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Logitech Keyboard Folio mini
This new case from Logitech combines a portfolio style case with a little keyboard to turn the iPad mini into a real work system. This is accomplished by using nearly full-size keys on the little keyboard that sits in one side of the folio case. The keyboard is far narrower than keyboards for the larger iPad, but making the most-used keys larger, makes the Keyboard Folio mini easy to use for limited text entry.
The folio case adds little bulk to the svelte iPad mini, and protects the tablet from daily bumps and bruises. It completely covers the iPad mini and opens to expose a small keyboard. The iPad mini attaches above the keyboard via magnets for typing; the connection is quite strong, and the assembly can be lifted by the iPad mini without separating.
The keyboard is narrow due to the width of the tablet, but Logitech has taken an innovative approach to make it work. The most-used keys on the keyboard, aka the alphabet keys, are almost full-size compared to keyboards for the larger iPad. This makes typing very natural without feeling like the fingers are cramped. Lesser-used keys, such as punctuation characters, are smaller to make it all fit the narrow width.
This keyboard is good for short text entry sessions, but those wanting to do heavy text entry should look at a larger keyboard, such as the ZAGG Mini 9 (next in this collection).
Dimensions: 207x150x25mm (8.15x5.91x0.98 inches); 395g (0.87 pounds).