Review: Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio for iPad Air

Late last year I bought an iPad Air. The goal was to gradually transition to my travel computer and eventually start leaving my Logitech ultrathin keyboard folioDell 14 inch laptop at home. For the first month I didn’t have a keyboard, and it baffled me how anyone used tablets as work computers. Typing on a screen is fine for short emails or web addresses, but there is no practical way to use a laptop for an entire blog post. Nonetheless I was sure that it was something I just had to get used to. Finally the Home Warrior saw me struggle for the last time, took pity on me and insisted I go buy a keyboard.

Going to Best Buy to find a keyboard the week after Christmas was probably a bad idea. The shelves were basically cleaned out! I played with the various floor models, and finally decided on my favorite. When I found the place on the shelf where it was supposed to be…the shelf was empty (cue sad music). However, a super nice person from Best Buy found one that had been set in the wrong place, and the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio for iPad Air was mine!

The Good. The keyboard is so light. I have used tablet keyboards before that weighed twice as much as the tablet–kind of defeats the purpose, right? But the iPad Air and Logitech case together feel far lighter than my old iPad. The case protects both front and back of the tablet, which is very important when it’s going in my overstuffed travel purse all of the time. It is very easy to connect via bluetooth, and is simple to turn off if I want to use the iPad as a tablet.

The most important question: how’s the keyboard? I love the keyboard. The keys are almost full sized, and for the most part it doesn’t feel cramped as smaller keyboards often do. However, in order to make the keys so large the spacing is exactly correct on the number row. I will occasionally hit the “home” key instead of the “1” key, which can be kind of jarring in the middle of a sentence. However, I will take it over tiny, cramped keys that are hard to type on. I actually prefer the way this keyboard feels compared to my full-sized computer keyboard.

If you are trying to use a tablet for productivity, I suggest you get a keyboard as fast as you can. It makes everything so, so much easier! The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio is a great option for iPad Air. I got mine at Best Buy for around $85 after Christmas. It’s currently listed there for $99, but I am pretty sure they will match other websites and it is $88 on Amazon.

Readers, do you use your tablet for productivity? What keyboard do you use?

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Comments

  1. I have this version and my partner has the one for the iPad mini. Both of ours have cracked right where the ‘power’ button is. It seems as tho it is a design flaw and a weak spot that frequently breaks. It doesn’t effect things much except that the tablet sometimes shifts on that corner as it is no longer a snug fit-which would lead to falls.

  2. I am actually on my 4th Logitech Ultrathin Folio i5 case. they keep breaking in the spot that the previous commenter mentioned. I will say that Logitech’s support is quick to replace it with a brand new one, but my last one didn’t even last 2 weeks before it broke. I will say that I baby this thing. I use it for work purposes, typing meeting notes and composing documents. So very light use. Just a FYI for anyone looking to pick up this case.

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