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Airbender 2.0 clamshell case/keyboard for the iPad Air

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With the holidays just around the corner, some might be thinking of accessories for their new iPad Air. In past articles, I’ve mentioned that a case/keyboard is a great item to have, as it turns your iPad into a mini-laptop. The one I prefer, the ZAGG for the iPad Air, is still not available.

Knowing this, I purchased NewTrent’s Airbender 2.0, clamshell case/keyboard from Amazon. This particular case has singular features that sound great. Here’s a short list of the Airbender 2.0's options:

  • a clip that allows you to detach the iPad Air so you can use the device separately
  • a built-in metal stand with multiple typing/viewing angles
  • a protective clamshell case
  • a full keyboard with multi-function keys, allowing for a great typing experience
  • 360° rotation clip, allowing for landscape and portrait views, plus flipping the iPad around so others can see

When I tried this case/keyboard, each option worked great on its own. Yes, the keyboard was great; the 360° rotation stand worked well; the case, itself, is durable, small, and light; and the separation clip was easy to engage.

None of these features, for me, however, worked together. As a result, using the Airbender 2.0 was an uncomfortable and non-workable case/keyboard experience. Here’s my short list:

  • the metal stand only allowed me to type in portrait mode; this made the device, in the case, top-heavy and unsteady
  • when I tried to type in landscape mode, the iPad Air floated on the stand, preventing me from finding a comfortable typing/viewing position; the iPad Air, in the case, had a tendency to tip
  • shutting the case does not turn off your iPad Air (like most cases do)
  • I couldn’t find a comfortable position on a table or in my lap, making this, for me, a useless case/keyboard

The Airbender 2.0 case retails at Amazon for $69.95, gets 4.5 stars, and great reviews. I, however, am returning it. Here is Amazon's link for the Airbender 2.0 case/keyboard:

I have just ordered the Bear Motion case/keyboard for the iPad Air. Right now, it’s on sale at Amazon, for $26.99 (regular price $49.99). Here is Amazon's link for the Bear Motion keyboard:

I’ll keep you posted as to how it works out. As I always say, a tech device is only as good as the case that makes you happy.


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