The bad news is that the market is flooded with iPad cases, keyboards, folios, and products that claim to be all three. Even worse, many of the products I reviewed were pretty terrible.
The silver lining, however, is that there are a handful of very good to great products. Find out which products are the best fit for your practice.
The best keyboard
Truth be told, my two favorite keyboards are keyboards/cases, which is a sad reflection on many of the iPad keyboards on the market.
The Logitech Ultrathin (pictured) and the Logitech Keyboard Case for iPad 2 have great keyboards. The Logitech Keyboard Case for iPad 2 is a better keyboard, but the raised edges can get frustrating if you are typing a ton. At the same time, the keys are more comfortable and slightly more responsive.
Frankly, I don’t think you can go wrong with either keyboard. If you can get used to the raised edges on the Logitech Keyboard Case for iPad 2, it is a better keyboard. If the edges drive you crazy, there is plenty to love about the Logitech Ultrathin.
I’m giving an honorable mention to the Kensington Keyfolio Pro 2 for iPad 2. I graded it just a touch below the two Logitechs, as the keyboard is thinner and the keys are a touch undersized. On the plus side, it is by far the best detachable keyboard I reviewed. As an added bonus, it disconnects and reconnects through magnets, which is pretty nifty.
While the Kensington takes honorable mention in this category, it graded out numero uno for . . .
The best case/folio
The Kensington Keyfolio Pro 2 (pictured) has a very nice keyboard, but it is also a folio and a stand. Hands down, it takes the cake for that type of case. The case is not the best-looking, but it is nice enough to pass muster in most situations.
What makes the case unique is a great detachable keyboard, and velcro that allow you to adjust the case to almost any angle.
Runner up for best case/folio is the Incipio Lexington. There is no keyboard, but it is a solid case/stand/folio. Unlike many covers, it also has magnets in the screen cover, so it will automatically turn on/off when you open and close the case.
You can also adjust the stand for multiple viewing angles. The biggest downside with this case is that it’s made of micro suede and upon close inspection, it looks like micro suede. At the same time, I’d much rather have a case that looks ok and works great versus the alternative.
The best keyboard and case
Hands down the Logitech Ultrathin is my favorite. The keyboard is just a hair behind the other Logitech keyboard. It’s not the only cover that attaches magnetically, but I believe it’s the only keyboard/case that attaches magnetically. A minor detail, but an important one nonetheless.
The case is very compact, but gets the job done. The only real negatives are that it only covers the screen, and the keyboard pushes up right against the screen.
That said, using this case will make your iPad almost as useful as a laptop, while still maintaining the size that makes an iPad so appealing.
The Logitech Keyboard Case for iPad 2 gets honorable mention (pictured at right). The case is bigger and provides more protection—if you live a rough and tumble life you can’t go wrong with this case. The only downsides are that it does not actually connect to your iPad—it wraps around it—and it’s not the most aesthetically pleasing. Then again, if you are using this case, aesthetics are probably not your main concern.