iGear’s iPad Flip Turn Case Review

Having a wireless keyboard to be used with an iPad seems essential these days. I can’t even imagine using my iPad on a daily basis without having a keyboard, and I feel that many people share my opinion. Luckily, if you’re interested in purchasing a new keyboard, there are a lot of great models to choose from. I would recommend browsing through numerous articles right here on MacReview, where you can find reviews of some of the bestselling keyboard cases on the market.

In this article you’ll get a chance to learn more about iGear’s iPad Flip Turn Case, made for the iPad mini. This is the keyboard case priced at $70 which does sound very appealing. Let’s see what this price brings with this product.

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On a first look I was satisfied with the iPad Flip Turn Case, especially once I took it for a closer inspection. It’s made of hard plastic which will give proper protection to your iPad, and the keyboard seems quality made as well. What I was surprised with is the rubberized layer on the outside, which comes with matte finish. It really feels nice in hand and the tablet will stay in its place once you position it on a desk. Another thing I noticed is that this case, once closed, doubles the thickness of the iPad mini, which is something that I also liked. This way you’ll get a feeling that you’re working on a small laptop or netbook.

This keyboard case is made of two parts connected via one firm hinge. The plastic shell is where you’ll need to place your iPad mini into, which fits nicely and without any problems. It doesn’t come with a button coverage, but this is something that’s common with plastic shell-style cases. What I need to mention is that there’s one wide opening for all ports on the bottom side of the tablet, which is great for those who use 3rd party Lightning cables which come in different sizes. This shell can be connected to the keyboard via magnets, and it can be also positioned at almost any viewing angle which is a great thing.

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Speaking of the keyboard, it comes with five rows of keys where the top row brings numbers combined with all kinds of iOS-function keys. Keys are nicely spaced, especially for a cramped iPad mini keyboard. It will take some time until you become comfortable with this keyboard and its layout, even though it’s pretty much intuitive. You’ll need to adjust to a position of some keys and their double role, but this is nothing to be worry about. Also, Bluetooth pairing is effortless and there’s even an on/off switch at the top of the keyboard.

For only $70, which is a very good price for an iPad mini keyboard case, you’ll get a nicely designed and quality made product. Also, I don’t have any larger complains about the keyboard, which isn’t the best one I’ve seen but it’s fully usable at all times.

ZAGGkeys Folio Review

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.

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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.

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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.

Logitech FabricSkin Folio Review

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.

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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.

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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.

BookBook Travel Journal Review

In case you’ve ever searched for some kind of a carrying case or a bag for your iPad, you’ve probably seen one of those interesting cases made by TwelveSouth, named BookBook. This is a product series created for all kinds of Apple-designed devices (desktop and handheld as well) that resembles an old book which is actually a carrying case for a device and a number of accessories as well. There are several editions of BookBooks, which are all very popular.

As it was expected to happen, TwelveSouth recently introduced BookBook edition made for an iPad. This one is called BookBook Travel Journal and it’s priced at $100. Continue reading to see what the newest editions holds and if there’s some improvement over its predecessors.

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BookBook Travel Journal is made to hold any of Apple’s tablets as well as numerous accessories. It’s being advertised as a carrying case for all iPad-related things, from the tablet itself, up to headphones, styluses, stands, and anything else you can fit inside. This case is 11.3” tall, 8” wide, and 1.9” deep, which means that it’s large enough to hold everything mentioned in the last sentence, but on the other side – it’s not too large nor heavy, so you can easily carry it around with you.

Like other BookBooks, this product is designed to resemble an old hardbound book. The covers are made of quality leather which feels great in hand. Designers also took proper care of the spine which features very quality stitching and holds all the parts together. It’s clear that this is one of the most quality made iPad carrying cases, and I expect you’ll be using it for a long time. Also, if you take a look at the pictures, you’ll see that there’s imitation of pages between the covers. This part is designed to hold the covers together using two zippers, and it’s also made of leather.

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On the inside you’ll find plenty of differently sized pockets. On the left side there’s a large Velcro flap which hides the biggest pocket used to hold any iPad. This pocket offers plenty of space, so you can also use a Smart Cover or a thin case for your tablet. On top of this large pocket you’ll find three smaller pockets with elastic bands on top. These are used to hold cables, earbuds, chargers, and any of those small accessories. On the bottom you’ll find a third pocket which features a leather flap, so this is where you can place your iPhone or an iPod as well.

While the left side is designed to hold your tablet and numerous smaller accessories, the right side is made to hold one or two large devices or accessories. This is where you’ll find adjustable elastic bands. You’ll be able to store even those large headphones (which can be folded flat), or perhaps a couple of notebooks.

