If there is an issue I have a lot of keyboard folio cases for the iPad, it’s that the key-board is scaled to match the long measurement of the device. What that means is that the keyboard is generally fairly small, and a fast touch-typist like me discovers that he or she is regularly making errors. Up to this point, I have not located a keyboard, other than Apple’s Wireless Keyboard, that’s even remotely usable with the iPad. Now Logitech has introduced the US$129.99 Fold-Up Keyboard, a full-sized relaxed Bluetooth keyboard that helps to protect your iPad 2 as well. Split keyboard for iPad is a great app. Take a look of Split Keyboard.
Think of the Fold-Up Keyboard as a Intelligent Cover-compatible back shell for the iPad 2 and you are almost there. Now add a full-sized keyboard that amazingly pops out of the back of this device and swivels into place in front of the device as a prop holds it up, and you have the Fold-Up Keyboard.
The keyboard functions pretty much all of the keys in the places that you would assume to find them on the Apple Wireless Keyboard. Instead than a individual row of function keys, however, the fn key works with the number row of the Fold-Up Keyboard to offer iPad-specific functions. Those functions are home, search, slideshow, toggle onscreen keyboard on/off, rewind, play/pause, fast-forward, three volume buttons (mute, middle, loud), and enable lock screen.
Logitech features a normal USB to micro-USB cable for charging. The keyboard takes about three hours to charge, but lasts for about 500 hours of typing. No AC adapter is integrated, which means that you often need to use your iPad’s adapter or another USB adapter for charging.
Although it’s very costly — you could almost purchase two of Apple’s Wireless Keyboards (US$69.99) for the cost of the Logitech Fold-Up Keyboard — this is the most relaxed iPad-specific keyboard I have had the pleasure to use. Making a full-width keyboard fold into the measurements of an iPad was an engineering feat, and Logitech did it perfectly.