AmazonBasics Bluetooth Keyboard with Mini Travel Stand for iPad, New iPad Mini, iPhone (Black) Reviews

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AmazonBasics Bluetooth Keyboard with Mini Travel Stand for iPad, New iPad Mini, iPhone (Black)

AmazonBasics Bluetooth Keyboard with Mini Travel Stand for iPad, New iPad Mini, iPhone (Black)

  • Bluetooth technology provides a cable-free connection
  • Keyboard pairs easily with the new iPad, iPad 2, iPad 1, iPhone and Bluetooth enabled iPod touch
  • Slim, compact design features low-profile, scissor-switch keys, uses 2 AAA batteries (included)
  • Keyboard shortcuts enable easy access to home screen, search screen, show/hide onscreen keyboard as well as media and volume control
  • Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging

Bluetooth technology provides a cable-free connection Keyboard pairs easily with the new iPad, iPad 2, iPad 1, iPhone and Bluetooth enabled iPod touch Slim, compact design features low-profile, scissor-switch keys, uses 2 AAA batteries (included) Keyboard shortcuts enable easy access to home screen, search screen, show/hide onscreen keyboard as well as media and volume control Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging

List Price: $ 29.99

Price: $ 29.99

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  1. 334 of 345 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great keyboard, December 5, 2011
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    Jackie Cheng
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    This review is from: AmazonBasics Bluetooth Keyboard with Mini Travel Stand for iPad, New iPad Mini, iPhone (Black) (Personal Computers)

    It’s a bit smaller than Apple’s wireless keyboard but still easy to type on. Comes with 2 AAA batteries. Has a physical on/off switch and also a button to push for paring. Would be great if it came in white color. Works great on my iPhone and PC.

    ****Update Dec. 8****
    Since many people are asking: It works with any bluetooth enabled device that supports HID (which 99% of the devices out there supports already). I have tested it with iPad 2, iPhone 4S, Windows 7 laptop, Macbook Pro, Blackberry Playbook and Asus Transformer.

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  2. 128 of 137 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    comfortable to type on, easy to pair, but low quality manufacturing, April 7, 2012
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    Todd

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    UPDATE (09/16/2012)
    I just bumped my rating up from 3 stars to 4. The warping issue I mention in the review was corrected (see explanation below) and I use this keyboard almost daily with no issues. I’m very tough in how I rate tech devices, and because I nit-pick, this device did fall short of hopes and expectations. It’s definitely not as well constructed as the Apple Bluetooth keyboard, but at half the price, it’s a fine alternative and I’m happy with my purchase.

    Original review:

    After reading several great reviews about this keyboard, I figured I couldn’t go wrong. I’ve owned mine for about 3 or 4 weeks now, and have used it pretty much every day since, switching frequently between my iPhone 4S and iPad 2. It is pretty comfortable to type on and pairing it back and forth between two difference devices hasn’t been a problem at all.

    Device Pairing
    Repeated use with the same device, it remembers the device and pairs on its own when powered up and starting to type. Switching devices is as easy as making sure the computing device is in discovery mode and then pushing the “connect” button on the keyboard. A 4-digit code pops up on the device. Enter it and hit ENTER/RETURN, and you’re paired.

    Comfort
    For a compact keyboard, it’s pretty comfortable to type on. The keys are flat and shallow to press, which is standard for compact keyboards, bluetooth or not. If you’ve ever typed on a compact keyboard before and felt comfortable doing so, this should feel just as comfortable. It is slightly smaller than a standard keyboard, in terms of the square size of the keys and overall width of the keyboard from left most key to right, but it hasn’t been trouble for me to switch back and forth between this one and a full size computer keyboard. I can touch type on it with minimal accidental key presses.

    Style and Color
    I like the black color of the keyboard – black has always been an attractive color for me and it’s less likely to show dirt and grime. The white lettering of the keys is a bit faint compared to other keyboards of the same color scheme. The white lettering isn’t as easy to see in environments that are not as well lit, when a full size keyboard with white lettering on black keys has been easy to read in the same conditions. It really should have brighter white lettering on the keys. Additionally, the glossy finish (of the non-key surface) will reveal scrapes, scuffs, grease smears and fingerprints. It’s a stylistic choice that I don’t care for, but if you’re into glossy tech and don’t mind some fingerprints and smears, then it shouldn’t be any worse here.

