The video below is a quick introduction to how the Ten One Design Mountie and how it works with the iPad Air 2 and a MBP.
As up can see, the Mountie easily attaches to the iPad and MBP and allows you to use the iPad as a second display with the Duet or Air Display app. I am using Lightroom in this video, but I could see how it could be useful for the many different applications that you would use with a dual monitor setup (Twitter, Facebook, RSS Feeds, etc..).
Typically, when I need a keyboard, I switch to a laptop, but I decided to test the Targus Keyboard case with its included Bluetooth keyboard. The main reason was to be able to use it when I am out of town, but to also test using it for a few days to see if I could be happy with using this keyboard rather than switching to my laptop.
When I first opened the box, I popped out the case and noticed a fairly short USB cable for charging the keyboard. I was kind of surprised by the length, since it would make it hard to charge while its in use, but it could be easily switched out with a longer cable for little money.
The next thing I noticed was that it had a hard vinyl type of outer case. If I wanted to use this as a daily driver, I know I would miss the softer feel of the Apple case.
I popped my iPad out of the Apple Leather Case and it was easy to put into the new case. It is harder to remove from this case than the Apple case, but I have had cases that make it even more difficult to remove, so I would put the difficulty at a 7.5 out of ten.
I tested this on a desk first and I liked the ability to put the iPad Air 2 in portrait of landscape modes. Some apps that I use are only in portrait mode, so this is an important feature for any keyboard case.
I also used in my lap, like a laptop. If you don't figit around a lot, I found that it works fine in both landscape and portrait without much problem. I did get a phone call and had to get up quickly to answer the phone and I moved the case quickly out of the way and the keyboard fell to the floor. There are magnets that secure it pretty well, but you still want to be careful with it if you only have the top edge touching the case. If you have the entire keyboard in contact with the case, it stays much more secure, so it also depends on how you use it. Personally, I prefer having the keyboard in a postion that the entire screen has contact.
The keyboard also has some nice shortcuts built in. There is a key that will take you to the homescreen or if you double click it, it will bring up the open apps. It also has copy/cut and paste shortcuts, volume control, and a key to lock the iPad. I should also mention that the keyboard is in QWERTY format, so it easy to adapt to.
The keyboard has a blue LED that lets you know that it is being charged. It will start blinking when you need to plug it in. The keyboard had a charge when I got it out of the box, but I am not sure if it was fully charged. It is supposed to have a 100 hour battery.
The iPad is mounted on a piece that rotates. This is nice for typing, but makes the case awkward to hold when you just want to lounge with the iPad. I would just pop it out of the case for lounging, but as I mentioned above, they have made it too difficult to remove from the case. I believe they either need to figure out a way to make it less awkward to hold in the hand or find a way to make it easier to remove.
Personally, I plan to use the case without the iPad inside. Since it still folds up nicely with just the keyboard inside, I will just slide it in my backpack next to the iPad that will stay in its Apple leather case. Of course, this will make it much harder to use in the lap, but I am willing to sit at a table and type, which is easier on the neck, anyways.
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