Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio for iPad review: A keyboard case that can take a spill

I typed this review on the FabricSkin, and the more I used it the more it grew on me. The soft, shallower keys have more friction and less travel, but feel great when typing quickly. It's a real keyboard underneath, unlike the all-fabric Microsoft Touch Cover, which had no key travel whatsoever. The keys are widely spaced -- how did they do it? By compressing keys, that's how.

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Just like on the Folio, Caps Lock and A are combined, as are the Tab and Q keys on the left side. Punctuation keys are shrunken; so are the Shift and Return keys. It's weird but it's not as bad as you'd think for everyday typing use.

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The case is thick and durable: the iPad snaps into a rubberized plastic case, and the rest of the case's wraparound thick nylon covering gives the total package a nearly drop-proof feel. I'd feel safe chucking my iPad into a cluttered backpack with this thing on. It comes in a variety of colors, including the bright red of our review unit.

But is it too much? It feels chunky, and seriously heavy -- nearly laptop-weight. With a fourth-gen iPad inside, it weighs 2.7 pounds, the same as some laptops.

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I do like its protectiveness and the semi-rugged feel, and the keyboard's actually really good. But my unit had a fair bit of flex on the keyboard case, too, not from the keys but due to the curve of the keyboard cover underneath.

For construction quality and durability, and comfort, the FabricSkin Keyboard Folio is a winner. But it's heavy and costs a lot. Be forewarned.

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    Logitech FabricSkin - keyboard and folio case

    Part Number: 920-005370
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    • Weight 19.9 oz
    • Compatibility Apple iOS