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Logitech's Slim Folio could be the newest iPad's best keyboard

A way to turn the new iPad into the cheapest Apple laptop.

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Scott Stein
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Scott Stein Editor at Large

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Logitech's previous keyboard cases were pretty great, so this might be too.

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With the right keyboard case, iPads can be surprisingly decent little laptop stand-ins (minus the trackpad). If you bought the newest iPad and wanted to use it like a laptop, you should know that previous iPad accessories may not fit. Logitech's case might come in handy.

The Logitech Slim Folio is the company's latest iPad keyboard accessory, and it could be the best bet for a recent iPad buyer, if Logitech's previous track record for great keyboard cases holds up (we haven't tested one yet, so stay tuned for a review when we get one).

Again, however, this accessory is only for the 2017 9.7-inch iPad: According to Logitech, for other iPad models you'll need to buy other Logitech keyboard accessories.

It looks like it sports a similar keyboard to the excellent Create keyboard case for the iPad Pro, but in a scaled-down case design (it lacks backlit keys, for instance). The Slim Folio uses Bluetooth to connect, because the newest budget iPad doesn't have the iPad Pro's magnetic smart connector for accessories. The flip-over keyboard base doesn't detach from the cover, but it does fold underneath when not in use.

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Fold-down mode.

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The case snaps into a single position magnetically like the step-up Create, but doesn't adjust to different angles like some cases (such as my old favorite Belkin QODE Ultimate Pro). But, instead of recharging like previous Logitech cases, the Slim Folio runs off replaceable coin batteries for an estimated four years (at two hours of typing a day).

It could be a pretty good bet for $100 (roughly converted to £77 or AU$130). But I hope, someday, iPad accessories add trackpads.

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