Anker Bluetooth Folio Backlit Keyboard Case for iPad 9.7 Inch Review

Anker Bluetooth Folio Backlit Keyboard Case for iPad 9.7 Inch Review
8.9 Total Score

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  • Keyboard is detachable without removing the case
  • Backlit keys
  • Good protection

The Anker Bluetooth Folio Keyboard Case has just about everything I was looking for in an iPad keyboard case, but one thing is bugging me about it.

Weight

While the keyboard is detachable, the top part of the case (that protects the iPad) still adds some significant weight to the seemingly feather-light iPad. The case with the keyboard adds 1.5 pounds on top of the iPad Air 2’s weight of 1 pound.

However, I’m sure the added weight is there for stability reasons. The keyboard base needs to be heavy enough to support the weight of the iPad to prevent the unit from tipping backwards.

Design

Despite the added weight, I really like the versatility of the case. When I want to use the iPad as a tablet for reading, I can easily just pull it off of the keyboard thanks to the magnetic hinge. When I need to type something up, I can easily reattach it to the keyboard without needing to remove the case each time.

Features

The backlit keys are also very much appreciated for late night typing. However, the letters on the keys are completely transparent, thereby allowing the individual LED bulbs to be visible and making it difficult to see what the actual letter is.

There are dedicated keys for volume and brightness control, as well as copy and paste.

The keyboard automatically turns on when the case is opened, so there is no need to remember to flip a switch each time you want to use the keyboard. There is also a magnet located in the keyboard to activate the iPad’s sleep/wake feature, so the iPad automatically sleeps when the keyboard case is closed.

How do you change the backlight color on the Anker Bluetooth Folio Keyboard Case?

Oddly, this is not covered in the manual, but here are the steps:

  1. First, hold down the “Fn” key
  2. Next, also hold down the “Alt” key located to the right of the space bar (you’ll notice it has a little bulb icon on it).
  3. While holding down these two buttons, press the Up or Down arrow to cycle through the colors. Once you find the color you want, you can let go of all of the buttons.
  4. There are two brightness levels for each color as well. To change the brightness, hold down the “Fn” key while tapping the “Alt” key located to the right of the space bar.

Battery Life

Battery life on this keyboard so far seems good. Even with the backlight feature on, I’ve been able to use it an hour or two daily for a week now and have not needed to recharge it yet.

Unfortunately, recharging requires a Micro USB cable. I would have liked to see a Lightning port input for charging so I would only need one cable to charge both the keyboard and the iPad.

8.9 Total Score
Great

One of the biggest benefits of this case is the fact that you can quickly pull on your iPad and detach it from the keyboard, thanks to the magnetic hinge. In addition, the hinge is strong enough to prop up the iPad while on your lap like a traditional laptop,. However, the case (even without the keyboard) does add some significant weight to your otherwise lightweight iPad.

Design
8.9
Features
9.5
Battery Life
9.5
Size and Weight
7.7
PROS
  • Keyboard is detachable without removing the case
  • Backlit keys
  • Good protection
CONS
  • Weight (1.5 pounds!)
  • Keyboard uses Micro USB recharging

Anker Bluetooth Folio Keyboard Case for iPad 9.7 Inch, 7 Color Backlit Wireless iPad Case with Auto Sleep/Wake, Backlit Keys

$69.99
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as of October 22, 2019 12:58 am

Features

  • Defend Your iPad: The protective case offers seriously strong protection for your iPad. Compatible with iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad (4th generation), iPad (5th generation), iPad (6th generation), 9.7" iPad Pro.
  • Effortless Installation: Attach to your iPad, flip it around, or remove the case in an instant.
  • Convenient Design: When you're not using the keyboard, simply flip it to the rear of the device.
  • Backlit Keyboard: Choose from 7 different colors to light up the keys. The keyboard will also remember the last color selected next time you use it.
  • Open and Go: Connects to your iPad instantly when you open the case.

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