which is the best ipad case/keyboard

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  1. supermac96 macrumors 6502a

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    I am looking at these 6 case/keyboard combinations. which one is the best case and the easiest to type on? also if I got a good keyboard and the pages app would it work great for typing papers for school or is it really only good for light editing and stuff?

    http://www.zagg.com/accessories/zaggfolio-ipad-2-keyboard-case

    http://adonit.net/product/4

    http://clamcase.com/

    http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/204683...e/Product.html

    http://us.kensington.com/html/17835.html

    http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/rev...er-for-ipad-2/
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  2. palpatine macrumors 68040

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    none :)

    apple bluetooth keyboard + incase origami workstation (a case for keyboard that folds into a stand--very compact and light)
    http://www.goincase.com/products/detail/cl57934
     
  3. jaseone macrumors 65816

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    I just purchased that combo myself today, I prefer it over the other options as I don't want to be stuck with a bulky case, I haven't used it much yet though. In fact I was just messing around with my ipad on the couch so thought I would break it out to see how it performed in my lap and am loving it as I type this, much better than the on screen keyboard for lengthy typing.

    I'm trying to reduce my reliance on a PC as I got tired of carrying my MBP with me everywhere I went, now I have a much smaller messenger bag that goes everywhere with me, much more convenient than a big backpack! I also bought a stylus for note taking in meetings, using the Penultimate app although I'm not sure if I will use it that much now that I have the keyboard.
     
  4. supermac96 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I looked at the apple keyboard case with stand but then in addition to that I would have to buy a case for the ipad. I think I would rather bring both around together but I am still thinking about it. What I have been thinking about getting is the zaggfolio. Is that I good idea? also what are the keys made of and what are they like? is it way to small or do you get used to it?
     
  5. Evancx3 macrumors member

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    I agree with you on the portability of keyboard and case in one. It is just so much easier to carry around without any setup. I myself bought a folio keyboard case from wekreat. You are free to remove the keyboard and install a multifunction insert when you feel like traveling light. You can take a look at my threadhttp://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1194659
    I think its the most versatile keyboard case I have come across. And you mentioned about keys too small to type on, Typerider offers a better sensation with keys only 10-15 % smaller than a full-size keyboard.
     
  6. TC25 macrumors 68020

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    It's like a smaller version of the Apple BT keyboard. IMO, it's the best of the folio options although the shell is all plastic and, again IMO, looks cheap.

    To get something with a larger keyboard you'll need to look at ClamCase, Crux360, etc.
     
  7. supermac96 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    ok I will definitely consider that! unless I want to pay $150 for a clamcase, does the typerider have the biggest keyboard of the keyboard cases out there? also how big is the zaggfolio keyboard?
     
  8. jaseone macrumors 65816

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    I just have a smart cover on my iPad and throw both the iPad and keyboard into a padded messenger bag (a small one also from Incase that is either designed for the iPads or for the 11" MBA), then when I want to use the iPad as it was intended I can just grab it by itself. I prefer that much more than always having the iPad like a laptop and stuck in a clamshell.
     
  9. divinemercy macrumors regular

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    i second... or third or whatever the vote for the Apple Wireless Keybaord and Incase origami stand. really gives the sleekest touch-screen laptop sort of experience around. Light, compact, sleek. resonably priced.

    You can get the stand and keyboard for around 75 bucks total if you do some ebaying like I did. Just make sure it says official apple keyboard. there are some generics.
     
  10. supermac96 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ya this sounds sound like a good idea but then I wold have to buy another case for my ipad to go in. I am not sure if i would use the keyboard just at home or if I would be taking it places like school but if I did take it to school I don't know if this would be the best solution to carry two things around. also can someone give me a link to the exact keyboard its supposed to fit, cause I don't think it would fit the normal keyboard dock because of the stand.
     
  11. divinemercy macrumors regular

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    There really isn't any issue with carrying two items... In fact, this is why I like this set up: Because you can use it like a laptop of sorts on your desk, BUT you also have the option of reaching into your bag and just pulling out the iPad and using it like 'normal'

    And I don't think you really need an additional iPad case, but if so a cheap 20 dollar back shell would do.

    http://www.goincase.com/products/detail/cl57934

    http://www.apple.com/keyboard/

    Those are the official sites, but like I said you can just ebay the products usually.

