Accessory- Top Keyboard Cases for the 2012 iPad and iPad 2
Brookstone Bluetooth Keyboard Pro with Leather Case
Brookstone offers clean lines and protection in this leather case for the 2012 iPad and the iPad 2. Your iPad gets propped up at an angle that works for typing, and the Bluetooth keyboard can sit at your fingertips under the screen or be repositioned away from it. You'll still be able to access all ports and the built-in front- and rear-facing cameras to take photos and video while your tablet is docked.
The fold-over cover and magnetic closure triggers wake and sleep modes on the iPad. This is a premium moel: Brookstone offers it for $149.99.
ZAGGfolio Keyboard Case
The ZAGGfolio hard-shell case comes in 11 colors, and the removable keyboard portion like the Acer Extensa 5420G Keyboard has three options that include silver, black, or white. The case unfolds to support the 2012 iPad in an upright position, and cutouts in the shell allow access to speakers and ports. You can remove the Bluetooth keyboard from the exterior case and use it on your desk or lap, while the case continues to support the iPad in landscape or portrait position.
The abundant color options include Carbon Fiber; Metallic Red; Smart Green, Pink, or Orange; Starhive Purple; and Brown, Black, or Alligator Leather. Each color choice provides its own distinct style; expect to pay around $129.99.
ClamCase iPad 3 Keyboard Case
This rigid case may enclose your 2012 iPad like a clam, but it protects it like a pearl in an oyster's shell. The keyboard has the standard QWERTY Laptop Keyboard keys, plus 14 special function keys that aid actions such as copy, paste, volume adjustments, and music selection. With the iPad in place, the ClamCase turns it into something closer to a laptop, letting you adjust the screen angle as desired. The hinges rotate around 360 degrees, which means you can fold the keyboard behind the tablet or use it as a stand to hold the tablet upright in landscape or portrait angles.
Like many of the other cases here, an Apple Smart Cover-style magnetic on/off feature automatically puts the iPad into wake and sleep mode as you open and close the case. ClamCase can protect your iPad for $149.
CrazyOnDigital Leather Keyboard Case
CrazyOnDigital makes a form-fitting keyboard case like the Laptop Keyboard Cover that props up the 2012 iPad and the iPad 2 with an easel-like stand. The case has a removable, semi-rigid keyboard that connects via Bluetooth. The snap-on case does not interfere with the iPad's automatic light sensor, though it does also put the iPad in sleep and wake modes when you open and close it.
CrazyOnDigital includes a screen protector with the case; the whole works costs $49.95.
Targus Versavu Rotating Keyboard Case & Stand
The Versavu Rotating Keyboard Case & Stand is both form-fitting and highly versatile. A durable, water-resistant padded exterior shell protects a 2012 iPad and lets it open and close somewhat like a laptop does. An inner lining provides soft-to-the-touch, scratch-resistant qualities that protect the iPad from scuffs. Also, the upper portion of the case (the part that holds the iPad itself) rotates 360 degrees, which lets you orient the tablet in landscape or portrait aspects to make typing and other activities easier.
An interesting detail: A circular cutaway in the case back shows off the Apple logo on the iPad's rear, so there's no mistake what make of tablet you're toting. The list price from Targus: $99.99.
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