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Logitech Slim Folio Pro for iPad Pro is a less expensive Smart Keyboard alternative

It's $60 to $70 more affordable than Apple's keyboard, and it's also lap-friendly.

Scott Stein Editor at Large
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The Logitech Slim Folio Pro's keyboard looks promising.


Larger screened iPads are perfect fits for good-quality keyboard cases. Logitech's newest case for the top-end iPad Pro models, the Slim Folio Pro, could be a solid choice for anyone not willing to pay $180 to $200 for Apple's own Smart Keyboard Folio . At $120 or $130 (for the 11- or 12.9-inch versions), they're $60 to $70 less expensive than Apple's options. And there are a few extras that Apple's slim keyboard folios don't even have.

I haven't tested the Slim Folio keyboards yet, but much like Logitech's Slim Folio for the 9.7-inch iPad, the new case offers iPad protection, lap-friendliness when typing, and backlit keys (something Apple's keyboards lack). Logitech's keyboards also have a row of specialized function shortcut keys on the top row for things like screen brightness and volume. The case has an indent to accommodate the side-charging Pencil. (Apple's keyboard case also has exposed sides for Pencil charging.)


It might also be a keyboard case to consider for anyone looking to turn their iPad Pro into a writing machine, particularly in light of keyboard problems on recent MacBooks .

The Logitech Slim Folio Pro design is thicker than Apple's slim magnetic Smart Keyboard Folio, but if it's anything like Logitech's 9.7-inch Folio, it'll be lap-friendly and provide some nice protection. But the cases notably don't connect with Apple's rear magnetic smart connector, instead opting for Bluetooth LE. I'll follow up with hands-on opinions when I get one to review.