I have one major need in an iPad keyboard: I need to be able to write wherever I go.
Logitech's made some of my favorite iPad keyboards: the, and the , which grew to stay on my full-time. Maybe, over time, Logitech's new-design Slim Combo case for the seemed like the thing I needed to use the iPad as a useful laptop alternative. But, right now, after a few days, I'm frustrated. You will be too, if you're looking for a lap-friendly case… because this isn't.
But if you're buying a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, Logitech's new case is great.
How can these both be true? Consider this an iPad Case Study.
The 10.5-inch iPad case has hits and misses
After a week with the Slim Combo on the, here's the good news: There's a great keyboard. It's backlit, and key travel is perfect. As a typing experience, this is the best keyboard, miles better than Apple's Smart Keyboard Cover. But it's no bigger than before: it's the same exact-sized keyboard that's on the Create 9.7 Pro case, with thicker sides.
And now, for better and worse, it's part of a two-piece case package. There's a plastic back cover with Pencil holder, and the keyboard magnetically snaps onto the bottom. The back case has a kickstand to keep the iPad up at any angle. It's like the case turns the iPad into a. There's a Pencil-holding loop, too. But the case, with keyboard lid closed, is really bulky.
That's fine for desk work, but it's completely lap-unfriendly; it borrows the worst design elements of the Microsoft Surface in that regard. The floppy-attaching keyboard and kickstand will barely rest on my legs. Better find a large, flat coffee-shop table, where this is meant to rest. Also, the wider keyboard base means a larger footprint, meaning a tighter fit for narrow airline trays and tiny coffee shop counters.