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I’m a fan of naked gadgets, so it’s hard to motivate me to buy a cover or a case, no matter how many brilliant reviews it may have. I must to admit, though, that I’m impressed with the newest all-in-one iPad 2 keyboard, cover and stand, ZAGGfolio. ZAGGfolio is the latest creation of ZAGG, the well-known personal electronics accessories manufacturer. It’s the second time I’m impressed by ZAGG. A few months ago I was sure ZAGGmate was the best choice for turning the iPad into a mini-laptop. For the new iPad 2, ZAGGmate has a new name: it’s the Logitech Keyboard case by ZAGG. I still think ZAGGmate/Logitech is great, but ZAGGfolio is even better because it offers additional protection and comfort while on the go.
Slim design, great protection:
The folio is made of carbon fiber. This makes it extremely tough, even though it is thin. The interior of the folio is made from microfiber, excellent shock absorber. The iPad is safe inside, even when commuting. As far as I see on the ZAGG website, the ZAGGfolio is available in only one color, a sort of dark gray or black. I wish they made the folio in purple or red as well, but I guess they want to stick to the serious registry with this one.
Built-in Bluetooth keyboard:
The virtual keyboard is nice, but it’s not good for speed typing. By using ZAGGfolio’s wireless keyboard, you can type pretty fast, with good accuracy. The keyboard can be paired with as many iPads as you wish, but it can be used with only one iPad at a time.
Being connected via Bluetooth, the keyboard remains connected to the iPad, even if you remove either one from the folio. The top row on the keyboard is dedicated to special function keys, which will make you more productive, because you’ll be able to access controls such as music, volume, search, copy and paste very fast.
The keyboard comes with a 510 mAh lithium polymer rechargeable battery. It has an impressive battery life which provides weeks of use between two charges. I find it nice that it has a charging light which turns off when fully charged. I don’t like to have my appliances plugged into the power supply longer than necessary. I don’t know how much money I save like that, but limiting unneeded energy consumption is good for our planet, so why not take care?
If you want to use the ZAGG folio as a stand and remove the keyboard from it, you can. You can place your iPad on the folio stand and use the keyboard from a distance. If you prefer, you can remove both the iPad 2 and the keyboard from the folio and use them together, just like you use the ZAGGmate with keyboard. The keyboard will work with the iPad 2 in both landscape and portrait orientation. I’m not sure why I would like to have it working both ways with the keyboard, but maybe other people appreciate that, so I thought it’s worth mentioning it.
ZAGGfolio Technical Specifications
- Weight: 19 ounces (539 grams)
- Keyboard only: 11.5 ounces (326 grams)
- Folio only: 7.5 ounces (213 grams)
- Length: 9.75 inches (247 mm)
- Width: 7.625 inches (193 mm)
- Depth: .9 inches (23 mm)
What is included in the box: iPad folio, keyboard, keyboard battery, USB to micro-USB charging cable, user manual.
It’s hard to decide which is better: the Logitech Keyboard case by ZAGG for iPad 2 or the ZAGGfolio. I like Logitech a lot, but it needs additional protection. The back of the iPad 2 and the back of the keyboard case are exposed. It’s an easy fix, there’s an invisibleSHIELD for that. Nonetheless, ZAGGfolio doesn’t need any other accessory to be complete. It’s also more convenient, because you can have an iPad stand and use the keyboard from a distance.
As ZAGGfolio has just been released, there are barely any reviews out there. Yet, I believe positive reviews will appear as soon as the first units will start shipping and will arrive at their destinations. When I’ll buy my iPad2, I’m going to order a ZAGGfolio as well. It’s only $99 and you get a keyboard, a cover and a stand. It’s truly the all-in-one iPad 2 companion. If you get one before I do, I’d love to hear your review in the comments here. Thank you.
August 1st update: People who got their ZAGG folios reported that there’s an issue with the clasp: it doesn’t always latch properly. After my commenter, Mark, mentioned it (thank you again, Mark) I checked and found other people commenting on this. If you consider buying the ZAGGfolio, you may want to check out some more reviews. There are people who gave their opinion on ZAGG’s blog, so you can take a look before placing your order.
Interesting news: ZAGG is selling ZAGGsolo, which is the bluetooth keyboard, sold separately, without any case or cover. To see it, you need to go to “Accessories” on ZAGG’s website, then choose the second option.