Review: Logitech Slim Pro Folio is a great iPad keyboard, though not necessarily slim

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The Logitech Slim Folio Pro Keyboard is a new option for 2018 iPad Pro owners. It is a capable backlit keyboard that runs less than Apple's own Smart Keyboard Folio but tacks on a few more features.

Logitech Slim Pro Folio
Logitech Slim Pro Folio


It's been only 6 months since the iPad Pro was announced and since then there's really only a select few keyboard cases that support the new devices.

Logitech has been a key player in the Apple accessories market, so we were excited when the Slim Folio Pro was announced.




Design

The Slim Folio Pro from Logitech is a keyboard case with a folio design -- which means it folds around to protect the front and back of your iPad. It's made out of a soft silicone material and feels really durable.

The folio style cover allows you to place the iPad in three different positions, two different angles for when you're using the keyboard and typing, and another one for when you're drawing or jotting down notes using the Apple Pencil. It's kept in place by magnets as to not slip too easily. We like this since there are times when we need the iPad to sit at a particular position, and this keyboard case allows us to do that.

Logitech Slim Pro Folio
Logitech Slim Pro Folio


As a case, it protects all four corners of the iPad with this really high quality, durable, pliable silicone material. It was actually a little bit tough to put the iPad in, but once it's in, your iPad is well protected inside. To remove, two edge corners peel back for the device to slide back out. If you're an Apple Pencil user, don't fret. Logitech thought of this ahead of time and the Apple Pencil fits perfectly with this case, and still allows you to charge it wirelessly.

Probably the best thing about the case is that a magnetic flap secures the pencil when it's closed up, so that pencil isn't going anywhere. This was a big issue with Apple's own folio keyboard during travel.

Typing on the keyboard

Logitech Slim Pro Folio
Logitech Slim Pro Folio


The keyboard itself feels great. It's like typing on an old MacBook keyboard before they switched over to the new butterfly switches. The tactile response and the throw feel amazing. As much as we love Apple's own Smart Keyboard, this keyboard just feels right. This is what iPad typing should be like in the future, and we hope Apple can develop something as good as this for the next generation iPad Pros.

Like most third-party keyboards for the iPad, there's also dedicated shortcut buttons that sit above the number keys. Things like changing the keyboard brightness, a home button, spotlight button, media keys, as well as a lock button to lock your iPad, and a button for Bluetooth pairing and battery button to see whether you need to charge the keyboard case or not.

Logitech Slim Pro Folio
Logitech Slim Pro Folio


A really neat feature that Logitech thought about is how the keyboard activates. There's a magnetic strip just above the media keys, and when the iPad is docked, it'll automatically activate the keyboard, and when you're done, just undock it and the keyboard will automatically disconnect and turn off which is great for saving battery.

These battery saving techniques are important since this keyboard runs off Bluetooth and not the Smart Connector.

This keyboard charges USB-C which is amazing, and we love that more and more companies are switching over to USB-C. Unfortunately, a USB-C cable and charging brick is not included with this iPad, with Logitech recommending to use the one that came bundled with your iPad. Even better, you can charge this keyboard by plugging it into your iPad Pro which is really convenient. Battery will last you roughly three months on a single charge, but obviously, that depends on how often you use it and whether or not you're using the max brightness for the keyboard backlight.

Should you buy one?

Thus far it seems like the perfect companion for the iPad Pro. There is a downside though. The name Slim Folio Pro is a little misleading. The Logitech Slim Folio Pro is thick, clocking in just under an inch. It's also a lot heavier than Apple's own offering. This is a big downside for those who are looking to keep things minimal.

Logitech Slim Pro Folio
Logitech Slim Pro Folio thickness


Another thing we're not fans of is when the iPad is in its third position for drawing. Since the keyboard case is thicker, and there's actual key travel, pushing down on the iPad on either side of the device will make the iPad uneven at times and can be a bit frustrating when using the Apple Pencil. Not a deal breaker at all, but definitely something to think about.

