Best ipad 2 keyboard case?

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by Hiruma123, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. Hiruma123, Aug 18, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2011

    Hiruma123 macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2011
    #1
    I'm looking for a protective case for my iPad 2 that includes a keyboard that I can use on the train without too much effort. Does anyone have any recommendations? Please post ides. thanks
     
  2. HazyCloud macrumors 68030

    HazyCloud

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2010
    #2
  3. Evancx3 macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2011
    Location:
    Long Beach
    #3
  4. rockametrics macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2010
    #4
    I like the origami from Best Buy. Holds the keyboard well. Works great as a stand and I don't have to take off coverbuddy or smart cover.
     
  5. jsh1120 macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2011
    #5
    It's actually from Incase and available from a variety of retailers including Best Buy.
     
  6. rockametrics macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2010
    #6
    Thanks for clarification. I meant to throw that in there. Is a great case.
     
  7. jsh1120 macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2011
    #7
    I agree. It's what I use. But the term "keyboard case" as in this thread can be confusing. The Origami Workstation is a case for the Apple Wireless Keyboard. It unfolds to provide a stand for the iPad and as noted above, it works with a variety of covers (thin) covers for the iPad, including the SmartCover and a back cover.

    It is NOT, however, a case that holds both the iPad AND a keyboard. You'll need a bag that holds both the iPad and the keyboard case if you use the Origami Workstation. A small messenger bag will work. So will bags (e.g. Travel Express) from Waterfield Designs.

    There are several options for a combination keyboard/iPad case. Zagg makes a folio case that includes a keyboard (cited in a post above). And a previous design from Zagg (the Zaggmate) is sold by Logitech. Brookstone also has such a case, as does "Wekreat" (the TypeRider.) There are also a variety of knockoffs of these designs, some selling for as little as $50.

    A couple of things to keep in mind about these cases. First, the keyboards are smaller than the Apple Wireless Keyboard. They have to be since the case is sized to fit the iPad, not the keyboard. If you're used to a full size keyboard, especially if you use a larger keyboard part of the time, you may find it difficult to adjust to such small keyboards.

    Second, you generally get what you pay for in terms of keyboards. In my experience, cheap keyboards have inferior "feel" and don't stand up to extended use, especially if you're typing a lot.

    Most folks think that you can't do better than the Apple Wireless Keyboard in terms of feel and durability. (I agree.) But if portability is your highest priority, one of the combination iPad/keyboard cases may be a better choice. Just keep in mind you'll be carrying around the keyboard 100% of the time.
     
  8. Evancx3 macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2011
    Location:
    Long Beach
    #8
    Yes, i totally agree with you. Except that there's a nice touch from WeKREAT to include an multi-functional insert that replaces the keyboard when you feel like to travel light. Frankly speaking, I have not come across another brand of product that is as thoughtful as WeKREAT. At first, i did not quite get the idea of a removable keyboard, and it does get a bit annoying to carry the keyboard all the time. but when i put the insert into use, everything becomes crystal clear.
     

Share This Page