ZAGG Folio Case with Backlit Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad Air - Black
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- Ultrathin: The Folio is one of the thinnest keyboards available.
- Versatile: A unique hinge allows 135 degrees of multiple viewing angles.
- Bright: Backlit keys make typing in low-light areas easy on the eyes.
- Stylish: Leather-textured cover protects the iPad and keyboard from dings and scratches while maintaining high fashion.
- Smart: Cleverly placed magnets activate the iPad's sleep/wake function to preserve battery life.
- Convenient: Specific shortcut keys operate various features and functions right from the keyboard.
- Spacious: Island-style keys, engineered for maximum space, provide 30% more typing area than the competition.
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Get More From Your iPad Air
The ZAGG Folio is the super thin solution for protective wireless Bluetooth keyboards. It's a mere 6.9 millimeter thin, just more than a quarter of an inch, but offers up to 30% more typing room than the competition. With its durable leather-textured cover and resilient case, it protects your iPad from scratches, dust, and dings to keep it looking great, while a pivoting hinge allows you to place your iPad at virtually any viewing angle. Backlit keys make typing in low-light areas easy on the eyes, and responsive, island-style keys provide a natural and speedy typing experience. The Folio zips along on a powerful battery that keeps it powered for up to three months of regular use between charges. With these features, and more, the ZAGG Folio is the all-in-one solution for typing on the go.
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What's in the Box
Package includes one Folio with keyboard, one USB to micro USB charging cable, and a user's manual.
Featuring a unique hinge design that adjusts through 135 degrees, the Folio holds your iPad Air at whatever viewing angle is best for you, just like a laptop.
Measuring only 6.9 millimeter, that’s barely more than a quarter inch, and with full-body protection, the Folio easily slips into a bag or purse, so it goes everywhere you do. Besides being thinner than the competition, it still provides up to 30% more typing space.
With backlit keys that can be customized in an array of colors and brightness, the Folio makes typing in low-light situations a breeze. Plus, you get to have more fun with your typing experience.
The Folio features full-body coverage to help protect your iPad Air wherever you go. With its durable leather-textured cover and resilient case, it protects your iPad Air from scratches, dust, dings and more to keep it looking great.
The Folio offers the roomiest island-style keys that feel just like a traditional keyboard, so you can type comfortably and naturally, without sacrificing speed and accuracy. Its dedicated special function keys also work just like the ones you’re used to, so your fingers won’t even realize they aren’t typing on a laptop.
With all the features the Folio offers, you might think that it sucks its battery dry. Not so. The Folio comes with a long-lasting battery that can keep you going for up to six months of regular use between charges. Regular use is estimated at one hour per day. In addition, cleverly placed magnets activate your iPad Air's sleep/wake function to help maintain its battery life.
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The ZAGG Folio is the thinnest and most diverse Bluetooth keyboard available. It features a unique hinge design that lets you position your screen at virtually any viewing angle. Provides full body protection to help keep your iPad free from scratches and dings. The Folio offers the roomiest backlit island-style keys that feel just like a traditional keyboard so you can type comfortably and naturally, in low-light situations without sacrificing speed and accuracy. A powerful battery keeps it going for up to three months of regular use between charges (Regular use of two hours per day. Using the backlit feature will impact battery life and may require more frequent charging).Closed with iPad: 6.82 x 9.55 x 0.70" ,Keyboard only: 6.82 x 9.55 x 0.30" ,Box Dimensions (LxWxH): 11.6 x 7.5 x 1.0"
Top customer reviews
Overall, the build quality feels solid. (I do wish this version was constructed out of some kind of magnesium alloy or perhaps aluminum, but I understand this could add to the weight (albeit slightly), and possibly hinder wi-fi and cell signals, so I haven't deducted anything due to this.) The plastic it is made from feels about the same as the plastic your typical mid-range notebook computer is built from and does have a decent quality to it.
The case also features a rubber/fake leather type material on the outside covers which I believe helps you keep a grip on it and assists with preventing the case from sliding across your desktop as you type on it. The hinge that holds the iPad up (often the weakpoint for most of these keyboard folio cases) feels solid enough, but your iPad is likely to wobble a bit as you type, at least mine does unless I am on a super-sturdy surface. The backlighting for the keys is quite a nice feature and works well.
+The bluetooth keyboard paired very easily, almost instantly with my iPad Air, with controls so simple I didn't even need the instruction manual to figure them out.
+Keys function well, so far I have noticed no lag, loose/sloppy keys, or other issues with the key function.
+The case feels solid and durable, the hard plastic clamshell design makes me feel that my iPad is reasonably well protected from random bumps, etc.
+Three levels of lighting for the backlit keys. Multiple colors available to choose from with a simple hotkey combination.
+There are a few system hotkeys that I find useful, such as the key in the top left of the keyboard that functions as a home button shortcut. I also enjoyed that there are keys for volume up and volume down, that is a nice feature.
-The hinge will wobble the screen a bit when typing in your lap or other surface that isn't necessarily super-sturdy. For me personally, this is problematic as I often type with my iPad in my lap (-1/3 star).
