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tek210
Jan 15, 2011, 10:35 AM
Will be buying my first iPad when version 2 is release soon. Am looking for a case setup that has a Bluetooth keyboard with it. At least at this point, the 2 leading contenders are the ClamCase and the ZaggMate case.

I like how thin the ZaggMate unit leaves the ipad. The ClamCase is also nice basically turning the iPad into a netbook/small macbook.

Opinions and feedback on these 2 is appreciated. If there are any similar units out there to check out I am open to suggestions. Have a couple of months to find the best option.



PanAm-L1011
Jan 15, 2011, 10:46 AM
Will be buying my first iPad when version 2 is release soon. Am looking for a case setup that has a Bluetooth keyboard with it. At least at this point, the 2 leading contenders are the ClamCase and the ZaggMate case.

I like how thin the ZaggMate unit leaves the ipad. The ClamCase is also nice basically turning the iPad into a netbook/small macbook.

Opinions and feedback on these 2 is appreciated. If there are any similar units out there to check out I am open to suggestions. Have a couple of months to find the best option.

Well, neither will likely be compatible with iPad 2 so you are better off waiting until iPad 2 is released then decide.

tek210
Jan 15, 2011, 11:12 AM
Well, neither will likely be compatible with iPad 2 so you are better off waiting until iPad 2 is released then decide.

Yeah I realize the current model will need a slight tweak, was not planning on buying until it is ver 2 compatible.

chriseh
Jan 15, 2011, 11:16 AM
Right now the clamcase is "vaporware", there have been no reviews posted and the company is apparently taking money for the case with a promise to ship. Looking at both of these myself, but until the clamcase actually ships and is reviewed by someone, the zaggmate is the only one in existence.

Danny2011
Jan 15, 2011, 07:59 PM
Looking for an iPad + Keyboard carrying case. Any good options out there?

tek210
Jan 16, 2011, 06:57 AM
Right now the clamcase is "vaporware", there have been no reviews posted and the company is apparently taking money for the case with a promise to ship. Looking at both of these myself, but until the clamcase actually ships and is reviewed by someone, the zaggmate is the only one in existence.

Did not realize that. I thought the backorder was for the second batch of units.

MikePA
Jan 16, 2011, 09:07 AM
Did not realize that. I thought the backorder was for the second batch of units.
If any consumer has received a Clamcase, they are not posting here, Facebook or Twitter. The people who are posting are the ones who placed orders and are being told their Clamcase will ship 'sometime in January, 2011'. There have been 2 reviews of the same demo unit that was at CES. If ZAGG/mate and Rocketfish (similar keyboards) plus Sena, Brookstone and Kensington (similar, rubbery keyboards) can all get products out, why can't Clamcase?

hull22
Jan 16, 2011, 01:59 PM
received notification that my preordered Clamcase will ship next week. Will post a review after I receive it.

tek210
Jan 16, 2011, 08:00 PM
Looking forward to the review.

Dorkington
Jan 17, 2011, 01:25 PM
There are pros and cons of laptop style and stand style keyboard cases.

I decided I prefer the Zaggmate case.

Pros/Cons of laptop:

- Easy to use in landscape mode, just open and use.
- Solid protection all the way around.
- Using it as a tablet will be more cumbersome as the keyboard stays with it.
- No real vertical mode while using keyboard.

Pros/Cons of stand style:

- Separate keyboard means you can use as landscape or portrait when using keyboard.
- Easy use of tablet as a stand alone.
- Limited/no protection (Zaggmate is the only stand keyboard that I know of that is also a "case")

So it really depends on your usage scenario. For me, I like using the iPad as a reader a lot, so I really would rather have a naked iPad for that vs a huge case with keyboard included. So my decision was easy. :)

MikePA
Jan 17, 2011, 03:01 PM
Looking forward to the review.

So am I, but it won't surprise me if there's a 'mysterious' delivery delay.

xraytech
Jan 17, 2011, 08:20 PM
Will be buying my first iPad when version 2 is release soon. Am looking for a case setup that has a Bluetooth keyboard with it. At least at this point, the 2 leading contenders are the ClamCase and the ZaggMate case.

