Published on March 29th, 2013 | by Greg0
ZAGG PROfolio Plus: A Better iPad Keyboard Case
One of the slickest parts of the new Microsoft Surface was their nifty keyboard covers. iPad fans should be a little bit envious- they are pretty useful, and work surprisingly well. We’ve seen quite a few iPad cases with keyboards come through our doors, and few of them have made the grade- they often offer fairly mushy keys and awkward cases. Today, we’ve got a new contender, and we’re happy to say that it has kept our fingers happy.
We’re typing part of this review from the keyboard, in the dark. That’s one nice part of the ZAGG PROfolio+, as it features backlit keys with seven different color options to choose from. As with most competitors, they include the typical magnetic closure- and it works as well as the good old Apple Smart Cover. Setting it up is easy- Bluetooth keyboards are not new, and this one connects as readily and easily as we hope.
What’s new? How about the super-responsive, user-friendly chiclet/island-style keyboard layout and design, one that simply works. Instead of needing to learn where the space bar is, or adjust to missing keys, this one feels more or less like a normal small keyboard. It’s only the missing backspace/small delete key that tripped us up a couple of times; the shift and enter keys can often cause trouble but didn’t with the PROfolio Plus.And there are some great special function keys that quickly become second nature, which offer handy shortcuts for iPad users. Plus, it’s available in three colors of leather, as well as black polyurethane.
We did have some qualms with the case itself. The angle isn’t all that adjustable- the iPad flips up into a decent position, and the keyboard lays flat, but it may take tweaking your personal setup to find one that is comfortable. The case is reasonably light (about a pound) and fairly solid, but doesn’t offer much protection- if you’re planning on carrying your tablet out and about and are worried about it, then this might not be the best option (external keyboards might be better). The same holds true if you need a solution for use in portrait mode, as this one works only in landscape.
Bottom line: it’s not the best case, but the ZAGG PROfolio Plus is one of the best iPad keyboards. The backlighting is nice, and the rechargeable battery life still impressive (we didn’t need to charge it once during a couple of weeks of occasional use). Available now online and in stores, for around $120.