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Logitech Outs Ultrathin iPad Keyboard Case

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Logitech Outs Ultrathin iPad Keyboard Case

Logitech has announced the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover, a case and Bluetooth keyboard accessory for the new iPad and iPad 2. It'll be available later this month and sell for £89.99.

iPads are fun, but the virtual keyboard is no replacement for a tappy-tappy physical 'board if you want to type longer-form docs. Enter the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover - a wireless keyboard that doubles-up as a protective case for your tablet.

This isn't the first keyboard for iPads Logitech has produced, but it is the sleekest and the slimmest. It attaches to the tablet magnetically, removing the need for any bulky clasps or clips. Using magnets also lets the Keyboard Cover work like a Smart Cover, automatically turning the iPad on and off as the case is opened and closed.

It uses a chiclet key design, with a distinct gap between each button. Logitech has made the use of the full width of the case too, which is good to see when many iPad keyboards end up feeling cramped. The keyboard interfaces with the iPad over Blueooth, powered by an internal battery that Logitech says will last for up to six months.

The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover looks slick and, with an aluminium outer layer for extra protection, sounds like a premium accessory. However, it uses a fairly simple docking mechanism.

The iPad slips into a slot just above the keyboard. You won't be able to fold the mechanism flat like an Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime or laptop. That said, we're yet to see an iPad keyboard case does work this way.

What's your iPad accessory of choice?

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Russell Peto

April 18, 2012, 4:52 pm

This isn't the first or even the best keyboard case to do this. Contrary to the penultimate sentence of the review, the Adonit Writer+ has all this and also folds flat like the transformer prime to protect the iPad.

It doesn't provide extra battery life however, so we're not there yet...


April 18, 2012, 5:01 pm

Hi Russell,

We're aware of the new Adonit Writer (we reviewed the last one!), but I didn't consider it quite the same as it still has the Folio flap going on. We're hoping to get the new Writer in soon for a closer look. It looks pretty special.

Russell Peto

April 18, 2012, 5:19 pm

Fair enough, I look forward to the review!

P.S. while you're at it; any chance of reviewing the Jot Touch?


April 18, 2012, 5:29 pm

Absolutely. It's on the hit list (not been able to get one in for review as yet though).


April 19, 2012, 12:16 am

"That said, we're yet to see an iPad keyboard case does work this way."

I'm surprised with this comment considering there's the Clamcase. I had one for my iPad 2 and it was pretty special. Looked stunning and you would be fooled into thinking it was a laptop.

I'd love to read your review of the clamcase! :)


April 19, 2012, 1:41 am

iOS cannot be controlled with keyboard, even stuff like launching apps from the Springboard, alt-tabbing between apps, selecting text with keyboard, hotkey to quicly goto Safari adress bar (alt+d), hotkey for new tab (ctrl+t), can it even copy paste?

As long as iOS doesn't have any support for keyboards, and you have to reach out and touch the screen for basic stuff like, switching apps, selecting text, opening a new Safari fan etc. this product isn't very interesting for me, and I must admit iOS really needs support for this to compete with asus transformer and later one Windows 8 tablets.


April 19, 2012, 2:26 pm

Yeah in all fairness, you have to "reach" at least 8 inches to perform those basic tasks.....

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