I do a lot of typing in my job and I prefer to travel with my iPad instead of my MacBook, so I’m always looking for a good keyboard case for my iPad. Enter the solidly built Rugged Book ($ 129.99) from ZAGG. I’m confident it could survive a drop; and in fact, it feels like I could use it as a weapon! If the bulk is too much at times, you can remove the tablet portion from the keyboard for a lighter, more compact case. You can also flip the tablet part around for use as a video player or kiosk.
Since Apple makes so many changes to the iPad product line, I appreciate that it works with numerous iPad models, including the iPad Air, iPad Air 2, and 9.7-inch iPad Pro.
I must admit, I was going to complain that it didn’t have a backlit keyboard, but it turns out that it does, it’s just not clearly labeled. Indeed, you have to hold down the Function key and select the brightness subfunction and/or the backlighting color subfunction key, which both work double duty with the down and right arrow keys, respectively. You can actually select from seven colors.
The keyboard sports a whopping two-year battery life, so that will be appreciated on long trips. It’s sold in basic black only, and it’s not cheap, but it’s got a lot going to justify the price.
- Multi-purpose (keyboard, video, and tablet modes)
- Solid construction
- Backlit keyboard with 7 colors
- 2-year battery life
- Accommodate a variety of 9.7-inch iPads
- Only one color
- Backlighting keys could be separate or more clearly identified
If you are looking for an iPad keyboard case, look no further. The Rugged Book from ZAGG should meet your needs.