Logitech’s Slim Combo for the previous gen 12.9″ iPad Pro was my favorite keyboard case of all time by leaps and bounds. It checked all the boxes. It offered protection without too much added bulk. It could be positioned at a wide range of angles thanks to the hinged kickstand. The keyboard section could be separated from the iPad section giving it plenty of versatility. For me, that’s the perfect combo of features.
Typically, Logitech comes out with keyboard cases soon after the release of a new iPad, but not with last year’s iPad Pros. I was pretty disappointed that nothing appeared and ended up holding my nose and buying Apple’s Smart Keyboard Folio. Meh. As soon as I saw the press release for Logitech’s new Slim Folio Pro for the current gen iPad Pros I knew I had to get one and take it for a spin.
Here’s the the rub. While I knew I would want to try the Slim Folio Pro just based on the keyboard alone, I also knew that the was not quite the same as the case I really dug last year. Whatever the reason, Logitech decided to make this case more of a follow up to the Create case that came out with the original iPad Pro than the Slim Combo. The adjustable kickstand and the versatility of being able to split the iPad and keyboard apart are gone. Is the rest enough?
To be honest, I’m not quite sure about that yet and I will write something a little more detailed on that later. Here’s what I can say right now. The keyboard is exactly what I expect from Logitech and is definitely the star of the show. The keys have a nice response. They aren’t mushy. They aren’t stiff. They’re just right, at least for me. The backlighting also makes this a big step up from the Smart Keyboard Folio’s keyboard. From the perspective of typing experience, the Slim Folio Pro is a far superior keyboard case.
There are other positives, as well. The exterior material is easy to grip. If anything, the magnetic closure flap is a little too strong, so you don’t have to worry about this case flying open. While it isn’t as thin and light as some cases, it does offer solid protection for the iPad Pro, as well. And even though the iPad Pro is locked to a single position and angle with this case, it is very stable and easy to use, even in a lap.
Apple’s case does still have a couple of advantages. First off, it uses the Smart Connector, rather than relying on Bluetooth. I am not sure why Logitech went back to Bluetooth after making two Smart Connector cases for iPad Pros, but here we are. Secondly, and partly because of the previous design choice, the Slim Folio Pro isn’t as thin and light as the name implies. It is noticeably thicker and heavier than Apple’s Smart Keyboard Folio. So if these two features are really important to you, you might want to stick with it.
So will a great keyboard be enough? Again, I’m not really sure about that yet. I’ve been using the Slim Folio Pro for a couple of weeks now and I’m still on the fence. Despite it’s flaws, it still has a shot thanks to the fact that there is so little competition. However, it isn’t the follow-up to the Slim Combo that I was really hoping for.