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Apr 23, 2013, 12:00 PM
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Logitech (http://www.logitech.com) has released a new $150 folio-style keyboard case for the iPad, featuring a fabric or leather skin that comes in a range of bright colors including red, black, blue, and yellow.
Specifically for the Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio, we developed the industry's first tablet keyboard that's fused directly into its interior fabric. Through integrating the keyboard with its bold interior fabric, it creates a cohesive look and protects your iPad with the added benefit of a comfortable keyboard when you need it.http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/04/logitechfabricskin.jpgThe folio case, which offers complete protection for the iPad, utilizes a magnetic stand to hold the tablet in place when typing or watching videos. A magnetic clasp keeps the case closed when the keyboard is not in use and both the interior and the exterior feature a liquid repellant coating.

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Because the keyboard is integrated directly into the fabric, the entire case is thin, with a depth of just 20mm. Logitech's FabricSkin Keyboard Folio can be preordered (http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/fabricskin-keyboard-folio?wt.mc_id=global_redirect_news_fabricskin) for $150.

Article Link: Logitech Announces New FabricSkin Keyboard Folio (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/04/23/logitech-announces-new-fabricskin-keyboard-folio/)



Feed Me
Apr 23, 2013, 12:04 PM
$150...

onirocdarb
Apr 23, 2013, 12:07 PM
Very cool idea.... but i can't imagine typing on that thing

TimTheEnchanter
Apr 23, 2013, 12:08 PM
finally but not for $150

rmwebs
Apr 23, 2013, 12:15 PM
Logitech's FabricSkin Keyboard Folio can be preordered for $150.

I'm sure it can, but you'd have to be batcrap crazy to pay that for it unless you've got disposable income.

ArtOfWarfare
Apr 23, 2013, 12:17 PM
The price doesn't seem unreasonable for those who want both a case and a keyboard for their iPad. I don't own an iPad though and even if I did, I wouldn't want or need a case or a keyboard.

b.inazawa-fan
Apr 23, 2013, 12:20 PM
More expensive than the Surface Touch Cover. You know you're overpriced when Microsoft's Surface line has something cheaper.

seble
Apr 23, 2013, 12:21 PM
No thanks I'll stick to my $40 dollar iPad case which I protects my ipad and I won't care about as much if it gets lost or damaged!

csjcsj
Apr 23, 2013, 12:35 PM
Notice they don't say how much it weighs, which is as important to me as how thin it is.

And for $150 ...

BC2009
Apr 23, 2013, 12:36 PM
The price doesn't seem unreasonable for those who want both a case and a keyboard for their iPad. I don't own an iPad though and even if I did, I wouldn't want or need a case or a keyboard.

I own an iPad 4 and Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover. I do not recommend a keyboard cover or case to most people unless they really absolutely need one. I got the Ultrathin because it can be easily detached and left in my iPad envelope carrying case while I use my iPad. This is because I use the iPad without the keyboard over 90% of the time. The only reason to have the keyboard is when I am working on my book so the on-screen keyboard does not take screen real estate (i.e.: I can see more of the text that I typed and scroll less).

Because of this, I find any keyboard that does not easily get out of the way of the iPad being tablet to be useless. This one from Logitech looks like it almost folds well behind the back, but it looks awkward. Also, the price of this case is way too high at $150.

For most people I recommend an iPad with AppleCare+ warranty and a smart cover to prevent screen scratches. If you must get a case, get a thin one that covers the back and edges and is smart-cover compatible. If you must have a keyboard (e.g.: for long-form writing) then the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover + DodoCase BookBack + Smart Cover actually work well together. You can still fit a Smart Cover under the Ultrathin so you can have the screen protected while leaving the keyboard in a neoprene or leather sleeve.

I highly recommend a neoprene or leather sleeve as a carrying case for the iPad. You can still get the leather ones that Verizon sold with the iPad 1 on Amazon for under $10. They include a pouch for carrying the Verizon MiFi, but that pouch can be used to carry a microfiber cloth and/or a stylus as well.

