Logitech Keyboard Case by ZAGG is the new name of ZAGGmate, winner of the Macworld Expo 2011 Best of Show. Just shortly after releasing the new ZAGGmate for iPad 2, ZAGG signed an exclusive master license and distribution agreement with Logitech, as announced in a press release by Logitech:
The Logitech Keyboard Case has been developed in partnership with ZAGG (NASDAQ: ZAGG), a market leader in providing innovative mobile device accessories. The two companies have entered into an agreement that provides Logitech with exclusive worldwide distribution rights to the ZAGGmate™ case design for the iPad2 and other tablets.
According to the same press release, ZAGG retains the rights to continue selling the Logitech Keyboard Case by ZAGG on its website. For the time being, ZAGG’s website is the only place where you can buy the newly re-branded Logitech Keyboard Case.
Logitech Keyboard Case by ZAGG for iPad 2 announced on ZAGG's website
If you want to know more about this aircraft-grade aluminum case with Bluetooth keyboard which got so many awards last year, please read our original ZAGGmate case review.
Are you excited about your new iPad 2? Aren’t you a bit worried that you might scratch it before you get a protective film? Screen protectors made for the first generation of iPads won’t fit the iPad 2, so you’ll need to get one that has been designed specifically for the new iPad.
ZAGG InvisibleSHIELD for iPad 2 comes in four coverage options:
Full Body Maximum Coverage for $39.99. This is the ultimate protection, covering all exposed areas of the iPad 2, the perfect solution for protection nerds. The application is a bit challenging, but the reward is worth the trouble.
Full Body Easy Install for $39.99. This is the most popular option. It offers protection for the screen and for the back of the device and it is very easy to apply.
Front Coverage for $29.99
Back Coverage for $29.99 – This is an excellent choice for using together with Apple’s Smart Covers, as it will cover and protect the back of your iPad without spoiling its looks.
The Invisible Shield for iPad 2 is made from the same military grade patented material that protected more than 17 million other devices since the day it was made available by ZAGG.
Digital music is one of the greatest inventions since sliced bread. Enjoying it on the go has become widely accessible, as there are lots of gadgets which can play music and which have enough storage space to let you take your whole music library with you. Although some mobile gadgets may have speakers, there are situations in which it is preferable to keep your music to yourself, so a good pair of headphones is a must. However, good quality headphones are usually expensive and big. For instance, you may not be comfortable wearing them while jogging or while traveling by bus.
ZAGGbuds - closeup
This is what earbuds are for, because they are much better suited to wearing while on the move. If you know how to choose them, your earbuds can deliver a great listening experience, very close to that offered by more expensive and not so portable audio equipment.
ZAGGbuds are one of the best choices because their superior speakers offer a rich, clear and balanced sound. The multiple earbud adapters for various ear sizes enable an enjoyable experience for everybody, unlike cheaper models which hurt small ears and fall out from larger ears. The earbuds and the jack are angled, thus offering a plus of comfort in use. The 54 inch tangle-free cord features multiple sliders for better cord management and a protective invisibleSHIELD polyurethane coating available in seven color combinations. If you don’t want to have it all black, you can choose one of the following:
Zagg Buds - Color Options
red – black, blue – orange, black – yellow, gray – blue, gray – silver or black – pink. I like most the red – black combination, but this is only a matter of personal preference. All the colors look cool and the idea of having multiple sliders on the cord really rocks, because there’s nothing worse than having the headphones tangled up. By aligning the sliders as shown in the instructions, in the so-called “Hangin’ Tight” position, the buds will rest around your neck even when not in use, so it’s very easy to find them and put them back in your ears.
Technical specifications of ZAGGbuds:
Diameter of speakers: 10 mm
Impedance: 16 Ohms
Maximum input power: 10 mW
Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
Sensitivity: 94 dB +/- 3 dB SPL/mW
Plug type: 3.5 mm (it fits the iPad, as well as any iPod or iPhone)
Cord length: 54″
The ZAGGbuds come with 45 day money-back guarantee and a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty. ZAGG are always keeping their promise on this one, and they do replace any product if the customer finds issues with it absolutely free of charge. It is possible, however, that depending on area of residence, some customers are required to pay some shipping costs, so you’d better check this directly on the ZAGG website.
I love my mobile gadgets because I can enjoy them wherever I go. Be it on the beach or on the top of the mountains, it feels good to know that I can connect with my friends on Twitter or Facebook, or that I can read and answer my emails. Well, I can enjoy all these as long as the batteries last, which sometimes is not quite as long as I’d wish. I know carrying a replacement battery is one solution, but that’s far from ideal. Spare batteries are usually expensive and besides, I don’t want to carry a bag full of heavy batteries with me all the time.
