If you’re interested in purchasing a new iPad-compatible keyboard, than you’ve got a huge choice in front of you. Most of today’s wireless keyboards and keyboard cases are fully functional products, so the only aspect in which these products compete are details and price. This is why it’s important to take a look at those small details in terms of design and functionality, since these things can mean a lot.
A few months back we brought you a review of the ZAGGkeys Cover. Even after several months of reviewing other similar products, I still believe that this keyboard is one of the best. It comes with very natural and logic layout, amazing battery life, great build quality, and there’s even backlit illumination. There’s nothing more you can ask from a keyboard. In today’s article we’ll take a look at another product by ZAGG, which is going to be a keyboard once again. This one is named ZAGGkeys Folio and it’s made for the newest generation iPad, the iPad Air.
The main difference between these two ZAGG’s products is that the Folio version, just like its name says, brings a bit more rounded protection for your tablet since this is a folio-style case. With ZAGGkeys Cover there was just a hinge into which you needed to place a tablet, which leaves it fully exposed. I not saying that one of these versions is better in terms of design or protection, since some people like to easily detach their iPad from a keyboard and use it on its own, while others feel like they always need a keyboard present so they choose folio-style cases. This depends on your personal taste and your needs as well.
The good news is that the ZAGGkeys Folio is pretty much the same as the Cover version in terms of the keyboard. You’ll still get an excellent layout which is very comfortable to use. There’s the top row of dedicated keys where you can quickly access functions like Lock, Siri, playback controls, and similar. There’s also battery indicator as well, which is something I don’t see often with iPad keyboards. And what’s also important to say is that this keyboard brings backlit illumination as well, with several colors and three levels of intensity.
Speaking of folio-case into which you need to place your iPad, it is very quality made and offers great protection. The tablet will be protected from all sides (expect its front), while ports and buttons are left exposed. These openings are very tight, but you shouldn’t have any problems reaching the buttons. The only concern that I have is the Lightning port opening. Just like with many other cases, the official Apple cable will work but I believe that many 3rd party Lightning cables won’t fit. So this is something to think about, especially if you rely on a 3rd party cable.
Two of ZAGG’s keyboards are one of the best products on the market, in this hardware category. Both are priced at $100, which is still a very good price for an iPad keyboard case.