I tried buying a Logitech Folio Touch for the 11” iPad Pro before my new iPad Air arrived last week. I knew that cases for the two should be interchangeable and that is true except for one not so little detail- TouchID. Many iPad cases cover the Power button with flexible material. Unfortunately, the Folio Touch for the 11” Pro does this, rendering TouchID on the iPad Air unusable.
Unfortunately, the model for the new iPad Air wasn’t in stock at any of my BestBuys yet, but I was able to get one shipped and it arrived last week while I was working out of town, so I started kicking the tires on it this weekend.
I’ve been a fan of keyboard cases for iPads since they first hit the market, so I know a good one when I see and use it. Logitech’s Folio Touch isn’t my favorite of all time, but it’s working its way up the list. I’m very happy with it so far.
Speaking of my all time favorite keyboard case, it was Logitech’s Slim Combo for the 2017 iPad Pros. It’s actually a close cousin of the Folio Touch that was released for the 2017 iPad Pros. While there are several similarities between the two, the Folio Touch unfortunately lacks my favorite feature from the older Combo. That was the ability to separate the keyboard section of the case from the iPad. Unlike Apple’s Magic Keyboard, it allowed you to take some protection with you when leaving the keyboard behind.
However, even though Logitech’s Folio Touch doesn’t have a removable keyboard, there is still a lot to like about it. First and foremost is Logitech’s strength- a great backlit keyboard and touchpad.
This is the company’s bread and butter and they deliver the goods as expected here. The keys are responsive and the highly adjustable backlight is a very nice touch. As for the touchpad, it might not be quite as good as Apple’s Magic Keyboard, but it’s pretty close and that’s a high bar to meet.
I also have to call out the fact that, even though keyboard cases for 11” iPads are a bit smaller and more cramped, me and my fat fingers didn’t have any issues typing on the Folio Touch. The keys are spaced well and I didn’t have issues with missing or doubling up letters repeatedly. This is a huge litmus test for me using any keyboard.
As for the rest of the details, the Folio Touch lacks the polish and unique design of the Magic Keyboard, but it has a practical appeal that some users may prefer. First of all, this is a case you can keep on your iPad Air at all times. You have to fold the keyboard behind the tablet, which is less than ideal, but the upside is that you still have the protection of the case while doing this. You don’t have to leave your case behind when you get up and go, like you do with the Magic Keyboard.
Speaking of the Magic Keyboard, owners may look down on the Folio Touch’s adjustable kickstand when comparing it to the more expensive product’s high-end cantilever design.
I admit that this case takes up a bit more room and is less lapable because of the kickstand, but it is actually more adjustable thanks to it, as well.
The Folio Touch is quite a bit thicker than the Magic Keyboard, but you get a whole lot more device protection for your trouble. It covers all surfaces except for the Power button and the Apple Pencil’s magnetic pad. However, those openings still have ample protection around them.
The Folio Touch can also be flipped around with the keyboard under the device while viewing media and drawing with the Apple Pencil. The kickstand can be adjusted to move between these position extremes to find the perfect angle for the
While the Folio Touch isn’t perfect, there really is a lot to like here. It offers ample protection for the iPad Air. The keyboard and touchpad are top shelf and they run off the iPad’s Smart Connector. It also offers a lot of versatility with the kickstand and the ability to move into media watching and writing modes. Oh, and here is a really big one- price. The Folio Touch comes in at a fairly reasonable $159, while it’s only real competitor is the Magic Keyboard at a hefty $299.
I will have a little more to say about Logitech’s Folio Touch keyboard case after I spend some more time with it. However, I can say this much right now: this keyboard case is a great value. If you want more protection or a little more versatility, the Folio Touch is a great option. But let’s get real. For most buyers, price is going to be a huge overriding factor. Apple’s Magic Keyboard is a bridge too far for you, rest assured that the less expensive Folio Touch has it where it really counts. You are not losing anything with this keyboard or touchpad.
Now I just need Logitech to make a Folio Touch for the 12.9” iPad Air.