Review: Logitech Keyboard Folio mini

Logitech's Keyboard Folio mini combines an attractive, folio case with a physical keyboard

Logitech's Keyboard Folio mini combines an attractive, folio case with a physical keyboard for the iPad mini.

The Keyboard Folio mini basically takes the exact same keyboard from the Ultrathin Keyboard mini and builds it into a folio-style case.

The attractive fabric on the outside that feels almost like denim is the highlight. On the inside, there's a combination of soft touch plastics and rubber. The overall impression is that this is a premium product.

It's a little bit of an effort to slip the iPad mini into the rubber holder inside, but it holds the tablet very securely once fitted.

Opening the Keyboard Folio mini automatically unlocks the iPad mini's screen and puts it to sleep when you close it.

The case doesn't restrict access to the iPad mini's Lightning connector, headphone jack and lock button, camera lens, or the mute slider and volume buttons. However, you really have to dig your finger into the slot to access the latter.

When opened for typing, a built-in magnet allows the iPad mini to sit in place at an appropriate angle for typing.

However, you can't position the iPad mini at any other angles without it falling over. Thankfully, the Keyboard Folio works very well on your lap.

You can fold the iPad mini flat onto the Folio mini's keyboard when you don't want to type, though it does add plenty of thickness.

When folded closed, the rubber lips that hold the iPad mini in place prevent the keys from coming into contact with the screen.

The biggest issue with the Keyboard Folio mini is the small size of the keys, so typing is still a cramped experience. A particular annoyance is the tiny comma and quotation keys, along with the delete button.

Despite the cramped layout, the keys themselves are spring loaded and offer good feedback and tactility. Typing is also a relatively quiet experience.

The Logitech Keyboard Folio mini has a number of iOS function keys, but these are shared with the standard number keys on the top row. The Fn key can also be used with the left and right arrow keys to select text to copy and paste.

The Logitech Keyboard Folio mini runs on a non-removable, rechargeable battery. Logitech says the battery on the Keyboard Folio mini will last three months on a single charge with two hours of typing per day.

A small LED above the delete key denotes when the unit is powered on and also glows while charging. Logitech includes a USB to micro-USB charging cable in the box.

The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard mini is available now for $99.95 through Apple stores, Officeworks, JB Hi-Fi, Myer, Harvey Norman, The Good Guys, Big W and Dick Smith retail outlets.