Kensington Duo Gel Keyboard Wrist Rest

kesington-keyboard-comforterI don’t really get a chance to review many wrist rests, but I figured that if I was going to review one, it would be from Kensington with the Duo Gel Keyboard Wrist Rest. Some of you might recall my review of the Kensington SmartFit Conform Back Rest, and they make a lot of great office as well as ergonomic products.

One thing that I got to love about the Duo Gel Keyboard is how it feels. You press your fingers into it, and it feels like you are putting your hands on Jello, but without the squishy sticky feeling. This will definitely help you if you are having problems with your wrist with carpel tunnel or whatever.

By the way, the soft finish is easy to clean when it gets dirty. That is very handy for this “gel pillow”, and I don’t know how else to describe it.

What is interesting is how the shape has this “ventilation channel” which can “keep your hands cool and dry”. Personally, I like the look of this channel, as it makes it look like a yin/yang symbol.

If this sounds like something you want to put your hands on, head on over to the Kensington site and pay $17.99. It is available in Blue/Black or Red/Black.

Kensington SmartFit Conform Back Rest

kensington-smartfit-conform-back-restIt has been a few months since I tried out a Kensington product, and the last time was SD 1500 USB Type-C Mobile Dock, which means that this company makes very diverse accessories and…things. I was very interested in trying out the SmartFit Conform Back Rest for some sitting comfort.

As you can see, it looks like a set of robot lungs. Seriously, I don’t know how else to describe their shape. Those two lungs are actually ventilated supports for you back, and there are four independent springs that hook it together.

To set it on your chair, just use the strap and drape it on the back. Then you get to sit on it, and I will admit, it makes my back feel different. Honestly, I am wondering how I could have lived without it.

Now, there is this very odd color-coded chart with orange, red, purple, and green. I am not certain what the colors mean, but you have to unscrew the supports and move them up. It produces the effect that you would think. I think the colors are so you can remember them later.

It is quite an interesting item, and is ideal for a good Christmas gift. Particularly an office Christmas gift, and it’s no joke present. It can be purchased for $59.99 on the Kensington site.

Kensington SD 1500 USB Type-C Mobile Dock

Kensington SD 1500I got to love what Kensington is doing, and here is another product that has come out just in time for back-to-school. I have to admit, I don’t really have a need for this, but I’m guessing that a lot of notebooks have a spare Type-C port.

The Kensington SD1500 USB Type-C Mobile Dock is made to connect your notebook’s USB Type-C port in order to provide with VGA, 4K HDMI, USB 3.0, as well as Gigabit Ethernet Connections. The USB Type-C cable is able to wrap around the Mobile Dock, and it is Thunderbolt 3 compatible.

If you don’t have that, there is another use. You can use it to create a desktop setup that includes a monitor with a reliable wired network connection, not to mention a wireless keyboard and mouse.

If this is something that you want, then feel free to head on over to the Kensington site and pay $89.99 for it.

Our Review of the Kensington Expert Mouse Wireless Trackball

KensingtonWell, it is time again for us to review a fine Kensington product, and today it is the Expert Mouse Wireless Trackball. I suppose that this is a step up from the Orbit Wireless Mobile Trackball, which we reviewed here.

What makes this one different from the Orbit and other wireless mouse is that you don’t need a wireless dongle. If your computer can do Bluetooth, then you can use the Bluetooth 4.0 LE to pair it.

The Expert Mouse Wireless Trackball also comes with some customizable software for some precise cursor control. There is also the possibility of using the Scroll Ring, some award-winning technology to scan up and down web pages or long documents with ease.

All of that, and it has that trackball fun, and makes me want to play Marble Mountain again. Other features include a detachable wrist rest for ergonomic comfort, and there is an ambidextrous design for right and left-handers. That, and it has four programmable buttons.

All in all, it is a pretty sweet deal, and it can be purchased on the Kensington site for about $99.99.

The Kensington KeyFolio Thin X3 for the iPad Air 2

Kensington KeyFolio Thin X3I had this chance to try out this other Kensington keyboard with the KeyFolio Thin X3 for the iPad Air 2, and I have to admit, I can do more with it than I thought. Sure, it is a keyboard for the iPad Air 2, but it is also much more.

What is interesting is how you can use the KeyFolio Thin X3 on the go as a battery for a mobile device. The keyboard has a 1650 mAh battery to charge something and it includes a special USB cable for it.

Then there is the QuickFold design to hide the keyboard so you can open it, and bam, it is on. As long as the iPad Air 2 is leaning up on the magnetic stand, it will be on. If it is folded up, it is off, pure and simple, so battery life is conserved.

As for the keyboard itself, it has 6 rows of scissor keys and a whole lot of terrific shortcut keys. If this is something that you want to get, it can be purchased on the Kensington site for about $99.99.

Our Review of the Orbit Wireless Mobile Trackball from Kensington

Kensington Orbit WirelessI had a great time reviewing another fine Kensington product with the Orbit Wireless Mobile Trackball, and I have to admit, it is a pretty fine product.

Personally, I am more of a mouse person myself, as I need to move something around the desk. The Orbit takes your mouse and use it like a trackball, kind of like the controller on Centipede, the arcade game from 1981. Yeah, that might be a reference a lot of people don’t get.

