Apple delivered my new 64 GB 4th Generation iPad as promised on November 2, 2012. Given the raves over the typing keyboard cover for the competing Microsoft Surface RT, I decided to explore the available iPad keyboards to see if any of them measured up in function/style to the Surface typing keyboard [Update– see Twitter Trending for reported quality problems with Surface type covers]. Packing my new iPad, I visited Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart and Sam’s. I tried every keyboard or keyboard case combination sold by these retailers. I am pleased to report that I did indeed find a really cool keyboard that not only is usable for real work, but which also looks great, and makes precision “clicks” like the Surface when its magnets attach and lock into place– the winner is the Logitech Ultrathin Bluetooth Keyboard (fits iPad 2, 3, 4) See Video: This keyboard uses magnet connectors like those in the Apple Smart Cover to hold the keyboard to the iPad in the closed position– the aluminum backed keyboard looks really sharp closed like a small Macbook
When open, the keyboard is detached and the iPad fits into the magnetic slot on the keyboard:
The magnets hold the iPad firmly in either the landscape or portrait orientations. The keyboard feel is good with sufficient spacing between the keys to allow for some serious typing. The manufacturer claims 6 months between keyboard battery charges. Pairing the bluetooth keyboard with the iPad was breeze.The keyboard retails for about $99.00 and is available at the above referenced retailers and also at the Hytech Lawyer store.