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Best iPad® Air Accessories – iPad Air extras from Kensington

iPad® Air accessories from Kensington

Launched in November 2013, Apple’s fifth generation iPad is arguably the most significant physical overhaul to the main line since 2011’s iPad 2. 22% lighter, thanks to thinner components and a case thickness of just 7.5 millimeters, it successfully retains industry leading features such as the iconic ‘retina’ screen while offering better performance than any other iPad model available to date. The following versions are available:

  • iPad Air (Wi-Fi) 16, 32, 64, 128 GB
  • iPad Air (Wi-Fi/Cellular) 16, 32, 64, 128 GB

Note that the ‘Cellular’ name is used to reflect the fact that this version of the iPad Air supports 4G networks, but also functions perfectly well in 3G mode – essential, considering that 4G coverage in most locations is minimal.

Key iPad Air features and suggested accessories

Accessories for the typical iPad® Air user

Who is the typical iPad Air user? While the beauty of Apple’s design approach is undoubtedly that anyone can use, enjoy and aspire to own one, increasing competition and the availability of a wider range of iPads mean that this cutting-edge tablet has become an increasingly exclusive device.

The typical iPad Air user accepts no compromises: they’re willing to invest good money in quality workmanship, for the fastest, best looking machine that money can buy.

The task of making accessories for such a device – and such a user – is not a simple one. Any case, stylus or even cable that doesn’t match the iPad Air for quality and add significant functionality is (quite rightly) not welcome.

Cases, folios and keyboard cases

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Cases, folios and keyboard cases

The iPad Air is a fantastic-looking device, and we’re sure that you’ll want it to stay that way – but you’ll also want to protect it from ugly looking covers just as much as you want to keep it free of scrapes and scratches. We’ve designed a wide range of options, all built to complement Apple’s workmanship, while offering you opportunities for personalization.

Best all-rounder

Best all-rounder

Our Comercio™ Soft Folio Case is designed for the iPad Air user who wants lightweight protection from light damage: you don’t plan on dropping a rock on your device, so why would you undermine what is surely one of the biggest selling points of the Air? Available a series of tasteful colors, this attractive, book-style folio offers all-round protection with a reinforced corners and a built-in two-position stand.

Best for protection

Best for protection

Designed for the peace of mind of the iPad user who wants to use their device everywhere, the Comercio™ Hard Folio Case adds a little weight and improves overall protection for your iPad Air with an accurately molded back cover. Via the use of silicone grips, it offers a stand with infinite viewing angles. Comes in a similar range of colors to the soft folio.

Best for light-use

Best for light-use

Covering only the essentials for those who just want a dependable cover, the CornerCase™ features back protection, reinforced corners and a raised bezel to offer a degree of screen protection. Design lovers will appreciate how the range of transparent silicones on offer allow you to continue to show off your iPad Air.

Best for style and productivity

Best for style and productivity

The KeyFolio Exact™ is the ultimate option for style-conscious iPad Air owners: adding mere millimeters to the ultra-thin tablet, it still manages to provide all-round protection with a stand and a high-quality laptop-style keyboard. A ‘plus’ variant offers a keyboard backlight with 7 selectable colors – ostensibly for typing in low light, but usually used simply because it looks cool.

The ultimate iPad Air case

The ultimate iPad Air case

Our KeyFolio Pro™ places a little more emphasis on protection and productivity, with a little added bulk: it has a classic folio look that is a worthy alternative to the Exact’s slightly more bespoke design.

Best for practicality

Best for practicality

Showing off your tablet is all well and good, but business users who want to travel light with everything the need in one place may choose the KeyFolio™ Executive. With premium materials selected to stand alongside executive luggage, this folio features similar functionality to its peers, while adding plenty of pockets and a zip to keep everything in place.

Best for light but varied use

Best for light but varied use

The KeyCover™ is a striking brushed aluminum case with embedded keyboard that will keep your screen protected while in transit, while offering you fantastic functionality at the push of a button.

iPad® Air stands

We’ve integrated stand functionality into the majority of our cases, folios and keyboard case designs (see above). Why? Because being able to sit away from your tablet while watching a movie in landscape mode, or being able to use both hands when browsing a website in portrait mode is essential functionality that you’ll come to expect from your device.

