Update 2: Order ZaggMate for iPad 2 Now!
Update: Congrats to Zagg for winning best of show at Macworld 2011! Also, ZaggMate is MC Hammer’s iPad case of choice! The geniuses at Zagg have done it again and released what we are excited to say is the seasons MUST HAVE iPad accessory: The ZAGGmate iPad case with keyboard. It’s not often that we get entirely blown away by an accessory for the iPad, but this one has left us shell shocked and in awe. The perfect compliment to your iPad, this is the first iPad keyboard case combo that we have seen yet that has done it right. In fact, it’s the best bluetooth keyboard we’ve seen to date as well! It’s so right and so perfect that we already wonder how we ever used our iPad without it! Check out the review below…
Our first impression of the ZAGGmate was: “Where’s the rest of it?” This iPad case is unlike anything else we’ve seen on the market to date and the designers at Zagg worked hard to literally rethink what an iPad case could be. This is an iPad case that doesn’t cover the whole iPad, but rather just covers the iPad’s screen, and leaves the back of the tablet exposed. The color and design is so perfectly complimentary to the iPad, it’s almost as if the two were meant to be together from the start. Sleek, stylish, unique, and just plain super awesome, we are in love with the ZAGGmate.
Constructed from aircraft grade aluminum and bead-blasted to an anodized finish, the ZAGGmate perfectly matches the finish on the iPad. Also, thanks to it’s unique design, the whole case when covering your iPad only adds about a quarter of an inch to the overall thickness, so you could quickly forget that it’s even there. Your iPad is well protected in this case with military grade high-density padding to protect the screen and edges. It weighs a mere 12.8 ounces with the keyboard as well, so it adds no noticeable bulk or heaviness to your setup. On the inside of the cover only model is an innovative stand that allows a whopping 10 different angles for viewing and typing in any conceivable position. The ZAGGmate with keyboard supports both portrait and landscape orientations.
The keyboard is easily the best bluetooth keyboard we’ve seen yet apart from Apple’s own much more bulky version. The layout and feel of the keys are eons better than anything we’ve tested yet. Highly responsive, snappy keys make typing on this keyboard easy and fast. The keyboard even has unique function keys on it that work with the iPad. It’s got a huge 510 mAH rechargeable battery inside that will last for several weeks without needing a recharge vie the included microUSB cable. There’s even four rubber feet included in the package if you want to attach them to the bottom of your case to prevent slippage while typing.
The ZAGGmate is easily the thinnest hard shell protection for the iPad we’ve seen yet. It’s also the most stylish and attractive looking one as well. We have to wonder why somebody else didn’t think to do an anodized aluminum case like this before. The keyboard inside the ZAGGmate is just superb and the perfect companion to the iPad. And for the price, it beats out just about every single one if its (inferior) competitors on the market, so we are very confident in saying: This is THE best iPad accessory we have seen in 2010, and it’s sure to be hugely in demand this season. The biggest challenge we predict Zagg will have is keeping this baby in stock.
If you are as big of a protection freak as we are, then you’ll also be interested to know that you can pick up an invisibleSHIELD cover for your ZAGGmate case as well. Our buddies at Zagg were so kind as to install it on our review unit, and we love it! Once you experience the ZAGGmate case and keyboard combo with your iPad and iPad 2, you will honestly wonder how you ever used your tablet without it.
Get the ZAGGmate with keyboard for $99.99 or just the ZAGGmate case for $69.99. The InvisibleSHIELD cover for the ZAGGmate is available for $34.99. The ZaggMate for iPad 2 is currently on preorder, make sure you get yours fast, the original ZaggMate’s flew off the shelves faster than Zagg could stock them!