Trying out the Logitech iPad Mini keyboard

I really liked the Logitech Ultrathin keyboard for the full size iPad (which I blogged about previously), so I thought that investing in the mini version would be a good idea, now that I am utterly devoted to my iPad Mini as a reading and note-taking device.

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Image: The hands of a giant! 

It takes a little getting used to, to say the least, as the keyboard is definitely more compact. At first, I felt like I had regressed several decades as a typist and needed to spend 70% of my time looking at the keys to make sure I was hitting the right ones. How useful this accessory is depends on how quickly one adapts to mini-typing…

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Image: The ultrathin keyboard beside a full-size Apple Wireless keyboard.

However, for me, the switch-over progressed quickly, paragraph by paragraph, and the thing makes the iPad into the cutest little computing device I’ve seen since that late-90s Cambrian explosion of devices when Windows CE launched (my favourite was the tiny, laptop version of the HP Jornada series and apparently part of my gadget-loving soul is constantly seeking out a replacement for that lost writing machine. Because writing device was what it was, more than a decade before MacBook Airs and their ilk – a slim, light, long-battery life writing machine.

ZZ2CF2A036Image: A 1990s HP Jornada, the Windows CE device I still have a geeky soft spot for… 

 

  • http://www.purplecar.net/ PurpleCar

    Is it at all bulky to carry around? Are there carriers with it that hold the ipad mini AND the keyboard?

  • Marie-Aude

    It’s not so much the problem of adapting to a different keyboard, it’s switching between two different ones (main PC and tablet) which I fear. On the other hand, having a totally different keyboard might help ! I consider that key of accessories for my smartphone.

  • amayfield

    No it basically becomes a cover for the machine – here’s a picture of it attached.

  • amayfield

    Yep – I’m optimistic, but not 100% sure how it will work out…

  • http://www.purplecar.net/ PurpleCar

    OK cool, thanks. I’m going to remember this.