Now available: the Logitech® Slim Combo, a protective cover and detachable keyboard for Apple’s new, 10.5-inch or 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
It supports four use modes —Typing, Viewing, FaceTime, Reading.
Type Like You Mean It
Full-size backlit keys, smart iOS shortcuts provide the most laptop-like typing experience on the iPad Pro. Crafting emails – or an entire novel – is said to be a breeze on a backlit keyboard with well-spaced and full-size concave keys. There are three levels of adjustable backlighting.
The detachable keyboard connects to your iPad Pro through its Smart Connector and gets all of its power directly from the iPad Pro – there’s no need for charging cables, batteries or pairing.
The case is built to provide the right angle for every situation – and it’s not always 90 degrees. Two micro hinges ensure that Slim Combo smoothly reclines within a 50-degree range and stays in place once you’ve found the perfect viewing angle for watching a show or reading an e-book.
If a call comes in, switch to portrait mode for a hands-free FaceTime experience.
Pen It Down
There’s an Apple Pencil holder to make sure it won’t get lost, or in the way.
The Logitech Slim Combo comes in black or blue and can be bought in Apple retail stores, apple.com and logitech.com.
The suggested retail price for the Slim Combo for 10.5-inch iPad Pro is $219.00 and for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is $249.00.
Future of Personal Computing?
Logitech’s take is that this heralds the future of personal computing – with entertainment and work functions collapsed into a single entity.
“In the past, you were bound to a workspace with a PC, and used your tablet for quick messages or entertainment when you weren’t in the office; that’s not the case anymore,” said Moninder Jain, head of Video Collaboration for Logitech Asia Pacific and managing director for ASEAN.
With iPad Pro touting itself as being more powerful than most PC laptops, the Logitech Slim Combo provides an interface to tap that computing power whenever, wherever.
But do consumers want this vision of the future? What does it mean when the lines between work and play are so blur?
In the first place, does it really provide greater convenience and ease of use? (More on that if we work on the review.)
This is just one alternative to Apple’s Smart Keyboard. We’ll see if this is the direction the industry is headed if there are more of such options coming up.
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