Review and ZAGGkeys PROplus keyboard operating experience. Being shone buttons for iPad
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In article about the keyboard overlay for iPad, Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover, I mentioned one more similar decision — about ZAGGkeys PROplus. Came to tell time and about it, but it will be more interesting to compare these two products as at the 1st look it seems that in the decision from ZAGG all minuses of the competitor are considered and it is simply ideal accessory such. Here to you and illumination of buttons, and any luster, only continuous opaque aluminum, and a status light-emitting diode for Caps Lock, and a number of specialized buttons for iPad. But not everything is so simple, friends, and not everything is so obvious. Pass to the text below, and you learn not only about all qualities of the megakeyboard, well and about experience both its handicraft and manual russification, and factory.
Without having tested something, it is heavy to understand as it excellent or badly, with comfort or not so, fervently or boringly, cheerfully or sadly. Many times in life I was convinced of this ordinary to the truth, at all this quite often managed to fill many cones, proving the return and at all this without having practical experience that you try to prove. In a certain degree so was and with a set of texts on iPad, well and with introduction of hardware keyboards with a tablet too. I for a long time could not believe that the tablet really can be used as the comfortable typewriter, and the problem appeared only in lack of suitable tools for this purpose.
Having mastered Byword and Markdown I not only learned to create huge texts on a tablet with the speed which is not so conceding those at use of the laptop, but also to do them almost ready to the publication in the Network, with all references and styles. With keyboards approximately the same situation. The firm keyboard dock of Apple very was pleasant, but to drag it with itself really inconveniently, well and the design leaves very shaky, with the device on a lap especially not попечатаешь. Attempt to work with portable Chinese decisions was failure owing to them not so good the characteristic and an unreasoned design.
But when Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover got to hands, I thought — it is directly that tool of which did not suffice to me for iPad transformation in high-grade replacement of the laptop as the typewriter. Moreover, appetite, as they say, cleared up. Having received from ZAGG the next advertizing letter in what the company reported that the ZAGGkeys PROplus keyboard again is in a warehouse (here directly as knew when me it to send), I did not sustain, went on an official site and ordered a novelty, despite of the price and the forthcoming difficulties with russification. Experience with the Logitech keyboard very was pleasant, and it wanted bigger.
Insidiousness of ZAGG and DHL
Before passing to keyboard consideration, a little I will tell about experience of its order on an official site. At the company is both the European site, and American. A difference that on one prices in euro, and on other — in dollars, and numbers identical. On one site the keyboard costs $130, and for other €130, in other words actually for $40 is more expensive. Honest I do not know, how there is a switching between these sites, but at the moment of the order I could get only on European though now without troubles I come on American and too I can make through it the order. Generally, to suffer and something there were to wait no forces, ordered through the European site for euro and somehow to save up, bought on the stock firm earphones five times cheaper and spray for cleaning of gadgets. Besides standard delivery was free then, and abrupt DHL cost cheaper the little ordinary.
The company without troubles sends both to Russia, and to Ukraine, well and to any other CIS countries too. For calculation it is possible to use Paypal, but to me laziness was to adhere to it the latest card (at old there was a term) so equal payment by means of MasterCard Gold gave a ride also. VISA is accepted too. The order issued on November 13 then received "encouraging" letter supposedly count on the parcel not earlier than first December. Disappointingly, taking in attention the transfer order through abrupt post service.
But actually next day I received the letter in what it was said that the keyboard already reached from a warehouse to the necessary people and they will send it to me soon.
And still every other day the company sent me tracking number, in other words, the order went to the owner.
On November 19 the courier brought to me home a desired parcel, hurrah!
Here only satisfaction was a little or, we will tell so, partially premature. Having opened a cellophane package, I found a cardboard envelope which inside is pasted over with a film with vials — perfectly, means at contents there is a protection against blows. But after I opened a cardboard package, got an accessory and unpacked it, found that during transfer an accessory struck, or it such got to a parcel. In pictures I am lower than it already a bit отрихтовал a hammer, but traces all the same are:
Running forward I will note that with the keyboard everything is all right and this blow did not affect in any way functionality, well and outside damage is not especially appreciable (in pictures after all macro, and it bolshushchy and terrible does all), on the last measure, after a rikhtovka. After all, it is a science on the future that any parcel is necessary for checking first, and later already to undersign at the courier. After all in that case I could to its descent and return. On an internal envelope even the address for return is, plus at ZAGG operates practice of fortnight return of means.
It would be possible to be confused with return and after, but there was no desire to be picked with it, and it would be desirable to start to use a new gadget!
It is packed without a delicacy
Packing at ZAGGkeys PROplus the quite ordinary. On base from not the thickest PET plastic the part from a cardboard is pasted. It too quite very narrow, though with cool polygraphy. At Logitech packing was pleasant to me more, and it protects better as the keyboard is in it in own sort a bed from a cardboard and there is a stock for damping of potential blow.
After all, outside the box is very representative, plus инфы on it can be found much more, than on boxing of a competing product.
