iPad cases with built-in keyboards have littered the market as of late. In fact, you'll have to be pretty special in order to steal people's attention with one. We have a feeling you can feel that way about the Logitech Keyboard Case.
A half-shell case, it won't cover your iPad front and back like most keyboard-toting accessories. Instead, you can set the tablet face down on it when not in use, giving your screen a hard and tough layer of protection (aircraft grade aluminum) during transit, all while adding a mere 1/8th inch to the overall thickness.
As the name implies, the Logitech Keyboard Case features a Bluetooth QWERTY keyboard that you can use for faster typing on the iPad. Keyboard size is similar to those of ultraportables and is ample enough after some getting used to.
The iPad 2 sits on a slit on top of the keyboard, which holds it a slight angle. Not only can it prop up the tablet in landscape orientation, it can do portrait, too, which is my personal preferred typing view. While specifically designed for the iPad 2, the slit should be able to handle a good deal of hardware types, as well, such as the iPhone 4 (if you'd like to use a keyboard to type on it) or some of the other Android slates on the market. I do wish the slit was adjustable, though, so I can throw in a beefier skin on the iPad 2 and still use it.
Made by Zagg, the Logitech Keyboard Case is available now, priced at $99.99
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When I heard Thinkgeek had an iPad keyboard case of their own, I was wondering what quirky twist the accessory was going to get. Sadly, though, their iPad Bluetooth Keyboard Case doesn't really pack the outfit's familiar sense of humor.
Not that it's a bad case. I mean, it looks pretty good from the pictures. Other than a halfway funny product page, though, it's actually strikingly similar to the deluge of keyboard-toting cases that flooded the market, since the first one so cleverly presented itself a couple months ago.
Thinkgeek's iPad Bluetooth Keyboard Case is a three-fold booklet-style case, with the iPad compartment on one fold, a slim chiclet-style QWERTY keyboard in the middle fold and an extra flap with the closure. When folded in, you can hide the keyboard behind the iPad, so you can use the tablet without extra stuff getting in the way.
Keyboard comes with a couple extra iPad-specific keys: Home, Volume, Search and iPod playback controls. It's got a rechargeable battery unit onboard, too, which can keep you typing on the go for up to 90 hours. Weight with the entire ensemble, including the tablet loaded in, comes down to 2.75lbs.
The best part here has to be Thinkgeek's tag line: "Because you really needed a keyboard after all." Probably written in half-jest, of course. You can get the iPad Bluetooth Keyboard Case now for $59.99 by clicking on the image below.
Do you love your iPad to death, but can't get rid of the netbook form factor for on-the-road use? Slip your tablet inside the KeyCase iPad Folio, a carrying case with a built-in Bluetooth 2.0 keyboard that lets you type on your iPad as if you're using a regular laptop.
As awesome as the iPad is, all that fancy multi-touch is no match for a notebook computer when it comes to getting heavy typing done. This "keyboard case" creatively mimics that, giving you a physical QWERTY keyboard, along with propping the slate at an adjustable angle. When not in use, the flap holding the keyboard can be folded right under the iPad, allowing you to use the tablet the way it was meant for.
The Keycase iPad Folio is a book-style protective case that holds the iPad on one flap and the keyboard on the other. A magnetic fastening secures the device when you close it shut, with the durable exterior protecting it from the rigors of regular handling.
Keyboard has a built-in battery that it can juice for up to 45 hours of active use on a single charge. It's dust-proof and spill-proof too, making it ideal for on-the-go use. Features include an auto-sleep mode when the keyboard is idle for 10 minutes and a dedicated pairing button for quickly reconnecting.
Availability of the KeyCase iPad Folio appears to be restricted to Gear Zap (for now), who are pricing it at £59.95 (including taxes). The case only comes in one color (black) and includes a one year warranty.