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Helium Digital KeyCover Folio: A Thin Keyboard Case For the iPad [Video Review]

by on April 27th, 2012

For some people, typing on a touch screen for any length of time can be difficult. If you’ve ever tried taking notes or typing a long email on your iPad, you know even if you’re a seasoned veteran, it can be tricky.

There are a number of keyboard and keyboard case options for the iPad, but what I’ve seen, is they tend to add unwanted bulk. Enter Helium Digital.

The company claims to have the thinnest keyboard case for for new iPad and iPad 2 – the KeyCover Folio.

The KeyCover Folio has a super thin keyboard at only 5mm thick. When the case is closed, you can’t even tell there is a keyboard in the case. Ok, so you may be thinking at that size can it have all the keyboard buttons I’d expect? It sure does. It feels and looks very similar to the chicklet style keyboard you’d expect from Apple. It has all the keys you’re likely to need and even includes a number of iOS-specific keys.

Yes, the keys are little smaller than a typical full keyboard, but it doesn’t take long to get used to it. Within minutes you’ll be busting out long emails and full scripts.

The keyboard connects with your iPad via Bluetooth, and in my one week with it so far I’ve yet to notice any lag or have any input issues. The case has been rock solid for typing.

Another nice design of this case is the strap that wraps around the back an then clips magnetically to the front to keep the case closed. When you’re ready to start typing, you slide it back, and it magnetically attaches to form a stand. The viewing angle is perfect for typing, watching video or even using FaceTime. It’s also surprisingly stable.

You charge the case via a supplied USB cable and Helium Digital claims it’ll last 120 hours. I’ve only charged it once and have been using it for over a week. So it’s not something you’ll be running to charge every few hours.

Here’s my video review of the KeyCover Folio from Helium Digital in action. Please have a look.

I do have a few concerns about the KeyCover Folio. When using the keyboard, it lays flat on a surface. So if you’re typing for an extended period of time, the lack of angle can cause a little discomfort But, to be fair, this is something I’m used to dealing with using my MacBook Pro and various other laptops.

And finally, if you’re thinking of using this as your everyday case, it can be a little annoying to hold because you’ll be holding the keyboard on the other side. It’s something to take into consideration, but I’ve found it’s super simple just to take the iPad out when you’re not using the keyboard.

Overall this is a real solid keyboard case. Like advertised, it’s slim and adds very little bulk to your iPad. The keyboard works great and I’ve found myself using the iPad to type out scripts and longer emails instead of defaulting back to my MacBook Pro.

If you’re in the market for a keyboard case for your iPad, I can highly recommend the KeyCover Folio from Helium Digital. It’s well worth the $80 price tag.

Do you use a keyboard with your iPad? If so, do you have a favourite keyboard case? Let me know in the comments.

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  • Lady J

    i purchased this item at Lord & Taylor for $24, what a steal!!!!