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Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard: Good Match for iPad Mini

Someone can easily love their Apple iPad mini without being fond of typing with the on-screen keyboard. That’s where the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard mini comes in — it adds a physical keyboard to the tablet without adding a lot of bulk.

I have the full-size version for my iPad and I have always been pleased with it, so I expected big things of the mini version. For the most part it lives up to my expectations.

Build and Design

Logitech has created a great-looking item here. It’s very professional, and definitely a good match for the iPad mini.

The size of Apple’s tablet sets the constraints for this keyboard — you don’t want to carry around an accessory that’s wider than the computer it’s meant to be used with.

The iPad mini is, obviously, small so this add-on has to be as well. This means that there isn’t room for a full-sized set of keys like you’d have for a PC, or even a laptop. It’s about 80 percent of the size of a typical keyboard.

This might cause issues for those who have big hands, as they’re going to find this keyboard a bit cramped. But I could say the same thing about the iPad mini itself — if you have hands that are well above average in size, perhaps the full-size version of Apple’s tablet might be better for you.

To save even more space, Logitech combined the function of some keys. The only one of these I found even mildly vexing is that TAB is Fn-Q.

But not every corner was cut, not by a long shot. There’s a full row of dedicated number keys, as well as a set of directional keys. Punctuation keys are arranged just as they are in a full-size keyboard, so you won’t be hunting for the question mark.

This accessory has “ultrathin” in its name for a reason: it really is slender. It isn’t going to add a lot of bulk to your tablet when you’re carrying it around.

To further save on bulk,¬†it connects to the iPad mini with magnets. You just put the tablet on the keyboard and they will hold themselves together. There is a small hinge along one side for a bit of extra stability…

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