Date: Wednesday, July 6th, 2011, 10:28
Category: Accessory, Hardware, iPad, Review
By Pierce Case
For over a year now, iPad users have wanted an alternative to their virtual keyboard.
Now there is because Adonit just announced the release of the new Writer 2 for the iPad 2. The Adonit, an idea brought to reality by two guys who were from Apple and Microsoft, was presented to the venture capital gurus at Kickstarter.com, who provided the funds to make this idea a reality.
Now all those people who have wanted such a option (and do a lot of writing for blogs) can breathe a sigh of relief — the Writer2 for the iPad 2 is now available.
The only difference between Adonit’s Writer and the Writer 2 is in its size. Still, I’ve been testing for the last three days and there are some great things about it. The keyboard is amazing to type on and the device is easy enough to set up (users must configure their iPad 2 to use the wireless Bluetooth). Simply throw in three triple AAA batteries (you need to insert them in the top right hand side by unscrewing the special bolt, tighten it up with a penny or nickel, press the top left hand round button and you’re ready to go.
During the testing period I got to really admire the time these guys put into designing this. There is a custom lever to raise the keyboard up and down so your typing needs can be met. I brought the Writer2 out to a restaurant to test it out and people were just blown away with it. You basically now have the ability to really get some serious work done with the Writer 2.
A slew of keyboard shortcuts allow you to get what you want out of your apps. A square button on the top left of the keyboard allows you to use the virtual keyboard if you want. I was also impressed with the comfort and design of this Writer 2 which also wins brownie points for being made out of environmentally responsible material.
The Writer 2 retails for US$99.00 and from my firsthand experiences, has turned out to be an amazing product that many iPad2 users out there will enjoy.
Its time has come.
In fact, this review was done on the Adonit Writer2. Now that is what I
- Keyboard can be adjusted to the way you type. This translates to a
better experience for each person.
- Smart pad cover built into it protects the front screen.
- Goes to sleep automatically if you close it completely.
- Keyboard shortcuts allow you to get in and out of your apps.
- Well made enough to feel comfortable carrying it around, despite its light weight.
- Runs on AAA batteries but lasted for three days of testing given off-and-on use.
- Ran into problems with locking the battery port, but eventually got the hang of
- If you don’t completely cover the case the screen will stay on.