Logitech Solar Keyboard Folio for iPad review: Logitech Solar Keyboard Folio for iPad

There are two positions the Keyboard Folio can sit in: keyboard mode, and a more reclined media-viewing mode, about 45 degrees. The iPad covers all the keyboard keys except the bottom row, and -- clever, again -- the keys switch function to media-control buttons. The arrow keys now control volume and fast-forward/rewind, and the space bar plays and pauses. Lift the Folio up off the notches that the feet rest in, and the keys revert back to normal function by themselves.

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What's not so genius is this case's $129 price...and its faltering case design. The entire outer material feels flimsy, as if cut from a single sheet of upholstery fabric. It actually holds up well when the folio is closed flat or opened up into keyboard mode -- when closed, the whole package rests firmly and nests solidly like a book -- but anything in-between feels loose and floppy.

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The heavy keyboard bonded to the folio's inside lid makes the whole package feel extremely impractical for basic iPad reading use in everyday situations.

Don't get me wrong: the Solar Keyboard Folio looks great in keyboard mode, and has a sharp clean design that makes even these photos look extremely attractive...but that thin outer fabric made it feel, for me, less impressive than it looked.

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