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iPad 2 Accessories Round-up - Keyboard Docks and Wireless Keyboards

Andrew Williams

By Andrew Williams



Zagg Zaggmate keyboard dock

Zagg website


Zagg, known mostly as the maker of the invisibleSHIELD advanced screen protector, has produced a keyboard-case combo. It's a tough case made of aircraft-grade aluminium that also packs-in a Bluetooth keyboard. When not acting as a simple protector, it'll hold the iPad 2 up either in portrait or landcape orientation - turning it into a laptop of sorts.

All this added functionality, and it only increases the thickness of the iPad by an eight of an inch, or around 3mm. Impressive stuff. At a hundred dollars, it's significantly more expensive than the official iPad 1 keyboard dock though.

Apple wireless keyboard

Apple Store


Apple has ditched the keyboard dock for the iPad 2, but the wireless keyboard will work with it just fine. Based on the keyboard style of the Mac, it is compact and very easy to type away quickly on. Like all iPad compatible wireless keyboards, it uses Bluetooth technology to communicate with the iPad 2.

The keyboard is powered by two AA batteries and employs power conservation techniques to eke out the maximum number of days of usage. We haven't had a chance to test drive the keyboard with an iPad 2 yet ourselves, but it should last for weeks when used occasionally.

Kensington Keyfolio

Retail link


The Kensington Keyfolio marries a classy faux-leather case with a Bluetooth keyboard, giving you laptop-like functionality on-the-go. Unlike the original keyboard dock, designed for the first iPad, the Keyfolio holds your iPad in landscape orientation, giving it that real laptop feel.

Like any case worth its salt, the Kensington Keyfolio gives you access to all the side ports and controls of the iPad 2 thanks to carefully-employed cut-outs. The device itself is a re-branded OEM product - not quite as high-quality as the carefully-engineered Zaggmate, but worth it if you want that Folio style with a keyboard in tow.


March 29, 2011, 7:06 pm

Interesting little tip: Using the USB Camera Adapter I was able to plug in the receiver for my Microsoft Arc Keyboard and use it fine with my original iPad. It's not the most elegant solution and I don't actually ever feel the need to use it but for those wanting to use an existing keyboard on their iPad it's good to know.


May 3, 2011, 11:13 pm

Andrew, I have to be honest. I ordered the smart cover because it looked cool. But that coolness wears off, when the fallacy of protection and false assurance kicks in. Protection is limited to cosmetic scuffs and annoying fingerprints. But not drops. Not sure that the cover is any better, much less smarter. I ordered the cover, and to be quite candid; I am not impressed. It does not offer much in protection. I was skeptical about the cover to begin with. Nevertheless, if your looking to protect your investment with a simple cover, we run the risk of inflicting some damage from a simple accident. I had to reassess my needs after a near fatal drop with the cover. I ordered a few days ago a leather Mivizu iPad 2 case called the Sense, and I also ordered an Otterbox hardshell. Best, the Mivizu folio is affordable priced at $29.99 against apple's not smart price of $69.99 http://www.amazon.com/Mivizu-Sense-Leather-Feature-ciPD2mvzSMRTblk/dp/B004V0CCQK
Anyways, for real protection look elsewhere.


September 1, 2011, 1:33 am

kinda like this unit....works for me: www.sherpacarry.com

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