Published on February 22nd, 2015 | by Greg0
A Sleek Keyboard For Your iPad Air 2: ZAGG’s Slim Book
Trying to use a tablet for business presents certain challenges- they can be great for creative professionals, and we’ve seen applications in health care, food service, and of course as point-of-sales terminals replacing cash registers. Lightweight and portable, they’re also handy in many other niche markets, and even on-the-road salespeople are finding them a handy replacement for a full-size laptop. But there is a catch- the touchscreen can be friendly and easy to use, but is sub-optimal for typing.
That’s why we’ve long been interested in keyboard cases, which generally come in a couple of forms- a one-piece folio-style or a two-piece style with a detachable section. The latter group allows you to save weight when you need, and also is more flexible, as the keyboard can be used in other orientations. If you’ve got an iPad Air 2, then the ultra-svelte ZAGG Slim Book is the best case and keyboard combo that we’ve seen, with chiclet keys for easy typing and a matte finish that feels great, plus a built-in backlight for easy viewing at night. At 1.1 pounds, you’ll notice the complete package’s weight, but it doesn’t add much bulk. ZAGG gear has performed well for us in the past; last year we checked out an different keyboard case and it’s clear they continue improving.
Thanks to some durable hinges, you can also modify your view while in what we’d call laptop mode, setting up the screen at the angle of your choice. They can seem stiff at first, but that is what keeps your screen in place. You can even leave the keyboard at home- just pull gently on the magnetic connection- but keep the case on your iPad for a degree of protection (it’s not meant to be shockproof or anything, but helps defend against scratches). And we were impressed at the excellent battery life; the lithium polymer cells can power this little guy for months between charges (they list two years at an hour of use a day in fact). There is a flipside: to save on battery it does go into a power-saving sleep mode after a couple of minutes with no input, and then can take a couple of seconds to wake back up. It will remember and register those keystrokes though!
From fit to finish, the ZAGG Slim Book for iPad Air 2, works well, connected easily, and has held up well to travel and plenty of writing. Part of this article was composed on a tablet, and the the design mirrors a Macbook Air so typing feels natural. Charging is via micro USB, and the headphone and Lightning ports are left open and accessible. If you need something with a bit more protection, they also offer a rugged model- but for us, we’ve been happy with both the keyboard and the thinner case. It’s available online and and in stores now, for around $130.