It’s an absolute delight to be typing this review with the product I’m reviewing: the Logitech Ultrathin for iPad Air ($99). Is delight too strong of a word? Not even close.
Let me start by saying that this Bluetooth keyboard is snappier and speedier than the actual Apple wireless keyboard when typing with my iPad. My Apple keyboards, when paired with an iPad at least, tend to be rather slow and sometimes stutter when a key hasn’t been pressed for a moment or two. This Logitech keyboard? Smooth and fast as can be. If that was the only great thing about it, I’d love it. But there’s plenty more to rave about.
Let’s get the obviously cool features out of the way first. I love the creative use of magnetic connecting to keep the cover on the iPad when not in use but also to keep the iPad standing while you type. When you want to connect the iPad to the case for storage in-between typing sessions, just slide the iPad (magnetic side first) toward the far end of the keyboard case. Magically (magnetically, actually) the magnetic strip pops up out of the case and attaches itself to the iPad—automatically. It’s very, very cool the first time you do it.
From the satisfying clicking sound to the incredibly convenient shortcut buttons across the top, it’s hard to imagine a better-working keyboard case cover combination.
A keyboard that didn’t have a great typing experience would be worthless. That couldn’t be further from the case with the Ultrathin. This case makes typing a breeze. From the satisfying clicking sound to the incredibly convenient shortcut buttons across the top, it’s hard to imagine a better-working keyboard case cover combination. There’s nothing I can think of that I would change about the actual typing experience. It’s great.
That said, it is a bit cramped—just a bit, mind you—compared to a full-size keyboard, but again I wouldn’t change a thing. That’s because it can’t be any bigger and still match the size of the iPad Air when it closes. Anyways, in the short time span of a few hours I almost prefer it to a full-size keyboard. The only thing I seem to fumble with is accidentally tapping the caps lock key from time to time. No biggie.
From a materials perspective, the case is made from a nice aluminum. When shut it really looks like a miniature PC laptop… but as a true Mac fan I can say it doesn’t look bad at all. In fact I like it’s looks. It’s a bit different than anything I’ve been used to lately.
Get this: the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air can get up to three months of battery life on a single charge. Three. Months. That’s if you were to use it 2 hours a day. Even if it got 1 month… or 1 week for that matter… I’d be impressed. But this is just awesome.
No, this case is not going to offer much in the way of serious protection. It leaves the back of your iPad completely exposed and I could see it falling off under the right circumstances, so you may want to think about a plan b if you’re going to be doing anything crazy with it. But for the business professional looking to get some serious work done on the go (or just outside the office) I can’t think of I better mobile typing experience/case. If it exists I haven’t tested it.
Should you buy the Logitech Ultrathin for iPad Air? If you do a lot of typing on the iPad Air (or want to but haven’t been able to yet for lack of a decent experience), go ahead and give it a try. Also, if you don’t want to lug around a full-size keyboard with you on the go but still want a great typing experience, this is the way to go. I definitely prefer this keyboard to the current generation of Apple wireless keyboards for pairing with my iPad.