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Keyboards for Apple iPad Air 2 (part 2) - Zagg Slim Book for iPad Air 2

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Zagg Slim Book for iPad Air 2

Price: $199

Weight: 510g

The Zagg Slim Book for iPad Air 2 consists of a thin plastic case and an aluminium-clad Bluetooth keyboard that acts as a cover.

So, like its Belkin counterpart in this round-up, the Slim Book is able to protect the front and rear of your iPad Air 2.

The plastic case is a bit flimsy but then, it is really light and thin.

Slotting your iPad Air 2 into the case is a breeze. You dock the case into the hinge's groove at the rear (keys facing you) of the keyboard cover.

A magnetic connection inside the groove secures it in place.

The hinge can swivel up to 135 degrees. So, you can have a viewing angle of up to 65 degrees when you dock the iPad with the case.

You can also dock the iPad case in reverse and use the hinge as a stand to watch videos.

I find the hinge to be quite stiff when you want to adjust the angle. In addition, it takes some force to prise the case off the hinge. But it means you can use it on your lap without worrying that the case will slip out.

When the case is closed, the overall thickness is only 1.5cm. With the case fitted to the iPad Air 2, the whole set-up weighs around 950g. This makes it easy to carry around.

The Bluetooth keyboard has black keys on a nice aluminium interior. The rear is of a black plastic with rubber feet to keep the case from sliding around.

If you use a space-grey iPad Air 2, the overall design looks like a mini-MacBook Pro.

On the right edge of the keyboard is a micro-USB port for charging the built-in battery. It is supposed to last for two years if you use it for an average of one hour a day.

The keyboard's backlight is not as adjustable or as bright as its Belkin counterpart. But it works well enough in the dark.

Unlike in the other keyboards in this round-up, the Zagg Slim Book's keys are really close to the hinge as there is no groove or magnetic strips behind the keys.

There is a space in front of the keys that functions as a palm rest.

The matte texture of the keys makes it pleasant to type on. The keys are responsive and have great feedback.

As this is a full-sized keyboard, the layout is close to that of Apple keyboards, with keys well spaced out.

So, typing on this keyboard is intuitive and comfortable. In fact, there are times I find myself trying to use the "trackpad" on the palm rest because it works so much like a laptop.

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