This is easily the best third-party keyboard case for the new iPad Pros. It features a great keyboard that is backlit, a case that doesn't compromise, and it charges via USB-C. But with that added bulk and weight, that might be a huge deal breaker for some especially if you're looking for something minimal.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Logitech's Slim Folio for the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro can be ordered from Logitech directly starting at $119.99 with free shipping.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 9
    DAalsethDAalseth Posts: 576member
    Does ANYONE other than Apple make an iPad keyboard that uses the Smart Connector? It seems like great technology that is slowly dying through neglect.
    SpamSandwichwatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 9
    melgrossmelgross Posts: 31,507member
    The third best, well alright!

    the problem with all of these keyboard cases is that they’re all too thick and heavy. So unless you haven’t specifically bought an iPad Pro 12.9” because it’s an iPad Pro 12.9”, rather than a Macbook, it could be alright. But if you have bought one because it is what it is, then the added weight and thickness kills the concept. In fact, the Macbook weighs less, and is thinner. So keyboard cases put this in an odd category. Most people buy tablets because they’re thin and lightweight. With keyboard cases, that’s no longer true.


  • Reply 3 of 9
    Andrew_OSUAndrew_OSU Posts: 232member, editor
    DAalseth said:
    Does ANYONE other than Apple make an iPad keyboard that uses the Smart Connector? It seems like great technology that is slowly dying through neglect.
    Right now, just Apple. Previously there were a few that did but for the new Pros, its been all quiet from third-parties. It moved locations so it may take a bit for them to adjust and get them approved.
  • Reply 4 of 9
    davgregdavgreg Posts: 305member
    I looked for one of these when I upgraded my iPad Pro a couple of months ago. Unfortunately the only one on sale at the time was for the last generation model.

    I bought a folio that did fit (Casemate) and it works well- no keyboard, but gets along well with the pencil. This thing should have been available much earlier.
  • Reply 5 of 9
    idomoidomo Posts: 3member
    melgross said:
    The third best, well alright!

    the problem with all of these keyboard cases is that they’re all too thick and heavy. So unless you haven’t specifically bought an iPad Pro 12.9” because it’s an iPad Pro 12.9”, rather than a Macbook, it could be alright. But if you have bought one because it is what it is, then the added weight and thickness kills the concept. In fact, the Macbook weighs less, and is thinner. So keyboard cases put this in an odd category. Most people buy tablets because they’re thin and lightweight. With keyboard cases, that’s no longer true.


    Right, but the MacBook doesn‘t have the flexibility to omit the keyboard and make this device more portable or fold the keyboard behind the screen and interact with touch in „a much more intimate, intuitive and fun way“. (Steve Jobs). MacBook and iPad represent two different use cases still and I am not ready to get rid of one for the other. Not yet. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 9
    One question: How does it work when typing on your lap? There are times when I am at conferences without tables and have to use this on my lap.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 9
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,010member
    DAalseth said:
    Does ANYONE other than Apple make an iPad keyboard that uses the Smart Connector? It seems like great technology that is slowly dying through neglect.
    For the longest time, I hoped Apple would make or license a design for a MIDI keyboard connected via the Smart Connector.
  • Reply 8 of 9
    jbdragonjbdragon Posts: 2,078member
    To me it makes more sense to just have a normal case with a stand built in for the iPad and then use whatever Bluetooth keyboard you want. You can get some pretty small, compact keyboards if you want. If you need it, then take it out and use it. Personally I think if you need a keyboard attached to your iPad all the time, you may just be better off to get a Macbook or some other type of laptop instead.
  • Reply 9 of 9
    melgrossmelgross Posts: 31,507member
    idomo said:
    melgross said:
    The third best, well alright!

    the problem with all of these keyboard cases is that they’re all too thick and heavy. So unless you haven’t specifically bought an iPad Pro 12.9” because it’s an iPad Pro 12.9”, rather than a Macbook, it could be alright. But if you have bought one because it is what it is, then the added weight and thickness kills the concept. In fact, the Macbook weighs less, and is thinner. So keyboard cases put this in an odd category. Most people buy tablets because they’re thin and lightweight. With keyboard cases, that’s no longer true.


    Right, but the MacBook doesn‘t have the flexibility to omit the keyboard and make this device more portable or fold the keyboard behind the screen and interact with touch in „a much more intimate, intuitive and fun way“. (Steve Jobs). MacBook and iPad represent two different use cases still and I am not ready to get rid of one for the other. Not yet. 
    Of course. But if you think you need a keyboard, you’re going to carry it around. Realistically, you’re going to have to make a choice whenever you leave the house. Do I take the keyboard case, or not? If you do, you’re going to be thinking about the size and weight every time . If you don’t, you’re going to have regrets at times that you don’t have it.

    these things need to weigh less, and be thinner. There’s really no other solution. I don’t want a 2.5 pound tablet. Period!
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