Logitech

Ultrathin Keyboard Cover

I enjoy using my iPad, but I feel at times as though I am not using it to its full potential. One of the reasons for this is because I don’t use it to write. The electronic keyboard on the iPad, while functional, is a bit cumbersome when writing anything with length to it. With that in mind, I have been on the lookout for a bluetooth keyboard for quite some time.

The market for bluetooth keyboards is becoming increasingly more vast with the ever-growing world of tablet PCs. Several months ago, I purchased a bluetooth keyboard to use with my iPad 2. It worked well, but wasn’t exactly what I was looking for since it was a separate device. What I really hoped for was a keyboard/case combo and the items available at the time were limited and cost prohibitive.

Earlier this week, I began researching Logitech’s Ultrathin Keyboard Cover (UKC), which was announced in April. I watched a few reviews, and did quite a bit of research before deciding to pick it up at my local Best Buy.

And, yes…I am writing this review by using the product. I started this review while on the fence about this device and am trying to decided whether or not to keep it.

My first test involved using the UKC on a flat surface, such as a computer desk. I wanted to get used to writing with the UKC like a normal keyboard. That test was passed quickly. The keys are a little closer together and a little more narrow than a standard keyboard, but easy to get used to.

My second test was quickly closing the UKC and switching rooms. I moved to my couch with the purpose of using the keyboard in my lap. I will admit I did not think it would work as well as it did.

The next test was meant to determine the weight difference between the UKC and the Apple Smart Cover.  I decided to carry around my iPad around the house with just the smart cover and then with the UKC to see if I could distinguish a weight difference. The UKC is very light weight alone, but when placed on the iPad, you can tell it is there.

The keys are made from plastic and where the iPad rests in the UKC, there is some sort of vinyl stripping that comes loose after many times of docking and undocking the iPad.

One complaint I have is that when the iPad is resting in the UKC, users cannot scroll up or down webpages using the keyboard. This makes the device sort of a hybrid. Even though you can use the keyboard to type, you still have to touch the screen for a majority of stuff.

Another problem I have with it is that when the iPad is docked on the UKC, the auto-correct function is disabled.

My thoughts on this case is as follows: if you hate using the software keyboard apple designed or are going to be away from your primary computer, then this is perfect for you, but if you’re not doing a lot of typing on the iPad, then you may want to look elsewhere.

The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover is priced at $99.99 (plus tax). Even with the aluminum bottom, six-month battery, I feel it is overpriced. If this case lasts for two years, then I would be ok with dropping the $100. But from what I’ve seen so for from it, lasting a year would be lucky. I did price this cover on Amazon and they ended up being higher then just buying it at your local Best Buy.

Keep in mind that this review was written with only one day’s experience with the device. As with any device, there are pros and cons and after weighing both, I have to say the expensive is the greatest con. If it was priced at $74.99, I would be all about it. But, at $99.99, I am just not sure if it’s worth it.

I use my iPad all the time. The question is, “Will I use it more now that I have this device?”

A lot of the tasks I complete on a daily basis are quick text editing or note taking when I speak with doctors about my grandmother’s condition. I will grab my iPad when i need to make one of these notes, but it can be cumbersome to try to hold the phone and type away on the software keyboard. Using the UKC gives me the chance to type like I’m on a computer.

 

UPDATE

Not even three hours into using this keyboard cover, I’ve noticed the plastic where the iPad rests is popping away from the back of the device. I have not dropped this or treated it rough whats so ever and you can see where the aluminum has bent. Other reviews online talked about how the magnets Logitech uses for the cover are not strong, I completely agree with that. The magnets that hold the cover to the iPad aren’t as strong as the ones holding the iPad in landscape mode. I think I’ll be returning this case to Best Buy tomorrow. And, maybe in a few months when they lower the price, I’ll try it again, but for now, I’m going to shy away from it.

 

If I change my mind over night, it will be because it makes typing any length possible easily on the iPad, plus the six month battery is awesome. The keyboard will auto sleep if not in use and reconnects quickly when opened from sleep or turned off.

If you have had a chance to use the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover let us know in the comments below your thoughts