ZaggKeys Folio keyboard case.
The iPad Mini is the ideal take-anywhere tablet: fast, powerful, and easily packable. But while its touchscreen is as responsive and intuitive as you'd expect from any Cupertino-crafted device, it doesn't make rattling off an on-the-go e-mail, note to self, or any other such chore very easy. A welcome solution: The ZaggKeys Folio. Snap your iPad into the hinged, portfolio-style case, sync it with the keyboard, and you're able to take on any type-heavy task. The shrunk-down rechargeable keyboard lasts for months on a charge and features a three-level backlight that makes it easy to keep pecking away when work takes you into the witching hour. Most similar keyboards are cramped at first, but even though this one is as diminutive as the device it's meant to improve, it is comfortable enough that your hands won't notice the difference after a few sessions. iPad-specific shortcut keys add to its ingenuity: One locks the tablet, another brings up the home screen, yet another conjures the ever-inquisitive Siri from her slumber. When shut, the Folio puts your Mini to sleep and doesn't steel much extra space: The plastic and leather case is a mere 6.5mm thick. [$100; zagg.com]