Cygnett Keypad Review: Typing on the go

When it comes to writing emails and documents on the iPad, the iPad virtual keyboard can be tricky especially if you use the symbols. Sometimes I miss having the symbols just a button press away. This is why portable keyboards have become very popular. You can get cases with keyboards built in or you can get Bluetooth keypads, both of which take messy wires out of the equation. Which is better? Well it all depends on what you want to get out of it. We thought we’d test the Cygnett Keypad.

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Cygnett is an Australian brand who provides accessories for the iPad and iPhone. For business travellers and anyone that types on the go, the Cygnett Keypad is extremely portable and light. It was only 200g, less than half a bag of sugar. You will have no issues packing this and it will add a minuscule weight to your bag. It is also very easy to setup. I was paired and typing away within minutes. It is easy to recharge as it uses a USB cables. This differs from the Apple Wireless Keyboard as that uses batteries which can be rechargeable. I do not want to be mid-typing only for a keypad to die on me so this is welcome feature. The battery on the Cygnett Keypad lasts for 120 hours on a full charge which is very commendable.

The only thing I found on the downside was it has very small keys. I found it quite hard to type accurately at a fast speed on the Keypad. It does have a full QWERTY keyboard and numerical keys, it’s just so small. It is something you need to get used to. As there is trade off with portability and keyboard, the suitability of the keypad for you depends on your use. If you travel a lot and do not type for long periods of time, this is perfect.

The Cygnett Keypad is compatible with all the iPads, iPhone 4 & 4S and iPhones 3G and 3GS. You can get it here here and various other online stores.

Cygnett’s new affordable headphone range: Perfect for Swan Songs

Cygnett are old hands at the mobile phone accessories game – having produced a range of affordable yet innovative cases and covers for things like iPhones and Blackberries in the past (check out their Sound Scoop case for the iPad 2 that emulates the sound boost you get from cupping a speaker with your hand). One of the most essential mobile phone accessories for me are headphones, so I was pleased when Cygnett annouced they were getting into the headphone game with a new range.

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A few highlights include:

The Fusion II headphones, which are engineered with sound-isolation technology and superior bass response coupled with feature a built-in microphone with remote click to enable hands-free talk. Like most of these earphones the Fusion II comes in at £19.95.

The GroovePlatinum offer sharp sound and noise isolation but mostly seem to differ from the Fusion II in terms of design. Also £19.95.The SpaceBuds earphones are nice little compact in-ear headphones and come in a striking black and orange colour. They are also the cheapest in the range, retailing at £9.95.

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At the other end of the spectrum lie the Sonic headphones, which feature powerful bass and dynamic sound quality. The sound-isolation technologyis create a clearer listening experience through blocking out background noise – though as with all noise-isolation units I’d advise you test them first to see how they blend with your surroundings. The Sonic headphones retail at £39.95

For more info head to cygnett.com

Cygnett Rotating Armour iPad 2 case review

In typical Steve Job’s fashion, Apple’s launch of the iPad 2 was accompanied with much fan fare coupled with a slap in the face for third-party developers and accessory makers who’d been suckling at the iPad 1’s teat for the past year. Not only was the iPad 2’s form factor radically different to the iPad 1 making many existing products incompatible but Apple released the SmartCover, an excellent and innovative protection solution for the iPad 2. Not only did they have first-mover advantage but they’d also come out of the gate with an incredibly strong offering.

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However, like all Apple products, there were numerous omissions and various problems that certain groups were vocal about – funky as SmartCovers may be they don’t provide the best level of protection for your precious new toy.

Enter Cygnett, provider of innovative and stylish accessories for tablets, smartphones and MP3 players, who have launched the Rotating Armour case for the iPad 2. We had a play with it at the Gadget Show but it’s out and in actual shops now.

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The case boasts automatic activation of the tablet’s wake/sleep function when the case is opened or closed, which is by far my favourite feature of my SmartCover, as well as three viewing angles for the popular Apple tablet.

The case’s multiple viewing angles, in both portrait and landscape positions are incredibly convenient. FaceTime chat, watching movies, internet surfing and strain-free typing are enjoyable and comfortable experiences with the Rotating Armour case.

The design of the Rotating Armour draws attention to the Apple logo on the back of the tablet. Made from an extremely tough microsuede-lined cover, the case protects the iPad 2 from wear and tear, while the heavy-duty design enables safe and easy transportation of the tablet. A secure clasp and locking strap keep the tablet safe at all times and it looks pretty suave and business-like if that’s your thing.

Available in black with orange or black with grey, the latest in Cygnett’s line of iPad 2 cases also ensures that all functions of the iPad 2 remain operational when it is securely fastened in the Rotating Armour, which includes front/rear camera openings and the speaker vent.

The new Cygnett Rotating Armour is priced at £39.95 and is available now from Tesco and Amazon.