The Good The durable-feeling Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio has a water-resistant keyboard, and automatically connects and disconnects from Bluetooth when magnetically snapped into position.
The Bad Bulkier, heavier, and more expensive than the competition.
The Bottom Line For a durable case with a very good keyboard that feels like it can take a beating, the FabricSkin is your bet. But it's a pricey accessory for a year-old iPad.
A keyboard case that can take a spill
How durable, and expensive, do you like your keyboard cases? If your answer to both is "very," look no further. Logitech's flagship premium keyboard case, the $150 FabricSkin Keyboard Folio, offers a tanklike build and smooth, comfortable feel and holds an iPad 2 or third- or fourth-gen Retina iPad. But its price, and size, could be deal-breakers.
Logitech already makes several keyboard cases. Theis $50 less than the FabricSkin. What do you get for the extra money? An autopairing Bluetooth keyboard, and a microfiber fabric-covered semisoft keyboard that's more resistant to spills. And it even has a carrying loop for a stylus (stylus not included).
Both the cheaper Keyboard Folio and FabricSkin transform from folio case by opening into keyboarded "laptop mode" simply: the side magnetically snaps into alignment above the keyboard. No fuss. The FabricSkin automatically turns the keyboard on and pairs, as well. That's a bigger deal than you may realize; it's what I love about the. It saves fiddling with a switch on the side, and can save battery life on the rechargeable keyboard, too. An included USB-to-Micro-USB cable is included, and plugs into the side of the case to charge the keyboard back up, but Logitech claims over three months of use before you'll need it.