While the small size of the iPad Mini is its charm, it is also a liability. The challenge of typing on a glass keyboard increases as its size shrinks.
But accessory makers have come to the rescue. For the Mini, Logitech has created a diminutive keyboard with full-size features.
Liltingly called the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Mini, the keyboard is itself about the same size and thickness as an iPad Mini. It attaches with a magnetic hinge — just like iPad covers — and has a built-in lip where the tablet stands horizontally or vertically while in use. The keyboard connects to the Mini through Bluetooth. Logitech claims a keyboard battery life of 180 hours.
The keys are nearly full size and move during typing, unlike keys on some accessory keyboards.
The one real problem with the keyboard is its size. It's as if you are toting not one, but two Minis.
A quibble is that, although the keyboard does set off the magnetic lock on the iPad, the magnet is not strong enough to keep the board stuck to the pad. It tends to flop open.
The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Mini is due out this month at a price of $80.