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Published on March 29th, 2013 | by Greg


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.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Appleā€™s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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