I’ll admit that when I first saw the Zaggmate Ipad Case mentioned, I was stoked. An iPad case with hard body aluminum case and built in wireless keyboard… It was like combining chocolate and peanut butter in Reese’s cup. Genius. While I really wanted to like this product and use it daily, in then end, it just couldn’t meet my expectations.
I like the Zagg company. I’ve bought a few of their products before, like the invisishield. I’ve even spoken with some of their reps at conferences, and they were always straight up, honest, good people, trying to put out the best products they could. So please don’t misinterpret this as a dig against them. The product just wasn’t right for me.
The product was really easy to set up. Give it a quick charge via USB cable, pair it up with your iPad via bluetooth, and you’re good to go in a few minutes. When used as a case, it gives solid protection and fits snugly around the iPad. It’s a little tough taking it on and off the first few times but, once you get the feel for how much pressure you can use and it gets a little loosened up, it’s no problem at all. You flip up the stand in the base and insert the iPad. Whether inserted horizontally or vertically, it didn’t matter: the stand was sturdy and stable either way.
The problem I had with the ZAGGmate was that the keys were too small and cramped for me to use (see picture below).
I’ll grant you that I may have big hands and that I did get better at typing on the small keyboard after using it for a day or two, but it never felt comfortable. I was always getting my fingers tangled up. It was frustrating to try and type for any length of time. Compare the size of the Zaggmate to Apple Bluetooth keyboard and I think you’ll see what I mean.
So while I think this was a really good idea for a product, ultimately it just wasn’t for me. If you are someone who has small hands or doesn’t mind using a small keyboard, it may work for you. Otherwise, you’re probably better off passing on this item.
photo credit: Alejandro Hernandez.