Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover is a slim bluetooth keyboard for iPad – $90-$100
The iPad is often labelled as a device made for consuming rather than creating. With an external keyboard like this incredibly slim one from Logitech, the iPad transforms into a whole new device. No matter how fast you manage to input text with the on-screen keyboard, hardware buttons are easier and faster to use for most people.
The popular Ultrathin Keyboard Cover has been around for a while now, but Logitech just announced an updated version that is both thinner (6.4mm) and lighter than the previous model. It now features a new multi-angle slot that lets you use your iPad in the viewing angle you prefer. The keyboard also works as a screen cover as it clips on to your iPad using magnets. The combination of an iPad and the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover is almost like using a very small laptop, powered by iOS. It is available in Space Grey or Silver and there are versions for both iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display.
Lumio Book Lamp is a beautiful, portable LED lamp disguised as a book – $160
It looks like an old book with wooden covers and it’s a thing of beauty even when closed. But when you open the book up there’s no story to read. Instead, you’re greeted by a bright, warm light as the book transforms into a stunning LED lamp.
Lumio is powered by a rechargeable battery so it can be used as a portable light source wherever you need it. It can be opened to form different shapes, and the included leather strap and the built-in magnet lets you use it in an unlimited number of situations, places and ways. As with many other products featured on this site, Lumio started as a Kickstarter project. It left the crowd funding phase about a year ago and the company now has an online store up and running. My own Lumio is currently making its way over the Atlantic Ocean and I can’t wait to start using it in my home.
Photos don’t do the device justice so be sure to check out this video presentation:
SteelSeries Stratus is a wireless gaming controller for iOS devices – $79.99
When Apple announced Bluetooth controller support in iOS 7 I got excited about all the possibilities that this would bring. I play a lot of games on my iPad but I have stayed away from most of the ones that require advanced, on-screen controls. Virtual controls just don’t work as well as I’m used to, growing up with Nintendo, SEGA, XBOX and Playstation gaming systems. But now, with this new move by Apple, everything would change for iOS, right?
Well, a few quite good gaming controllers have been released lately, but most of them are just hardware add-ons for the iPhone. Since I do most of my gaming on an iPad I wanted a standalone, wireless controller and that’s exactly what SteelSeries have made with the Stratus. It connects to your iOS device using Bluetooth and gives you about 10 hours of gameplay on every charge. Despite the relatively small design it still packs dual analog sticks, a d-pad and all the buttons you will ever need in a game.
There is still no way to filter out games that support gaming controllers in the App Store, but two of my favorite games are Oceanhorn and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Now let’s all hope that Apple decides to make an App Store for Apple TV and lets us use these gaming controllers to play iOS games on our TVs. This would be a serious competition to XBOX One, Playstation 4 etc.
Bellroy Card Sleeve is a slim leather wallet for your most important cards – €49
While not quite as thin as the previously recommended Supr Good Slim Wallet, the Card Sleeve by Bellroy is definitely a product that plays in the same division. This is a minimal wallet for anyone who prefers to only carry cards, but you can easily store a few folded bills in either of the three pockets if you really have to.
The main compartment will fit anything from just a few cards up to about 10. It also features a pull tab that allows for much easier access compared to the Supr Good Slim Wallet. There are two additional pockets on the front and back that will hold those two cards that you need really fast access to.
The soft, premium leather is vegetable tanned and available in five different colors. I use this daily as my main wallet and it’s just the perfect solution for me.