Apple is hoping that its new iPad Pro tablet will appeal to users who have traditionally worked on a notebook. To this end, Apple’s own Smart Keyboard for the iPad Pro is a nifty little tool, but users have complained it’s too thin to be used comfortably for extended periods, plus the lack of backlighting makes it unsuitable for darker environments. To solve these problems and more, you’ve got the new Logitech Create keyboard.
First things first, the Create keyboard is pretty heavy. Weighing 725g, it’s almost as heavy as the iPad Pro itself. It’s also fairly thick at 19.9mm. With the iPad Pro attached, the combination weighs over 1.4kg – that’s heavier than some Ultrabooks. It’s also quite unwieldy. Everything about the frame and case is stiff, which makes tasks like attaching/detaching the iPad Pro from the case and even adjusting volume cumbersome.
Fortunately, the Create redeems itself in other ways. The keyboard attaches to the iPad Pro’s smart connector magnetically using a bar above the keys itself. Along with the case, it allows the iPad Pro to be docked securely at an angle comfortable for typing.
And since the Logitech Create doesn’t concern itself with thinness, the keyboard surface has been recreated to look and feel like that of a MacBook. The keys itself are full-sized with up to 1.5mm of travel, providing a typing experience significantly better compared to Apple’s Smart Keyboard. It also has backlights with three levels of brightness, a boon for users who like to get work done on flights. Another cool thing is that it has an additional row of shortcut keys that can be used to quickly adjust settings, search the iPad, play or stop music, and more.
The Logitech Create keyboard for the iPad Pro is an excellent keyboard, but it does add significant heft to your device. If that doesn’t bother you, then at $249, it’s even slightly more affordable than Apple’s own Smart Keyboard and well worth your consideration if you type a lot on your iPad Pro.
Backlights make it easier for users to type in dimly light environments.
AT A GLANCE
Keys Full-size, 1.5mm travel
Interface Smart Connector
Colors Red gold, Space grey, Silver
The Create keyboard makes the iPad Pro heavy and cumbersome, but provides the best typing experience.