ZAGGfolio keyboard for iPad 2: Form and function refined (review)

Summary:The ZAGGfolio case for the iPad 2 combines a stylish case with a wireless keyboard for maximum versatility on the go.

My iPad 2 sees heavy duty as a work machine due to some good wireless keyboard options that turn it into a little laptop when needed. I have been using several of the best keyboards for the iPad 2, and today am using the ZAGGfolio. This case adds little bulk to the iPad 2, while adding a good Bluetooth keyboard that is versatile for multiple usage scenarios.

The ZAGGfolio comes in several colors and is available in either a polyurethane or leather cover starting at $99.99. The case consists of a single piece, and the keyboard a second piece. There is a mini USB cable for charging the keyboard, which only needs to be done infrequently.

The keyboard can be removed from the case and used by itself, or left at home entirely if you just want to use the case with the iPad 2. The tablet slides into the other side of the case, an easy process. It is just as easy to remove the iPad from the case when desired.

Once the keyboard is paired with the iPad 2, it will auto-connect for use when the power slider is turned on. The keyboard goes into standby mode to save battery after a few minutes without use, and the power slider turned off for extended periods of no use. Tapping any key wakes the keyboard from standby mode.

The keyboard is basically the same as that of the Logitech Keyboard Case I reviewed, as that is also made in partnership with ZAGG. It is slightly smaller than full size, but allows comfortable typing without compromises. The top row of keys consists of special keys for controlling common iPad functions, including copy and paste. There are volume control keys and a handy lock/unlock key that I use quite often.

The iPad 2 is used in landscape orientation while in the case, but can also be used in portrait by sliding the tablet out of the case. It is also possible to use the keyboard outside the case by sliding it out in the same way the iPad 2 is removed. This permits using the keyboard with the tablet without the case when that makes more sense. This versatility is quite nice in actual usage.

The case clips securely closed for transport, and the iPad 2 is well protected at such times. The whole kit is only slightly thicker and heavier than the iPad 2 alone, which makes it a great case for those on the move.

I am able to type at full speed on this keyboard, as I can on the Logitech Keyboard Case I have covered in the past. The keys are well-spaced and contoured just enough on the key tops to make for a great typing experience. This is rapidly becoming my favorite keyboard for the iPad 2, but I will continue to try the other two models I have. I will do a comparison of the three soon.

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Topics: Hardware, iPad, Mobility

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James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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