KeyFolio Thin X3: Keyboard for iPad Air that charges your smartphone

Kensington has unveiled a thin portfolio for the iPad Air with a keyboard that has an unusual feature that business travelers will appreciate.
Written by James Kendrick, Contributor

Accessory maker Kensington has introduced a portfolio with a keyboard for the iPad Air that is packed with functionality. The KeyFolio Thin X3 is a protective folio-style case with a keyboard that turns the iPad Air into a full work system. It can also step in and serve as a mobile charger for a smartphone.

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The folks at Kensington set out to design a thin portfolio with a full keyboard for the iPad Air that is packed with features. Open up the KeyFolio Thin X3 and set the iPad Air into the groove for typing and the keyboard with six rows of keys automatically turns on. Need to use the iPad Air without the keyboard? Just fold the tablet over the keyboard and use it as a tablet.

Using the X3 and realize your smartphone battery is dying? Plug the phone into the side of the KeyFolio Thin X3 and charge it using the internal battery of the keyboard case. This is a first for a mobile keyboard for the iPad Air and a perfect solution for the business traveler on those long travel days.

"The KeyFolio Thin family perfectly matches the sleek design of the iPad Air in a minimal, form-fitting keyboard case that cradles the device like a glove,” said Jim Murakami, Global Product Manager at Kensington. “But what really sets them apart are the productivity features. We carefully considered how users typically interact with their keyboard case, and then built them with this in mind. And with PowerLift in the X3, we love that our customers will never again panic when they see their phone’s battery drop below 10 percent. Take that, battery life worries!"

The Kensington KeyFolio Thin X3 is available for preorder from the company for $99.99. We are currently testing it at ZDNet and will have a full review shortly.

The new Thin line of cases includes two X2 models that are similar to the X3 without the phone charging functions. The X2 Plus has a backlit keyboard ($99.99) and the X2 without the backlighting ($89.99).

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