iLuv iCK826 Professional Case with Detachable Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad review: iLuv iCK826 Professional Case with Detachable Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.6
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 7.0

Average User Rating

2 stars 1 user review
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The Good The all-leather iLuv iCK826 Professional Case with Detachable Bluetooth Keyboard protects the iPad well, and its Bluetooth keyboard can work separately from the case.

The Bad The leather case is bulky with the keyboard attached, and the keyboard itself is narrow and hard to locate keys on; the back stand only elevates to one angle; and your iPad has to be stripped of its Smart Cover or other back covers in order to fit in the leather case's holster. At $129.99, it's also expensive.

The Bottom Line If you're desperate to attach a keyboard to your iPad case you might be intrigued by iLuv's iCK826 Professional Case with Detachable Bluetooth Keyboard, but the case's lack of flexibility and slightly uncomfortable keyboard make it less desirable for business use.

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Keyboards and iPads are a useful but sometimes awkward combination. The Apple iPad is not a device that cries out for an accessory: its minimalist chic and versatile touch screen nearly demand a lack of clutter. While writers on the go can, technically, type on an iPad's virtual onscreen keyboard, it's obviously not ideal. But neither is the decision to clutter up a thin, light device with big, bulky external keyboards. The $129.99 iLuv iCK826 Professional Case with Detachable Bluetooth Keyboard will likely polarize iPad case minimalists and those who prefer to think of the iPad as a productivity tool. Bulky and awkward, the iCK826 nearly defeats the purpose of having a slim iPad.

iLuv's all-in-one Bluetooth keyboard case for the iPad is a leather folio-style case that unfolds to reveal a full keyboard on the inside lid, much like other keyboard cases we've seen before. Is it "professional"? Well, it's thick, and it's made of black leather through and through. It makes an iPad feel like an old-school business accessory, if that's what you're looking for. It also adds quite a bit of thickness due to the added keyboard.

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Where to Buy

iLuv iCK826 Professional Case with Detachable Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad

Part Number: ICK826BLK

MSRP: $129.99

See manufacturer website for availability.