Light, sturdy design; Responsive keyboard; Aluminum cover matches the iPad mini
Awkward Caps lock and left Tab button; Small Shift keys; Can't adjust the display
The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard mini's light and stylish design and comfortable typing experience make it a great companion for your iPad mini.
A keyboard case for the iPad mini should be much like Apple's tablet: thin, light, stylish and functional. The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard mini ($79) is all of the above. Using its Smart Cover-like magnetic spine, this accessory protects the iPad mini during downtime and, when there's work to be done, it pairs the slate with a spry Bluetooth keyboard. Find out why this is the iPad mini keyboard to get.
The only drawback to this type of keyboard cover is that it leaves the iPad mini's back exposed, whereas a case such as the ZaggMini 7 protects both the front and back of the tablet.
Unlike the Luvvitt keyboard cover, which places several lights and buttons on the keyboard deck, the Keyboard mini's deck only has lights for power and Bluetooth. The small on/off switch and a pairing button are located on the right slide, along with a microUSB port for charging.
Combined, the iPad mini and Logitech keyboard weigh 1.1 pounds. That's slightly less than the Luvvitt, which weighs 1.2 pounds when added to the iPad mini, and much lighter than the ZaggMini 7, which weighs 1.5 pounds together.
Features and layout
The Logitech Keyboard Mini has a dedicated Home button that replaces traditional keyboards' Esc key, but it buries media and other iPad controls as secondary commands of the number keys. There's also no indicator for Caps Lock mode, which proved problematic while entering passwords. Secondary key options include lock, Siri, Search, Photo Gallery, and media and volume controls. The Cut, Copy and Paste keys are also secondary buttons, intelligently placed over the X, C and V keys, respectively.
Logitech's Ultrathin Keyboard mini delivers a quality typing experience in an attractive design. While we wish it had a keyboard backlight like the Luvvitt keyboard cover, the Logitech's comfort wins out. Those looking for more protection might prefer the ZaggMini 7, which also covers the rear of the iPad. But if you're looking for the thinnest and lightest iPad mini keyboard, the Logitech Ultrathin mini is the best choice overall.
|Accessories Type||Bluetooth Device|
|Accessories Type||Bags and Cases|
|Accessories Type||Apple Accessories|
|Size||7.6 x 6.6 x 0.3 inches|
|Weight||7.7 ounces; 1.1 pounds (with iPad mini)|