If you thought that turning the iPad into a laptop by putting it in a case with a hinged keyboard on the bottom was ridiculous, then you’re going to love/hate the ClamCase Pro mini, which turns Apple’s littlest iPad into a tiny MacBook Air. Because why not right?
First, I’ll say I’ve avoided all iPad mini keyboard cases since I tried the originals from Logitech and other respected manufacturers at last year’s CES. The problem? Too damn small. What’s the point of typing on a teeny-tiny little physical keyboard when it offers exactly the same size problems as the tiny on-screen keyboard it replaces.
Better to carry a full-sized Bluetooth keyboard, and keep it in your bag for when you need it. My Logitech K811 weighs just 338 grams (11.9 ounces), which is less than many keyboard cases, and works perfectly with the iPad mini.
If you do opt for something like the ClamCase Pro for the iPad mini, then also consider that, even though it lets you use the iPad at any angle in landscape, and that it flips and folds around the back so you can use the iPad as God intended, doing so means that you are adding the size and weight of a keyboard to your iPad at all times. Which is silly for a full-sized iPad but crazy for the ultra-portable, lightweight mini.
Still not convinced? Fair enough. You can now order a ClamCase for your mini, and it’ll only cost you $130.