A keyboard can make for an iPad if the idea is to use it as a true productivity machine. Sure, "real" job well done on an iPad, especially if we connect a keyboard to it.
With a keyboard, we must not only physical keys, we also have access to shortcuts taken directly from the Mac world. It is easy to enter a new address in Safari with Cmd + L and we can "tab" between programs with cmd + tab. Most keyboards have a home button to quickly go back to the home screen, a Siri button and a search button to fast as possible to pick up the right app.
The keyboard we test here called Slim book and come from accessories manufacturer Zagg. We test the model of the iPad mini and mini 2 3, but Slim Book is to almost all modern iPad models. Slim book does many things right – while a couple of major flaws are hard to ignore. But we start with the good.
Similar to a laptop
Never has an Ipad was more like a laptop with Slim Book, at least in form seen. Slim book consists of two parts, a shell that we attach to the iPad, and the second part is the actual keyboard. With the iPad attached to the keyboard, we can adjust the angle of the screen on a laptop. Moreover, we can no major problems have iPad with a keyboard on your lap. None of this is obvious when it comes to keyboards for the iPad, so we appreciate the extra here. When we are done, we can easily just fold up the package and the screen turns off by itself.
Would we rather take off on the iPad, we draw just up from its magnetic attachment, and then we get a (right plastigt) shell for "toad."
The keyboard adds a lot of weight to the iPad, but it also allows the construction feels solid. Magnetic mount has no trouble keeping up the small iPad mini 2, and it does not feel like it will tip over to one side.
With a fully charged battery, the keyboard does not need to be charged at the full two years, something that we naturally not been able to control. Interestingly enough, the keys are backlit, a feature that can easily be turned off with a hotkey. Nor is it a matter of course on the iPad keyboard, but there are, for example, Logitech Create for the iPad Pro.
And some disappointments …
The bad bits then? First of all: You can not escape the fact that the keyboard is small. GREATEST ourselves on the enter key is not two rows high, and that the numbers are displaced one step to the left. Do we write the number 2, it often becomes 3, and so on. With a little habituation works perfectly okay to write anyway. The keys are well matched and surprisingly stable (we did after all write throughout this test on it, a passing grade).
It is of course difficult to blame the small size of the keyboard. IPad mini is a little gadget, and we want to have a real workhorse for iPad, we're right to buy a larger model from the outset.
However, what is to blame the keyboard is the little half-dodgy quality. Neither the perceived quality feel of the materials – the plastic is a little rough – or the keyboard's condition was particularly reassuring. Laddporten in our sample were saggy which meant we got very gently coax plug into the outlet, and only after a few attempts wanted to charge the keyboard.