Each Julie and I’ve longed for Apple to provide a Floor Professional like product, a hybrid pill operating macOS. Apple argues that the iPad Professional fills that area of interest and is greater than highly effective and succesful sufficient to get the job completed. And I would agree that the iPad Professional has the horsepower however to date iOS has fallen a bit brief for me. With iOS 11 and a conveyable keyboard, I’ve renewed hope that I could make the iPad Professional my important productiveness journey companion. The Logitech Slim Combo is likely one of the most feature-rich sensible connector enabled keyboards obtainable. For this assessment, Logitech despatched me their 10.5″ model in classical blue to take a look at.
The Logitech Slim Combo is a properly made, plastic two-piece resolution for including productiveness and safety to the iPad Professional. The again panel encases your iPad Professional and securely holds it in place with a snap. The entrance cowl or base of the Combo is a properly engineered keyboard that magnetically attaches to the iPad Professional’s sensible connector.
The casing is produced from inflexible plastic and high-performance technical material with PU coating for spill-resistance. The case has cutouts and push-thru buttons taking nothing away from the performance and options of the iPad Professional.
The again panel could be very kind fitted and takes a little bit of pressure to get the iPad completely seated…however as soon as inside there may be little likelihood of it unintentionally falling out.
The Slim Combo has an built-in loop constructed into the keyboard portion the case to move the Apple Pen.
The highest of the again onerous case has a push-thru for the ability button and cutouts for each audio system, mic, and audio plug.
The Slim Combo’s keyboard attaches on the left facet of the case magnetically to the iPad’s Apple Good Connector. The magnetic maintain is ample however the keyboard did fall off from time to time.
The bottom of the case has a big cutout permitting entry to the iPad’s lighting port and audio system.
The backlit keyboard has no battery and is powered by your iPad by way of its sensible connector. Connectivity is through the connector as properly, (versus Bluetooth) that means little to no lag whereas typing. In response to Logitech, the keyboard makes use of between zero.four to 2.three p.c of iPad battery for an hour of typing relying on backlighting brightness. There are three ranges of backlighting that routinely turns off eight seconds after the final keystroke. Apparently the keyboard’s firmware is routinely up to date when related to the iPad Professional by way of Good Connector.
The keyboard has 19 mm key pitch and 1.5 mm key journey. The palm relaxation is comfy and permits good hand/finger positioning for typing. The keyboard feels a bit cramped in comparison with my 12″ MacBook however is greater than purposeful and means higher than typing on the iPad’s digital keyboard. That stated, I preserve reaching for an imaginary trackpad that will make the setup good/best.
The underside of the keyboard is textured as you’ll be able to see under in order that it doesn’t slide round and is straightforward to carry onto when on the go.
Alright, let’s focus on the elephant within the room. The Logitech Slim Combo is ANYTHING however slim/tiny/petite/and so on… It transforms the glossy, tech-sexy 10.5″ iPad Professional right into a clunky, although admittedly productive, behemoth. The case alone weighs greater than the iPad Professional.
Collectively they weigh greater than the 12″ MacBook.
- Peak x Width x Depth: 10.16 in x 7.24 in x 1.06 in
- Weight: 1.16 lbs
Logitech engineered a built-in stand into the again of the again cowl. In panorama mode, the stand holds iPad Professional at any angle in inside 50 levels vary: from 20 to 70 levels. In portrait mode, the stand holds iPad Professional at 73 levels. The iPad Professional auto activates/off when the keyboard is opened or closed.
In true Gadgeteer fashion, this assessment was written on the Slim Combo keyboard with no problem in any way. The typing was finest on a flat floor as a result of the case was not very lap-friendly in any respect.
Whereas not as compact, glossy, or fairly as a unadorned iPad, the Logitech Slim Combo provides glorious safety along with considerably growing productiveness. The case is completely kind fitted for the 10.5″ iPad Professional, utterly encasing it. The keyboard is function wealthy besting Apple’s keyboard in every little thing however dimension and weight. General the Logitech Slim Combo is a superb selection if you wish to rework your iPad Professional into extra of a hybrid computing system.
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