Apple Wireless Keyboard

The Apple Wireless Keyboard connects to the iPad with built-in Bluetooth technology and has a range of 30 feet. This compact aluminum design is 24 percent smaller than full-sized keyboards and includes Mac-specific function keys for features like screen brightness, volume, and play/pause. The Apple Wireless Keyboard uses two AA batteries and automatically conserves battery life. Available now for $69.00.

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The Apple Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard works well with the iPad and needs no special set up, beyond pairing with the iPad.

Several function buttons (volume up and down, screen brightness) also work with the iPad. If you press a button for a function that the iPad doesn't support, nothing happens and no "harm" is done.

The keyboard is very small and light, and will fit into pretty much any bag that an iPad will, but I have not been able to find a travel case for its specific dimensions yet, so it either goes in naked or in a neoprene sleeve designed for a netbook.

The green LED that tells you the keyboard is on is completely invisible with the keyboard is off. This is both good and bad. If you don't know where you are looking to see if it's on, it can be hard to tell. It's almost easier to check the iPad screen and see if it's connected to tell. Turning it off means holding the power button down for a few seconds until the LED turns off, but it just takes a tap to turn on. This can be a hazard in your bag because you will reduce your battery lift by accidentally turning it on while stowing it in your bag.

NOTE: If you have your iPad with a PIN code to lock it, AND leave your bluetooth on and paired, even if you think you have turned the KB off, you may find yourself locked out of your iPad. The keys on the keyboard will take some accidental presses while in your bag - this wakes the iPad and attempts to recognize your PIN, which fails and locks you out after several "attempts" to unlock. A few people have had this issue. Your best bet is to turn OFF the bluetooth on the iPad BEFORE stowing the iPad and keyboard together in your bag to prevent this issue.

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