Adjustable stand; Removable keyboard; Dedicated buttons for media controls and iOS navigation
Mushy keyboard; Small buttons; Easy to make typing mistakes
The Kensington KeyFolio Pro 2 keyboard case has a removable Bluetooth keyboard, but the typing experience leaves much to be desired.
Designed for iPad mini owners looking to get some quality work out of their tablet, Kensington's $79 KeyFolio Pro 2 is a professional, portfolio-style case with a 7-inch Bluetooth keyboard tucked inside. The Pro 2 lets you adjust the angle of the iPad mini--a feature many simiilar accessories lack--and its keyboard detaches from the case. But while this iPad mini accessory looks sharp, the keyboard itself is definitely not.
DesignBelkin's iPad mini Portable Keyboard Case.
We liked the texture of the Kensington case more than the industrial-grade rubber of the ZaggKeys Mini 7, but both lack a strap of some sort to keep the case from flapping open.
The Pro 2 weighs just 1.4 pounds with the iPad mini inside, which is just shy of the heaviest keyboard case we reviewed, the 1.5-pound ZaggKeys Mini7.
Like the Belkin case, the Kensington KeyFolio Pro 2 lets you adjust the angle of your iPad mini. The iPad mini slips into the KeyFolio's faux leather-trimmed sleeve, the bottom portion of which attaches to the base with a velcro lining. The velcro lets you secure it at an angle, anywhere from a straight 90-degree upright position to a more relaxed 45 degrees.
To add more flexibility, the Pro 2's Bluetooth keyboard detaches from the case. Thanks to a sturdy, worry-free magnet at the head of the keyboard, you can pull the typing surface away from its nest in the case and use it however you like. The case was well balanced in our lap even though the detachable keyboard sometimes slid off our jeans.
Another standout feature of the KeyFolio Pro 2 is a stylus holder between the iPad sleeve and the keyboard. Like many Bluetooth keyboards for the iPad mini, there's a microUSB port along the keyboard's right side for charging.
Features and Layout
PerformanceLogitech keyboard case (61 wpm, 98-percent), the Zaggkeys Mini 7 (56 wpm, 98-percent), and the Belkin case (54 wpm, 97-percent).
The teeny size of some important keys is a large problem: the right Shift, Control, Alt, Command, and space bar keys are all miniscule compared to the width of buttons for letters. The small Backspace button led us to accidentally hit the +/= key above it. The left Shift button abutts the Caps Lock button, also forcing more errors.
|Accessories Type||Bluetooth Device|
|Accessories Type||Bags and Cases|
|Accessories Type||Apple Accessories|
|Size||9.6 x 6.1 x 1.4 inches|
|Weight||11.3 ounces; 1.4 pounds (with iPad Mini)|