Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio Case for iPad Air: Maintain the slim profile you love about the iPad Air while adding damage protection and versatile functionality. Type on the keyboard and view the screen like you're using a laptop, then fold up the case and you're ready to take your iPad on the go with a securely shut magnetic closure.
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Thin and Portable
Posted by: Perk21 from: Ithaca, NY on
I bought the Logitech - Ultrathin Portfolio Keyboard Case for Apple iPad Air - Midnight Navy color recently and I LOVE it. It's thin and portable and makes the iPad Air look slick. It connects via Bluetooth (no surprise there) and it says that it has a 3 month charge life, so I'm not plugging the keyboard in nightly, which is great.
Before I bought the iPad Air and subsequently this case, I had the iPad and had the Logitech Fabric Skin Keyboard Folio. Now that was a great case and instead of the bubble keys, it had the keys flush to the fabric, which made the case thinner. However, it cost a pretty penny. However, since the iPad Air is so thin, I decided to go with the bubble keyboard and I couldn't be happier.
The only minor drawback is that the Logitech Fabric Skin Keyboard Folio knew when you were planning on using the keyboard, and when you weren't. This one doesn't seem to be able to do that- but maybe it does and I've not figured it out yet.
If you are looking for a great case with built in keyboard, for your iPad Air- this is the one. Logitech outdid themselves on this one.
20 out of 21 found this review helpful.
Nice case, bad keyboard
Posted by: marvls from: Bountiful, UT on
I love this case. Unfortunately, the keyboard is the worst I have seen. They made the number keys very small and the alphabet keys very big. The positions are now off, so when you go to type it is very cumbersome and awkward. If you plan to use numbers, you will hit the wrong number 9 out of 10 times. They particularly placed the home button right above the Q so you go to strike 1, you end up closing down the application. To use the tab key or all caps you have to use a function key. If you are planning on using this to type, you will be extremely frustrated.
The magnets on the case don't work correctly either to turn your iPad on and off.
Good quality, but needs to go back to the design table. I will be returning this case.
15 out of 15 found this review helpful.
Poorly Designed Case
Posted by: JFT4 from: Florida on
I am on my third case. Check it out on the internet I read 49 complaints and counting about this case. The case will develop a crack within two to three weeks in the top left corner where the power button is for the I pad air. This results in the I pad not being held securely in the case.. I am on my third case and I spoke to Logitech customer service and they are in the process of re designing the case. I am surprised they still continue to sell it.
This break at the power switch only occurs in I pad air models.
Logitech is a know name and a good company I believe they will remedy the problem but it will take some time.
12 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Case design flaw - terrible support from Logitech
Posted by: DMByrne from: Rochester, NY on
My daughter purchased this for me for Christmas. I am writing this review here in hopes to alert others to the problems that I have had with this folio keyboard, and to offer some advice on it's use.
As I mentioned, this was a Christmas gift. My initial impression was very good. The keyboard is very functional with a good layout and key press feel. My daughter bought this based on the good reviews both there an other online resources. About January 15th I noticed that the iPad Air was slipping down some on the upper left hand side (when opened and using the keyboard). I looked closely and saw that the left clip that holds the iPad in place had cracked. This is the side where the iPad screen on/off button is. Thinking I had gotten a defective case, I brought it back to the store and although they only have a 15 day return policy, they allowed me to exchange it for a new one.
Around March 7th I once again noticed that the new case was broken in exactly the same spot. I am not a hard user of the case (or my iPad for that matter) and could see that the reason for the clip breaking was due to the design. Logitech designed this clip with an integrated plastic tab where the user can manually turn the screen on or off, leaving only 1/8th of an inch of plastic to hold the iPad in place. Whenever the tab is pressed to turn the screen on/off, the tab puts stress on this 1/8" of plastic and after only a few presses it will break. This causes the iPad to slip and possibly fall out of the case.
As this was well out of the 15 day return time, I decided to contact Logitech. Their customer service is absolutely horrible. When you call, the automated system tries to route you to the proper department. The first choices are for a device for a Windows operating system, a Macintosh operating system, or other. This being an iOS operating system, I chose other. The system will then ask if it is for audio, gaming, a Harmony device, or video. That's all. (I felt like I was on the Tim and Eric show and was waiting to purchase a boat and change my wife's name to TARGUS TARGUS) I just started pressing keys and eventually I was routed to a person. When I explained the problem, the did offer to replace the device. When I explained to them that I would prefer to have my money back, they told me that unless you purchased the product through their web site, and it was within 30 days of the purchase, they do not offer refunds. Period. I then had a conversation with the service person and their supervisor about how the product is flawed, and if the tab mentioned earlier is used it will break every time. This went nowhere - they refused to give a refund. At least they are offering to replace it. The folio has a 2 year warranty, so as I'm sure each new one will break, we'll see how many they will replace.
