By Ben Bowers
on 2.13.13
Photo by Logitech

Manufacturers would prefer to regularly pillage your wallet by selling you a screen for every situation — but it doesn’t have to be that way. The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover ($80+) can transform your favorite Apple tablet into a laptop-rivaling email burner — and spare you the hassle of lugging a Smart Cover too, since it doubles as a magnetic cover. Both versions (iPad and iPad mini) connect via Bluetooth, feature an integrated lip for propping the tablet in either landscape or portrait mode and match the aluminum aesthetics of touchscreen halves better than any other scissor key keyboard on the market today.

Besides the usual QWERTY suspects, a series of shortcut keys for common commands like returning the homescreen, copy and paste are also included. While the accessory charges via USB, you won’t be doing it often: the battery is rated for 180 hours of continuous use. Granted, it won’t rival a full-sized keyboard in terms of feel or performance, but if that’s what you want, you’re missing the point of a tablet, champ.

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