How to kick start your iPad 2 accessories with some super deals. Why pay more for mass produced accessories?
Outline & Rational For Buying iPad 2 accessories
I recently bought some iPad2 accessories. The official ones would have come close to 150-180 USD. I paid under 70 and postage and packing was FOR FREE. Yes.. for free, well 1 cent to Europe. So it’s by all intensive purposes for free. So, my rational.. to keep down the cost and get some value added iPad 2 accessories.
So that you know, I’ve included all the items below + included the prices which were correct at the time of purchase. I copied in the prices from the actual invoice so there’s no complications.
Below are my reviews for these items + links + pictures from the Deal Extreme site. I’ve not come across another site offering the same build quality for unofficial Apple iPad 2 accessories anywhere else.
Later on you’ll see pictures that are a bit scrappy but it’ll give an idea. If you come across some.. Let me know below
What I was looking for in iPad 2 Accessories
I was looking for an iPad 2 cover which protected the back of the iPad 2, an iPad 2 docking station, an iPad 2 wireless keyboard and an iPad 2 iRig adapter for music on the go. I opted for an Orange colour as I like that colour. They produce the same [read similar] colours as Apple’s own. Note, the only official thing I bought was the iRig adapter.
My iPad 2 Accessory needs:
- I want to use an iPad 2 on the move to play music, so I needed a DAWS adapter which was small, functional and has low latency. Amplitube make one.. so I thought let’s give this a try… So I looked on deal extreme and found it super cheap!
- I need to write lyrics, so I need a iPad 2 wireless keyboard so I can quickly type without making the screen greasy. This can also function for work and mobile needs per se.
- I wanted to protect the front and back of the iPad. Apple’s official cover does NOT protect the back of the device.
- I need a iPad 2 docking station so I can charge and use it as a media centre.
There’s a massive cost saving on these purchases. So… if you’re clubbing up to buy a present for a friend or an associate, its a no-brainer to buy some cool accessories.
Review of the items I bought
All in all, I like the unofficial ipad 2 wireless keyboard. It has the same metallic finish and it’ll work with an iMac etc. The only differences from the official one are the difference in printing on some keys. This is probably to avoid trademark problems. It pretty much looks the same. Unless you’re an Apple snob, you don’t notice that it’s not official. It comes packed with 2 batteries, but it’s worth getting some rechargeable ones! Comes in at 20 odd dollars… that’s a 20-30 dollar saving.
The unofficial ipad 2 docking station is very good. It holds the pad and fits in snug. It comes with an extra cable to connect it to your machine. This cable fits snug and the build quality is great. It’s very light and can obviously be used to charge and dock iPhones and iPods.It’s just 5 dollars. This is a saving from the official one by 10 dollars.
The unofficial ipad 2 smart wake up cover, overall I’m happy with it. I think perhaps a darker cover from the manufacturers would look nicer. The finish is the same. The key difference is that the surrounds have cut plastic. Apple’s own is smoother. So.. take out some smooth sandpaper and smooth it down. You’ve got a saving of 20 dollars here plus NO scratches on the back of the device! Bargain and smart!
My iPad 2 Shopping List and Final Invoice
USB Data Charging + 3.5mm Line Out Docking Station with USB Cable for iPad – White
Item# 42360 $5,75 USD 1 $5,75 USD
81-Key Slim Portable Rechargeable Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard – White
Item# 45252 $29,99 USD 1 $29,99 USD
Designer’s Amplitube iRig Guitar Effects Adapter for iPhone/iPad
Item# 73519 $17,10 USD 1 $17,10 USD
Ultrathin Protective Wake-Up/Sleep Smart Cover Case for iPad 2 – Orange
Item# 80829 $15,60 USD 1 $15,60 USD
Here’s the P&P. Okay, it was 1 cent.. but I kinda call that for free….
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Where to find the Cheapest iPad 2 Accessories on the net [that I know of]
So, as I said above, the prices gave a MASSIVE cost saving. If you’re looking for a great iPad 2 dock, and an Ipad 2 cover that protects the back of the iPad 2 from scratching.. then go right ahead. The best deal for a musician is the iPad 2 iRig official adapter. This is a crazy deal! Finally the iPad 2 keyboard works with an iMac, so it’s a no-brainer! Go ahead.. go crazy!