One thing I really like about the iPad Mini is its diminutive notebook form factor – it’s perfect for using as an eBook reader, watching movies and most recently for taking notes in meetings. In regards to the latter, I found the iPad Mini screen keyboard impractical to use due to the small size of the keys, especially compared to the full-sized iPad. This is why when I spotted the Logitech iPad Mini Ultrathin Keyboard Cover with its full-sized alpha keys, I thought it would now make the iPad mini the perfect notebook-sized tool to take into meetings to take notes and to share ideas/concepts.
There are so many things I like about the Logitech iPad Mini Ultrathin Keyboard Cover! Where to start?
I think the best thing about it is the form-factor – its slim and minimalist design compliments Apple’s, almost perfectly. When you use it as a cover, only the Logitech logo gives it away as being a non-Apple gadget. Because it’s ultra thin and uses micro USB to charge the thin battery within, it’s considerably light. At 208 grams it’s only 1/3 the weight of the iPad mini. For travelers like myself, it makes even more sense to have an iPad Mini and the Logitech iPad Mini Ultrathin Keyboard Cover when effective travel philosophy is based around traveling light. With so many gadgets in my bag already, this was an excellent featherweight addition!
Whether you’re using it in landscape display mode or using it as a cover, the Logitech iPad Mini Ultrathin Cover holds the iPad Mini securely via strong solid magnets that attach to the left edge of the iPad. The grove that holds it for display can even bear the device in portrait view. Superb design Logitech!
I really like the keyboard and there is little where I can fault it. My favorite feature are the full-sized alpha keys which allows me to type at maximum speed (60-70 words per minute). I also appreciate the inclusion of the Apple Command buttons which allow me to perform many generic iPad functions like cut and past, copy and undo. Another keyboard function that I use quite a lot bulk text selection using the SHIFT, ALT and Arrow keys. There are also a myriad of functions you can perform using the FN and the number keys, such as activating Siri, search, opening photos and controling the music player.
How I would improve the Logitech iPad Mini Ultrathin Keyboard Cover
I would have given full marks if there was proper integration with iOS Mail – such as the ability to scroll through the list of emails and delete by pressing the delete button. I’m hoping that Logitech will consider these simple changes in a patch or app of some sort. I also question the placement of the Home key on the keyboard which I find I keep accidentally pressing when I try to hit the “1″ or the “!” key.
Besides those two points, the Logitech iPad Mini Ultrathin Keyboard Cover is an amazing feat of engineering that every traveling wordsmith should own ! (See, I just pressed the Home key again with that “!”)
Oh and another cool feature that I discovered is that it’s 100% compatible with the iPhone. Which means it’s perfect to sit your iPad Mini and read while taking notes on the iPhone – awesome for studying and learning. I’m 30,000 feet in the air and have been doing this for the last hour as I prep for my Project Management Certification (Prince2). Students take note!
Overall would give it a 9/10 – absolutely recommend it!
What I liked most about the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Mini
- Battery lasts up to 6 months
- Super quick bluetooth pairing and reconnection
- Full sized alpha keys
- Command button for command functions such as cut and paste and copying
- Strong magnetic groove to keep ipad mini upright
- Can either hold the ipad mini landscape or portrait
- Up, down and side keys
- Shift Alt Arrow for easy bulk text selection
- Strong magnetic edging to hold the Logitech cover in place
- Easy access to bluetooth buttons
- Charging via micro USB
- Ultraslim form factor
What I disliked most about the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Mini
- Too easy to hit the Home button when aiming for the “1″ or “!”
- No backlight on the keys for typing in the dark
- Needs better integration with iOS Mail e.g. arrow keys to move up and down list of mail and deleting mail by pressing the Delete button
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