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Props Power Case for iPad Review

Post  erwannur on 10th April 2013, 19:54

It's not often an iPad case comes with a
manual, even a short one, but it seems
like an increasing number of models
include some form of electronics. The
Props Power Case needs a manual for its
integrated lithium ion battery -- we received an 8,000mAh unit, although a
12,000mAh model is also available. In our
review, we'll test how well the case
works as both protection and a power
supply. The Props uses a folio design, which snaps
in an iPad 2 or third/fourth-generation
iPad via four corner pieces. These should
hold the device relatively secure,
although one of the test sample's corners
was a little loose. An unusual design choice is that the lid seals shut with a
magnetic latch; unlike, say, the
SwitchEasy Canvas, simply closing the lid
won't keep it sealed. That being said, the
latch seems to do a good job, so it's not
much of an issue. A genuine (if still minor) annoyance is that the latch can obscure the
very top of an iPad's screen in landscape
mode. If nothing else, the case seems to be built like
a tank. The exterior uses a thick layer of PU
(a.k.a. bicast) leather, and the interior uses
more of the same, but mottled for grip when
an iPad is propped up in stand mode. I had
my doubts as to whether this would hold an iPad in place, but in practice it's as solid as it
needs to be. I should also note that the case is
very stylish, and appears to use quality
stitching -- time will tell, naturally. The battery is built into the lid and includes
an input port, a power button, an LED charge
indicator, and -- rather significantly -- a micro
USB output. Instead of plugging directly into
an iPad, in other words, the case requires
people to marry their Lightning/30-pin cable to a bundled adapter whenever they want to
charge their tablet. It's not very sleek
frankly, and having to carry around an
adapter and a cable to get extra power
somewhat defeats the purpose of integrating
a battery, versus just buying a separate charging unit. The Props also weighs down an iPad, making
it as heavy as a light laptop like the MacBook
Air. That's enough to force people to carry an
iPad two-handed, or simply rest it on their
legs or a desk. Don't expect to be wandering
halls or foreign streets with this case, especially since it's lacking a handle. One benefit to requiring a cable though is that
the case can also charge other devices, such
as a smartphone or iPod. The speed with
which this happens depends entirely on the
target battery naturally, but seems to be
enough to replenish something like a Galaxy Nexus in an hour or two, with some energy
left over. To test how well the Props can power an
iPad, I fully charged the case, then used it as
the sole power source for actively-running
third-gen iPad that was already down to 59
percent. Even with the screen on almost
constantly, and using apps like Pulse and the App Store on Wi-Fi, the iPad built up to nearly
70 percent charge before the case was fully
drained -- five hours later. I was impressed,
given that putting an iPad to sleep would of
course get far more mileage. Some words of warning: 3G/4G connections
and 3D apps are likely to drain a battery
much faster, and the tradeoff for the Props'
longevity is a lethargic recharge time.
Realistically, the best idea is to recharge the
case while you sleep. The included USB charging cable is meant to connect to a
computer, but you should be able to get
better performance by connecting it to a USB-
to-AC wall adapter, if you have one. At $90, the 8,000mAh model of the Props
may be a reasonable deal -- if you happen to
fit into an exact niche. That means a person
who's traveling often enough to need an
extended battery and durable protection, but
not so mobile that they have to hold an iPad in their hands for more than a few minutes.
For most people, the saner solution may be
to get a cheaper case and a dedicated
battery, or just be careful about power
consumption.

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K01 Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard

Post  eyeshield on 10th April 2013, 20:20

Makers K01 Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard with Foldable Protective Plastic Case and Stand for Apple iPad by JSXL $59.99 $99.99 This Makers K01 Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard with Foldable Protective Plastic Case and Stand is for Apple iPad 2,iPad 3 and iPad 4. Therefore,it only works with iPad 2,iPad 3 and iPad 4. This Makers K01 Keyboard Case serves as: A mobile keyboard . It is wireless Bluetooth connecting with your iPad. It can be 10 meters away from your iPad while being typed. You can use it to compse email or whenever you need fast typing. A protective case. Put your iPad inside it,and your iPad gets protected from behind. When closed,your iPad gets protected from front as well. A smart cover. Plugin your iPad,close it,and your iPad will sleep and enter sleep mode. Open it up,your iPad will wake up. A stand. The case is foldable and can function as a stand that backs your iPad securely. This Makers K01 Keyboard Cases features: Bluetooth 3.0 interface. If you don't know anything about Bluetooth 3.0. Here's some comments about Bluetooth 3.0:The Bluetooth 3.0 specification supports data rates up to 24Mbps over a shared 802.11 radio, a small but significant step towards the technology becoming a de facto protocol for ad hoc, secure wireless peer-to-peer networks.Higher speeds and better battery life are among the benefits introduced with Bluetooth 3.0, according to the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), thanks to built-in power controls and the use of 802.11 connections for transmitting large files. high build quality and high end streamline body; 500mAh built-in battery to make it standby for 30 days,work for 5 days; many function keys to simplify your operation with your iPad and make your iPad life easier; smart sleep mode to save power; quiet keystrokes for 20 million times; Dust-proof design; keys made of high end ABS material; stylish look and sturdy assembly. It has six colors: white,black,pink,purple,silver and golden. Pick up one of your favorite color, and enjoy your life with iPad. www.jsxltech.com/products/makers-k01-wireless-bluetooth-keyboard-with-foldable-protective-plastic-case-and-stand-for-apple-ipad

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