Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio for iPad Air review

Logitech makes an extensive line of keyboard cases for all variants of iPad and one of their newest offerings is the Ultrathin Keyboard Folio for iPad Air. From the sleek exterior to the lightweight design, there's a lot to like about the Ultrathin Folio. But how does it do when it comes to getting down to business and hammering out emails, messages, articles, and anything else you could throw at it? Let's find out!

Starting off with hardware, the Ultrathin Keyboard Folio for iPad Air is well designed and provides access to every port on your iPad without having to remove the case or fiddle with chargers. If you want to take your iPad out, just slide it out. No trickery or hard clasps to undo. It really is that easy. When it comes to accessibility, the Ultrathin Keyboard Folio gets an A+.

On to the most important part of the case, the actual keyboard. Logitech has changed the design slightly over older models, most likely to make the case smaller and sleeker. The first tradeoff is that the Caps Lock and Tab keys are shared with the A and Q keys. This was a little annoying for me at first but something I got over rather quickly. The only other issue I find myself having with the overall layout is that I frequently hit the dedicated Home button key when trying to type an exclamation point or the number 1. I actually just did it typing that sentence. It's something I'm willing to overlook considering how fast I can type otherwise, but it's still something I'd like to see Logitech rethink in a future iteration. They're just too close together which makes it easy to close an app mistakenly while typing.

I've taken the Ultrathin Keyboard Folio with me to a few coffee shops and meetings now and for the most part, it's one of the most convenient keyboard cases I've used mainly because it isn't heavy and doesn't require me to fight with it in order to get my iPad out and replace it in a matter of seconds. The battery life is also great and can last for up to 3 months on moderate usage of about 2 to 3 hours a day.

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio for iPad Air review

The material used in the Ultrathin Keyboard Folio is somewhat of a double-edged sword. It's definitely durable and capable of handling moderate spills without sustaining any damage to your iPad, as long as you wipe it off quickly before it gets into any ports. The rubber material will also be more shock resistant than fabric cases or hard plastic ones. The downside is that it picks up dust, crumbs, and lint like crazy. Luckily, one quick swipe wipes them off with ease. It's definitely not a deal breaker but something to consider if that's something that bothers you. The Ultrathin Keyboard Folio currently comes in black, navy, red, grey, and a few two toned options. Getting a lighter color option could keep dust and dirt from showing as easily.

The good

  • One of the slimmest folios we've found that offers rather good protection without adding tons of bulk
  • Quick access to every single port on your iPad, no fiddling necessary
  • Rubber material is shock resistant and can help prevent disastrous spills if you get them quickly enough
  • Easy to slide the iPad in and out in a matter of seconds

The bad

  • Rubber material, though shock resistant, has a tendency to pick up a lot of dust and lint
  • Keyboard layout works great but the Caps and Tab keys sharing space with the Q and A keys may bother some people
  • I tend to hit the Home button key when trying to type a 1 or ! due to the spacing being so close, something I'd like to see Logitech take a look at in a future revision

The bottom line

If you want a sleek keyboard case that provides protection but manages to maintain the slim profile the iPad Air is known for, the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio is one of the best options currently available. Just be ready to accept a few keyboard oddities in return for great accessibility and amazing portability.

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Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio for iPad Air review

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio for iPad Air review

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio for iPad Air review

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio for iPad Air review

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio for iPad Air review

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14 Comments
  • I take it this unit does not have backlit keys?
    I thought Logitech had a backlit keyboard unit for iPads, is this untrue or was it a different model?
    Given your recent Zagg review, which one would you be willing to buy as your person use unit? Sent from the iMore App
  • I don't believe they do. The one I reviewed was the Zagg Keys Folio. I personally prefer the Zagg.
  • Nice review Allyson. I do prefer the case you reviewed with a backlit keyboard. With respect to technical issues about this video, would it be possible to increase the horizontal aspect ratio, the right-hand side of the case was being clipped from view quite often. Sent from the iMore App
  • Will keep that in mind, thanks!
  • She types crazy fast. Sent from the iMore App
  • Wow, nice case. Does it protect your screen? Are there other colors? I really like the thinness of the case, but not sure about the crumbs. But not a big deal. Thanks for the review! Sent from the iMore App
  • The keyboard layout looks just like the Belkin.
  • I also got this keyboard when the Air first came out from Best Buy. I noticed in your video that you show how the awake function does work. However, when I close the cover the sleep function does not work on mine. I have to manually turn off the Air before closing it. Is that the same on yours? I asked this question of another reviewer elsewhere but could not get a clear answer. Would appreciate yours and thanks.
  • I am typing this on this keyboard - but it is my third one! The first did not wake/sleep or only if I wiggled the cover. Then when I tried to charge, it would not charge. Logitech support was responsive and offered to replace - I exchanged at Best Buy where I purchased. The second worked great but the clip to hold the iPad cracked. I did not drop but do remove frequently. However, the wake/sleep works on both it and the third replacement. I wouldn't go through this but absolutely prefer this keyboard/case over several other models I have tried. My wife has an older version for iPad 3 and my son has this one for a Mini. We all use our iPads very differently with a keyboard that isn't too bulky to carry most of the time.
  • Thank you! This was very helpful and appreciated. I also do love the keyboard configuration. I will see if I can return it for one the has the sleep wake functionality. This is a keeper though. I like the slim factor as well.
  • Mine cracked as well. It took less than 2 weeks and I never remove my iPad Air from the case. If you look how thin the little tendrils of plastic are that connect to the sleep/wake button, it's no wonder it can only take 2 weeks of flexing. For a keyboard/case that costs $100, I'd call that a design flaw. It's the first time I've been unsatisfied with a Logitech product.
  • Which will be the best keyboard for the iPad min 1?
  • Allyson, in the video, I think you may have the iPad installed UPSIDE down. At least it seems that way on my iPad2 with the same type Logitech keyboard. With the iPad installed with the Home button on the left, it doesn't grab the keyboard with the magnets like it does if installed with the Home button on the right side. If installed with Home button on right side, you can pick up the iPad as it is attached and it will hold on to the keyboard making it a much more secure setup. A friend of mine didn't have the side with the magnets down into the slot and his iPad Mini fell off the table and broke the screen. Let me know if turning the iPad around with the magnets in the slot helps on the iPad Air setup?
  • Sorry, I posted the above comment on the wrong article. It is applicable to the Keyboard Cover Review NOT the Keyboard Folio Review. iMore, please remove both these comments at this location.