What I Use: Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Mini

Picked up the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Mini a few days ago. Let me start by saying that unless you REALLY need a keyboard solution for your iPad Mini, this is not a necessary or must-have iPad accessory. I say that not because it is a bad product, but because I cannot think of any reason someone would want to do any extended typing on an iPad Mini (or any 7-inch tablet for that matter).

Basically, the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Mini is the smaller sibling to the original Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for the regular iPad. It’s a rechargeable Bluetooth keyboard and aluminium screen cover designed to complement your iPad Mini. Think of it as Mini Me from the Austin Powers movies. The black or white keyboard color options match the iPad Mini in terms of aesthetic design. It is both stylish and durable. It paired with my iPad Mini almost instantly. Additionally, the hinge attaches to the magnetic side of the iPad Mini. And just like the Smart Cover, the iPad Mini automatically wakes when you open the cover and sleeps when closed. Furthermore, Logitech claims a battery life up to 3 months.

While there is a small learning curve for adjusting to the keyboard, it’s truly not as cramped as one would imagine. Along with the standard QWERTY keys, the Ultrathin Keyboard includes a series of function keys dedicated to the iPad that includes shortcuts for the commands most often used such as copy, paste and undo. The one thing that I do not like about the keyboard is that the hinge only allows you to open to the front. It does not flip all the way to the back so you have to take it off it you just want to use your iPad Mini without the keyboard.

Overall, the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Mini is a very compact, lightweight, and functional keyboard. The iPad Mini fits nicely in the slot in either portrait or landscape orientation. While it’s great for quick emails, updating your status on social networking sites, and writing notes in a meeting, it’s not a must-have accessory especially if you are comfortable with the software keyboard in iOS.

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