Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover
As I have told you before, in the past I had been a bit hesitant of using a physical keyboard with the iPad. The screen, the user interface, the entire product was designed to be touched. And I was OK with that. Then I reviewed the Kensington KeyFolio Expert Keyboard and I began to gain an appreciation of the added capabilities a Bluetooth keyboard brings to the iPad. So, I requested a smaller, lighter keyboard from Logitech hoping it would eliminate the issues I had with the Kensington keyboard. I received the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover a few weeks ago and have been using it since. Read on to find out how it compared.
- Magnets hold iPad in place
- Doubles as protective case
- No way to check the current battery level
- Drains iPad battery rather quickly, even when not in use
One of the complaints I had about the Kensington KeyFolio was the size of it when closed. As it was, I couldn’t fold up the keyboard/case combo and put it in my bag. It made the iPad too big, taking away the crucial portability factor. With the Logitech KEYBOARD, that simply isn’t the case. It’s designed to be small and take up as little room as possible, and it succeeds at doing so.
With the overall footprint of the keyboard being smaller, the keys are a bit tighter and take some adjusting to — as does any new keyboard. After a day of hammering away on the small keys, I was able to adjust and type at my normal speed. There were times with the Kensington KeyFolio when I had to slow down a bit in order for every keystroke to be registered; this hasn’t been the case with the Logitech keyboard. I can type as fast, or slow, as I want and every keystroke is registered.
Using the keyboard I have the ability to use common OS X keyboard shortcuts for copy-and-paste, jumping around text quickly, or I can use the built in function keys to search, play/pause media, cut/copy/paste, lower and raise volume and a few crucial tasks.
You can use your iPad with the keyboard in two different layouts. If you place it into the slot in a landscape orientation, magnets in the case will hold the iPad in place. The viewing angle is perfect when sitting at a desk, or even standing. You can also rotate your iPad and place it in a portrait position, should it suit you better.
When you are finished, the keyboard converts into a Smart Cover, of sorts, and uses the iPad’s built-in magnets to keep your iPad safe. When closed, the keyboard rests above the iPad’s screen, not on it, eliminating another issue I had with the Kensington KeyFolio.
The battery on the keyboard is great. I have yet to charge it, and have used it daily for the last 2 weeks. I’d say I’ve easily wrote over 8,000 words for various projects on it, totaling 20-30 hours of use. There’s no way for me to know how much juice is left in the battery, since there isn’t an current charge indicator. It would be nice to have a battery indicator to quickly reference before taking it on a trip or out for a day’s work. Logitech claims, with 2 hours of use per day, the battery will last up to 6 months.
All in all, the Logitech keyboard is hands down the better keyboard when comparing it to the Kensington KeyFolio. I would almost go as far to say it’s the best Bluetooth keyboard for the iPad on the market, but I haven’t used all of them so that wouldn’t be a fair statement.
The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover is available on Amazon.com.
*Review sample provided by Logitech