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For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Satechi to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a Slim X1 Bluetooth Backlit Keyboard and an Aluminum Desktop Stand for the iPad, both of which are Satechi's newest accessories.

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Announced last week, the $70 Slim X1 Bluetooth Backlit Keyboard is a compact, travel-friendly keyboard that works with Apple's Macs and iPads. At 11 inches long and 4.5 inches wide, it tucks neatly in a bag or backpack for taking on the go, but it still has a full QWERTY layout.

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For those who prefer something larger for desktop use, Satechi also has the Slim X3 Keyboard, which features the same design but with a numeric keypad and additional function keys. Both versions are available with either Bluetooth connectivity or a wired connection.


The keys are backlit with 10 adjustable brightness levels, and multiple Bluetooth connections are supported so you can swap between a Mac, iPad, and iPhone with just the press of a button. There are built-in macOS and iOS function keys, and a USB-C port is included to recharge the keyboard.

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Designed specifically with Apple users in mind, the keyboard has an aluminum build that is meant to match Apple devices, and no special setup is required for it to work. It is compatible with 2012 and newer Macs, the iPhone X and later, and Apple's iPads.

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Alongside the Slim X1 Bluetooth Backlit Keyboard, Satechi unveiled the Aluminum Desktop Stand, which is built to work with Apple's modern iPads, including the 2019/2020 iPad Pro and 2020 iPad Air, but it is also compatible with iPhones and any other 4-inch to 13-inch smartphone or tablet.

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Priced at $45, the Aluminum Desktop Stand is designed to turn the iPad into a multi-purpose workstation. An adjustable mount and base hinges allow for the iPad to be positioned just where you need it, and the stand can be used in either landscape or portrait mode.

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The mount is adjustable to 180 degrees, while the hinges can be adjusted 135 degrees, allowing for quite a bit of flexibility for hands-free video watching, FaceTime calls, fitness videos, and work when paired with a keyboard. It can even be folded down and used as a sketching base.

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As the name suggests, Satechi created the Aluminum Desktop Stand from aluminum in an effort to match Apple's devices, and it is available in a space gray shade. Grip pads on the stand hold your devices in place while you work.

We have a Slim X1 Bluetooth Backlit Keyboard and Aluminum Desktop Stand to give away to 15 MacRumors readers. To enter to win our giveaway, use the Gleam.io widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners and send the prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, following us on Instagram, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years or older and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory are eligible to enter. To offer feedback or get more information on the giveaway restrictions, please refer to our Site Feedback section, as that is where discussion of the rules will be redirected.

The contest will run from today (January 15) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on January 22. The winners will be chosen randomly on January 22 and will be contacted by email. The winners will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before new winners are chosen.

Article Link: MacRumors Giveaway: Win an X1 Keyboard and iPad Stand From Satechi
 

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I like the look of the keyboard. They seem to have mixed design cues from both the MX Keys and the iPad Pro. I like the feel of my MX but have frequent disconnection issues. (I have the black and the gray MX Keys and the gray one is much better, FWIW.) I hope this one is smart enough to turn the backlight off before low power makes the keyboard becomes unusable.

I like the look of the stand too. I wonder if the Satechi logo will wear off with some polish.
 
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Darth Tulhu

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Despite all the kickass rumors today, my near future setup will likely be similar to the one in the first image.
 
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jazz1

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I like the size of that keyboard. I have trouble fitting my current keyboard on my under the desk keyboard shelf.
 
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icanhazmac

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I like the feel of my MX but have frequent disconnection issues.

Can you expand on this? I too have the MX Keys (via bluetooth) and the MX Master 2 (via bluetooth) and have no issues with keyboard connectivity and none with the mouse except that the mouse will not wake my 2017 Macbook Pro from sleep, only the keyboard will do that. I have no connectivity issues with either on my iPad Pro 12.9 g1 though it is used infrequently.
 
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4jasontv

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Can you expand on this? I too have the MX Keys (via bluetooth) and the MX Master 2 (via bluetooth) and have no issues with keyboard connectivity and none with the mouse except that the mouse will not wake from sleep, only the keyboard will do that.
I actually have the opposite issue. I have the MX Keys, Master 3 and the Vertical because I wanted to use Flow across my mac and PCs.

The mice last forever and I have no idea the last time I charged them. The keyboard has frequent issues for me and it won't wake the computer from sleep, only the mice will do it. I have tried both Bluetooth and the USB dongle. The Black MX Keys backlight would turn off on PC (but not Mac for some reason), and the gray MX Keys will disconnect and not work with PC but will still work on my Mac. It's almost like the keyboard has different minimum battery level requirements depending upon what device it's actively paired with. I have a spare logitech 10keyless that I keep by my PC in case the MX Keys stops working.

I really don't have a lot of issues with my Mac and these devices compared with my PC, but 90% of my work at my desk is with my PC. I am trying to migrate back to the Mac ever since I found a solution to use my 49" display with my MBP.
 
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icanhazmac

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I actually have the opposite issue. I have the MX Keys, Master 3 and the Vertical because I wanted to use Flow across my mac and PCs.

Thanks for the info! Odd how the issues seem reversed. I also share my MX Keys and MXM2 mouse with a PC, MacBook Pro and iPad. The PC uses the USB dongle as bluetooth was HORRIBLE and the Macbook was the opposite, the dongle was horrible but bluetooth is near flawless. Other than a connection delay the iPad has been flawless too.
 
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Does anyone else have a hard time with the gleam applet? It keeps telling me to log in, then to get a confirmation code, then to log in, etc.
 
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bankshot

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Looks like they copied Apple's horrible full-height left/right arrow keys. Too bad. Even Apple realized that was a mistake, putting form over function.

Does anyone else have a hard time with the gleam applet? It keeps telling me to log in, then to get a confirmation code, then to log in, etc.
I don't have issues with that, but for several weeks the "visit us on fb/instagram/youtube" links don't register the click. So I get 4 entries rather than 7, but that's ok. The first entry infinitely increases my odds, while each successive entry only increases odds by a tiny amount.
 
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gtg465x

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Looks like they copied Apple's horrible full-height left/right arrow keys. Too bad. Even Apple realized that was a mistake, putting form over function.


I don't have issues with that, but for several weeks the "visit us on fb/instagram/youtube" links don't register the click. So I get 4 entries rather than 7, but that's ok. The first entry infinitely increases my odds, while each successive entry only increases odds by a tiny amount.

I see the opposite problem... they copied the half height up and down. I want all arrows to be full height.
 
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tiger4life

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I bought the new Satechi Slim X3 bluetooth keyboard - they ran a 20% off special last weekend. (just arrived today)!
Nice keyboard, solid - just one note...

I didn't read the compatibility specs too closely - my 2014 Macbook Pro is not supported. Works fine on my 2018 work MBP and my later 2013 iPAD Air (although that seems to fall outside the specs).

I assumed bluetooth would work as it does with my Magic Keyboard.

If I pair to the 2014 MBP, the keyboard ceases to function or switch to another device that was previously connecting.
 
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TechGuy327

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Well I just found the stuff I am going to buy for my iPad Pro. That setup looks great.
 
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macduke

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Stand looks nice but I don't think I have much use for it. Maybe as a sidecar stand with my MBP or to put on my night stand?

The keyboard has me more interested. I liked it when it debuted earlier this week, but the only thing that really bothers me is the chonky BT icons on 1, 2 and 3. What's up with that? Looks so bad on the black keys.
 
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Parintachin

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Hey Macrumors? It would be really nice if you stopped making raffles for a slim slice of your audience. Either knock it off entirely, or make them global.
Thank you.
 
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