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Review of the Kensington KeyFolio Pro 2 iPad Keyboard Case

An iPad keyboard case with a removable keyboard and multiple viewing angles

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Kensington KeyFolio Pro 2 iPad Keyboard Case

Kensington KeyFolio Pro 2 iPad Keyboard Case

Kensington

The Bottom Line

Like other iPad keyboard cases, the Kensington KeyFolio Pro 2 combines a productivity-enhancing Bluetooth keyboard with a protective case for your iPad. The KeyFolio goes a step further, however, allowing you to remove the keyboard and adjust the tablet to almost any viewing angle. This makes it pretty much the perfect iPad case (with some niggling issues, of course).

Pros

  • Adjustable viewing angles
  • Well spaced keyboard with convenient quick access buttons
  • Cutouts for all ports
  • Stylus holder
  • Sturdy, quality construction

Cons

  • Not very stable/usable held on the lap
  • Can't easily use in portait mode
  • Arrow keys don't seem to work while web browsing

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 1.4 x 8.1 x 11.2 inches
  • Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • iPad models: iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation)
  • Colors: Red, dark brown, caramel, black
  • MSRP: $99.99

Review - Kensington KeyFolio Pro 2

~ November 13, 2012: Everyone should have an iPad case, and everyone, I think, should have a keyboard for the iPad. Why not combine both? The Kensington KeyFolio Pro 2 is one of several keyboard cases on the market that's both a case and a Bluetooth keyboard. It turns the iPad into a laptop-like machine for composing long emails, transcribing meeting notes, or penning (typing) the next great American novel. The KeyFolio Pro 2 is almost as easy, comfortable, and accurate to type on as a solid laptop keyboard, and its versatile positioning makes it a joy to use.

Most iPad (and tablet) cases force you to use the tablet in one position or angle only, unfortunately. For example, many aluminum iPad cases dock the iPad into one position. Imagine not being able to adjust your laptop display into the exact angle you need (based on lighting or other environmental factors) or being forced to hold your tablet at one specific angle?

That's what those other cases are like. Not so the KeyFolio. The velcro on the bottom of the KeyFolio Pro 2 iPad frame allows you to quickly move the bottom of the screen to the edge of the case--into the best (approx. 45 degree) angle for watching videos or tapping on apps. If there's another angle you'd prefer, you can remove the keyboard and position the screen at viewing angles from 20 to 70 degrees. I was afraid of the velcro wearing out after repeated fastening and unfastening, but after more than a month of testing, the iPad is still reliably propped up with no signs of sagging.

The default viewing angle is a bit steep, however, for laptop use. When using the Ipad in the case on my lap, it was nearly impossible to see what was on the screen, and I was nervous the iPad would collapse forward onto the keyboard. It was top-heavy and not stable at all.

On a flat surface, however, the keyboard case does its job beautifully. I was able to type at 64 wpm (words per minute) on the mobile keyboard--not much slower or less accurately than on a desktop keyboard. The keys are well-spaced and decently sized, and there are handy keyboard shortcuts like volume controls and showing the iPad on-screen keyboard. It makes using iPad productivity apps so much easier.

As a case, the KeyFolio Pro 2 is very solidly constructed, with cutouts for all necessary ports, reinforced corners, and a padded leather-like cover that looks pretty professional.

At 1.5 pounds (with keyboard), it does add some weight to the iPad, but the protection and added functionality are well worth it.

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