Tablets seem to be the norm for most people nowadays and for many, typing using the on screen keyboards of tablets is a bit of a chore. More so if you are one of those people who utterly depend on your iPad... like me.
As most of you would already know, I am a Financial Planner by day and moonlight as a Daddy Blogger by night so whichever role I assume, the one thing I cannot do without is my iPad Mini. I need it for my work and in between meeting clients, I try to squeeze whatever time I have to complete my blog posts on my iPad.
But the one thing that irks me is the typing using the on screen keyboards of my iPad. A few sentences I can live with, but when it comes to churning out a full-length blog post using my iPad... let's just say my fingers will be threatening to break up with me after I complete one post. So it was happiness when I found out about the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio for iPad Mini, which is essentially a 3-in-1 cover - a protective case, a stand and a KEYBOARD. Woot!
The first thing I noticed when I unboxed the cover was how light it was, considering that it housed a keyboard! At 285g, it adds very little noticeable weight to the iPad Mini. Dimensions for the Folio are 215mm x 149mm x 19.3mm if you must know.
Snapping on the iPad Mini to the Folio was a piece of cake. In fact, Ale could even do it. To remove it from the Folio, just a small amount of force pulls it back out. No trickery or hard clasps to undo. It really is that easy. When it comes to accessibility, the Ultrathin Keyboard Folio tops its class.
But the one thing that impressed me was even after adding the case and keyboard, the Folio did not add much to the thickness, which is fabulous since I carry my iPad Mini everywhere with me. And since portability matters a lot to me, it is a good thing too that the Folio covers both the back and the front of the iPad Mini to prevent any unwanted damage should the dreaded accidental slip occurs.
Oh, and I have to give a special mention to the material used for the Folio. The external layer is made from a durable, soft touch, water repellent material which makes it easier to grip - perfect for those tiny hands of Ale too!
Thanks to a clever magnetic clip, the Folio locks the iPad Mini securely in place. And when I say securely, I mean it. You can pick the case up by the iPad and shake it without it breaking loose. This means that my iPad is not going to flop around once I put it in place to type.
Once clicked into place, pairing of the iPad Mini with the Folio via Bluetooth is painless and unbelievably quick.
A small power button on the side of the case turns the keyboard on and off to save battery power when it is not being used. With an average use of two hours per day, the Folio can go for up to three months on a full charge, with recharging the keyboard using the included USB cable.
Of course, the most important aspect of the Folio has got to be its keyboard. Logitech has changed the design slightly over older models, to make the case smaller and sleeker I reckon. The tradeoff is that the Caps Lock and Tab keys are shared with the A and Q keys, something which took me a while to get used to.
|I too loved the nice touch of the loop (Logitech label) to hold a stylus or pen.|
I don't know about you, but I love keyboards that go 'click click click' instead of a dull 'thud thud thud' as I furiously go about my typing. With the Folio's keyboard, I could type as fast as I would on a laptop complete with the reassuring 'click' of real keys. Woot!
Plus, it features time-saving iOS shortcut keys combinations for cut and paste, searching, volume, and more. Even the boys could not resist in giving the Folio keyboard a try!
I - and the boys I must add - really like using this Keyboard Folio as its usage was functional and practical without adding bulk to the iPad Mini at the same time.
No doubt it protects my iPad really well, but the keyboard of the Folio definitely takes the cake for me. I have always been skeptical of iPad cases that come with keyboards, but the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio makes it so easy for me to type document after document, blog post after blog post on it.
In fact, even Ash and Ayd have requested to do their online homework using my iPad Mini and Folio!
At S$129, it is not exactly the cheapest cover around but if you are scouting for a keyboard for your iPad in addition to having a cover that offers good protection, then this Keyboard Folio from Logitech is definitely worth its price.
|Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad mini|
|Logitech Folio Protective Case for iPad mini|
Congratulations to the following winners:
Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover (Aluminium cover with a Bluetooth keyboard)
Ultrathin Protective Folio for iPad Mini
Please email me at kelvin(at)cheekiemonkie.net with your name and mailing address to claim your prize. Thanks!
The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio for iPad Mini is available in three colours: Carbon Black, Green Leash and Veil Grey and retailing at most Apple Premium Resellers, Challenger and other Logitech authorized resellers for S$129.00. The Ultrathin Keyboard Folio is available for iPad Air as well and comes in colours of Carbon Black, Midnight Blue and Mars Red Orange at S$139.
For more information on Logitech's range of Ultrathin Keyboard Folios and Covers, please visit http://www.logitech.com/en-sg/tablet-accessories?overview .