Logitech Keyboard Folio mini

Macworld Australia Staff
9 October, 2013
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Logitech Keyboard Folio mini

Logitech, www.logitech.com

Pros 

Bluetooth keyboard; secure; nice feel; magnetised stand

Cons 

Some unresponsive buttons with iOS 7

$99.95

Reviews

The Keyboard Folio mini for the iPad mini is a fantastic combination of style, practicality and longevity.

Logitech’s keyboard case is available in three colours: a dark blue, a light blue and a vibrant yellow – which we reviewed.

The outside of the case has a textured covering that feels sturdy and prevents excessive sliding on smooth surfaces.

At 395g, 703g with the iPad mini attached, the Folio mini does have a reasonable weight to it, but considering the Bluetooth keyboard and battery that is to be expected.

According to Logitech, the battery will last for three months per charge – at two hours of use per day. We were unable to test this over a three-month period, but it lasted through our tests.

One side of the case features a flexible holder for the iPad mini that leaves the top and bottom of the tablet open for access to the dock connector and the power button.

Then iPad mini was held very securely, leaving us with no fear it would slip out of the holder, and it was also easy to remove.

There is a cutout for the volume controls on the outward-facing edge and a cutout for the camera.

The case can be held securely closed or in an upright position with the aid of hidden magnets, which turn the iPad mini on or off when the case is opened or closed.

The other side of the Folio mini offers a detailed QWERTY keyboard with function keys. The keyboard includes a number of quick keys to iOS features such as Siri, the home screen and the lock screen.

There are also audio control buttons, similar to a Mac keyboard, and a command key. This may confuse non-Mac users to begin with, but those familiar with the Mac keyboard layout will feel at home.

In testing, we found two of the buttons did not work with iOS 7. The search and slide show buttons failed to respond when connected to our iPad mini – running Apple’s latest mobile operating system – but acted as they should when connected to our iOS 6-equipped iPad.

Logitech acknowledged the issue when asked by Macworld Australia. According to the company, “In the new iOS 7 operating system, the slideshow function has been removed and search functionality has changed to a simple screen swipe feature.

“This is due to functionality changes between iOS 6 and iOS 7 and is not unique to Logitech.”

While it isn’t ideal, they are two keys we would rarely use.

Bottom line

The Logitech Keyboard Folio mini is an excellent case for an iPad mini, but is hindered a little by the update to iOS 7.

 

 

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