stiff and difficult to maneuver quickly.
2. The disk that connects the iPad to the keyboard arm does not have a locking mechanism. This does not allow positioning of the iPad when attached to the arm when disconnected from the keyboard.
I would rate this product a 4 out of 5. (Posted on 10/8/12)
- Rock solid! Review by Richard
Once I received the product I was pretty impressed with how the case was package, it was pretty well protected from damage. It was easy to assemble, just click the back cover on and you are ready to go. This case is truly amazing, it allows you to use it as 1 unit, keyboard, stand and iPad all connected together or you can separate the iPad and stand from the keyboard and use the iPad as a monitor of sorts. But the best is how easily the iPad can be removed from the stand/keyboard for use like a native iPad. It's like a Transformer!
I highly recommend the Airbender, awesome product! (Posted on 10/5/12)
- Love this keyboard case! Review by Sherry
I can't really think of anything I don't like about this keyboard. The only thing I can think of is that it can do without the shortcut for the keyboard which is by the search key. I'm not sure why you would need to pop up the keyboard when you have a keyboard already.
But I love this case, it looks and works great!! (Posted on 10/5/12)
- Awesome keyboard case Review by Wayne
However it's not perfect. The right side shift key is smaller than norm, so I sometimes hit the page up key. Also the lock button is just above the delete key and I frustratingly have tapped that a couple of times. What issues I had, have slowly dissipated as I got used to this keyboard.
Overall this unit is an excellent buy. Looks, feels and functions wonderfully. Wouldn't hesitate to buy this again. 4.5-5 stars. (Posted on 10/4/12)
- great addition to your iPad Review by Waynecb
-Quality and built
-Telescoping base is a great feature allowing the unit to balance and adjust for desired distance from user while connected to the keyboard (other units have a fixed distance just beyond the keyboard)
-Disconnect the keyboard and you have a stand for the iPad
-Hot keys are great, well thought out and work flawlessly
-Connection to my iPad was very easy and flawless (reconnection was as well)
-Unlike another review, my auto-shutoff works fine. Not an issue for me.
-Biggest complaint is the right side shift key. It is smaller than a standard and I page up instead of shift sometimes.
-Space bar takes some breaking in, was a bit stiff initially but works much better now.
-Clam shell hinge is stiff, which is a benefit later on for positioning your screen. However it takes a few times to learn how to open it properly.
Overall, this is a unique and innovative keyboard/case at a great price (I paid more for less on my previous keyboard). I am still learning how many differently things I can do with this unit. Although it has a couple things you have to get used to, I wouldn't hesitate to purchase this unit again. (Posted on 10/3/12)
- Very useful Review by Jcentsi
- Super secure case, Great Keyboard Review by Paul
- Definitely recommending this! Review by Lori
It holds my iPad in place and allows for the frame to change to either horizontal or vertical depending on my needs. It did, however take some time for me to figure out how to move it forward and back.
The size of the keyboard needs getting used to, but anything bigger would defeat the design.
Also, I love the fact that the stand doubles as a cover. Although it seems a bit heavy, I feel better knowing it's protected. (Posted on 10/1/12)
- Multi-functional keyboard case Review by BOSEN
First of all, it includes a nice protective case which is a great bonus. My previous keyboard case only covers the front side thus leaves the back side unprotected. The case is solid and feels smooth on my hand.
Next, the iPad stand is fully adjustable which provides you tons of different angles for viewing. At this point, the Arcadia really does a good job. Cuz I can only get one view angle with my previous one. You can also slide the holder back. What's more, the easy attach-and-remove button is very convenient.
Last, the feel of the keyboard is OK. Does what it should do. Similar to my previous one.
Also I should point out that this keyboard case is really heavy. Much more heavier than my previous one. The material seems to be ABS plastic. It looks very solid and sturdy and feels smooth on your hand. But again too heavy for iPad. My previous one is made of aluminum and is quite light-weight. The keyboard case plus my iPad2 could be heavier than an Macbook Air. I hope the company could make some improvement on this point.
All in all, a good product. Highly recommend. (Posted on 9/30/12)
- Excellent Product - I use it every day Review by Douglas
- Very Nice Portable Case Review by J
- No delay between typing and characters appearing.
- Very thin, minimalist form factor.
- Smart case (magnets keep it held shut and wake the iPad upon opening).
- Stand allows a variety of viewing angles when detached from keyboard.
- iPad can swivel to be positioned in both portrait and landscape viewing positions.
- Rubber bumps on keyboard keep iPad screen from making contact with keys when in closed position.
- iPad clips very snuggly into case.
- Case feels strong. It's dropped from desk height and suffered no visible damage, iPad was fine.
- Keyboard takes a few seconds (~8) to pair with iPad. Keys pressed during this period will take effect after connection.
- Keyboard sleeps after a few minutes of no input. Keys pressed will wake it but not register for a few seconds.
- Frustrating to open because iPad rotates instead of folding open when grabbed at edge.
- Stand offers very limited range of viewing angles when attached to keyboard (although I find the ones available to be sufficient).
- Stand release switch is a little frustrating to reach when iPad is propped up.
- Keys are a little close together for my liking (my other iPad keyboard has the keys spaced a little farther apart).
