ZAGGmate Aluminum iPad 1 (Case with Integrated Bluetooth Keyboard)
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- No added bulk.
- Improves grip.
- Invisible protection.
- Easy to remove, leaving no sticky residue.
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Having said that, the people who designed and tested the device should perhaps have reconsidered the USB connection slot on the side of the ZAGG mate. While the whole case is hard metal, that connector on the side of the ZAGG mate is held on by a thin piece of metal and believe me, it's fragile. I had to replace my ZAGG mate twice in a 3-day period because of this. Thankfully, I'd purchased it from a local retailer who had a lenient return policy. You only need to worry about this when you need to recharge the keyboard, which isn't all that often for me.
If you decide to procure the device, just be very, very careful when charging it. It doesn't take much of a tug on the cable to break the connector and keep you from being able to recharge the keyboard.
Setting up the bluetooth takes all of about 4 seconds. The keyboard is smaller than normal and takes a little bit of getting used to to type on, but it had to be smaller to match the size of the iPad. And herein lies the exceptionally cool thing about this product - the iPad fits nice and snuggly into the case and looks great. The aircraft aluminum on the case matches the aluminum on the iPad. The thickness of the iPad is only increased a very small amount, still easy to carry around, and certainly feels more protected than my previous case.
Your iPad will sit neatly on it's side, easily viewable while you type. Just like a laptop.
Only one complaint - you can't set the iPad in the ZaggMate "right side up" and use the iPad as you normally would, as the back of the iPad is rounded. I see why they designed it this way...if you wanted to do such a thing, the thickness of the two would be much increased when you put them together, and the keyboard would be set down far enough to make it inconvenient and uncomfortable to type with. It's not a huge deal to take the iPad out of the ZaggMate, set the ZaggMate aside, and use your iPad like you normally would...if, for some reason, you use your iPad in such a way that this is inconvenient (I dunno, like, you work on a crab fishing boat or something), then maybe this is not something you want.
If you are traveling with an iPad, this is something you want. If you don't like typing on the iPad screen, this is something you want. If you want your iPad to substitute for a laptop, this is something you want. If you enjoy making your friends and coworkers jealous, this is something you want.
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I like this device, and have no connection it it's manufacture or sales, but I have to clear up a bunch of totally wrong information:
1. It HAS charging AND status power lights.
2. You do NOT have to reach OVER anything to get to the keys, there is a cutout area in the front of the case that your hands and fingers pass over/through quite fine. How you would "scratch your hands" while typing with this keyboard/case is beyond me - I literally cannot configure my hands in any way to do so.
3. It has VOLUME keys ON THE KEYBOARD, so you do not NEED access to the iPad's standard volume control. In fact, the keyboard keys work easier and more smoothly than the iPad itself.
4. It's pointless to compare this combination to a laptop/netbook. Those devices weigh a lot more, and/or have non-touch screens, have no form-factor to use as an ebook reader (I.E. keyboard is attached at all times, preventing easy lap/bedtime use), they cannot be used to sketch/draw with on screen (excepting convertible laptop/tablets, which I also like, but they are much heavier and very short on battery life), they do not have 8-10 hour battery life, they cannot be easily held or passed between two people in a casual presentation. Basically, there is little simularity other than iPads with this case/keyboard and laptops both have monitors and keyboards. The useability is quite different and apparent to all but the most ignorant.
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-Keyboard feels like a traditional keyboard
-Holds the iPad solidy so you can touch screen without upsetting
-Wish it would use iPad power instead of battery. No idea how long the USB charged battery will last
-Can't turn off the CAPS LOCK and on a small keyboard that can be a problem
-Several people comment about the back of the iPad not protected. I don't see this as an issue unless you are really rough on your iPad.
I can't give it a 5 because a few things could make it ideal, but easily gets a four and if rating on just product description it would get a 5.
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