In my experience, the two most popular iPad keyboard setups have always been:
- Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover, which is a keyboard, hard shell cover, and docking stand rolled into one.
- The combination of an Incase Origami Workstation and an Apple Bluetooth keyboard.
I use the former, while Shawn prefers the latter. His reasoning is perfectly solid:
“However, I have three quibbles with the keyboard case class of iPad keyboards (which includes cases, covers, folios, etc.)
- Most keyboard cases are designed to a specific iPad form factor. If you upgrade your iPad every so often, then you must also upgrade your keyboard case.
- Because I don’t mostly use an external keyboard when using my iPad, I don’t want a keyboard cover that attaches to my iPad. Though I do enjoy using the iPad for writing, that is not my chief task.
- For the iPad mini, it’s universally acknowledged that no good keyboard case exists. Of the ones that do fit onto an iPad mini, they have to be so small that they’re awkward and uncomfortable to type on.”
Point #2 is where I differ from Shawn. I actually do use my Logitech Ultrathin keyboard nearly constantly because all my writing is done from my iPad. Even when I'm not typing, I still keep my iPad docked on the Logitech just because it works so well as a stand and as a protective cover when closed. I almost consider it a part of my iPad at this point.
Like anything, each setup has its pros and cons. It all depends on your needs.