iPad users who do a lot of typing but want to travel light now have an innovative solution in the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad which is available from Future Shop for $99.99.
There are various keyboard and keyboard case options for the iPad but many of these add weight and actually make the iPad heavier than some netbooks. Logitech studied the new iPad and iPad 2 and found a way to create a cover that can also double as a Bluetooth QWERTY keyboard.
With a matte aluminum front cover and a mix of shiny and matte black plastic on the inside, the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover uses the iPad's magnets to latch on to the side and manages to do a decent job covering and protecting the iPad. Since it is designed for the iPad, it has buttons for Home, Cut, Copy, Paste, Volume + and - as well as brightness setting, which makes it convenient. It also features an instant-on setting that links up soon as the keyboard senses that the iPad is awake.
The aluminum cover does suit the iPad quite well and makes it look like a slim, shiny netbook when closed. Once you remove the cover to use it as a keyboard, you can place the iPad on a recessed notch that's also magnetic and supports the iPad quite securely.
Bluetooth set up is easy and can be done in less than two minutes. The Logitech Bluetooth Cover Keyboard is good for up to 6 months battery on a full-charge, so this one can really go the distance.
I've been using the keyboard with my iPad for four weeks now and I've traveled with it to the US on business trips. It really protects the iPad's screen while making it easy to convert into a mini-notebook while typing.
The mini-chiclet style island keyboard is very similar to Apple's notebook and desktop keyboard. So, while the keys are smaller, they are where you expect them to be and you can touch-type fairly quickly on this.
There are some things to note about the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard.
While it is the thinnest and lightest keyboard we've seen so far, it is still heavier than most magnetic iPad cases. This means it can slip off from the iPad when the magnets get unstuck. Which happens often
Using the keyboard on a rough surface can scratch the aluminum cover (which is facing down) so users might want to place a rag or some paper to act as a buffer. Looking at scratched aluminum gadgets in painful.
When using the keyboard and iPad on my lap a week ago, a sudden movement caused the iPad to dislodge, topple over and fall screen-first into the floor. I was horrified.
Thankfully, the floor was carpeted and the iPad survived without a scratch but this taught me to be careful and make sure that I place the Logitech Keyboard Case on a flat surface and make sure the iPad is really lodged properly.
There may also be issues using a rear cover or case on the iPad so just make sure to try different options to find one that fits.
The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover is a keeper. it is an investment that has made me more productive on-the-go and that's given me the option of doring work without having to take a full-sized notebook with me. It's there when I need it and easy to remove when I don't.
Designed to impress, so you can type in style. It's the perfect partner for your iPad. The stylish, ultrathin aluminum screen cover feels great and looks even better. And when it's time to write an IM or email, you'll enjoy typing on this Bluetooth wireless keyboard.
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