Posted by: Timber from: on
This case is very poorly engineered. The keyboard itself functions quite well, but as a case it is useless. The hinge is extremely tight. I can't stress this enough. After just one day the iPad now snaps out of the case every time the hinges is moved open...very bad design. Stay away!
19 out of 21 found this review helpful.
I love the Idea but...
Posted by: Benl from: on
This had so much potential, but the execution was very poor. The keyboard is great but the cover that snaps over thie iPad Air 2 is a very poor fit. It comes out of the case every time you open it, super annoying. Seems like they rushed it to market and didn't do a quality control. I am going to return this and wait for version 2.0. If they get it right.....
13 out of 15 found this review helpful.
Nice and Slim but has some issues
Posted by: JoeTechie from: on
I have recently purchsed the Slim Book at my local Best Buy during Black Friday. The product mislabeled on their web site. None the less, I do have a full video review of the product up on YouTube at the link below:
Other notes. As I've been using this keyboard now for a few weeks, I'm disappointed in some things:
The back cover does not lock on very well to my iPad Air 2 and easily slips off when opening the case. The iPad in the back cover (docked in the keyboard case) indeed does wobble (there seems to be some play there which causes this, but the hinge itself is quite solid). The back lit keys are good, but in this price range, they could have offered the muti colors and mutiple brightness settings.Typing feels ok, but like someone else mentioned here, I find myself typing words that are missing letters since you have to press slightly harder on the keys to make sure they fire off (this can be quite frustrating).
I love the look of this keyboard, how thin it is, and the capabiity to pull off the iPad ad flip it over, or just use as a stand alone tablet. Based on some of my findings, I'll likely do part 2 review of this case, and now that I've had a good amount of time to play with it, I think there's a strong possibility that I'll take it back and buy something else. For $129, I was expecting a much more polished and solid product. I managed to pick this up for $89.99 due to a pricing error (which they had to honor), but even still at this price point I'm still disappointed in some of the flaws. I think ZAGG might have rushed this product through production due to the overwhelimg demand and lack of varieties in good keyboard cases for the Air 2.
Although New Trent's AirBender 5.0 is a little thicker, it seems to pack some features that even ZAGG does not have (see my review on that on as well from my YouTube channel).
Hope this helps someone's buying decsion.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
You want to like it, but...
Posted by: J4m3sB from: on
KEEP ON LOOKING. (This is after two weeks of putting up with the device using an iPad Air 2- it's going back!)
This thing is an absolute piece of junk. The quality of the keyboard is its one redeeming feature, but the hinge and cover that offer protection are a joke. The cover is simply a flimsy piece of plastic to cover as a skin to the iPad - fine, scratch protection,,, IF IT STAYED ON! It constantly pops off every time you open the device and will easily pop off when you use the thing as a tablet as there is nothing to hold it in there.
As I said, the keyboard is quality, but the hinge that makes your device into a laptop-like unit is impossible to work with. Opens only with force. Constantly loses contact of the tablet (so much for protection, hold onto it!), and generally makes a $130 unit a piece of junk. My recommendation is to wait for the Rugged Book or buy the cheaper version. It has a similar top protection, but the hinge is completely different. Zagg is aware of this issue and is working on a replacement. Wait for it!
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Posted by: MAIZENBLUE4EVER from: on
I wanted so badly to like this case that I bought it twice! And returned it both times. I thought maybe the first one was just a "dud." Nope, they both were duds! The keyboard half is not bad but the other half is terrible! It doesn't fit properly, like the other reviews have said (it seems like it wants to pop out the case). It is also paper thin, and not in a good way. Just a poor job by Zagg. I had the original Air and bought the Zagg Rugged keyboard case, which was excellent. I was so anxious to get this case when I first read about it. I imagined a slimmer version of the Rugged. Man, was I mistaken.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Amazing design - Almost perfect execution
Posted by: VAcarguy1969 from: on
Overview - If you want to turn your iPad Air 2 into a mini MacBook Air, and still be able to read one-handed other times then this is the case for you! It does this while preventing the iPad from getting scratched and still holding true to the "air" motif by keeping the total package very light. For my money, this is the best case on the market! I honestly think that the other negative reviewers had the wrong case for their iPad because the upper case (sleeve) that your ipad snaps into fits fine (they may have had an iPad Air 1 case for their Air 2 or viceversa.
