Thoughts: Logitech Keyboard Folio Mini for iPad Mini

It has been quite the crazy December, from a fruitful trip to Japan… to rushing work before the festive week jumped on us. Aside from that, I managed to get myself an early Christmas present, a refurbished iPad mini from Apple, at a good price and receiving a day before my trip.

Since I have gotten myself a new toy, it would be fun to accessorize it and with the latest covers and of course, doing a review at the same time :P

Thus this post… written with the Green Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio for iPad mini review unit, with thanks to Logitech Singapore and SPRG.

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Here’s my take on it:

The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio for iPad mini is lightweight and fits well with my first gen iPad mini (and as seen on the product site, it’ll fit the iPad mini with Retina display too). To fit and secure your iPad in place, all you need to do is gently press it into place or slot it / push it into the holders on the side.


- View of the keyboard folio in stand mode, with my iPad mini (taken and edited on a Blackberry Z30)

Bluetooth sync up was effortless, simply switch it on, press the Bluetooth button (both switch / button on right side) and search for it on your iPad mini.

Of course, as it’s built for a mini, the keyboard is obviously not full sized and will take time to figure out how to type without creating typos due to the slight layout difference (to a full size keyboard). Comfort wise, it felt nice on the fingers, good for light usage or with one hand. But when used with two hands, I felt slight aching or discomfort on the side of my hands after more than 15mins usage, likely due to the odd keyboard size / keys layout.

The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio for iPad mini works as dual-view stand (upright or slight tilt) and protective cover too.


- slight tilted

Protecting the front and back of the iPad mini and on the sides, with the spacing given between iPad and sides of the cover. The rubbery material use for the cover makes it water resistant, good for water droplets or occasional drink spillage or wet hands handling.

Charging is via micro USB, so it’s easy to find a charging cable if you forget to bring yours out. One full charge lasted me around 10 days but as shared on Logitech’s product page, a full charge would be able to last for 3 months (with an average of 2 hour usage each day).

Now for the price, it’s retailing at a recommended price of S$129.00 and available in black / grey / green.

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Aside from the slight discomfort, I’ve no other issues with the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio for iPad mini and enjoyed using it.
Having the keyboard makes it convenient to write on the go and with rubbery material used / cover quality, provided ample protection for my new toy.

The pricing is / was the only thing that is making me think twice / thrice on purchasing, as it does seem to be a little on the high side.
Perhaps it will be good if it can be lowered a little, seeing that it’s retailing around the same price as the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad (Gen 2 / 3 / 4).

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Note:
I have a couple more thoughts / reviews coming up, for the Blackberry Q5 and Z30 and Sony QX100 in the next couple of days… If you are interested to get them or know more, do look out for those posts :)

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