By Todd Bernhard on Tue, 03/04/2014
I am always swapping cases for my iPad mini, depending on the occasion. Sometimes I need crush-proof protection. Maybe even water-resistant protection, too. Other times I need an integrated keyboard. Sometimes I want the flexibility of a built-in stand with multiple orientations. And other times I want a rubberized exterior for a reliable grip.
Fortunately, I've just learned of a case that meets all of these needs at once, and it's on sale now for more than 50 percent off, making it a great deal. The Airbender from New Trent ($49.95) is an all-in-one case that transforms the iPad mini into a touchscreen "netbook" with all kinds of desirable features. I finally had a chance to try it, and it's a great, versatile case. Really it's more than a case. It's a "system" with multiple configurations to suit your need. If you want a clamshell with keyboard, they've got you covered. If you want a rugged tablet case, it fits the bill. And if you want a fully adjustable stand, you can display your iPad mini in just about any orientation.
The Airbender's rubberized exterior makes the Airbender easy to grip. The polymer shell is said to be crush proof and water resistant, thanks to rubberized protectors for the various ports. A snap-in keyboard connects using Bluetooth and recharges via the included microUSB cable. The chiclet-style keys are better than most membrane style alternatives for touch typing.
I mentioned that the case is a clamshell design, but through clever engineering the unit can be split in two parts—the iPad mini protective shell and the keyboard component. This allows for maximum flexibility, such as portrait view while using the keyboard as well as holding the tablet like a clipboard. This is a great feature that I imagine will come in handy.
A nice touch is the aluminum stand that rotates for vertical or horizontal positioning. If you understandably only want to buy a single case, the Airbender has just about every feature you could want, including a low introductory price of $49.95 instead of $90!