Jun 19 2012

Logitech Ultrathin iPad Keyboard Review

I upgraded to the latest, greatest iPad last month. I have been accused of being an Apple fanboy but in my defense, I really wanted needed the better screen resolution and more powerful processor in the new iPad. I use the iPad exclusively when I travel and I am using it in the office as well to the exclusion of my laptop. Self-justification complete.

Upgrading was a bit of a traumatic process when I discovered that all of my favorite accessories I had collected for the iPad 2 don’t fit on the new one. I had spent a great deal of time and effort accessorizing it. As my teenage daughter says to me, “It’s all about the accessories.”

One of the most important items for me is a good keyboard. Although the iPad has a decent on-screen keyboard, it doesn’t compare with a physical keyboard for getting real work done. On my old iPad 2 I had a Zagg keyboard case. One of the things that bothered me about the Zagg case is that you couldn’t use it as a stand if you have a back cover on your iPad. It was designed only for the iPad and no other accessories. In fairness to Zagg this is true of most iPad accessory makers.

For the new generation iPad I was looking for a lightweight keyboard that could easily fit into my sleeve and not add too much bulk. I looked at a range of the folding keyboards and universal portable keyboards. In general I hated most of folding keyboards. The keys are usually too close together and they lack the solid feel of a bigger keyboard. After searching the web I found the new Logitech Ultra thin keyboard.

Right off the bat there are several features that set this keyboard apart. First of all, it is very thin. At its widest point it’s only about 8mm thick. It attaches to the iPad like a smart cover, so it clips onto the side of the iPad via a powerful magnet.
Unlike the Zagg design, it fits directly onto the surface of the iPad and not around the outside of it. This doesn’t offer as much edge protection as the Zagg, but it makes the whole thing a lot less bulky. In addition, it was designed to work with snap-on back covers. In my opinion this gives you the best of both worlds. I have an Incase back cover on mine and it works great. The whole package is very slim and light-weight.

In use, you pull the case off the iPad and place the iPad in a ridge just above the keyboard. The inside of the ridge has a magnet so it helps hold the iPad in place.

One of the greatest things about this design is that it accommodates my back cover. I no longer have to take the back cover off to use the keyboard. In the “love it or hate it” department the top surface of the keyboard and case is gloss black. Did I mention that it’s very shiny? Shiny things need to be shined. Fortunately it comes with a polishing cloth. I now have yet another thing that I compulsively shine!

The keyboard itself is pretty good. The keys have a quality feel and work well for touch typing. I especially like the fact that the arrow keys are in the right spot and the modifier keys are duplicated on both sides of the space bar.

The keys have a great feel to them. Just the right amount of spring. They are also very touch-type friendly. The home keys are easy to find and everything is in the right spot. Verdict… The keyboard part of this is also a winner.

Logitech claims a 6 month battery life on this based on 2 hours a day usage. I have neither charged it nor run out of juice yet, so the jury is still out on this. It does look promising.

If you are looking for a super low-profile case with a keyboard this one can’t be beat.

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover $99

Of course, if that Logitech keyboard doesn’t suit your interest they have LOTS of other options!

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