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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)
No wasted space on the small keyboard. Fast touch typing is possible, this writer has written thousands of words on this model.
The side view shows how compact the unit is when being used.