I like how thin the ZaggMate unit leaves the ipad. The ClamCase is also nice basically turning the iPad into a netbook/small macbook.

Opinions and feedback on these 2 is appreciated. If there are any similar units out there to check out I am open to suggestions. Have a couple of months to find the best option.

If you are getting iPad revision 2, neither because nobody knows for sure about the revision 2 form factor.

MikePA
Jan 18, 2011, 05:09 AM
Will be buying my first iPad when version 2 is release soon.

For the ZAGG/Mate, the only opening in the keyboard shell is for the dock connector. Keep in mind, if any aspect of the form factor changes, even the thickness, all cases will have to be redesigned. It's been almost 10 months since the iPad was announced and there are only 2 hard cases with keyboards available, while 4 have been announced.

You also have to determine how you will use the iPad the most. If stand alone, the ZAAG/Mate would be the better choice. If with the keyboard, the Clamcase, Crux360, or Rocketfish would be better, IMO.

tek210
Jan 18, 2011, 10:03 AM
Yeah this may be a multi stage deal, get one in April and then hope that it is not too long before the cases I really want are available.

Carter123
Jan 19, 2011, 07:34 PM
Definitely wait for a product to be reviewed. Give it a few weeks to be sure you have a good sample. I bought a case with all 5 star reviews (from about 5 people) on Amazon. Mine did not work. When I checked it again, 3 - 4 more reviews were out there with the same problems. I would not have purchased it had I seen them first. I sent it back.

I'm trying out a Zaggmate now. For the most part it seems to be a good product. The USB connection is somewhat flimsy - watch for that on all cases. The folks at BestBuy warned me that several had come back with collapsed USB ports. The keyboard quality is good and it remains paired, unlike my last case.

Surprisingly, it will cradle the ipad with the original Apple case I got with it. That makes it a little more secure and lets me use the back flap to stabilize it on my lap. Of course, you cannot store it in the Zaggmate with the Apple case on it. I'm keeping it this way because having a case on the ipad makes it much more secure to hold and carry when not using the keyboard.

My other gripe with the ZaggMate is not having protection for the ipad. They charge $50 for their Leatherskin and that it ridiculous. IMO they should include a Leatherskin with the case for a few $ more.

The clamcase looks really interesting. I hope it is a good product.

jcooper82160
Jan 22, 2011, 12:23 PM
I was given a gift card for clamcase and ordered December 28th. The only thing I have seen is an email confirming the order. I have emailed twice asking for updates, and only get a reply that they will ship soon. I'm starting to feel like I've been ripped off. Has anyone actually received a clamcase?

LadyMacBeth43
Jan 22, 2011, 02:56 PM
I have the Zaggmate and I'm very happy with it. I can't speak to the usb thing as I haven't had to charge the battery. The case is not my primary case. I use the InCase Book Jacket close to 75% of the time and the Zaggmate the rest and which I chose depends entirely on how I anticipate using the iPad at the time I'm packing up. The Zaggmate does not let me use the iPad the way I tend to across the entire day when I am out and about which is why it is no good as a primary case. I do a lot of writing on the iPad, though, and some data entry here and there, and for that it's fabulous. For life out in the wild, it goes back into the Book Jacket. The Zaggmate offers zero protection when you are using it as a keyboard/stand combination.

If you don't yet have an iPad at all, my recommendation is actually to not get ANY case for a few weeks until you figure out how you are going to use your iPad. I *intended* to use mine just as a reading and writing tool, but it was so good at other things that I found many, many other uses for it. (I used a Domke camera wrap for protection until I made my initial case decision. A padded envelope will also work.)

By waiting, I discovered I hated the idea of having to open anything up (like a laptop opens), unzip, or unbuckle my iPad to check it for 30 seconds. Drives me nuts. Knowing that about my own habits would have easily eliminated some of the choices between cases you are trying to make for yourself, were I now trying to choose.

endressks
Jan 28, 2011, 09:23 AM
I ordered by clam case on 12/21 with the understanding that it would ship in Jan. On m
Jan 13 I got an email that shipments were starting the following week which would be the week of Jan 17. Not specifically that mine would ship. Now here we are 4 days until the last day of Jan and mine still has not shipped. I sent another email to sales so we will see what they say. I came here hoping someone in the forum had received theirs but I don't see that anyone has.

