With the introduction of the iPad, more people are leaving their laptops behind and taking their iPad instead. The world has become increasingly more mobile and this will only continue. One major downfall of an iPad vs. a traditional laptop is the slower typing speed and inability to type longer messages easily. That’s why Targus created the Versavu Keyboard Case for the iPad, allowing you to transform your iPad into a touch-screen laptop with out the weight of a laptop. The case itself is very well made and has a nice outer build. The initial setup with the iPad’s Bluetooth and the installation of the iPad itself into the cover was very easy. The keyboard came precharged so you could use it straight out of the box and not have to wait for it to charge first. The case was well made and you felt that your iPad was well protected. The keyboard was also very responsive and has a few extra inputs to control sound and the lock screen — both of which are very handy features. Another nice feature is the rotating screen so you can look at it vertically or horizontally. Also, although the price of the keyboard case (around $100) may seem high to some, it is similar to other keyboard cases. Before I go any further, lets check out the specs:

 

The Breakdown:

-Brand: Targus

-Name: Targus Versavu Keyboard Case for iPad 2

-Price: $99.99 USD

– Warranty: Limited One-Year Warranty

-Color: Black/ Gray Interior

-Intended for: iPad 2 (Other Models Made for iPad 1)

-Materials: Hard Outside Leather, Scratch Resistant Interior and Plastic Keyboard

-Size: 11.75”H x 8.30”L x 1.35”W

 

Point-Scaled Grading:

For reviewal of all products by The Real Mac Genius.com, a point-scale grading system is used to cover each individual aspect of the product. Said grades on varying scales are then weighed to determine a final score, which is then translated to an overall grade, as follows:

Style: 1-25 Given: 19
Price: 1-15 Given: 11
Quality materials: 1-15 Given: 15
Brand name: 1-10 Given: 8
Modern technologies: 1-15 Given: 15
Compatibility: 1-15 Given: 15
Ease of use: 1-5 Given: 5

OVERALL: 88/100 B+
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Continued Evaluation:

I talked earlier about the pros of the Targus Versavu Keyboard Case, but now let’s discuss the cons. The biggest con is that in the horizontal screen view, the screen is tilted up a bit high making it harder to read – especially if you are not sitting at a desk using the keyboard. The vertical screen view is a lot better but makes the case top heavy and prone to tipping if you are not using it at a desk. I also disliked how the power button for the keyboard is hidden behind the iPad when you are in horizontal screen view. If you turn on your iPad but forget to turn on the keyboard case, you have to lift up your iPad to turn on the case. The case is also very bulky and the keys are very close together. However, it is fairly easy to get used to once you start using it.  One thing I didn’t get used to was the missing “?” key. I know they had to shrink the keyboard but I found myself constantly using what I thought should be the “?” key but instead clicking on the up arrow button. This key when used in conjunction with the Shift button you normally have to push to engage the “?” key, caused the keyboard to delete my text. Is the keyboard case a replacement for a full size keyboard? The answer is no. However, if you are looking for a way to leave your laptop at home and take your iPad on the road to do some fairly heavy typing, the Targus Versavu Case for the iPad 2 is a great solution. It is a relatively inexpensive investment that can maximize your productivity while lightening the load in your bag.

 

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