My favorite keyboard accessory has always been, and still is, the. The only problem: it doesn't fit an . Thanks to the Air's reduction in overall size and footprint, the old cover's too wide, and an Air will perch awkwardly in the original's prop-up groove.
The new Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for the iPad Air solves that problem: it's shaved down in overall footprint, but has mostly the same feel. And best of all, the keys are as good as ever, and the layout hasn't changed. Neither has the price: it's $99.99.
But that doesn't mean there aren't drawbacks. When the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover first debuted, it was the thinnest keyboard around, had a unique magnetic side clasp to attach like a Smart Cover, and had few competitors. Now many manufacturers make similar thin keyboards. And, this Ultrathin cover doesn't seem quite so thin anymore: not only is it a bit thicker than the previous design, but the iPad Air's thinner than the previous iPad, too.
Instead of feeling like a wafer-thin add-on, this keyboard cover nearly doubles the thickness of the iPad. The Ultrathin Keyboard Cover weighs 0.74 pound, less than the 0.94 and 0.92 of the
There are other downsides...or rather, features that no longer seem impressive when compared with the competition. First off, this cover doesn't autopair when connected, a wonderful magic-trick-style perk I look for in accessories. The Belkin case and Logitech folio both have this feature. Here, you have to switch on the keyboard via a small tab on the side, and remember to switch it off when done or it'll still work -- even when separated from the Air by several feet.