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Functional, but poor quality
on June 27, 2012
I purchased this product for my new iPad 3 and have been using it for approximately one week. Overall, I find it to be better than typing on the glass screen, but there are some strong caveats. TL; DR: Once this thing goes out, I won't buy another ZAGG and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else, either.
- Fits large hands well. I have relatively large hands, and I can type comfortably on the keys.
- Good typing experience. The keys are well spaced, typing on the keys does not require much pressure, and it is overall a good typing experience. Using the shift, option, and command keys while typing normally does not require stretching my fingers uncomfortably.
- Removable keybaord. The keyboard can easily be slid out of the case and allow you to type anywhere with the iPod sitting anywhere else.
- Puts the iPad 3 to sleep correctly. Apparently this was an issue for some; it appears to work correctly for me every time so I suspect they have resolved the problem.
- Handy function keys along the top (toggle on-screen keyboard, home key, lock key, cut/copy/paste, and media controls, as well as a search key)
- Build quality. The plastic frame for the keyboard portion broke in under a week: there are two thin "rails" of plastic which hold the keyboard in the case. These rails started separating at a point on the case where there is an artistic "bevel" after a couple of days and the break has spread. Soon, I suspect the case will no longer effectively retain the keyboard at all. To be clear, I have not used this heavily, haven't dropped it, and only carry it around the office while in the closed position.
- Bluetooth connectivity. Connectivity continuously drops in and out for me. Sometimes just tapping on the keys will allow the keyboard to "wake up" and get it talking to the iPad again, but it is excessively annoying to have the on-screen keyboard suddenly fly up when I am in the middle of typing notes or working on a document. Alternatively, sometimes a key which is depressed "repeats" for about 30 seconds while it's renegotiating connectivity, so you will end up with random "nnnnnnnnn" etc. in your document.
- Bulk. This case adds relatively significant bulk to the ipad, I think it is thicker than it needs to be particularly in the back. Essentially if you are going to use this with the iPad it makes it thicker than carrying an ultraportable laptop.
- Difficult to open. The snap opening latches it shut well but it is hard-molded into the rigid ABS plastic, so it can be difficult to open. Not a problem for me generally but if you have arthritic fingers it may be an issue. A magnet closure would probably have done the job better for this device.
QUESTIONABLE DESIGN CHOICES
- Have to remove the keyboard to charge it. While there are cutouts for all the iPad device inputs (power, volume, lock, and 30-pin) there is no cutout for the keyboard charger. This would be less of a problem if the keyboard rails were not so fragile: I am afraid of extending the crack every time I slide the keyboard out to charge it.
- Does not function as a standalone iPad stand with the keyboard removed.That is, it would be nice (since the keyboard is removable) if you could stand up the iPad in this case after you had removed the keyboard. Unfortunately, they integrated the stand feature half in the case and half in the keyboard, so if you slide the keyboard out, the iPad can not independently stand up either in the case or on the board. Since you have to slide out the keyboard to charge it, this means that you cannot simultaneously charge the keyboard and use it unless the iPad is propped up some other way.
- When in use, the connect and power switch are behind the iPad. This would be less of a problem if the thing didn't disconnect all of the time, but since it disconnects so frequently and sometimes I have to power-toggle it to reconnect it, the fact that I have to reach around the iPad or lift it out of the stand in order to reconnect the keyboard is frustrating.
It's good for big hands, it's generally well laid out as a keyboard, it was easy to set up, and the row of extra keys is nice. It beats typing on glass by a long shot. That said, it is very over-priced considering its design issues and overall shoddy quality. I wouldn't recommend and won't buy again. The last mobile bluetooth keyboard I bought was a Logitech Denovo, which was much better quality and in the same price range (with a mouse, as it was for a laptop) so I know this one is just plain over-priced.