Zagg’s Zaggmate keyboard case for the iPad caused quite a stir when it launched last year. Stealing the spotlight is M.I.C’s Aluminum Keyboard Buddy Case for iPad 2. Fundamentally it’s the same thing as the Zaggmate; a slot to position the iPad in an upright position and a Bluetooth keyboard that recharges via a USB port. The keyboard is almost full sized and includes media functions and brightness control. But that’s where the similarities end. M.I.C’s Aluminum Keyboard Buddy Case includes a set of magnets that automatically put the iPad 2 to sleep when it’s used as a protective cover. It’s curved to mimic the iPad 2′s design and is very Macbook Airesque. There is no official word on battery life, but the keyboard will go into sleep mode when not in use.
You can grab M.I.C’s Aluminum Keyboard Buddy Case for $50.