Apple Magic Keyboard: The Hybrid Keyboard that Makes a Difference
The Apple Magic Keyboard is an 11-inch or 12.9-inch case that magnetically attaches to your iPad Pro. Once connected, the iPad “floats” above the keyboard, and you can rotate the tablet between 90 degrees (vertical position) and 130 degrees (slightly tilted upwards).
The Magic Keyboard powers both your iPad and transfers data through its rear smart connector, which is essential for several reasons. First, it means you never have to charge the keyboard, although you can charge the iPad through the Magic Keyboard’s USB-C port, leaving the tablet’s port free for other accessories.
Second, the direct connection to the iPad means you don’t have to worry about charging the Magic Keyboard separately or pairing it via Bluetooth, as is the case with competitors like Logitech or Brydge.
Sleek and Functional
The Magic Keyboard securely attaches to the iPad thanks to its magnets, and there’s enough tension in the hinge to make the assembly feel solid regardless of the tablet’s position. While the setup is a bit top-heavy (we’ll get to this shortly), Apple deserves credit for providing the iPad Pro with a reliable base.
The keyboard itself is excellent. It uses the same scissor switch configuration found in recent MacBook Pros and the latest MacBook Air. The keys offer 1mm of travel and provide satisfying tactile feedback even when typing quickly.
Moreover, they are backlit, making it easy to type into the late hours of the night. The glass trackpad is spacious and offers precise control, making the iPad feel like a true productivity tool.
The Price of Luxury
Although the Magic Keyboard is fantastic and the best keyboard Apple has created for its tablets, its price can be a hurdle. The 12.9-inch version costs $350, which might seem excessive for a keyboard with a magnetic base. For that price, you could buy a Magic Trackpad and one of Apple’s Bluetooth keyboards and still have money left over for an iPad case.
If you prefer carrying fewer accessories, you might opt for the trackpad and a Logitech Bluetooth keyboard case for the iPad Pro, and you’ll still have plenty of money left to spend on other things. While the Magic Keyboard is sleek and functional, more economical options exist.
An Almost-Laptop Experience
Despite its versatility, the Magic Keyboard still doesn’t quite replicate the flexibility of a laptop. While you can comfortably type from a chair, it’s not as versatile as a laptop in terms of viewing angles and usage in different situations.
Additionally, the keyboard is not entirely sealed, meaning there are small gaps between the keys and the frame. Although this hasn’t been a problem so far, it may raise concerns about water and dust resistance.
The Apple Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro is an innovative combination that brings the tablet closer to the laptop world. The keyboard is excellent, and the trackpad offers remarkable precision.
The price may be a barrier for some, but for those seeking a laptop-like typing and working experience, the Magic Keyboard is the ideal choice. However, there is still room for improvement to get even closer to the versatility of a true laptop.