Finding that perfect keyboard to complement my new iPad has been a challenge. I have used the Apple wireless keyboard for some time, but decided to give Logitech’s offering a try. Logitech just recently released this unit and it feels and looks amazing. One interesting tidbit is that the unit is still for preorder on the official Logitech website. For $69, you receive the keyboard, 4 AAA batteries, and a case/stand. For someone who is on a budget, the inclusion of a stand with the keyboard is rather nice. The keyboard itself is made from some solid plastic that fits perfectly into the case.
The keyboard connects to the iPad via bluetooth, allowing the user to keep their favorite case on their iPad. I have personally tried the Zagg case with the built-in keyboard, but rather quickly returned to my aluminum Apple wireless keyboard so I can continue to use my leather case. With the Logitech keyboard, I still have that freedom but also reap the benefits of certain aspects that are unique to this bluetooth keyboard. For example, there are buttons that instantly take the user to the home screen or the search screen, allow for adjustment of the volume or skip/pause/play, or even take iPad to the lock screen.
While I was visiting Germany, I used this keyboard as my primary input device for iPad and it worked like a charm. I was able to write much quicker than using the virtual keyboard. Until you can use speech dictation, I believe a physical keyboard will still be a better option for long emails or documents. As with all things, this is a personal preference.
The Logitech iPad keyboard feels sturdy, even though it is made of plastic versus aluminum, but there are some creaks that the Apple wireless keyboard did not have. Other than that, typing on the keyboard is a dream and the keys are very responsive and make that satisfying clickety-clackety noise. The battery life is very satisfying and, once you have to replace them, AAA batteries are rather easy to come by. Another positive of the keyboard is that it comes with a standard three year warranty compared to the usual one year warranties you see with accessories.
The only issues I see with the keyboard are the possibility of the stand breaking from overuse. Every time I snap the case into the lock, I am worried that it will break since I use the keyboard as my primary input tool. I have owned plenty of Logitech devices, mostly made from plastic, and I have yet to see any issues crop up.
Overall, for the $69 price tag and all of utility that this keyboard provides, I can heartily recommend this device for anyone looking add a bit of pep to creating content on their iPad. Let us not forget that the stand allows the user to keep whatever case they have on their iPad due to it being adjustable. Find the device at the usual brick and mortal suspects and online.
Link to the keyboard specs: Logitech iPad Keyboard