Do I need a screen protector?

Cheap transparent films applied to protect your tablet’s screen from scratches and smeared fingerprints, mainstream screen protectors are a popular but frustrating accessory. Difficult to apply without unsightly bubbling, they’re prone to discoloration and collecting dirt.

“Screen protector” is something of a misnomer – considering that the iPad Air uses aluminosilicate glass (one common brand name being ‘Gorilla Glass’) a material specifically designed to resist scratches, your screen doesn’t really need an extra layer of protection. However, as user protectors they’re quite useful – if multiple people are using a tablet, being able to regularly replace the surface they touch is a hygiene essential.

How a stylus can enhance your experience

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How a stylus can enhance your experience

Why should you get a stylus for your iPad Air? The benefits aren’t solely about keeping oily fingers away from the glass: a stylus provides an extra level of precision that opens up your tablet to new uses:

  • With notetaking apps you can use your own handwriting – quicker than touchscreen typing and more legible than a fingertip scrawl
  • Pin-point precision ensures you’ll never again hit the wrong link on a web page
  • Download an art app (such as Inspire Pro, Adobe Ideas or Tayasui Sketch) and a stylus transforms an iPad Air into a fully-fledged artpad. The end result is endlessly more portable than a lugging around a traditional graphics tablet with a laptop, or a paper pad with the pencils, pens, paints and other materials available in each app

Kensington’s stylus range includes a wide range of stylish colors and patterns to help you bring a little individuality to your device – and many of our cases feature a convenient place to stow your pen if you’ve run out of space in your pocket or bag.

Always ready with Kensington chargers and cables

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Always ready with Kensington chargers and cables

So, you’ve invested in a lightweight device that demands to be used in every conceivable setting. The problem is, those electrifying good looks won’t keep you charged indefinitely. iPad Air battery life is around the 10 hour mark even when using the internet or watching video, but you’ll need to get to a socket sooner or later.

Kensington’s chargers and cables for iPad Air are an affordable and dependable alternative to the official Apple options – and a safer one too, considering the huge number of poorly made, counterfeit Apple chargers on the market. Add ingenious extra functionality into the mix, and Kensington becomes the logical choice.

Essential accessories for businesses

As the current cutting-edge Apple device, and with a long history of business focused applications, there are many compelling reasons why businesses would consider deploying iPad Air – Apple even have a page stressing the device’s compatibility with IT systems and showcasing its productivity benefits.

Understanding iPad® Air Security

While on a software level Apple have made a device that is far from being a security risk, they’ve made one that is particularly at risk of theft. To this end, Kensington have made a product mindful of security in the workplace, protecting your business from opportunistic theft.

For larger businesses and organizations, we’ve created Secure Charge & Sync Cabinets. With 10 mains-supplied slots compatible with the entire iPad family, this ventilated, stackable storage crate keeps your devices secure behind a tamper-resistant door.

Our Tablet Security page includes many options for maintaining portability while securing individual devices.

iPad® Air anywhere - Rugged cases for classrooms and workplaces

Apple have made a concerted effort to keep the iPad Air highly durable despite its thinness, but in classrooms and outdoor working contexts, their expertise only goes so far. Ruggedize your iPad Air with our range of highly durable, easy-grip cases and your device will live to fight another day.

Best for rough-handling

Best for rough-handling

Whether being passed around in the classroom or brought onto the building site, our BlackBelt Rugged Cases will keep your tablet safe. All cases offer military-grade drop protection and superior grip either through slip-resistant materials or a built-in hand strap. Upgrade to 2nd Degree cases for even more features, including stands, port and screen protectors and more.

Best for kids

Best for kids

With countless great apps and games for kids, the iPad Air is already a family favorite – wrapped in a thick padded case with an easy-grip handle, a screen protector and available in a range of kid-friendly colors, our SafeGrip cases provide ample child-proofing that will keep your child ahead in work and play.