Logitech Ultrathin Keyboad Cover for the iPad mini
Logitech was kind enough to send me a Logitech Ultrathin Keyboad Cover for the iPad mini for review. I thoroughly enjoyed using Logitech’s full size keyboard for the bigger iPad, so naturally I was excited to see how Logitech would shrink down my favorite Bluetooth keyboard and still make it enjoyable to use.
- Nearly as thin as the iPad mini itself (7.3mm vs. 7.2mm)
- Battery life is excellent
- Short learning curve for keyboard layout
- Protects the iPad mini screen when traveling
- It’s a bit cramped
- The punctuation keys are really small
There’s no getting around it, the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboad Cover for the iPad mini is small. Cramped, even. It has to be, though. Carrying around a larger keyboard for the smaller iPad mini doesn’t make sense, as the main attraction of the smaller iPad is its ease of portability. In order to match the size of the iPad mini, some concessions have to be made. The size of some keys, the numbers for example, have to be shrunken down.
Compared to the full size Ultrathin cover, the left side of the keyboard has the normal keyboard layout including the Shift and Caps Lock keys, where as the mini keyboard has combined some of those keys to allow for the more frequently used letter keys to remain full size.
These consolidated keys are a big adjustment, but after a few hundred words you’ll find mistakes will happen less and less frequently. Where the biggest adjustment truly comes from is the right side of the keyboard. The punctuation keys are nothing more than a sliver of plastic, begging to be fat fingered. I still struggle with hitting the right punctuation key on a consistent basis.
The slot you place your iPad isn’t magnetic, as it was with the bigger keyboard cover, but it doesn’t lend itself to letting your iPad mini fall out at the slightest jolt. In other words: you don’t have to worry about accidentally knocking the iPad mini over if you bump your desk or tap on the screen too hard.
The keyboard itself doubles as a cover for the screen of your iPad mini, relying on the same magnets Apple uses for its Smart Cover. Logitech even incorporated the same magnets used to wake your iPad mini when the cover is opened. Weighing 100g less than the Wi-Fi iPad mini itself (308g vs. 208g), you won’t notice any extra bulk when carrying around the keyboard.
The quoted battery life of the keyboard is 3 months, with 2 hours of use each day during that time. I haven’t had the keyboard for 3 months, but I can tell you if the battery performs close to the battery in its bigger predecessor, the estimated battery life is far better than the quoted time. So far I’ve logged over 30 hours on the keyboard with no sign of the battery dying.
The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboad Cover for the iPad mini is not only a long product name, it’s one of the best Bluetooth keyboards on the market for the iPad mini.
Available in black or white from Amazon.com for about $70.
* Review sample provided by Logitech