Latest in

Image credit:

Kensington KeyFolio rebrands AIDACASE iPad keyboard case, doesn't make it any better

Nilay Patel

We've been eager to see a flood of Bluetooth keyboard peripherals for the iPad and iPhone ever since iOS 3.2 brought support to the platform, but unfortunately it looks like the first wave of iPad cases will all feature the same rubbery keyboard module. Yep, that's Kensington's new KeyFolio Bluetooth keyboard case above, which is the latest riff on the AIDACASE KeyCase Folio Deluxe we just reviewed. (And remember, the KeyCase Folio Deluxe is itself a rebrand of the KeyCase iPad Folio -- confused yet?) Yes, there's nicer contrast stitching and presumably higher-quality synthetic leather, but it doesn't look like Kensington has improved the actual keyboard or created a more stable way to hold the iPad up, which means this thing probably isn't worth the $99 price of admission unless you're crazy desperate for an all-in-one keyboard case solution. (You're probably not.) Truth be told, we're actually sort of saddened to see Kensington go the cheapo-OEM-rebrand route -- we've come to expect more from the company. Here's hoping the next round of iPad keyboard cases is somewhat better.

From around the web

ear iconeye icontext filevr