The left and right click buttons are on the sides, so speaking of things that people might not get, it might take me a while to get used to this. Of course, that’s me, the mouse guy. I can’t even do a trackpad very well.

Set up for the Kensington Orbit Wireless Mobile Trackball is pretty easy as plugging in the 2.4 GHz wireless dongle and the drivers happen. Then the mouse needs 2 AA batteries.

If this is something that you want, feel free to head over to the Kensington site and lay down $59.99 for it.

Kensington SecureBack rugged Case for the iPad Air/iPad Air 2

KensingtonI’ve reviewed a lot of Kensington products in the past, and the SecureBack Rugged Carry Case for the iPad Air/iPad Air 2 is another one.

What you are looking at is some “Maximum Protection”, which will have a cushioned layer of rubber surrounding the Apple iPad to protect from drops and bumps. There is also a rubberized texture to make the case easier to hold and preventing any sliding on a table and desk.

Included with this package is a Rotating Hand Strap and Shoulder Strap. The strap is good in case you need both hands free, but there is a Rotating Hand Strap so you can use the iPad with just one hand. There is also a ClickSafe lock (sold separately) in order to deter theft.

You should be able to purchase the SecureBack Rugged Carry Case for the iPad Air/iPad Air 2 on the Kensington site for about $99.99.

The Kensington KeyFolio Pro for the iPad Air

KeyFolioI will have to admit, I had several problems when I opened up the KeyFolio Pro for the iPad Air. Now keep in mind, this is going to be a positive review, and I just want to get all the negative things out of the way first because there isn’t many compared to the positives.

I will start with my problems getting it to pair. The problem was the on switch was deeply embedded on the top of the keyboard, and I had to access it with a flathead screwdriver. Darn my short fingernails! Then the indicator light didn’t come on, so I didn’t know if it was working. After I charged it up, I still didn’t see a light on, anywhere.

I could not figure out how to even pair the thing! Luckily, the Kensington site showed that it occurs with a touch of a button, but the button looked like this: <...>. Is this now universal symbol for Bluetooth pairing now?

However, this thing does work, and I am even typing this report out with the KeyFolio Pro. It is quite comfortable for such a small keyboard. By the way, I am not even using an iPad Air, but a smartphone (Android, too).

The KeyFolio Pro for the iPad Air is one quality case. I don’t think the material is leather, as they usually go out of their way on the package to say how genuine leather it is. It is made of a soft black material which will undoubtedly protect the precious Apple cargo. There is even a place on top to hold the Virtuoso Stylus. Oh yeah, I’ll talk about another Kensington product while reviewing a Kensington product!

I will also applaud the KeyFolio’s liberal use of magnets. A magnet holds the keyboard to the Folio, giving it the power to stay but also the power to leave. The angles that the Folio can hold the iPad Air are also magnetically locked, and they work very well.

In short, I recommend the KeyFolio Pro if you are looking for a Folio case for iPad 5. It is available on the Kensington site for $99.99, and it comes with up to 65 GB of Google Drive for one year. Not bad, not bad at all.

Kensington Virtuoso Stylus and Pen for Tablets

Kensington VirtuosoIt is pretty clear that we are in an era where we need something to draw on our screen just as much as we might need a pen, and this is why I am glad there are products like the Virtuoso from Kensington.

Kensington is a company that I like a lot, and they have a lot of very decent products. The Virtuoso is both a Stylus for the tablet and a traditional ink pen. The stylus is to help keep your screen clean from the smudges that your hand will infect it with, and the pen is because…you always need a pen. I can think of four times today that I need a pen alone.

The Virtuoso looks like one of those pens that you have that is like a family heirloom. It comes in several colors, and I had a chance to try out the plaid, and it is a gourmet pen.

I couldn’t find a price for it on the official Kensington site, but Amazon gives it about $27.50.

Kensington’s SecureBack Case and Lock for the iPad

kensington SecureCaseI have reported on Kensington’s products before, most recently, the Hard Shell iPad Keyboard. I highly recommend Kensington for many occasions, as I have one of their laptop locks on my laptop, just to make sure it doesn’t get stolen when I work in a public place like a library or coffee shop.

Kensington’s SecureBack is made for protecting in iPad in the same conditions as listed in the previous paragraph. The SecureBack disassembles in three pieces, and one of them is a tab that keeps the other two pieces in place. There is a chain that reminds me of an old bike lock, and you use a key to lock it into place. Just to let you know, I tried using the key on my other Kensington lock, and it was not compatible. This means that Kensington uses different keys for their products, and this is a very good thing.

In addition to the security and protection that it gives your iPad that it needs, there is a sound deflector that can increase the volume of the iPad speakers. Of course, if you need this security, then you probably won’t be able to play your music without headphones. However, if you are a shopkeeper and need an iPad out in front, and want an increase in volume this is a good thing. Also, it will make certain that your company iPad won’t get stolen.

By the way, if you want to use Apple’s Smart Cover with this, you can do that. In short, there are a lot of benefits to the SecureBack Case, and you can get it on the Kensington site for about $79.99.