I’ve heard about the Brydge Keyboard for the iPad for years and seen the glowing reviews. However, I have typically stuck with products from ZAGG and Logitech, as they tend to be a little less expensive and provide more coverage as cases. The main thing that kept me from trying the more expensive Brydge was the fact that it was much more keyboard than case, leaving the back of the iPad completely exposed. The other cases I tried had very good keyboards and provided excellent protection, making them better overall choices for me at the time.
Logitech’s Slim Combo for the previous gen 12.9″ iPad Pro was my favorite keyboard case of all time by leaps and bounds. It checked all the boxes. It offered protection without too much added bulk. It could be positioned at a wide range of angles thanks to the hinged kickstand. The keyboard section could be separated from the iPad section giving it plenty of versatility. For me, that’s the perfect combo of features.
The Logitech CREATE Keyboard Case for the 9.7″ iPad Pro is an exceptional accessory that compliments the already versatile and powerful addition to the iPad Pro lineup. The original iPad was introduced in 2010, and with every iteration and improvement it has shed the simple content consumption device label, and become a more powerful and effective tool. However, even with the newest variant, there are still neigh sayers out there on the fence about the the full capabilities of the iPad Pro, whether it be the 9.7 or 12.9 version. Despite this, the CREATE Keyboard Case makes an undeniable assertion that the iPad Pro will be a more than adequate solution for the majority of users–even the most demanding power users, and here’s why.
I’m not that frequent a user of iPad keyboard cases, but I have to say this one looks great. It’s called the VersaKeyboard and it’s touted as ‘the first disappearing iPad keyboard’.
If it’s even near as good as the promo video then it’s going to be a heck of a good iPad keyboard case. I’m also optimistic about it because it’s from Moshi, makers of one of my all-time favorite and most heavily used iPad cases – the VersaCover.
Here’s a few of the key features of the VersaKeyboard:
- Detachable Bluetooth keyboard with 130 hours of battery life and LED power indicator.
- Folding VersaCover doubles as a stand in portrait and landscape modes.
- Ultra-thin and lightweight design at 13.4 ounces (380 grams).
- Durable polycarbonate shell includes convenient keyboard slot.
- Support for iPad auto-wake and sleep functionality.
It’s compatible with the iPad Air (I hope we’ll see one for the Retina iPad mini soon) and priced at $100.
You can see more detail and place an order at the VersaKeyboard product page at Moshi.
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.
Logitech has unveiled a new line of keyboard folio cases for the iPad and iPad mini. They’re called the Keyboard Folio and the Keyboard Folio mini and, as the bit of the name would imply, they offer protection for the front and back of the iPad and iPad mini.
And as you can see in the promo photo above, they come in a range of colors. They support the iPad’s automatic sleep/wake feature and offer a ‘traditional’ typing experience backed by the solid reputation of Logitech’s keyboard cases.
Here’s the promo video for the new Keyboard Folio cases:
The Keyboard Folio goes for $99.99 and the Keyboard mini for $89.99. Both are available for pre-order now, with the Keyboard Folio expected to ship in April, and the Keyboard mini in May. I ordered a dark blue Keyboard mini this morning.
What do you all think of these new iPad keyboard cases from Logitech?
This will make a lot of iPad keyboard case fans happy. ZAGG has announced that their ZAGGKeys PROfolio+ iPad keyboard cases now come in leather. ZAGG”s keyboard cases have already proved popular with iPad users, and deservedly so – they generally offer the best keyboards in my opinion.
I’ve used ZAGG keyboard cases with my iPad 2 and iPad 3 and liked them a lot. The only thing that prevented me from getting very frequent use out of them was that I disliked the hard, rigid cases. I actually detached the keyboard on my last one, and only use it outside the case these days. I’ve noticed that quite a few other people felt the same about the ZAGG iPad keyboard cases – love the keyboard, don’t love the case.
These new leather models look like they may well change that sentiment very quickly.
Here are some of the notable features for the new ZAGGKeys PROfolio+ keyboard cases for the iPad 2/3/4:
- Backlit keys in 7 colors (PROfolio+ only)
- Full coverage protection (front & back)
- Secure magnetic closure
- Genuine leather or durable polyurethane
They go for $159 and come in a range of 3 clors – brown, red, and mocha.
You can see more details or place an order at their ZAGG product page.
Wow. I only just ordered the ZAGGKeys Mini 9 three days ago, and it’s already here.
This is ZAGG’s new keyboard case for the iPad mini. I chose the 9 model because it has the standard sized ZAGG keyboard – and I ‘m a big fan of their iPad keyboards.
I haven’t even got the ZAGGKeys Mini out of its packaging yet, but I am very much looking forward to giving it a try very soon.
ZAGG, makers of some of the very best keyboards and keyboard cases for iPad, are having a 50% off sale today. They’ve got a number of their popular iPad keyboard cases available at half price for ‘a limited time’.
Included in the sale are their ZAGGKeys Mini 7 and Mini 9 keyboard cases for the iPad mini. I’ve been debating about whether to try a keyboard case for the iPad mini – and seeing this one at just $45 today was too good to resist. I just order the Mini 9 model.
If you’re a fan of ZAGG’s iPad keyboards, or you’re just on the lookout for a good one for your iPad, today is a great day to check out this ZAGG sale.
If you manage to pick one up, let us know in the comments.
The Brydge iPad Keyboard is one of many iPad related Kickstarter projects I backed this year. As some of you may have noted two recent ones were major disappointments: the Human Toolz Mobile Stand for iPad and the Facet iPad Stand. Brydge is touted as an effective and unique iPad keyboard that will give your iPad a MacBook Air like feel.
I’ve had my Brydge for a few weeks now and have recently had a chance to put it to some heavy use. I can tell you right off the bat that it is not a huge disappointment like the two products mentioned above. It hasn’t quite lived up to my, admittedly high, expectations for it though. Read on for some of the reasons why …
Brydge is a Bluetooth wireless keyboard for the iPad, made from ‘aerospace-grade aluminum that is machined and anodized to perfectly match the look and feel of an Apple iPad’. There’s also a black polycarbonate model available now. I got the standard aluminum model. Mine is a Brydge+ with the addition of a stereo speaker that’s placed at the top center of the keyboard.
It is compatible with the iPad 2 and iPad 3rd and 4th generations. My model came with friction clamps on its hinges that are made to fit the iPad 2, with additional friction clamps included to fit an iPad 3rd or 4th gen properly. I have the iPad 3 so I switched them out and it was a fairly easy process.
One of the Brydge’s big selling points is its hinges, described like so at the Brydge website:
Brydge’s patent-pending hinge holds the iPad secure and allows you to position your iPad at nearly any angle, even allowing you to close it up entirely for easy transportation. Once closed, both your iPad and Brydge go to sleep automatically.
Good news for those of you who backed the Brydge Kickstarter project. The latest update email to project backers says that shipping starts tomorrow – Monday November 19. The initial batch of units set to ship are those without stereo speakers. The company is hoping to have an update on shipping the units with speakers by the middle of next week.
The Brydge is a very promising looking MacBook Air like iPad keyboard case that was big hit on Kickstarter and way exceed its funding target.
I backed the project and I’m looking forward to seeing my Brydge – but I pledged for the model with speakers, so I guess I’ll be waiting a little longer.
I know we have some Brydge backers here – if you receive yours sometime this week please let us know what you think of it.