Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Logitech Ultrathin Review
Enter the bluetooth keyboard. One of the most unique things Apple has done as a company is how they've paved the way for hundreds of other companies to start their own business. Zagg, Speck, and Otterbox are companies whose entire existence thrives on many of Apple's devices. Needless to say, when I began my search for a better typing experience, I had a plethora of available options.
The device also has a small slot near the top of the keyboard that locks the iPad into landscape typing mode, again utilizing magnets. This also serves as an ideal viewing angle for movie watching and general web surfing. You can also type in portrait mode; however, I'm not sure if Logitech actually intends for you to do so. The iPad in portrait fits into the slot, but the magnets don't lock it into place.
A few minor touches really stood out to me. First of all, Logitech has included two text-select buttons, which are fantastic when you're trying to cut/copy a few sentences of text and don't feel like reaching up and down to the iPad screen. Touching and typing may sound like a minor movement, yet almost everyone typing on a wireless iPad keyboard will find themselves reaching for a mouse at some point. You almost have to re-train your brain to alternate typing and touching on the iPad. For this reason, the text-select buttons are great as your fingers never have to leave the keyboard. Speaking of cut/copy, there are shortcut keys for those two functions as well keys to paste, play, pause, volume control, home screen, and device lock. Most of the traditional Mac keyboard shortcuts continue to work here as well (cmd + C copy, etc...).
The device retails for $99 and in case you can't already tell, I'm very pleased. If you're looking for the ultimate protection or a perfect typing experience, then the Ultrathin probably isn't for you. But if you're looking for a sleek, comfortable typing experience that doesn't add a lot of bulk to your iPad, then the Ultrathin is the way to go.
Read more about the Ultrathin on Logitech's Official Website here.