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Kensington KeyFolio Thin X3 review: Charge your iPhone with this iPad keyboard case

Jason Cipriani | June 8, 2015
In an increasingly competitive market, Bluetooth keyboard manufacturers have to seek out ways to differentiate themselves from the competition. The forced innovation has lead to a range of products that extend a keyboard's functionality well beyond that of a tool to aide in typing.

And when the battery in the KeyFolio started to get low, it stopped charging my iPhone, but still allowed me to use the keyboard.

If it weren't for the small Micro-USB to standard USB adapter that's required to connect another device to the keyboard's battery, this feature would be perfect. I understand why the adapter is warranted; it's the only way to keep the KeyFolio Thin X3 so, well, thin. I just wish there was another way.

The adapter is roughly 6-inches in length, and serves its purpose well. However, I can already see myself losing it while traveling, or misplacing it at home. Beggars can't be choosers, right? I'll take the feature and run with it — at least until I lose the cable.

Bottom line

The KeyFolio Thin X3 for iPad Air 2 is the best folio-style keyboard I've used thus far. I never felt like I was struggling when typing, and the added functionality of being both a protective case and a spare battery only sweetens the pot.

This is one keyboard-case-battery combo that holds its weight.

 

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