ZAGGmate Keyboard Case for iPad2 Review

Do you love your iPad but wish it had a physical keyboard like a NetBook.  Well thanks to the folks at ZAGG your wish can come true.

The ZAGGmate keyboard case for the iPad and iPad 2 is a compact, lightweight, aircraft aluminum case with built in stand and bluetooth keyboard which essentially turns your iPad 2 into a Touchscreen NetBook with the flexibility to use the iPad as a NetBook or Tablet as well.

Unlike the Apple iPad Keyboard dock which awkwardly limits you to docking the iPad in portrait mode the ZAGGmate keyboard case allows the iPad to be viewed in either landscape or portrait mode.

The keyboard features several “Hot Key Buttons” including a “Home” button which is essential to the iPad operation and brings up the home screen on the iPad, a “Search” button which brings up the iPad search screen, a photo slide show button, play/pause, volume, forward and back buttons for music.

The ZAGGmate bottom case protects the glass front screen of the iPad but the back aluminum housing of the iPad is left exposed and becomes the back of the ZAGGmate case.  This design minimizes the thickness of the ZAGGMATE case, increasing the thickness of the iPad by only a quarter of an inch but provides no protection to the back of the iPad.  ZAGGmate manufacturers the popular invisibleShield cover which we recommend you install to protect your iPad from scratches.

Technical Specs:

  • Aircraft-grade aluminum with anodized finish that matches the iPad 2
  • Military grade high-density padding for superior drop protection
  • Stylish, thin and lightweight. Half as thin as most folios for the iPad 2
  • Large, flat base allows for use on a soft or uneven surface such as a lap or on a bed
  • Only adds about ⅛” to the iPad 2
  • Embedded wireless Bluetooth physical keyboard
  • Weight 12.2 ounces (.345 Kg)
  • USB to micro-USB charging cable
  • Battery, 510 mAh rechargeable lithium polymer

Macworld voted the ZAGGmate Keyboard case with the coveted Best in Show Award at this years 2011 Macworld Expo.   At $99 dollars the ZAGGmate keyboard case is almost twice the price of the Apple iPad Keyboard Dock however the versatility of being able to view the iPad in either portrait or landscape mode and the ability to use the ZAGGMATE as a case as well as a keyboard make the investment well worth it especially for those iPad users who are heavy typists.

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