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I got to check out some of the new top of the line gear and the best screen protection technology has been producing while at CES at the beginning of the year.  I have always wondered why individuals take a gorgeous product like the new iPhone 5 and slap the ugliest and size negating case over these phenomenal Apple products.

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While there is always a lag getting out new cases for any gadget Zagg already has the iPhone 5 Screen Protector available!  While most of us treat these new and very costly devices with the care they require micro scratches and dings from other items in our pockets or bags.  Zagg’s Screen protectors are the very best and every invisibleSHIELD purchase comes with a Lifetime Replacement Guarantee demonstrating Zagg’s confidence in their products.

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I recently purchased the Logitech iPad 2 Bluetooth keyboard which was part of the 1Saleaday deal.  It showed up on Friday and I anxiously opened the package and plugged it in while I took care of a few other things. Later when I had a moment to play with my new toy I was immediately disappointed as the full second row of keys (QWERTYUIOP[]\) weren’t working.

From there I immediately did what anyone would do…searched to see who’d already solved the problem. Two main things popped up…Bluetooth paring issues or Keyboard ribbon connection. I quickly rechecked the Bluetooth pairing by “Forgetting” the keyboard from the iPads Bluetooth configuration and went through “Pairing” it once again. No improvement.

From there since I’d spent $25 dollars on this refurbished item I considered the option to return/refund not worth the time compared to potentially fixing it by removing the keyboard from it’s aluminum shell. So that is what I commenced doing. I carefully peeled the pads (that protect the iPad edges) from the edge around the keyboard. This then provided access to be able to gently pry the keyboard out of the aluminum shell. It was stuck in there fairly well and took a knife to cut and separate the sticky tape that was used to adhere the two components.

What you find under the keyboard is a small component board with the switch components, the Bluetooth radio and the keyboard ribbon connection. I carefully peeled the tape that was covering this component board up and inspected the board. Then I removed the 2 screws that were holding it in place. From there I carefully pushed the plastic connector for the ribbon holder so it would release the ribbon. I carefully reseated it toward one end of the connector (think left justified).

This actually made the performance worse. But I was on to something. From there I disconnected the ribbon again and this time aligned it to the other end (right justified). I started testing the keys…and presto! Everything is working and this post is the simple test to ensure it is meeting the expectations. I must say the response time is very good and the ability to type faster than the onscreen keyboard is awesome. Now I can use the iPad the way I usually to and if I want a bit more flexibility to create content I have the keyboard to assist.

Very pleased especially for $25 (compared to the $99 MSRP).

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1Saleaday has the Logitech iPad 2 Keyboard case with Bluetooth for $25 shipped.  This is the same product that Zagg puts out that Logitech sells.  I’ve been looking to make my new iPad (Gen 3) more of a creation device and this solution will work perfectly (especially at this awesome price point).   The key is that you’ve only got 14 hours left (or before they sell out).  And yes this will work with both the iPad 2 and the New iPad (Gen 3).

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