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ZAGG ID9RMK-BB0 Rugged Messenger - 7 Color Backlit Case and Bluetooth Keyboard for 2017 Apple iPad Pro 10.5 - Black
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- Formidable layers of protection guard your iPad against impact and corner damage and feature a durable construction that withstands drops up to 6.6 feet
- Multi-device pairing and toggling allows the rugged messenger to connect to two devices at a time and lets you instantly switch between them
- With both a keyboard mode and a case mode, the rugged messenger gives you total versatility when it comes to being productive on the go. Built-in holder for the Apple Pencil - The built-in holder stores your Apple Pencil and keeps it within reach for when inspiration strikes
- The built-in stand secures your device at multiple viewing angles when you want to work or just catch up on your favorite show; Battery life: 2 years
- Laptop-style keys provide a comfortable typing experience. Backlit keys, available in seven colors, make typing easy in low-light conditions
- Compatible for iPad Air 3rd generation
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ZAGG Rugged Messenger 7 Color Backlit Case and Bluetooth Keyboard for 2017 Apple
The whole point of your portable device is to be able to get up and go, right? The Rugged Messenger's wireless, Bluetooth design means you're free to work anywhere without being tied down. The Rugged Messenger's multi-layered polycarbonate structure is designed to withstand drops! That means, from the table top to the parking lot, you can have peace of mind whether you're catching up on your favorite show or running to catch a ride.
Magnets in the built-in stand secure your device at multiple viewing angles to accommodate your activities.
Nothing puts your productivity on pause like an awkward, cramped typing experience. The Messenger’s improved, responsive keys let you type with the speed and ease of a laptop.
Life doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. The keys on the Rugged Messenger are backlit—in seven colors which allows you to keep going, even in low-light conditions.
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Rugged Messenger keyboard and durable, detachable case. Formidable layers of protection Guard your iPad against impact and corner damage and feature a durable construction that withstands drops up to 6.6 Feet. Multi-device pairing and toggling allows the rugged Messenger to connect to two devices at a time and lets you instantly switch between them. With both a keyboard mode and a case mode, The rugged Messenger gives you total versatility when it comes to being productive on the go. The built-in stand secures your device at multiple viewing angles when you want to work or just catch up on your favorite show. Laptop-style keys provide a comfortable typing experience. Backlit keys, available in seven colors, make typing easy in low-light conditions. The rechargeable battery lasts up to two years between charges. A sleep/wake function also helps preserve battery life when the keyboard is not in use. A built-in holder for the Apple Pencil makes storage easy and keeps it within reach when inspiration strikes. Case mode protects your iPad from scratches and dings.
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- Rugged Design, good protection
- iPad cover separable from keyboard
- Integrated Pencil holder
- Back-lit keyboard
- Effective sound redirection
- Relatively low $$$
- Magnetic wake/sleep for iPad
- Thick and heavy
- Large footprint (in notebook mode)
- Doesn't use smart connector
- Keyboard back-lighting leakage distracting
- No portrait mode
So the ZAGG seemed like a good choice for the complete protection and a backlit sturdy keyboard. The first contact reminded me of old laptops, as the massive 0.9 inch make this a thick cover with heft to match. That’s significantly more than the 0.5 inch KuGi/IVSO. I typically don’t care if the keyboard is removable, but with this hefty keyboard it’s a great idea.
Even if it’s thinner than the Logitech Slim Combo, the ZAGG Messenger is neither light weight nor slim. In fact, comparing it to an Ultrabook (I.e. see picture w/ Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro) it’s significantly thicker and heavier despite the Ultrabook being arguably more functional. Of course, you wouldn’t want to drop the naked Ultrabook from the rated 6.6 ft the ZAGG claims to survive.
With the keyboard sporting the usual wrist area it’s located toward the far edge and footprint larger than a similar Logitech Create. I really wish someone would rediscover the design idea behind the Logitech Type+ and simply add a useful pen holder and backlight the keyboard.
The ZAGG has the magnets to wake up the iPad upon opening, but the Bluetooth keyboard needs to be turned on manually unless you keep it in standby mode from which it takes a a second or tow to wake up from. That seems like a cumbersome oversight but the bright side could be that this way you don’t have the keyboard active when not needed (i.e. when using the iPad with the keyboard folded back, and activating the keys could interfere).
