rugged messenger

Wireless Keyboard & Durable, Detachable Case
for Apple 10.5-inch iPad Pro

Rugged Messenger for the Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch

rugged messenger

Wireless Keyboard & Durable, Detachable Case
for Apple 10.5-inch iPad Pro

The Rugged Messenger keyboard provides you with a laptop-like experience while working on your device. Its tough polycarbonate construction helps protect your investment from drops, the contents of your backpack, and other hazards. With its long battery life, multi-device pairing, and wireless connectivity, the Rugged Messenger gives you the freedom to take your device on the road—for work or play—anywhere, anytime.

  • Dual Functionality: As a keyboard and case, the Rugged Messenger combines protection and productivity.
  • Rugged Layers of Protection: Tough polycarbonate layers and durable construction protect your device from impact and corner damage and can withstand drops up to 6.6 feet.
  • Two Versatile Modes: The Rugged Messenger is both a keyboard and a case which means you get protection and productivity. Protect your investment while making the most of it.
  • Multi-Device Pairing and Wireless Connectivity: This keyboard toggles between two devices at the same time and allows you to switch back and forth instantly. Plus, there are no wires to get tangled between your devices.
  • Laptop-Style Keys: The Rugged Messenger keyboard provides a comfortable, natural typing experience, instead of cramped pecking on a screen keyboard.
  • Backlit Keys: Backlit keys (available in seven colors) allow you to type easily in low-light conditions.
  • Built-In Stand: Secure your device at multiple viewing angles, whether you want to work or just catch up on your favorite show.
  • Rechargeable Battery: You can type up to two years between charges*. The sleep/wake function also helps preserve battery life when the keyboard is not in use.
  • Built-In Holder for the Apple Pencil: The built-in holder stores your Apple Pencil and keeps it within reach for when inspiration strikes.

Availability: In stock and ships free.

Leaves our warehouse Sep 20th - Sep 21st
Free shipping on all new orders to the U.S.
Free shipping on all new orders to the U.S.

The World Is Your Workspace

The whole point of your portable device is to be able to get up and go, right? The Rugged Messenger's wireless, Bluetooth® design means you’re free to work anywhere without being tied down.

Tough Enough

The Rugged Messenger’s multi-layered polycarbonate structure is designed to withstand drops up to 6 feet! That means, from the table top to the parking lot, you can have peace of mind whether you’re catching up on your favorite show or running to catch a ride.

Your Rugged Messenger comes with a one-year warranty that covers defective materials and workmanship. ZAGG will replace or exchange your Rugged Messenger at no charge.
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Two Modes Make You Mobile

The Rugged Messenger gives you total versatility when it comes to being productive on the go. Because it has two modes—keyboard and case—you don’t need to invest in extra accessories. The stainless steel frame under the keyboard provides a solid surface for typing as well as extra protection for your device.

Case Mode Case Mode

Case Mode protects your iPad from scratches and dings while you're on the go.

Keyboard Mode Keyboard Mode

Keyboard Mode makes typing fast and comfortable by offering a large typing area and backlit, laptop-style keys.

Case Mode
Keyboard Mode

Multi-Device for a “Multi-Life”

You connect to your world in multiple ways. Multi-device pairing capability lets you connect to two devices simultaneously, such as your phone and your tablet, and switch back and forth between them effortlessly.

Looking at it From a Different Angle

Magnets in the built-in stand secure your device at multiple viewing angles to accommodate your activities.

Type With the Ease of Laptop-Style Keys

Nothing puts your productivity on pause like an awkward, cramped typing experience. The Messenger’s improved, responsive keys let you type with the speed and ease of a laptop.

Light Up the Night

Life doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. The keys on the Rugged Messenger are backlit—in seven colors—which allows you to keep going, even in low-light conditions.

2-Year Battery
The rechargeable battery keeps you typing for up to two years between charges*, and the sleep/wake function helps preserve battery life when your keyboard is not in use.

