ZAGG ZAGGfolio for Apple iPad 2 - Carbon with Black Keyboard (FOLCARBLK97)
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- Space-saving keyboard designed for fast and accurate typing, supports iPad 2 in both landscape and portrait orientation.
- The removeable iPad keyboard works in combination with the built-in stand to give you the most flexibility of use.
- Easy to connect and easy to use, the Bluetooth keyboard allows you to stay connected whether your keyboard is in the iPad 2 folio case or not.
- IPad 2 specific keyboard shortcuts include volume control, music control, home, search, copy and paste.
- Whats In the Box: iPad folio with removeable bluetooth wireless keyboard (battery included), USB to micro-USB charging cable, User documentation
- Rechargeable built-in keyboard battery provides weeks of use between charges.
- Type with the keyboard in, or out of the folio. Or just use the folio alone as a stand.
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Created with a stylish design and a durable microfiber lining, the ZAGGfolio is an impressively thin multi-function iPad folio case for Apple iPad 2, complete with a removable Bluetooth keyboard and a built-in stand system, ideal for on-the-go use.
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Here is the bad news. The case isn't so great if you don't want to use the keyboard, which in my case (pardon the pun) is quite often. It would be nice if the keyboard could somehow flip out of the way, but its nearly impossible and becomes dead weight in this kind of usage.
And this is the larger problem with the case - the plastic shell. I have found that due to rubbing with the keyboard, the case is marring the edges of the iPad 2. Nothing bad, but very noticable. There should be no contact. But this happens because the case has to "snap" together when closed, if its not exactly right, the marring happens.
What would make this case a 11 out of 10 is if it used the exact same design - but instead of plastic, it has a nice leather exterior or some combination of the plastic and leather. And if the keyboard was removable in a way that made more sense with the case.
Again, this one has by far the best keyboard for your iPad 2, but the plastic case is as much a drawback and it is a benefit. For me, I will only use this case when I travel, otherwise I will use another leather case for daily and home use.
For Xmas, I received an iPad 2. I immediately searched Amazon and found the Otterbox Reflex/Hybrid case for my new iPad 2. I got it quick and immediately "installed" it on my iPad 2. So, if you haven't already guessed, I was less than thrilled with the outcome.
Here I am today with my new Zaggfolio. I got it quick through Amazon and removed my old Otterbox for this case. Let me just say that this case/keyboard combo is magnificent! I love having a full-size Bluetooth keyboard for various tasks (emails, auctions, etc). I am a PC user; IMO, the key spacing and layout is great. Perfect amount of space with a very user-friendly set of shortcuts. I love that you can wake the screen with just a touch of the keyboard. The iPad doesn't even have to be unlocked!
Durability: this thing is rock solid. The case protects both front and back with the appropriate amount of space/openings for all of the ports/speakers/etc. I have no issue with throwing the iPad 2 down on my front seat on the way to work.
Functionality: as mentioned above, it is incredibly user-friendly. The Bluetooth keyboard took a matter of second to connect with the iPad. It has a convenient on/off switch to help save battery life. It is charged by a micro USB that you can plug into your computer or any other compatible USB charging device. I use my ZaggSparq 2.0 to do the trick.
When placed in landscape mode, it is at the perfect viewing angle, regardless if you are using it on the couch or on the table. When traveling, the latch secures the case without issue. Just like with the Apple Smart Cover, this case will put your screen to sleep when you close it.
To address what everyone has been talking about: the charging of the keyboard. Yes, you have to remove it from the case to gain access to the micro USB port. To me, not a big deal. If I have to charge it every two weeks, I don't mind removing the keyboard. I just flip the on/off switch to conserve battery life when I am not actively using the keyboard. But the great thing about the removable keyboard is that you can use it without being "hooked" into the case.
I have not had any issues with the keyboard scratching or rubbing against the screen. There are two rubber grommets/stoppers above the keyboard that prevent the keys from actually contacting the screen. But, I do have an InvisibleShield in place, just in case! Oh, and the compatibility with a Zagg InvisibleShield is not an issue. With the Otterbox case, it would peel up the sides.
So after years of being a loyal Otterbox customer, I took the plunge and haven't looked back. I highly recommend this for anyone looking for great protection and functionality.
The case is not a carbon fiber case as the presentation would lead you to believe. It is carbon black plastic with a cross hatch pattern. There is no way to charge the keyboard without removing it from the case, which is not all that hard, but it is inconvenient. The third thing is that the "delete" key is actually a backspace key. There is no delete key. It is also located just under the key which turns off the iPad. Now, that, will take me some getting used to! My last gripe is that it takes me a while to figure out how to get the case closed. The case top and bottom don't just automatically mate up when you fold the two halves together.
What I do like about this case and keyboard is that it is compact, seems very well thought out and it holds my iPad quite securely. All of the iPad's ports are easily accessible. The complete unit sits comfortably in my lap making it the smallest and most useable little computing combination I've ever used. Yes, I have some minor issues with this keyboard/case combo, but it has made using the iPad a real joy. I highly recommend it. It's hard for me to believe that a keyboard this small can actually allow me to type nearly at my normal speed. The little nubbies on the J and F keys are very pronounced and I like that very much. Some keyboards don't have that feature and I'm constantly looking down to see where my fingers are on the keys.
Oh and there are a couple caveats you should be aware of. The keyboard mates via a bluetooth connection. You must disable it to use the touch screen keypad. And, this is not a flaw of the keyboard but part of the design of the iPad. You can not connect a blue tooth mouse without having to hack the OS. The iPad was designed to be a touch device, not a computing replacement.