Adonit Writer Elevates iPad Keyboard Cases to New Heights

Typing on the iPad’s on-screen keyboard is manageable when stationed at a desk, but for more intensive writing sessions, I often resort to the Apple Wireless Keyboard. However, this setup isn’t ideal for lap use, and it somewhat diminishes the iPad’s portability.

Upon discovering the Adonit Writer, it seemed like the perfect solution. This device combines a Bluetooth keyboard, stand, and case into a sleek, travel-friendly package. Designed by Zach Zeliff and Kris Perpich, who have backgrounds at Microsoft and Apple respectively, the Writer was brought to life through a successful Kickstarter campaign, raising nearly $27,000, well over its initial $10,000 goal.

My Writer arrived recently, and the unboxing experience was impressive.

The packaging exuded a level of sophistication comparable to Apple’s, and the device itself could easily be mistaken for an Apple product due to its high-quality materials and design.

The Writer’s case consists of a durable black polycarbonate shell, a soft tan interior, a sturdy frame to hold the iPad, and an aluminum keyboard. The design is not only aesthetically pleasing but also functional, with the keyboard automatically sleeping to save battery life when folded.

What I appreciate most about the Writer is its commitment to sustainability. The materials used are recyclable or biodegradable, and the components are easily separable for recycling purposes.

The case’s innovative design allows for adjustable viewing angles thanks to its foldable cover, which includes built-in magnets for stability. This flexibility makes the Writer one of the most versatile iPad cases and stands I’ve used.

Despite its protective features, the Writer maintains a slim profile and is surprisingly light at just 1.1 pounds.

The keyboard, although compact, offers a comfortable typing experience. The keys are slightly smaller than standard but are responsive and quiet, ideal for extended writing sessions.

The keyboard layout includes all essential keys like Shift, Control, Option, and Command, with the addition of seventeen function keys for various shortcuts, enhancing productivity.

Additionally, the keyboard features three rubber pads to prevent the iPad screen from touching the keys, a thoughtful detail that protects the screen from potential damage.

Unfortunately, I encountered a minor issue with the battery compartment of my Writer, which was stuck closed. After contacting Adonit, they acknowledged the problem was a rare defect from an early batch and assured me that it had been resolved in subsequent productions. They promptly offered a replacement for the defective part.

Despite this hiccup, my overall experience with the Adonit Writer has been overwhelmingly positive.


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