ClamCase Pro Review: Expensive, But Worth It
There are many, many shell, folio and keyboard cases for the iPad. However, when it comes to gettin’ shtuff done, the top choice of many reviewers and users alike is the ClamCase Pro.
With Bluetooth keyboard convenience inside a buyer’s choice of a tough, nay, rugged polycarbonate or Aluminum shell, ClamCase products are marvelously flexible and pretty darned good, if not great, to type on.
And, here’s a pro tip. The chiclet style keys of the ClamCase Pro keyboard are much nicer to type on than the continuous slab key layout of the $20 cheaper original ClamCase.
• ClamCase Pro iPad Keyboard Case for iPad 2, 3 & 4, $169 (Prime)
— Island style full QWERTY keyboard
— 360º patent pending hinge offers unparalleled versatility
— Aluminum enclosure and polycarbonate shell provide unparalleled protection
— Special function keys provide instant access to your most often used features
— Bluetooth connectivity with one-touch easy pair
— ClamCase Pro Reviews
Breaking with the Past
I previously used a ZAGGfolio Carbon w/ Silver KB case, which has a very comfortable/usable keyboard, that endured multiple failures after about a year. At roughly 13 months, not only had the battery stopped charging, but the case became unusable, as well.
• ClamCase iPad 2 / 3 / 4 Keyboard Case, $149 (Prime)
— Compatible with iPad 2 & 3 & 4
— Full QWERTY “Easy Sync” Bluetooth Keyboard
— 360º Patented Hinge Technology for Multi-Purpose Stand
— Dependable Lithium Ion Battery with Power Indicator
— 14 Specialty Function Keys
ClamCase Pro: It’s [Not] a Netbook
So, why go with a clam shell keyboard case? Why turn your iPad into a derisible netbook? Because it’s a highly functional, cost-effective mobile solution that isn’t a cheap, crappy netbook.
It’s a sub $500 (buy refurbished) mobile choice Apple doesn’t offer, an 80 percent solution that’s chock full of battery, durability and work getting done. Where iPad as computer most notably falls down is high image editing and creation, like the kind performed using Photoshop and Illustrator.
But that’s a truism that runs across disciplines. The iPad does basic+ image, document, video, etc creation and editing, but generally not the high-end stuff.
That is partly due to hardware limitations and partly due functional caps imposed by Apple. Honestly, why don’t the arrow keys function in Safari? Apple doesn’t permit it.
Nevertheless, if it’s work you need to do on an iPad, the ClamCase Pro is tough, functional and, for this buyer’s buck, worth the money…
What’s your take?