Fri, 13 Jul 2012 NUU KeyCase for iPad review
Detachable keyboard and case for iPad 2 and new iPad from NUU
- Manufacturer: Nuu
- Pros: Attractive looks, nice tactile synthetic leather feel; responsive, detachable keyboard and case, good long battery life promised.
- Cons: Expensive; adds weight and bulk; OEM feel about the whole package; up to five hours to fully charge battery; provided stylus barely adequate.
- Min specs: Compatible with iPad 2, new iPad.
- Price: £79.99
- Star rating:
While folio style iPad cases aren't anything new, they offer an appealing mix of stylish, often leather or leather-like looks, combined with padded protection. They can also be bulky and weighty, and rather spoil the beauty of Apple's slimline tablet and design aesthetics. The KeyCase from NUU then, takes the folio concept a little further with a built-in Bluetooth keyboard, which for any major writing tasks adequately replaces tapping on a screen.
The keyboard, which is easily detachable from the case thanks to magnets, takes less than a minute to connect wirelessly to your iPad. It's a simple process and once paired feels responsive and tactile in use, although a little on the tight side for anyone with big hands. NUU claims an impressive 90-hour uninterrupted working time and 45-day standby time from the built-in Lithium-ion battery. When your keyboard does need charging, a Micro-USB connector is included in the package.
The case itself is made from "synthetic leather" and looks fairly classy and business like, with a stitched finishing around the edges and iPad case. The actual case can also be removed, via a Velcro strip, should you temporarily only need the case, which is a nice touch. A snug fit, a single flap is meant to keep your iPad securely in place, which we were not fully convinced by.
Also included is a simple stylus for any touchscreen device you might have to hand, including of course the iPad. Barely adequate, this looks and feels like several styluses we've tried and suggests the whole package has been sourced from third parties lacking originality and invention. At around £80, the premium price is also an issue, and so the KeyCase doesn’t represent great value for money.