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Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover
The iPad Air sits in a slot above the keyboard for use. This arrangement only allows for one angle, but it's comfortable.
Mobile accessory maker Kensington offers several models of keyboard cases for the iPad Air. The company takes the minimalist approach with the KeyCover, a device that is essentially a thin keyboard with a brushed metal back.
The iPad Air snaps into the precisely tooled KeyCover for transport, protecting the screen while leaving the iPad's aluminum back exposed. The tablet is easily popped out of the case and propped up in a magnetic slot above the keyboard.
This design has a fixed viewing angle and, while it's worked well in our testing, it may be less acceptable for some.
The keyboard is a very good one, with fast touch typing easily accomplished. Key spacing is good and key travel offers decent tactile feedback.
The row of LED indicators on the rear of the KeyCover (power, CAPS LOCK) are poorly located. They are not visible when using the keyboard with the iPad Air in place.
The magnetic slot where the tablet is inserted for typing holds the iPad securely, and permits using the tablet in landscape and portrait orientations.
The Kensington KeyCover is available at major retailers and from Kensington for $79.99. There is a slightly more expensive model with backlit keys.
The keyboard is slightly cramped due to the number of keys, but touch typing is easily accommodated.