Digital nomad life requires some hardware—and hardware protection
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! I often defer to my iPad for draft writing and simple website editing, etc. I’m actually typing this article on said hardware right now…while sipping a delicious cider. (Priorities.)
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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 a Logitech Ultrathin case/keyboard back before they decided to change to two removable watch batteries.
Unfortunately, I’ve learned that anything that runs on actual, removable batteries is a serious bane to my nomadic existence. 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. This Zagg Rugged Book keyboard/case is super stout, and it holds a fantastic charge.
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This ZAGG Rugged iPad case is chunky
Pros of the ZAGG Rugged iPad case
- 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.
Cons of the ZAGG Rugged iPad case
- It’s Beefy. Seriously, it weighs over a pound. (But it can take some sh*t?)
- 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!
ZAGG Rugged iPad case review parting thoughts
Overall, I have no qualms about recommending this ZAGG case, or any of their products, since I’ve owned a few. I’ve been putting this case through the rigors for over six months now with no issues. If you grab one, I hope you have the same experience!
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