By Todd Bernhard on Fri, 11/18/2011
Logitech has a ton of accessories for your PC, Mac, and tablets, and it just got bigger with Logitech - Fold-Up Bluetooth Keyboard for Apple® iPad® 2. Speaking of getting bigger, the keyboard gets bigger, expanding to a full-size touch-typable keyboard. It's a trick right out of a Transformers' movie and it doesn't get old. I used it a recent TED conference and my iPad-toting colleagues were appreciative... and jealous. I even brought it out at a Microsoft Windows Phone event, just for kicks!
At $130, it's not for everyone. But BestBuy just put it on sale for a very attractive $70 for a pre-Black Friday sale, so now is the time to pick up this sleek expanding keyboard. Unlike competing fold-up keyboards, there is no awkward repositioning of certain keys to create a 'seam' midway through the keyboard, so you can indeed touch type. The only exception is the space bar which now becomes two space bars, but that shouldn't be prohibitive.
The case/keyboard combo also acts as a stand, so you position the iPad comfortably for typing. It is strictly a landscape affair, however. There are some drawbacks. When the unit is collapsed, it adds a fair amount of thickness to the iPad 2, making it almost like an original iPad. Fortunately, there is a quick release mechanism and you are back to your svelt iPad 2. Of course the keyboard pairs via Bluetooth and it requires its own power, so there is a mini USB port to charge the device. I don't care for the front-facing placement of the port because it would mean a cable would get in the way if you were to leave it plugged in while using the keyboard. But a nice touch is that the keyboard turns on or off by expanding or collapsing the gadget. Keep in mind that your rear facing camera is covered.
The Logitech - Fold-Up Bluetooth Keyboard for Apple® iPad® 2 is a well-made, well thought-out implementation that is more attractive with today's sale from BestBuy!