ZAGG Auto-Fit Folio 10 Keyboard Hardware Review

ZAGG Auto-Fit Folio 10 Keyboard Hardware Review

Sep 5, 2015

Bottom line? If I am going to use a tablet, I might as well get the accessories and peripherals that will make it work for me. I like the comfort of being able to use one as a laptop at least some of the time, so a portfolio-type of accessory is just what the doctor ordered.

One problem: not all tablets get the same treatment from accessory makers — which is somewhat understandable. What happens if you get a hardware piece that doesn’t have an iPad-like stable of third-party accessories to choose from? What if you have multiple devices with slightly different dimensions?

What about, say, an adjustable portfolio keyboard case, like the ZAGG Auto-Fit Folio 10″ Keyboard Case?

Well, let’s see.

It has mostly solid feel; mostly black, hard plastic constitution, and the parts seem well-fused together, with a surprisingly minimalist touch of moving parts. Appearance wise, it looks much like a folio cover it is advertised as, with one long hinge connecting the two main pieces.


The “bottom” houses the bluetooth-enabled keyboard. It is a full keyboard, packing in keys in a QWERTY layout, a number line and function line too. It also has dedicated “back” and “delete” buttons, and arrow keys too. For a mobile keyboard, it’s as full-functioned as one could expect. The spacing works well, and the individual keys are are far from overly firm. The wrist rest area is especially spacious; the entire bottom is pretty thin, but there’s just enough space for a micro-USB charging port on the one side, and an on/off-pairing button combo on the other.

The top portion has the piece’s main claim to fame; besides serving as the front cover, it manages to incorporate a spring loaded mechanism which serves to be an adjustable means of securing 10-inch tablets in place. It’s relatively simple set-up, and quite intuitive to use: just push in the tablet downwards and in, and the spring mechanism gently pops up, securing the tablet against the top lip structure.

We tried the setup primarily with two 10-inch tablets. Fitting them in and paring them up with the keyboard was easy enough. After pairing, it worked very well, with quick response time and a fantastic set of function keys that work especially well with Android: calendar, email, device- wake-up and more invoked with the touch of a key.

Physically, the top lip is wide enough that it manages to not interfere with hardware buttons that might not be that optimally placed.

As an added plus, it works well with Windows Tablets too.

All in all, it’s a great idea that actually works well. The Windows Tab functionality is a bonus, and while the keys could be firmer, and the re-pairing process can be temperamental, but at $49.99, it is pretty nice. It’s good to know that the folio comes in 7″ and 8″ flavors too.

ZAGG is currently offering a back to school sale; this is the time to stock up on some of your favorite accessories.

Logitech Keys-To-Go Bluetooth Keyboard Hardware Review

Logitech Keys-To-Go Bluetooth Keyboard Hardware Review

May 22, 2015

I feel pretty proficient on virtual keyboards, but every now and then, one needs a good portable keyboard to do the heavy lifting.

Enter Logitech. Enter Keys-To-Go Ultra-Portable Bluetooth Keyboard.

The review package Logitech sent us, which reflects the retail presentation, contains the keyboard, a hard grey plastic device stand, USB charging cable and documentation. The unit is light, almost shockingly so; the advertised size and weight definitely come across as a benefit when the keyboard is handled. The review unit came in bright blue, with whitish keys lettering and a tight, rubberized FabricSkin finish. The micro-USB charging port and a discrete power toggle are nestled on the side, and altogether, the piece feels quite durable. Officially, it comes in at 9.5 x 5.4 x 0.2 inches and 6.4 ounces.

If truth be told, I do prefer fuller sized “mobile” keyboards, but to be fair, this unit does allow for for a comfortable experience that doesn’t feel cramped. It incorporates most of the keys I’ve would want in a Windows-based keyboard: three rows for QWERTY arrangement, a number row with alternate “shift” symbols above that, and a row of quick access buttons above that. The bottom-most row of letters is cushioned by a prominent space bar, which is itself bookended by familiar arrow buttons and function keys and such. Tab, caps, shift and ALT keys all make an appearance, and mostly are where one would expect them to be.


Pairing is intuitively easy; after ensuring the unit was charged, the bluetooth button ensures it can be discovered by a seeking mobile device. After pairing and setting up the target device on the stand, it was time to formally try it out.

