I recently picked up a new case for my iPad 2. I had previously been using the Apple Smart Cover, which I like, but this case has a built in keyboard, and I decided to try it out.
The case, which is also Zagg branded, is made of aluminum, and feels vey well built.
It doesn't attach to the iPad, rather the iPad fits into it, and there are soft bits on the edges to hold it in very snugly, so it doesn't fall out when you carry it.
The case feels very well built, and the look matches the iPad very well. It includes a cutout for the dock connector, so you can charge your iPad in the case, and another at the top for the headphone jack. The iPad goes into the case with the screen facing in, offering excellent protection for it, and my only issue with the design is that it leaves the back completely exposed.
Since the iPad just sits in the case, when you want to use it, you just lift the edge and it comes out, you don't need to take it out of the case. When you want to use it, there is a cutout above the keyboard that the iPad fits into in a landscape orientation, allowing you to use it like a laptop.
The keyboard, made by logitech, is excellent. It is rechargeable, and uses a lithium polymer battery, meaning you don't need to worry about memory. You can charge it whenever you want, and it comes with a small USB cord so you can charge it from your computer, or any standard USB charger. Logitech says the battery will last several weeks of normal use, and although I haven't had it very long, it hasn't died yet. The keys are similar to the Apple keyboards with individual chicklet or island keys. It is very nice to type on, and although it is small, I got used to it very quickly. It has a standard keyboard layout, but also includes function and media keys along the top row. There is a home button, search to bring up spotlight, a slideshow button to bring up photo frame mode. It also includes a button to bring up the on screen keyboard, cut copy and paste buttons, media control keys - forward reverse and play pause - mute volume down and volume up. The bottom row keys are Apple compatible, so it has a command key rather than a windows key.
Setup was really easy, the keyboard is bluetooth, so all you need to do is press the connect button, select it on the iPad, and type in a code on the keyboard and you are ready to go. It has an on/off switch, but they keyboard also goes to sleep if left idle, and a single keypress will wake it back up. Using the keyboard did not seem to have any no
This is an older case, but I still found it available online for between $80 and $100, however I found mine at costco for $50.
Overall a good buy, I really like this case, all that is left to see if how long the battery will actually last, but having used many other logitech products, I expect it to last a long time.
Back of the case
iPad in the case
Setup for use.
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