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Logi's new Logi Base iPad Pro dock shows what else you can do with that little side smart connector

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The iPad Pro's little Smart Connector can do more than work with keyboards.

You know those three little dots on the sides of iPad Pro models? Right now, they've been exclusively used for keyboard accessories like Apple's Smart Keyboard. But this magnetic side connector could be used for more. The new Logi Base is a Smart Connector charging dock and stand, and it's actually a cute little way to turn those new iPads into standing monitors...for a really high price.

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An iPad Pro resting in the Logi Base, minus charge cable.

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Yes, this is expensive: at $100 (equivalent to £70 or $AU130), the little sleek aluminum base doesn't even come with a packed-in Lightning charge cable. Take your own and plug it in the back, then pop in either 12.9-inch or 9.7-inch iPad Pro (they use the same size smart connector, you know) and it'll charge up. Why not just plug your Lightning cable into the side of your iPad instead? Going around the back frees up the iPad from unsightly wires jutting out the sides -- so you can use that side Lightning port on your iPad Pro to jam your Pencil in, instead.

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BYO Lightning.

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The Logi Base isn't completely logical: Its sticky base makes it hard to turn, and it doesn't adjust to different angles. Plus the base really only works for landscape-mode work (you could prop it up vertically, but you'd lose the charging capability). And also can't plug a Smart Connector keyboard in at the same time, meaning you'll need to find a Bluetooth keyboard lying around. But this shows that the Smart Connector should be used for more than just keyboards. Maybe other accessories will come soon, too. If you've been craving an upright charge dock for your iPad, Logi Base could be it. But it certainly isn't cheap.

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