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If you are in the market for a iPad keyboard, be sure to shop around to find the one that works best for you.
The keyboard is great, but combined with the folio, it misses the mark.
What I like about the folio/keyboard
The keyboard has a number of things going for it. Style wise, it has a clean design and the keys have a good feel and are responsive. The keys, however, feel slightly small and could use a little extra space between them to enhance utility. Unlike the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard, I had to slow down my typing and be just a little deliberate with every keystroke. Typing is pretty easy, but it’s not as good as the Logitech. That said, it is light years ahead of the Verbatim Ultra-Slim, which made typing impossible.
The keyboard has a nice row of function keys, which I think is a very useful feature, and highly utilitarian given that you only need to push one button, rather than “fn” plus the other button, which I did not like about the Logitech.
They keyboard runs on Bluetooth and can attach to the folio, or you put your iPad on the couch, and detach the keyboard and type on your lap. It’s a nice feature in theory, but it’s fairly difficult to type while it is attached to the folio (more on that below).
On the other hand, when the keyboard is not connected to the folio, it can be arranged at a number of angles, so that you can pick which angle works best for you, which is really nice.
What I don’t like about the folio/keyboard
The overall design for how the keyboard and folio interact needs some work. When the keyboard is connected to the folio, you have to keep your iPad at a nearly straight vertical angle, which is not a natural angle for viewing/typing. In other words, you will likely want to detach the keyboard in order to type.
The other big design issue is when you close the folio. When closed, the keyboard rests against the face of the iPad, which does not seem good for the screen. It’s possible there is a slick way to close everything up, but the directions don’t address that issue. I even watched a videos online and it appears it is designed to fold up in an extremely awkward manner.
In addition, when it’s all closed and sealed up, the folio and keyboard are fairly thick. It reminds me of George Costanza’s wallet from Seinfeld. It’s thick, bulky, and seems to do a poor job of actually protecting the iPad. The Logitech is lights years ahead in this respect. I found this fairly surprising, as my default iPad case is made by Belkin and I really like it.
To me, the best test is whether the keyboard and cover would make me consider ditching my laptop for my iPad. Although this product has some nice things going for it, it did not pass the ultimate test.
Who should buy it
If you really want a solid iPad keyboard that can be detached from your iPad, this might be right from you. However, be advised the the Belkin folio + keyboard does not neatly tuck itself all together and is probably thicker than a laptop when closed.
If your goal is to keep your iPad protected and maintain it’s relatively slim size, go with the Logitech.