Dude’s Review of Earto’s Bluetooth Keyboard Case

Today I am trying out a new keyboard case for my IPad. I recently purchased the iPad 7th Generation. Instead of plucking down $150 dollars for Apple’s Smart Keyboard, I decided to shop around and Earto’s keyboard was my first stop. I was not disappointed.

First, let me tell you some of the things that are “must-haves” for a keyboard case:

  1. The iPad needs to easily detach from the keyboard case so I can use it as a tablet when I need it.
  2. The keyboard should have backlit keys so I can type in low light conditions.
  3. It should function like a laptop and used in my lap.

Here’s what I found:

  • Pros:
    • Easily detachable case. I loved it. The case is magnetically attached and slotted to firmly hold the iPad but can be removed quickly. I like having this function so I can still use the iPad as a tablet when I don’t need the laptop configuration.
    • Backlit keys. This case has seven colors with three levels or brightness with over 300 color combinations. You can definitely give your keyboard some personality but honestly, I don’t think it’s necessary to have so many color options but it’s still nice to have..
    • Laptop for your lap. This case actually sits on your lap like a laptop instead of trying to find a tabletop or place to sit your iPad when you need to use it as a laptop.
    • Protective case. It is very sturdy and will fully protect your iPad when the case is closed. I didn’t actually test drop it or anything but the materials used for this case are solid and not some cheap plastic shell.
  • Cons:
    • Apple Pencil holder. It has one but I am not too confident that it will last. For me, this was the biggest negative about the case. The pencil holder is located on the outside of the case which will make it vulnerable to bumps and eventually wearing out. While it has done well keeping my Apple Pencil in place, I find myself constantly checking it to make sure it’s there.
    • Keys. I am a fast typist so it is probably unfair me to list this as a con but they were a little awkward for me. My hands weren’t cramped but the keys seemed somewhat low to the keyboard. I figured it was to cut down on key travel and clicking noises. It is still a good keyboard but, for me, a bit awkward.
    • Weight. There is also a trade off with having a solid keyboard case. It does add some weight to the iPad so you will have to decide if it’s something that will work for you. If you are a minimalist it might not be the thing for you but if you want a case that can sit in your laptop along with backlit keys, you will have to think about that.

The case also gives you the flexibility to adjust to different angles. The shaft bracket design allows the iPad to be tilted up to 135°to provide the most comfortable viewing position for typing, watching videos, playing games or reading.

You also have an auto sleep/wake function with this case which works seamlessly to extend your iPad’s battery life. It automatically wakes when open or goes to sleep when closed.

So will I keep it? Maybe. I’m a tough critic on keyboards but this one is going to be hard to beat. It’s still a better choice – at half the price – of Apple’s Smart Keyboard.

Don’t take my word for it. Give it a try and order one from Amazon by clicking below. If you don’t have an iPAD 7th Generation, no worries, Earto also offers keyboard cases for other models. Go to their website at http://www.earto.net/ and take a look.


How To Set An Hourly/30 Minute/15 Minute Chime On Your Apple Watch

If you’re like me and you are working remotely, mostly likely you are required to keep track of your work. If so, you can easily set a chime on your Apple Watch to help you keep track of your day.

Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Go to SETTINGS
  3. Scroll and tap on CHIMES
  4. Activate Chimes by tapping on it.
  5. Tap on SCHEDULE to set the chime for hourly, 30 minutes or 15 minutes
  6. Tap on SOUNDS to set the sound to bells or birds
  7. If you don’t want the chime to make a sound you can swipe up on your watch face and tap the bell to silence sound. This will alert you with a vibrate for the chime.

If you would like discover more cool tips and tricks with your Apple Watch, try some of these books from Amazon:

Logitech’s Keys-to-Go Is Your Go-to Keyboard

I try out a lot of keyboards and have a very strict review of the keyboards that I test. When I first was introduced to the Logitech Keys-To-Go keyboard, I wasn’t sure it would make the cut. I was wrong. This keyboard is amazing and definitely worth considering if you want to take a keyboard with you on-the-go. No, isn’t a full-size keyboard but I will tell you from my experience that once you start using this keyboard, you won’t really miss the size difference.

The keyboard is only 1/4 inch thick and 9 1/2 inches long which makes it the perfect choice if you want to throw it in your backpack or purse. I have even slipped it into a file folder – yes, it’s that thin. It’s also very durable with a covering that’s perfect for on-the-go travel. Its liquid-repellent secure seal protects the keyboard from spills, crumbs, and dirt. You can easily clean the keyboard.

Keys-To-Go connects easily to your iPhone, iPad, AppleTV and Android devices. You can type for up to three months without having to recharge the battery. A battery level indicator light tells you when it’s time to recharge and with the included USB charging cable, charging is easy.

I was impressed with the typing experience since I am a fast typist. It is also very quiet. No clicky keys to disturb people around you. Some days I leave the keyboard paired with my iphone so I can respond to text messages throughout the day without picking up my phone.

The only things that I would say negative about the keyboard that aren’t really deal breakers are that the keyboard can move around on slick surfaces and the keys aren’t backlit for using in low light conditions. Again, not really deal breakers but things you should know.

The keyboard comes with a stand that connects and holds your phone but the angle really doesn’t work plus if you have a case for your phone it won’t be very useful. If you are using this keyboard for your phone, I would recommend you have a phone case with a kickstand.

The cost for the keyboard averages between $40-$70 but I think it’s worth the money. If you are a minimalist and need a mobile solution for a quality keyboard, Keys-to-Go is the one you should purchase.

  • Pros
    • Very compact
    • Quiet keyboard
    • Long battery life
    • Spill-proof
  • Cons
    • Not stable on slick surfaces
    • No backlight
    • Included phone stand not really functional