The following iPad accessories are among the best I’ve used, and fit perfectly into the small spaces of a dorm room and the fast paced mobile life of a college student.
Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover
The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover like the laptop keyboard covers attaches to the iPad 2 and new iPad with magnets like a Smart Cover to protect the screen while on the move and offers an excellent typing experience.
When open, the iPad slots in at a comfortable viewing angle, and students can take notes on the well laid out keyboard. After a few minutes of use I am able to type just as fast on the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover as on my desktop keyboard. The keys are comfortable to type longer documents, but I wish they offered a bit more travel. Travel is the distance the key travels when pressed, and this a small trade off to make for a thin cover.
The laptop keyboard connects via Bluetooth and charges with a Micro USB cable. The battery life is pegged at 6 months with two hours of daily use, which is great.
Unlike most other iPad keyboard cases, the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover is easy to slide on and off so students can easily use the iPad as a tablet, instead of an unwieldy portfolio that adds bulk.
A Great iPad Case
A great iPad case is also a must have iPad accessory. There are many wonder full iPad case to choose from, but I come back to just a handful of cases.
The OtterBox Defender iPad case (review) offers a lot of protection in a versatile package. The front cover comes off to act as a stand for watching videos or typing. The case comes in black, pink and blue. $50 at Amazon
Another favorite is the ZeroChroma Vario SC iPad case (review). This case includes a pop out kickstand that supports the iPad in a number of angles including portrait and landscape for watching videos and in a typing mode as well. $40 at Amazon
The Speck MagFolio Lux is a great looking leather iPad folio that fits snug and adds negligible bulk to the iPad. A Magnet keeps the case closed and the case can keep the iPad in typing or viewing angles. $99 at Speck
If the leather Speck case is too pricey, check out the MagFolio Lounge, which is the first iPad case I've found designed to be used with the iPad in your lap. The top of the case curves when wrapped behind so it fits on a lap or a knee. $50 at Speck