Being a light traveler (by necessity! Imagine lugging around a gadget to work on during pockets of time, while bringing three children/monkeys and their peripheral junk out for the day), I have always hated the thought of lugging around clunky gadgets that aren’t fully utilized. Perhaps as I am not really a gadget sort of person (much to my geek husband’s chagrin), I’ve always contentedly made-do with the single iPad Mini we own as a family. When I needed to do more word processing on-the-go, what irked me was the possibility of having to buy and/or lug around additional gadgets with similar functions. Why have both the iPad AND a netbook/MacbookAir when all I really needed was the physical keyboard to get stuff done more efficiently?
The iPad Mini has so much to offer, beyond just being a lightweight device for entertainment. I needed something that could convert my existing iPad Mini into a platform to work on some word processing; at the same time easily detachable, so that family members could use the iPad Mini on its own when the keyboard was not required. It also needed to be not too cumbersome (or expensive!).
There were SO MANY on the market when I did a preliminary search though. Trying to figure it all out was pretty confusing! I eventually decided based on price point and reviews on robustness (in Hokkien: “Ai Pee Ai Chee”), and chose the Zagg Slim Book to try out.
The Zagg Slim Book acts as a case for my iPad mini, as well as provides a separate physical qwerty keyboard with backlighting. It protects my iPad Mini without adding too much bulk, and converts my iPad Mini into a ‘mini-laptop’ with a simple magnetic connector. It even allows me to adjust the viewing angle of the securely attached iPad Mini screen. This virtually turns my iPad Mini into a cute laptop! Yay! No need to lug around extra gadgetry/weight! I could almost hear my weary back groaning in gratitude.
It has four different view modes catered to your needs – Keyboard, Case, Video & Book modes. The Video mode has been awesome for the times when we want to watch videos (read: current dramas) hands free! I honestly don’t see the difference between the Case and Book modes; however the Keyboard and Case modes are already adequate for my needs! Typing on the keyboard is comfortable and intuitive, and its keys are well-spaced and actually come with backlighting if you need to do some work in dim lighting conditions. It connects by Bluetooth, and has so far proven to be an fuss-free and stable connection during all the times I’ve used it. It lasts for pretty long on a single charge too! Charged once with the provided micro USB port, I have been using it lightly for close to six months, and it hasn’t needed another charge yet! Zagg actually promises “2 years on a single charge”… it would be awesome if that actually happens!
This is perfect for anybody who is usually on-the-go, while keeping things lean and fuss-free. The Zagg Slim Book allows the user to have a more comfortable word processing experience with their iPad Mini, maximizing their use of this power packed little gadget. It struck me that this would also be perfect for students, where tech can complement their day without adding too much load to their backs! Would definitely consider this as a cost- and weight-friendly option in the future when my kids are older. In the meantime, I will be happily clicking away on my ‘new’ laptop!