Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover and iPad Air: Thinner than a dime

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover and iPad Air: Thinner than a dime

Summary: The keyboard cover that Logitech has produced for the iPad Air is even thinner than the svelte tablet.

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Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air (Image: James Kendrick/ZDNet)
Ultrathin Keyboard Cover thinner than dime
iPad Air and Ultrathin Keyboard Cover (Image: James Kendrick/ZDNet)

The iPad Air is the best tablet from Apple produced so far. The company trimmed it down compared to the previous generation iPad, and made it the lightest ~10-inch tablet. That weight loss means that most keyboard accessories no longer fit, so a new one is in order. Enter the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for the iPad Air, an accessory that lives up to its name.

Specs:

  • Dimensions: (L x W x H): 240mm x 169.5mm x 7.3mm, 9.44in x 6.67in x 0.29in

  • Weight: 330g, 0.73lb

Ultrathin Keyboard Cover in hand
iPad Air and Ultrathin Keyboard Cover (Image: James Kendrick/ZDNet)

The Ultrathin Keyboard Cover is a keyboard that attaches to the iPad Air via a magnetic hinge. Just bring the edge of the Air near the hinge and it snaps onto the tablet securely. Once attached the duo can be closed like a book for transport. Opening/closing the two uses Smart Cover technology to wake/sleep the iPad Air.

The tablet can be separated from the cover with a gentle twisting motion while holding both the iPad Air and the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover. It's thus easier to use the iPad Air alone than with some other cases. This makes the tradeoff of only providing protection to the screen of the iPad Air worthwhile.

The opposite side of the keyboard is brushed aluminum and is very similar to the finish on the iPad Air. It might be prone to scratches but two little rubber feet look to minimize that while providing non-slip footing for using the keyboard.

The iPad Air fits into a slot above the keyboard, and is held securely via magnets in the slot. The whole assembly can be lifted by the iPad, although the keyboard could possibly detach when doing so.

The keyboard is the shining jewel of the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover. The chiclet keys are nicely spaced on the undersized keyboard, and give good tactile feedback when keys are pressed. Even with big hands, touch typing is not only possible but can be done at a good speed. This review was written using the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover and iPad Air with no issues nor complaints.

The top row of keys doubles as a number row and also some special iPad control keys when pressed with the Fn key. These keys include a Home, Siri, Screen Lock, and media player controls. In an interesting move Logitech has moved the Cut, Copy, and Paste keys, often found on this row, to the X,C, and V keys. Those functions are performed by holding the Fn key while hitting one of the three keys noted. This makes performing these functions on the Ultrathin more like the familiar action on Windows PCs and Macs.

Like most keyboards for the iPad, the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover connects to the tablet via Bluetooth. The pairing process only takes a few seconds and is started by a dedicated button on the keyboard.

Ultrathin Keyboard Cover controls
microUSB, power, pairing (Image: James Kendrick/ZDNet)

A standard microUSB cable (included) is used to charge the keyboard. A charge should last three months with typical usage.

The Ultrathin Keyboard Cover is available in major retail outlets, and from Logitech for $99.99. It is the thinnest, lightest keyboard option currently available for the iPad Air. The Logitech Ultrathin Folio previously reviewed by ZDNet is thicker and heavier.

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Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover (Image: James Kendrick/ZDNet)

 

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  • But, it's so thin!

    Every article about the iPad air focuses on its thickness. I'm begging Apple to build something news into its next iPad!!!!!

    Look, the last three iPads have been thin enough... stop acting like "thickness" is main ingredient in tablet performance. WE WANT NEW FEATURES AND LOWER PRICING
    ribzilla
  • Hilarious and embarrassing

    Logitech manages to get a high quality keyboard to the market for $100 while Microsofts counterpart for the Surface product line is flying high for no apparent reason.

    Dear MS : It's just a plain simple keyboard that even a high class Swiss manufacturer gets done below $100.
    EnticingHavoc
    • Surface Type Keyboard is thinner.

      This one is listed as 7.3mm, while the Type Keyboard 2 for Surface is only 5.4mm. The Surface Type Cover 2 is also lighter, 0.56lb versus the 0.73lb listed here.

      So 30 dollar difference for the much better mobility (or no difference if you buy last year's Type Cover, still lighter and thinner). And aren't reasons like this that drives people to pay much higher premium on Apple products anyway?
      xelsm
      • Correction

        Microsoft type cover keyboard is actually 5.0mm thin and 0.55lb
        chrisgarcia78
        • Okay, even better haha.