Inside in a Spartan way it is empty: the keyboard, USB-microUSB cable for additional charge and the small instruction. Even rags for rubbing did not put, and it would not prevent despite introduction of opaque materials in the device case. But about it later.
Heavy opaque metal
Well, packing and a complete set did not impress, but when I got the keyboard and took it in hands, all doubts were gone — it that the doctor registered! Powerful, practically all executed from aluminum, integral, casting thoughts on MacBook Pro that is not surprising for similarity of keyboard modules simply bolshushchy.
The same form of the buttons, completely identical buttons of the cursor including a bend between shooters up and down, completely identical apportion with the American model, a similar opaque material of buttons, a font and even Caps Lock with the light indicator, however, blue, instead of green as in MacBook. But it is specific feature as this element is besides a status light-emitting diode Blyutuz.
Though, naturally, there are also other differences connected with specialization of an accessory. So, the left bottom button with the built-in light-emitting diode on pressing specifies charge level:
And on the right instead of the duplicating cmd and option buttons buttons of activation/management illumination and changes of language of input are located:
Also pay attention to the fashionable button a gap with a firm logo, such decision very much was pleasant to me:
Functional or F-keys are not present, instead of them above a number of special tablet buttons: Home, Search, slidesho
w start, a call of the screen keyboard to cut out/copy/insert, buttons of management of loudness, a player and screen blocking. Such decision is much more convenient, than in Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover where similar functions are adhered to digital by keys and are realized via the Fn button.
In the right top corner there is a button of creation of Bluetooth-pair and the food lever. This option of an arrangement too was pleasant to me more than at the competitor on a lateral side. Besides the food lever somehow become more respectable at ZAGG.
At the left the next firm logo flaunts. Yes, the ZAGG company not moderate and the 1st own mention on an accessory to it is not enough:
Not including keyboards and ZAGGkeys PROplus supports also plays a role of a protective cover for the monitor and not only. In this plan the design at ZAGG is more effective, than at Logitech. The tablet leans on four huge silicone legs located on corners of an accessory:
In the top part very powerful magnet to which iPad side very strong sticks then the tablet can be lowered as a laptop cover is built in. In the closed condition the design leaves stronger and monolitny, than at Ultrathin Keyboard Cover, the truth and to disassemble it more difficult. Some skill is necessary. For example, I, holding devices in the left hand, an average and a forefinger right slightly I move apart them in the field of dredging then accessories can be separated and collected simply in a certain similarity of the laptop.
I will note that aluminum is used not only from the interior of the device, well and from the external:
Plus of such design not only in its bigger solidity, well and that corners and iPad sides too are protected, unlike the solution of Logitech where the keyboard is closed in the manner of a usual cover on the hinge as at Smart Cover. And at ZAGGkeys PROplus this hinge does not stick out.
For миниджека and the interface socket in an opaque plastic rim there are shallow notches. In other words, to charge a tablet, or to listen from it to music it is possible without removing a keyboard cover. Also from outside the dock port is the socket for keyboard additional charge. To do it it is necessary occasionally. ZAGG promises some months of independent operation of the device, even taking into account illumination use periodically.
The tablet is established in ZAGGkeys PROplus in the same way, as well as in Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover — in a special cut:
The tilt angle at iPad leaves in accessories approximately identical, and it is comfortable as for work on a table, and on a lap. In a portrait mode the tablet is steady too.
Moreover, in this seat there is a magnet, as well as at the competitor. But it is much weaker, and an accessory more, than on 100 g it is heavier (435 against 320 гр at Ultrathin Keyboard Cover). Thus, to move iPad together with the keyboard, having raised all design for tablet edge, it
will not turn out. In ZAGGkeys PROplus the magnet is used not as additional fixture, and as own sort of directing energies that it was more convenient to insert a tablet.
As a result at the solution of Logitech though the design also is not so reliable in the closed condition, but in a support mode it is much stronger and it positively affects at work with the device on a lap. Well, time we began to compare so actively accessories, let’s have a talk and about their joint operating experience.
Experience in a mode of a keyboard rupture of a template
The 1st, on what I directed attention at work with ZAGGkeys PROplus — it perfect other tactile return at buttons. If in Logitech product a course very small, a click ringing and buttons are pressed simply, easier, than in MacBook Pro and even in MacBook Air though on feelings the response is very close to the last, the solution of ZAGG is closer directly to a Pro-series of laptops of Apple. Just the same course of the buttons, absolutely similar click hard of hearing and similar, slightly tugovaty pressing. Excellent it or is bad? I do not know, I like tactile return both at Logitech, and at ZAGG. Though, taking in attention my love to the keyboard in MacBook Pro and to the nuances mentioned above (a deaf click, a big course of buttons) soul after all lies to ZAGGkeys PROplus more. But this matter of taste.
By the way, over time buttons are developed and pressed a little easier. At me on development about a week left. And here first I even thought that with the Delete button something not that. It was pressed by a touch of others, but now developed and in general no complaints are present, everything is excellent.
