iPad keyboard cases fall into two categories: ultralight designs that only protect the front of the tablet, or cases such as the $99 Logitech Keyboard Folio, which encases the iPad front and back in a plastic shell. But with added protection comes added bulk, as it's almost three times as thick as the iPad. Is this accessory worth the extra weight?
A magnet keeps the case closed when traveling and another keeps the iPad propped at the appropriate angle for typing. There's a hole in the back for the iPad's camera as well as a slot on the side for the volume controls and mute switch. A microUSB charging port, a power switch and a small Bluetooth pairing button are on the right edge.
Measuring 9.8 x 7.8 x 1 inches and weighing 1.43 pounds (2.8 pounds with an iPad), the case looks and feels like a high school textbook. This is almost three times as thick as the 0.37-inch thick iPad, so users will give up slimness for the features and protection provided by this case. By comparison, the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover measures 9.5 x 7.4 x 0.35 inches and weighs 0.6 pounds; however, that keyboard doesn't protect the outside of your iPad.
Connecting the Keyboard to our iPad was extremely simple. We turned on the keyboard and a blue light above the Delete key started blinking to indicate that the device was ready for pairing. We then navigated to the Bluetooth section of our iPad settings and selected the keyboard from the list of available devices. The keyboard was then immediately available for use.
FeaturesBelkin Keyboard Folio.
The top left button, which is usually the Escape key on traditional keyboards, functions as the iPad's home button.
While the keys offer a fair amount of travel, they're slightly convex (rather than concave), which required an adjustment period. As a result, we averaged 55 words per minute with 98 percent accuracy on the Keyboard Folio case. That's somewhat slower than our performance when using the Belkin Keyboard Folio, where we averaged 62 wpm and a 99 percent accuracy rate.
We got used to this keyboard's quirks the longer we used the case, but typing speed still lagged behind a traditional keyboard.
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|Accessories Type||Apple Accessories|
|Accessories Type||Bluetooth Device|
|Size||9.8 x 7.8 x 1 inches|