When it comes to carrying cases, BookBooks are in the category of their own. I think we can all agree these they are nicely designed and very quality made. BookBook Travel Journal is no exception, and it’s also highly functional as well.

Qode Slim Style Keyboard Case Review

Even though the iPad Air arrived just a few weeks back, we already got a chance to choose from several very interesting keyboard models. Besides this, almost all major accessory makers have already announced their plans to offer wireless keyboards as well, so we expect some very rough competition.

In this article you’ll get the chance to find more about the latest wireless keyboard coming from Belkin. In case you’re following our reviews than you probably know that Belkin is one of the most popular iOS accessory makers, and we always expect great build quality from this company. When it comes to functionality of their products, this can be a subject of an argument, but the truth is that Belkin made very popular iPad-ready cases and keyboards.

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The latest wireless keyboard made by Belkin is called the Qode Slim Style Keyboard Case, and it’s available for purchase right now. It’s priced at $80, and it actually brings a folio case which includes a keyboard. Keep reading to see how well this product is designed, and whether it’s worth the money.

With the price of $80 it’s clear that Belkin wanted to make a keyboard that’s more affordable than other products of this category. Still, this is nicely designed case which can be easily compared against much more expensive models, even though it’s got some quirks. For example, this folio case is made of faux leather, but I didn’t like how thin it is. I also believe that the stitching should be a lot better.

When it comes to design, the Qode Slim Style Keyboard Case doesn’t bring anything new. You’ll receive a folio-style case with included keyboard. You’ll need to place your tablet inside two brackets made of faux leather, which is something I really didn’t like. Even though these brackets are able to firmly hold the iPad Air, I didn’t like their design and I didn’t like that they stretched a bit after a few days of use. It’s also important to note that you can use this case as a stand, since it comes with movable arm on the back which could be adjusted to support several viewing angles.

The best thing about this product isn’t the case, but the wireless keyboard. For the price of $80 you’ll receive nicely designed and fully functional keyboard, with six rows of keys. It brings typical iPad-compatible layout, and you’ll be able to use a row of iPad-dedicated keys. I liked how keys are well-spaced and typing is very comfortable. According to official statements by Belkin, you can expect up to 60 hours of active use, and according to my previous experiences this should be true.

This product is made to be one of the most affordable products of this category, which is its biggest selling point. I had some issues with the folio case, but I really liked the keyboard. This means that I would generally recommend it, even though you’ll be able to buy a premium-grade keyboard case if you’re willing to spend additional $30-40.

Watson Wallet Folio Review

Watson Wallet Folio 3A few weeks back we brought you a review of one of the latest iPhone cases made by Incipio. This case was called Watson, and as it turns out this is the name of the newest product lineup. Incipio decided to bring the same name to all cases, so currently you can find Watson for the iPhone 5/5S, as well as for the iPhone 5C. In this article we are bringing you a review of the Watson case for iPad Air.

Besides sharing the same name, this product lineup carries several features which are in common for all of them. For example, you can always expect to see a combination of traditional folio case and removable plastic shell case, and you can also expect to see faux leather and elastic band which keeps things firm and in their place. Watson Wallet Folio (for iPad Air) is priced at $50, and you can choose from five colors: black, purple, pink, blue, and dark green. You should also know that not all of these colors are available at the moment, but you can preorder them.

Watson Wallet Folio is actually a system made of two pieces. You’ll receive a standard looking folio case, but you’ll notice that the back part comes with plastic brackets which are designed to hold the shell case. This case is also included and could be used on its own, but it’s made to be used as a part of this system. The good news is that the case is designed to firmly hold the tablet, which is a good thing. You’ll actually need to push it a bit stronger than usual until it nicely clicks into the case. Now you can place the tablet into the plastic brackets of the folio case. As I’ve said earlier, you can always remove the tablet (along with the shell case) if you need to use it outside the folio case, but I wouldn’t recommend this since the protection this case provides is not that reliable. Also, the screen and portions of the edges are left exposed, so it’s not advisable to use it as a standalone product.

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Speaking of Watson Wallet Folio, it’s very thin even though it brings layered design. I feel that I needed to be extra careful while using it, since the front cover isn’t as sturdy as it should be, nor is its back side. What I liked about this case is that it comes with three pockets, where you can place credit cards and some cash. There’s also an elastic band that keeps this case shut, so you don’t have to worry if those credit cards will fall out.

