Ever since the iPad Air was introduced to the market, which was almost two months ago, an array of new cases appeared. What’s different about these cases in comparison to previous years is that most of these cases now come with a wireless keyboard included. I believe this is a very good decision, since a keyboard can greatly increase productivity and general usability of an iPad, so by combining it with a case you get two essential products at a reasonable price.
We already reviewed a number of iPad-compatible keyboards made by Logitech, and most of these left a very positive impression. In today’s article we’ll be taking a look at the newest generation FabricSkin cases, which are now made for the newly introduced iPad Air. This case is priced at $150, and it’s already available for purchase.
The newest FabricSkin is still an exceptionally designed folio case, which even seems improved in some areas. There are three color combinations to choose from: Carbon Black, Red Orange, and Urban Grey. It’s interesting to note that the first two bring white interior, while the grey version brings bright yellow interior and keyboard as well.
First, a few words about the process of installation. Logitech uses its own technology called the SecureLock mechanism, which actually works very well. This system is made of two curved plastic pieces which are holding the right top and bottom corners of the tablet. This means that the left side of the iPad Air is completely free so it can be positioned at many different viewing angles, or you can completely flip it onto to the keyboard so you can use the tablet normally. After reviewing a number of iPad cases I believe this is the best locking system available.
When it comes to design and build quality, both are simply exceptional. Slightly curved edges complement iPad’s aesthetics, and colors are very bright and vibrant as well. This case adds .70 inches to your tablet which is good for this product type. It also adds .9lbs which is also a good number, since you’ll be getting a keyboard as well. It’s also important to say that the FabricSkin is water resistant on the inside, which means that you can wipe the keyboard with a wet cloth in case of accidental spill.
Now, a few words about the keyboard. In general, Logitech is known for a bit unusual layout when it comes to iPad-compatible keyboards. This one also brings enhanced layout, so it will take some time until you get accustomed to. On the right side Logitech has made five of the keys half-width, which still doesn’t seem like a bad decision. This way you’ll get a full featured keyboard, even though some accidental input will surely happen. On the left side, the Q and A keys are combined with tab and caps lock keys. None of those things are major drawbacks, and they only demand a couple of days to get used to this situation. After that, you’ll surely enjoy using this keyboard.