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Is This The Best Yet?

Since the introduction of the Keycase Folio iPad case with integrated Bluetooth keyboard there have been a number of similar cases released, but most of them have ZX Spectrum like rubber keyboards which are not great when you need to do a lot of typing.

A new case, funded by a Kickstarter project which has now hit its funding target, is due for release soon which may have a better solution.

The Adonit Writer's keyboard is different, it uses a 'scissor action' (we are guessing this means scissor-switch) keyboard which gives a much more positive feel to your typing and acts much more like a 'real' keyboard.

As with all of these in-the-case keyboards, the size of the keyboard is restricted to the width of the iPad itself, meaning smaller distances between the keys than you may be used to on your laptop or desktop keyboard, so it will not suit everyone.

You can pre-order the Adonit Writer now over at the Kickstarter page, with the minimum of an $89 pledge ($10 less than the final retail cost) to secure one of the silver keyboard versions plus $25 International shipping. If you want to be really fancy and a bit more unique, you can pledge $200 or more and get a special "Night" edition with black anodized keyboard and black suede interior.

The promotional video at the site will give you a better idea of what to expect.

We are curious to see how well this case and keyboard combo works so if you get to see one or even try one out, be sure to let us know.

Copycat Cases?

A couple of days ago we mentioned the Keycase iPad Folio which has an integrated Bluetooth keyboard and basically turns your iPad into a mobile workstation. Yesterday quality iPad case maker Sena announced a very similiar product. Sena is calling theirs the Keyboard Folio Case.

Here are both cases:


Keycase iPad Folio (above)



Sena Keyboard Folio Case (above)

Quality and Similarities

As you would expect from Sena, their case seems to include superior build quality and craftmanship, the materials used by Sena look a lot nicer. If you look at the photos, Sena's case seems to have the iPad set back further from the keyboard and a different closing mechnism for the case.

Upon examining the specs for both cases though they are virtually the same though. In the screen captures below of the integrated keyboard there are slight differences in button layout/functions, but both are made from soft silicone and claim that they are "spill-proof".

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Keycase iPad Folio (above)

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Sena Keyboard Folio Case (above)


Sena are only taking pre-orders at the moment, with shipping dated for 7th October. Their case will cost you $129 (~£84) if you order now (normally $149), whilst the UK distributor for the Keycase version is showing that they are out of stock, with more arriving soon. The price of their version is £59.95 (~$92).

We are not seriously claiming that anyone is copying anyone else, but you cannot deny the similarities in design and keyboard layout between these two recently announced cases.

Any thoughts on which one you would go for?