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NEWTRENT Airbender 2.0 for iPadAir


After nearly a week now of using the Airbender 2.0 I can now say that a keyboard of this size is definitely a little too cramped for every day use, for my hands at least.
As an inbetweener, and by that I mean in between a touch screen and a laptop, there is an area of usefulness for these sort of devices for people from many walks and jobs. I could see a business man or maybe even a reporter who wants to travel fast and light could definitely make use of one with plenty of practice with the narrow set of the keyboard. The chiclet keys were a pleasure to work with.

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I have found a very slight lag in the use of function keys occasionally but when purely typing like this it is quick, smooth and faultless.
The case fitted the back of my iPad Air 64Gb model with a sound secure snap and grips it securely but I get the feeling the polycarbonate used for this part will not take a heavy impact. The ability to detach this part is a big plus but needs a little practice to detach it quickly.

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The hinge part to this device is my main area of concern. It just seems so. . .well, fiddly.
I think the addition of some kind of clip/clamp to fasten the bottom or side depending on orientation to the hinge as this would aid opening the shell without having to touch the screen of your beloved iPad Air and affecting any app which may be open.

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A pleasant surprise that I didn’t expect to see with this was the support for the sleep wake function, a small thing I know but nevertheless nice. My only other minor niggle is the rubberised clasp, as I can see it either wearing relatively quickly or snapping all together.

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My unboxing and first thoughts
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In closing as a final point I can recomend this item as a useful aide to writing your emails or any typing process on an iPad as it is most definitely faster and easier. On a scale of 1-5 despite the minor points I have mentioned, I would rate it a 5, and if I were in the market for such a device these things would not put me off buying one for the price as it stands on Amazon right now.

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Wear it well.


Wearable technology, the next big thing?
Right now I’m not so sure it’s going to be so. I mean , yeah it’s awesome stuff being able to walk down the street and a quick glance at your wrist tells you what the notification you just got was and which social network it was from, but, how usable will it actually be?google-glass-interactive-glasses-blue-color-resting-white-floor-32722539

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The way I see it is this, until we can have a voice activated holographic screen that pops up from the device it will be just a novelty extension of the device in your pocket as the most obvious restriction will be size. Size matters, you will have one hand to touch the screen and interact, connect a keyboard you say, two hands on the keyboard and the screen starts bobbing up and down above the keyboard.

Don’t get me wrong I’m looking forward to the wave of new wearable technology as it gathers speed into the years to come but until it grows in actual usability it can only be an add on device, an extension of the larger device in your pocket and therefore just another expensive watch or pair of glasses.

please leave your take on it in the comments below.

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