Product Overview

Product Overview

Keyboard With Wireless Connectivity and a Tough, Protective Case

Product Overview Product Overview
  • Includes:
  • Holder for Apple Pencil
  • Rugged Case Protection
  • Multi-Angled Viewing
  • Built-In Kickstand
  • Detachable Case
  • Multi-Device Pairing & Toggling
  • 7 Backlit Key Colors
  • Laptop-Style Typing
  • Sleep/Wake Function
  • Two Year Battery Life

Tech Specs

  • Device Compatability:
    10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • Battery Life:
    2 Years
  • Backlighting:
    Yes (7 Colors)
  • Multi-Angle Viewing:
  • Multi Pairing:
    Up to 2 Devices
  • Detachable Case:
  • Warranty:
    1-Year Limited Warranty
  • Weight:
    1.53 lbs
  • Dimensions:
    10.28" x 7.67" x 0.91"
  • Tablet Function Keys:
  • Laptop-Style Keys:
  • Language Options Available:
  • InvisibleShield® Friendly:
  • Materials:
    Polycarbonate and TPU
  • Hinge Mechanism:
    Fabric with Magnetic Stand
  • What's Included:
    Rugged Messenger Keyboard and Detachable Case, Micro USB charging cable, Quick Start Guide

Reviews & Questions

Rugged Messenger for the Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great features I feel my iPad Pro is protected by well. My iPad is secure
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Overall the best Protection for the iPad Pro 10.5 This rugged messenger is by far the best concept for a rugged case from Zagg, it works far better then the older model rugged books, its magnetic set up seems to work far better and superior then the older models with the hinges.
Date published: 2017-08-10
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Does this one sit well in laps like the hinged clamshell ones? I've owned six clamshell ones and they are they best. Do you have plans to make that type of model for the 10.5 iPad Pro?

Asked by: JackJ
The Rugged Messenger should fit comfortably on your lap. To stay updated on new products, join our newsletter at (located at the bottom of the page).
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2017-09-19

Does the case (with iPad) fully detach from the keyboard?

Asked by: Cdg1977
I have this keyboard. Yes, the case with iPad does fully detach.
Answered by: Johnny D
Date published: 2017-08-11

What does mean that the battery lasts two years? It will only work for that period of time? Thank you!

Asked by: Camilo27
The rechargeable battery keeps you typing for up to two years between charges, and the sleep/wake function helps preserve battery life when your keyboard is not in use. This is based on regular use of one hour per day.
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2017-09-14

Does the rugged case muffle speakers?  I don't see speaker holes.

Asked by: bel08
There are no holes, but there are channels that direct the sound toward the front of the screen. The sound quality is just as good if not better than if there were open holes on the side.
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2017-08-30

When removed from the keyboard, is the protective case compatible with the Apple Smart Cover?

Asked by: Dmh7
Thanks for reaching out! This question is better directed for Apple, as they know the specifics for their device compatibility.
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2017-09-15

Will I be able to use the stand in portrait mode at multiple angles while still using the keyboard?

Asked by: Don3
I have this keyboard. There is no magnet on the bottom in portrait mode, so it won’t stand up at all in portrait.
Answered by: Johnny D
Date published: 2017-09-08

I have a keyboard case for an iPad Air 2. The swivel mechanism is now very difficult to operate and the iPad keeps falling out of the holder. Please advise if this can be remedied to return it to the original state?

Asked by: Bluemyrtle45
We suggest contacting Technical Support at 800-70-9244 as they can best advise.
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2017-09-13

Please answer about why bluetooth. I have this keyboard. The way the iPad magnetizes is almost exactly like Apple’s Smart Keyboard. So why not use the Smart Connector? Would be quick, easy connectivity. No need to charge the keyboard. ZAGG dissapoints. :(

Asked by: Johnny D
One difference with the Apple Smart Keyboard is that it doesn’t include a protective case that covers the whole iPad. For ZAGG’s keyboard there would need to be a pass through from the iPad’s Smart Connector inside of the case to  go through to the keyboard on the outside of the case. Logitech handles this by exposing the entire side of the iPad with its case, but I wouldn’t want to have the side of my iPad exposed. Maybe this is the answer to my own question. Not so disappointing after all. :)
Answered by: John E D
Date published: 2017-08-26
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