Over the years I’ve tried a few iPad keyboard add-ons. I like bringing my iPad along in places where I might have used a laptop in the past. It’s small, light, has built in LTE and a great touch UI. That said, doing any significant text entry can be annoying because I can think far faster than I can type on the glass screen.
Recently, Logitech has released a new keyboard case called the ‘FabricSkin’ (built using a similar process as Microsoft’s ‘Surface’ tablet keyboard) and mine arrived a few days ago and I’ve been trying it out.
Overall, the FabricSkin is very nicely built which is a nice contrast to the previous best-in-class keyboard cover, the ‘UltraSlim’. That unit is plastic-y and feels cheap while the FabricSkin is clearly more premium. The keyboard automatically pairs with the iPad via Bluetooth via a set of magnets that engage when the keyboard is in position. This means no disabling Bluetooth just to bring back the on-screen keyboard if you need it for some reason.
The action on the keys took a little getting used to but now I’m able to navigate quite quickly. Like many keyboard cases there are extra buttons for adjusting the volume, switching apps, etc…
There is one downside to the FabricSkin and that’s the weight. The iPad is significantly heavier with this thing wrapped around it and for that reason, I wouldn’t consider using it all the time, around the house… but as a case to use when taking the iPad to a meeting or out to a coffee shop to do some writing, it’s a nice match.