          The Surface website says 5.4mm though =S

          But I guess either one demonstrates the point that it's better designed.
          xelsm
      • Unfortunately, it's attached to a brick.

        Putting even the thinnest keyboard on a thick, heavy slab of a tablet doesn't make it any better for carrying around constantly. The keyboard isn't the part of the Surface that stinks. Other brands make much better Windows tablets than Microsoft.
        BillDem
    • Apple's?

      How much is Apple's own keyboard? Yeah, I already knew that.
      Regulator1956
    • Understand the title of the article and read the specs before commenting

      The article means that the iPad Air and the Logitech keyboard together are thinner than a dime but they meant a dime in diameter. Some author just want to advertise a product and confuse some people. Microsoft type keyboard is just 5.0mm thin compared to this 7.3mm Logitech. Meaning that the Surface with the type cover measures 13.9mm thin and the ultrathin iPad Air with the Logitech keyboard measures 14.8mm
      chrisgarcia78
      • Yep

        14.8mm and still without Office. I actually think keyboard make no sense for iPads because they are so limited. Most people will go to an actual notebook for work if they have iPad. Keyboard for Surface makes sense because Surface has the potential to replace laptop all together.
        xelsm
        • Ignorance is bliss?

          Limited? You might want to ask somebody who has actually been using the iPad for a few years. The iPad can do any task the Surface can. In addition, it can run half a million applications. Compare that to a few hundred apps available for the Surface. It can also dock and charge directly from thousands of add-on devices you'll find on shelves in places like Sharper Image, Best Buy, and Brookstone. We're talking everything from bathroom scales, to thermostats, to blood pressure sleeves, to slide scanners, and tons more. I've yet to see a single "Made for Surface" sticker on any popular gadget.

          I guess ignorance really is bliss. If you prefer to use a Surface, more power to you. Just don't claim to know anything about what an iPad can do, when you obviously have no clue. Any "limitations" are only in your knowledge of the device, not the device itself.
          BillDem
          • Well lets stay honest

            The Surface has 129.000 applications. The Surface Pro has additionally millions of classic windows applications.
            On the iPad, you cannot have an SD card (Apple asks for an additional 100$ for 16GB), where as you can buy a 64GB SD card for 30$ for the Surface.
            For the iPad you need an adapter for USB (full size), you need an additional case to have a stand, you do not have a real office suit, and you cannot have two apps at the same time on the display.

            And just tell me can the iPad do this:
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VYf5MWyTn8 (Surface RT)
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wG1b0yBJHLM (Surface 2)
            LetsBeHonest
          • I'm Ignorance Free

            I do have iPad experience. Two years of it. I wrote two novels using it, and won't do that again unless Office comes to the iPad and even then, doubtful. With the constant crashing iOS 7 gives me on my iPad 3, I'm getting sick of the experience. I'd much prefer a Surface 2 right now. Have played with them in store, and I'm impressed.

            There are over 130k Windows apps, and Windows won't need as many. So many iPad apps exist solely because it's not a full system. Hundres just to replace functions built into Windows RT and Office.

            I love my iPhone, and I've been a Mac user since 2004, but I'm also a realist about these things. People should buy the devices that work best for them. Fandom can only limit productivity.
            dahayden
      • That was what got my attention also.

        In common speech, the phrase "thinner than a dime" implies "thinner than THE THICKNESS OF a dime" but the headline writer was clever enough not to say so explicitly. I looked at the article to see if (a) each piece (iPad Air and keyboard) were individually "thinner than the thickness of a dime" or (b) the phrase was metaphorical exaggeration.

        Still, with the COMBINED thickness of both thinner than the diameter of a dime, this is impressive miniaturization, and should be comfortable to carry in one hand. But at some point, a tech item, unless flexible like a mouse pad, can be TOO thin, because either falling to the floor, or having something fall ON it when it is not on a completely flat surface, can damage or destroy it.
        jallan32
  • Surface doesn't seem so heavy or thick

    With the weight of the key boards and the iPad mixed there no big difference with the weight of my surface. I get a kick out of all the folks that complain about the weight of the surface and surface pro vs the iPad then as soon as they get an iPad they add a heavy case and keyboard to the mix. My wife has a 4th gen iPad and a case that stands it up(no Keyboard) and it weighs the exact same as my Surface Pro with type cover(I don't see the need for an additional cover). Love that this article says it is smaller than the diameter of a dime.... well so is my Surface Pro with type cover...oooh oh I should pull out my touch cover. It is lighter and thinner.
    tstark1223