For word processing and watching video, the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover is a real character, but Bluetooth rules it out at 40,000ft
Price as reviewed: £89.99
A flip-out keyboard masquerading as a simple iPad cover, the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover makes a play for anyone travelling with Apple’s tablet.
Designed for the for iPad 2, 3 and 4 – and with a new version out for the iPad Air – this Bluetooth keyboard clips to the front of its host as with any regular instant on/off magnetic cover, de-attaching to reveal a fully fledged keyboard. Above the main panel is a canal for slotting – and locking, again with a magnet – the iPad at an angle for some surprisingly comfortable and accurate typing.
The Ultrathin – which is about 8mm slim and stretches to 241x181mm up and down – adds 358g to the weight of an iPad (used with an iPad 4 it creates a hefty 977g gadget), which is a tad too much, but otherwise it’s easy enough to travel with. The aluminium cover looks a tad Apple-y, too, though the Logitech logo is bound to raise a few eyebrows among your fellow tableted travellers.
Six month battery
Simple to pair with an iPad, we found the keyboard comfortable enough to use, though we weren’t able to fully test-out Logitech’s claim that its battery lasts for six months.
Thicker than a normal iPad cover it might be, but its only 8mm in depth and at a mere 320g it doesn’t make much difference.
However, since it uses Bluetooth to connect to an iPad, it can’t be used as a keyboard while in an aircraft cabin. A wired option would have useful, but we’re happy enough to take it along as a prop-up stand – and as a classy cover.