October 21st this year is Back to the Future Day – the date in the second film to which Marty McFly time travels in the Deloren. Even more scarily for those of us conscious of the flow of time, on the 13th of May, The Phantom Menace will have come out closer to Return of the Jedi than the present.
Time, however, also means that Moore’s law about the increasing power of silicon chips means ever smaller and more powerful devices . Who really needs the power of a laptop now, when 95% of the things we need to do while travelling can be done on a tablet? One area where tablets do fall short, though, is in the keyboard. On screen keyboards are fine for short emails, but excruciating for extended typing.
The Logitech Ultrathin for the iPad Mini is one solution. A keyboard into which the tablet slots, with the connection between the two made by bluetooth. The angle of the screen is adjustable between 50 to 70 degrees – fine for normal, desk, use. It has a magnetic clip, so can act as a screen cover when not in use, but I’m not sure quite how secure it is when on the iPad – I would add a sleeve for full protection while travelling.
For larger hands like mine, it’s a little too small for comfortable touch typing, but it is a large improvement over using the on-screen keyboard, and with practice did I got more used to its size. Annoyingly, the proprietary nature of Apple products means that the recharging cable uses a micro USB plug and not a Lightning connector, so for anybody who’s Apple only, it does need an extra cable. Battery life is claimed at 3 months, at 2 hours per day, so this minor annoyance shouldn’t be a significant constraint.
As a way of significantly increasing the usability of an iPad mini, I’m a fan of this Logitech Ultrathin keyboard. RRP £69.99. A selection of Logitech Products are available from John Lewis. Fuss Free Flavours received a Logitech Ultrathin Case & Keyboard for iPad Mini for review. All opinions are our own.