As you probably already know, I recently purchased a new iPad 2 to replace the 1st generation iPad that I have been using (if not, read about it here). I am one of those few individuals who uses their iPad more than they use their desktop or even laptop computer(s) nowadays. Because of this fact, I have wanted to find a decent keyboard to use with the iPad that was easy to carry on a daily basis as needed.
Tried a typical Apple Wireless Keyboard, but found it to be too much of a pain to carry around in my bag. Plus, the original Apple case for the 1st generation iPad was not the best for using in conjunction with some type of iPad stand without going through the hassle of removing it from it’s case. I also took a look at some of the keyboards that doubled as a screen-protecting case such as the Logitech Keyboard Case for iPad 2 (formerly known as the Zagg Zaggmate with Keyboard). I wasn’t too fond of them because the small keys made for a cramped typing experience like early netbooks.
Entered the Logitech Tablet Keyboard for iPad. It is a slim, low profile keyboard. Pairing the keyboard with the iPad using Bluetooth was surprisingly fast. I was quickly able to start editing notes in the Microsoft OneNote app immediately after pairing and I have not seen any latency while typing on it. Another plus is the carrying case for the keyboard. The case can “transform” into a portable dock that allows you to place your iPad at a comfortable portrait or landscape viewing angle while typing.
The feel is very good for a small keyboard. It is comfortable and the keys are spaced out well. It does not feel cramped. Some reviewers have complained that keyboard & case combo is heavier than expected but I like that because it gives it a sturdy feel as opposed to feeling light and flimsy.
The only downside, if you want to call it that, is that as I use the Logitech Tablet Keyboard for iPad, I instinctively reach out expecting to be able to use a mouse with it as well 🙂
The bottom line is that if you find yourself using your iPad more than you use your laptop and have the occasional need for a keyboard, you’ll find that the Logitech Tablet Keyboard for iPad may fit your needs and is an excellent alternative to the Apple Wireless Keyboard. While it can’t quite meet the needs of users who desire the familiarity and comfort of creating content on a laptop, pairing the iPad with a good keyboard brings it closer to being the device of choice for the early post-PC era (gotta love tech buzzwords).