Apple Magic Keyboard Floating iPad Pro Review
You know you see the entire website post dedicated. To just reviewing cases laptop cases iPhone cases I never really got super into that because I was like oh you know how interesting can a case be I’m not a big case guy.
But this is got to be the most interesting case we’ve seen in a long time this is the new apple magic keyboard case the new iPad Pro 300 Bucks for the small 1 and 350 Bucks for this bigger 1 and there is a lot of hype this case right it was announced alongside this new iPad which was barely actually different from the previous iPad pro but along with
the new mouse and cursor support on the iPad re stoked this whole fire of can the iPad pro be a full-time computer so I’ve been using this new iPad and this magic case as my primary computer for the past couple of days all weekend and the conclusion I’ve gotten 2 is this is the best version of the iPad as a computer for sure but I would still rather have a laptop.
Let me explain so for your money this is a pretty substantial like nice case a lot is going on here it’s a top part full of magnets that lock on the iPad and do not let go I get the strong magnet pattern matching up to the iPad then there’s a hinge which like this long metal tubes through the middle with a USB type C.
past report on the side for charging and a base which is the sole can rubberized material we’ve seen apple cases before with a full size backlit keyboard and trackpad and it’s a lot of material it’s a bit thicker and heavier also then you might be imagining you ready for these iPad pro ways this big 1 640 grams and then without the I.
pad the case by itself weighs another 700 to Graham so weighs more than the iPad so combined they are sicker and heavier than a MacBook air and so was not nearly as elegant to open and close like a laptop would be the 1 thing you can say about this case is it is well built so to get someplace basically you open this up and quickly find he has
this locking point where it gets the locking point and snaps into place that’s nice the top part continues opening like a hinge save opened it like this you take the iPad you lock it with the magnets into the top pass everything lights up the pins are all connected and now it’s floating above the keyboard as advertised now we’ve already seen I’ve had cases with keyboards before there are plenty people already using them but there’s a couple
things to make this 1 some press number 1 ease that hinge it’s pretty stiff like a laptop and it is limited in how far back it goes but I find it goes just far back enough for any of my normal use it is kind of pops off the back and hovers the iPad there then the keyboard is nice I think it’s the nicest part it’s scissor switches so it has a nice journey and feels clicky like the new MacBook Air and 60-inch MacBook pros key the board is stiff and well built there’s no tax at all, unlike some laptops.
And it’s backlit which is no doubt such a little bit of extra power for me I. pads battery but I like the backlight it’s a nice touch it stayed on and off and just generally yeah it’s the best keyboard I’ve ever seen in an iPad case that’s faxed and then, of course, there’s the trackpad too it’s not the biggest trackpad and the world’s like you might find on a
full-size laptop but it is nice and it definitely completes the laptop computer seal with the new iOS cursor and it clicks it physically clicks so everywhere from corner to corner which is nice and I had iPad hovering above the keyboard here with just enough room to type and not ever touch the iPad usually for me that’s good and so now it feels like a computer USB type C.
charging passed through is at the bottom like we’re a normal computer or it would be and I seem to be getting almost 100 percent efficiency through those pins which impressed me so it’s like a real. 13-inch laptop issue computer with 120 heard screen.
And iPad iOS and all its quirks let me tell you there are still a lot of works, yes being your main computer first of all weight management is something we often think about is I’ve had cases in a laptop you openness by the hinge and all the weight all the guts in the computer are at the bottom and the top is just a lightweight screen opening and closing it.
The elegant and a whole lot of problems there but with the iPad in this case or any case like this the I. pad is the computer and so most of that weight is up top and so to see a little bit top-heavy this is part of why they made this case so heavy as to try to combat this a little bit trying to make it feel a little bit less top-heavy but still.
It’s not perfect this whole thing here it’s still laughable in some positions that’s a new word right laughable most of the classic laptop positions are still fine I know some people wondering about this it’s better than you might expect but from experience, it’s still not as flexible as a truly bottom weighted laptop or the hinges just moving the screen away and if you get down to the keyboard great keyboard as I said is great
speaking but there’s no escape key so I want to exit a full-screen post or use anything you typically escape you have to touch the screen you’ve probably noticed by now there are no function buttons at all on this keyboard meaning there are no brightness volume or even keyboard backlight brightness shortcuts here for all that you got to touch the screen it’s not just to change the keyboard brightness to go into the settings app into general into
keyboard settings and then into keyboard hardware settings and then that’s where you can manually turn up or down the keyboard backlight brightness likely auto-brightness is typically still pretty good at using the iPad sensors by the way so that’s hopefully not going to do very often but still you get the point here and also I’m on a mac I’m an I’m a, and queue person as a lot of people are whenever I want to quit an app thank you to
close it doesn’t quite work the same way here if you’re in an app and you hit, and queue nothing happens you have to touch the screen or, and each to go home but you do want to close an app in your multitasking without touching the screenshot of the Peter McKinnon actually for teaching me this we go to the, and tab menu and then signed the act you want to close in there and then thank you close that and then you know like
normal with an iPad there’s a bunch of gestures from the trackpad and keyboard shortcuts to learn in fact if you hold down, nd at any point in anything it’ll show you a list of all the keyboard shortcuts available to you at that time in that app so that’s a pretty cool pro tip but that represents all the learning curve if you’ve come from something else with the keyboards up into the day.
I mean when you wrap it all up with this. I’m not quick air specs are 1200 Bucks. This iPad pro the 13 inches same size screen is 1000 Bucks plus a $350 case that makes it 1350 not only have 1 I can only have a laptop with no iPad or this iPad keyboard case
which is a bit more expensive but no laptop I want to say I would rather have this I’d rather have like the ability to pop off and have an iPad anytime and then when I want to type I got the keyboard I can go back and forth and it’s much more fun is 120 it’s got way more apps there are cameras if I need them this is just more fun.
But I still need that laptop sometimes and for me, that’s especially when multitasking what if I’m writing the review on the keyboard and has spawned by playing the background and I just wanna skip to the next song there’s no button for it I have to go over into Spotify and then swipe and then come back like I never try to be honest soon call and take notes at the same time and I had.
Good luck it’s not it doesn’t work at all that being said in I. pad land there are 2 types of people in this world those who get a case or a full keyboard for iPad and they keep it in it all the time and never take it out that’s just the way the iPad is now. For those who get a queue keyboard or case and pop it out and use it mostly like an iPad all the time and then sometimes they need to type in a pocket in here typing away, it becomes a typing machine come underdone pop back out use it as an I. pad again. For that second type of person.
This set up this accessory is the best possible version of the iPad this is a go this is awesome go for it spring to 300 Bucks for me.
My camera my laptop. That’s been it thanks for watching Getty have an extra. Based.