Finally, do NOT buy Apple's Smart Case. We bought one for my wife's grandpa, and while he was satisfied, the thing did not fit very snugly on the iPad and I found it completely frustrating.

Mr. Gates
Apr 23, 2013, 12:40 PM
This cover costs as much as a Nexus 7 !

And many other tablets.

And it's not even a real keyboard.

You gotta be crazy to get this

Asriel
Apr 23, 2013, 12:40 PM
I found using my apple keyboard with my iPad when I tried to do some more substantial typing to be a bit awkward. Taking your hands off the keyboard to touch the screen is surprisingly inconvenient. That's why keyboard shortcuts exists and I was also surprised to find that they are mostly missing from iOS.

I think the trackpad support (as included in Surface covers) is the answer. I've been waiting for years for a decent hybrid of touch for browsing/casual use and proper OS support for work. MS is definitely closer than Apple but not there yet. Hope Apple respond with a worthwhile alternative.

GoCubsGo
Apr 23, 2013, 12:43 PM
The price point is ridiculous. I don't see this selling well but then again, Vaja cases are even more expensive and people love those. I know I'm comparing apples and oranges there.

everything-i
Apr 23, 2013, 12:50 PM
The price point is ridiculous. I don't see this selling well but then again, Vaja cases are even more expensive and people love those. I know I'm comparing apples and oranges there.

To me this seems like more of a technology experiment, where they are using some sort of fabric with the electronics woven into it to make a keyboard. I think they are probably wanting to see how it does in the wild rather than expecting high sales. If it does work well it could be the start of something interesting.

Asriel
Apr 23, 2013, 12:53 PM
I do not recommend a keyboard cover or case to most people unless they really absolutely need one.

For most people I recommend an iPad with AppleCare+ warranty and a smart cover to prevent screen scratches. If you must get a case, get a thin one that covers the back and edges and is smart-cover compatible. If you must have a keyboard (e.g.: for long-form writing) then the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover + DodoCase BookBack + Smart Cover actually work well together. You can still fit a Smart Cover under the Ultrathin so you can have the screen protected while leaving the keyboard in a neoprene or leather sleeve.

I highly recommend a neoprene or leather sleeve as a carrying case for the iPad. You can still get the leather ones that Verizon sold with the iPad 1 on Amazon for under $10. They include a pouch for carrying the Verizon MiFi, but that pouch can be used to carry a microfiber cloth and/or a stylus as well.

Finally, do NOT buy Apple's Smart Case. We bought one for my wife's grandpa, and while he was satisfied, the thing did not fit very snugly on the iPad and I found it completely frustrating.

This is a pretty prescriptive set of instructions, which I'm sure fits your use very well, but you may be surprised to hear that it may not apply to everyone on here. It sounds like even your grandfather-in-law doesn't agree.

Personally I find the Smart Case to offer significantly more protection than the cover for roughly the same price. It does perhaps make the iPad more hefty, but more rugged things do tend to be, and I don't particularly share Apple's opinion on thinness above all else (sounds a bit Californian to me).

everything-i
Apr 23, 2013, 12:54 PM
I'm sure it can, but you'd have to be batcrap crazy to pay that for it unless you've got disposable income.

Even if I was going to buy one I would at least want to try one out first. Looks like some new technology in it which may or may not work that well.

hexor
Apr 23, 2013, 12:56 PM
This cover costs as much as a Nexus 7 !

And many other tablets.

And it's not even a real keyboard.

You gotta be crazy to get this

But to be fair the Nexus 7 and 10 are cheap because they ARE cheap. People who have had them since they were released have already reported greatly reduced battery life and other issues.

sfoalex
Apr 23, 2013, 12:58 PM
Not only does this look like a Microsoft Surface Touch Cover, it even makes the iPad look like a Surface by hiding it in the jacket of the cover itself. I had to pause it a few times because image did not have the familiar shape if the iPad and I wasn't at all sure I was even looking at an iPad at all.

flottenheimer
Apr 23, 2013, 02:44 PM
Nice product (for some).
But what a horrible video — it's just too much for too long.

