Versatile and premium, this is how Logitech positions its new keyboard-shell for the fifth generation iPad Pro. Nicely finished, rather stylish and thinner than the Folio Touch that it replaces at the top of the range, the Combo Touch 2021 is 1.69 cm thick for the model that fits the 11-inch iPad Pro, and 1 , 74 cm for its 12.9 inch equivalent.
If we compare it to a Magic Keyboard for Apple iPad, the Combo Touch aims for versatility and highlights its ability to adapt to different uses. Logitech lists four big ones: typing, drawing, reading and watching (movie or video conference).
We could obviously add a fifth use, that of protective shell “360 °” to use the expression of Logitech, when you carry it. The iPad Pro slips into a shell that protects it at the back and on the sides – while leaving the magnetic surface accessible to place a second-generation Apple Pencil.
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First and foremost a backlit Smart Connector keyboard
Anyway, to each of its four uses, the Combo Touch adapts. The first is obviously the most interesting. When you use iPad Pro as a computer, a kickstand that runs the full width of the case lets you tilt the screen as you like while you type on the keyboard, connected through the Smart Connector. For the record this means that you don’t need to sync it with the iPad, as you would with a Bluetooth device, and that it is the iPad Pro that powers it.
Logitech generally takes care of its keyboards, comfortable to use and responsive. In this case, the manufacturer promises keys of 1.8 cm and a very short stroke of 1 mm, which should appeal to marathon text entry. For those who have to work late, the keyboard is backlit, and Logitech engineers have made sure they can use the ambient light sensor on the Apple tablet to adjust the light intensity as well as possible. Obviously, you can take control of this setting via the dedicated function keys.
On this point, we regret that it is apparently not possible, for an MFi compatible product, to offer customization of these function keys.
An improved touchpad
Fortunately, the trackpad, which has grown by 25% compared to that offered by the Folio Touch released last year, is now clickable on its entire surface. Two new features that should make it possible to pleasantly use all the iPadOS gestures to compensate for certain ergonomic stiffness, and save time while enjoying the smoothest possible user experience.
So much for the main use. If you want to draw with your iPad Pro, you can simply detach the keyboard, to be more comfortable, or fold it back. If you want to put your iPad on a table and straighten it a bit when you draw, the kickstand will allow it to be raised at will, in a stable manner, we were promised.
For reading, we will no doubt appreciate to lighten the whole iPad Pro plus Combo Touch in this case, and will therefore do without the keyboard.
Finally, to watch a film or participate in a videoconference, you can once again call on the kickstand, which will keep the tablet tilted slightly backwards.
Compatibility and price
While it will obviously be necessary to wait for a complete test for a final opinion, the Combo Touch looks promising. As we said, it is available for the iPad Pro 11 and 12.9 inches, both models being available from May 31.
For the smaller of the two iPad Pros, the Combo Touch will cost 199.99 euros. For the 12.9-inch model, it will cost 229.99 euros.
Finally, it should be noted that while the first and second generation 11-inch iPad Pro are also compatible with this new keyboard, this is not the case for the earlier versions of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.