The hero of the review practically has no reduced buttons, unlike the competitor, and for someone it can be bolshushchy plus. After all, for me such buttons in Ultrathin Keyboard Cover did not make difficulty. But at the ZAGG Enter button small. If the person constantly works with the European apportion in MacBook when Enter occupies two rows, any time it is necessary to get used. And here at users of the American models of difficulties will not be. I too do not have them, I got used long ago to both options (the 1st my two MacBook were «gray Americans», others three — official European).
Here that really with comfort — it is a separate number of special tablet buttons. Also to switch language one button, instead of the standard composition too pleasant, though the last moment is not so critical. After all on the laptop constantly I switch through cmd+пробел so and on the small keyboard quite often I use it, but with times I click and on the separate button, in particular, when it is necessary to allocate the text with "fir-trees" (are put by option composition +* and *option+shift + ** in an English apportion).
But conclusive plus of the competitor is plastic of buttons — it rougher and on it not fat traces so are very appreciable. The hero of the review in this plan completely copies the keyboard in MacBook, in other words is salted quickly enough and it is very appreciable. Orderly persons should be reserved by alcohol or not to pay attention to brilliant buttons.
But here we also reached head plus of ZAGGkeys PROplus — illuminations of buttons and in this section also it is necessary to tell about my experience of russification of an accessory. After all without it for not owning a blind method of the press of users of Logitech will be in a priority.
Being shone buttons and adventures with russification
When I ordered this accessory, to a meeting was ready to do an engraving, but late decided to test after all first stickers. Business not so much in economy, on the working tool of means is not a pity to me, how many in impatience. It would be desirable quicker to start to use the new keyboard, and from plant where do an engraving, to me it should to wait for it week. As a result stickers were bought and hour of time for their placement is spent.
In the course of a sticker it was necessary to cut off, as they appeared slightly higher. After all the tablet keyboard has less than button, than at noutbuchny analog. But as a result work I remained is more or less happy. Stickers after all not so However, looked. Somehow coarsely. Well it is excellent, speed of the press with them was all the same higher, than without them. The unique discrepancy — the illumination built in the keyboard appeared for stickers that to a dog the 5th foot. In other words, it is absolutely useless.
Not including that, in a week of a sticker became slowly облазить — in general ugliness. As a result to me bothered to look at this disgrace as initial nervous trembling and desire to work with a new gadget passed, and I after all sent the device on an engraving. Because of a postage and an insurance operation cost quite expensively, $45, but the result surpassed all expectations. Just the same font, huge letters, everything is made very accurately as though and it was conceived — ecstasy!
Well and, naturally, at present illumination is completely actual, as Russian bukvochka too are shone also. By the way about illumination. In ZAGGkeys PROplus it even more abruptly, than in MacBook as it is shone already with seven flowers. Here in particular it is pleasant to me pigeons:
But there are also other more noteworthy options:
The unique nuance, in certain cases color of illumination not so uniform, but especially does not strain this moment, as in my loved option with it everything is all right.
There are three modes of brightness of illumination which change on pressing the button of activation of illumination. And for change of its color it is enough to clamp the same button and to click on an arrow on it is left or on the right.
To work with illumination in the dark — this bolshushchy pleasure, in particular for the user who has got used to such function of MacBook Pro/Air, but wishing to catch everything and to a meeting it is necessary to be spent decently so in certain plus of the ZAGG keyboard I cannot write down this feature, after all to pay for an accessory taking into account an engraving and its increased price it is necessary approximately twice more.
I will leave both
The ZAGGkeys PROplus keyboard proved to be as qualitative and very functional accessory. It is simply connected to a tablet on Blyutuz when developing pair and after that the machine gun incorporates almost instantly. Also the device possesses charming autonomy and mass of pluses in comparison with Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover. But is at a product and minuses like the increased weight, slightly bigger thickness (7 mm against 6 mm) and less reliable design in a laptop mode.
As a result I decided to throw to myself both keyboards as they perfectly supplement each other. When I drag a tablet in a portfolio and the weight is not critical, I use ZAGG, on distant trips too. In a gloomy and black train after all it is more convenient to print on the keyboard with illumination, plus protection in the closed condition to a tablet is provided more reliable.
If I take with myself a small bag, then work is entered by easier Logitech keyboard. Well and simply it is pleasant to me to change periodically these devices, for contrast, so to speak.
As to a shkurny question, how it was mentioned above, ZAGGkeys PROplus costs $130 or €130, is dependent on in what shop the device to take. Across Europe now delivery free, but is a P-mail and it is necessary to wait for week two-three. DHL too is not so expensive, about $20. Plus engraving. As a result for everything about everything it is necessary to pay the region of $200 – $240. Expensively, but here owner barin. In my case because of features of a profession the accessory of already fulfilled. If there is a lot of and often it is not necessary to print, costs visit attention to officially Russified option from Logitech. And still it is possible to test Logitech Tablet Keyboard though me washes away more to buy Logitech K810, this keyboard is very abrupt. Well, in forthcoming, can absolutely be, I will tell and about it if you, dear readers, still have an interest to such products.