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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    Hands-on guide to keyboard/cases for iPad and iPad mini (Spring 2013)

    The iPad ecosystem is thriving in third-party accessories, and for those wanting a keyboard to use with Apple's tablet, there are many to choose from. There are new keyboards released all the time, so figuring out which one might work best is almost as hard as finding a good app in the App Store.

    This collection of iPad keyboards is unique in that I have used all of them. I have used lots of iPad keyboards in my work, and these are the best of the bunch. Three brand new keyboards from Logitech have made this collection.

    All of the cases in this group are shown closed for thinness and open for business. With the one exception mentioned, all of the keyboards charge via micro USB, and will last for months on a charge. A micro USB to USB charging cable is included with these keyboards. They all connect to the iPad via Bluetooth.

    In addition to nine good iPad keyboards, there is a bonus for iPad mini owners. Two keyboards for the iPad mini are also covered in this collection.

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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.

    See the full review by James Kendrick on ZDNet


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    Logitech FabricSkin Folio

    In addition to the standard typing configuration (shown above), the iPad can be placed over the keyboard for use as a tablet.

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.