Apr 21, 2014

Easy Typing with Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio for iPad Mini

(Daddy reviews)

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.

OR you can just win a cover from Logitech!  (GIVEAWAY CLOSED)

I have ONE Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover (Aluminium cover with a Bluetooth keyboard, worth S$119) and ONE Ultrathin Protective Folio for iPad Mini (worth S$59) to give away.

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad mini
Logitech Folio Protective Case for iPad mini

All you have to do is leave a comment in this blog post to say why you would like to win one of the two covers and I will pick the best two comments! Easy peasy!!!

Giveaway ends on 18 May 2014, 2359 hoursGood Luck!

Congratulations to the following winners:

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover (Aluminium cover with a Bluetooth keyboard) 
Ker Min

Ultrathin Protective Folio for iPad Mini 
Steffi Tan

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

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Unknown said...

Fabulous innovation, I visit your blog almost daily. Thank you Logitech, it allows me to hear more from you without breaking your fingers! While writing this, my wrist are breaking too! Keep it up cheeckiemonkies.

Germaine sahm with 2 kids.

Steffi Tan said...

I would like to win Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio for my hubby as his birthday is approaching. He is a die hard fan of Logitech & Apple products.

Steffi Tan

Unknown said...

Cool gadget, kids friendly and user friendly keyboard suitable for young and old :)

Jolin said...

I would like to win one because I also prefer a real physical keyboard over the onscreen keyboard.

Anonymous said...

Would love one for my dad who is 71 and learning to use the iPad :) may26@hotmail.com - charlene

preciouz said...

so cool..didnt know such a device existed...

Debra said...

How clever and sleek-looking! Would love to win the keyboard to go with my iPad Mini that my husband is getting me for Mother's Day! olimomok@gmail.com

Unknown said...

I would love to win this for my mom so that she can use this as a laptop for work!!!!

Anonymous said...

for my mum who prefers typing rather than pointing at the screen.. cool gadget that Logitech has come out with =)


Karen said...

My kids have been using my iPad for their school work regularly.
The P1 gal has been using it for Dictionary App to look up for meanings of words.

P3 gal uses it for googling information for her science homework.

With the keyboard, hopefully it will help them to type better as they have been frustrated with the iPad in-built keyboard at times. :)

It will be a good gift to motivate them. :))


Sandy said...

Jus give it to me! Lol

Unknown said...

The aluminum case with keyboard would be nice because not only does it solve the problem of typing on the on-screen keyboard, it also looks sharp and protects everything quite nicely.

The Chronicler said...

I would like to win this so that I can blog using my iPad! :) That'd be good coz then I can blog on the go :)

Unknown said...

I know what you mean about the "clicking" of real keys instead of "thud"s! haha. Would love to win this so that I can blog on the go with my iPad mini!!!

Ai Sakura said...

I'd love to have the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover to work and research stuff on the go too! Instead of being desk-bound I can work at a cafe with a delicious cup of coffee. Ahhh bliss! :p

Ai @ Sakura Haruka

Kelvin Ang said...

I would love to have that for easy editing and typing of long emails and posts on my ipad mini, PLUS it protects my ipad! WHOA!

coldkohmew said...

I would like to win so that i can do hand exercises on the keyboard while on the move and lose weight while carrying light.

Unknown said...

I'm a new blogger and hopefully I can win this to help me type up more post anytime, anywhere.... :)

Jingxian said...

I would love to have the ultrathin keyboard so that there will be lesser fingerprint smudges on the screen.
Also, the cover allow the kids to not bend their head down too often. Not good for the neck.

Imp75 said...

This offer came at an opportune time as one half of my twin had been asking me to replace her current iPad mini cover which had grown rather old. Now with the cover cum stand cum keyboard, she'll be in for a good surprise!

Reddie said...

I'm gunning for one too after reading your fabulous review after clicking on your fabulous advertisement on another sg blogger's fabulous site. And of course, cruising around your fabulous site is the next thing to do!

So I'm thinking, after I get this fabulous piece of complement gadget, I'll have to get the actual fabulous iPad mini to fit it. Wondering if it could replace my still quite fabulous MacBook Pro in certain measures though, seriously.

Megan Yeo said...

I would like to win the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard cover for my family. With it, my little girl can have the right posture when using the ipad to learn her IT bytes. My hubby can clear his work emails at ease at the study table. It will help me type better when I write my diary every night. It will be such a prefect and useful gadget for everyone at home.

Unknown said...

This keyboard looks cool. Must have saved you loads of time.

z said...