FirstNTenderbit
Apr 23, 2013, 03:06 PM
But to be fair the Nexus 7 and 10 are cheap because they ARE cheap. People who have had them since they were released have already reported greatly reduced battery life and other issues.

Please don't hijack the thread with irrelevant anecdotal "Apple is better than Android, Android sucks because...". This thread is about the efficacy of the Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio.

/on topic
It looks nice. Not sure if it will be effective for typing on a lap though. I wonder how sturdy the typing surface is.

Jessica Lares
Apr 23, 2013, 03:17 PM
Eugh, I did NOT like the Surface keyboard due to it being made of cloth. It looks cute, but once you actually try typing on it, it's completely just eww and feels weird.

I really hope the fabric trend dies out because of this. I like the style, but I'd rather have it like with the Smart Cover rubber for the keys themselves.

needfx
Apr 23, 2013, 05:21 PM
can promo videos stop being the same over & over?

same visual style, same music style, same verbal style

-edit-
looking at it again, overall volume seems excessive, having to charge the bluetooth keypad is ridiculous, iPad bluetooth usage for keystroking will result in lower battery life.

all on all, no way

TC25
Apr 24, 2013, 03:29 AM
The price doesn't seem unreasonable for those who want both a case and a keyboard for their iPad. I don't own an iPad though and even if I did, I wouldn't want or need a case or a keyboard.

Hilarious post. You don't own an iPad and see no need for a keyboard. You're clearly in the target audience of Logitech for this product.

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Notice they don't say how much it weighs, which is as important to me as how thin it is.

Notice you didn't think to go to the Logitech site to get this information. Clearly it was not that important to you.

BC2009
Apr 25, 2013, 04:57 PM
This is a pretty prescriptive set of instructions, which I'm sure fits your use very well, but you may be surprised to hear that it may not apply to everyone on here. It sounds like even your grandfather-in-law doesn't agree.

Personally I find the Smart Case to offer significantly more protection than the cover for roughly the same price. It does perhaps make the iPad more hefty, but more rugged things do tend to be, and I don't particularly share Apple's opinion on thinness above all else (sounds a bit Californian to me).

I hardly assume my use cases fit everybody's needs, so please don't imply it.

My wife's grandpa accepted the iPad Smart Case on his iPad 2 because he simply did not know much better and did not want to bother with returning it.

However, the fit of the Smart case on the iPad 2 is not a problem having to do with thinness, but with how snug it grips the device. This may be a problem born of the fact that the iPad 3 and iPad 4 are technically slightly thicker than iPad 2 or it could have been a defective Smart Case, but the feel of the case moving while the iPad did not because you gripped it is not a good feeling in the hand.

Nevertheless, I am just sharing the advice I give people who ask me if I like my Ultrathin Keyboard Cover. The short story is that I don't recommend it unless you really need it.

epicmar
May 3, 2013, 12:37 PM
Has anyone preordered this case and/or received it?

Are there any coupon codes that can be used to get this at a less than the $149 MSRP?

Yougetwhatupay4
May 19, 2013, 08:48 AM
I disagree with a lot of what people are saying by $150 being too high. This product is sleek. If you own an iPad since the beginning of iPads like I have, you probably have already tried many cases, covers, and keyboards. I have this case and I would highly recommend it. The keyboard is very responsive and the keys are placed well. The way they created the magnet toggling the connection is awesome. No more in and out of settings...it's highly intuitive. The case is a very durable well made material..gives the iPad a very sophisticated feel. I've own cheesy cases to save a few bucks..in fact i was seeking another keyboard because my other keyboard's charging port broke after only using it a few times. And that case was terrible taking the iPad in and out of! I paid $99 for that and liked it for two days! I abandoned it and only used if i was going to a webinar where I'd be taking a lot of notes. Otherwise, the onscreen keyboard is enough for me. For anyone who uses their iPad for work as well as personal, THIS is the best case and keyboard I've ever had. My huge example is if you must log in to a work network like Citrix, you know the onscreen keyboard covers your work quite often ...if you want to be productive, a keyboard really helps. I'm in love with this case and feel the price is appropriate for the quality....you get what you pay for.

