The Padacs Rubata Mini promises to protect your iPad mini while speeding up your text entry --and it does both at a great price. This keyboard case dons a smart-looking, business-casual exterior with a Bluetooth keyboard that boasts superb tactile feedback. At $39, this accessory costs half as much as many other keyboard cases, making it a compelling value.
DesignIonic Keyboard Tablet Case's faux-leather material slightly more because of its textured and grippy feel. However, the Rubata Mini's simple, metal clasp was much easier to close than that of the Ionic case, which has a leather strap you must stuff through a loop.
The Bluetooth keyboard on the inside of the Rubata Mini isn't removable, but it's covered in the same sharp, synthetic leather as the case's outer shell. The iPad mini slides into a pocket at the top and rests conveniently in clamshell mode with plenty of space to access ports and buttons.
The Rubata's stand won't work well in your lap because it's thin and a little flimsy; still, it's effective for tabletop use even though you can't adjust the display's tilt very much.
Like the Ionic Keyboard Tablet Leather Case, you must press the Function key along with the assigned number button to access iPad-specific controls such as media playback, brightness and volume. You even have to press the Fn key to activate the home button, something none of the other cases we've tested require.
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Our fingers stumbled when we tried to tap the small Enter key, but we adjusted with time.
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|Accessories Type||Apple Accessories|
|Accessories Type||Bags and Cases|
|Size||8.0 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches|
|Weight||7.6 ounces; 1.4 pounds|