During the last couple of months we’ve seen some excellent folio-style keyboard cases for the newest iPad, which is something that previous iPad generation lacked. Some of these keyboard cases are high quality ones and they can transform your tablet into a notebook that can be used to edit documents, browse the web, manipulate 3D and CAD models and files, edit photos and videos, and much more.
In this article we’ll tell you more about Logiix’s Roadster Writer keyboard case, compatible with the iPad Air. This folio-style case can be purchased for $100 right from the Logiix’s online store.
Just like many similar folio-style cases, Roadster Writer comes with a plastic shell case which holds your tablet. Even though I usually don’t expect much from these plastic internal cases, I was a bit disappointed with this one. You’ll need to push the tablet very hard into the case since it seems a little bit too large for it. The case also leaves all ports and buttons fully exposed so dirt can easily accumulate in these openings. The one good thing is that the case can be rotated, so you can use it in a portrait orientation while typing. This can be combined with numerous viewing angles, so I was pleasantly surprised to see this kind of functionality.
When it comes to design, Roadster Writer offers very traditional design and faux leather on the outside layer. Not every faux leather is the same, and there are clearly different levels of quality and aesthetics, so I need to say that this case in somewhere in the lower end. I expected more for this price.
The best thing about this case is the keyboard. It’s fully made of plastic and it’s also detachable. This means that you can get several viewing angles, which is always a good thing. Even though it offers somewhat smaller keys, it’s very enjoyable to work with and comfortable for everyday use. As you can expect, the iPad-specific keys are placed in the top row, but they are combined with the numbers. Along the edges you can find the standard set of main controls like a power switch and Bluetooth pairing button. This keyboard can be charged via micro-USB port.
The biggest selling point of Logiix’s Roadster Writer is detachable keyboard and use of tablet in its portrait orientation. These are two things that you can’t find in every iPad keyboard case model. On the other hand, there are several things to be concerned about. Roadster Writer doesn’t bring great build quality, so I am not sure if you’ll be able to count on using it for a long time. It’s also very surprising to see this kind of faux leather, which can be usually seen on lower-end products. For $100 you actually get a very large choice of available keyboard cases, so you’re entitled to expect great build quality and high functionality. Logiix’s newest keyboard case only partially manages to fulfill these tasks.