Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air
This iPad Air cover works as a desktop keyboard, stand, and magnetic screen protector.
- Good, totally standard keyboard layout
- Nice 'clicky' keys, despite shallow travel
- Magnetic attachment to iPad is very strong
- Stand only allows for a single angle
- Can’t be folded out of the way behind the iPad
A great option for iPad users that like to keep their device as 'unskinned' as possible, or want a rapidly-removable keyboard for occasional use.
Price$ 100.00 (AUD)
This iPad Air cover works as a desktop keyboard, stand, and magnetic screen protector. Unlike most competing products, including Logitech’s own FabricSkin and Ultrathin Keyboard Folios, it doesn’t serve as a full wrap-around case. It’s more like a rigid, aluminium version of Apple’s Smart Cover, with a magnetic hinge that snaps to the iPad’s left edge. It protects the screen when closed, but nothing else.
Unlike the Smart Cover, the Keyboard Cover can’t be folded behind the iPad when you want to use the tablet sans-keyboard. The hinged attachment really only provides a convenient way to transport the keyboard along with the iPad, as you have to remove it both to use the tablet in traditional ‘tablet mode’, or to dock it with the keyboard for typing.
Confused? Well, to type on the keyboard, you have to pull the iPad from the magnetic hinge, and slot it into a groove just above the keys. It balances there while you type, quite stably. I was able to use it on my lap comfortably enough, and never felt like the whole thing was going to pitch over as I’ve experienced with other tablet keyboards. When you’re done typing, you pull the iPad from its slot and connect it back to the magnetic hinge.
The keyboard weighs just 330 grams, substantially lighter than most full-skin keyboard cases, and the iPad Air itself which is 469g. That gives a total of 799g for iPad and keyboard. At 7.3mm thick, it nicely matches the Air’s 7.5mm – the two fit well together, and the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover looks very much like a part of the iPad.
When we reviewed a previous version of the Keyboard Cover for the iPad 2, we found that the weight of the keyboard was too much for the magnetic hinge that secured it to the iPad, meaning it would frequently fall off – or worse, the iPad would fall off if you tried to lift it by the keyboard. The strength of the magnets seems to have been improved, in the iPad or the case or both, meaning that’s no longer an issue. It’s possible to shake the two apart, but in normal use they stay clamped safely together.
The keyboard layout is stock-standard, unlike Logitech’s aforementioned FabricSkin and Ultrathin Keyboard Folios – both of which make some strange layout choices that increases the learning curve. I was able to type at high speed straight away on the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover, reaching my usual 110-115 words-per-minute in my second or third typing test. Keys have short travel but a clear ‘click’, which makes for a pleasant typing experience.
The Ultrathin Keyboard Cover connects to the iPad via Bluetooth, and has a built-in rechargeable battery that charges via micro-USB. A cable is included, but no wall adapter – the cable will work fine with your iPad charger, or any other USB power supply.
This is not a case that provides protection, or stays permanently attached to your iPad – it’s a keyboard that you can conveniently snap on for transport, and pull off when you don’t want to use it.
It's a great option for iPad users that like to keep their device as 'unskinned' as possible, or want a rapidly-removable keyboard for occasional use.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Epson WorkForce ET-4550
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
Lexar® Portable SSD
Google Daydream VR headset
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Acer Swift 7
Huawei Mate 9
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Surface Pro 4
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
HP Pavilion x360 13”
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Oppo R9s Plus phone: Full, in-depth review
- 2 Samsung 2017 QLED Q7 TV: Full, in-depth review
- 3 HTC U Ultra phone full, in-depth review
- 4 Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming 5 AMD Ryzen AM4 motherboard review
- 5 Venom Blackbook Zero 14 laptop review
Latest News Articles
- More iPad screen sizes unlikely to stop slump
- Samsung's Galaxy Tab S3 is like a giant Note7
- Cisco's Spark Board looks like an iPad -- and acts like one
- Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Tablet modules add features but limit functionality
- Slump continues as tablet markets records worst quarter since 2012
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- And the 2017 winner of the Formula 1 Best Pit Lane Boom Gantry is...
- Behind the scenes with Team Walkinshaw at V8 Supercars Melbourne 2017
- First look at the Formula 1 2017 pit lane in Melbourne, Australia
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- FTSocial Media ExecutiveNSW
- FTApplication Support Analyst - Mortgage SolutionNSW
- TPSenior Communications EngineerWA
- FTTechnical ConsultantACT
- FTTechnical ConsultantACT
- CCApplication ArchitectQLD
- CCAutomation Test AnalystQLD
- CCProgram ManagerVIC
- FTProgram Manager-SAP Transition, SAP FICO ImplementationNSW
- FTNetwork Security AnalystNSW
- TPJunior Business AnalystQLD
- FTSenior Technical Consultant - Microsoft / VMWareVIC
- CCProcess Improvement Specialist - TelcoVIC
- FTICT Change AnalystSA
- FTDatabase Administrator - OracleQLD
- FTInfrastructure ArchitectSA
- FTLinux System AdminstratorQLD
- FTEAM Delivery Manager - SAPNSW
- CCOracle Middleware Production SupportACT
- CCIT SharePoint SpecialistNSW
- FTProject Manager (Business Applications)NSW
- FTGraduate Software EngineerNSW
- CCChange AnalystQLD
- FTNetwork Solution ArchitectVIC
- FTSolution Designer/ Technical LeadSA