Definitive guide to keyboards for iPad and iPad mini (Spring 2013)

Definitive guide to keyboards for iPad and iPad mini (Spring 2013)

Summary: There are lots of keyboards available for the iPad and a few for the iPad mini. This collection is the best of the lot based on hands-on use in the field.


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    ZAGG Profolio+

    ZAGG has been making keyboards for the iPad as long as any company, and the Profolio+ is the latest model. It is also the best one I have used.

    This keyboard is also a full case for the iPad, offering protection for the tablet. It has a faux leather cover that makes it secure to hold. It is the thinnest folio from ZAGG to date, and has the same good keyboard as the others.

    The keyboard is thinner than older models. It is not only backlit, but offers seven colors of backlighting. The colors can be changed at will, and each has three brightnesses to adjust to taste.

    Dimensions: 7.5x9.75x0.81 inches; 1 pound.

    $129.99 from ZAGG.

    See the full review by James Kendrick on ZDNet

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    ZAGG Profolio+

    Like all of the keyboards covered, the Profolio+ is almost full size and provides a great typing experience. Even the fastest touch typists should be able to use this keyboard with little effort.

    The case uses magnets to turn the iPad on/off when the case is opened/closed. Magnets also hold the case closed when not in use.

    The backlighting on the keyboard may sound like a gimmick, but it came in handy quite often in my use.

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    Logitech Solar Keyboard Folio

    The Solar Keyboard Folio has several unique features not found on most of the other keyboards in this collection. This case is a real portfolio that closes like a book. It also uses two small solar panels to keep the keyboard charged, so it requires no charging by the user. And last, but not least, it supports two different usage modes.

    The solar charging keeps the keyboard charged, even in room lighting. The solar panels are on one side of the folio, so you have to make sure that these are exposed when the case is closed. Sadly, these panels are covered when being used as a keyboard, so it can't be charged while typing.

    In addition to a typing position, the case supports a media viewing mode that puts the iPad at a comfortable angle for such activity. This position is also good for reading ebooks, in my experience.

    Dimensions: 16.85x9.9x0.7 inches; 1 pound (without iPad).

    $129.99 from Logitech.

    Don't miss the full review by James Kendrick on ZDNet

Topics: Mobility, iPad, Reviews, Tablets

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  • Another cruddy Slide Show

    ZD Net, James, you have totally failed your readers / clients in publishing a Slide Show article with no 'View as one page' link.

    You have also totally failed your advertisers / sponsors.

    Very few tech will tolerate the total waste of time that a Slide Show demands. as a result, we just go to he next article or another media publication that is less arrogant and more consumer friendly.


    Don't you ever listen to Sheldon when he quotes that a definition of insanity is doing the same thing in exactly the same way, over and over and expecting a different result?
    Leo Regulus
    • Cruddy slide show

      Must agree with Leo. In fact the entire article leaves everything to be desired. If Kendrick thinks his article is a "definitive guide" it's time for him to retire. ZDNet allowing this type of none guide to appear as a guide is ........... Oh hell, it's just junk.
  • Another keyboard option

    I just got my Crux Skunk ipad keyboard case and it is fantastic. Beautifully designed and made out of aluminum with finish matching the iPad, the keys have great feel. You may want to check it out for your next review.