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  12. supermac96 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    thanks, so even though the keyboard says "its a match for any mac" it works with ipad?
     
  13. divinemercy macrumors regular

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    yeah, absolutely. you just turn it on, go to settings on the iPad and turn on bluetooth. "Keyboard" will show up almost immediately, you click and and then it'll give you a number to type in on the keyboard to double check that it's working. press enter and your connected! And then you don't have to do that ever again lol.

    Im writing this on the keyboard now :) And for the record it is actually a FULL SIZE keyboard, but in a much more compact form. So the keys are full size, but the overall product is very compact and light. I <3 it
     
  14. jaseone macrumors 65816

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    I second that! During the day it sits on my desk ready for me to type away when I need a little break from work and if I need to go to a meeting I can just grab the iPad itself with my stylus then use Penultimate to take notes during the meeting.

    With the small messenger bag I have for it, it is a dream to carry around and with LogMeIn Ignition I can always access my MBP if need be.
     
  15. bdlmbp macrumors newbie

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    Worth it

    While I didn't need the keyboard case, I did pick up a booq sleeve online at http://canadianclearance.com.

    Thought I'd mention it because the price was insanely good and they shipped right away.
     
  16. jaseone macrumors 65816

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    You can also use netbook sleeves for the iPad, which can be had for nickels to the dime. My gf uses my old netbook sleeve on her's and it works just fine.
     
  17. Romanesq macrumors 6502a

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    Amazon has

    one that inexpensive and it really works well. \
    The New Trent is good. Keys are smaller so big hands wont like it.

    I just got it and multiple viewing positions and also portrait view option.

    Its plastic and light not very sophisticated but it is also less than $50 with shipping.

    Thats a lot of good things in the small package. ;)
     
  18. madat42 macrumors regular

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    The nice thing about the Adonit Writer is that you can simply 'eject' your iPad from the case and use the device naked. Just got mine. Sleek and well made. Use it on a desk or in your lap. The keyboard is tiny though and it will take some time to get used to. So far it's my only gripe.
     
  19. supermac96 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Best ipad Case Reviews.....I agree but.....


    This threat has been very helpful. I really think the incase carrier you linked to is amazing. My trouble is that I want protection that can handle a little more than that case, but still provides the best keyboard experience possible. Here are a reviews of all the cases mentioned and others: http://amzn.to/wjlmRg

    Like many have said here, I want ONE case to rule them all. I'm not as interested in having to switch back and forth depending on how I'm using my iPad. The concept just seems anti Apple in the first place. Now with rumors of an iPad 3 I sure how the dimensions of the device are changing b/c it takes the case makers some time to perfect these things!
     
  21. TheChukler macrumors newbie

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    clamcase

    I have seen/tried/used almost every case out there. In my opinion, the clamcase is the best "overall" case. It protects as well or better than any other (for a keyboard). It it absolutely the closest ANY case comes to a laptop/netbook experience. They have excellent customer service (support)

    the case is one of the heavier cases out there, but it makes up for it in the protective aspect. My son has dropped this all over the house and it has yet to effect the ipad it encases. I tend to use this as a stand as much as a keyboard....as the hinge is what sets the clamcase apart for me.

    If you are looking for a lightweight easy little keyboard to flip in and out of your bag....this may not be for you. If you are looking for a laptop experience...this is the case. Just my $.02
     
  22. Simon Templar macrumors member

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    I looked at ALL the cases that are avilable. I spent probably four weeks scouring the web for iPad2 cases.

    I finally decided on a Pad & Quill case. I've had it now for three or four months and still think its the best case out there. Covers the front, the back, even the sides. And if someone tosses your house, unless they pay close attention it's likely they'll pass it over thinking its just a book.

    Fit and finish is top drawer and the company is great to deal with.

    I'd buy it again in a heartbeat.

    Pad & Quill website



    ....sT
     
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