Recently, I’ve been leaving my MacBook at home in favor or carrying around my iPad more. So I’ve tried, used, and dismissed my fair share of Bluetooth keyboards. The latest Keyboard I’ve been using is the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover that I must say does a good job at protecting my iPad, while keeping my productivity up when typing…all while keeping a slim profile.
- Weights .78 pounds
- Fits the Apple iPad 2nd generation and up
- Has a battery life of up to 6 months (based on typing an average 2 hours/day)
- Has a Bluetooth Range of up to 32 feet (good if you’re sitting on the couch and your iPad is hooked up to a TV)
The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover has an aluminum outer shell that matches the rear panel of an iPad perfectly. The inner shell and physical keys comes in either black, white, or red.
At .39 inches, the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover is by far one of the thinnest keyboards I’ve ever used. Even with an iPad attached, the combo can fit comfortably in any soft case, sleeve or bag.
The keyboard is attached to an iPad using the same magnetic clasp as the branded Apple Smart Case uses. So Apple fans should be familiar with how easily the Ultrathin Keyboard cover connects to an iPad.
There is a slot that an iPad fits in at an angle to covert the cover into a keyboard. For added security, the slot is also magnetized to keep an iPad from tipping over if a user touches the screen too hard, commonly known as “Gorilla Arms”. You can actually lift the entire unit up while the iPad sits safely in the slot.
Connecting the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover to an iPad is typical of just about all the other keyboards on the market. Simply activate Bluetooth in the iPad settings, turn on the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover, and press the Bluetooth button to establish a connection.
Once you’re connected, typing is also similar of other keyboards. Although I would’ve preferred separate buttons for the music/media controls, the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover does offer some functions you won’t find on other keyboards, like highlight buttons.
By pressing the “fn” key and either the 4 or 5 keys, you can highlight the word(s) you want to cut/copy. You can then press the fn+ 6,7, or 8 buttons to cut, copy, or paste. In true Mac form, users can also use the “cmd”+ X or Y buttons to copy/paste as well, giving you options on how you want to work.
The only issue I have with the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover is that it’s just a cover. If you want to use an iPad as a traditional tablet, your stuck with pushing the keyboard off to the side until you need to get some hardcore typing done. On the flip-side, when you want to use an iPad traditionally, you are not dealing with all the extra bulk that comes with using a Folio Keyboard that’s made to stay with the iPad more often than not.
And let’s face it, you want people to see you’re using an iPad, versus wrapping it up in a plain, bulky case.
…Maybe the folks as Logitech will send me their Keyboard Folio for iPad, so I can “test” just how light, thin, and sexy the Folio Bluetooth Keyboard can be?
Until then, At $99 bucks, I can definitely suggest the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad – It’s functional enough to get the job done when you need to bang out a serious email or blog post on the go; but it’s sleek enough to make you want to carry your iPad around more often.
Logitech even offers an iPad mini version, for all you tablet users who think “Size Matters”
It seems to matter in every other conversation…