-The keyboard does not fold back flat, like other designs from competitors do, this is a major flaw in my opinion. This makes it quite difficult to use the iPad comfortably in portrait mode (-1 star). At the very least, the keyboard should separate and allow use of the tablet without it being in the way.
-You cannot use the arrow keys to scroll webpages in safari or other browsers I have tested. I also cannot use the arrow keys to scroll from one home screen to another. This detracts quite a bit from the usefulness of having a keyboard with a tablet, because you are still required to use the touchscreen for some very basic system commands (-1/3 star).
-My particular case came with some blemishes in the hard plastic clamshell that are noticeable and take away from the otherwise nice look of this case. I assume this is some kind of manufacturing defect (-1/3 star).
In conclusion, for what it is, this is actually a pretty good keyboard case. I enjoy it's many useful features and some of the luxury extras such as the color changing backlit keys. It comes very close to being my go-to case for my iPad Air, but the inconvenience of the keyboard in portrait mode is a major frustration that really makes this a questionable purchase in my eyes. I understand that any keyboard is going to add some bulk and take away from the portability of the iPad, but I do not think it is too much to ask of Zagg to make a keyboard that folds back completely flat with a device that is often used for portrait web browsing, reading, etc.
I also feel that while none of the other flaws, by themselves, would take away significantly from owning and using this device, when added together they leave me feeling as though I overpaid for this case by a good 30-50%. For this price range, one assumes they are buying a premium, high end device and these issues simply should not exist when other, cheaper keyboard folios don't have them.
I do like this case and I do not think it is all bad and may even keep it (I am yet undecided), but with the flaws outlined above, and like others have stated, it at times felt like my premium iPad Air was somewhat of a "janky" low end netbook due to some of the quality issues with the case.
I definitely recommend you first seriously consider how much you will be using your iPad Air in portfolio mode, and then check out the competition before pulling the trigger. You will be glad you did.
If you're still reading, thank you, and I hope this helps you with your decision.
First, the annoyances of the old Zagg Folio are gone - impossible to open clasp, kludgy stand design, bulk, weight and near impossible iPad removal are all gone. Zagg clearly surveyed their users on what was wrong with the old design.
The friction hinge design is a huge improvement. No longer will your iPad flop around while you try to get it in the groove and it won't flip over backwards when it slips out (cause of my prior crack). This also solves the clasp problem, simple thumb notch to help you open is all you need.
The new design is also incredibly thin and light, I hated adding the bulk to my iPad 3 but I really needed the keyboard and was afraid of weighing down my new iPad Air. Your Air simply snaps into the thin back where it has some thin leather padded protection. Taking it back out is a breeze just pressing out on the corners.
Finally the keyboard has a fantastic feel and is incredibly thin as well. Not only that but you have backlit keys as well (simple controlled with its own key on the keyboard). They also added a battery indicator button so when you need to charge is no longer the mystery it once was.
Zagg has done a fantastic job with this product, it's a huge upgrade that matches the upgrade of my iPad Air itself. Can't recommend it enough for turning your iPad into a full on laptop replacement.
**May 2014 Update**
Have five months with this case now and despite a trip to Italy, a lot of work travel here the the States and a the daily grind at work it has held up very well with nary a mark or issue.
I noticed another review dinged this case for not doing portrait mode, I really don't get that as that's not what this case is aimed at, this is clearly a "laptop replacement" case. When I had a convertible case I can't think of a time I was using my keyboard with it and if I really want to be in portrait mode you can't find an easier case to snap your Air out of.
I'm still in love with the friction hinge, it's a truly fantastic feature. It has a huge range that it will open to and balances perfectly without adding weight. There's only one way a case would be completely stable on your lap that that would be by adding weight. This case is perfect protection without the bulk. Convertible cases that rely on a notch or groove are way less stable (I know, I had a cracked iPad 3 to show for it).
Although the keyboard is reduced in size the feel is great. I can truly fly on this keyboard and it makes for a great replacement for a trip where you can leave the laptop at home and go with the Air. The arrow keys work as designed for iOS, any limitation on what they do is because of use case choices made in iOS. Personally, if I'm going to scroll flicking works a lot better.
I like the keyboard as it's large enough to feel like a good, sturdy full-size keyboard. The keys are nice and tactile. Really feels like you're typing on a laptop.
Charging the keyboard is simple. It takes a standard micro USB cable and charges up pretty quickly. It holds the charge for several days at least and works for about 5 hours of moderate use.
The case opens to a nice angle and is adjustable. Even when I'm not using the keyboard it's nice to use it as a stand, holding it open in my lap as I read a book or play a game.
My favorite part about this case is how plain and sleek it is. Nothing flashy. It doesn't scream "expensive electronic here for the taking!"
I've found this case to be essential in choir. Most choirs use black notebooks or solid black choir folders. This case blends right in with the others. I upload all of my sheetmusic to a music reader app and join the rest of the choir in rehearsal with nobody the wiser. It's so handy!