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New Trent Airbender Pro review

For those of you who haven’t come across the name of New Trent, let me give you a little background. New Trent prides itself on providing a wide range of rugged, dependable accessories for Apple products and is widely trusted for such use due to it being certified by Apple, under their Made for iPhone program.

New Trent Airbender Pro Review

New Trent Airbender Pro

The New Kid on the Block

In 2014 New Trent introduced the Airbender Pro – a hardwearing bluetooth keyboard case for the iPad Air and iPad 5. This product follows on from a long range of Airbender products, all designed to make the use of the iPad even easier (if possible) with the use of an external keyboard, strong clamshell case and adjustable stand. New Trent has aimed the Airbender Pro at those who rely on their iPad for their work as well as for social needs. As their website states, this is for ‘extreme’ users.

[Read reviews on Airbender Pro]

Why Bring Out the Pro?

With four models made before it by New Trent, and countless by other manufacturers, what extra does the Airbender Pro have to offer? As with all of the best designers, New Trent is constantly trying to keep up with the newest technology whilst improving any little quirks or niggles from past models. The Airbender 1.0 for example, was criticised for its slightly flimsy hinges and awkward opening mechanism. Independent reviews (on Amazon) at the time, however, proves these as minor flaws compared to the main quality of the piece.

[ Also Read our review of the New Trent Airbender 3.0 (for iPad Air and Air 2)]

New Trent Airbender Pro

The Pros of the Pro

Firstly, let’s look at the two main reasons why you’d be considering this product – to protect your iPad and to transform it onto a laptop. The first of these considerations is adeptly covered by the Airbender Pro. Described by New Trent as your iPad’s ‘body guard’, the Pro is water- , shock- and dirt-resistant with a durable clamshell case, along with a rubber silicon bumper strap. This gives you the peace of mind of knowing that all your hard work that you’ve saved on your iPad (no doubt along with hundreds of song downloads and thousands of selfies) will be protected from the harsh world of the professional workplace, and your commute too!

Here’s a video review for your pleasure:

Talking of the workplace, let’s move on to the second benefit – the keyboard. The Pro comes with a low-profile, 7 x 16 inch keyboard so that you can move effortlessly from iPad to laptop. It also allows you to have the iPad horizontally or vertically; one of those little niggles that some stands don’t allow. As an added bonus, the design of the hinge lets the iPad sit at any angle, putting the comfort of the user at the forefront. The keyboard is sturdy and responsive, with a row of iPad-specific keys. With the benefit of the battery-saving ‘inactivity’ mode alongside the 200 hours run time for its battery, the Airbender Pro proves to be as durable on the inside as it is on the outside.

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Those Inevitable Cons

So with all these neat little features to maximise the use of your iPad, is there anything that the Airbender Pro has got wrong? Well, there are just a few minor concerns that I think you should be aware of before parting with your cash. Firstly, as with a lot of technology, this case is only compatible with the most up-to-date equipment from Apple – the iPad 5 and the iPad Air. (Not the Air 2.) I can’t criticise too much. Even Sony’s PlayStation 4 isn’t reverse-compatible with the older PlayStation games. It’s a foible of technology to be restricted in such a way by cost and design.

New Trent Airbender Pro

Another flaw which has reared its ugly head in several testers’ reviews is the angled hinges. It’s a great idea in principle, allowing the user to adapt their equipment for their own way of sitting and their surroundings. However, many have said that the iPad and case will simply topple over if leant back too far, and by ‘too far’ some say that it’s even wobbly at a 90 degree angle!

[If you would rather use your Mac Keyboard with your iPad, read this]

With such a robust design there are of course the drawbacks of the size and weight. These, I feel, are minimal. After all, when you’ve spent more than a few hundred dollars on the latest piece of Apple tech you want it to be protected! Still, I’d feel bad if I didn’t mention these little cons. The Airbender Pro weighs in at 1.9 pounds with dimensions of 9.7 x 7.4 x 1 inch. One of its rivals, the Kensington Keyfolio, is just 21.5 ounces.

The Verdict

The New Trent Airbender Pro may not look as funky as the Griffin Survivor and it may not be as slim line as the Incipio Lexington, but if you need a work horse of a case to protect what’s important to you with the added bonus of a well-made keyboard, then this is just what you need.

About the author

    Dean Duke

    Dean is a father of 2, working full time as an IT consultant. He is an experienced tablet user spending many years honing his skills and learning to be more productive while using his iPad. After meeting the founder of TabletProductive.com, Chris J. Lee in 2015, he has been a main contributor to the blog ever since.

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