As a keyboard, the Zagg-designed case provides a simple grooved channel in which the iPad 2 can rest in either portrait or landscape mode. A small folding plastic stand pops up--its cheap feel is one of the least appealing parts of this case--and props the iPad in place. From there, it's all about Bluetooth pairing: the case has a power button and a syncing button, and activating Bluetooth on the iPad 2 initiates pairing (we were also prompted to punch in four random numbers to finish the pairing process the first time).
Typing is a breeze compared with screen-typing on the iPad 2. The cramped keys and the inset keyboard aren't as comfortable as a full-fledged such as the oft-seen $69 Apple one, but we were able to quickly write long paragraphs at a speed that's hard to achieve on the onscreen virtual keyboard.
We also appreciated the wide range of dedicated iPad function buttons on the top edge of the keyboard, which operate a surprising number of iPad commands: a home button, a Spotlight Search hot key, volume and play/pause/fast-forward/rewind buttons, cut/paste controls, arrows for hopping around documents, undo/redo buttons, and even a Picture Gallery key that instantly launches a slideshow of pictures stored on the iPad 2. They're not all necessary, and many of them (like cut and paste) still require you to touch the screen to select text, but they're welcome additions.
Around the office, a number of editors found this case instantly appealing. Somehow, its size and look fit the "make my iPad a laptop" dream better than other peripherals we've used. If you're serious about writing on your iPad 2, you owe it to yourself to check this peripheral out.