The ZAGG Rugged Messenger for the 2017 9.7″ iPad Is Serious About iPad-Computing

In fall of 2014, I published a review of the ZAGG Rugged Folio Keyboard Case for the iPad Air. It was serious protection for a serious tablet. Now that Apple offers an affordable 9.7” iPad more people will likely be taking iPads more places. Thankfully, ZAGG has released the Rugged Messenger for the latest 9.7″ iPad in Apple’s lineup.


The ZAGG Rugged Messenger for the 2017 9.7" iPad Is Serious About iPad-Computing

ZAGG Rugged Case for 2017 iPad 9.7.”

At the end of the review of the of the Rugged Folio Keyboard Case for iPad Air (read the review here) I wrote

…if you see your iPad as a content creating device instead of merely a content consuming device and you want something that will keep your investment safe this is a product that deserves serious consideration. The ZAGG Rugged Book is for serious iPaders.

What was true then remains true today and with the release of the new iPad 9.7”, ZAGG knew there would be people who need to give their iPad serious protection. As ZAGG explains:

Let’s be honest, working while traveling is no easy task. Between finding good Wi-Fi connectivity, tight spaces and having to deal with loud distracting passengers, you need technology that helps you work smarter, not harder. ZAGG, a global leader in accessories that empower mobile lifestyles, announced today its Rugged Messenger wireless Bluetooth keyboard, allowing consumers to keep up with work regardless of where their busy lifestyles take them. The durable, detachable case for the new 9.7-inch Apple iPad has been designed to give users total versatility when it comes to on-the-go productivity. Rugged Messenger features multi-device pairing, wireless connectivity, and a kickstand to give users the perfect viewing angle.


The ZAGG Rugged Messenger for the 2017 9.7" iPad Is Serious About iPad-Computing

The ZAGG Rugged Messenger has a battery that lasts up to two years between charges. Yes, you read that right, the battery in this keyboard case can last up to 24 months before it needs to be recharged. (In other words, depending on how you cycle through devices you may never need to charge this keyboard.) It also has a sleep/wake function that keeps the battery from running down when it is not being used. But that’s not what distinguishes this keyboard case from all other keyboard cases. No, what makes this keyboard case stand out is the fact that it delivers military-grade protection. By protecting iPads from drops and other hazards, the Rugged Messenger is a keyboard case that lets you take an iPad pretty much anywhere.

As Charlie Quong, vice president, product development for ZAGG notes,

The whole point of a portable device is the ability to get up and go. We designed the Rugged Messenger with durable protection for when you call ‘work’ the office, the gym, or the beach, and with enough versatility to quickly transition from keyboard to case modes for any work style. As mobility allows us to be productive wherever and whenever we want, the Rugged Messenger is the perfect productivity tool.


The ZAGG Rugged Messenger for the 2017 9.7" iPad Is Serious About iPad-Computing

Perhaps best of all, the ZAGG Rugged Case for the 2017 iPad 9.7″ still lets you use your Apple tablet as a tablet.

If you want your iPad 9.7 to be a productivity device that can go anywhere you need it to go, check out the $99.99 ZAGG Rugged Messenger. It means serious business. You can learn more here.

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About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.