Hands on: Targus Versavu Keyboard and Case for iPad 2
Out of the box the first impression of the Versavu is a solid case with a nice leather feel to it. The case is kept firmly closed by a wide elastic strap in the style of expensive folio cases.
Opening the case reveals a soft ultra suede interior with a hard plastic shell to hold the iPad 2. The shell holds the tablet securely and provides solid protection for the back. In the fold there is a handy holder for a stylus. Impressively the shell rotates to allow you to put the iPad 2 in landscape or portrait mode. I really like this feature.
Now to the keyboard. Naturally it is compact but a good fit for my hands. The key a are a good size with a really good feel with nice firm travel..not mushy at all. I can touch type on it but people with bigger hands might find it a bit crowded. Across the top is a good selection of custom keys for search, cut, paste, volume control and screen lock. Very handy.
Some compromises were needed to manage good sized letter keys in the limited space available. Those compromises take some getting used to. The question mark and forward slash keys as well as some punctuation and brackets have become extra functions on letter keys..this can slow you down while touch typing. I think this is more than offset by the comfort of the larger letter keys.
The Targus Versavu is a well built, good looking case that provides solid protection for my iPad 2 and the keyboard turns my little tablet into a real productivity machine. It comes close to being the perfect case I have been looking for. Alas, all these features come with a price..the Versavu weighs just about the same as the iPad 2 so the resulting combination weighs more than a MacBook Air or Samsung Series 9 notebook and is thicker as well.
The Targus Versavu Keyboard and Case for iPad 2 is $99.99 in most stores where iPads are sold.