Definitive guide to keyboards for iPad and iPad mini (Spring 2013)

Definitive guide to keyboards for iPad and iPad mini (Spring 2013)

Summary: There are lots of keyboards available for the iPad and a few for the iPad mini. This collection is the best of the lot based on hands-on use in the field.


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    Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover

    Those wanting a keyboard/case for the iPad that is the thinnest and lightest possible should look no further than the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover. The iPad snaps onto the keyboard via a magnetic hinge that closes like a book when not in use.

    Magnets in the Ultrathin turn the iPad on/off when opened/closed. To use the keyboard, the iPad must be detached from the Ultrathin and popped into the keyboard slot. This slot also has magnets that firmly grip the iPad once it is in place. It is so secure that the whole assembly can be picked up by the iPad without detaching.

    The Ultrathin only covers the screen of the iPad, so it offers no protection to the back.

    Dimensions: 7.47x9.5x0.39 inches (without iPad); 0.78 pounds.

    $99.99 in several colors from Logitech.

    Don't miss the video review by James Kendrick on ZDNet

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    Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover

    The Ultrathin keyboard offers a good typing experience for even the fastest typist. The key layout is standard, and it has a row of special iPad control keys, as is standard on all of the keyboards in this collection.

  • (Image: James Kendrick/ZDNet)


    The original ZAGGfolio is not as good as the newer Profolio+, but it is still a good keyboard for the iPad. It works much the same as the newer keyboard, but without the backlighting. It is also a bit thicker and heavier, but is now available at a bargain price.

    Unlike the Profolio+, the keyboard unit of the ZAGGfolio can be removed from the case and used by itself.

    Dimensions: 7.6x9.75x0.9 inches; 1.1 pounds (without iPad).

    $99.99 from ZAGG.

    Catch the full review by James Kendrick on ZDNet

Topics: Mobility, iPad, Reviews, Tablets

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  • Another cruddy Slide Show

    ZD Net, James, you have totally failed your readers / clients in publishing a Slide Show article with no 'View as one page' link.

    You have also totally failed your advertisers / sponsors.

    Very few tech will tolerate the total waste of time that a Slide Show demands. as a result, we just go to he next article or another media publication that is less arrogant and more consumer friendly.


    Don't you ever listen to Sheldon when he quotes that a definition of insanity is doing the same thing in exactly the same way, over and over and expecting a different result?
    Leo Regulus
    • Cruddy slide show

      Must agree with Leo. In fact the entire article leaves everything to be desired. If Kendrick thinks his article is a "definitive guide" it's time for him to retire. ZDNet allowing this type of none guide to appear as a guide is ........... Oh hell, it's just junk.
  • Another keyboard option

    I just got my Crux Skunk ipad keyboard case and it is fantastic. Beautifully designed and made out of aluminum with finish matching the iPad, the keys have great feel. You may want to check it out for your next review.