Best iPad 2 case with keyboard

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  1. Mjhudston

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    I did have a Zaggmate with keyboard case, but found that it left the back of the iPad exposed and unprotected. The rubber feet lasted all of two hours, and came off and then it slid all over the table when trying to type. Also I found it very difficult to type on as the keyboard is recessed, and I kept catching my fingers on the metal of the case. Ouch. I admit it looks the part, but I was very disappointed with it in the end. Definitely not worth the money in my view.

    I currently have a generic leather case with rubberised built in Bluetooth keyboard, which I got for £40 off eBay. To be honest, it's better to type on than the Zaggmate, it protects, the complete iPad, not just the screen, and it's easier to hold, if I want to use the iPad without the keyboard, than a naked iPad, which is what you get if removed from the Zaggmate.

    To me the Zaggmate is all style over substance, and my current keyboard/case is all functional, and no style. I am still looking for that ideal which will look good and perform as well.

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  2. aveldt

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    Hi i bought my iPad cover at dealextreme IT saved me a fortune
     
  3. VanHalen

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    Decided to buy the Apple wireless keyboard, like the full size and can continue to use the smart cover I had already bought.
     
  4. Biggysmallz

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    The crux for ipad 2 is almost out.
     
  5. jsh1120

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    If it makes you feel any better, the Apple Wireless keyboard is no better at supporting arrow or TAB keys in the browser. Odd, to say the least.

    That said, I do like the Apple Wireless Keyboard combined with the nCase "Origami Workstation," a case that holds the keyboard and "unfolds" into a stand that holds the iPad for typing. The design means you need another case to hold both the iPad and the keyboard case, but I actually prefer that approach. It means I can use the iPad with or without the keyboard and I don't have to carry the keyboard around if I'm not using it.
     
  6. brucezhang

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    hi,how about this? T155216 from Chinazrh
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    • Main Function: iPad 2 Leather Case + Silicone Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard
    • Material: PU Leather
    • Ports/Buttons: USB charging, POWER ON/OFF, Bluetooth Connect
    • Color: Black, black keyboard
    • Compatibility: iPad 2, iPad
    • Working Time: up to 30 days under normal condition and 90 hours under heavy usage.
    • Dimensions: L: 200 x W: 255 x D: 30 (mm)
    • Bluetooth Specifications:
      - Bluetooth 2.0 interface standard
      - Modulation System: GFSK
      - Operating Voltage: 3.0 – 5.0 V
      - Working Current: <5.0 mA
      - Standby Current: 2.5 mA
    • Certifications: CE, FCC, RoHS
     
  7. Sendbeer

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    I have the zaggmate. It's nice enough and I really like typing with it. That said, it IS a tight fit with the iPad 2 and all my corners of the back phantom skin have been pushed up. It also puts a weird "clean" mark across the screen where the screen presses against the area above the keys. I'm also really disappointed that after a month and a half it's already started to get some scratches. It's definitely not designed to look good after day to day use. Zagg makes a shield for it but after spending $100 for the zaggmate and another $20 to protect the iPads back I'm kind of tapped out.

    It really is a super keyboard tomtype with though. One of my concerns before purchase was how stable the iPad would be sitting in the zaggmate dock, and I have to say it is very good.
     
  8. The Crimson Knight

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    Crux 360 Finally - Leaves much to be desired

    I have been watching this thread for a long time. I wanted a keyboard and a case that were attached but still allowed me to use the ipad in tablet mode without the keyboard and without having to set it some where.

    In december the Zaggmate came out. I immediately bought one but within one day of use sent it back. The metal rim cut into my wrists, the ipad was very hard to get out of the case and (for some reason) I was under the impression that it allowed you to put the ipad in screen up and use it. I found out that wasn't the case.

    I then ordered the Crux 360. Yes, in December. I got it last week. Yes, that's NINE MONTHS.

    Delay, delay, delay, delay, delay and a few more delays. Then I changed to the iPad2, delay, delay, and hey it finally shipped!

    Well I have had it for about 8 days now and I just sent Crux an email saying thanks but no thanks. There are, IN MY OPINION, some major flaws.

    First is with the smart cover feature. The Crux 360 supports the ipad2's new smart cover. When you close it, it turns the screen off. and when you open it it unlocks the screen. Well.. when you flip it around in tablet mode the sensor picks up the magnet, auto locking the screen every time. So you open it, screen turns on. Flip it to tablet mode, screen turns off and locks. Now you havet to push the button and unlock every time. How this thing shipped like this after 9 months is beyond me.

    What makes it worse is if the screen lifts away from the keyboard an inch or two and comes back down, the screen locks again!! frustrating...

    The keyboard spacebar has an issue for me personally. I only hit the spacebar with my right thumb. Never left. Well the spacebar button is noticably on the LEFT side of the actual spacebar itself. I have to mash the spacebar or move my hand over about 10 mm before i can get the spacebar to register a push. When typing without error correction about half of my words do not have spaces. Horrible typing experience because of that.

    Another thing that I'm suprised made it through the 9 month ordeal is the bluetooth keyboard power button. The one thing the Zagg had going for it was an actual, physical slide button that made it real clear to turn the bluetooth keyboard on/off.

    The Crux 360 has this awful, concave button that has to be held down for 3-4 seconds before the keyboard powers on or off. Need to go from laptop mode to tablet mode real quick? Nope. gotta turn that keyboard off first. 1, 2, 3, 4 ok red blinky light now I can move on. And the button being recessed really hurt my big finger. (I know it's a stupid complaint but as much as I need to go back and forth it mattered).

    THere were some other less major but not minor complaints like the weight (has to be heavy to keep from tipping back but with the ipad2 my ThinkPad x120e has less weight to it!) Also, with the difficulty of opening the case from being closed. THere's nothing to grab on to really. just a small slit like on the clamcase. I'm a guy, I don't have fingernails and I don't like them being bent backwards...

    Actually the clamcase and the crux 360 for ipad2 are very VERY similar in design with the exception of the keyboard. So most likely won't be going with the Clam Case either.

    This is really a bloody shame. I really thought (and still hope) that Crux has an excellent design. But they really need to get on these issues.

    So now I have a brand new iPad 2 and no where to go. Well at least nothing for it to wear. I have no case no stand no keyboard. I'm a utilitarian / tech guy. I prefer tactical over executive, durable rubber over leather and cloth, and function over form any day...

    So after 2 iPads and 9 months I'll most likely admit defeat, settle for a cheap, simple leather folio / keyboard combo off ebay... But I'll continue to watch this thread to see if something new and promising pops up!

    Best wishes to all.

    *again, this is my opinion for the little that it's probably worth*

    -~The Crimson Knight~-
     
  9. Kaykaykay

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    I picked up a keyboard this weekend. I'd gone without one since iPad 1, because I figured I would end up not using it because I didn't want to schlep around another device. I ended up getting the Apple wireless keyboard, with an origami case, mostly for work stuff.

    The light weight of the Apple keyboard was the clincher. I also didn't like the Zagg design -- the exposed back of the iPad looked iffy and the rim of the keyboard looked uncomfortable.

    I liked the design of a Logictech keyboard, which came with a pocket-style case. But holy cow, that thing weighed something like three times as much as the Apple one. I asked the sales guy why, he picked it up and was surprised, too. He joked that it probably was made out of lead.
     
  10. kerry0

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    How about the iPad 2 Bluetooth Keyboard Case...you guys could google this item,,looks good
     
    #50 kerry0, Aug 10, 2011
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