MikePA
Jan 28, 2011, 12:08 PM
A few people in the Clamcase discussion thread on Facebook have received theirs an have posted pictures. While not many, several of them have reported their Clamcase was DOA.

tek210
Jan 29, 2011, 03:09 AM
I have the Zaggmate and I'm very happy with it. I can't speak to the usb thing as I haven't had to charge the battery. The case is not my primary case. I use the InCase Book Jacket close to 75% of the time and the Zaggmate the rest and which I chose depends entirely on how I anticipate using the iPad at the time I'm packing up. The Zaggmate does not let me use the iPad the way I tend to across the entire day when I am out and about which is why it is no good as a primary case. I do a lot of writing on the iPad, though, and some data entry here and there, and for that it's fabulous. For life out in the wild, it goes back into the Book Jacket. The Zaggmate offers zero protection when you are using it as a keyboard/stand combination.

If you don't yet have an iPad at all, my recommendation is actually to not get ANY case for a few weeks until you figure out how you are going to use your iPad. I *intended* to use mine just as a reading and writing tool, but it was so good at other things that I found many, many other uses for it. (I used a Domke camera wrap for protection until I made my initial case decision. A padded envelope will also work.)

By waiting, I discovered I hated the idea of having to open anything up (like a laptop opens), unzip, or unbuckle my iPad to check it for 30 seconds. Drives me nuts. Knowing that about my own habits would have easily eliminated some of the choices between cases you are trying to make for yourself, were I now trying to choose.

Really like this idea of this combo. Think I would agree with the expected usage and protection needs. Good thing is they should have this iPad 2 compatible at launch. Won't have to deal with the likely redesign time for the other 2.

tek210
Jan 29, 2011, 03:12 AM
A few people in the Clamcase discussion thread on Facebook have received theirs an have posted pictures. While not many, several of them have reported their Clamcase was DOA.

For me this locks down the choice. While not perfect have heard mainly positive stuff on Zaggmate. Think I will hold this in a neoprene sleeve and the iPad in the Incase convertible book case for main use.

SFStateStudent
Feb 2, 2011, 10:06 PM
My trip to Macworld SF, sold me on the Zaggmate. I even went to the demo (3) times, and the third time was with my wife b/c she kept yacking about the clamcase. Just a perfect match for our iPad; hopefully they'll have something in line for iPad 2 in April or thereabouts when my wife purchases her iPad 2...:cool:

ZipZap
Feb 3, 2011, 08:34 AM
Now it looks like clamcase does not ship till march....

JeffShahan
Feb 4, 2011, 11:09 PM
Well folks, I have finally received my Clamcase and I sit here hunting and pecking with my index fingers on my iPad. "Why?" you ask...

While I was nervous this was a Kaiser Soze scam (except convincing the world the Clamcase actually did exist), I finally received it yesterday (2/3).

Upon unpacking, I was skeptical as the material felt a bit cheep. I could get past this if performance didn't match feel, but I am sad to say I am utterly disappointed. I MAY VERY WELL BE THE EXCEPTION, but after charging mine for two hours (packaging says charge indicator light will turn from amber to green upon charge completion in about 90 mins) the amber light was still on.

I went out and grabbed a bite to eat for dinner and came back to find no difference. I figured if the package says full charge in 90 mins, it should be safe to give a spin after four hours. I unplugged, pushed power and ......... NOTHING. The freaking thing does not even power up. I tried to push, push and hold for one, two, three, four, five, and ten second intervals and still nothing. Grrrrrrrr! I checked out the packaging and it says that you can check the battery life by pressing a key combination and the indicator light (the ever-amber light) is supposed to blink from one to a few times. The more blinks, the more juice. I got nothing.

