June 12, 2024


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Logitech Slim Folio Pro for iPad Pro – Review 2020

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The most recent round of iPad Pros make decent laptop
replacements, but Apple’s gorgeous keyboard cases are really expensive. Into
the breach steps Logitech, with a range of reasonably priced replacements that are both more protective and more affordable than Apple’s cases, although they fall a little short on the quality of the keyboard itself. I tested the Bluetooth-based Logitech Slim Folio Pro
keyboard-only case ($119.99 for the 11-inch iPad Pro, $129.99 for
the 12.9-inch model), but there are a number of iterations.

A Safe Case

The Slim Folio Pro uses Bluetooth. To use the iPad Pro’s Smart Connector instead, you need to get the Slim Combo ($129.99 to $149.99).
Logitech doesn’t have a trackpad-enabled case for the latest iPad Pros, but its $149.99 Combo Touch With Trackpad works with the less-expensive iPad and
iPad Air.

KeyboardThe backlit keys have a significant amount of travel

Your iPad Pro is a major investment, and Logitech’s case is noticeably thicker and more
protective than Apple’s. The iPad snaps into rubber bumpers around each corner,
so that if you drop the encased tablet on its edge, the bumper takes the immediate shock. That’s a
good protective move. A chunky latch flips
over the outside of the case to keep it closed in transit.

Like Apple’s cases, the primary material here is a soft-touch, dark gray plastic. The case only has one available angle, which should work for
most people, but it’s worth noting that Apple’s Smart Keyboard has two angle options.

Closed caseClosed, the case is quite protective

The case connects via Bluetooth, which isn’t quite as
convenient as Apple’s Smart Connector. I occasionally got double letters in testing, a common issue with Bluetooth keyboard cases in my experience. It
didn’t happen very often, but it reminded me
that I was using a wireless connection rather than a more reliable wired one.

The case charges separately from your iPad using USB-C, and Logitech estimates a total of about 180 hours of
use per charge.

Angle openThe case only has one available angle

The 78-key keyboard uses scissor switches and is on the small end of full-sized, with an 18mm key pitch. That’s the same as Apple’s Smart Keyboard, but each
key is slightly smaller than the ones on the more expensive Magic Keyboard. You
get more keys, though. There’s a full row of function keys lacking on Apple’s
keyboard, including media control, a dedicated home key, and a dedicated search

The keys have a considerable amount of travel—they feel a little deeper than either of Apple’s keyboards. They’re backlit, with two brightness levels, but compared with Apple’s backlight,
Logitech’s feels cheap. The light leaks out around the edges of the keys; the
keys are visible in the dark and the light comes through the key caps, but it
also comes through at the bottoms of the keys.

Keyboards comparedThe keys are the same size as on Apple’s Smart Keyboard

The sturdy body makes your iPad lap-ready. Because the
flat part of the keyboard extends behind the iPad, it’s relatively stable, but
a slightly loose fold of material behind the tablet when it’s open means that the
whole assembly wobbles a little if you pound on the keys.

When you aren’t using the keyboard, you can flip it back out of the way. The keys disable, but this is where the case being bulkier than Apple’s Smart Keyboard becomes a bit of an issue; it feels like it gets in the way in this mode, whereas the Smart Keyboard’s slim top case is less of a bother.

Tablet modeIn “tablet mode,” the leftover keyboard feels quite thick


All in all, the Logitech Slim Folio Pro is a good iPad keyboard case, just not the
perfect one. I’d like tighter keys, and for the case to use the Smart Connector
rather than Bluetooth. But when it comes to durability and price, it might be the right choice for you. The Slim Folio Pro costs $60 less than Apple’s
Smart Keyboard for the 11-inch iPad Pro, and $80 less for
the 12.9-inch model. It’s clunkier for sure, but also more protective. If you have the money to spend, however, Apple’s keyboard feels notably better to use. Ultimately, your decision should come down to what you want in terms of price and protection.

Logitech Slim Folio Pro Specs

Number of Keys 78
Interface Bluetooth
Key Backlighting Single-Color
Media Controls Dedicated
Dedicated Shortcut Keys Yes
Onboard Profile Storage No
N-Key Rollover Support No
Passthrough Ports None
Palm Rest None

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