rugged book

Durable, Magnetic-Hinged Keyboard and Case
for Apple iPad Air

Rugged Book Case with Keyboard for the Apple iPad Air

rugged book

Durable, Magnetic-Hinged Keyboard and Case
for Apple iPad Air

  • Durable: A multi-layered, removable case deflects impact energy.
  • Four Modes: Converts into a Keyboard, Video, Case, and Book mode.
  • 2-Year Battery: Enjoy up to two years of use between charges*.

Availability: In stock and ships free.

Free shipping on all new orders to the U.K.
Free shipping on all new orders to the U.K.


The patent pending ZAGG Rugged Book is the toughest, most versatile wireless Bluetooth tablet keyboard available. Tough polycarbonate and soft silicone combine in the case to deliver unmatched protection. A unique, magnetic hinge secures the iPad at virtually any angle and converts into a Keyboard, Video, Case, and Book mode while a lithium polymer battery provides up to two years of typing between charges*.

*Regular use of one hour per day. Using the backlit feature will impact battery life and may require more frequent charging.


Case Mode

Tough polycarbonate inlaid with durable silicone covers a stainless steel plate that provides ultimate protection and a solid typing surface.

Book Mode

The magnetic hinge reverses to secure your iPad in a convenient book mode that protects your keyboard and iPad while you read.

Keyboard Mode

The magnetic hinge holds your iPad at virtually any viewing angle while backlit keys set in a spacious typing area ensure fast, accurate typing in any situation.

Video Mode

Reverse your iPad and set it at the perfect viewing angle so you can watch all your favorite videos in comfort, anywhere.

Tech Specs

all in the detail

Rugged Folio construction layers


1 Rugged Book keyboard and case, 1 micro USB to USB charging cable, and an owner's manual.


The Bluetooth keyboard uses a powerful lithium polymer battery that lasts up to two years between charges*.
Rugged Protection

Rugged Protection

The case deflects impact energy to keep your iPad safe no matter where you take it.
Backlit Keys

Backlit Keys

Bright backlit keys make typing in low-light situations stylish and easy.
2-Year Battery

2-Year Battery

Charge your Rugged Book and use it everywhere for up to two years between charges*.


A unique magnetic hinge converts your Rugged Book into convenient Keyboard, Video, Case, and Book modes.


