Price: $ 99
If you're looking for a way to make more out of your iPad by turning it into an iPad makeshift laptop, look no further the $ 99 ZAGG Slim Book Go. It's a sturdy little accessory that adds a lot of versatility.
Here's What Like
- Outstanding practical design and great functionality
- High battery life
- Backlit colored buttons
And what we do not
- Boring design
- Torn case without screen protection
What is this: A laptop-like accessory for your iPad
iPads have come a long way since their introduction, and many users are choosing their iPad simplicity over a traditional laptop. The only thing that is missing for most users is the easy way to extract a bunch of text at once. Using the on-screen keyboard is fine for short, simple pieces of text, but more than just an external accessory is the way to go.
And while there is no shortage of iPad-specific (or even compatible) models, the ZAGG Slim Book Go has some interesting tricks up its sleeves that make it a real contender
First, it has all the features you'd expect from a portable keyboard: Bluetooth is a fast connection and wireless; The backlight allows easy typing in dark environments and sync with two different devices for easy switching. But all these are expected functions – things that every manufacturer would be punished for if he does not include them.
The other material makes the Slim Book Go an option worthy of your consideration.
For beginners the removable form of a laptop factor is excellent. The Slim Book Go consists of two parts: the keyboard and a case. The case belongs to your iPad and serves not only for protection, but also for physical connection with the keyboard via strong magnets in each of the two units. The case also has a practical, versatile and intelligently designed stand, making it easy to use with the keyboard – either connected or separate.
But that's not all. The case that initially seemed awkward to my hands, otherwise familiar only with the iPad in its neat splendor, has another useful trick: a cove for your Apple Pencil. You can stow the pen here, close the lid like a laptop and tidy everything up. Together. I do not use the pencil, but I can see that this would be a killer feature for anyone close to it.
Otherwise, the design is pretty straightforward. As I have already mentioned, the keyboard and housing can be easily connected via magnets. This gives the whole unit a unified look – much like a laptop. But you know, with your iPad.
I would be lying if I said I was stunned by its form factor or "out of the box" look – it's pretty boring to be honest. But hey, that does not have to be that way because it does what it's supposed to do .
Let's talk about it now.
Using the Slim Book Go: Me Like You, Little Keyboard
When I first put my iPad in the trunk, I was a little surprised, as mentioned above, but when I used it, the feeling was that it was too bulky, faded. The case itself is undoubtedly a good protective cover for the tablet, although it does not contribute much to the protection of the screen – it has a tiny lip on the edge, but I do not think it would be enough to prevent the screen from cracking when you let it fall obscured. So do not try to keep it hidden.
Otherwise it is legitimate. It has openings for the Lightning port and the headphone jack (this iPad has a headphone jack). You know how in some cases buttons are almost unpressurable and annoying? Well, that does not do that. They are still a lot of clicking.
The stand is really cool because of its unique design. Instead of folding out of the center of the device – as in the case of the Surface Pro kickstand – the hinge is actually down and folding outward. It's also very stiff, so it holds the tablet in any degree – until it stops.
Just below the display (in landscape) is the pen holder. Underneath (at the bottom) are the magnetic attachments for the keyboard. This is the star of the show here, so let's talk about it.
First of all, I was shocked by how easy the Slim Book Go can type, especially given its overall small form factor. But the keys feel great – decent travel and a great sense of touch. They are a bit too small, but I did not find that a problem during my test. I type many words everyday, and I could easily switch between my regular keyboard, my laptop keyboard, and the Slim Book Go with minimal effort.
It is also a backlight. But not just old-fashioned "normal" backlight, where you get a color; Oh no, the Slim Book Go has seven backlight options. You can choose between white, blue, teal, green, yellow, red and purple. And they all look great. Even yellow, which is traditionally a terrible color (me child, me child). But really, I always kept my reviewer red all the time because … I like red. All these colors also have three different brightness levels. Or you can just turn it off. Your call, man.
It also contains all the desired function keys: Home, Lock, Task Change, Internet, Media and Volume Controls. and even a key to call up the software keyboard when you need it. You know, for Emoji.
When we talk about the keyboard, we are talking about "round ability". The most common complaint of Surface's Kickstand is that he simply can not lap. The Slim Book Go is and can be used in your lap. It is not a terrible experience. It's just … picky. If you position it correctly, it is sturdy enough to tap on, though it still has the same problem as most demountable products like this one – not having such a weak hinge (where the keyboard joins the case) with the kickstand hinge) It does not have the structural rigidity needed for a great experience. However, since the stand is a large, old plastic plate lying flat, it helps a lot.
Finally we talk about the battery life. ZAGG claims that the Slim Book Go has one year battery life with one hour of uptime per day, so it's about 365 hours. Or three months if you use it four hours a day. Or 45 days if you use it 8 hours a day. But if you type on your iPad eight hours a day, seven days a week, you probably need to talk about your device's usage habits, and you do not really have to focus on your keyboard's battery life. Just because I made the bill, you could theoretically tap for 15 days on the Slim Book Go without interruption.
Speaking of battery, but that's my biggest criticism of the keyboard: The battery status indicator is sort of … not good. A real display does not have much to offer; instead, the on / off button flashes only slightly when you simultaneously press the Fn and Ctrl keys. If it flashes green three times, the battery is more than half full. Two yellow flashing lights mean that it is between 25 and 49%, and a red flashing means that it is below 25%. I think you should probably charge it at this time.
The biggest problem with this system, which frankly is not is that it matters that you remember to check it before it's nearly dead. The manual does not indicate that the light is flashing to warn you when the battery is really empty, but I am pleasantly surprised to find this feature in 6 months when my battery is almost empty.
Conclusion: A versatile product with a lot to like
The Slim Book Go has a lot to please: it's versatile, functional and enhances your tablet. If you find that you are putting a lot of words on your iPad every day, this is an excellent option to add a keyboard that works both as a laptop form factor and as a separate accessory. For just $ 99, this is an easy-to-find purchase that adds many features to your iPad. The stand on the case is just an added bonus.
Rating: 8.5 / 10
Price: $ 99
Here's what we like
- Excellent, practical design and excellent functionality
- Great battery life
- Backlit colored buttons
And what we do not do
- Boring design
- Bold case without screen protector