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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    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.

  • (Image: James Kendrick/ZDNet)

    Logitech Keyboard Folio

    In addition to the FabricSkin case shown earlier in this collection, Logitech recently released the Keyboard Folio. This foregoes the use of the keys molded into the lid for a standard keyboard with chiclet keys. The keys are almost full-size, which makes touch typing easier than on many iPad keyboards.

    The portfolio case is constructed of durable material that both protects the iPad and provides a solid grip for carrying in the hand. The iPad is completely covered, and while not intended to protect the tablet from drops to the hard ground, the case will protect it from daily bumps.

    Like the FabricSkin Folio, the keyboard of this Keyboard Folio attaches to the iPad by magnets. The tablet is quite sturdy in this configuration and the whole assembly can be carried while in typing mode without breaking the connection.

    Dimensions: 248x198x25mm (9.76x7.8x0.98 inches); 639g (1.43 pounds).

    $99.99 from Logitech.

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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.

    YOU KNOW THIS !!

    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.
      Bob.usa
  • 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.
    jsmith@...