What’s also important to say is that Watson Wallet Folio can be used as a stand. Unfortunately, you’ll be able to use only one viewing angle, which seems suitable only for watching movies. I am not sure why designers decided not to implement another viewing angle, suitable for typing. This seems like a very strange and unfinished design decision, as well as this whole product. 

iPad Air Smart Case Review

With each new iPad generation, Apple also releases two types of protection which are compatible with those newly released products. These are the Smart Cover and the Smart Case. The first one is used only to protect the screen of your iPad and it’s using built-in magnets to secure the connection. One the other hand, the latter one provides full body protection, and comes as a shell into which you place your iPad, which also provides foldable front side for the screen protection. These products are made for different types of users, and both of them were very profitable in the past.

Today we’ll be taking a look at the newest Smart Case which is compatible with the recently released iPad Air. The previous generation received mixed to bad ratings, and critics agreed that Apple needed to put more work into creating a case which needs to be the prime example of this product category. Now let’s see how Apple did with the newest Smart Case generation.

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Many users will be happy to hear that the Smart Case for iPad Air snaps easily and without any problems. All you need to do is to carefully place the tablet and push it into the shell. On the other hand, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that despite easy and effortless installation this case holds the tablet firmly in its place. You’ll actually need to push harder to remove the tablet, which I believe is a very good thing for any case.

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When it comes to design and attention to details, it’s clear that Apple decided to put a lot of effort into creating this product. I really liked the edges and how nicely they fit into overall aesthetics of the newest iPad. You can notice those nicely designed edges and enjoy in leather texture, but you won’t notice its weight or bulk which is a very nice balance of design and functionality. On the other hand, there are two things that I didn’t like. First, even though the corners are gently shaped, they can still dig into palms and skin if you hold the iPad for a while. The other thing is that the cover nicely fits, but since it bends inwards when closed this creates a small open space into which dirt can enter. This is not a major concern, but I needed to mention these details since this is the premium priced product, so you’re entitled to expecting the very best.

What’s also important to say is that you can use this Smart Case to provide a stand as well. As you can see from the pictures you’ll get two viewing angles, where one is perfect for watching a movie, while the other one is good for typing.

The iPad Air Smart Case is priced at $79, and you buy it in Apple Stores or online. It comes in only one material (leather), but provides six colors: brown, beige, black, yellow, blue, and red.

LifeProof Nuud for iPad Mini Review

A few months ago we brought you a review of LifeProof Fre for iPad Mini, which is one of the most secure all-around cases for your iOS tablet. In case you’ve ever searched for an outdoor-ready case, you must have seen a series of LifeProof cases which are available for various iOS devices and which all look very rugged and rough. We were very happy with the product we initially reviewed back in July, and gave it a perfect score of 5/5. Today we are going to take a look at its successor, named LifeProof Nuud.

In case you know about LifeProof cases, than you probably know that series named Fre always comes with the screen protection, and a few months later another similar case is being unveiled, which is always named Nuud and comes without the screen protection. This is the case with this Nuud as well, which is also made for the iPad Mini. You can purchase it for $120, which is $20 more than previously mentioned Fre.

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On a first look it seems that Fre and Nuud are the same case, but if you pay attention to details you’ll see some important differences. The new Nuud case is easy to install as ever, and you’ll receive the front frame and the back shell which snap together with your iPad Mini placed in the middle. The back plate is rubberized, which means that your tablet will be well protected in case of accidental drop. What’s important to notice is that Fre doesn’t bring a lot of bulk for an outdoors-ready rugged case, and feels surprisingly light as well. It will take just a moment to assemble the case, which is designed to offer protection from all kinds of external elements like water, dirt, shocks, and almost anything you can imagine.

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In order to keep your tablet waterproof, Fre features protection for all ports and buttons. Even the microphone and the speaker are protected thanks to a special mesh which are covering these openings. The back-positioned iSight camera is protected using a glass cover, while the Lighting port uses a flip-open rubber tip which can be also used as a locking mechanism. LifeProof is known for creating cases which offer very reliable protection, and with the newest Nuud for iPad Mini this hasn’t changed a bit.

Once of the things which are unique to Nuud is that the screen is left exposed. This case is made for those who are not willing to adjust to those hard screen protectors which are usually interfering with the touch controls. This way you’ll get fully exposed touchscreen, ready to be used as always. What’s important to say here is that even while the screen is exposed, there’s an airtight seal that goes all the way around which means that the tablet is protected at all times. I guess that some people will like this setup, but those who would like to keep their tablets completely inside the case should look at Fre.

