Review of WaterField’s External Keyboard Slip Case
Logitech makes an amazingly good external keyboard, the K811, which I reviewed here. At the time I noted:
It would be nice if the keyboard came with a carrying case or simple sleeve, though–you’ll have to figure that one out on your own.
And, boy, did I figure it out! Turns out a San Francisco manufacturer named WaterField makes just such a product: the Keyboard Slip Case. Here’s their description:
Thin is in. The Keyboard Slip Case offers gentle protection in a slim ballistic nylon case with a lightly padded liner. A piping trimmed edge lets you choose to add a splash of bold color, or to stay under the radar with subdued tones. Pack it up and off you go.
I can at last not worry about whether my keyboard keys will pop off inside my messenger bag, and my neighbors and friends can now avoid the unseemly sight of my walking around with an external keyboard in my hand. (I mean, not literally just walking around with it. But going from point A to point B.)
The dimensions are 12″ x 6″ and 3 ounces, perfect for the Apple wireless keyboard and my Logitech model.
To remind you, here’s what the K811 looks like:
And now, in its case:
Pretty awesome, yeah? I know–I’m too excited about a piece of gear, but I use my K811 a lot, and am glad to protect it well.
The inside is protective yet soft:
It’s made in San Francisco, so you’re buying a made-in-the-U.S.A. product with WaterField.
There’s even a nice little piece of trim that gives it a slight pop:
Here it is next to an iPad:
The slip case is well constructed, and looks like it perfectly blends being lightweight with protecting your keyboard.
The keyboard fits snugly, so the lack of a closure is no loss. I’d initially wondered about this, but it’s not a problem. And it’s still easy to slide the keyboard in and out. (But if you’re worried, you can get this model.)
My only critique is that the nylon exterior is a little slippery. When carrying around an iPad and notebook and keyboard-in-its-case today, I felt the iPad slip against the keyboard case. So be aware of that so you don’t drop something!
Otherwise, the K811 has found its perfect match. Or as I put it in a six-word review on WaterField’s site:
Just what my external keyboard needed.
Thanks to WaterField for the product review sample, given to me for purposes of review, but with no expectations or influence on the review’s content.