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Review and Giveaway – ZAGGkeys ProPlus Bluetooth Keyboard

Review and Giveaway - ZAGGkeys ProPlus Bluetooth Keyboard via BrothaTech.com

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Disclaimer: I received the device from ZAGG/iFrogz in exchange for my honest review – All opinions are my own…suckas

I’ve wrote several posts about the value of tablets and how to squeeze as much productivity out of them as you can. One of the ways to do that is to ditch the idea of trying to type at length on that virtual keyboard and instead, invest in a good Bluetooth keyboard.

Tablet-friendly keyboards are getting more and more sophisticated, case and point, the ZAGGkeys ProPlus Bluetooth Keyboard doubles as a hardshell case for your tablet, has a full-sized and complete set of keys, and the most impressive feature: A backlit keyboard. That’s right, with the touch of a button, not only can you adjust the brightness of your keys for low-light situations, you can choose from 7 different colors to illuminate and customize your keyboard.

Pretty dope right? This is the main reason why I agreed to do a review of the ZAGGkeys ProPlus keyboard. Another reason was to see how it stacked up against my favorite Bluetooth keyboard for my iPad 3. I decided to shoot (and terribly edit) a vlog of my review:

Once I got used to the level of sensitivity I needed to touch the screen without pushing my iPad off the stand, the ZAGGkeys ProPlus Bluetooth keyboard is a pretty solid competitor, and I guarantee that you would leave your laptop at home and carry around your tablet more if you coupled it with this keyboard. On the flip side, I can definitely understand if the slight chance that you may damage your tablet by touching too hard on the screen is too much of an objection to overcome.

The ZAGGkeys ProPlus fits the iPad 2nd through 4th generation and retails for $129.99 and while the aluminum-on-black MacBook-ish typing surface remains the same, you have a choice of four cover colors/styles total to add a little extra style when acting as a case for your tablet.

Giveaway

The nice folks at ZAGG agreed to sponsor a giveaway where one lucky winner can win a ZAGGkeys ProPlus Bluetooth keyboard by (very closely) following the rules below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

U.S. entries only – The winner will have 48 hours to respond to email with mailing address or new winner will be selected.

Good Luck and Happy Holidays!

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Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover Review

Recently, I’ve been leaving my MacBook at home in favor or carrying around my iPad more. So I’ve tried, used, and dismissed my fair share of Bluetooth keyboards. The latest Keyboard I’ve been using is the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover that I must say does a good job at protecting my iPad, while keeping my productivity up when typing…all while keeping a slim profile.

Specs

  • Weights .78 pounds
  • Fits the Apple iPad 2nd generation and up
  • Has a battery life of up to 6 months (based on typing an average 2 hours/day)
  • Has a Bluetooth Range of up to 32 feet (good if you’re sitting on the couch and your iPad is hooked up to a TV)

Design

The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover has an aluminum outer shell that matches the rear panel of an iPad perfectly. The inner shell and physical keys comes in either black, white, or red.

At .39 inches, the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover is by far one of the thinnest keyboards I’ve ever used. Even with an iPad attached, the combo can fit comfortably in any soft case, sleeve or bag.

The keyboard is attached to an iPad using the same magnetic clasp as the branded Apple Smart Case uses. So Apple fans should be familiar with how easily the Ultrathin Keyboard cover connects to an iPad.

Functionality

There is a slot that an iPad fits in at an angle to covert the cover into a keyboard. For added security, the slot is also magnetized to keep an iPad from tipping over if a user touches the screen too hard, commonly known as “Gorilla Arms”. You can actually lift the entire unit up while the iPad sits safely in the slot.

Connecting the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover to an iPad is typical of just about all the other keyboards on the market. Simply activate Bluetooth in the iPad settings, turn on the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover, and press the Bluetooth button to establish a connection.

Once you’re connected, typing is also similar of other keyboards. Although I would’ve preferred separate buttons for the music/media controls, the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover does offer some functions you won’t find on other keyboards, like highlight buttons.

