Essential hardware for iPad owners
The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover has been out for some time now. Earlier this year, our own Torbjorn reviewed Logitech’s original Keyboard Cover for the original iPad. That device was bulkier, and didn’t feature the magnet technology that Apple uses for its Smart Covers.
The Ultrathin Cover not only uses the iPad’s magnets to secure the device into a groove for typing, it also allows it to be used as a case that will lock and wake up your iPad. Sound familiar? Logitech’s keyboard beat the Microsoft Surface to the punch. I was originally considering purchasing a Surface to facilitate mobile typing and document editing, but the lack of a sufficient app ecosystem and the omission of macros and VBA support from Surface RT’s Office suite were dealbreakers. To top it off, I wasn’t too sure how I would use the Surface’s typing cover and kickstand to type on a train. The Ultrathin Cover transforms the iPad into a potent device for typing on the go, and of course the iPad comes with the most robust app selection one could ask for. If I’m going to miss out on VBA, I’m going with iOS.
All of the good things Torbjorn had to say about the original keyboard hold true. Bluetooth pairing is simple, and the keyboard has access to many iPad unique functions. I especially like being able to call up Siri straight from my keyboard (useless, I know). The device feels great to type on, if just a tiny bit cramped, and the convenience of its cover functionality is only expanded by how thin and well-matched to Apple’s design the Ultrathin is. I do find myself wishing that the magnet lock was a bit more secure when the device is folded.
Most important to me, though, is the fact that I can easily type on the Ultrathin with the device in my lap. I don’t have to worry about if the iPad will fall out, and I don’t have to awkwardly position myself. Typing also works well with the device in portrait mode, although this doesn’t use the iPad’s magnets to securely lock it in- this is one mode I will avoid when using the device on the train. The battery is quoted to last for months at a time, and it comes with a Micro USB charger.
Logitech’s Ultrathin Keyboard Cover has transformed my iPad into the Netbook alternative I have always wanted.
Logitech’s Ultrathin Keyboard Cover retails for $99, but you can find it for $79 at your local Costco. (Tested on iPad 4th Gen)