In preparation for the new features of iOS9, specifically around keyboard shortcuts, I thought it was time to finally figure out a keyboard solution for my iPad. After some research, I narrowed it down to either the Logitech Keys-to-Go and the Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard. Both keyboards are similar in terms of features and dedicated buttons for quickly accessing iPad functions. But in the end, I preferred one over the other.
If you value how the keyboard “feels” when typing, the Keys To Go (K2G) are more responsive compared to the Microsoft Universal Mobile and the soft material makes the keys nicer to the touch. The K2G is water resistant if you decide to spill that drink on it at the office desk or pot of pasta sauce at the kitchen. :-) Also, the K2G has a physical on/off switch which I prefer. You know that the keyboard is actually off. The MS Universal, you turn if off by putting on the top cover which is kinda cool, but there are times when you wonder whether it’s really turned off.
Now, in favor of the MS Universal keyboard, you have a nice cover which also is a stand for your iPad. The K2G is strictly the keyboad. The Microsoft Univeral cover allows for two angles and will really only work with a “naked” iPad. There is a chance that a slim case like an Incipio Feather case may work at the second angle, but I’m not sure. It’s pretty tight to get that lower angle.
The top case of the MS Universal is also magnetic so it locks with the keyboard to give you a psuedo laptop feel. When clipped, the keyboard is also slightly propped up off the table. The magnet is strong too. You can see in one of the pictures me lifting the cover and iPad attached. The K2G is completely separated so you’ll need a dedicated stand for it, which I eventually ended up doing.
In the end, I decided on keeping the Keys to Go paired with the Logitech AnyAngle case for the iPad Air 2. With this setup, I can basically put the iPad into whatever angle I want and put the keyboard anywhere. There is also the benefit of having my iPad protected instead of having to have it bare naked to use in the Microsoft Universal top case. This setup seems like the better way to go.