Versavu: it's an iPad case, it's an iPad keyboard
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Versavu: it's an iPad case, it's an iPad keyboard


There are a handful of keyboard cases to turn your iPad into a netbook-type device, but I've seen none implemented any better than the Versavu Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard Case (http://bit.ly/qr5NfW) for the iPad 2.

The US$99.99 case features a patent-pending mechanism that allows the Apple tablet to rotate a full 360 degrees from landscape to portrait positions and includes a low-profile wireless Bluetooth keyboard. A nice touch: the keyboard can be charged inside the case.

Pairing the Bluetooth keyboard with the iPad 2 is a breeze. There's an on/off switch and a button to put the device into a discoverable mode. You sync it with the iPad by turning on Bluetooth in the tablet's General Settings menu. The keyboard charges via an included Micro USB cable. You can expect 90 hours of continuous use per charge cycle.

I also really like the fact that the Versavu case includes a scratch-resistant frame around the keyboard to prevent the iPad from touching the keys when the case is closed and ready for transport. This helps prevent scratches on the Apple tablet, as does the soft interior lining.

The Versavu'ss hard-shell design offers a molded exterior to protect the displays even as it offers access to all the iPad functions and buttons. Alas, the case does leave the Apple logo uncovered. That makes sense for aesthetic reasons, not so much for protection concerns.

On the other hand, the opening around the Apple logo serves as a pivot point so you can spin the tablet all the way around. That's very handy when you're ready to use the keyboard. In fact, since the Versavu rotates, it's one of the few keyboard cases that lets you position the iPad 2 in either portrait or landscape orientation. Note that though the iPad is fastened in securely to the Versavu, it isn't locked. So don't spin the pivot point as fast as you can, or you may dislodge the tablet. Unlikely, but possible.

The Versavu converts into a stand to hold the device upright for hands free viewing of videos, online books and more. Additionally, it packs a built-in holster to hold a a pen or stylus.

As a keyboard, the Versavu works just fine despite the (necessarily) small keys. They have a solid tactile response, though you'll have to adapt to a few repositioned keys. Several keys normally dedicated to the colon, semicolon, and question mark have been removed, and their functions remapped onto other QWERTY keys -- which is confusing. Along the top row of the keyboard are iPad-specific keys, such as pause/track skipping, volume control, cut/paste, and shortcuts for Spotlight, picture gallery and the Home button.

If you're looking for a svelte iPad case, note that the Versavu is pretty thick when closed -- but, hey, it does have a keyboard inside.

Rating: 8 out of 10

-- Dennis Sellers

 
AAPL
$126.44
Apple Inc.
-0.16
GOOG
$523.40
Google Inc.
+1.56
MSFT
$44.40
Microsoft Corporation
-0.04
MacNews Search:
Community Search:
view counter

view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter

Rage of Bahamut is Giving Almost All of...
The App Store isn't what it used to be back in 2012, so it's not unexpected to see some games changing their structures with the times. Now we can add Rage of Bahamut to that list with the recent announcement that the game is severely cutting back on the number of events it holds. | Read more »
Adventures of Pip (Games)
Adventures of Pip 1.0 Device: iOS iPhone Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: ** ONE WEEK ONLY — 66% OFF! ***“Adventures of Pip is a delightful little platformer full of charm, challenge and impeccable level design.”4/5 – Hardcore Gamer"A retro platformer that sets itself apart with the protagonist’s... | Read more »
Divide By Sheep - Tips, Tricks, and Stre...
Who would have thought splitting up sheep could be so involved? Anyone who’s played Divide by Sheep, that’s who! While we’re not about to give you complete solutions to everything (because that’s just cheating), we will happily give you some primers on how to get started and what to expect. [Read more] | Read more »
NaturalMotion and Zynga Have Started Tea...
An official sequel to 2012's CSR Racing is officially on the way, with Zynga and NaturalMotion releasing a short teaser trailer to get everyone excited. Well, as excited as one can get from a trailer with no gameplay footage, anyway. [Read more] | Read more »
Grab a Friend and Pick up Overkill 3, Be...
Overkill 3 is a pretty enjoyable third-person shooter that was sort of begging for some online multiplayer. Fortunately the begging can stop, because its newest update has added an online co-op mode. [Read more] | Read more »
Scanner Pro's Newest Update Adds Au...
Scanner Pro is one of the most popular document scanning apps on iOS, thanks in no small part to its near-constant updates, I'm sure. Now we're up to update number six, and it adds some pretty handy new features. [Read more] | Read more »
Heroki (Games)
Heroki 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $7.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: CLEAR THE SKIES FOR A NEW HERO!The peaceful sky village of Levantia is in danger! The dastardly Dr. N. Forchin and his accomplice, Vapor, have stolen the Emerix - a powerful amulet and all hope may be lost! Created by Picomy. Published... | Read more »
Wars of the Roses (Games)
Wars of the Roses 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
TapMon Battle (Games)
TapMon Battle 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: It's time to battle!Tap! Tap! Tap! Try tap a egg to hatch a Tapmon!Do a battle with another tapmons using your hatched tapmons!*How to play*Complete the limited taps before time expires.Be careful! If you tap a newborn tapmon,... | Read more »
Alchemic Dungeons (Games)
Alchemic Dungeons 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: ### Release Event! ### 2.99$->0.99$ for limited time!### Roguelike Role Playing Game! ###Alchemic Dungeons is roguelike rpg game with crafting systems!You can make Items from materials!To conquer dungeons, use items... | Read more »
All contents are Copyright 1984-2010 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.