You can imagine my frustration. "You can $h*t in a box and slap a guarantee on it, but all you are getting is a guaranteed piece of ..."

Now for a relatively objective review of the equipment itself... As I said the material feels cheap but the iPad fits very nicely into the case. When the case is closed, it feels very sturdy and I would feel very comfortable throwing it in my bookbag and traveling or going to class. It has nice rubber feet which provide a good grip on surfaces - if it ever does work, this will be nice for typing. When you open the case, you have to use two hands holding the bottom down. No biggie. The range of motion is such that you can view as a notebook/laptop, you can fold it so that the lid (where the iPad is stored) lies flush with the keyboard (both facing the ceiling), and you can keep going until the top outer cover meets the bottom outer cover (meaning the iPad is exposed and the keyboard is exposed (as if you turned the closed configuration inside-out) and anything in between.

The range of motion is good, and the hinge mechanism is not bad. I would prefer it a little stiffer to give me a little more confidence, but it feels like the lid on a two year old Dell. A little loser than one would hope.

When use the iPad on your lap or a table, or even to open it 270+ degrees as shown here---> (*.*) /_

The keyboard is now facing the surface upon which it sits. It also has low-profile grippy footpads (which also protect the iPad from directly touching the keyboard in the closed position), but I am not crazy about this design. When you hold it as a tablet with your fingers at the back for support, you are touching keys and it doesn't quite feel right.

The keys themselves are not too bad although they have what look like iron-on stickers for the characters and commands on the keyboard.

When sitting open in the laptop position, the ipad portion is considerably heavier than the keyboard side. When you pick it up, gently supporting it from the bottom, it's a bit top heavy and somewhat unnerving. If you continue to hold as you would a laptop and create inertia toward the floor (by nothing more than walking), the monitor/iPad side will rotate downward (again, lacking in my opinion, a stiffer hinge).

Getting back to the basics, it would be nice if this $120 POS would simply turn on. I have written Clamcase Support, and will update when/if I hear back.

MikePA
Feb 5, 2011, 04:13 AM
Now it looks like clamcase does not ship till march....

Their web site has always shown orders ship the month following when you order. Nothing new.

SFStateStudent
Feb 5, 2011, 10:08 AM
Most excellent review "JeffShahan" I'm always skeptical about buying things unseen and unhandled (sp.) when it comes to Apple accessories that are from a non-Apple or not a recognized company. I would be in your exact situation if not for the Macworld SF Expo. There were a couple other people pushing their contraptions, but luckily I didn't bite. I did look at something that rolled out a rubberized keyboard that just rolls up and fits in any backpack or messenger bag in seconds (bluetooth)...:cool:

LGgeek
Feb 10, 2011, 02:14 PM
Their web site has always shown orders ship the month following when you order. Nothing new.

I have had mine on order since 12-20-10, only thing I've received is a bunch on emails on why they aren't shipping.

uxpassion
Feb 10, 2011, 04:55 PM
My ClamCase shipping path was as follows:

Electronic Shipping Info Received, January 30, 2011
Processed through Sort Facility, February 08, 2011, 6:19 pm, HOUSTON, TX 77201
Delivered February 10, 2011, 2:26 pm

Why the delay? There aren't any answers. At any rate, I rushed home to get my unit. When I picked it up, I wondered why it was so light. I shook it and heard nothing. Upon opening the package, much to my surprise, I discovered that there was no ClamCase in the box.

There was some bubble wrap and a letter from the USPS apologizing for damage to the package (which I did not see any evidence of), but no ClamCase.

I've contacted ClamCase to alert them of the issue and am awaiting a response as we speak.

UX

uxpassion
Feb 10, 2011, 04:59 PM
I received notice from ClamCase asking me to send a copy of the letter from the USPS. They promised to send a new package in the morning.

I'll update everyone on future happenings.

UX

deadstockmarket
Feb 16, 2011, 12:15 AM
I'd say go with the Clamcase. It looks really dope while in the case and the keyboard looks sufficient unlike some other ones like the ones they sell at Brookstone.

uxpassion
Feb 16, 2011, 04:26 AM
I'm all set with my ClamCase. After reporting the incident, the company shipped a new unit the following morning - very responsive.

