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4.0 out of 5 stars Great iPad Air Keyboard - but is it the best for you?, 10 Dec. 2013
This review is from: Logitech UltraThin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air 1 - Black, UK layout (Personal Computers)
The Logitec Ultrathin attempts to bridge the gap between iPad and a laptop by giving your iPad Air a usable keyboard, and I must say it does a reasonable job of it.

Unlike a laptop, the "screen" (the iPad itself), detaches from the keyboard to clip into the hinge along the long edge (guided by magnets), and is then folded flat like a book. When closed, it really does show it's beauty. Basically, the screen closes down over the keys, leaving what looks like two iPad Airs placed together like a sandwich. When you place it down, you can hardly tell if you've got the iPad or the keyboard facing you. Top marks to Logitec for matching the finish so closely to the beautiful aluminium finish of the Air.

When you want to use it, you just gently pull the iPad and keyboard apart, and drop the Air into the magnetic slot on the top. Nice design feature - but it does mean the keyboard feels a little cramped, as your fingers are so close to the screen, and the keyboard itself is placed in the seemingly tiny space between the front edge and the screen. But all is not lost. Despite the small space, you can touch type on this, and the keys have good "travel" - you can feel when they've been pressed down. Keyboard layout is excellent, but the numeric keys are smaller than the others - adding to the feeling of keyboard being cramped.

Of course, the downside, is this keyboard gives almost no protection at all. At best you can place it down so the keyboard (not iPad) is placed on a table, and doesn't get scratched. I think if you accidentally dropped them, the two would just fall apart, and the keyboard will give no protection from bumps or scratches.

The up-side is, you've just spent literally hundreds of pounds on a beautiful piece of Industrial Design in the iPad Air, and it's a shame to hide that in a plastic case. At least the Logitec Ultrathin matches the Air in style rather beautifully. Just don't drop it.

One concern I had, was could you use this on your lap? Well, sitting in bed typing this review I can reassure you that it works fine. A clever combination of magnets and gravity mean the Air sits nicely. Of course a back-lit keyboard would be nice (like the Zagg Folio), but that would add to the weight.

In common with nearly all iPad keyboards - the iPad automatically switches on, and then off when you close it - a great feature. Also they battery life on these things is incredible - typically lasting for months without a charge.

What's great about it?

* Build quality is great (as you'd expect at the price), and touch typing is great - almost at top speed.
* It snaps together nicely to place away, and once closed up, matches beautifully with the air in finish
* It's incredibly light and thin. In fact, my research shows (below), it's the lightest keyboard on the market
* While it will happily sit in place on your lap or a table, you can very quickly remove it, and use the iPad "au natural" - a great bonus.
* You can use the keyboard in portrait mode (although I found it felt "unnatural" and wouldn't bother myself)

What's not quite so good?

* They keyboard does feel a little small and cramped. The keys are placed too close to the front edge.
* Unlike most other folio style keyboards, the screen is fixed in one position. For example the Belkin Quode has 3 settings and the Zagg folio a huge range of positions.
* The Logitec Ultrathin provides little or no protection from bangs, scrapes or scratches.

On balance - pretty good. Whether it's the best for you however, depends upon your needs. In particular, for protection against scrapes Vs incredibly thin & light, and the ability to detach iPad and keyboard quickly.

What else is available?

* ZAGG Keys iPad Air Case Folio with Backlit Keyboard - Black. (535g). Complete keyboard cover, very laptop style with backlit keys. Much larger keyboard, but heavier than others.
* Belkin QODE Ultimate Bluetooth Keyboard Case for iPad Air - Black. (413g). Complete cover with aluminium finish and 3 screen positions. Good quality, but similar cramped keyboard.
* Logitec Fabric Skin. (425g). Wipe clean, water resistant keyboard but keys a bit "spongy"
* Logitec Ultrathin (This one!) (313g). Beautiful aluminium finish. Incredibly light, but no protection

Personally I considered the options above, finally narrowing it down to the Zagg and this one. I liked the "laptop" look of the Zagg, and the backlit keyboard is wonderful (but it's also relatively heavy, and covers the iPad in plastic). Having said that, it still weighs less than a MacBook Air. You can read my review of the ZAGG Keys iPad Air Case Folio with Backlit Keyboard - Black on Amazon.

