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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  • (Image: James Kendrick/ZDNet)

    Belkin Ultimate Keyboard Case

    This case allows sliding the iPad forward, covering the keyboard for use as a tablet. This mode works surprisingly well in spite of the extra weight of the case.

  • (Image: James Kendrick/ZDNet)

    ClamCase Pro

    Those who prefer a laptop form will like the ClamCase Pro. Once the iPad is popped into the lid (an easy process), it becomes a MacBook Air-like laptop without a trackpad. Magnets in the ClamCase turn the iPad on and off when opened and closed.

    The typing experience on the ClamCase Pro is the best of all the keyboards in this collection. It is also the most expensive of the lot.

    The screen can be folded under the keyboard for using the iPad as a tablet without removing it, although this is not very comfortable in practice. The keys are exposed to the hand holding the unit, which feels a bit weird. They are deactivated, so there are no inadvertent keypresses when using the iPad this way.

    Dimensions: 7.88x9.68x0.85 inches; 1.5 pounds.

    $169 from ClamCase.

    See the full review by James Kendrick on ZDNet

  • (Image: James Kendrick/ZDNet)

    ClamCase Pro

    The iPad fits securely in the lid of the ClamCase Pro, and is very much like a laptop in use. The keys have a nice tactile feedback with good key travel.

    Apple doesn't support trackpads with the iPad, so it's no surprise that it is missing on the ClamCase Pro. The space where a laptop trackpad would normally be found is a good palm rest on the front of the keyboard.

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.