I have to say, I'm quite impressed. The unit is more sturdy than what I expected and works quite well. Everyone that has seen and used it has been impressed as well.

As for the shipment problem, it appears someone at the Houston USPS shipping facility opened the damaged package and ran off with the unit.

SFStateStudent
Feb 17, 2011, 01:24 AM
^^^ Sounds like you are the only one with the clamcase??? What about a review for us? Thanks in advance...:cool:

Dorkington
Feb 18, 2011, 11:15 AM
I'm very happy with my ZAGGmate.

xraytech
Feb 18, 2011, 02:41 PM
Here's another option. Reminds of the Clam Shell MacBooks back in the days.

http://www.rocketfishproducts.com/products/computers/RF-ICAP12.html

http://gadgetsin.com/uploads/2011/01/rocketfish_advanced_series_icapsule_ipad_keyboard_case_1.jpg

http://gadgetsin.com/uploads/2011/01/rocketfish_advanced_series_icapsule_ipad_keyboard_case_2.jpg

http://gadgetsin.com/uploads/2011/01/rocketfish_advanced_series_icapsule_ipad_keyboard_case_3.jpg

butters149
Feb 18, 2011, 08:32 PM
I just got my clamcase, i love it! the keyboard shortcuts are so worth it, i do find myself searching for the trackpad somethings though hehe maybe i can put a picture there or something, of a real trackpad

SFStateStudent
Feb 18, 2011, 08:38 PM
My friend finally got his yesterday, and his only concerns are the trackpad and the spacebar location. Sometimes he misses the spacebar completely...

MikePA
Feb 19, 2011, 12:20 AM
My friend finally got his yesterday, and his only concerns are the trackpad and the spacebar location. Sometimes he misses the spacebar completely...

Trackpad location?

LGgeek
Feb 19, 2011, 12:29 AM
.........

As for the shipment problem, it appears someone at the Houston USPS shipping facility opened the damaged package and ran off with the unit.


UPS seems to have a theft problem they don't want to acknowledge.

MikePA
Feb 19, 2011, 04:42 AM
UPS seems to have a theft problem they don't want to acknowledge.

While others have a reading comprehension problem they're eager to display.

As for the shipment problem, it appears someone at the Houston USPSshipping facility opened the damaged package and ran off with the unit.

WizardHunt
Feb 21, 2011, 10:49 AM
^^^ Sounds like you are the only one with the clamcase??? What about a review for us? Thanks in advance...:cool:

I received my Clamcase over a week ago. I have posted a review with pictures on this thread. Click Here (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1087991).

GotiPad
Feb 21, 2011, 02:03 PM
I am loving my zaggmate and got this in a good deal (http://www.itrendystuff.com)

TechnoTheMage
Feb 22, 2011, 01:46 PM
After months of waiting, multiple emails send to the company, and a shipping number that never seemed to show my product was shipped I received my clamcase today. I am not going to do a review or anything but I will say it was worth the wait and I actually have mine in my hands. Hopefully you will receive yours soon as well.

Take care

Techno The Mage Out..

:eek:

deweyjohnson
Feb 26, 2011, 08:22 AM
i may choose clamase, since i have different styles to choose from, although the zaggmate also looks cool.:D

CAdreamin'
Mar 6, 2011, 02:40 PM
I can personally say from experience that the Zaggmate with keyboard was a disappointment for me. I had it for a week or so and ended up returning it. There were no alternate viewing angles while the iPad was in the stand (only the version without keyboard has multiple viewing angles). Also, while on my lap and gaming, it was not very stable, especially when in portrait mode, which made it top heavy. It also almost fell out of the case and on the floor when I was removing it from my lap as there's nothing at all to secure it to the case. Another drawback was the inset keys and space bar; I felt my thumb miss the space bar a few times, and the edge where the cutout is for the keys bothered my palms while resting them there during typing. I guess if you have tiny hands and small fingers (which I do not), it would probably be fine.

