This is a discussion on Case with removable keyboard?? within the iPad Accessories for iPAD 1, 2 and 3 forums, part of the Apple iPad Discussions category; Originally Posted by jsh1120 Originally Posted by eddieras i just got an ipad2. i'm trying to find a case with a removable keyboard. I'll be ...
thanks for the tip on the Trent case - looks good but i don't think the keyboard is removable.
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The advantage of the Msoft keyboard is that its keys are full size and the keyboard itself is ergonomically curved so you don't feel as cramped as you would with the Apple keyboard. Doesn't fit as well as the Apple keyboard on an airline tray table, since it's wider overall and the curved form factor adds a bit to its front-to-back length, but it's very comfortable to use.
The Msoft keyboard has a plastic housing compared to the Apple's aluminum, but I've found the former to be very durable and to travel well. Furthermore, the Msoft keyboard comes with a separate number pad, so if that's important to you, it's especially sweet. Finally, the Microsoft keyboard is about $25 less than the Apple.
So now you have a bag (if you need it) that holds both a very good keyboard and a bag that accommodates both it and the iPad. The only thing lacking is a stand for the iPad that holds it at an appropriate typing angle. Amazon has a number of stands that should meet your needs.
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OK, it's a cobbled together solution, no question about it. But if you want a detachable, very good keyboard, a stand that lets you hold the iPad in either landscape or portrait orientation, and a bag that will hold the iPad/SmartCover combo, the stand, the keyboard and a sandwich or two, it does the job at a cost competitive with the Zaggmate or even less if you already have a laptop/netbook bag.
Last edited by jsh1120; 05-22-2011 at 08:43 AM.