zagg rugged case review

Review: ZAGG Rugged Book iPad Case

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So working “la vie nomade” requires some hardware in the suitcase or backpack

There are thousands of options out there, of course, so I can only speak to the side of the nerd spectrum based on my everyday carry.

Personally I don’t prefer to lug my gold-plated MacBook Pro everywhere (well, it might as well be gold-plated for the price tag…), so I have to defer to my iPad for draft writing and some of the more simple web site editing, etc. I’m actually typing this article on said hardware while sipping a delicious cider.

Truth be told, I’m usually half lit while I’m writing these posts.

When working on an iPad or any other tablet and writing on a regular basis, you definitely want a trusty keyboard. I prefer one that protects the bejesus out of my iPad while I’m at it.

So I used to have this Logitech Ultrathin case/keyboard back before they decided to change to two removable watch batteries. I actually [highlight]loved the old rechargeable version[/highlight] and would recommend it if/when they get smart and go back to that. Unfortunately I’ve learned that anything that runs on actual, removable batteries is a serious bane on my nomadic ninjaness. More and more I seriously base new purchases on whether or not they plug in to recharge versus requiring actual changing or recharging of batteries. But this Zagg Rugged Book keyboard/case is super stout, and it holds a fantastic charge.

This ZAGG iPad case is chunky as funk

zagg rugged case review
I recommend it if weight is not an issue and protection is paramount.

Pros:

It’s Beefy. Seriously, it weighs 1.5lbs. It can take some sh!t. I’ve dropped it (closed) a few times and it’s like nothing ever happened.

  • It has 4 setups: case, keyboard, video, and book modes (essentially, you flip your pad around into a few different ways for different uses. Actually pretty handy.)
  • Backlit keyboard, and it’s hella bright.
  • 2-year battery power. Seriously? If you’re going to wait two years to use this, just skip it!? I personally know a charge easily lasts for a month or two even with very regular use, but I make it a habit to charge my long-term devices at about every 4-6 weeks and before any long trips.
  • It’s pretty rad looking. Most folks think I’m carrying a small computer and are stunned when they realize it’s an iPad clamshell.

 

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Cons:

  • It’s Beefy. Seriously, it weighs 1.5lbs. (But it can take some shit?)
  • The hinge is stout, but after about 6-8 months of use, it gets a little wiggly. Not something I really worry about, as it’s barely noticeable. Just wanted to mention!

So there you go!

Overall, I have no qualms about recommending this one, as I’ve been putting it through the rigors for months now with no issues. If you grab one, I hope you have the same experience!

 

Links:
ZAGG Rugged Book clamshell with keyboard
Logitech Ultrathin case with keyboard
CLEAR App, which I use a lot for keeping lists while on the go (shown in photos)
Elephant Wallet (shown in photos), reviewed here: Elephant Wallet Review

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