The only positives to the Zaggmate, at least for me, were the brushed aluminum design (very sleek looking to match the iPad) and the light weight and thinness to it. For those reasons, but mainly for the keyboard, I gave it a try. I'm glad I did so I wouldn't wonder what it was like.

At the time I ordered the Zaggmate, I didn't know anything about the Clamcase. It looks like a great product, and I first read about it and saw videos in late December. I haven't ordered one yet because I wanted to wait for actual consumers to have them in their possession and give reviews after using them. But then I read how some of you felt that the company wasn't reliable and that they just took your money and nothing was shipping when promised. That's also why I didn't order one yet. But now it seems like the long wait was worth it from what I've read.

My main questions are these:

(1) How is the feel of the keys and the spacing (or lack of spacing) between them? Is there a "click" like with standard Mac keyboards, or even a silent click? I'm also concerned that I'll hit two keys at the same time or miss the space bar due to their small size and tight spacing.

(2) When in tablet mode, how easy is it to hold in one hand without feeling like you're going to drop it? I'm sure it'll get tiring very easy.

(3) While the keyboard is folded under for gaming mode, how stable is the iPad when tapping the screen? Does it shake a lot, or is it pretty secure? I guess it would depend on how hard the screen is tapped.

(4) Just to confirm, there are no set number of viewing angles, right? It looks like it stays secure in whatever position it is put.

(5) For those who received defective Clamcases or any other issues you've had, how has Clamcase's customer service been? Do they respond quickly and send replacements in a more timely manner than their first shipments?

(6) For anyone who has ordered one more recently, say within the past 2-3 weeks, what has your experience been? Are they being shipped in a more timely manner and received in perfect working condition?

That's all I can think of for now. I've been reading this forum (thanks to everyone for posting) and watching the videos but still aren't convinced it's the best keyboard case out there. I also saw the Crux Case and Rocketfish iCapsule, both with keyboards, but it seems they have a couple of major design flaws.

Any further info from those who have received and used their Clamcase would be greatly appreciated!

MikePA
Mar 6, 2011, 02:50 PM
(1) How is the feel of the keys and the spacing (or lack of spacing) between them? It's fine. Is there a "click" like with standard Mac keyboards, or even a silent click? My iMac keyboard does not have a click, silent (whatever that is) or other wise. I'm also concerned that I'll hit two keys at the same time or miss the space bar due to their small size and tight spacing. I've never hit 2 keys at once nor missed the space bar.

(2) When in tablet mode, how easy is it to hold in one hand without feeling like you're going to drop it? I'm sure it'll get tiring very easy. The Clamcase and iPad is heavy but only a wuss would feel like they are going to drop it. However, you're not going to stand at a train station for an hour playing solitaire either.

(3) While the keyboard is folded under for gaming mode, how stable is the iPad when tapping the screen? Does it shake a lot, or is it pretty secure? I guess it would depend on how hard the screen is tapped. It is pretty secure.

(4) Just to confirm, there are no set number of viewing angles, right? It looks like it stays secure in whatever position it is put. Correct.

(5) For those who received defective Clamcases or any other issues you've had, how has Clamcase's customer service been? Do they respond quickly and send replacements in a more timely manner than their first shipments?

Visit the Clamcase forum on Facebook, specifically the discussion board. Several people got units that were DOA due to a hardware problem, but they shipped new ones out immediately. No reports of any problems since. I ordered mine on 1/21/2011 and received it on 3/5/2011

CAdreamin'
Mar 6, 2011, 03:03 PM
Thanks, MikePA, your answers were helpful. By a click of the keys, all I meant is the slight hesitation that is felt before the key is fully depressed, and by silent, I meant you don't hear anything but just feel it. Then again, I'm using an older Mac keyboard from 6 or 7 years ago.

MikePA
Mar 6, 2011, 03:48 PM
Thanks, MikePA, your answers were helpful. By a click of the keys, all I meant is the slight hesitation that is felt before the key is fully depressed, and by silent, I meant you don't hear anything but just feel it. Then again, I'm using an older Mac keyboard from 6 or 7 years ago.

Yes, you can feel the keys on both the Clamcase and the Zaggmate.

