SHARKK iPad Mini Keyboard Case

Full disclosure.  Since I got the iPad Mini I’ve used my larger Retina iPad very little.  Like, not at all.  I simply adore the portability the Mini offers.  For writing on the iPad, large or small, I’m one who prefers a real keyboard to do so, as apposed to the iPad’s virtual keyboard.  The SHARKK iPad Mini Keyboard Case is designed perfectly for the Mini iPad.  It’s lightweight and durable and is an excellent compliment to what’s becoming a daily drive device for me personally.

Click on through for my full review.

Here’s what the company has to say about the SHARKK iPad Mini Keyboard Case.

Product Features

  • Keyboard is made out of high quality aluminum. Lon lasting Built in lithium battery lets you enjoy without interruption . Charging time is only 4-5 hours.
  • iPad goes into the keyboard when not being used and is a great case and keyboard for the iPad.
  • Made by SHARKK Brands. Customized with sleep/wake hibernation mode when case is on the tablet.
  • USB cable included for charging.
  • Works with all iPad MINI models

Inside the packaging you’ll find the case along with a recharging cable, manual, screen protector and micro fiber cloth.

Yep, you read right.  The SHARKK iPad Mini Keyboard Case includes a full sized, crystal clear screen shield for the iPad.  Can you say instant win?  Very few iPad cases come with screen protectors and this is a keyboard case to boot which is even rarer.

The exterior of the case features a slate finish that feels like metal.  It would match up great with the black version of the iPad Mini.  It looks good with the white Mini too though.

Before using the case you’ll need to charge it up.  This is done with the included micro USB cable.  It takes about 4-5 hours to completely recharge the case and once you’ve done so you should be able to use it for several days before having to recharge it again.

You’ll also need to pair up the keyboard to your iPad via the Bluetooth settings.  This only needs to be done once.  It’s quite a simple process.  First head to the Bluetooth settings in your Mini.  Then press the connect button on the keyboard and wait for it to appear on your Mini. Then tap it to select and pair the two together.

To use the case simply prop your iPad Mini into the slot found towards the back or top of the SHARKK iPad Mini Keyboard Case.

The case’s keys are small, but so is the Mini.  I’d guess that they are about half the size of keys found on a full sized keyboard.  There aren’t any iPad specific keys found on the keyboard other than a Home Button key located to the left of the space bar.

When you’re not using the keyboard it’s intelligent and put itself to sleep.  When you’d like to use it again simply touch a key wakes the keyboard back up.

Check out my full video review below…


The SHARKK iPad Mini Keyboard Case’s keys are small.  There’s no denying it.  If you have large hands you’ll probably struggle with typing on it.  I’m a “hunt and peck” typer as it is and basically only use two fingers to type with anyway so it didn’t become much of an issue for me.  If you want to keep things slim and sleek and turn your iPad Mini into a portable blogging machine you’ll want to check out the SHARKK iPad Mini Keyboard Case.

You can learn more about the SHARKK iPad Mini Keyboard Case by visiting this page on Amazon.

MSRP:  $39.99

PROS:  Lightweight.  Inexpensive.  Comes with screen shield.

CONS:  No iPad specific keys other than home button.  Keys are very small.

 

Larry

Larry has always had a passion for gear and gadgets. It all started for him with the release of the very first Palm Pilot. He has always had an interest in handheld electronics. From handheld PDAs, to cell phones, Mp3 players, watches and other products, Larry is the first person his friends, family and colleagues call when they need advice on tech.

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  • orthorim

    Looks like a fine product; totally agree that the mini is the winner, the one to get; I prefer it over my 3 as well.
    Just a comment on the screen protector – what is the point of putting a soft, easily scratched “protector” on top of an extra hard glass surface? I see all these screen protectors on iDevices, and all they really do is make the screen look worse.

    • lgreenberg

      Well these screens do scratch. If you can install a shield so that it looks as though there isn’t one installed I think it’s worth it.

      • orthorim

        There seems to be a basic misunderstanding of physics at work here. Steel cannot scratch glass. Anything hard enough to scratch glass – sand, for example – will also scratch your soft plastic screen protector.
        I’ve “fixed” scratches for friends iPhones – it was very easy, I just removed their “screen protector” and voila, all the scratches were gone.
        At one point Apple even wanted to ban screen protectors, the snake oil of the tech era….

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  • Tracey pooh

    Great review! Does the tray use any magnet/close features to auto lock/unlock the mini when you join/unjoin the two together?

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