 

Ultimate Keyboard Case Review

When the iPad was introduced to the market, many critics failed to see its full potential. Even though it was clear that the iPad was innovative and great for consuming digital content, at first it was hard to imagine that one day it will become something very close to a notebook replacement. Simply add a wireless keyboard to this tablet, and you’ll be ready to create documents, edit photos and videos, and do many productive tasks.

I consider a wireless keyboard to be one of those essential pieces of additional equipment, which turns an iPad into a full-featured netbook. Many people also realized this, so today we’ve got an incredible choice of available models. One of the newest trends in the world of iPad-compatible keyboards are products which combine elegant cases with wireless keyboards.

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In today’s article we are going to take a look at a newest product by Belkin, and as it turns out this is a keyboard case compatible with 3rd and 4th generation iPad, but you can also use it with the second generation in a little bit altered edition. It is called the Ultimate Keyboard Case and it’s priced at $130.

When it comes to Belkin, I always expect quality made products which come with great functionality. Not every product becomes a huge success, but in overall you can rely on Belkin’s products. I am glad to say that the Ultimate Keyboard Case exceeded my expectations, since this is nicely designed product which seems like a full-featured premium grade keyboard case.

First you’ll need to insert your iPad into the plastic frame, which comes with cutouts for ports and buttons. Plastics are quality made, and strong enough to fully protect your tablet. The plastic frame is connected to the keyboard (which also acts as a cover) via leather-like vinyl. This construction allows you to use several viewing angles which snap into place thanks to magnets. These magnets also play a role in connecting the front and the back part of this case, so you don’t have to worry about opening it by accident. I need to say that these magnets are not as strong as they could be, but they will do the job.

When it comes to design of the Ultimate Keyboard Case, I was really impressed. There are a lot of fine details that captured my attention, and it’s clear that Belkin’s designers took their time to think about every detail. Finishing touches are there to leave a very positive impression, and they are quality made and nicely balanced as well.

Finally, a few words about the keyboard. It’s incredibly comfortable to use, and probably one of the best keyboards that I’ve encountered in this product category. Layout is very natural, so there’s no adjustment period needed, and iPad-specific function keys are there to allow you to make the most out of your tablet.

Even though this is one of the pricier keyboard cases made for iPad, you’ll get a lot for your money. This is a premium grade product, which you’ll use for a long time. I expect from this product to be one of the bestselling.

Kensington KeyFolio Thin Review

When choosing a new case for your iPad mini, which also includes a wireless keyboard, there are some choices that need to be made right from the start. No matter how many products you try to find, you’ll see that all those iPad mini-compatible keyboards are fairly small and cramped, meaning that you’ll find them uncomfortable or simply unusual to use. But that’s only one of many compromises that designers and manufacturers need to make in order to create a product made to fit tablet of this small size. That’s why some manufacturers try to offer cases with extra strong protection, while others focus on avoiding additional weight and bulk, and there are also those who try to make their wireless keyboards as functional as possible. You simple have to decide which one of these aspects should be primary, and go with that decision.

In today’s article we’ll introduce you to one of the newest Kensington products, and that’s the KeyFolio Thin protective cover, made for iPad mini. This is a case which also comes with a wireless keyboard, and it’s currently priced at $80. In terms of price this sounds like a good deal, so let’s see what features you will get and which compromises were made during a design process.

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Just like most other Kensington products, KeyFolio Thin is made of sturdy and quality materials. On the back you’ll find a plastic case into which you’ll need to place your tablet, which fits nicely. It actually doesn’t add a lot of bulk, and it seems that it offers reliable protection from any serious damages in case you accidentally drop your iPad mini. It’s certainly not one of the best cases that I’ve had a chance of reviewing, but for its price it’s reliable enough and quality made as well.

The other part of the KeyFolio Thin case is a wireless keyboard which is connected to a cradle which holds the tablet via flexible plastic stip. You’ll get to choose from several available viewing angles, and once you find the most comfortable one you can recline the strip and everything will stay in its place. In terms of usability, this keyboard won’t leave you thrilled, but it won’t disappoint either. It will take some time to learn how to fully utilize it and to adjust to some changes like non-traditional key position. A good news is that once you get a little practice you’ll be able to use this keyboard almost like the traditional one, and you’ll get 110 hours of active battery time.

There are also some aspects that I didn’t like about this product, like glossy finish that easily attracts smudges and fingerprints. Also, there’s no magnet support, and there’s a physical on/off switch which means that this keyboard is completely independent and needs input every time it needs to be used.

In case you plan on using a keyboard extensively and on a daily basis, than I am not sure that I would recommend this product. For this price there are some more functional and practical keyboards. Also I guess that this product will works just fine for an average user who doesn’t spend a lot of time in front of their iPads.