Stylish design with multiple color options; Keyboard stays clean and dry; Solid typing experience
Magnetic lid doesn't stay shut; Keyboard texture is awkward at first; Expensive
Logitech's FabricSkin Keyboard Folio offers a sleek keyboard and cover combination that resists spills, but the price is steep.
Logitech is no stranger to the iPad keyboard game. While the company's record is mostly strong -- its ultrathin keyboard for the iPad Mini received our Editor's Choice -- the predecessor to the FabricSkin Folio, the original Keyboard Folio, was somewhat of a bulky disappointment. Now the accessory maker has redone the Folio with a soft fabriclike skin over the keys, but with a largely unchanged layout. Is the remodeled texture comfortable enough to warrant the steep $149 price tag?
iPad's mobility. What's impressive about this accessory is that it looks great performing both functions. We tested the black-and-white synthetic Matt leather version, but there are also other options, including a durable fabric in red, fine woven cotton in blue, woven fabric in gray, quality cotton in yellow and matte leather in blue.
On our white iPad, the black cover and frame with the white keyboard looked fantastic. When folded up like a case, the cover exudes an attractive simplicity that resembles a small but sophisticated notebook. When set up like a keyboard, our white-on-white combination could easily be mistaken as some new kind of Mac. Bottom line: The FabricSkin Folio looks very cool.
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The FabricSkin has another safety measure: the skin itself has built-in liquid resistance to repel stray water drops from those who mix business with, well, drinking.
All of the iPad's ports and buttons are accessible through the skin, and there's a microUSB port on the side of the case to plug in a charger. The FabricSkin Keyboard weighs 1.25 pounds and measures 10 x 7.9 x 0.8 inches. That's a bit larger and heavier than the 1.06-pound Belkin Ultimate, but feels more secure.
Features and Layout
There are iPad-specific functions for Siri, lockscreen, search and on-screen keyboard launch embedded as tertiary buttons accessible by pressing the function button and appropriate number key. Also piled onto the number keys are shortcuts for volume and music control on top of the normal secondary symbol keys.
The left and right arrow keys also have shortcuts for selecting text, which is convenient. Another feature is the replacement of the Escape key with the iPad home button.
While the FabricSkin texture certainly feels good on the fingers and is a nice reprieve from cold hard plastic, it definitely takes some getting used to. Even good typists like us felt a little lost at first and found our fingers wandering around a keyboard that felt pretty mushy initially. Without raised, hard keys, we found ourselves glancing down to check our finger placement more often than usual and sometimes missed the space bar. We averaged 68 words per minute with 94 percent accuracy, compared with 77 words per minute at 97 percent accuracy on the Belkin Ultimate Keyboard case.
However, one of the perks of this case is that the soft material used on the keyboard is very resistant to dirt, dust and fingerprints. On top of that, the speakerlike cutout on the side of the case does a great job of reverberating the iPad's speaker for a much better audio experience.
|Accessories Type||Apple Accessories|
|Accessories Type||Bags and Cases|
|Size||10 x 7.9 x 0.8 inches|