If you purchased this I'm sure you will eventually get to where I am now. My suggestion is to NOT use the screen on/off button. When the folio is opened and closed the magnets will turn the screen on or off without having to use the button. If the clip breaks there is a very real possibility that the iPad will fall out of the folio. Not really worth risking a $900 iPad for a $100 (now only $80) case.
If you have not purchased this, I would recommend buying another case from another manufacturer.
As far as Logitech goes, it is a shame that the folio is designed so poorly and their support is so bad. The keyboard is actually a nice keyboard with a good feel. It also holds the iPad in a very nice position when using the keyboard, and can be opened flat when using it for games. They should most likely have a recall, or maybe stop selling the case until it is redesigned.
I have added a photo that shows where the case breaks.
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Disappointing product quality
Posted by: GBrins from: Long Island< NY on
This is my second logitech keyboard for the Ipad. The first one had a break occur in the plastic Ipad holder in the upper left hand corner, adjacent to the plastic power switch. I returned it to Best Buy for a replacement thinking that I had a product with a manufacturing defect. The same break occured in the exact same location on the replacement product.
I'm disappointed. I've owned a lot of Logitech products and unfortunately this one does not live up to the reputation and quality of it's other products.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Work well if you can overlook...
Posted by: yufasa from: Franklin, PA on
It is easy to fit (and remove) the iPad Air into the top cover.
The magnetic strip in the bottom to hold the iPad in position for typing is an interesting idea. Please note that this not ideal as the screen is "wiggly". Every bump, like in an airplane, cause the screen to move.
I do think this is good protection for the iPad and typing is a breeze as long as you don't try to use the tab key.
Very thin plastic - not worth $99 as there are aluminum ones coming for the same price. For $65 or $70 it would be a no brainer.
9 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Posted by: flajax from: Jax, FL on
Bought this for my wife so she can work on documents without breaking out the laptop. She's never traveled with it or abused it, after two months the bracket on the right side has broken and will no longer hold the iPad in place. I have placed a support call to logitech for a replacement.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Design Flaw - Don't buy
Posted by: cab1 from: Indianapolis on
This keyboard would be perfect if not for one fatal flaw. It has a very good keyboard, reasonable battery life ( I'm told ), and a good tactile feel to the keyboard. The only problem is with the case - the ipad is held in place with two plastic clips and a single small sheet of rubberized material. One of the retainer clips sits directly over the wake/sleep button. In order to accomodate it, Logitech designed into the retainer clip a channel/slot to allow a small piece of the plastic to flex and depress the iPad button. Within two weeks of purchase, this slot was where the clip failed - breaking the retainer and allowing the iPad to sit loosely. Given the extreme fragility of the new iPad Air, this is a real problem. Give this item a pass and hope that Logitech redesigns an otherwise good keyboard. Note that there are quite a few complaints online about this issue.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Not Quite Ready
Posted by: Robb from: Kalamazoo, MI on
The Logitech Ultraslim has some great points--it is slim, it protects the screen, it folds back for on-screen keyboard use. It has a very nice look and feel. Unfortunately the power-button clip is poorly designed and the plastic used is inadequate for the job it has been tasked. The thinness of the tab causes it to break with amazing ease, appears to be at small fault lines in the plastic grain. Logitech needs to go back and re-engineer the power-button clip to provide more durability and/or change materials. The keyboard itself has a nice feel, but the lack of a dedicated TAB key is a bit annoying for filling out forms or sign-ins. This is perhaps a necessary sacrifice to make the keys of useful size, but it is still annoying. The clip design, however is inexcusable and the only reason I would not recommend this otherwise good product.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Starrrr from: Los Angeles, CA on
The keyboard case is most definitely of high quality. The keyboards feel nice and are as comfortable as any laptop keyboards (except for the little inconveniences here and there, such as having "Tab" and the letter "Q" together, but otherwise fine for just typing).
As a college student, it is very convenient to just place this on a desk and type away. However, the sturdiness of keeping the ipad up, when the keyboard is in use, isn't that great. The ipad falls onto the keyboard EVERYtime I use it. If i just slightly adjust the placement of my ipad it'll onto the keyboard. I wish the they had just put a little bump where the ipad should be held.
That inconvenience is small, yet because it happens so frequently and the side of my ipad is scratched from falling, I gave it a three star.