Alucardx03
Mar 7, 2011, 10:41 PM
The Clamcase had terrible build quality. I was one of the first to order on December 20th, and received mine in the beginning of February.

Not only does it add significant weight to the iPad, but it seems poorly designed. For example, the edges are sharp, which means that if you put it into tablet mode, the edges cut into your hands and arm.

Also, the keys are very, very tiny. If you're a bigger guy like I am (six-foot-six), you'll have a tremendous amount of difficulty with the keyboard.

And, there isn't any magnet or latch mechanism, which means that the Clamcase never closes securely. And, there have been recent reports of the Clamcase dying within a month.

The exterior of the Clamcase is really prone to "shiny scuffs" because of the material, which means it's impossible to keep looking new.

And, in the short time I had it, the Bluetooth was finicky and wonky on a number of occasions.

I sold mine on eBay for twice what I paid and never looked back. It came nowhere close to living up to the hype.

WizardHunt
Mar 8, 2011, 01:55 AM
Not only does it add significant weight to the iPad, but it seems poorly designed. For example, the edges are sharp, which means that if you put it into tablet mode, the edges cut into your hands and arm.

Also, the keys are very, very tiny. If you're a bigger guy like I am (six-foot-six), you'll have a tremendous amount of difficulty with the keyboard.

And, there isn't any magnet or latch mechanism, which means that the Clamcase never closes securely. And, there have been recent reports of the Clamcase dying within a month.

The exterior of the Clamcase is really prone to "shiny scuffs" because of the material, which means it's impossible to keep looking new.

And, in the short time I had it, the Bluetooth was finicky and wonky on a number of occasions.


I ordered mine the same day, 20th of Dec 2010. Though I had one arrive DOA in January, they shipped me out another next day and I got it in like 3-4 days later. Ever since I got that one in my hands it has worked flawlessly. No problems whatsoever. However I have to agree with you about the keys are close together and does take a bit of getting used to. It is heavy too, but not as heavy as a full laptop. About it closing with magnets. Mine closes fine, it is heavy enough in the lid with the iPad there that it does close fully. Never had a problem with that. My bluetooth works great. No problems in that area. Regarding the edges of the case when inverted to a tablet with the iPad in it, does have some sharp edges but never paid much attention to it so it must not bother me much. But now you have me thinking about it.

MikePA
Mar 8, 2011, 03:16 AM
I got my Clamcase on Saturday. It works as advertised and is more convenient than the ZaggMate which I had been using. Does it have the build quality of an Apple product? No, but it meets my needs which involve accessing work email via the Good app and accessing a VDI at work for almost everything else, both of which require a good amount of typing.

Alucardx03
Mar 8, 2011, 01:36 PM
In my experience, I've found it easier to simply carry the Apple wireless keyboard around with my iPad. It's easy to just toss into a bag. That way, it doesn't add bulk to the iPad itself, it's optional when you want to use the iPad for gaming, reading or surfing, and I'm not worried about it's longevity. Not to mention, it's about half as expensive.

I'm not particularly fond of Clamcase as a company, either. They seem to be a little shady/uneducated in some respects. For example, when everyone was waiting for their cases to ship (after multiple delays), Clamcase wasn't forthcoming with information at all. They would give fake tracking numbers and ship date estimates, and when the forum on their Facebook page got overrun with irate customers, they simply shut it down (and then said it was a "mistake" when websites like Engadget picked up on it).

RainyDayInterns
Jun 3, 2011, 11:05 PM
The Brando sliding keyboard case is the way to go if you want to turn the iPad into a laptop-ish setup:http://www.rainydaymagazine.com/RDM2011/Home/June/Week1/RDMHomeJun0211.htm#Brando_iPad2KeyboardCase

The best part is the price...under $70!

stillill
Jun 15, 2011, 02:37 AM
The Brando sliding keyboard case is the way to go if you want to turn the iPad into a laptop-ish setup:http://www.rainydaymagazine.com/RDM2011/Home/June/Week1/RDMHomeJun0211.htm#Brando_iPad2KeyboardCase

The best part is the price...under $70!