The choice is yours.

PS. Final word of warning. This review is for the Logitec Ultrathin keyboard for the iPad Air. Be careful, if you have an iPad 2/3/4 or even an iPad Mini - this keyboard will be the wrong size. Easy mistake to make. :-)
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Initial post: 29 Dec 2013 22:35:35 GMT
SNR says:
Thanks for the comprehensive review. I'm typing this on the Logitech Ultrathin for the iPad mini. Considering an upgrade to the iPad Air in 2014 and, knowing the limitations of the Logitech Ultrathin (if you think the Air size is cramped...) is good to see a comparison made against other options. For me, I'll be sticking with this style. Love the weight advantage and feel of the keys when typing.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jan 2014 22:20:55 GMT
Last edited by the author on 8 Jan 2014 22:22:30 GMT
John Ryan says:
Yes, I know what you mean about the mini - it really is a beautiful size. I currently drive to work, but if I start taking the train every day, I'd consider buying a mini - they're so much smaller and lighter.

Just had a play with the mini with retina - INCREDIBLE SCREEN. Also amazingly fast compared to the iPad mini. Ho hum! Apple really do make it hard for us.

I've since sold the Ultrathin keyboard and replaced it with a Zagg on my iPad Air. keys are more centrally placed, and it also covers the entire iPad which gives it complete protection. Much happier.

All the very best. John R

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Feb 2014 14:57:44 GMT
Last edited by the author on 2 Feb 2014 14:58:07 GMT
SNR says:
I had the original iPad and switched to the mini when it came out as I find the smaller size really complements also having a MacBook Air (I travel into London on the train quite a lot). But am travelling abroad more this year and would like to leave the MBA at home, hence looking at the larger iPad Air. The mini is a bit too small on its own.

Will probably stick with this keyboard, I just love keeping the combo as lightweight as possible. I use gelaskins - - to protect the back of the iPad from scratches (and have fitted one to the back of the keyboard too for the mini).

Thanks again for the helpful review.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Feb 2014 17:11:56 GMT
John Ryan says:
Thankyou! Really appreciate it was useful. I'll look out for Gellskins. All the best, john R.

Posted on 9 Apr 2014 19:01:23 BDT
Mr Gumby says:
Thanks for the review. I can't see from the this UK or US layout? In particular, does it have a £ key?

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2014 21:13:10 BDT
John Ryan says:
Hi there, yes it has both a £ and with an alternative key press a # key. IE. Fully UK. Sorry it took so long to get back to you - didn't have the iPad with me. All the best, JohnR.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2014 22:23:10 BDT
Mr Gumby says:
Many thanks, John - very good of you to reply. Dave

Posted on 21 May 2014 11:40:06 BDT
Mel G says:
Hi, I apologise if this is a silly question - I would like to buy the iPad Air with this Logitech iPad Air Cover with Keyboard but was wondering if you can still "swipe" the screen whilst the iPad is inserted into the keyboard? I use the mouse of my boyfriend's computer and left-click in order to copy/paste, so was wondering how do you go about copy/paste on the iPad with this keyboard, as it doesn't come with a mouse.
Apologies if that's a silly question...

In reply to an earlier post on 21 May 2014 14:11:36 BDT
John Ryan says:
Hi Mel,

Not a silly question at all. Impressed you thought ahead to realise there was a potential problem.

Yes, you can swipe on the screen to move around as normal. Effectively the entire iPad is a "track-pad" - a large area you swipe or press to move around the screen or press buttons.

On the iPad, copy/paste takes a little moment, but quite easy.

You "touch the word" you want to highlight, and if it's not automatically selected, a little pop-up menu appears to {Select, Select All or Paste}.

The keyboard also has copy/paste buttons - but you still need to select the word/area with your finger.

Sounds more complex than it is - you may need to hold down your finger for a moment to select the word.

Hope you love the iPad as much as I do.

All the best.

John R

In reply to an earlier post on 22 May 2014 18:54:35 BDT
Mel G says:
Hi John,

Thanks for your response. I have ordered it - really looking forward to trying it out.

Thanks again :-)

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