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iPad Keyboard Case thoughts

01-03-2013, 01:03 PM
#1
iPad Keyboard Case thoughts

Forewarning - this is NOT an advertisement thread, just a thoughts thread.

Have any of you used/own an iPad/iPhone keyboard case? I have recently bought the clam case for iPad (retails at $150) and it is surprisingly not all that great. The keyboard sticks, buttons are small, and it's kind of a pain in the you know where. The thing is though, it's so dang portable. It can flip to 360 degrees, be used as a stand for watching movies, play games, and even type on the virtual keyboard with. It can go in landscape mode with no problem, and when in it's regular stance, acts as a mini little iPad laptop.

Now recently (as in 8 hours ago) I bought the apple keyboard to test it out. I have a late 2011 mbp and love it. The keyboard for this is wireless, so I can also use it for my PC gaming (with, of course, my external display). So I can have a closed laptop. Then again, I will also use it for my iPad with the Clamcase as a stand... that being said, I kind of feel like it's a waste of money. I just bought the PadPivot from amazon, and that was relatively cheap compared to a whopping 150 buckaroos.

Now for the point of the thread, do any of you use an iPad keyboard case?

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01-03-2013, 01:20 PM
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I don't have a case, but I was looking at getting this a portable Logitech keyboard.

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01-03-2013, 01:36 PM
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Originally Posted by coconutbowling View Post
I don't have a case, but I was looking at getting this a portable Logitech keyboard.
I'd first google some reviews, I hear that case Is anything but marginal.
01-03-2013, 01:47 PM
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Originally Posted by coconutbowling View Post
I don't have a case, but I was looking at getting this a portable Logitech keyboard.
Be careful when you order that one online...

I bought my Dad a Logitech keyboard case this year for Xmas. Only it's the version for iPad with the surrounding case. It's this one.

You flip the iPad over and it converts into an aluminum hard case that protects the face of the iPad, and when it's in keyboard 'mode' you snap the iPad magnetic edge into a groove just above the keyboard. It's pretty neat.
I believe it actually might be out of circulation now though (since Factory Direct are selling it), although you may be able to find it on eBay or Amazon. I got mine with an extra year of warranty for $36.
The only problem I find with this keyboard is that it exposes the rear of the iPad to scratches since you can't use a case or a stand with it. I ended up also buying him a small sleeve to put the entire unit plus keyboard in it as a protector. It's a bit of a workaround for people who are a bit anal about scratches though.

The one you listed, by default, has Windows-centric hot keys, whereas the iPad specific version (there are two very similar models) has the keys dedicated to the iPad. Make sure you get the right one. They're both the same price and look absolutely identical on the packaging other than a small decal saying it's for Mac OS. The difference is that this keyboard is catering to tablets and PC/Macs in general, rather than tailored specifically to the iPad.

Just saying...

Oh, and the keyboard is pretty nice. It feels exactly like an Apple keyboard.
01-03-2013, 03:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Pman View Post
I'd first google some reviews, I hear that case Is anything but marginal.
Here's my 4 star review of it on amazon. It's awesome. Case boards are awful because they're too small, and mess the screen up.

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03-28-2013, 11:38 AM
#6
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03-28-2013, 11:58 AM
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Now it's an advertisement thread.

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03-28-2013, 12:15 PM
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I personally bought the HP Touchpad Wireless Keyboard, it's the only Bluetooth Keyboard that I've used with a build quality similar to what you'd expect from Apple. I managed to nab it cheap when the TouchPad firesale began (59 down to 19) but I'm sure you can probably still grab one from somewhere
03-28-2013, 03:59 PM
#9
I use an ihome tripod with a Targus Sleeve as in the attached picture. The tripod is on the right side, the tripod that my ipad is on is a Gameloft Duo Gamer Joystick stand. I don't like cases, prefer a sleeve. A sleeve is good to rest on your lap or chest when laying down so it doesn't did into you. I've been really happy with it so far.

Edit: rereading this thread, it seems about cases for keyboards, so ignore my comments.
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03-28-2013, 08:29 PM
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I hate all keyboard cases.

Just get the Smart Case and use the bluetooth apple keyboard.

Or use another case of your choice, or no case at all, and go to http://twelvesouth.com where you will find the best stands out there, and just the coolest shit

Last edited by k1lljoy_89; 03-28-2013 at 08:31 PM.