rugged messenger

Wireless Keyboard & Durable, Detachable Case
for Apple 9.7-inch iPad

Rugged Messenger for the Apple iPad 9.7-inch

rugged messenger

Wireless Keyboard & Durable, Detachable Case
for Apple 9.7-inch iPad

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 Keyboard 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.

Availability: In stock and ships free.

Leaves our warehouse Feb 6th - Feb 7th
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 6.6 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 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

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  • Includes:
  • 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:
    Apple 9.7-inch iPad
  • 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:
    1.32 lbs (667 grams)
  • Dimensions:
    9.82" x 7.47" x 0.97"
  • 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

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Reviews & Questions

Rugged Messenger for the Apple iPad 9.7-inch is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 98.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very durable, compact, and affordable. I bought it for work. I work in the construction field and am constantly on the move in rough environments. I haven’t had a problem yet.
Date published: 2019-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Protection and Backlit Keyboard! I really like the rugged protection either using the backlit keyboard or not! I really like the seven backlit colors!!
Date published: 2019-08-02
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Does it work with iPad in portrait mode?

Asked by: sanford999
The case as a whole does not work with the ipad in portrait mode.  The magnets are designed to work only in landscape mode.  You can of course remove the ipad from the keyboard portion of the case easily enough and stand it up with something else but it is not supported by the keyboard case in portrait mode.
Answered by: KO207
Date published: 2019-03-23

Is this case compatible with model MB292LL? 

Asked by: Cj89
No, it is not.
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2018-05-29

What is the weight of the case? What is the weight of the keyboard? 

Asked by: Fizzle
There is no exact weight, but it is much lighter than previous models of the Rugged Book and gives you the option of using the case separately from the keyboard if you don't want to take the keyboard with you one day.
Answered by: forgetabella
Date published: 2017-07-22

Which model fit the iPad 6th generation.  

Asked by: Victor rod
This keyboard is compatible with the iPad 6th Generation.
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2019-01-15

Is it compatible with iPad Air 2?

Asked by: Santas Elf
No. This Rugged Messenger is only compatible with the iPad 9.7".
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2018-06-15

Is there any way to repair the case?  My iPad keeps falling out; it appears that the plastic piece that keeps the iPad in place has broken off on one side.  If this is not repairable would it fall under warranty?

Asked by: Idocliz
We suggest reaching out to our Customer Support team at 800-700-9244 as they can assist you with a replacement under warranty.
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2019-02-26

how do I verify the exact model iPad and make sure this case fits? Mine is the ME195LL/A model

Asked by: tonyh1307
You model is compatible with this device.
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2017-09-19

Does this case work on an iPad generation 2 or 3. My current Zagg case just gave out.

Asked by: J2207fn
No, it does not.
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2018-11-13
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