The joys of being a freelancer and working for oneself … getting to work in different locations. This suits me tremendously, I like to work in various environments as it keeps me focused and inspired. Staying in one place for too long just jams up my brain and I go into overwhelm. So I will often switch up working from my office to spending time in a local coffee shop to get my work done. I love the portability of my work and being location independent is exactly how my brain works best.
For my birthday this year I was lucky enough to receive an iPad mini as a pressie. I was super chuffed! It’s been an incredibly useful addition to my tech collection but I do tend to use it more for entertainment and leisure purposes than work. It tends to only come into work play when I use it for notes when giving presentations or running workshops. It’s much harder to spend a lot of time typing, a blogger’s main task of the day, on an iPad – I prefer a keyboard when working.
So, when Logitech offered me the chance to review their new Ultrathin keyboard for the iPad mini I was intrigued to see if it would suit my needs.
The keyboard design pretty much does what it says – it’s ultrathin and therefore super light, which is great when you are somebody like me who carries around a ton of equipment in their handbag. The keyboard has a neat strip for the ipad to sit snug and relatively safely and it features a cool tilt mechanism. Although it took me a little while to figure the tilt out; it requires a little push to get going. There is a nifty little magnetic strip at the back that opens up as you put the ipad towards it and folds the keyboard away neatly.
The Ultrathin keyboard works through bluetooth and only takes a moment to link up with the ipad which is pretty handy. I was pleased to find the keyboard was fairly well spaced considering the dinky size of the thing, so it makes typing on the go a lot easier than using the ipad screen. Overall the build quality looks pretty decent and I’ve enjoyed using it so far, particularly on occasions when I don’t need to be lugging my heavy MacBook Pro around.
My only slight gripe, and it’s not really a gripe with the keyboard, is that I like to keep my devices in covers to protect them and so I usually keep my iPad mini in a case. This means I have to carry the keyboard separately and then remove the ipad from the case to use together. It’s not a major issue, and with the size of my handbag and the super thin and light nature of the keyboard it’s easy enough to bung in the bag. I think long term I might look into finding a case I could keep the two components in together just for ease and convenience.
Overall, I am pretty pleased with the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard, it’s come in handy lately and as you can see from my not-so-subtle posing in the coffee shop, it has worked well for blogging on the go.
Disclosure: the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard was sent to me for review purposes. As always, thoughts, words and opinions are my own.