iPad Keyboard

First Look: ZAGGmate Case + Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad

UPDATE: The ZAGGmate case/keyboard is also available for the iPad 2.

Although we've been intrigued by the ZAGGmate case and/or case and bluetooth keyboard combo since it was first announced a couple of months ago, we've been a bit lazy getting one into our hands. However, as luck would have it, a ZAGGmate arrived on our doorstep on Christmas Eve. What follows is a brief first look (full review to follow) at the latest iPad accessory from ZAGG, who is most well known for being the creators of the invisibleSHIELD line of screen and body protectors.

zaggmate case and bluetooth keyboard

The thing that initially caught our eye about the ZAGGmate was the design and aesthetics of the case. The most notable thing about the vast majority of iPad cases out there is how un-Apple and un-iPad they are, Apple's official iPad case certainly not excluded. Most cases we've encountered are either made from materials (for reasons specific to their purpose) that preclude them from being considered sleek and elegant or, more commonly, simply fail at efforts to do so -- ending up awkward, bulky or both.

ZAGG Launches ZAGGmate Aluminum iPad Case and Keyboard

ZAGG's latest and greatest iPad accessory the ZAGGmate is now available for pre-order online and will ship on or before December 17th, just in time for the holidays. ZAGGmate was initially released on Black Friday exclusively at select Best Buy stores. ZAGGmate's bead-blasted aircraft-grade aluminum and sleek profile merge perfectly with the iPad.

Apple iPad ZAGG case keyboard ZAGGmate keys

The ZAGGmate comes with or without a keyboard, and packs military grade high-density padding for drop protection when in transit. When equipped with the embedded Bluetooth keyboard, ZAGGmate adds only 1/4 inch to the iPad's thickness when closed. The non-keyboard model is even thinner, adding 1/8 of an inch to the iPad.

How can I type in different languages / turn on international keyboards on the iPad?

The iPad keyboard supports many different characters from around the world. To turn on one or more International keyboard(s):

1. Touch Settings -> General -> Keyboard -> International Keyboards
2. Select Add New Keyboard
3. Select the keyboard you wish to add
4. After you add the keyboard, you can edit the Software Keyboard Layout and Hardware Keyboard Layout by touching the keyboard name.
4. When more than one keyboard is added, a globe symbol appears to the left of the space bar in the keyboard. Use this button to switch between International keyboards when typing.

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