    Manufacturing and Durability
    For a $20 compact Bluetooth keyboard, this really isn’t too bad. The problem is that I paid $40 for it, which makes it harder to overlook its manufacturing shortcomings. My keyboard came warped. It doesn’t sit perfectly flat on a flat surface. The upper right corner doesn’t make contact with the surface, which causes some unwanted vibration when typing. It’s not much, but it is noticeable and at when viewed at an angle, the upper right “leg” pad clearly isn’t making contact with the surface. Because the keyboard is bendable (not as a feature, but because of materials it is made of), I’ve tried to un-warp it by bending it in the opposite direction for periods of time. This helps for a while, but over time it slowly returns to its not quite flat seating position. I seem to have minimized the gap, but it’s still there and does annoy me a bit. When seated on a cloth surface, such as our dining room table that has a nice table cloth on it, there is no vibrate to typing and the experience is better for it.

    MANUFACTURING UPDATE (09/16/2012)
    I should mention that I was able to correct the warping of the keyboard by using small weights to hold it in a twisted position opposite the warp. Doing this overnight for a couple of weeks corrected the warp to the extent that I don’t notice it anymore. It’s something that shouldn’t have needed to be done, but it did the trick.

    Final Thoughts
    The keyboard not sitting perfectly flat, with all four pads touching the surface, when seated on a flat surface is my biggest gripe about the keyboard. I’ve been able to minimize it, but I shouldn’t have had to try to un-warp the keyboard.

    Occasionally, the first letter typed after a short pause will result in a doubling of the letter. It doesn’t happen often, but is a little annoying.

    The “DELETE” key does not function as it should on a Mac or PC keyboard. It does the exact same thing as the BACK SPACE, deleting characters to the left of the cursor, rather than to the right. This may be a property of iOS and not the keyboard. I haven’t tried it on a full computer, so I’m not sure. It’s not a big deal to me.

    I like that the F1 key is also the “Home” key for iOS devices. It…

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  3. 90 of 95 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    GREAT little keyboard for use with smartphones & tablet computers, December 22, 2011
    This review is from: AmazonBasics Bluetooth Keyboard with Mini Travel Stand for iPad, New iPad Mini, iPhone (Black) (Personal Computers)
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    A few months ago I got my first smart phone and really HATE typing on glass. This small bluetooth keyboard was offered to me in the Vine newsletter and I picked it to see if I’d enjoy using it, and if it would fit easily in my briefcase. YES on both counts.

    Overall Size: 4.5 inches “deep” when sitting on a flat surface in front of you and about 10.5 inches “long.” To visualize this, you could set two of those on on a sheet of 8.5″ x 11.0″ paper and have some white paper still showing.

    Size of Keys: Each of the main keys (A through z; 1 through 9; enter/return; shift; capslock; control; command)is almost exactly the same size as the top portion of the keys on my Thinkpad T420s laptop and the spacing between them is about the same. The only difference is that this little keyboard’s keys have flat sides at a 90 degree angle to the tops of them whereas my laptop’s keys have sides that slope down so that the bottoms of the keys almost touch each other. The F1 through F12 keys are about half the size of the ones on my laptop which isn’t an issue as I don’t use them often. The left and right arrow keys are a decent size and the up and down keys are about 50% as big as the up and down keys – which isn’t important to me.

    Weight: very lightweight, even with the two batteries (which came with it – and I always appreciate that).

    Functionality
    1. The keys don’t have that cheap “empty” feeling when they are depressed
    2. The underside of the keyboard is thicker under the F1 through F12 keys so there is a slight angle to the keyboard but not enough to make it bulky.
    3. The on/off sliding piece on the bottom clicks firmly in the on or off position – this thing won’t get accidentally turned on in my briefcase or a tote bag and drain the battery prematurely.
    4. I’ve never used a bluetooth accessory before so I had to look at the instructions but it was very easy to get it to connect to my iPhone 4.
    5. The instructions include a page with an image of the keyboard and lines that lead to words that tell you what each of the top row (F1 through F12) keys does. I used scissors to cut out this picture and then used wide clear packing tape to tape it onto the underside of the keyboard so I will always have it with me as a reference. And no, dong this does not cover up the battery compartment.
    6. Here is a list of the what the function keys do:
    Note: the first key on the top left is the escape key, as you would expect. Then the F keys start.
    F1: Home F2: Search F3: Previous/rewind F4: Play/Pause F5: Fast forward/next track F6: Mute F7:Decrease volume F8: Increase volume F11: Battery indicator (blinks when battery is low) F12: Connection indicator Next button has an image of a keyboard on it and is to show/hide the keyboard on the device you are using it with.
    7. That last button described is great – Last night I was sitting in a restaurant and had my phone propped up using a rabbit portable stand and had the keyboard on the table. When I clicked the keyboard button with an image of a keyboard on it, the keyboard showing on my phone disappeared – leaving me with TWICE as much room on the phone to be able to see words as I typed them!

    Given how lightweight it is, I’ll keep it in my briefcase and if on the weekends I go anywhere and take a tote with me I’ll drop it into the tote. The ONLY thing that I’d do to improve it is to sell it with a think nylon sleeve to slide it into before putting it in my briefcase or tote.

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