The Logitech iPad Bluetooth Keyboard – well worth the investment!

 Logitech iPad Keyboard


Logitech iPad Keyboard

I have tried a few keyboards over the last couple of years for the iPad.  Most of them in some type of iPad case\cover incorporating a keyboard but a couple that were stand alone type fold up versions.  The case type primarily bulked out the iPad size and did not provide a good enough typing experience to justify the extra size or were completely separate devices so there was the feeling of carrying 2 items around.  I also somewhat felt that if I wanted to use a proper keyboard I should just grab my laptop.  However, after trying out the Logitech keyboard it has changed my point of view. The feedback and general feel on the keyboard is excellent. It’s slick design, look and feel make it seem that it was always part of the iPad. This aesthetics and fitting in with the look and feel is generally very important but especially so when it is an Apple product.  Yes it does bulk out the size a little and it adds some weight but in my opinion the screen real estate you get back by no longer having the keyboard on the screen and improved usability of the iPad more than compensates for this.

  • Excellent keyboard with an Apple look and feel.  Keys are a hard plastic(resin?) and good enough to touch type versus some of those softer rubber or silicon types.
  • Smart connects\hinges to the iPad just like the smart covers
  • When the iPad is sitting in the slot, the viewing angle is excellent and the device feels very secure even though it is not ‘fixed’ (see pic below)
  • Very easy to connect and set up
  • Excellent battery life in the keyboard (6 months at 2 hours per day before recharge – I usually leave it on all day every day and try to recharge it 1 a week)
  • Analogue on/off switch which I really approve of especially when flying.  Quick and easy off! I am tired of gimmicky digital switches on so many products these days.
  • When closed it fully protects screen as with any cover
  • And finally it looks excellent!

While I definitely recommend it as a tool to enhance the iPad there are just a couple of things that frustrated me.  The charger is micro USB – which means carrying yet another cable around. Instead of a charger\cable in the pack I would have preferred a convertor from iPad 30 pin to micro USB so I could carry just one cable\charger (OK yes for latest iPad you would need a lightening convertor).  I was also a little frustrated that you have to sit it directly on the very nicely finished Logitech base when using it.  There are no silicone feet to raise the keyboard flat base up off a table or other flat surface (even a tiny bit would help hugely) which leaves it prone to scratching and marks and you notice every little spec of dust under the keyboard base when you start typing.  So make sure that surface is clean and Logitech please include those little self adhesive feet that come with many other products and I can chose if and where to stick them!  Other than that an excellent little product.

Logitech iPad Keyboard – side profile

Logitech iPad Keboard

Logitech iPad Keyboard – open

Logitech iPad Keyboard – closed

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2 Comments on “The Logitech iPad Bluetooth Keyboard – well worth the investment!”

  1. Jason Bedford
    April 19, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    I too use the Logitech keyboard. iCarbon makes a vinyl skin for the keyboard, so you can get a matching iPad/keyboard combo that adds very little additional bulk to the setup. I tend to fly a fair amount, and the iPad/Logitech keyboard combo works much better on the seat back tray than even my sub-notebook. My only complaint is that the magnetic strip that connects the keyboard to the iPad is very weak. You need to be careful when carrying the two attached from meeting to meeting, as they easily come apart. I would highly recommend this combo!

    • April 19, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

      Jason,

      Thanks, yes you are correct. The magnet is very weak and you need to be careful when carrying. I find that a problem with all the smart covers though as opposed to just a Logitech issue? but definitely worth nothing and warning people. Also love it when traveling compared with the laptop, not just for work but also the odd movie ;-)

      And thanks for the advise on the iCarbon. Will definitely look it up….

      Fintan

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