Crux Skunk iPad Keyboard Case: Quick First Impressions

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Crux Skunk for iPad

I backed the Crux Skunk iPad keyboard case project on Kickstarter almost a year ago. I thought it looked like one of the most impressive iPad keyboard cases I’d seen, and it offered some impressive sounding features – a notably slim design, a 360 degree hinge that allows for a great range of typing and viewing positions for the iPad, and a full-size QWERTY keyboard.

Well, mine finally arrived a couple days back and I have tested it out a little and have some very quick first impressions to share. Here they are, in no particular order:

— The packaging for the Crux Skunk is fairly nice.

— The name feels bizarre to type and to to say. My daughter thought I was making it up as a joke. I wonder if there’s some cool back story behind it.

— For my pledge level (I think it was $155) it came with an attractive black leather carrying case – a nice touch.

— Getting the iPad into it the first time is a bit of a pain in the neck. You need to loosen a couple of bolts on the frame’s bottom holding clasps with a very small, included, Allen wrench; then insert the iPad, then tighten up the bolts and adjust as necessary until you can comfortably open and close the clasps to insert and remove the iPad. Not a big deal – but also not a super slick starting point.

— The case is slim but it feels relatively heavy too.

— The keyboard is very impressive. I had probably my best ever first test with it, with the lowest typo rate in banging out several paragraphs.

I’m not sure how I feel just yet about the looks of the Crux Skunk.

That’s about all I’ve got for lightning first impressions. It’s been a long (long!) wait for the Crux Skunk. I’ll put it to work and spend more time with it and then post a review fairly soon.

Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

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