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Take a closer look at the Typo for iPad Air (pictures)

This pricey keyboard case offers full-sized keys and a flexible hinge, but competitors offer more for less.

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Typo for iPad Air

The Typo for iPad Air is a keyboard case for the iPad Air and iPad Air 2. It has comfortable, full-sized keys and a flexible hinge, but the features it offers don't match the $189 price tag.

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The Typo's full-sized keys are wide, and fairly comfortable to type on. They're also a bit shallow, but that's expected from a keyboard this thin. Magnets keep the keyboard connected to the rest of the case.

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Dedicated iOS shortcut keys give you quick access to the home button, Spotlight search, and media controls.

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Some concessions were made for size, and some punctuation and function keys around the keyboard can feel quite cramped.

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The keyboard connects to the iPad Air via Bluetooth, activated by a switch on the lower right side.

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The thick, protective case can make it awkward to press the volume controls.

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The friction hinge is sturdy and flexible, twisting readily into whatever angle you'd like.

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The case is thick, and will add quite a bit of girth to the otherwise solid iPad Air.

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The Typo lacks backlit keys, but if its price were inline with similarly equipped competitors it would be less expensive.

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