epicmar
May 20, 2013, 07:39 AM
I agree with what Yougetwhatupay4 said and add that it what also makes it very nice is the ability to switch from laptop mode to tablet mode and automatically turns off the external keyboard. I love the way the iPad can just drop down on top of the keyboard and you can use it as a tablet - very useful for reading or browsing the web. The magnetic implementation is excellent - instead of putting the ipad into a slot on the keyboard like some setups, the FabricSkin magnetically holds the keyboard in place. I find that the iPad really stays in place on the keyboard. You can actually pick it up by the iPad and the keyboard will stay connected to the iPad. This is especially good if you have to type with the iPad/keyboard on your lap.

Bigmacduck
May 21, 2013, 05:01 PM
I have owned several iPad cases since iPad 1 and so far the ones from Logitech were simply the best - must be the Swiss engineering.

So I was not really shocked on the sticker price of $150 and I preordered one in April. Just got notice from Logitech that it has been shipped via UPS and also received now the parcel tracking number also from UPS. It is scheduled to arrive on May 24th. Will do a first test over the weekend and report back here.

One word about price: if you buy cheap stuff you will pay twice.

It was always the case since the first 3rd party keyboards appeared for IBM compatible PCs. There were cheap ones and there were quality ones that easily cost four times the price and were worth every cent. (Often were made by Logitech). I blindly trust Swiss quality. The Swiss beat many others in in Sailing, Tennis, Watches, Army Knifes, Cheese, Chocolate, Machinery, Financial Engineering, Pharmaceuticals, and also defeated USA in Ice Hockey last weekend ;-)

Bigmacduck
May 24, 2013, 12:20 PM
FabricSkin Keyboard has just arrived today. Very well made, high quality. I ordered the bright "Electric Blue" version and that really brings color to life. It is an eye catcher and head turner.

My iPad 3 fits well and tight and the iPad apperars to be so well protectec from all sides as if a truck could run over it (dont try it!!). Writing is comfortable and the response of the keys is excellent. Good thing is that I can really place it on my lap and write in that position. The magnets that hold the frame to the keyboard are strong; I can lift the iPad and the magnets don't let go. Other keyboards to not hold the iPad as well in position as this one.

It obviously makes the iPad / FabricSkin Keyboard combo heavier, as it almost doubles the weigt of the iPad 3. Together I am now carring 1'230 grams. The weight of the FabricSkin alone is 565 grams.

So the combined weight is in between the MacBook Air 11" (1'080g) and 13" (1'350g).

So in a way it is strange as my MBA 11" is lighter and also looks slimmer than my iPad / FabricSkin combo. Comparing thickness the FabricSkin is 5mm thicker than the thickest (rear end) part of the MBA11" and even 10mm thicker than the thinnest point of the MBA11" (front end) when plancing both on a flat suface.

This will now create a little dilemma: I usually carry both devices (iPad and MBA 11") on business travel. The FabricSkin now adds 565 grams and 5mm to the whole package.

So one I had an interesting thought that might become reality one day: What if Apple would combine an iPad and a MBA 11" in one package, the retina screen becoming a detachable iPad and the keyboard base holds the MBA electronics, both parts with their own battery. Similar to the award winning X2 family design that HP released for the Windows 8 and Android Tablets with detachable keyboard bases. Apple would have to go one step further: OSX (and Bootcamp Windows) in the base and iOS in the screen.
http://www8.hp.com/us/en/ads/x2/compare.html


For such a combo I would accept a weight of 1200-1300 grams and a maximum thickness of 20mm. Let's see what the future brings...