Yours truly is truly a road warrior and nearly everywhere I go, my iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Air come along for the ride. Wait. What? Do I really need to go everywhere with that somewhat heavier MacBook Air, or can I make do with an iPad and a keyboard?
iPad Keyboard Doth Mac Make?
Mac vs. iPad is more of a conundrum than you think. The MacBook Air is heavier but far more powerful and has longer battery life. The keyboard? About as good as it gets.
The iPad is lighter and has a much larger number of applications from which to choose. It’s bible, comfortable, and just easier to tote from here to there.
Does an iPad keyboard a Mac make?
The answer is a qualified no, but an iPad with a keyboard can be a formidable device. At least, for those of us whose hands slave over a hot keyboard much of the day and part of the night.
Last week James Kendrick published a look-see of nine keyboards for the iPad Air, but managed to include only one of my two favorites. Early on in my iPad typing days I simply used the Mac’s own wireless Bluetooth keyboard paired to the iPad.
What’s not to like?
Apple’s Wireless Keyboard works fine. It’s lightweight, battery life is just short of forever, and it feels just like typing on your Mac. The downside is that there are no iPad-centric keys, and it’s a bit bulky to carry in an iPad Air case.
That brings me to Logitech’s Keys-To-Go wireless keyboard for iPad Air. Unlike the others you’ll see, this one is very flat, but quite usable for keyboard-centric folks like yours truly. So, it’s not the other half of a case for the iPad Air. It’s just a keyboard. Though it’s amazingly thin, it feels good to type on it..
Keys-To-Go is iPad Air centric so it has keys that work exclusively with the iPad. It’s covered with a colorful skin (red, black, or turquoise) that is spill and dirt resistant, but tactile feedback is excellent.
Here’s the kicker. It’s the same price as Apple’s Wireless Keyboard, but far thinner; so thin it will actually fit easily inside most of the neoprene iPad Air cases (the kind with a zipper on top) with no notable bulge.
So, if you need to do some serious keyboarding for awhile, but only have the iPad around, the Keys-To-Go keyboard works great. Battery lasts just short of forever, but there’s the need to charge via USB (cable included). I’m not ready to give up my MacBook Air just yet. It does some heavy lifting that an iPad cannot, but the path to the future is clear and it says mobile, mobile, mobile.