The unit just works. I did do more finer-typing, but the keyboard is quite responsive; I didn’t discern any notable lag. I put it through the paces, and frankly, it competes well with bigger units. Now, not every button was geared towards Android devices, but an added bonus is the basic cross-platform functionality. Battery life? Close to the best I’ve used with regards to rechargeable keyboards.

Altogether, portability, useability and form (several colors to choose from) make it a fun and capable piece. I used it as a desk unit extensively, and love it on the go. Price-wise, it isn’t the cheapest ($69.99 via Logitech), but the overall efficacy might make the price easier to swallow.

ZAGG Pocket Wireless Keyboard Hardware Review

ZAGG Pocket Wireless Keyboard Hardware Review

Apr 21, 2015

I have a thing for Bluetooth keyboards. I admit it; I love the ability to have a tool to pound out an article on the go. Getting a look at the ZAGG Pocket Wireless Keyboard was definitely down my alley.

Out of the box, the unit presents a serious front; it looks stately, and has some heft to it, which helps with balance. It mimics a full keyboard closely, if on a smaller scale, with a row of number keys with standard shift options; it also manages to work in arrow buttons. The keyboard is mostly black with grey and blue lettering. Above the keyboard is an extra grey plate.

The review package also contained a USB charging cable and documentation.

It would be a shame to avoid mentioning the defining concept here; it incorporates an interesting quad-fold setup, such that when not in use, it can be stored or toted as a small accessory, occupying a relatively svelte 9 X 2.5 X 0.5 area, reminiscent of a tennis bracelet case. When opened up completely, it creates a keyboard with a built-in device stand.


Pairing it to Android devices involves putting it into the appropriate mode, and then using the platform-specific button keys to complete the task. In action, it works especially well; quick responsiveness, dual independent space bars and crisp keys. After some test taps, I was able to do quite equitably with it. Folding the keyboard up turns it off, and

The mechanical construction allows only one seam to go along the the keyboard, and it folds up and not down, which makes sense from a functionality standpoint.

The portability does collect a usability tax, even if it is a relatively small one. I definitely wouldn’t describe the rows as cramped, but if one is used to full-sized keyboard, it might take some getting used to. The keys are bit smaller, and consequently a bit less forgiving of errant strokes. At $69.99 on Amazon, it is a bit of an investment.

Still, it is something I’d definitely rather have than not. It’s a slick accessory that begs to be on the go, and works to make it happen.

MiniSuit BluBoard Wireless Keyboard Hardware Review

MiniSuit BluBoard Wireless Keyboard Hardware Review

May 8, 2014

One of my ultimate goals with regards to mobility is to not have to carry a laptop; thus, peripherals like MiniSuit Bluboard Wireless Keyboard have such potential for creative folks on the go.

The review unit MiniSuit provided comes with the piece itself, documentation and a USB cord for charging. Size-wise, it comes in as full external keyboard, almost matching the Apple keyboard dimensions precisely at 11 x 7 x 0.5 inches. It has a different physical look, with the hard plastic personified in brushed aluminum finishing. The keys are all black, with white standard (and blue function) lettering. At the top of the keys towards the right, there are a bank of buttons and indicators: on/off toggle, Bluetooth pairing button, caps lock, battery indicator and a Bluetooth indicator as well; on the right side, there is a micro USB charging port. The whole frame tapers into a deliberate U-shape that anchors the tablet as well as giving he top of the keyboard a lift to create mk3an ergonomic slant. Finally, the whole unit is wrapped in a black case.

Getting the device fully charged took a lot less than the advertised two hours, so I surmise it comes almost topped off. After that, it’s a simple matter of pairing to a compatible Bluetooth device via a generated pairing code, and it’s business time.

The keyboard feels exceptionally comfortable, and there is hardly any latency. I like how easy it is to pair and use, and it actually feels pretty natural. I was able to get a lot of usage over a day or so without needing to charge.

While the keyboard is fully functional on iOS devices, there are a bunch of function keys that do not work on Android hardware, but to be fair, the manufacturer’s documentation notes this. Also, even though it is a universal keyboard, the built-in stand is best used with the thinnest devices only, as thicker ones just won’t fit right. It’s also good to know it isn’t rated for Bluetooth 4.0.

For basic entry, it’s tough to pass up, especially with the addition of the stylish cover. It feels infinitely portable, and that’s half the job right there.

The BluBoard Wireless keyboard is available for $39.90 from the MiniSuit site and $39.95 on Amazon.