Protective, rubber exterior; Wide space bar; Dedicated button row for iPad mini controls; Can be used comfortably in lap
Kickstand isn't adjustable; Somewhat hefty; Very small Tab key
The ZaggKeys Mini 7 wraps a reliable Bluetooth keyboad for the iPad mini in a durable case.
Designed to slip easily into smaller bags and purses, the iPad mini is going to take some abuse as it rubs up against keys and anything else you might have in your bag. The ZaggKeys Mini 7 wraps the iPad mini in a durable rubber case complete with a Bluetooth keyboard. Available for as little as $44.99 at Zagg's -- half its original $89 price -- this iPad mini keyboard case is a true bargain.
Editors' Note: The reduced $44.99 price for the ZaggKeys Mini 7 is expected to remain in effect while supplies last.
The rubber padding makes the Mini 7 heavier than other cases, but its 0.8-inch profile isn't much thicker than the Belkin Portable Keyboard Case's 0.6-inch depth. The Mini 7 weighs 1.5 pounds with the iPad mini tucked inside while the Kensington KeyFolio Pro 2 weighs a slightly lighter 1.39 pounds.
When open, a sliver-thin keyboard with a microUSB slot for charging sits on the bottom. A slip-proof texture on the bottom of the keyboard case helps keep it from sliding on surfaces.
We liked the way the Mini 7's thin, flip-out kickstand runs the length of case; it made the iPad mini more stable in our lap than the Ionic Keyboard Tablet Case's narrower support. Sadly, the Mini 7's stand is locked at a fixed angle, and you can only view the iPad mini in landscape mode.
Features and layout
We typed at a rate of 56 words per minute and 98- percent accuracy on the ZaggKeys Mini 7. That's a higher rate than most keyboard cases we tested, including the Belkin Portable Keyboard Case (54 wpm, 97 percent accuracy) but not as high as the 61 wpm and 98 percent accuracy we logged on the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard mini.
Unlike the Belkin Portable Keyboard Case, the Zagg's space bar is refreshingly large, and we easily located the period and comma keys.
If you're looking for an inexpensive, durable iPad mini case with a dependable Bluetooth keyboard, the ZaggKeys Mini 7 is a fantastic value. Pick one up while you can at the reduced $44.99 price; it's a great partner for your iPad mini.
|Accessories Type||Bluetooth Device|
|Accessories Type||Bags and Cases|
|Accessories Type||Apple Accessories|
|Size||7.8 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches|
|Weight||12.7 ounces; 1.6 pounds (with iPad mini)|