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Logitech FabricSkin Folio
Logitech is a premier maker of keyboards, and it has leveraged that experience in the design of the FabricSkin Folio. The FabricSkin is a folio that provides protection for the iPad, guarding it from the knocks of travelling. It is made of a durable combination of "fabric" and plastic that completely encloses the expensive iPad.
The fabric in the model reviewed here is actually a durable rubber-type material that gives a solid grip when held in the hand. The keyboard is exposed when the folio is opened, and the iPad connects solidly above the keyboard by magnets. The magnetic connection is strong enough to allow picking up the assembly by the top of the iPad without separation.
Logitech has taken an innovative approach with the keyboard by molding the keys into the cover. This is similar to the Microsoft TouchCover, but Logitech's choice of using actual keys instead of the touch keys used by Microsoft is a better choice. As a result, the Fabricskin keys have good tactile feedback, facilitating fast touch typing.
Dimensions: 255x200x20mm (10x7.87x0.78 inches); 411g (0.9 pounds).
$149.99 from Logitech comes in multiple colors and cover materials.