ZAGG Week Part 5: Rugged Book Pro for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro

ZAGG Rugged Book ProThis would be the second “book pro” that I have reviewed this week specifically made for the 9.7 inch iPad Pro. I am going to attempt to write this without sounding like I am repeating myself on the Slim Book Pro.

Because of that, I will get several things out of the way. The Rugged Book Pro has a very thin keyboard with a detachable screen. I guess that was something that was unique to the Slim Book Pro, but I suppose that I was wrong. Also like the Slim Book Pro is the Apple Pencil holder, the Power App from Mophie, and the three different pairing buttons.

Okay, that is out of the way. Let us talk about that which is different. Well, it wouldn’t be called Rugged if it wasn’t made to withstand some serious stuff. In this case, the Rugged Book Pro has a durable silicone rubber layered throughout the case itself, and underneath that is a stainless steel frame. Also included is a rugged polycarbonate in the case, not to mention some reinforced on the corners.

So, what does this mean? You can survive a drop of six feet. This means that I would recommend the Rugged Book Pro to anyone who keeps their iPad on the road and want that type of protection. If you want to get this for yourself, head on to the ZAGG site and lay down $149.99 for it.

ZAGG Week Part 4: Invisible Shield glass + luxe and glass + privacy for the iPhone 7 Plus

Invisible Shield Glass LuxeOkay, it is more for ZAGG week, and this time it is a word from Invisible Shield. If you are not familiar with Invisible Shield, they used to make these really interesting plastic covers. I’ll always remember when I first met them at CES, when they threw in their products into a Tupperware box filled with nails and screws, and then they shook the box. The company grew a lot, and they sell a lot of products like screen protectors, such as the glass + luxe and the glass + privacy.

The most obvious feature of the Invisible Shield is it offers 3X shatter protection, so you can hit it with an hammer. You also have some serious scratch protection, so feel free to throw it into the box of screws. Oh, and there is also some serious smudge protection, which makes it very easy to clean.

All of that, and it comes with a lifetime warranty. It is available on the ZAGG site for $44.99, and it comes with complementary colors of black, rose gold, white, gold, and titanium.

Invisible Shield apple_iphone_7_plus_screen_privacy_glassOkay, now it is time to talk about the glass + privacy. This has a 3X shatter protection, which means that it should stand up to smashes, scratches, and smudges. It seems to brag about Ion Matrix technology, and I’m not certain if the previously mentioned product has that.

What makes it a glass + privacy is that it has two-way and side-view privacy. This means that you can check your email, text messages, and anything on your smartphone and not worry about someone else checking it out. There is also the special feature of reinforced edges.

Unlike the glass + luxe, it doesn’t come in any different colors. You should be able to purchase the glass + privacy for $44.99 on the ZAGG site.

ZAGG Week Part 3: Slim Book Pro for Apple 9.7 inch iPad Pro

ZAGG slimbook_pro_ipad_pro_detachWell, this is going to be the second keyboard for the iPad that we will be reviewing this week in our ZAGG week. I’m going to start with the Slim Book Pro, specifically for the iPad 9.7 inch iPad Pro.

At first when I saw that Slim Book Pro (one of several products that have been sent to me for review), I thought that I was looking at your typical Folio Case. You know, one of the keyboards that folds up to protect the iPad, which we have all seen before. To my surprise, the Slim Book Pro has a keyboard that is detachable.

In other words, you can detach the keyboard from the iPad, and you will still have a good stand for yourself. It comes in handy for when you are typing, and you can put your favorite tablet somewhere else. How handy is that? The answer is pretty darn handy, for sure, especially when the keypad and case lock together magnetically.

By the way, the stand for the iPad is made for many viewing angles. The keypad itself also has a kickstand in case you want it that way. While I am on the subject of the keypad, I will say that it is very, very thin. There is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to typing on it. I guess that I could say that about any keyboard, honestly.

I found that pairing with it was simple, but even more simple is how you can switch off. There are three Bluetooth buttons, so you can toggle between your iPad, iPhone, or whatever device you have. I paired it with my Android smartphone, so it does work that way.

So that’s the high points. I can’t say that there are any low points. The Slim Book Pro has a holder for the Apple Pencil, and it is compatible with the mophie Power App so you know when it is time for a recharge.

Is this something that you want? Head on over to the ZAGG site and pay $149.99 for it.

ZAGG Week Part 2: Flex Arc Wireless

ZAGG Flex Arc WirelessOkay, it is another day with a set of Bluetooth headphones, or some kind of earbuds, really. I have to admit that the Flex Arc Wireless is a pretty unique design.

The might not be the earbuds that look like earplugs, but I keep talking about how all earbuds are going that direction. Most Bluetooth earbuds have this essential design of a wire connecting them that hangs on the back of the neck, and the Flex Arch Wireless takes a different twist on this.

You see, this nape-dwelling wire is actually some kind of hard yet soft horseshoe thing. They have some retractable earbuds that have a thin wire and will pull back with the touch of a button.

In addition to that unique feature, the Flex Arc Wireless is a speaker as well earbuds. You can change from sound from the buds to the speaker, but I will have to say that the speaker sounds pretty weak in comparison to the buds. I guess if you want to allow your friends to hear your music, it will do. This is strange, as the earbud drivers are 6 mm and the speaker drivers are 13 mm.

