We’re back with the thinner and lighter version of the Logitech Type+ keyboard we reviewed previously, the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard is for those who want a functional keyboard – no more, no less. It won’t provide the same level of protection the Type+ did, but it still sports a familiar and comfortable typing experience only Logitech keyboards can provide. It’s almost like a functional Smart Cover. Lets dive in to see if less is more for you.
Tl;dr – it’s a thin and light keyboard for those who live a minimalist lifestyle.
Rightfully marketed as “the other half of the iPad Air 2“, the Logitech Ultrathin lives up to its name by removing chunky batteries other cases use and still provide up to a 2 year battery life with 2 CR2032 coin batteries (based on an average 2 hour daily usage).
The cover is 6.4mm in height, which is almost equivalent to the iPad Air 2’s 6.1mm thickness – overall, you are doubling the size your original load. That thin design is due to the lack of a USB port and sacrificing any protection for the back of your iPad.
There’s a long rubber foot along one side and 2 smaller plastic feet on opposite corners that keeps the back of the cover from scratching on surfaces. Theoretically, the rubber is meant to keep the whole setup from sliding, but it still slips around quite a bit, mainly due to it being so light. The 2 rubber feet on the face of the keyboard prevent the keyboard from scratching onto the screen of the iPad when closed.
Both the clip and the slot are magnetic to grip the iPad secure. The slot has a deep groove cutout that fits the iPad Air 2 perfectly without a case on. However, there is enough wiggle room to accommodate screen protectors.
It includes a full keyboard layout, with each key designed with a familiar concave feel, and features arrow keys and a row of action keys. Like most modern tablet keyboard, it also incorporates a magnetic sleep and wake feature when laying the iPad closed.
The one feature that was missing form the Type+ was the ability to adjust the angle of the iPad when it was mounted. With the Ultrathin, that’s now possible. You get a range of around 100 – 115 degrees, which I found enough for common typing situations.
Previous Ultrathin designs had a curved clip that flowed with the edges of the iPad; the new design is a much sharper and edgier design. The benefit is that it hides itself into the cover when the keyboard is in use, giving it a sleek aesthetic look. Unfortunately, when when an iPad is closed and clipped in, it sticks well above the iPad.
From what I can tell, the design can serve a double purpose. When you lay the iPad on it’s back, the clip keeps the back from scruffs and dirt by propping one side above the surface. This case would go perfect by adding something like the Bluelounge Kicks (No longer in production but can be DIYed).
A few owners complained that the clips magnetic strength was not as strong as they would like, but I don’t believe it needs to be any stronger. I found the magnet strength to be just right. If it were any stronger, you would have a harder time separating the keyboard from the iPad – possibly yanking it apart! The keyboard is meant to allow you to quickly go from a closed state to setting up and typing.
The top row of the keyboard is a full range of action keys that include: home, multitasking, Siri, search, keyboard selector, screenshot, playback controls, music controls, and a lock button. My most used keys are the multitask, screenshot, and lock buttons, as I use those actions regularly, so having it as a quick access button improves my workflow.
- Portability/slim design – The main selling point, even outlined in its name, is that it’s thin and portable
- Best keyboard keys and design – Logitech doesn’t disappoint with their keyboard designs, which offer a great typing experience and some handy action keys
- Lack of protection – If you tend to drop your iPad a lot, this cover is not the solution to your problems
- Can’t fold over to just use iPad – Unlike the Type+, you won’t be able to fold this over to the back and just use the iPad, there’s no way of securely holding both without the risk of one slipping off the other, which means having to constantly care for 2 items
- Occasional double typing – I’ve experienced some double clicking issues when typing, it may just be a connectivity issue, but it certainly gets annoying
There’s a defined market for the Ultrathin and it’s for those who want to keep a minimal lifestyle. You’re not buying bulk – you love the showing off the design of the iPad Air 2. The Ultrathin offers a functional and one of the best tablet keyboards on the market, without the extra plastic. Anyone who has butter fingers or kids should steer clear of this, it’s not designed to withhold that abuse. With a 2 year battery life, you no longer need to worry about recharging. By the time you do need to replace the batteries, you’ll probably have a new iPad by then.
For $89.99, it’s about $10 cheaper than the Type+. You can grab it at a Best Buy or your nearest Apple Store.
PCMag Review – “The keys on the Ultrathin aren’t backlit, but they’re very well spaced, amongst the largest we’ve seen on an iPad keyboard, and all in their familiar and rightful places. ”
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