Thanks to GearZap for sending this out to me for review.
- 90 hour battery life
- Automatically turns off after 10 minutes without use to save battery
- Dust proof and spill proof
- Very thick
- Quite heavy
The idea of turning your iPad into a netbook replacement by just adding a keyboard can be very attractive for those users who love working on the go on their iPad. The KeyCase is a great product which can transform your iPad into mini workspace.
The keyboard connects to the iPad via Bluetooth and is an easy procedure. Once connected iOS recognises that there is a hardware keyboard connected to the iPad. Now whenever you go to type in something the virtual keyboard won't appear at all, so you have the full screen to utilise. The keyboard is very low profile and so are the buttons. It's the same kind of profile you will find on laptops so if you use a laptop very often the keyboard should be very familiar to you.
The whole keyboard has rubbery skin over it so the buttons do have some grip but not too much to be annoying. People may prefer plastic keys however. Because of the rubbery skin over the whole keyboard, there are no gaps so it is spill proof. If you drop water or a juice on the keyboard you can just get wet cloth and literally wipe it off. It's a simple feature which is actually very beneficial.
Along the top of the keyboard the F buttons have multi-uses. The buttons enable you to do things such as play/pause music, adjust volume and search. The buttons are great for quick access so you don't have to go in and out of apps to play/pause music and, you don't have to feel around the iPad for the volume buttons.
Amazingly the keyboard has a 90 hour battery life. For the two weeks I've been using it, it still has not run out of battery. With this sort of battery life you don't have to worry too much about it dying out on you. The keyboard also charges via MicroUSB which is now very common in the industry.
The only problems I have with this case is the thickness and weight. I know when you add a keyboard into the mix it will be considerably thicker but it's the leather case which makes up most of this thickness. The leather itself is as thick as the iPad 2 however people may see this in a way of more protection for your iPad. Also it is heavy. It's not something you want to be carrying around in your hand for extended periods of time.
The Keycase iPad Folio Keyboard case for the iPad 2 is a great product for people who want to turn their iPad into a mini workspace. Usually products like this are very expensive but this one is different. It is probably the cheapest keyboard and case in one for the iPad on the market. It provides extra functionality and is great for people who would love to have a real hardware keyboard instead of a virtual one.