Rotates into portrait or landscape mode; Hard plastic shell feels durable; Keyboard can slide out; Lets you adjust angle of iPad; Inexpensive
Small, cramped keys; iPad not secure when used in lap; Poorly placed stylus holder
The Targus Versavu Keyboard Case for iPad Air lets you rotate your tablet into portrait and landscape mode, but its keys could be larger.
While most 10-inch tablets are designed to be held in landscape mode, portrait mode works best when typing documents. The Targus Versavu Keyboard Case addresses just that need, with a 360-degree rotating tray that lets you put the iPad Air into either a portrait or landscape orientation. But does its performance match this functional design?
The Targus Versavu has a hard black shell that's covered in fake leather, which makes it feel a little more durable than other, softer-shelled keyboard cases. The section that holds your iPad Air in place is made of two pieces, so it's not as uniform a look as other keyboard cases.
You can use the iPad Air in portrait mode for reading a book or scanning through a document. But in landscape mode after a quick rotation, you can play a game or watch a movie. It's rather ingenious -- and, according to Targus, fully patented.
The iPad Air rests a bit too loosely on a ridge located just above the function keys; as a result, when we used it in our lap, the iPad flopped backward. However, when we slid the keyboard out, we could rest the iPad behind it, which made it slightly more secure.
The Versavu measures 9.53 x 7.09 x 1.02 inches and weighs 18.2 ounces, making it slightly heavier than a typical keyboard case. However, it's about 3 ounces lighter than the 21.5-ounce Kensington KeyFolio Pro Plus with Backlit Keyboard.
PerformanceLogitech FabricSkin's membrane-style keyboard, but not nearly as snappy as the M-Edge. We typed at only 54 words per minute on average with a 96 percent accuracy, the worst among the keyboard cases we tested. The best performer, the M-Edge Universal Stealth Pro Keyboard Folio, flew through the test at 64 wpm.
Fortunately, there is a row of function keys for controlling music tracks, volume, copy/paste and search above the number row. The backspace key was also easy to find (on this keyboard, it's labelled "Delete"). There's a dedicated .com key, too.
At $69, not only is the Targus Versavu Keyboard Case less expensive than the competition, but, unlike all other keyboard cases, it lets you rotate your iPad from portrait to landscape mode.
|Accessories Type||Apple Accessories|
|Accessories Type||Bluetooth Device|
|Accessories Type||Bags and Cases|
|Size||9.53 x 7.09 x 1.02 inches|