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Three of the best iPad keyboard covers aroundThe Belkin Qode Thin Type, Logitech Ultrathin and Anker TC930 Ultra-Thin are three new ways to add a keyboard to an iPad Air. Two feel great, and one costs a fraction of the other two. Which is the best for you?
[MUSIC]. Well Surface, shmerface. if you want a table that connects with your keyboard, if you have an iPad you can do that too. Now, it's not gonna be exactly the same. Microsoft Surface does have a nice trackpad and it has a pen that has new specific commands, but the iPad has a bunch of other solutions. Keyboard cases that allow you to type on the go and there are three new ones. In addition to all the others out there, that are really nice alternatives, each one offering something a little bit different. Logitech has an Ultrathin keyboard cover for the iPad and the iPad Air that's already been one of my favorites. Well, now they've got a revision to that one. The new Ultrathin keyboard cover has an adjustable angle. So finally, if you're sitting at a table, you can tilt it back more, not a huge amount, but it makes a difference. And the attachment on the back is a little weird and different. It's not quite the hinge, but it still allows you to clip it on like a cover and the keys have been slightly adjusted. There are now a whole row of specific iOS keys that you can press that do things like volume, or search, or going to the home screen. And the keyboard feels thankfully much the same as before. Still a hundred dollars. But Belkin had entered the chase as well. There are already a number of good keyboard accessories from Belkin, but the Qode Thin Type keyboard cover for iPad Air looks to provide a similar idea. It's made out of aluminum, so it got a, an even more metallic and sturdy feel, in my opinion, than the plastic and metal Logitech one, also $100. What's different here? Well, it's got all metal so it feels a little more rigid, plus there's a riser in the back, so there's a little more elevation. It's got the hinge attachment that snaps right on to the back of the iPad ike the original Logitech had, which I prefer, and the key layout is pretty good, nothing too compressed. A lot of specific iOS keys on top. The keys feel good. I like Logitech's a little it better. One great feature here, this automatically pairs so when you put this in, there's a little sensor on the bottom and boom, it auto-pairs and you don't have to turn on a switch like you do on the Logitech. That's a nice feature. And then finally, let's say you don't wanna spend $100 on a keyboard for your iPad. What do you do? You could spend $30. There is the Anker TC930 Ultra-Thin keyboard accessory that looks almost exactly like the Logitech one from a distance. It's a little bit different. It has a pop-up hinge over here that allows you to stand it up for a little extra support. There's still a magnetic hinge on the back to allow you to attach it like a cover. And, you know, you turn it on and pair it, just like this for bluetooth keyboard. So you're really not missing all that much. $30 is a heck of a deal it, it's really a steal for an accessory and it works. Now, is it as fantastic a typing experience as on Logitech? I prefer the Logitech typing experience, where I feel like I really fly when I'm typing. But, man, you're saving $70, and you want something that allows you to type once in a while. That's a pretty excellent pick. Anchor, a newcomer in the space offering something that completely undercuts the competition. So there you have it. Three alternatives, each one actually really good. I still like Logitech the most for the typing. Auto pairing is great on the Belkin. And man, the price may make the Anchor the best newcomer of all of them. I'm Scott Stein and that's the look at the latest keyboard covers for the iPad Air. [MUSIC]