Hands On: Logitech Slim Combo 10.5″
The new Logitech Slim Combo with detachable keyboard for the iPad Pro was just released when the new iPad Pro models were announced. The combo, along with the iPad Pro, both come in 10.5″ and 12.9″ sizes.
The Logitech Slim Combo is an ideal companion for your iPad Pro. It has a protective cover and detachable keyboard which supports 4 use modes (Typing, Viewing, FaceTime, and Reading) giving you amazing versatility. The Slim Combo features well spaced, backlit keys and a dedicated row of iOS shortcut keys. The keyboard pairs with iPad Pro in a click and never requires charging, due to the Smart Connector.
The keyboard uses only around 0.4-2.3% of iPad battery for an hour of typing. No charging needed.
Sorry for the relatively low quality photos here. I wanted to get an initial hands on out quickly, so I took these last night when it was delivered.
As you can see the 10.5″ model is rigid. The palm rest at the bottom of the keyboard does not fold back like the larger Combo set, and I’m fairly happy about that. It seems to me that the foldable palm area would be more annoying than it is useful.
The entire keyboard is tapered to raise it slightly. The design seems well thought out, as with the whole keyboard tapered it does not flex much at all.
My initial hands on is positive for this set. The size is good, as is the overall build quality. It’s hard to say how well it will perform, but expect a post about that next week.
There are a few issues I can see with a keyboard set designed this way though. The Smart Connector is nice, in theory. It’s great to never have to charge the keyboard or increase weight with a battery. But, if you have the iPad in a vertical position there is no way you can keep the keyboard functional. Since it doesn’t pair with Bluetooth, or have a separate battery, it can’t function unless connected to the Smart Connector. Just keep that in mind if you are considering this set.
As I said earlier in the post, expect a full review once I actually have my iPad to test it out. Upon my initial hands on though, I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase this set if you are looking for a nice one at launch.