By pressing the “fn” key and either the 4 or 5 keys, you can highlight the word(s) you want to cut/copy. You can then press the fn+ 6,7, or 8 buttons to cut, copy, or paste. In true Mac form, users can also use the “cmd”+ X or Y buttons to copy/paste as well, giving you options on how you want to work.

The only issue I have with the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover is that it’s just a cover. If you want to use an iPad as a traditional tablet, your stuck with pushing the keyboard off to the side until you need to get some hardcore typing done. On the flip-side, when you want to use an iPad traditionally, you are not dealing with all the extra bulk that comes with using a Folio Keyboard that’s made to stay with the iPad more often than not.

And let’s face it, you want people to see you’re using an iPad, versus wrapping it up in a plain, bulky case.

…Maybe the folks as Logitech will send me their Keyboard Folio for iPad, so I can “test” just how light, thin, and sexy the Folio Bluetooth Keyboard can be?

Until then, At $99 bucks, I can definitely suggest the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad – It’s functional enough to get the job done when you need to bang out a serious email or blog post on the go; but it’s sleek enough to make you want to carry your iPad around more often.

Logitech even offers an iPad mini version, for all you tablet users who think “Size Matters”

It seems to matter in every other conversation…

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Keep It Short – Mobile Blogging Tips & Tricks

iPad and bluetooth keyboard

Probably the number one reason why I don’t blog more than I already do is that I’m lazy long-winded – I feel the need to tell you everything you need to know instead of presenting the basics to get you started.

One of the ways I plan to combat that is by using other blog formats and blogging more from a tablet and smartphone. In order to do that, there have to be some changes in my thought process and methodology, as well as adding gadgets, and apps/services into the mix. So here just a few ways I plan to write more by writing less.

Keep It [Short] Stupid

As long as it relates to your subject-matter or niche and it’s engaging, shorter than normal blog posts more than work for your blog. If you must have guidelines, I would say 200 words and up is decent for a short blog post. That amount is just enough for search engines to take your content seriously.

What I am playing around with now are the new post formats for WordPress. Instead of a “standard” format, I am using the “aside” format to link to other posts I write for other sites; “status” for more of an news update to a story I think my readers would want to know about; “Image” to upload a photo as a blog post an follow up with a question.

Those different formats force me to keep it short, but keep it relevant.

Go-Go Gadget…Gadgets

With the right Bluetooth Keyboard, you can convert any tablet into a mobile computer that can get you up an running, banging out more content.

Even a smart phone can help you add content to your site that your readers want to check out. You can do things like snap a picture to pose a question to your audience that will get them talking.

The idea is to get those thoughts out of your head now using a mobile device. I can safely speak for most of you when I say you probably have your tablet or smartphone on you at all times, so why not get your “money’s worth” and start creating content wherever you are.

App Game Is Mean

Mobile blogging apps have come a long way. If you’re looking for a feature-rich experience on your mobile device, mobile apps give you more control over your site if you need to do more than just publish your thoughts. You can create drafts, manage multiple blogs, add links, edit media, and change basic blog settings.

Believe it or not, email is still a powerful communication tool. We all know how to compose an email with a mobile device right? Some of y’all can bang out a pretty lengthy email with your thumbs. Many blog platforms will have features that will let you submit emails as blog drafts or posts.

I hear what you’re thinking “Why don’t I just put shorter content on my social media sites?” I’m not saying that you ditch engagement via social media. Here are a couple of reasons why you should also add short content on your site:

Content Ownership: You give sites permission to do whatever to your photos that you agreed to in their Terms Of Service. Also, if that site disappears, all your content is gone with it.

Mo’ Money: You can’t sell ads, publish sponsored posts, or have affiliate marketing on your social media sites like you can on your blog.

Content is king right? The more content on your site, the more opportunities to gain more readers, drive up your stats, and get paid. Again, just don’t go all willey-nilley for the sake of traffic – Your content, no matter how short, has to be relevant and engaging. But if you have something say, use that tablet or smartphone to get it off your chest now versus completely forgetting what you wanted to say when you are back in front of your computer.

…I’ll start with the shorter posts after this one

This post is brought to you by Tesco, as always all opinions are mine and not swayed by outside sources

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