Owner's manual
Created with Sketch. Rugged Book Online Manual

Reviews & Questions

Rugged Book Case with Keyboard for the Apple iPad Air (English US) is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 158.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great keyboard Just received yesterday and love it. Have previously had zaggs and couldn’t imagine another keyboard.
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rugged and functional. This is my 3rd case and by far the most rugged. I’ve loved the zagg case and keyboard from the beginning, just hoping this one lasts longer. I really appreciate the company honoring its product and replacing the broken one. Have spoken highly of both the product and the service! Thanks. Jay
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New Rugged Book I received the Rugged Book a week ago to replace a folio and am very pleased with its performance. In addition, the Zagg staff addressed my needs in a very professional manner.
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This keyboard is Amazing! This keyboard lasts a really long time between charges! That feature is what sold us on this particular keyboard.
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product for IPad Air. My wife and I love it. Very durable, compact and easy to use.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Zagg rugged folio I have been using the zagg folios for years and they are the best. I work with a helitack crew doing helicopter support, I travel for months at a time and use my IPad daily. When my original broke they replaced it with their new rugged folio, better yet. And after a hinge broke on that they replaced it again. Who stands behind their product like Zagg? Not many. Thanks zagg!
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superior quality I've bought two ipad cases before purchasing this one. None of them can compare in any way, shape, or form! The quality on this case is fantastic. And the Keyboard is incredible!
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Good product thanks for the service can't wait for it to get here
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Love My ZAGG. I've had my Rugged Book Case with Keyboard for about 2 years and I absolutely love it. It's smaller than my laptop and I use it for school and when I travel, etc. It's a great protection for my iPad against damage.
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fav case for the Ipad I have several different cases for my ipad but I love my Rugged. Also note I upgraded from the air to the newest Ipad the volume buttons dont line up but u can put the newst
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Service I had an issue with my first Case and this one is to replace it. Great Customer Service!! I will keep my business with Zagg!!!
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great protection The case meets all my expectations in a durable case, light up keys, great drop protection, I knocked it off my desk and it suffered no damage. I wish they made one for my iPad 10.5 pro. They do have something similar, just not a fan of the magnetic sliding stand.
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heavy duty and substantial. Got this and it works great. Sorry but IPad to both too slippery, too thin, and too easy to drop on otherwise get damaged. You can guarantee it is protected here and the Bluetooth keyboard works great, plus you can can turn it off if you would rather.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This one will last as long as my iPad I am very pleased with this Zagg Rugged iPad case. It goes from room to room and even to bed with me. The stronger durability case is heavier than the Folio, but it is more robust and can be balanced on the knee or even a rock on a hike for expert typing with agility, control and protection.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best customer service I have had unfortunate luck with my iPad cases but I have to lavish your customer service with praise. My mother and I bought our identical Folios on the same day together and she has never had a problem but I'm on my 4th or 5th replacement. I treat them with kids gloves and they are never near water but one iPad started spazzing only when connected to Folio, the replacement keyboard stopped working on the left side, the third was not backlit which was one of the reasons I bought the original, the 4th was for a IPad Pro and would not fit and now I hope we have a winner with the Rugged I just received. Even with all this, I tell anyone who will listen to buy Zagg because your customer service is second to none! The problems were never my fault and I was never blamed for the continuous issues, quite the opposite. If a company like yours is willing to make things right like you do, then I'll continue to stay loyal and I tell everyone the same. Thank you for your wonderful service and also, your reps who answer the phone are extremely personable and friendly. I don't feel like an account# only when I call. I love Zagg!
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rugged and works great! Great key feel. Much better protection than my previous keyboard. Love the lit keyboard and the various modes - it's very versatile. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fail proof product! I've had this keyboard for almost 1 year and it's so durable and works perfect! It's so easy to initially setup and works the same it did a year ago. I love how it takes very little time to charge when it's completely dead and how I won't have to charge it again for around 3 months! If doing business on an iPad like most companies are moving to, the Zagg keyboard is a necessity especially if you are working spread sheets and email.
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome keyboard and case I love this case/keyboard!! I have used it for my college classes to take notes, in the kitchen as as stand, and love that I don't have to take the keyboard and still have protection for my iPad!!
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works wonderfully well! I got this as a replacement for another iPad Keyboard and it's great! I have no problems with it and the ability to detach the iPad from the keyboard without having to take the iPad out of the cover is wonderful!
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best keyboard I have ever purchased! I have been using this case for 8 months now. It is simply the best case and keyboard I have invested in!. Looks real good, I've have even had people ask me what notebook I was using, The back light is a plus and the reason I purchased it. Opens and closes easily. Holds a charge. On 8 months original charge!
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best available option. I have been using the Zagg Rugged Book keyboard case on my iPad for years now. The case is sturdy, but will fail with continued constant use (as I do, using it for work all day, every day), but when it does, Zagg has excellent customer service, and will honor the warrenty for a replacement more than once, if need be. They recently even extended my warrenty, when my case strted getting loose in the hinge after the original warrenty was expired. This is a great company and a good product, and I highly reccomend it to everyone!
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Replacement Keyboard Count on Zagg to promptly resolve any warrenty issues.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rugged, durable, dependable, easy to use I purchase this 1yr ago and it is been the best key board I have purchase so far. I am an appliance tech and taking my iPad in and out to the job site with me everyday I need something durable, and the Rugged Book Case was perfect.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This case is virtually indestructible This case can take a heck of a beating without even the slightest bit of damaging transferring to the iPad. It is easily the best electronic product protector I have ever purchased and Zagg has earned my loyalty for a long time to come.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE THIS KEYBOARD I've used the Zagg keyboards for a few years now. The Rugged is the latest and I've used it about a year itself. Perfect balance of long-lasting battery charge, stays active long enough for me to have a few thoughts and return right to typing without waiting for it to wake up again, and excellent option on the backlighting for those time when that function is sooo handy. Next iPad, another Zagg! 8^)
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rugged lives up to name Got the Rugged to replace my Folio. The Folio had hinge issues even with problem for the Rugged, have had it over a year and continued to hold up with superb protection and performance on the keyboard.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very sturdy keyboard Originally bought the Zagg Slim Book for my iPad Air. Unfortunately, the hinge proved to be not very sturdy. Did an exchange for the Rugged Book and it is working very well. Strong hinge and fantastic customer service from Zagg.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Industrial Book I have been using Zagg for industrial sales for the last three years. I take it into rough environments in the factories, dropped numerous times... if you're looking for a tough case user-friendly this is the one. The magnets are superstrong and perform their function great.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this product We love this keyboard. Works great for my son's schoolwork in high school. It did have a mnfg defect after a couple of months but the company is sending us a replacement. They stand by their work. My son's workload and moving around a lot means it's taking a lot of abuse, but it's a good product. He uses it 100% as his only device instead of a laptop. I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best ever I have used half a dozen iPad casss and keyboards. This one blow them all away in quality and versatility. Battery life is phenomenal.
Date published: 2016-10-28
  • y_2018, m_6, d_19, h_23
  • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvrr, vn_bulk_2.0.8
  • cp_2, bvpage2n
  • co_hasreviews, tv_7, tr_151
  • loc_en_US, sid_8974, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=RATING, direction=DESCENDING), SortEntry(order=SUBMISSION_TIME, direction=DESCENDING)]
  • clientName_zagg
  • bvseo_sdk, p_sdk, 3.2.0
  • CLOUD, getContent, 9.92ms

