Review: Incase Origami Workstation for iPad and Apple Wireless Keyboard

We’ve seen literally hundreds of iPad and iPad 2 cases over the past year, but this is certainly a first: Incase’s Origami Workstation for iPad and Apple Wireless Keyboard ($30) is a case made specifically for Apple’s Bluetooth keyboard. Rather than just protecting the battery-powered, metal and plastic keyboard, Origami also transforms into a stand for either generation of iPad. This is a novel idea and actually works out pretty well — a nice alternative for people who use cases without integrated stands, and for fans of Apple’s best iPad typing accessory.

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Origami is composed of a reinforced synthetic rubber material. When closed, the case is just a bit bigger than than Apple’s compact keyboard, with two Velcro straps to keep the halves shut. Attached to the inside of the bottom flap is a plastic bridge with a pair of clips that hold the keyboard securely in place, raising it slightly but not changing the angle.

 

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When Origami is open, the corners of the top half fold backwards and connect to each other with the Velcro, forming a sturdy stand to rest the iPad or iPad 2 on. The gap between the plastic clips and the stand provides the right amount of space so that either tablet stands at an angle similar to that of a notebook computer’s screen. You can also place either iPad in landscape or portrait orientation as you prefer; both are properly supported by Origami’s frame.

 

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Incase’s Origami turns out to be a very practical solution when used with an iPad in a shell or other case without a built in stand—in fact, this review was written using Origami and the Wireless Keyboard together. There’s certainly value in an accessory that offers both an iPad stand and travel-ready protection for Apple’s keyboard without adding much bulk, so although the $30 asking price is a bit steep given what’s included here, it’s not totally out of the ballpark. Overall, this is a good solution for iPad users with on-the-go keyboard needs, and worthy of our general recommendation.

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Our Rating

B
Recommended

Company and Price

Company: Incase

Website: www.GoIncase.com

Model: Origami Workstation

Price: $30

Compatible: iPad, iPad 2

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