An inexpensive hard cover case that doubles as a keyboard has been introduced for the Apple iPad mini, giving users the ability to type rather than tap without compromising the small design of their slates.
The iPad mini Bluetooth Keyboard Case is composed of an aircraft-grade plastic design with a bead-blasted, anodized finish to match that of the tablet. Available in both white and black, the case connects to the iPad via a Bluetooth 3.0 connection and provides users with a 60 degree angle for horizontal viewing.
It is available from Brando, a small company that has offered accessories for mobile devices made by specialty factories in China for about a decade.
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Offering up to 55 hours of uninterrupted work time, the iPad mini case houses a 160mA battery that charges the tablet when docked and is rechargeable by a USB cable, with the company noting charging time takes between 4 and 5 hours. Unlike its Case with Bluetooth Keyboard cousin, the Brando Bluetooth Keyboard Case doesn’t add access bulk to the 7.7-inch mini, as it snaps right onto the device when not being used as a keyboard, acting as a protective casing.
Aimed at iPad mini owners looking to do some functional work with their slim slates, the case has a standby time of 60 days, while the keyboard provides an energy saving sleep mode, as well as special function keys for music, volume and home control.
The Brando iPad mini Bluetooth Keyboard Case is selling online for $33, making it one of the most inexpensive keyboard cases currently available for the Apple device.
With Belkin and iPadminiMod also releasing Bluetooth keyboard cases for Apple’s smaller tablet, which sell for $80 and $40, respectively, iPad mini owners will have plenty to choose from when it comes to tactile typing.
Our Apple iPad mini review gives much more information on this tablet.