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 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 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

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Reviews & Questions

Rugged Messenger for the Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 75.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works really well This is the 2nd one I’ve bought. I love how easy it is to type on and all the pretty colors. We use it so much the last one died and we couldn’t live without it so we had to buy a new one (for my business). It’s so heavy duty, the only thing I would complain about is the 1st one died after about a year & a half almost 2 years but we couldn’t live without it!
Date published: 2019-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very "Usable" case/keyboard, lots of flexability. I have been using this case daily for month or so. I have found this "Rugged" case/keyboard from Zagg to be very friendly to use. Great pencil holder. The magnets are strong enough to hold it closed without a latch mechanism. (probably not if it was tumbling down a hill:) The Keyboard is a good size, 1.5" smaller than MacBook keyboard, the Spacing of the keys is .7" where as the MacBook is about .75" but my fingers fit on the home keys. This Keyboard might not ever need to be re-charged, idk, definitely lasts more than a month. I would have given it 4.5 stars because when talking with the sales person I asked if it would hold the iPad in portrait mode and she indicated that she did not know, but since its magnetic, it might. Well, it doesn't because the magnets are on the outside corners of the "stand" Would be nice if it did, BUT if I want to use my iPad in portrait, normally for Games, I can just pull it away from the case because it's held in my magnets and hold it anyway I want and the Great thing is that it is still in a protective case when not mounted on the keyboard.
Date published: 2019-06-25
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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: 2019-01-02

Compatible with iPad Pro  model A701 (2017)..?

Asked by: TechyGirl
No, it will not.
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2018-11-26

Will this case fit the new Ipad air 10.5 model 2019?

Asked by: Mike5028
Due to a few different factors, this case will not fit the 10.5 iPad (2019)
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2019-03-25

Will this product compatible with model #A2153

Asked by: Inthelight
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2019-04-12

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

Does Zagg make this with the keyboard/case for the 12.9” iPad Pro?

Asked by: syfy
We currently only offer the Slim Book for the iPad 12.9" iPad Pro. To browse this product, head to:
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2018-08-14

 Can you type with the keyboard detached from the iPad? 

Asked by: Sonnytex
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2019-04-16

Ive bought at least 20 of the rugged Zagg Keyboards for my co. I've always got the one that is detachable and you can fold it over backwards or get it to hold at any angle. Do you have one like this for the 10.5" ipad pro? If not will you be making 1 and

Asked by: Zaggnumber1fan
This device is compatible with the iPad 10.5 Pro.
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2017-10-31
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