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Touchfire iPad keyboard improves text entry efficiency with no added bulk

I backed the Touchfire Kickstarter project and spent the last week using this slick silicone overlay. I like carrying my iPad without too much added bulk and the Touchfire helps me enter text efficiently.
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By Matthew Miller, Contributor on
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Touchfire retail package

The Touchfire comes in a compact cardboard box with the name and logo on the front.

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Instruction sheet and storage case

There is a handy trifold instruction sheet that has all you need to get started. The Touchfire comes in a handy storage case, similar to a pencil case.


There is a handy trifold instruction sheet that has all you need to get started. The Touchfire comes in a handy storage case, similar to a pencil case.

There is a handy trifold instruction sheet that has all you need to get started. The Touchfire comes in a handy storage case, similar to a pencil case.

There is a handy trifold instruction sheet that has all you need to get started. The Touchfire comes in a handy storage case, similar to a pencil case.

There is a handy trifold instruction sheet that has all you need to get started. The Touchfire comes in a handy storage case, similar to a pencil case.

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Detailed instruction sheet

Read this first to get setup. You will also see instructions on how to use the keyboard and even wash the keyboard if it gets dirty over time.

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Touchfire storage, extra adhesive, and caution note

Touchfire includes six extra adhesive stickers to reattach the clips. A caution sheet is also included.

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3M adhesive stickers

Two stickers are attached to the keyboard in the box and these six extras can be used if you need to reposition the clips that attach to the Smart Cover.

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Touchfire folded up in the storage case

The Touchfire is folded in half inside the storage case. It is extremely flexible and light.

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Touchfire silicone material

This photo shows the general design of the silicone keyboard overlay.

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Clips with adhesive

These clips attach to the underside of your Smart Cover to help hold the Touchfire when you are not using it.

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Peeling off the adhesive sticker

Peel off the adhesive backing and then place your Smart Cover on your iPad to attach the clips to your cover.

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Touchfire on the iPad

This photo shows the Touchfire in place on my iPad. As you can see is lays right over the top of the iOS keyboard. You display is still visible and usable.

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Cover clips attached to the Smart Cover

The clips stick to the Smart Cover with the 3M sticker.

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Close up of the clip

The clip is used to hold the Touchfire upper piece to your Smart Cover.

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Touchfire against the Smart Cover

If you don't want to use the Touchfire you can have it secured to your Smart Cover.

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Touchfire close up

This photo shows the detailed design and layout of the Touchfire.

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Touchfire over iOS keyboard

The Touchfire fits directly over the iOS keyboard. Here you can see how each key has four cells for tactile feedback.

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Raised keys

The keys on the Touchfire are raised just enough to help you rest your fingers on the keyboard for fast text entry.

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Right side, smooth shift key

There are no cells under the shift keys and the area under the space bar is smooth.

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