Tried to buy one of these off their website, but the next day had my order cancelled and money refunded.

Either they don't like shipping international ($3 for shipping, too good to be true...), or it's a scam product and the rainydaymagazine review used a prototype/is a front to see if the market would make it worthwhile for Brando to manufacture them in bulk. Way to use me as your market research Brando, you f***s.

RainyDayInterns
Jun 16, 2011, 06:32 AM
...or it's a scam product and the rainydaymagazine review used a prototype/is a front to see if the market would make it worthwhile for Brando to manufacture them in bulk. Way to use me as your market research Brando, you f***s.

Clearly if YOU couldn't buy one, then it must be a scam...or maybe they could sense that you sound kinda like a dick and just didn't want to sell you one. Did you ever think of that?

Still, since you did experience an issue, we will ping them before we post the InTheWild write-up to see what is up with that.

h00ligan
Jun 16, 2011, 12:14 PM
Clearly if YOU couldn't buy one, then it must be a scam...or maybe they could sense that you sound kinda like a dick and just didn't want to sell you one. Did you ever think of that?

Still, since you did experience an issue, we will ping them before we post the InTheWild write-up to see what is up with that.

What the hell was that? You represent someone? Yikes!

TOYSTRY
Jun 16, 2011, 03:07 PM
My only complaint of the ZAGG is how much of a PITA it is to get out of the case. I have damaged my InvisiShield front protector taking it out as I have to use my fingernails. Other than that its a great product (which is actually made by Logitec).

h00ligan
Jun 16, 2011, 04:08 PM
My only complaint of the ZAGG is how much of a PITA it is to get out of the case. I have damaged my InvisiShield front protector taking it out as I have to use my fingernails. Other than that its a great product (which is actually made by Logitec).

This is why I returned it. It needs back protection but doesn't work with a skin. The build quality is meh. It's too hard to remove, and inconvenient to setup...and the keyboard is so so...not the worst ver, but not as good as many net books.

stillill
Jun 17, 2011, 03:30 AM
Good luck with your blog RainyDayInterns. Did you buy one? Or did you get a freebie for review?

The sale was probably refused because I'm a dick, because businesses do not accept money from dicks. Perhaps the word 'scam' was a little harsh - 'marketing experiment on unsuspecting consumers' may be closer to the truth, no?

The site have cancelled two orders using two different payment methods, and despite contacting them and being advised to use PayPal, I can confirm that they have not accepted a PayPal payment despite numerous attempts and numerous payment methods.

Just advising other readers of this thread that the item touted by your post and blog may not actually exist for purchase - yours is the only unique review on the web. When asked outright if the product existed, Brando replied that the billing address and delivery address may be different, which they are, though the PayPal account is verified so wtf etc...

If Brando is reading - your product looks awesome, and I would love to buy one. But seems I cannot. Shame. Maybe get a decent distributor?

Anyway, wtf do I care. Not much.
[ps though I do care about paying Brando, then getting a refund at a marginally worse exchange rate, and pissing my pennies away].

Evancx3
Jun 17, 2011, 10:02 AM
Maybe you can keep your option open and check this one from ilounge. It is rated one of the best keyboard case in the market
http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/reviews/entry/wekreat-type-rider-for-ipad-2/

mortenandersen
Jun 19, 2011, 04:15 AM
Maybe you can keep your option open and check this one from ilounge. It is rated one of the best keyboard case in the market
http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/reviews/entry/wekreat-type-rider-for-ipad-2/

I disagree completely: This keyboard layout is very inconvenient with the far too small right shift key, and its location so close to the arrow up key: This will greatly enhance the risk for MISTYPING, and this is not the standard layout that Apple uses, where the arrow keys wisely are grouped together and the right shift key is bigger and located in a much better place on the keyboard.

For me and many other heavy writers this is a crucial factor, and the ClamCase has such an excellent keyboard layout like Apples own external keyboard (and Mac keyboards).

h00ligan
Jul 25, 2011, 10:25 AM
Or buy it at best buy and skip the bs.