Anker TC930 Ultra-Thin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air review: Budget iPad keyboard cover's price is its best feature

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.0
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 7.0

The Good The Anker TC930 has a great price compared to the competition, and a slim style that's nearly as good as more expensive options.

The Bad Lacks extras like autopairing, and the keyboard just doesn't type as well as those on better and more expensive accessories.

The Bottom Line You can't beat the price of Anker's thin keyboard for the iPad Air, but serious typists should invest in a better option.

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It always feels like iPad accessories cost a fortune. Paying for good cases or keyboard covers can end up easily tallying close to $100. Where's the mercy for budget shoppers?

The Anker TC930 Ultra-Thin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air looks a lot like one of my favorite Logitech iPad accessories, the Ultrathin Keyboard Case. But it costs only $30, while Logitech's costs $100. Could this be the best bargain in iPad-land? Is it a budget diamond in hiding?

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After using one for a while, the answer is: kinda-sorta. This Anker accessory certainly looks the part. It's plastic on top and gray aluminum below. It's as thin as Logitech's Ultrathin and even magnetically snaps onto an iPad Air's side in the same way, resting on top of the iPad's glass screen as a "cover" of sorts (you'll still need a protective sleeve or padded bag). Unsnap your iPad and it slots into a little groove above the keyboard, with a pop-up kickstand behind it for extra support.

The Anker TC930 isn't the only budget-priced iPad keyboard accessory out there: I found a TC950 on Amazon that's a full folio case with detachable keyboard for the same price. I prefer this all-in-one slim keyboard design, but you might feel differently.

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Anker TC930 Ultra-Thin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air

Part Number: AK-98AP9804A-BTA
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