Logitech ipad keyboard review


The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover might be the one that gets it just right. Like Apple’s Smart Cover, the Ultrathin Keyboard has magnets on its edge and the keyboard latches on to the side of the iPad to fold right over it. When folded up, it is very thin — ultrathin, even — just 0.5 inches.
The keyboard dock is basic — there is the keyboard with a slot above it in which to stand the iPad. The plastic keys are very comfortable, but, like the Zagg, it has a shrunken Delete key. Also, because the panel is thin the keys don’t depress as much as on other keyboards. Still, I was able to type fairly quickly at 71 words per minute. There are also dedicated function keys and a large space bar. For $99 I found it to be the best blend of all of the units I tested.The iPad has surged in popularity because it’s great for surfing the web, watching video, playing games, and navigating beautiful apps. No one will dispute that.

But work? Real work, like typing emails, writing documents, creating presentations? That’s a bit harder on a tablet. And no one will dispute that either.While the on-screen keyboard is fine for basic typing here and there, when it comes time to type a longer draft you will likely find yourself reaching for the laptop. The virtual keyboard can be difficult to type on for a long time. It takes up half the screen, and many can’t type on it as fast as a real keyboard, with keys that click and clack.That’s where an iPad keyboard accessory fits in. There are a bunch of options that pair with the tablet via Bluetooth. But which one will let you get the most real work done?Let’s start with the one that Apple makes — the Apple Wireless Keyboard. The Bluetooth keyboard wasn’t made only for the iPad — it also works with Macs — but it works like a charm with the tablet. Of all the keyboards I’ve tested here, I was able to type the fastest on it because of its wide footprint. The keys are spacious and the size of the ones on Apple’s MacBook Pro laptops. I typed most of this review on the keyboard and got out an impressive 86 words per minute. It really was just like typing on a laptop.But while the keyboard was fine at my desk, it wasn’t great when I left the desk. It doesn’t latch on to the iPad in any way. You also have to have a separate stand for the iPad, though Apple’s Smart Cover can do the trick. Still, while it is the best for typing on in one place and is only $69, there are much more mobile options out there.When it comes to finding a good iPad keyboard case, two accessories come out of the pack, the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard and the Belkin YourType Folio. The Logitech one was the clear winner in Matt Burns’ review battle and it now comes in white.If this accessory needed another argument to convince you, the color might be what you were waited for. For white iPad owners, the white keyboard case is a nice addition to match it with your device.
Other than that, all of the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard previous strengths still apply to the white version. The battery life is very long. Logitech claims that it will last 6 months based on 2 hours of usage a day. But even more important, the keyboard provides a good tactile response and allows you to write efficiently if you are accustomed to physical keyboard — maybe the newer generations will think the other way round and prefer a touch-based keyboard but you may feel the need for this accessory.It has the same layout as a MacBook keyboard, which makes it very easy to switch from a MacBook to an iPad with the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard. A nice side effect is that it will protect your screen while carrying your iPad. It costs around $100 and should be available later this month at Apple retail stores.iPad keyboard accessories typically come in two flavors: folio case or simple add-on external keyboard. The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover ($99 direct) is a little bit of both, with a magnetized hardshell aluminum screen protector that houses a built-in keyboard. It’s cleanly designed and adds minimal bulk compared with most folio options, and it works with the iPad 2 and the new iPad. This is not a case in the traditional sense, however, as it will only protect the iPad’s screen—just like Apple’s own iPad Smart Cover ($39-$69, 4 stars). The keyboard itself might be a bit more cramped than other folio options, like our Editors’ Choice, the ClamCase ($149, 4 stars), but the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover is a much more streamlined and attractive way to carry both an iPad and a keyboard.

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