Are there currently plans to produce this case for the soon releasing iPadPro? This case looks amazing, but with me potentially upgrading soon, I'm curious what the wait will be like :)

Asked by: lcsoman0117
We are not currently planning on making these for the iPad Pro, but I will let the designers know there is interest!
Answered by: Patricia G
Date published: 2016-04-18

Can I use the keyboard only, separated from the back cover, as it is wireless? I mean something like typing on the keyboard away from the ipad, without detatching it to the cover? Or the battery is in the cover?

Asked by: zdravkoff94
You can absolutely use the keyboard while the back cover and iPad are detached
Answered by: JamesZAGG
Date published: 2017-01-27

Will it work with the ipad 4?

Asked by: Julied
When will ZAGG make such for my iPad 4!!!!!????????????
Answered by: MaxwellMaxwell
Date published: 2014-12-03

I have tried keyboard cases before and found that the case and wireless Bluetooth connection break after a short amount of time. Does this one last and connect to the iPad easily?

Asked by: GraeJ
Yes! The rugged book connects to the iPad seamlessly and should last a long time as well. If you ever have any problems, please let us know.
Answered by: Patricia G
Date published: 2015-09-02

Is the Zagg rugged case without the keyboard, for the ipad air, still available? (I have a separate Zagg keyboard that slides into it.)

Asked by: Bull of the Woods
We don't make just a rugged case, I'm sorry! You can use the case portion by itself though.
Answered by: Patricia G
Date published: 2016-04-11

Is this compatible with my Zagg screen protector?

Asked by: SeanMM
Yes, the Rugged Folio is compatible with the InvisibleShield.
Answered by: SarahAtZAGG
Date published: 2014-12-02

Do you have an iPad 4th gen version of this case?

Asked by: Maison2000
We currently only offer this case for the iPad Air and mini
Answered by: JamesZAGG
Date published: 2015-10-29

What happens when the glass screen of the ipad air cracks when installed?

Asked by: twin49
oh no! that's not good. email your order # to and we can send you a new one!
Answered by: Patricia G
Date published: 2015-12-15

I've had my rugged book case for about a month now and from daily usage the hinge where the iPad connects has lost all tension and no longer holds up my iPad. What should I do

Asked by: MattJL
We have a 1 year manufacturer's warranty for all of our products. Please contact customer service and they will be able to help you. 800-700-9244.
Answered by: Patricia G
Date published: 2015-12-17

Good Morning , Will the ZAGG Rugged Folio work with the first generation iPad

Asked by: SMSna
No, it is designed specifically for use with the iPad Air.
Answered by: SarahAtZAGG
Date published: 2014-10-25

Every time I search for the rugged case for the iPad Pro 12" I am brought to the iPad Air 2. Is the case cross capacity for the air and the pro? Or is there just not a rugged version for the 12 iPad Pro yet?

Asked by: Chrisellis
At the moment, we do not offer the Rugged Book Keyboard case for the Apple iPad Pro 12.9. We currently have Slim Book for the Apple iPad Pro 12.9, it has the "Four Mode" feature as well, here is the link to the Slim Book. Thanks, ZAGG
Answered by: Emran
Date published: 2017-01-05

I wanted to know does the keyboard have a scroll feature when you are in a web browser?

Asked by: wmdargin
It currently does not.
Answered by: JamesZAGG
Date published: 2014-09-02

Can you choose the keyboard backlight color with the Rugged case, as you can with the Zagg Folio for iPad Air first gen?

