What you need to know
- ESR has a new keyboard case designed for the new iPad Air 5.
- The keyboard case includes a trackpad and detachable shell.
- Users can expect up to two months of battery life.
ESR has announced its first magnetic keyboard case and it’s done it for Apple’s refreshed iPad Air along with the 11-inch iPad Pro.
The popular accessory maker ESR has announced a new keyboard case designed for the updated iPad Air.
While it may be marketed specifically as an iPad Air 5 accessory, ESR’s first magnetic keyboard case is also compatible with the older iPad Air as well as Apple’s 11-inch iPad Pro, making it a versatile little thing. It’s only available in black, unfortunately, but it does come with an integrated trackpad and full Apple Pencil support, so there’s that.
Unlike some similar cases and keyboards, the ESR Ascend Keyboard Case can also support the iPad being stood in portrait mode while typing, something that is a huge deal for people who want to be able to write on something that looks more like a piece of paper than a screen. Old typewriter vibes, anyone?
Magnetic mounting allows you to swap easily between portrait and landscape orientations. Easily edit documents without needing to use split-screen mode or join that Zoom meeting in an optimal orientation.
That built-in trackpad supports multi-touch and the keyboard has seven different backlight colors and three brightness modes for people to choose from. All of that’s impressive indeed, as is the two-month battery life and USB-C charging.
Even with the keyboard removed the Ascend Keyboard Case offers protection thanks to the detachable shell and overall this looks like a worthy option for people who need a keyboard for their iPad, but don’t always want to carry it around.