This inovative keyboard is especially user friendly for someone like me, who heavily rely on keyboard whenver i type. with the keyboard, my ipad is no longer just for playing game and watching video.Thank you for the useful review. :)

Stacey Chua said...

This is such a wonderful and insightful blog! I look the click sound of my keyboard too! Hahah! I would love to win the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover (Aluminium cover with a Bluetooth keyboard)! Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Oh, I reckon that it will be so much easier typing on a physical keyboard than touching on the screen letter by letter using my butter finger. Awesome!

Thanks for the giveaway and hope that my ipad mini would get lucky enough to be clothed for protection and I get to leverage on the cover's keyboard function ^_^


Stella (Happystella1706@yahoo.com.sg) said...

This gadget sounds perfect for a busy working mum who is thinking of reviving her love for blogging, but finds it inefficient typing long entries on her iPad screen keyboard - aka ME! Hoping I can be the lucky one to get the gorgeous Logitech keyboard cover for iPad! :)

Gim hwa said...

I would like to have one of these for myself as I think it would certainly help me overcome all those stupid messages that I send through the auto spell function as it has become kind of embarrassing when it does not come out right :)

joat said...

I want to present these ultrathin gifts to my ultra caring husband who is also a big (note I did not say fat) man who likes mini things

Crystal tan said...

I would like to have this cover as it offers good protection for my ipad mini and it is so cool!

Min said...

Ooo, It's great to know this gadget which I hope to get for my husband. It'll definitely aid him in typing faster with his big chunky fingers. Increase his efficiency so that he can spend more time with the kids! :))

Ker Min

Jun Lee said...

It's terrific gadget catered to the whole family. Daddy - who has fat fingers, needs to type his official emails and play his own games. Mummy - who needs to constantly type emails to teachers, update blogs, facebook etc. My 2 big kids - who need to research for projects using tablet. My small kids - learning how to type on a proper keypad while he plays games or search for youtube videos.

I can already foresee this new gadget will be fully utilized and the benefits fully appreciated.

Fish said...

Winning this Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio would be an lovely bonus to my dear mommy. I am sure she will find it most useful as she uses it to navigate the new iPad, which i bought her for this Mother's Day 2014.

Unknown said...

Winning this Logitech ultra thin keyboard folio really solve my requirement ...Just really need the wireless key pad my laptop already died and lot of my work stuck .. This will really solve my problem ...

Unknown said...

I would like to win the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad mini because I am a logitech fan! 2 of my keyboards at home are from logitech (see my profile pic) and I am currently using the logitech ultra-thin mouse (also in profile pic) which I am totally in love with. Logitech products are reliable and durable! The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad mini would come in so handy for me because I have decided to enroll into a tertiary course to further my learning. My laptop is too big for the tiny lecture hall seats' side tables. I always use my ipad mini, but it is not easy without a keyboard. The productivity is low without it and sometimes I am not able to note down what the instructor said in time :( Fingers crossed!

Unknown said...


Thanks for this amazing giveaway and your blog writeup about the Logitech keyboards.

Would love to win either as it would really make my hours out of the house (waiting for my son) really more productive with a physical keyboard. I don't have to wait till at night, to go back to my laptop to work on things. With the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard, I can be lightweight and effectively efficient with my ipad/ ipadmini on the go!

Hope to win :)

khim said...

My daughter who is p1 this year, who has been playing with ipad since 4, who just started to learn about key board in school now.. she needs it!!!!

Unknown said...

Hi Sir,

I'm a newly born ipad mini and I'm writing in to plea for help from my impatient owner.

She likes to punch me on my face with her fast tapping fingers with such force and exertion that I become giddy and end up responding slower. And you know what? More backspace and punches follow. Sigh

I hope you can give her the Logitech keypad so that she can punch that keypad instead and save myself from being disfigured.

Signing off,
Ipad mini

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great review :) this keyboard cover has caught my eye for a while as I have always had a good impression of Logitech. I've been struggling with whether to get it or not. I've recently graduated and started a new job which is similar to yours, so I have to be on the go a lot. I have gone from a regular laptop to the MacBook Air but it is still quite a hassle to carry around everyday in my handbag as I still have a lot of other things to bring around. As a result I constantly suffer from shoulder aches from the heavy weight i carry daily. I have recently got an iPad mini and I would love to win this cover as it would lighten my load, both literally and figuratively :) the iPad mini is a great device to have but like you said, typing on it can be troublesome if it is more than a few sentences.

