Carrying a keyboard case with your iPad has suddenly gotten a lot easier: when it comes to the lighter iPad Air, inserting an accessory no longer feels like quite such a hassle.
The Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio for iPad Air is one early beneficiary. When I reviewed a Logitech FabricSkin for the fourth-gen iPad, I found the case excellent but the construction pretty bulky. A lot's changed: the Air version is significantly slimmed down, and feels more minimal, while the keyboard is just as good. The design, because it's so minimal, may not appeal to everybody. In fact, the keyboard may not either. Or the price: $149.99 is expensive compared with the competition.
The FabricSkin seems to be sheathed in a rubbery, siliconelike material; on the outside, the smooth surface feels soft, while on the inside the rubberized fabric has a little more friction. Because that rubberized texture covers the keyboard as well, the keys have a totally different feel than most keyboards: keys are responsive, but feel flat and oddly spaced. I found it harder to rapidly type on the keyboard, maybe because I didn't know where my fingers were going. The requisite iOS-specific media controls and command shortcuts are there, but the layout's all just a bit unfamiliar.
The modified key layout matches the previous FabricSkin: the A key shares its space with Caps Lock, the Tab and Q keys are combined, and colon/semicolon and other punctuation keys are compressed. It's weird, because the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover doesn't do this at all. I got used to it over time, and the build quality's still great, but it could annoy a lot of people. Live with it for a week, and you'll be fine, but if you use any other keyboard (like a PC, for instance), you'll keep noticing the layout change.