Top 5 Best iPad Air 2 Accessories

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These accessories make the iPad Air 2 even better. Whether its a killer stylus for drawing, a major productivity tool, or just a great way to clean your iPad, these accessories will make you love the iPad Air even more. Read on to see which accessories made our list.


1. Supcase iPad Air 2 Case

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After you drop hundreds of bucks on a new iPad, the last thing you want to do is scratch the screen or ding up the back. This rugged case from Supcase is inexpensive, but gives you great peace of mind. This may not be the most flashy iPad case, but if you let your kids play with your iPad, you’ll appreciate a little extra protection.

Buy it here.


Pros:

  • Blends two materials to make a stronger case
  • Built-in screen protector
  • Easy access to ports and controls
  • Cheap
  • Easy to install

  • Cons:

  • Some users prefer stick-on screen protectors to built-in ones
  • While it looks rugged, it lacks the specs to be a military grade case
  • Does not waterproof the iPad
  • Some people dislike the color options
  • Somewhat bulky

  • 2. amPen Ultra-Sensitive Capacitive Stylus

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    Specially designed to be ultra-sensitive, this amPen stylus aims to be just as reactive as your own fingertip. If you’ve been frustrated with other styli in this past, the amPen may be just the solution you’ve been seeking. This stylus may also be easier to grip than other models you’ve tried in the past.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Soft tip protects your screen from damage
  • 12-month replacement warranty, 30-day guarantee
  • Little nub plugs into headphone jack, making the stylus quite portable
  • Ultra-sensitivity means you can use less pressure
  • User reviews indicate the tip is longer-lasting than other styli

  • Cons:

  • Limited color options
  • Stylus not available in a multi-pack, but the tips are
  • May not be ideal for those looking for a stylus for art/drawing purposes
  • Stylus tip does not have a cover
  • Some users prefer a Targus stylus for more “gliding”-style writing

  • 3. Adonit Jot Script Evernote Edition Fine Point Stylus

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    Yeah, yeah, we just featured another stylus on this list. Both stylus options are solid, and the one that is best for you depends on what kind of apps you generally use your stylus with. You don’t often hear people passionately praising their iPad stylus, which is what makes the Adonit line of styli so impressive.

    The Adonit Jot Script Evernote Edition Fine Point Stylus has a tip 70 percent smaller than the nearest competitor. This make it ideal for art students who need to do fine work, or students who need a fine point to write down as much info as possible on a crib sheet.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Comfortable grip
  • Pinpoint accuracy
  • Great design
  • Ideal for users of Penultimate
  • LED indicator light

  • Cons:

  • Requires AAA battery: if you run out, your stylus is useless
  • Really expensive
  • Only works on iPad 3rd generation and newer or iPad Mini
  • Point may be too fine for some types of art creation
  • Doesn’t always work consistently across different apps

  • 4. Targus CleanVu Cleaning Pads

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    Keeping your iPad fingerprint-free is rough, particularly if you’re not a fan of using a stylus. The smudge solution that is easiest to use is a CleanVu pad, which is a lot simpler and more effective than a microfiber cloth.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Keeps iPad screen clean
  • Comfortable to use
  • Reusable
  • Vegan materials
  • Works great on other touchscreen devices as well

  • Cons:

  • Pad may become soiled over time
  • Rounded corners make cleaning some areas tricky
  • Stubborn smudges may require additional cleaning power
  • May be cumbersome to store/carry
  • Cleans actual iPad screen more effectively than screen protector on top of a screen

  • 5. MacBook Air

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    Handoff is a great feature in iOS 8 that lets you start a task on your iPad, and finish it on your computer or other Apple device. So, in a way, the MacBook Air is the perfect accessory for iPad Air owners. The MacBook Air is extremely lightweight, making it great for students who need to lug an already-heavy backpack all over campus. It also has some great productivity tools that can help you make stunning presentations for your job. On top of all that, it’s reliable.

    Go hands-on with Handoff in the video below.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • All day battery life
  • Lightweight
  • Has a “cool factor” other laptops don’t
  • Recently got a price cut
  • Can last your whole college career if treated right

  • Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Design is alarming thin to some users who prefer a machine with more heft
  • May be hard to learn for Windows users making the transition to Mac
  • Not touchscreen enabled
  • Peripherals can sometimes be more expensive

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