- Case material scratches easily.
- Stand release switch should be placed on the side of the keyboard so that it's more accessible, both when the iPad is propped up and when the case is closed, so iPad can be removed from the keyboard without having to completely unfold it.
- The stand should be able to snap onto the back of the iPad without having to squeeze in the clip (should still have to squeeze the clip to remove the iPad from the case however).
- The iPad should have a secondary attachment point to the stand to prevent it from rotating when opening from the folded position.
- Someplace to keep a stylus (although I can't think of anywhere it could go that wouldn't jut out from the design).
This is an awesome keyboard/stand/case combo and I'm definitely pleased with it. I just wish it opened a little more elegantly. At this price, it's definitely a buy. (Posted on 9/28/12)
- Great case, takes a little to get going Review by SP
shell which then flips open like a laptop. The keyboard is great and
doesn't have the plastic feel that most other portable keyboards have. The
keyboard syncs quickly through Bluetooth so there is no waiting around.
The micro USB charging port is a good touch since most devices use that
standard now. The battery hasn't run out yet so I'm keeping my fingers
The Web key on the keyboard didn't work for some reason. I would have
expected it to bring up safari or whatever my default browser is. Also the
lid/iPad is kind of hard to open since the hinge is tight. That might not
be a bad thing because you also don't want the iPad to drop down because
the hinge wasn't tight enough.
The clip that holds the iPad to the hinge is a little finicky. Its easy to
take the iPad off but its hard to put back on if the hinge/arm is in the
open position. The key to that is just put the iPad face down on the
keyboard and close the arm on the iPad case while clipping it in at the
There is a video (at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dxs7yrFMWxw) that explains the best way to attach the iPad. (Posted on 9/28/12)
- I Like it Review by James
Nice solid protective case
Multiple options for use
Keyboard has durable feel
I really like the IMP38B, Airbender clamshell keyboard for iPad 2/3 from Arcadia. First when the ipad is inserted into the top part of the case, it locks in securely. The unit then takes on the feel of a laptop, but with multiple options. The iPad can easily be switched between a horizontal or a vertical view. The top unit with the iPad can be totally removed from the keyboard to function independently with it’s own stand, once again for either horizontal or vertical use. It can also be totally removed without the stand. It is very versatile. The keyboard has a nice touch to it secure, but also very solid. It looks like it will provide a long time of use. The hinge is solid, battery rechargeable, Bluetooth sync pairing was immediate, keyboard has rubber feet to hold secure on the desk or can be used on your lap. I am well pleased with this purchase.
(Posted on 9/27/12)
- Awesome keyboard case Review by Jonathan
it more for writing emails and things like that. The Airbender keyboard
was a great choice for my needs.
- Solid build quality
- iPad fits perfectly
- Swivel feature to rotate the iPad is awesome, so I can switch between
landscape and portrait mode easily.
- Buttons on keyboard to adjust sound and brightness are really convenient.
- Internal rechargeable battery in the case/keyboard so I don't need to buy
- Landscape mode doesn't allow you to prop the iPad fully upright.
- Feels really tight when opening the case, but I think this is also so the
arm stays in place, so not too bad (Posted on 9/27/12)
- Very nice Keyboard/Case Review by Todd
This keyboard case is very well built. It is light weight yet very sturdy, I feel completely comfortable storing my New iPad in it. The keys are very responsive to a light touch. I like all the pre-programed keys and I especially like the brightness keys to adjust the screen and help save my battery life without having to go into the settings. The battery life of the keyboard is very good; I like that I don't need to charge it very often.
Another great feature I like is the option to remove the iPad from the keyboard without removing it from the case itself. Very handy to just unclip it and use it.
This is a great keyboard/case and I would certainly recommend it to anyone who uses a keyboard for their iPad. (Posted on 9/25/12)
- Great Case! Review by Antoinette
first New Trent Product. So far, I like my Bluetooth Keyboard. The
keyboard was easy to sync and directions were helpful. It protects my IPad
in its' entireity, which other bluetooth keyboards did not. I like the
IPad can be separated from the keyboard without fully removing the case. I
like that the keyboard letters are hard-keys. The keyboard letters seems a
little small, which is fine for me because I have very small fingers. This
may prove problematic for someone with larger hands or thicker fingers.
Sometimes, the IPad seems a little to heavy for the keyboard, because it
falls backwards. However, this overall proves to be the best bluetooth
keyboard I have owned to date. I have ordered three keyboards priot to
my New Trent product, that I have been disatisfied with. I would give this
New Trent product 5 stars. (Posted on 9/24/12)
- love it! Review by carl
- Love it! Review by carl
- The Best iPad Keyboard Yet Review by Gisele
Pros: flexible and stable design - unlike the other keyboards I've tried, my iPad has never fallen out of this case, or toppled backwards. I especially like how you can distance the iPad a bit from the keyboard, which is a better ergonomic design than a fixed stand. I often use the keyboard while reading in bed, so all of the positioning options are handy for that as well. Been using this every day for a month without issue.
Cons: case+ iPad = a little heavy as a total package. Also, because of the placement of keys, it's easy to accidentally lock your screen. (Posted on 9/19/12)
- Versatile Review by Carlos
- This Product is AWESOME! Review by Tim