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First Look: Logitech's editors' choice winning keyboard cover for iPad

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First Look: Logitech's editors' choice winning keyboard cover for iPad

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Logitech's Ultrathin Keyboard Cover might be the best keyboard accessory ever made for the iPad, if you're looking for a highly portable and functional keyboard that travels light; just make sure you carry a separate protective case.

I'm Scott Stein and I like writing on my iPad. Well, I usually like writing on it if I don't have to do too many other tasks other than pure typing and then when it comes to finding a keyboard for my iPad is a bit of a trial and error because some keyboard cases are really pretty bulky and I don't always like typing on my iPad screen directly. Low and behold, the new Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for the iPad. It looks like it's a laptop, right? No. It's an iPad with this new keyboard cover attached to it. It connects the same way that a Smart Cover attaches via magnet and this little thin case doubles as a keyboard that you can lay and set-up with your iPad right through this little docking connector and it even has magnets on the bottom. Pretty snazzy. This think little case when it's assembled gives you access to a pretty full-sized keyboard that connects via Bluetooth and gives you some really nice feeling keys in the middle, some crank keys on the side but an experience that nearly matches what you're gonna get in a Bluetooth keyboard that will be sold separately but here, you're getting it a lot thinner and something that attaches in a really sexy way with your iPad. Now, there are some caveats. One, it's not a case. Maybe that's why they call it Ultrathin keyboard cover. In fact, it's not really that great a cover for the front. It's nothing like a Smart Cover in the sense that it's kinda thick and awkward to close but it does have rubber bumpers that protects the iPad from contacting the keyboard. You're still gonna need to cover the back of the iPad however. So you may wanna get a Smart Cover or you might wanna keep it in a Folio case when you are not using this. Unfortunately, if you try to put a Smart back-cover on the 3rd generation iPad, it won't dock with the groove on this keyboard but if you have an iPad 2, you're in luck. I tried the Belkin Snap Shiled cover and at least in that instance, it worked just fine. You can also dock this iPad in portrait mode. Although it's not kinda supported with the magnets. It does work. It does feel a little bit tenuous here. I'm not sure I trust it in a cafe with a lot of juggling people but you can do it. Although this keyboard is really meant to be used in landscape mode and only in this one orientation where the magnets are to dock and when it does, it's strong enough that it can hold the keyboard on the bottom. It's 99 bucks which is not cheap but compared to a lot of iPad keyboard cover accessories, it's kinda light in that ballpark and Logitech says that this will last 6 months on a charge although that would be with 2 hours of use a day. Still, that's a lot of hours of use and it charges via micro USB cable that comes in the package. All told, it's not gonna reinvent the world of keyboards but it really may change your habits in terms of how you carry a keyboard with you. You can't comment much here than this Ultrabook Keyboard Cover and the way it connects back with your iPad is simply as this. I'm Scott Stein and that's a look at the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for the iPad 2 and 3rd-gen iPad.

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