Winning this would go a long way in helping me to be more efficient and it would be great if I get the chance to own this wonderful device from Logitech. Thanks for holding this giveaway :)

Jolene (jolenechui@gmail.com)

Nick said...

Would love to win the keyboard for my beloved iPad!

Been using it for hours every single day for leisure/work and having a keyboard would really making typing so much easier and faster! Productivity will increase, especially when it comes to writing long messages/emails!

A keyboard is what I miss most since I forgo a laptop, this would really complete my iPad experience!

Jochebed Tan said...

Hello Daddy Kelvin! :)

I've been a loyal supporter of your blog ever since I stumbled upon it 2 years ago, and I simply love the way your blog posts are presented. Using the lovely photos to speak for themselves, each and every blog post is a pleasure to read!

Especially amazing for the more technical stuff like gadgets, I find no difficulty in understanding and relating to them even though I'm one technical noob myself. I have been trying to find ways to maximize my usage for my iPad Mini ever since I got it a year ago for school work. However, I am a big fan of working with on-screen keypads, and that has somewhat hindered me a little from maximizing usage of my tablet. Your blog post has totally ended my search for that extra boost to my tablet! I love that external keyboard while still keeping the iPad Mini thin. Afterall, keeping the portable device light is the reason why I chose a Mini! With the functional keyboard and sleek look, it completes my tablet and I'm already looking forward to getting some real work done with that extra efficiency added.

I'm really hoping to welcome the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover to my iPad Mini family! And that aside, thumbs up for the great blog posts! Reading your blog has been a real pleasure, keep going! :D


Anonymous said...

I wanna win this but I don't use any apple products!

ET said...

I had a logitech keyboard before (http://ronernbphilly.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/logitech-tablet-keyboard-for-ipad.png) but I didn't like it because it was heavy and bulky for me to bring around. It's spoilt now but I'm broke to get a new one now.
The keyboard you are using looks so light and thin!
I want to win that for my mother as a Mothers' Day present because she has been complaining her fingers are too fat to type on her ipad.

Unknown said...


Great post!

Anyway, I would love to win this Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio so that I can bring it with me on every exciting travel adventure around the world & in Singapore!

But first, I got to buy an ipad! ;) My birthday is in May!

XO, Carissa

Deedee said...

Great post!! I'd really love to get one of the covers... well, actually I haven't bought my iPad (In fact no one in my family owns an iPad, guess we belong to one of the rare young and sophisticated family that has never owned an iPad!) but my ultimate woe is I don't know which cover to buy! And I won't want to have an iPad unprotected! And now if I win this cover and keyboard, I'll get the ultimate reason to buy my first ever iPad! :D

Mark Chan said...

I think the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio will sure match nicely with my iPad Mini. Love to win this.

Unknown said...

Nice gadget! Not sure is it available in Malaysia?

imchacha said...

Always wonder if this is really a great case as I saw many people using it. Thanks for the review post and I would like to have one for my brand new iPad mini so I can blog easily like you^^

I want to get a thin case when my iPad mini is here, and so happened that this Logitech claims that the case is "ultra thin"..haha! I just can't wait!
I hope I'll win.

Best regards,


Carrot said...

Wow!! I wouldn't hold my hopes high since I am not good with words. Logitech is actually a very good keyboard company, offering at affordable rates and yet providing a comfortable fit for our hands. Totally trust this brand with the products it has produced!

Wow it sounds really good if it's not heavy and good to bring it anywhere to create blog posts.

Claudia said...

Just because I'm going to get an iPad Mini soon!

Beverly! said...

I'd love it for my, I mean, my kids' iPad mini... to protect it from their clumsy fingers and for me to use it to blog when I manage to wheedle it off them!


Amirah said...

It is cool gadget that i want to use because i just got an ipad mini 2 that i bought it at school. I would love to use it for my blogging and sch subjects. It is easy for me to use!
I hope i will win this!


Connie Tan said...

I would love to win the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Mini for my dad who just recently got an iPad Mini. However, like you, he isn't very used to using touchscreen keyboard & prefers the real clicking of real keys. He isn't using the iPad Mini as often as he expected himself to because he keeps touching the wrong keys on the touchscreen keyboard. I hope that winning the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Mini would allow him to use his iPad Mini more easily for work & leisure.

Connie Tan

Cheekiemonkies said...

Congratulations to the following winners:

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover (Aluminium cover with a Bluetooth keyboard)
Ker Min

Ultrathin Protective Folio for iPad Mini
Steffi Tan

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