[Personal] Review of ZAGGmate (Bluetooth Keyboard/Case)

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  1. Blackbelt

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    I would like to know if and when closed the keyboard will be touching my iPad screen? I do not and will not place a film on my screen.
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  2. Mickey330

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    I hear ya, Blackbelt, on not having a film protector on the screen. I also worried about that with the Zaggmate, but no, the keyboard is recessed into the case.

    See the attached picture? The red arrows I drew point to the only areas that touch the screen and they are made of some soft material. I assume it's the same foam that lines the case (that holds the iPad in). It's very soft and has a bit of "give" to it. The actual plastic keyboard does not touch the screen.

    Hope that helps.

    Marilyn
     

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    Thank you.
     
  4. KenJr

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    Love my Zaggmate

    I bought a Zaggmate for its excellent bluetooth keyboard. It’s a big improvement in quite a few ways over the keyboard on the touch screen. With it, the iPad is a lot easier to use when working interactively. If, though, it were in my power to change the Zaggmate, I'd install an enable/disable switch for the Caps Lock key (left pinky on my large hands keeps activating it - I sometimes look down at the screen and suddenly see all caps).

    I already have a Belkin Grip 360 which provides good protection .. and .. it provides a stand that works in both portrait and landscape mode (also adjusts to variable tilt allowing for easy correction for reflection).

    Typically I leave the Grip 360 in place, even when using the Zaggmate keyboard (I use the 360's variable tilt mechanism leaving the Zaggmate's fixed tilt mount in the unused position). Leaving the Grip 360 on the iPad keeps it well protected .. and .. allows me to, if desired, easily switch over to the 360’s backside strap mount for internet and iBook/Kindle use when lounging in bed or on the couch.

    Note: The iPad won’t fit into the Zaggmate as long as the Grip 360 is in place. I am though going to try to find a way to mount the two together.

    There are several keyboard cases available out there now, but they either add too much bulk, can't do both portrait and landscape, have no variable tilt angle, or the keyboard is cheap and not useful for accurate or prolonged typing. This Zagg/Belkin combo is perfect for people like me who treasure flexibility.
     
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    is there a num lock command? I do a lot of spreadsheet work, and I would like to be able to enter numbers without having to hit Fn every time.
     
  6. kc2ped

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    My ZAGGmate arrived today with a dead battery, I think. The instruction sheet that comes in the package don't say what power source to plug it into or how long it takes to fully charge the battery. I reasoned that since it was made for an iPad it would be made to take the high voltage from the iPad wall wart. I don't remember the ZAGGmate being hot after I unplugged it several hours later so guess I haven't done any damage but information on charging times at 5v and 10v would be useful.

    I found that when the two devices are paired the soft keyboard does not show up on the iPad. Pressing the F3 key configures something that let's you use the soft keyboard or the ZAGGmate keyboard.

    I am not able to use my iPad in the Steve-approved manner with the ZAGGmate. I get into a recumbent position and place the ZAGGmate on my lap then insert the iPad in the landscape mode. All is fine. But as soon as I flex my knees like they do in all the billboard ads the iPad falls over on it's screen. I hope I am not going to void my iPad warranty by using it with the ZAGGmate sitting at a table with both of my feet on the floor:)
     
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    ZAGGmate and audio

    There are cutouts in the foam that grips the iPad that keep the case from pressing the power/sleep, screen rotation lock (staying with 3.2.2 until jailbreak becomes one click simple), and volume switches. And there is a cutout so you can plug in a sync cable and charge the iPad while it is in the case. But there are no holes for the speaker, headphone Jack and microphone. The iPad case resonates enough that I get plenty of sound even with the iPad in the case. But I might want to listed to audio on wired headphones while my iPad is safely closed up in my backpack and know that I will want to be making discrete recordings while the iPad is sitting on a table in the closed case and without cutouts over the audio connectors this will be impossible. I hate to think of taking a Dremel tool to something this nice, particularly with my skills in that area.
     
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    Having lived with the ZaggMate for an entire week now I have to tell you that I'm even happier with it now. No need to turn the switch off in most instances. Mine has withstood a entire week of intense use without being turned off with no battery issues thus far. FYI you should always fully charge any device before you use it. When you have the iPad in the ZaggMate you simple hit any key twice and you're into the iPad. No need for finger swipes. The dedicated keys are helpful. I'm getting used to the key spacing. Why you'd want to hide the awesome metal with a cover is beyond me. A few scratches builds character. You'll have a new iPad in a year anyway.
     
  9. Gellio

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    After having used the Zaggmate moderately for the last two weeks, I'm very disappointed. It absolutely is cheaply made and poorly constructed. I never took this case out of my house, only using it at home. This are the problems I've encountered:

    1. The power cord has to be fiddled with to get it to connection order to charge the keyboard. I have to find the sweet spot and put something under the cord, to prop it, in order to keep the connection.

    2. The little metal conductor piece, inside the charger port, comes out when I unplug the power cord.

    3. The rubber material inside the case gets dirty easily and attracts dirt much like the Apple iPad case. Keep in mind if the keyboard was not in use it was either covered by the iPad or upside down on a clean bookshelf. I wanted to avoid getting dust in the keyboard.

    4. The rubber material is starting to peel back on one side.

    5. You have to be very careful putting the ipad in the case. It actually scratched the side of my iPad.

    6. The case itself stratches too easily.

    I take extremely good care of my things, so I am not careless. I just wanted to give my 2 cents. I thought this product was great the first week, but even with minimal usage, the cheap construction and poor materials didn't stand the test of time for such a short period.
     
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  10. MattIM

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    Gilleo, Sorry to read you are having such a bad

    experience with your Zaggmate. I urge you to contact Zagg and see what they can do to replace it because this is not my experience at all, except maybe #6 of your list. I did scratch it by putting it on a counter top that had a couple of paperclips. But then I put the silicon tabs on the cover and that stopped further contact with hard surfaces.

    I have only had to plug in this keyboard once and it was very easy and it stayed plugged until I pulled it out. The keyboard has remained very clean, no peeling rubber and I carry my iPad in the Zaggmate to work and back, bouncing around in a messenger bag.

    I think you got a 'lemon'. So I would contact Zagg and replace it or get your money back!
     

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