As for the other features, it has eight hours of playtime, as well as a built-in microphone and voice controls. So if you are wanting to get in on this, head on over to the ZAGG site and pay $79.99 for them.

ZAGG Week Part 1: The iFrogz Impulse Wireless Headphones

iFrogzLast week, a big box full of ZAGG products appeared on my doorstep, and I’ve decided to devote a week to reviewing them all. If you aren’t familiar with ZAGG, they put out a lot of great stuff, and they also have acquired the rights to a lot of other great brands like Invisible Shield (coming later this week), and today’s iFrogz. The company of iFrogz made a name for itself with iPod accessories back in the days of those, and I got a chance to review the iFrogz Impulse Headphones.

I would have to say that the seventies have met the present with this particular design. The aesthetic seems to borrow from that bygone era, and it uses a color scheme of both black and red. Since it is Bluetooth, it has no wires. If you want to go old school, you could go with the included 3.5mm headphone jack wire.

What else has been updated for the modern age? Well, for starters, it has 40 mmm drivers complete with noise isolation, so that is a definite step forward. You can see the padding on the headband and earcups if you want proof of that noise isolation thing.

As standard for a product like these, there is a built-in mic in order to take your phone calls. I’m not certain how much of a standard this is, but there are some controls on the headphones themselves for power, volume up/down, track forward/backward, as well as pause/play.

All this, and they have a very great folding feature as well. You can get the iFrogz Impulse Wireless on the ZAGG site for a price of $59.99.

The ZAGG Pocket Keyboard

ZAGGI’ve said before that some people aren’t comfortable using the touchscreens on smartphone and tablets, and I am one of them. The problem is that this means the user must lug around a keyboard with them. However, the ZAGG Pocket Keyboard makes it easy.

It is called the Pocket Keyboard because it can fold up in three different sections, reminding me of the way you fold a letter to fit into a standard envelope. It is good enough for fitting into one’s breast pocket as its dimensions are 9″ x 2.5″ x .5″ rectangle.

ZAGG Pocket KeyboardAs you can see, the keyboard can unfold in such a way so that a smartphone or a small tablet can perfectly lean in place so you can just type away. By the way, the keyboard is 85 percent the size of a desktop keyboard, which will make it easier for typists to adapt to it.

As someone who has tried this out, I am going to really recommend this for those that want to type on their smartphones and smaller tablets with the clicky clickity of the keys. By the way, it uses Bluetooth to achieve its wireless capability. It is available on the ZAGG site for a price of $69.99.

ZAGG Folio Case for the iPad Air

ZAGG FolioI have reviewed several keyboard from ZAGG, and they are definitely a company that makes some quality products. I’ve had nothing but good things to say about the Rugged Folio and the Slim Book Ultra-Slim Tablet Keyboard and Detachable Case. So is there any change to this one?

Well, I am not certain if it has better protection than the Rugged, but the fact that it can fold down and protect the iPad Air’s screen is good. You can bend it backwards so it can go 135 degrees, for multiple angles.

The good news is ZAGG claims that the Folio is “one of the thinnest available, which means it won’t take up too much space in your backpack. The cover has a leather feel to it, and it feels pretty classy.

By the way, the keyboard has 30 percent more typing area that the competition, However, there is a lot of space above and below the QWERTY keyboard. Oh, by the way, the keys are backlit, so you can type in the dark or something. The backlit keys lead to the question of the battery, it is good for three months in between charges.

So, if you are looking to get a Folio case for the iPad Air, head on over to the ZAGG site and lay down $99.99 for it. I believe that I will be reviewing more ZAGG products in March, so stay tuned.

ZAGG Slim Book Ultra-Slim Tablet Keyboard and Detachable Case

Zagg slim bookI have reviewed a lot of keyboards in the past with ZAGG, and I can honestly say that if you have reviewed one, you haven’t reviewed them all. ZAGG makes a lot of keyboards, and I was glad to review the ZAGG Slim Book for the iPad Air.

So what makes this one different? Well, it has a case that you can lock onto the iPad Air, and then you lock it on the side of the Bluetooth keyboard. It works with magnets, and then adjust the angle to about 135 degrees, just like a laptop. The advantage of having this magnetic hinge is you can turn the iPad Air around for video mode. Oh, you can close up this case for extra protection of the keyboard, and use the tablet’s touchscreen with the keyboard handy.

So yeah, I would say that the Slim Book for the iPad Air is quite a good deal. Especially when you can use it for up to two years in between charges.

If this is something that you like, then you should be able to get it on the ZAGG site for about $129.99 here.

ZAGG Rugged Folio Keyboard

ZAGG iPad caseSome of you might be looking at the image from this and think it is some sort of deconstruction of a new sandwich at McDonalds. Let me assure you that this is the Rugged Folio for the iPad Air from ZAGG, a company that I have covered more than just once.

The Rugged Folio has a wireless Bluetooth keyboard, along with a tough polycarbonate shell and a soft silicone interior. I have a video afterwards that shows how it works in its four multi-function modes. It has a case mode, for when you take the iPad out on the road, book mode, for when you keep the case and keyboard and case together for hand-held reading mode, keyboard mode, providing backlit keys for a large typing area, and video mode holding the iPad securely at about any angle.

I think what really makes this Folio case unique is how the hinge can just come off and on again. You should be able to purchase the Rugged Folio keyboard for about $139 for the iPad, and $149 for the iPad Air.