Review: Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover

So I decided to pick up one of those brand new Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover that just came out this week (officially) at Best Buy. So far — I love it.

I previously switched between the Zaggfolio (pretty good!) and ClamCase (not that good, truth be told). However, I believe that the Logitech has them both beat (ClamCase especially).

For $99, you are buying the most portable keyboard solution there is.

This keyboard is essentially like a Smart Cover for your iPad, except it has more functionality than just covering the front of your iPad. The plastic hinge (wish it was metal like the Smart Cover) is magnetic and will attach itself to the side of your iPad. Once the keyboard cover is on, it will look like two iPads put together when closed, so the appearance is slick and beautiful.

To use the keyboard, you will have to detach it from the iPad and then insert your iPad into the magnetic slot on the keyboard. This works best when the iPad is in landscape mode (home button on the right), since the magnets will “click” into place. The iPad can also be used in portrait mode with the Keyboard Cover, but it’s advisable to be cautious when doing so, because it won’t have the power of the magnets holding it in place.

My unit came fully charged (from what I can tell) and is a breeze to pair with your iPad. You only have to flip the switch on the right-hand side of the keyboard and the iPad will detect it immediately. There are no PIN numbers to enter in — it will just automatically connect and you’re ready to go.

While the keyboard may not be full size like a MacBook Air keyboard (this is what all iPad keyboard peripherals are compared to; I do not own a MacBook Air yet), I am still finding it to be very comfortable to type on. The placement of keys is pretty much the same as on my Pro, so there isn’t any adjustment for me. Another reason why it feels natural to type on it is probably because the keys are chiclet-styled, just like Apple’s own notebooks.

The only weird thing is that the keyboard has combined the iPad-specific function keys with the number keys (except for the home button). That means that if you want to use Spotlight Search, adjust the volume, or even cut/copy and paste, you will have to press the fn button along with the number that has the function you’re looking for. It may be a bit tedious when compared with other keyboards, but it’s a small price to pay for the ultra-portability of the cover itself — it definitely isn’t bulky like the Zaggfolio or ClamCase.

This is quickly becoming my favorite way to write on the iPad, and I love how the cover looks when closed  — sleek and elegant, as it should be. It isn’t bulky and doesn’t add much extra weight to the device. My only gripe with it is the fact that the keyboard has a glossy black finish, which means only one thing: fingerprint magnet. Luckily, it comes with a cleaning cloth.

Logitech claims that one of these, fully charged, will last at least six months with regular use. Once the time comes to charge it, just plug it in with the included micro-USB cable (or any micro-USB cable you may have on-hand). Since I just got it, I won’t be able to fully test this claim until a ways down the road. But I’m sure that it will last.

If you’re looking for a great mobile writing solution for your iPad (and don’t have an Apple Wireless Keyboard), then this is the one to get.

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover | $99.99 MSRP

4.5 / 5

 
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