Seven best iPad Air keyboards (hands on): June 2014

Seven best iPad Air keyboards (hands on): June 2014

Summary: The iPad is making its way into the workplace in ever greater numbers. A good keyboard can make the difference between a mediocre work experience and a good one. These are the best keyboards for the iPad Air we've tried.

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  • ZAGGkeys Folio

    The special hinge on the back of the keyboard makes the Folio work much like a laptop.

  • Kensington KeyFolio Pro

    Those wanting a full folio to carry the iPad Air should take a look at this model from Kensington. It's made of soft faux leather and completely encases the iPad for transport. There is a magnetic flap that holds the unit securely closed.

    There is no smart cover technology in the KeyFolio Pro, unlike all the other keyboards in this collection. Opening and closing the folio does not turn the iPad Air on and off.

    The keyboard in the KeyFolio Pro is removable, and held by magnets in the case. This configuration supports using the keyboard in different settings, removing and positioning the keyboard as appropriate. It is also possible to leave the keyboard back in the home or office and just use the folio.

    The keyboard has a good feel when typing and supports the iPad Air in several viewing angles. The tablet is held magnetically in any one of the three slots offering different angles.

    Given the soft folio covering, this is the heaviest and thickest case in this collection.

    The Kensington KeyFolio Pro is available from Kensington for $99.99.

    Don't miss the full review of the Kensington KeyFolio Pro on ZDNet.

  • Kensington KeyFolio Pro

    The keyboard is removable, allowing for positioning as best fits the work space.

Topics: Mobility, iPad, Bring Your Own Device

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  • No Mousing in iOS

    I know that when people compare a Windows 8 laptop with touch to a MBP without touch, the common retort from the Mac apologist is that who wants to touch their notebook screen and its pointless, etc.

    Well if you're turning your tablet into a laptop by adding a keyboard, same comment. I actually find myself using touch on a W8 laptop all the time but not 100% of the time because most of the time a mouse is just a better input method when working in spreadsheets and other detailed work.

    There is no reason for iOS not to have mousing as it can be added in with jailbroken devices. This just reminds me of the whole one button mouse BS that Jobs inflicted on Macs for years till finally giving in to a second button. Its pointless.
    Rann Xeroxx
    • Here's the problem with your argument

      All the people who criticize Windows 8 requiring touch in a laptop are NOT calling for the iPad to become a laptop. They are the people who state that tablets and laptops are used differently and thus should have different interfaces.
      baggins_z
  • Driving a Square Peg in a Round Hole

    I know you are expecting this reply, so here it comes - why do folks keep on insisting on driving the square peg (iPad Air) into the round hole (laptop compatibility). After a weekend love affair, I have found the new Surface Pro 3 does it all with flair. I've carried MacBook Air, iPad Air with ZAGG cover, ThinkPad Tablet 2 with keyboard, and a host of other convertible solutions; NONE hold a candle to the Surface Pro 3. Even if that is not your cup of tea, how is the iPad + keyboard better than the MacBook Air 11"? Before you say it - NO, it is not because you can still use it as a tablet, because if that is the case, then back to the Surface Pro 3 or any number of convertibles/hybrids. If you really love the iPad Air, and I know you do, then fine. But why keep encouraging folks to use a crippled solution?
    dksmidtx
    • Encourage?

      I make it a personal policy to not encourage anyone to do or use anything in particular. I didn't here, either, just listed the best accessories for those interested. Obviously you aren't so no big deal.
      JamesKendrick
    • Why do you feel the urge to tell people

      that your solution is the only solution?
      baggins_z
      • Perhaps for Balance

        Because so many tech writers and commenters seem to think iPad is the only solution?
        dksmidtx
  • I have to agree with dksmidtx.

    I am not even using a Surface 3. I have the original Surface Pro. The type and touch covers, even on my older Surface, are the same size and feel as my MacBook Pro. Comparatively speaking I have found typing on those keyboards cited in this article much less satisfying than the experience I get from the Surface. I did spend a bit more for mine, $109, but its quality is excellent.
    The Heretic