Logitech® Tablet Keyboard for iPad®
The onscreen keyboard on the Apple® iPad® is great and convenient for simple short typing, but if you need to do some serious typing for a long period of time, you might find that typing on the virtual keyboard can be frustrating and time-consuming.
The Logitech® Tablet Keyboard for the iPad® could be the solution, to make your typing more enjoyable.
The Logitech Tablet Keyboard is a slim and light-weight (612 g) chiclet style keyboard that operates on four AAA batteries. It comes with a clip-on carrying case that doubles as a stand by your iPad, as well as to protect the keyboard when travelling.
Connection is simple. Activate the Bluetooth® on the iPad and pair it with the Logitech Tablet Keyboard by pressing the “Connect” button at the back of the keyboard, followed by a 4-digit pairing code and the “Return” key on the keyboard.
On the keyboard, there are media control keys (by pressing a combinition of the “Fn” key and the corresponding media functions colored in blue), a “Home” button, “Search” and even a button to Lock the iPad. Depending on which country you purchase your unit, some models comes with the “Photo Viewer / Slideshow” button.
There is also a battery indicator and the Bluetooth indicator which lights up during the pairing process.
The iPad can be “mounted” at either Portrait or Landscape mode, with adjustable viewing angles (up to almost 45 degrees) on the carrying case stand to suit your viewing preferences.
If you do a lot of cut, copy and paste using shortcuts on a Wordprocessor, ie. Cmd+X, Cmd+C, Cmd+V, etc, you will be delighted to know that you can perform these functions with the keyboard too. You can even Cmd+Z for Undos.
Highlighting of text to cut/copy can be achieved by holding down the Shift and the cursor keys, just like in a wordprocessor too.
However, there are a few points to note. The cursor keys only works in applications that supports it, ie. Notes, Web Browsing. So, although it can stay connected to the iPad from up to 30 feet away, you might not want to go too far, because there are times when we still need to reach for the screen to navigate.
At the moment, scrolling across multiple Home screens is also not possible, and when the iPad is in the locked or “sleep mode”, pressing any button on the keyboard would “wake” the iPad up.
Although this model is “for iPad”, it works on the iPhone® too. We also tried it on a Mac® and a PC Laptop, and it gets recognised as a Bluetooth keyboard with functional media keys as well. The “Home” button also brings up our Web Browser on the PC Laptop. The CMD key works like the usual CMD key on the MAC, while on the PC, it works as the “Windows® Button“.
However, it does not work with our Android™ smartphone, although it was recognised as a Bluetooth keyboard. There is another model, Logitech Tablet Keyboard for Android devices.
The Logitech Tablet Keyboard is selling at S$95, and if you need to type for long hours, or if you just cannot get used to onscreen virtual keyboards, then you should consider getting it to ease your pain.
- Keyboard dimensions (L x W x H): 28.8 x 13 x 1 cm
- Stand dimensions (L x W x H): 29.6 x 10.6 x 11cm
- Weight: 612 grams