ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Zagg Profolio Plus Review: Best illuminated iPad Keyboard

Updated on December 13, 2012
Zagg Profolio +
Zagg Profolio +

Excerpt

Zagg Zaggkeys Profolio+ is currently one of the best iPad keyboards thanks to a proven model of tight case fitted with a keyboard and stand functionality. Add to the this equation the illuminated keys with seven colors to choose from and you understand why this iPad accessory is something you should think about.

Intro

If you haven’t heard about Zagg and you own an iPad I can tell you that you’re missing a lot on the accessories front as Zagg is known for its lineup of keyboard cases and screen protectors for Apple’s tablet.

Of course, if you don’t need any of those things there’s nothing I can do, but if you want to extend the functionality of your tablet I can’t think of a better way of doing so than attaching a good keyboard case.

So in this review we’re going to review Zagg’s top keyboard for iPad, the ZaggKeys Profolio Plus, a keyboard case with stand functionality and illuminated keys for late night typing sessions.

Best iPad keyboard by Zagg
Best iPad keyboard by Zagg

Design and construction

As you can imagine, the new Profolio Plus is not that different in terms of design from the previous Zagg keyboard cases for iPad, so we’re talking about an agenda style case with the keyboard being fitted into the screen cover, which also features a ridge where you prop the iPad when typing.

Unlike previous versions, the new Profolio+ is compatible with the iPad 2, 3 and 4, so you get more flexibility in terms of compatibility. What I don’t like about the new model is that you can’t remove the keyboard anymore, as it’s fixed to the screen cover.

The back cover can be bent at two thirds, forming some sort of a kickstand together with the keyboard. It’s very easy to switch from normal tablet use, with the keyboard flipped on the back of the iPad to typing mode when the whole assembly resembles a laptop or netbook.

The exterior of the Zagg Profolio+ keyboard case is made from some kind of synthetic leather that looks and feels OK, but it’s clearly not the real think, not even leatherette. I do hope that in future Zagg will offer multiple exterior finishing options, as it happened with the previous generation products.

Back of the Zagg Profolio+
Back of the Zagg Profolio+

Keyboard

Let’s see now the most important aspect of the Zagg ProfolioPlus: the illuminated keyboard. That’s right, at night the keys light up (not automatically). You can switch between four intensities and seven color options for the LEDs placed beneath each key. It’s practically impossible not to find a setting to your liking.

The keys themselves are Chiclet separated ones, pretty much the standard today. The top row of keys has some specific iOS functions like home, audio playback, web, search and so on.

Usually I don’t find it comfortable to type on a 10 inch form factor keyboard, but in this case I found my big hands to accommodate pretty fast with the layout and size so I found myself typing pretty fast on this keyboard after less than a few minutes of use. That’s a feat even for larger desktop keyboard. The keys provide very good tactile feedback, so they’ll be a joy for touch typists out there.

The keyboard doesn’t flex under pressure, so that’s good news in terms of quality.

The pairing process is quite easy: turn on the keyboard and the iPad’s Bluetooth connection and press the pairing button. The keyboard should then appear in the list of nearby devices. Tapping once on it will pair the two devices and you’re set to go. It’s that easy.

Recharging the internal battery is done via a micro USB cable, provided by Zagg, and one charge is said to last at least a few weeks. Personally I haven’t recharged it once in the few weeks since I’ve got it, so there’s no reason not to trust Zagg’s claims.

Illuminated keys
Illuminated keys

Final words

There’s only one thing not to like about Zagg’s Profolio+ iPad keyboard and that’s the price: around $130 right now. That’s a little bit too steep for most of us, but if you want the best keyboard out there you can’t go wrong with this one. I can’t imagine a better for those of you typing a lot on your tablet. Don’t forget to check out the video review on this page, as it’ll provide additional answers to the questions you might have about this keyboard case.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)