Review: Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover
When it comes to iPad keyboard accessories, they typically come in two flavors: folio case or simple add-on external keyboard. The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover 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. Unlike most “traditional cases” however, it only protects the screen, not the back (a bit like Apple’s Smart Cover) so if you, like me, are always on the move with your iPad rattling around in your bag, then this keyboard-case might not be for you.
Design & Shape
One of the first things I noticed about the Ultrathin Cover is that it is just as the name suggests — ultra thin, measuring at just 0.31 inches thick. Now naturally we all want “the best tech”, and the best tech is often “super-thin”. Now, what I found with the cover was that it was just too thin, and this made it seem more flimsy, weaker, and in general of a poorer quality.
The anodized aluminum of the cover attaches to the edge of the iPad with magnets, like Apple’s Smart Cover. However, instead of folding the cover to prop up the iPad, you simply detach the iPad and place it in a magnetized white groove above the keyboard. Black glossy plastic surrounds the keys, with small rubber bumpers at the corners to keep the screen from touching the keys when the cover is closed. Along the right edge are the lock switch, the Bluetooth pairing button, and the micro USB port for charging.
The cover provides good protection for the surface of the iPad’s screen, but does not cover the back of the tablet at all — somewhat of a let down. The magnetic attraction is also a bit weak, so the iPad can detach while it’s being transported inside a bag.
Bluetooth pairing is simple and straightforward. Make sure the lock switch is off, press the Bluetooth button (the blue LED should begin to blink), and pair in the settings menu of your iPad. You only have to pair once, then whenever you turn on the keyboard it automatically connects.
The chiclet-style keys are a bit cramped and small, but considering the thin build, the typing experience isn’t bad at all. The keys provide good feedback and have a solid clicky feel, and instead of a full row of dedicated iPad function keys, there’s an Fn button that toggles the number row to functions like cut, copy, paste, and media controls. What I didn’t like is that he spacebar is too oversized and as a result the Delete button is nearly non-existent.
To sum it up? Well. The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard is just above “ok”. It looks sleek and stylish, but other than that, it’s covered in flaws. It provides very little protection and the magnet used to connect to the iPad is very weak. On top of that it comes with a fairly high price tag of £89.99 RRP. Out of 5 I’d give it a 3.5.
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+Easy to connect via Bluetooth
-Provides minimal protection
-Weak magnetic attraction
-No dedicated function buttons