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Long Term Review: adonit Writer Plus and Logitech Keyboard Case for iPad

I own two sets of iPad keyboards and that I’ve been alternating between over the past few months. The Logitech Keyboard Case is simple, matches the aluminum styling of the iPad 2, and has an excellent keyboard. The adonit Writer Plus (initially reviewed here) is a landscape-only folio with a detachable keyboard wrapped in a lovely crimson package. I’ve written a little about each of these keyboards before, but I wanted to offer a set of updated impressions after having had more time with each.

Common Features

Both keyboards have truly excellent run times. You can go for three or four weeks at a time without recharging, and I tend to log at least a few hours of typing each day. The specialized keys – especially the Home key – are also a major reason to pick up iPad-specific keyboards over Apple’s own Wireless Keyboard. I can’t count the number of times I use the Home key each day, and it’s a big deal to have it available right on the keyboard (especially when the iPad is in landscape mode, so the Home button is farther away). It’s also a plus that both of these keyboards provide dedicated numerical and function keys – unlike some of the other, newer designs I’ve seen (e.g. Logitech Keyboard Cover).

The build quality in both of these products is great. There’s basically no sign of wear and tear on the Logitech Keyboard Case aside from some scuffs on the bottom, and the Writer Plus can easily look like new once you dust it off a bit.

Both cases play nicely with Gelaskins, but the Logitech Keyboard Case actually tends to peel back the InvisibleShield I currently have installed. My shielded iPad 2 feels a bit tighter in the Writer Plus, but it still fits just fine, and ejecting the tablet causes no damage whatsoever to the transparent plastic skin.

Logitech Keyboard Case

The more time I spend with this accessory, the more I love the basic design principle behind it: dock the iPad with the keyboard to type, lift it up to take it off. There are no fancy mechanisms or latches to fiddle with – it’s just grab and go. The Keyboard Case is also surprisingly stable when set up, especially when you consider that the only thing that’s holding the iPad in its groove is gravity.

While docked, I can type comfortably with the iPad on my lap, or while I sit up at a desk. It works just as easily in landscape as it does in portrait. I can do what I like with the Logitech Keyboard Case, and the comfortable and clicky keyboard lets me work for hours at a time without discomfort.

The only downside is that the keyboard connection isn’t always rock solid. There are times when the Bluetooth connection will be severed momentarily, only to be restored a few moments later. I’ve tried looking up solutions to this issue, but it appears to be hardware-specific. This has happened enough times to tick me off and send me right back to the Writer Plus.

Writer Plus

What adonit really nailed here is the chique folio design. It’s a really eye-catching little package, this Writer Plus, and the chiclet-style keyboard is very easy to type on (if not quite as comfortable as Logitech’s).

But where the Logitech Keyboard Case is simple and practical, the Writer Plus comes off more elegant. It takes a little longer to set up, but looks a lot nicer than the Logitech once it is.

The Writer Plus is a lovely all-in-one package (folio + keyboard), and while it doesn’t officially support portrait mode, I’ve found that it can support the iPad in portrait using the very same groove that keeps the tablet locked into landscape (long story shot: portrait is kind of a hack in the Writer Plus, but it works).

The connection is wonderfully stable at all times, the keyboard still reliably turns on and off when I open the folio, and the plastic clip that holds the iPad in place is still holding up very well.

Which One Do I Use More?

When it comes right down to it, I tend to spend more time with the Logitech Keyboard Case. A major part of this has to do with the ultra-comfy keyboard and the supreme ease-of-use. All I need to do is flip my iPad over and dock it, and then I’m ready to write most anywhere there’s a flat surface. The Writer Plus is flexible, but best used at a desk in landscape mode, and takes just a little longer to set up. It’s also just a little bit thicker than the Logitech case, which means that it can’t fit into the iPad-specific slot of my everyday messenger bag (which the Logitech Keyboard Case does easily). These are minor differences in two great cases, but they’ve made all the difference in the long run.

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  • TVictory

    Needs more trackpoint.