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Those wanting a separate keyboard for the iPad will find the ZAGGkeys Flex to be an outstanding choice. The keyboard is slightly bigger than the other keyboards in this collection, and is very close to the size of a standard keyboard.
The black carrying case of the Flex opens to become a stand for the iPad. The separate keyboard means that it can be positioned wherever the user prefers for typing.
Since this is a separate keyboard, it can also be used with the iPad mini.
Android tablet owners may want to give the Flex a look, as it can be used with those tablets, too. There is a toggle to turn the row of special control keys into keys for Android tablets.
Dimensions: 9.4x5.0x0.75 inches; 11.3 ounces.
The separate keyboard and stand means that the iPad can be used in portrait mode with the keyboard.
There are two styles of keyboard covers for the iPad mini, the cover and the portfolio. The cover is a simple keyboard that clips onto the iPad mini to form a cover for the display in transport. The portfolio style is a simple folio case that has a keyboard on one side and the iPad mini on the other.
Due to its design, the cover style of keyboard is thinner and often lighter than its folio siblings. The ZAGGkeys Cover from ZAGG is such a keyboard model, with a sleek charcoal metal bottom that matches the iPad mini exactly.
The iPad mini is inserted in a slot above the keyboard and is held in place by magnets. The unique hinge of the ZAGGkeys Cover is what sets it apart from other keyboards as it can be adjusted to a good range of viewing angles. The iPad mini can be removed easily for use without the keyboard, another plus.
The keyboard is surprisingly good for touch typists despite the small size. Commonly used keys are almost as big as those on full keyboards, with lesser used keys smaller to fit everything on the little unit.
This keyboard is physically bigger than all other models in this collection with the exception of the ZAGGkeys Folio which follows.
At the time of this writing this is my favorite keyboard for the iPad mini.
- Adjustable viewing angle due to special hinge
- Easy to remove iPad mini for use without keyboard
- Large keys
- Lasts months on a charge
ZAGGkeys Folio -- $99.99 from ZAGG (also available in retail outlets)