Monday, June 24, 2013
The SHARKK Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad and other devices
It is rare that I find a tech device worthy of mentioning here on the Shaggy Feetz. This is one of those rare occasions that I have a new toy and have to share the joy it has brought me. I received an iPad for Christmas, which has left my laptop mostly collecting dust. The only time i crack my laptop open is if i have photos to edit in photoshop or to upload to my photography website. The iPad and it's camera proved to be the perfect addition to my blogging arsenal. The only complaint I have had so far is that the on-screen keyboard is a pain in the tush to use to type something as lengthy as a cigar review. I saw a few of the bluetooth options at the local office supply store while picking up a new desk for the home office, but they carried a price tag larger than I was willing to pay for convenience. Me being the Amazon fanboy I am, jumped online and did a quick search to see what my other options were. After viewing what felt like hundreds of bluetooth keyboards, I decided on the sharkk keyboard. This item was listed as being the newest model, which has an aluminum top just like the Apple branded keyboard. I preferred the durability of the aluminum top to painted plastic offered on some of the other models I found. I have had the keyboard for a week or so and have very much enjoyed it so far. I haven't experienced the lag that some people spoke of in the reviews on Amazon. It was super easy to set up, all you have to do is start a pairing session and input a code on the keyboard. It has function or command keys that control a lot of the features of the iPad. The best part to me is the fact that it can be paired to the iPad, iPod, pc, and android based devices. I also ordered a camera connect kit for the iPad (review may come soon if it is worthy) that allows me to connect usb jump drives and access sd and micro sd cards. That means I can import pictures to my iPad that have been taken with my DSLR camera and use the iPad version of photoshop if the pictures only need light editing. To me, that opens up a wealth of possibilities that the iPad was previously incapable of handling. Only time will tell if this new toy for the iPad is durable but it feels pretty sturdy. This updated model uses a built-in rechargeable battery instead of you having to use 2 AAA batteries. I kind of like being able to swap batteries out if I need to but it charges in a couple of hours and will go weeks between charges with moderate use. The Sharkk bluetooth keyboard was 19.99 and shipped for free with Amazon Super Saver shipping. If you are in the market for an external keyboard for any device that supports bluetooth, I highly recommend the sharkk bluetooth keyboard. It is highly functional and at a price that won't hurt the wallet.