Asked by: pwny
Yes absolutley
Answered by: JamesZAGG
Date published: 2017-01-27

how do I charge my keyboard? The lights went out and when I plug it in, the power button glow green, then turns red and blinks on and off. Does this mean it is charging? Now also my keyboard died after two months, much less two years.

Asked by: James1701
Once it stops blinking on and off, your keyboard will be charged.
Answered by: Patricia G
Date published: 2015-09-28

Does the rugged folio fit the ipad 4?

Asked by: Cheryl76
Currently it does not.
Answered by: JamesZAGG
Date published: 2015-10-29

Does it come with a screen protector?

Asked by: ScubaQueen
No it doesn't.
Answered by: SarahAtZAGG
Date published: 2014-07-16

Will an Air 2 fit in this case?

Asked by: fsprk
No, they aren't the same dimensions.
Answered by: Patricia G
Date published: 2015-10-08

Can the keyboard be used with the iPad in portrait mode?

Asked by: Kaki
The keyboard only attaches to your tablet and case in landscape mode. You can detach the keyboard to use your iPad in portrait mode.
Answered by: SarahAtZAGG
Date published: 2015-07-21

Dose the rugged folio have the sleep/awake feature?

Asked by: Paul1111
Yes, the Rugged Folio has a magnetic on/off feature.
Answered by: SarahAtZAGG
Date published: 2017-01-27

I can't seem to find a rugged book for an iPad Air (1st gen) anywhere in the UK? I assume the iPad Air 2 case doesn't fit?

Asked by: DaiBach
No, the iPad Air 2 doesn't work with the iPad Air.
Answered by: Patricia G
Date published: 2016-02-17

Can I use a wireless mouse with this product?

Asked by: MarlaDee
Currently, a wireless mouse is not functional with the iPad
Answered by: JamesZAGG
Date published: 2015-02-27

why do I have to charge the key board every day

Asked by: Cmdrg
The battery is capable of lasting up to two years in between charges. Make sure when you charge it to follow directions outlined in the user manual, here: If the problem persists, please contact customer service.
Answered by: Anna J
Date published: 2015-06-03

Is there an e-owners manual for rugged book...I can't find my paper one

Asked by: Rick62
Yes, you can view it here :
Answered by: Anna J
Date published: 2015-08-31

Will the key pad stay paired with the I pad air when the case is opened and closed several times a day?  I have had this problem of having to re-pair  with the Folio for my I pad Air. 

Asked by: Lee 2
It will stay paired, you may have to tap the keyboard to get it out of sleep mode after an extended period of time of not being used.
Answered by: JamesZAGG
Date published: 2014-10-26

what is nordic application vs german?

Asked by: willem
It is the difference between the languages on the keyboard.
Answered by: Anna J
Date published: 2015-08-06

Apple broke the language change button with the upgrade to iOS9. Will there be a patch issed by Zagg for this?

Asked by: Multilingual
We are currently working on the issue and will have an answer shortly hopefully.
Answered by: Patricia G
Date published: 2015-11-11

Are you able to remove the Durable Silicone Covers (front and back) to make the case feel less chunky or are they fixed in place? I like how this case has an option where it can be a tablet or Case Mode. Is this the only iPad Air case that does this?

Asked by: AdmB
The case is one piece that is created to be a rugged case when the keyboard is not attached. This is currently the only ZAGG keyboard case that has the detachable case for the iPad Air.
Answered by: SarahAtZAGG
Date published: 2017-01-27

does this Zagg rugged Folio also have a protective screen cover for the screen of the IPad or is this something that needs to be purchases separately ?

Asked by: geokuka
You would need to purchase screen protection separately.
Answered by: JamesZAGG
Date published: 2015-01-05

After 2 years of use on battery life. How much will it be for replacing the battery?

Asked by: warrior9
We don't sell battery replacements for the Rugged Folio. The two years is how long you should be able to go without charging the battery. It can be charged after that for further use.
Answered by: SarahAtZAGG
Date published: 2015-01-03

Does the case lift screen protectors if you already have one on your iPad?

Asked by: BernieRN
No, it shouldn't harm your existing screen protection.
Answered by: Anna J
Date published: 2015-06-03
  • y_2018, m_6, d_19, h_23CST
  • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvqa, vn_bulk_2.0.8
  • cp_2, bvpage2n
  • co_hasquestionsanswers, tq_100
  • loc_en_US, sid_8974, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=NUM_ANSWERS, direction=DESCENDING)]
  • clientName_zagg
  • bvseo_sdk, p_sdk, 3.2.0
  • CLOUD, getContent, 8.29ms