Targus Versavu Keyboard and Case for Apple iPad 2 (Black/Gray) review: Targus Versavu Keyboard and Case for Apple iPad 2 (Black/Gray)

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.0
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 7.0
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The Good Targus' Versavu Keyboard and Case has excellent construction; the iPad can pivot to landscape and portrait views thanks to an innovative circular mount.

The Bad The keyboard keys are excellently made but the squished layout will throw off experienced typers. Also, landscape orientation doesn't offer as much screen tilt and typing comfort as portrait mode.

The Bottom Line The Targus Versavu Keyboard and Case for the iPad 2 offers excellent protection and solid build, but beware of awkward viewing angles and a keyboard that's compressed too much for our tastes.

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The first case we ever saw for Apple's iPad 2 was the Targus Versavu. A thick, leather case with a unique center pivot, the Versavu is a stand-type case folio that can fold back to display the iPad 2 in portrait or landscape mode. With the plethora of keyboard cases that have suddenly arrived onto the flooded iPad accessory scene, it's not much of a surprise that Targus has repurposed the Versavu case with its own embedded keyboard. The $99 Versavu Keyboard and Case for iPad retains the Versavu's sturdy feel and rugged build, and might have been a candidate as one of the best keyboard cases we've ever used--if it weren't for its keyboard.

The keyboard's problem isn't build quality--in fact, far from it. Solidly lodged into the plush suedelike microfiber inner lid, the black plastic keyboard has raised island-style keys with excellent key travel. No, the problem is with the keyboard layout, and its unfortunate compression on the edges. A casual eye might think the Versavu's keyboard is identical to a Netbook's, but it isn't: several keys normally dedicated to the colon, semicolon, and question mark have been removed, and their functions remapped onto other QWERTY keys instead (the question mark key is now awkwardly set on the N key, for instance). It's a slight knock, but a serious one if you're a time-pressed writer who's looking for a physical keyboard to resolve the awkward transpositions that already beset Apple's virtual onscreen keyboard. Sadly, it turns what should be rapid-fire typing into occasional missed keys and finger-fumbling. Otherwise, it's an extremely good keyboard. iPad-specific buttons are laid out on a dedicated row above the numbers. Pause/track skipping, volume control, cut/paste, and shortcuts for Spotlight, picture gallery and the home buttons can come in handy (music controls more than the others).

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Targus Versavu Keyboard and Case for Apple iPad 2 (Black/Gray)

Part Number: CNETTHZ084US
MSRP: $99.99 Low Price: $179.99 See all prices

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  • Weight 1.4 lbs
  • Compatibility Mac