When I bought my iPad screen protector, the InvisibleSHIELD from ZAGG, I discovered another interesting item on their website: the ZAGGsparq 2.0, a portable battery and a charger that appeared to be the perfect answer to my portable power concerns.
Delivering 6000 mAh battery power, the ZAGGsparq 2.0 is not only fully compatible with the iPad, but also charges it at the same rate as the standard wall charger. Charging is done via a USB cable and the ZAGGsparq features two USB ports, so you can charge two devices at the same time. This portable battery is suitable for any personal gadget that can be powered via USB, provided it supports being charged by an external battery backup.
Here’s the complete technical specifications list:
Battery power: 6000 mAh Lithium Polymer (this is enough to charge an iPhone up to four times)
Maximum output: 2000 mA @ 5V
Power source: 100-240 V AC @ 50/60 Hz
Dual USB outlets
LED display with four lights, indicating the charging level
Size: 3.5” x 3.5” x 1”
Weight: 0.54 lbs
ZAGGsparq 2.0 - Portable iPad Charger
Thanks to its compact size, to its foldable prongs and to its nicely rounded edges, ZAGGsparq 2.0 is excellent for travelers because it easily fits in a bag or even your pocket (individual experiences may vary depending on pocket size). Its surface is glossy, therefore it won’t damage the fabric in any way, as friction is very low.
The charger plugs into a standard power outlet, but it can be easily turned into an international device by using appropriate adapters. The European plug standard adapter is included in the pack. For other regions you’ll have to buy it separately, but that’s not a problem, they are easy to find and fairly cheap.
Why is it called 2.0? That’s because it’s ZAGG’s latest model of their portable battery charger, which has just replaced the original ZAGGsparq. The original modal did seem to have a few issues as far as we can work out – a few people reported charging malfunction. However ZAGG investigated the issue, discovered where the problem was and came up with this improved version of the charger. Moreover, they offered a free replacement of the original ZAGGsparq units for all customers who had issues with the Sparq 1. It’s good to hear Zagg cares about and stands by their customers.
If you need a portable battery charger, ZAGGsparq 2.0 is our favorite option right now. And at $99 it’s cheaper than a couple of spare batteries for just one of my gadgets, and a lot lighter!
UPDATE! The InvisibleShield is now available for the iPad 2. You should order yours here, but please look carefully at the options and choose whether you want the Easy Installation or Full Protection. It defaults to easy installation.
Have you ordered your iPad yet? If so, what’s the next thing that pops into your mind? an iPad screen protector perhaps? If it is not high on your list of priorities it probably should be. One of our main concerns whenever we get a brand new slick gadget like the iPad, is how to protect it against scratches and normal wear and tear. We want to keep it looking brand new for the longest possible time. The other major concern is that our, slim, shiny iPad could lose a great deal of its charm if we hide it behind a bulky protective case. Nobody wants that! So here’s where day dreaming about the perfect iPad case becomes a reality!
What if we could show you a protective shield with real stealth qualities, by “stealth qualities” we mean it is almost impossible to detect that it is even there! Yet it is tough enough to resist even the hardest bumps and scratches. Even if such a high-tech, thin-film screen protector existed, wouldn’t it be reserved for top secret military applications only?
There is something that fits this profile though, something that has already been tested and approved by over 7 million users of iPod, iPhone and Blackberry worldwide, The Invisible Shield by ZAGG.
Made from a military grade patented material, the invisibleSHIELD by ZAGG provides real protection against scratches while fitting so precisely on the iPad that it’s practically invisible. The super-thin protective film features self-healing qualities, thus eliminating the need for frequent replacements and making it amazingly good value for money. If we consider that the original use for this material was to protect helicopter blades, we can see why ZAGG offers a 45 day money back guarantee and a lifetime replacement guarantee. Yes it’s true – if your screen protector gets damaged in any way Zagg will replace it, free.
There are three coverage options available: full body, front only or back only coverage, so you can choose to pay only for what you plan to use. Although we recommend getting both front and back iPad screen protection, the price difference between full body coverage and any of the other two options is only $10, a small price to pay to fully protect your iPad.
Moreover, we were excited to note that ZAGG is giving away one Apple iPad every week for the whole month of May! The contest is free to join and by entering it you’ll also get a 50% discount coupon, good for any of the products on ZAGG.com. Even if you don’t win the weekly iPad, you can still grab the best possible iPad screen protector at half price.
If you are still not convinced then check out this video where a ZAGG staff member gives their iPad some pretty rough treatment.
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You can see how impervious the Invisible Shield line of iPad screen protectors are to everyday wear and tear. I mean, you would not allow your iPad to have nails and screws or an angle grinder applied to the surface would you? What I know for certain is if it can handle this then it can handle anything I’m going to throw at it.