Review: Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard mini
- 24 June, 2013 15:25
The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard mini is just too small to comfortably type on for long periods.
The Ultrathin Keyboard mini is basically a shrunken version of the original Ultrathin Keyboard for iPad. It has a magnetic clip on the side that attaches onto the left of the iPad mini and this allows it to be folded closed when not in use.
Like Apple's own smart cover, opening the Ultrathin Keyboard mini when it's attached to the iPad mini automatically unlocks the iPad's screen and puts it to sleep when you close it.
The Ultrathin Keyboard mini has an aluminium design that perfectly matches the iPad mini's silver or black back, depending on the colour variant you choose.
When you want to use the keyboard you simply detach the magnet from the side of the tablet and place the iPad mini into a recessed slot above the keyboard.
Build quality feels excellent and the design really ties into the look and feel of the iPad mini.
The recessed slot on top of the keyboard is magnetic so it holds the iPad mini in place when in landscape mode. However, the magnet isn't as strong as the larger Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad.
The design of the Ultrathin Keyboard mini allows the iPad mini to also be positioned in portrait mode but the magnet will not work in this orientation.
The angle of the iPad mini's screen isn't adjustable in either orientation. It should suit most users, but those who want the flexibility to adjust the screen should look elsewhere.
When folded closed, four small rubber tips in each corner of the cover prevent the keys from coming into contact with the iPad mini's screen. However, the Ultrathin Keyboard mini provides no protection for the rear of the iPad mini.
The biggest issue with the Ultrathin Keyboard mini is the small size of the keys. A device as small as the iPad mini was always going to have this issue and while Logitech has done a reasonable job, typing is still a cramped experience.
A particular annoyance is the tiny comma and quotation keys, along with the delete button. Further, the lack of space means it's very easy to accidentally bump the screen while trying to type.
Despite the cramped layout, the keys themselves are spring loaded and offer good feedback and tactility.
Typing is a relatively quiet experience, with none of the annoying or overly loud clicking sounds we've seen from many rival iPad keyboard accessories.
The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard mini has a number of iOS function keys, but these are shared with the standard number keys on the top row.
When pressed with the fn key in the bottom left corner, the function keys can lock and wake the screen, activate Siri, search through spotlight, hide or show the on-screen keyboard, start a photo slideshow, adjust the volume and pause or play any media content.
The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard mini runs on a non-removable, rechargeable battery. Logitech says the battery on the Ultrathin Keyboard mini will last three months on a single charge with two hours of typing per day.
A small LED above the delete key denotes when the unit is powered on and also glows while charging. Logitech includes a USB to micro-USB charging cable and a cleaning cloth in the box.
The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard mini is available now for $89.95 through Apple stores, Officeworks, JB Hi-Fi, Myer, Harvey Norman, The Good Guys, Big W and Dick Smith retail outlets.