Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air review: Air-ified keyboard done well

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.

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Also, there are no adjustable angles: the iPad Air's angle when in the keyboard cover works fine for me during lap typing and on a desk, but the Belkin case can adjust to three angles. And, of course, this Logitech cover doesn't protect your iPad's back; it's just a cover for the front. Some people have bareback iPads, but I prefer a case or a sleeve.

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And yet, I still love this accessory. Why? Because it's thinner than using a full keyboard case, it attaches cleanly, it feels rock-solid, and has a great keyboard. No keys are weirdly compressed, except for a few right-side punctuation keys. Some iOS-specific commands are folded into the number keys, or cleverly integrated into the keyboard (cut and paste, for instance, require pressing Fn-X and Fn-V, similarly to on a regular laptop). The matte keys have solid travel and feel comfortable, and have excellent response. And, I write quickly when using it -- this whole review was written on it, and it felt great to use. After all, that's why you buy a keyboard in the first place.

The Ultrathin Keyboard Cover's keyboard (top) has a much better layout than the FabricSkin Keyboard Folio, also by Logitech (bottom). Sarah Tew/CNET

The cover still charges via Micro-USB, and has an included cable. To set up Bluetooth pairing, you press a small button on the side next to the power switch.

So there you have it: the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover may not be quite the uncontested iPad accessory it once was, but it remains a top pick for me. The only regret I have is that this product only serves and fits the iPad Air, whereas the previous model fit the iPad 2, 3, and 4. At $99.99, that might be a little hard to swallow.

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  • Weight 11.6 oz
  • Compatibility Apple iOS