NOTE: BestBuy lists this case incorrectly as the Folio Case, but it is actually the Zagg Slim Book.
LIke the other reviewers, I have been anxiously awaiting this case. Zagg's designs with the light up keyboards have typically led the way. However, my need for a keyboard and a true slate reading mode (while still protecting the device) has never been fully satisfied...until now.
The keyboard works perfect, as you would expect, with the added benefit over its competitors of the light-up keyboard, which if you haven't used in a low light condition in bed at night or on a late night flight, is indispensable! Even better, the aluminum chassis is beautiful and literally turns your ipad into a mini Macbook Air.
The upper case (sleeve) that your ipad snaps into fits well and provides protection when you are using the iPad disconnected from the keyboard. When you are ready to reconnect the screen with the keyboard, it is as simple as slipping it into the hinge, and the magnets do the rest. And remember, that you can slip it in with the screen facing the keyboard (laptop mode) or with the screen facing away from the keyboard (video or reading mode). It is so easy and so flexible that you will never need to remove your iPad from this case, unlike other cases, which simply get too heavy for one handed reading.
Finally, if you have used a Zagg light-up keyboard in the past, you may have had multiple colors available, but the Slim Book has limited that selection to only white with no brightness settings. You get one color and one brightness setting, which is more than enough and probably saves weight (although I found myself missing that cool blue color!).
My only other wish list item is that the shell for the iPad had a texture to it for better grip. The Zagg folio has a fake leather texture that was very easy to grip and looked pleasing. This Slim Book has a very smooth texture and is fairly slippery. Having said that, the grips on the bottom of the keyboard work great in laptop mode and grip your lap or your desk that it is sitting on.
Bottom line - This is the best case in the market. Believe me, I have tried them all. I rarely use my laptop anymore and don't go anywhere without my Zagg-enhanced iPad Air 2! Merry Christmas!
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Posted by: NewiMacUserinMN from: Woodbury, MN on
The only reason this is not 5 stars is the first one I bought had an issue with it not responding on occaision. Other than that, the replacement keyboard is the best keyboard I have owned. The build quality is great, and the keyboard function keys include everything you need (even has backlit keys). It also will put your iPad to sleep when it closes. Very nice keyboard and I do recommend it.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Keyboard okay / Plastic cover extremely fragile
Posted by: BestBuyCustomer from: on
The Bluetooth keyboard was good. I liked the backlit keys and had no problems with it connecting to my iPad 2 Air. The plastic protector/cover for the iPad 2 Air was extremely fragile. It's very thin and it broke in two places (small piece on the side and crack down the middle of cover) with minimal usage (not used everyday). I only used it for about 1.5 months and ended up returning it. I purchased a Brydge keyboard which I'm much more satisfied with (bluetooth, backlit keys, 2-speakers, aluminum body design which matches my iPad 2 PERFECTLY in the space grey - comes in gold and silver too).
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Unexpected for Zagg
Posted by: Dahrakaye from: on
Zagg generally makes great products, and only use their screen protectors for my devices. I was disappointed in how poor the qulaity and function of the device was. I first wanted this product because I want a case all the time, and a keyboard when I need it. However, the case quickly wore and cracked a several placea just with use! Imagine if I had dropped the thing! The keyboarday had a nice built, but soon after, certain keys would input the wrong characters or won't respond at all. Don't take the chance on the product, and look into something different.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Mike from: on
Adding the keyboard was a big plus to using the iPad. Don't know why we waited. This one is great because it is easy to remove if you need to and it has backlit keys.