I received this as a Christmas present, along with an iPad mini. I had been toying with the idea of getting a Windows Surface, however, my partner did some research and decided the iPad was the better option.
I was overjoyed that he had bought me a keyboard as that was one of the main reason I had been thinking of buying a Windows Surface. I thought it would help when taking work home to work on.
The keyboard is magnetic so holds your iPad at a slight angle which is excellent for when you are simply watching videos, movies, etc. The keyboard also wraps itself around the iPad magnetically to double as a cover
The keyboard uses Bluetooth and has different light settings to indicate when it is switched on, on charge or needs charging. It is easy to use once you have switched the iPad's Bluetooth on. There is also a USB cable in the box to charge the keyboard. The keyboards are priced around £70 and if you buy directly from the website you receive a 3 year warranty.
I complete a lot of typing on a keyboard at work and I did struggle with the size difference with this being designed to fit an iPad mini. I did for the first few months, and occasionally still now, press the wrong keys as I was getting used to the key placement.
Available in black and white
Battery life up to 3 months (although mine lasted 6 months)
Bluetooth range of up to 10m
Height 5.54 in (140.7mm)
Width 7.87 in (200mm)
Depth 0.29 in (7.3mm)
Weight 208g (0.45 pounds)
Keyboard keys: membrane scissor type keys
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My fiance has owned the Ipad mini for approximately 6 months and last month he decided to buy the Logitech laptop case. I have carpel tunnel and using the keyboard on the ipad was really putting a strain on my wrists. I do own a laptop which I sit and use at the desk because I use my wrist support, but the ipad is handy to sit with on the sofa as it can easily be put away. I looked online and found quite a few ipad cases, but most (to me) looked a little cheap, and with the ipad mini being what I felt an expensive purchase we wanted something that would keep the ipad protected. To be honest I didn't even know these sorts of cases existed, I presumed we would be buying a standard case that opens and closes, job done. We both looked online and spotted this and it seemed the best option.
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ What Is It? ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
The logitech case is a keyboard that when closed, turns into a cover. It connects via Bluetooth, so will need to be connected to the ipad to be set up but when you connect it there are detailed instructions to guide you through each step.
It charges via USB, meaning you wont have to worry about buying batteries etc, so far we have only charged the batter twice in the month we have had it.
It can be purchased in both black and white and for different models of the ipad.
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ Price and Availability ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
While you can buy these from most places, we purchased ours from John Lewis as my nearly 5 year old likes to use it for his apps so liked the fact that it came with 2 year warranty. Normally it retails around £75, but can be brought for around £55 when on sale. It comes in a white box with a clear picture on the front showing exactly what it is.
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ What's In The Box? ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ Basic's ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
H5.54 x W787 x D0.29 inches.
Weigh is 0.45 pounds
Bluetooth range is up to 10m.
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ Features ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
*Sleep and awake mode - when the ipad is closed against the keyboard (in case mode) the ipad will go to sleep and will wake back up when opened.
*Magnetic strips - with magnetic strips for when using either case mode or keyboard mode your ipad is kept secure.
*Hands free - With the magnetic strip the ipad mini can stand alone without you having to hold it.
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ The Logitech Case~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
The case comes in either black or white as mentioned above, it has a gloss finish which looks quite expensive, the keyboard is a standard keyboard with all the buttons a normal keypad has. At the very top of the keyboard is a white plastic strip that has magnets inside it, this is what the ipad connects to when in carrycase mode. Just above the buttons is a slot to put the ipad in so you can use the keyboard. There are rubber bumpers on each of the corners to prevent the screen scratching against the buttons. On the right hand side, is a on/off switch, Bluetooth port and a USB port.
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ Carrycase Mode ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
To use the ipad with the carrycase mode simply hold the case in one hand and the ipad in the other, as soon as you move the 2 close enough together they will connect via a magnet. Then simply fold the ipad over and it creates a case. The connection between the magnets is a suitable amount to hold the ipad firmly in place without the worry of it falling out.
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ Keyboard Mode ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
To use the ipad with the keyboard, simply slot the ipad into the slot just above the letters on the keyboard, There are also magnets in the slot so when you slot the ipad into place it stays fixed with the magnets. It sits slightly back giving the look of a laptop, which also makes it easier to use, due to this I am still able to use my wrist support while using the ipad on the sofa.
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ My Thoughts ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
I was gobsmacked at how light this was, while I know the ipad mini is pretty light, I thought this might be quite bulky and heavy, making me ipad heavy but it was complete the opposite. Its made hardly any difference at all having the ipad attached to the case because of how light it is, meaning im still able to take it out and about and my little boy can still use it with ease.
When connected to the keyboard mode slot, the ipad feels very secure and stable. Ive no worries about it falling out, to remove the ipad it takes a sensible amount of force to remove it so I feel the ipad is safe.
Due to the slight slant, its actually very comfortable using the keyboard and doesn't put any strain on my wrists. Its at a great angle to remain comfortable while in use so I can still sit on the sofa with the keyboard on the side of my sofa without any strain or difficulty.
The case/keyboard does take some getting used to as the keyboard is a lot smaller than a standard keyboard so its got the 'caps lock' on the 'A' button, and the 'Tab' button on the 'Q' button. All of the buttons along the bottom and also across the numbers have 2 functions on them instead of just 1, meaning you have to use the 'FN' button to use different function. The buttons are also a lot smaller and closer together, which I struggle with as im used to using either my laptop or my galaxy S4. However my fiancé already has the iphone 5 so is used to the small buttons on the screen so he doesn't seem to struggle with the keyboard. My little boy also doesn't seem to struggle with the keyboard but I guess that's because he has nothing else to compare it to as the ipad was the 1st computer he has used.
The keyboard also has added features so when used with the 'FN' button you can do things such as lock the keyboard, search the ipad etc.
Due to how the keyboard is connected to the ipad I was worried about its responsiveness, thinking id have to whack my way around the keyboard just to get it to respond, but Its also very responsive so the slight touch of the button does as requested.
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ Overall Thoughts? ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
Overall its a highly recommended purchase, typing is a lot easier since using this keyboard and the ipad also remains protected. Quite expensive but worth the money, we have not even had to charge the keyboard yet! When in case mode the ipad does slide up and down a little which worries me about the screen scratching against something but as its never really taken out of the house I don't see it being a problem
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