The backlighting is a much desired feature for me and while the 7 different colors are gimmicks, the three brightness levels are not. It’s generally good visibility, although the glare from the light leaking out from the edges is a bit distracting.
The pen holder is molded in and keeps the Pencil snug and safe, although it also can block access to the volume buttons. It’s nice that it’s attached to the iPad cover even when removed from the keyboard. Another nice feature of the iPad cover is the redirected sound. Instead of simply providing openings near the speakers, the case provides 4 slots towards the user and the sound is effectively directed that way.
There is no buckle of sorts to keep the cover closed and it relies fully on the magnets. It’s reasonably effective keeping it closed.
So overall it’s very functional. It’s designed to convey ruggedness and “pretty” does not apply. It’s also a bit on the hefty side to get a glowing recommendation. Otherwise it’s one of the better covers I used so far.
When I moved to the 10.5” I was hoping there was something better. I really like the idea of the Apple Smart Keyboard but by the time you add a case you’re looking at $200 for a basic, floppy, non backlit keyboard. And you still have nowhere to put your pencil.
This case is perfect. It feels and looks like a regular iPad case in tablet mode. Flexible, rubbery corners, easy to hold in the hand. Solid slot for the pencil. Easy to swap over to keyboard mode, just drop it in the middle of the keyboard case. Yes- it’s kinda thick when you have the whole thing sandwiched up, that’s the trade off but I’ll take it if it means I have a solid backlit keyboard. Typing this review on the keyboard, sitting on my lap, reclined in a chair. Perfect.
I called ZAGG, which is a great company, and they confirmed that as of now (Jun 2018), they do not have a version of this with holes for the 6G iPad speakers. They said it is too new, and they cannot keep up with all the Apple design changes. Whether this is Apple changing the design to foil the after-market, or just a lack of volume on the 6G 9.7", be aware. Apple does sell a Logitech keypad that has an opening for the speaker holes, but it is a less advanced design than this.
The other negative of this cover is that it makes an extremely thin iPAD, as thick as an iPAD 2 with a keyboard cover on it. But it is an innovative cover.
A year later, I hate this item even more. I constantly topples. It is so useless and irked me so much I came back online to notify the rest of you how much you’ll detest this as time goes on.
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I would emphasise the flexibility of having a separate keyboard / case design, the clever magnetic stand that adjust to several viewing angles and stays firmly in place, and the keyboard backlight that can change colour and be switched off. It all fits together into a high quality solid package.
The whole case/keyboard is listed as 680g versus 469g for 10.5‑inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi model, so when fitted the total is 2.5 times the weight of the iPad, which I actually quite like.
Note: it's well worth reading through the short but informative instruction booklet there are some good tips for getting the most from the many features some of which you might not work out for yourself.
slightly heavier than I thought it would be but I am not overly bothered, gives it a good quality feel. Typing is smooth and a good travel on the keys, so you know you are actually typing unlike some of the soft touch keyboards. Battery life claims to be 2 years at average 1hr use a day. Previous Zaggs were brilliant with battery life so I will be happy to charge once every 6 months or even once a year! Auto power off helps as well. The additional function keys are handy. The backlit keyboard is smart and effective, along with the brightness control where you can dim as your eyes adjust. The ability to pair to 2 devices and easily switch between them. I have switched between iPad and iPhone with no problem at all. A much cheaper option than apple’s own Smart Keyboard, and a lot better protection than the apple keyboard.
I can not recommend this enough. It complements the IPad perfectly and if out and about gives you the desired protection
The whole package does add bulk to the tablet so be aware of that ..
Somewhere to finally store the pencil .. woohoo :)
I wish i got this case on day one and not the Apple keyboard cover as its night and day in my opinion.
Magnetic stand works great and different positions and secure and usefully differentiated.
Magnet connect to between the iPad case and keyboard cover is strong and snaps in with a satisfying snap.
Only downside is the overall bulk is larger than previous case and noticeably heavier. However this case is stronger and has a keyboard and battery built in, so what did I expect? The whole shebang has a reassuring amount of heft to it.