Logitech Keyboard Case by ZAGG
Full-featured keyboard; excellent design; very nice to use
Keyboard smaller than normal size
A decent case and a keyboard are essential bits of kit for anyone using an iPad for work on the road, so it makes sense to combine the two.
This Keyboard Case, a collaboration between Logitech and ZAGG, features a full Bluetooth keyboard set into an aluminium shell with what Logitech calls “military- grade, high-density padding”.
To use the keyboard you sit your iPad 2 (or the new iPad, whose less-than-1mm increase in thickness makes no difference to its use with most iPad 2 accessories) in a slot just above the keyboard, which holds it an easy-viewing angle. It can be orientated vertically or horizontally.
Connection is via Bluetooth, which is as easy as turning the keyboard on and pressing the Connect button. This makes the keyboard appear in the Bluetooth devices list on your iPad … tap it and you’re ready for work.
The keyboard is very nice to use indeed – it feels nice on the fingers, the action treads a good line between soft and hard, and there’s enough separation between the keys for the average user’s fingers despite the keyboard being a bit smaller than average.
Besides being a full QWERTY keyboard and giving you access to Control, Option and Command keys just like you get on a Mac, it also adds buttons for functions such as Home, Search, Cut, Copy and Paste into the mix.
When you’ve finished working, you simply lie the iPad face-down on the keyboard, pushing it into the housing with a slight force.
This effectively turns the two products into a tortoise with a hard front and back shell.
The Keyboard Case weighs just over 300g, so it doesn’t add much weight to the iPad when travelling.
Macworld Australia’s buying advice.
The Logitech Keyboard Case is without doubt one of the best accessories made for the iPad, and is highly recommended. Available from Big W, Dick Smith, Myer and Officeworks.