Best Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard for iPad Tablet
For the last year and a half, I’ve carried my iPad (earlier gen, and now 3rd gen) in my “tech-bag” along with an Apple Bluetooth keyboard. For me, the iPad has truly become a laptop replacement. For 65% of the work I do on it, I get by just with the iPad. But for heavier writing and editing, I’ll add the keyboard so I can really crank. On a full-size keyboard, I can hit about 50 wpm, probably double what I can do on the iPad’s virtual keyboard.
I’ve tried a couple combination iPad-case/Bluetooth keyboards in the past, and always come away unhappy. First, they’re bulky, and second, the keyboards are just plain bad. I’ve never been able to type faster on them than I can on the virtual keyboard. So, they go away, and I go back to the Apple Bluetooth, which is not as convenient (it has a larger profile than the iPad, and could use a cover itself – I’ve lost a key or two over time due to rough riding in my bag).
But the Logitech Ultrathin does it right. First, it acts just like an Apple smart cover – it has those magnetic latches that just snap right on. And it has the little bit of magic that turns the iPad off when you close it. When it is closed, it provides a cover for the iPad that mimics the aluminum back. It looks, for all the world, like a 10? MacBook Air.
Bright, Laser-Etched, Backlit Keys that Let You Type Easily–Even in the Dark
Bright, laser-etched, backlit keys provide precise illumination that can be adjusted to suit your needs. And only the characters are illuminated, so you get just the right amount of light.
Cutting-Edge, Ultra-Thin Profile (9.3 mm) that Adds an Elegant Touch to Any Desk
The ultra-thin, 9.3 mm profile and transparent frame make a bold statement and add an elegant touch to any desk. It’s a cutting-edge design with an incredibly thin profile.
PerfectStroke Key System for Typing that’s Silent, Natural and Fluid
The PerfectStroke key system features a precision micro-scissor mechanism that distributes force evenly across the surface of the keys, eliminating slippage and making every stroke natural and fluid.
Sleek, Minimalist Design for the Ideal Combination of Form and Function
The layout of the keys was designed to provide easy access to common tasks and functions while maintaining a clean, uncluttered look. It’s the ideal combination of form and function.
Soft-Touch Palm Rest and Full-Size Key Layout for Enhanced Comfort
The soft-touch palm rest provides extra support and can help reduce fatigue, and the full-size key layout helps you type comfortably–even after extended use.
Instant Access to Your Music, the Internet, and More
Convenient one-touch controls for volume and media playback are easily within reach.
- Bright, laser-etched, backlit keys that let you type easily–even in the dark
- Cutting-edge, ultra-thin profile (9.3 mm) that adds an elegant touch to any desk
- PerfectStroke key system for typing that’s silent, natural and fluid
- Sleek, minimalist design for the ideal combination of form and function
- Soft-touch palm rest and full-size key layout for enhanced comfort
When you open it, the keyboard separates. You set it on your work surface, and there’s a groove to set your iPad in, so it sits up like a proper monitor. Then you can get down to typing. I mean really typing. Yes, it’s a shrunken keyboard. I can’t make 50wpm on it. But I can get 35-40, which is enough to make me feel truly productive. The feel is very, very good, and the layout is smart, including a dedicated Home button so you don’t have to push the one on your iPad.
Really, the Logitech Ultrathin iPad Keyboard turns the iPad into the perfect hybrid of laptop and tablet. You can type away like a crazy person, getting work done efficiently, but you can tap and move things on screen in that elegant, iPad way as well. For anyone who has ever gone from working on their iPad to working on their laptop, and then started tapping the screen, this will scratch that itch. I think my only wish is that more of the usual keyboard shortcuts we’re used to in OSX were available with this combination. But that’s software, not hardware (attention, iOS engineers!).