Gamepad and keyboard combo launches for iPhone 5

iPhone5mod, the makers of unofficial Lightning dockscables and adapters, today announced an interesting new accessory that will appeal to gaming and messaging fans who desire a tactile feedback ad physical gameplay controls. The EX Hybrid Game Controller is billed as “the lightest and thinnest keyboard for iPhone ever-made” and consists of two parts.

There’s a back case that attaches to the back of your iPhone 5 and a second plate which provides physical gamepad buttons. The accessory connects to your phone via Bluetooth 3.0 wireless technology and each plate adds only 2mm to the overall thickness of your iPhone 5…

It’s also interesting that both aluminum plates attach to your device magnetically. A built-in battery is rated at 40 hours and takes one hour to fully charge.

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They say the accessory is water-proof and dust-proof, but we’re not keen on testing that claim.

Here’s a quick rundown of the key features.

• interchangeable Keyboard / Joypad Controller
• supports both portrait and landscape mode
• “feather-Like” weight keyboard, lightest in the world
• 2mm thickness, thinnest keyboard in the world
• ultra-portable, All-in-one solution for any type of users
• made of sturdy durable aluminum material
• Bluetooth 3.0
• long lasting usage of 40hrs
• standby time: 160 hours
• charging time: 1 hour only
• water-proof and dust-proof

The only complaint we have is Bluetooth 3.0.

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Apple rolled out the latest Bluetooth 4.0 across pretty much most of its lineup in 2011 and 2012. Bluetooth 4.0 requires only a fraction of the power of its predecessor, it’s more secure and can wake up devices instantly, on demand.

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Be that as it may, at just $49.90 you can’t go wrong (a charging brick and a micro-USB cable included).

If you’re interested, head over to the iPhone5mod web store.