Review of the Urban Factory Urban Keyboard Black Sleeve

If you use an iPad a lot, chances are you would like a keyboard, and you will also need to protect the iPad during transit. This is where the Urban Factory Urban Keyboard Sleeve comes into play, and here is our review.


The Urban Keyboard Sleeve for iPad and iPad 2 is a luxury imitation leather folio equipped with a high quality mini Bluetooth keyboard, making typing emails and documents a faster and more productive experience.

The QWERTY mini silicone keyboard is water resistant, anti-bacterial, and helps keep your iPad screen protected from typing wear and tear.

The Urban Keyboard Sleeve can convert viewing position from portrait to landscape thanks to its swivel screen, and the iPad in its own protective cover can be detached from the main folio as required.

Unleash the full document typing potential of your iPad with the Urban keyboard Sleeve. Features magnetic closure, Stylish high quality design and front and rear camera openings.

Who are Urban Factory?

From their website:

Urban Factory is a brand that was created in 2007. It affirms the modernity, elegance and strength in its product lines going from the traditional luggage, bags and cases for laptop computers, tablet PC and cameras, all the way up the technical computer accessories.


Product dimensions: 198x247x32mm

Screen size: 9.7”

Weight: 550 gr

Material: Imitation leather, high quality anti scratch

Bluetooth keyboard connection autonomy-90h

What’s in the Box?

In the box is the sleeve, keyboard, manual and power cable.

A Closer Look

Using the Sleeve

Fitting the iPad into the sleeve was simple and it felt very protected.

In order to use the Bluetooth keyboard, you need to charge it up using the supplied cable (or a cable you may already have).

Then you switch on the power and press the Connect button.

You should then see Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard shown as an available device on your iPad:

Tap it to start the pairing and then type in the 4 digit number code displayed on the iPad on the keyboard itself to complete the pairing.

Job done – you can now use the keyboard.

Final Thoughts

The case protects the iPad very well – I felt that my iPad was secure at all times.

Changing from portrait to landscape was easy, as was setting up the stand element on the case.

The case looks very nice too!

They keyboard takes a little getting used to – it reminded me of the days as a kid playing with a ZX Spectrum – but within a few minutes I was happily typing away. There is even a Home button on the keyboard.

Pairing up the keyboard with my iPad was simple and took less than a minute to do.

For this review we had the Black sleeve, but it also comes in White, Red, Brown and Pink, so there are a few colours to choose from!

This sleeve is suitable for either the original iPad or the iPad 2, and unlike some other sleeves that claim to be iPad 2 compatible, this actually is. The tell tale sign is primarily around the rear camera hole. If it really is iPad 2 compatible it will have a hole for the rear camera, if it’s just a rebadged iPad 1 case it won’t have the hole!

Price wise, the sleeve retails for around £89.99.


If you are looking for both a case, stand and a keyboard for your iPad you should certainly take a look at this one!

Learn more from the Urban Factory website