Apple Magic Keyboard: Floating iPad Pro?May 01, 2020
What's up guys? I'm a doctor here, you know there used to be whole YouTube channels dedicated to reviewing cases, you know, laptop cases, iPhone cases, I never got into that much because I was like, oh, do you know how interesting a case can be? ? I'm not a big fan of cases, but this has to be the most interesting case we've seen in a long time. This is the new Apple Magic Keyboard case for the new iPad Pro. 300 dollars for the small one and 350. money for this larger one and there was a lot of excitement about this case right around the time it was announced along with this new
ipadwhich actually It was barely different from the previous iPad Pro, but along with the new mouse and cursor support on the iPad it revived this.
The whole question of whether the iPad Pro can be a full-time computer, so I've been using this new iPad and this
magiccase as my main computer for the last few days and all weekend, and the conclusion I've come to The point is that this is the best version of the iPad as a computer, without a doubt, but I still prefer having a laptop. Let me explain you. For your money, this is actually a pretty substantial and nice case. There's a lot going on here. It has a top full of magnets that attach. the
ipadand it doesn't let go like it's a strong magnet pattern that matches the ipad, then there's a hinge that's like this long metal tube in the middle with a USB type c pass-through port on the side for charging and then a base which is this silicone rubber material that we've seen before on Apple cases with a full size backlit
keyboardand trackpad and it's a lot of material, it's a little bit thicker and heavier than you'd imagine you're ready for this iPad Pro that weighs this big. one at 640 grams and then without the ipad the case alone weighs another 702 grams so it weighs more than the ipad so combined they are thicker and heavier than a macbook air and although it's not as elegant to open and close like a laptop would.
The only thing you can say about this case is that it is well built so to put it in place you basically open it and you quickly discover that the hinge has this locking point where it reaches the locking point and snaps into place and that is well and then the top keeps opening like a hinge, so you open it like this, you take the ipad, you lock it with the magnets on the top half, everything lights up, the pins are all connected and now it's
keyboardas advertised Now, we've seen iPad cases with keyboards before, there are plenty of people who already use them, but there are a couple of things that make this one so awesome.
Number one is that the hinge is quite rigid like a laptop and is limited in its recoil. goes, but I actually find that it goes far enough back for any of my normal uses, you just pop out the back and put the ipad in there, then the keyboard is really nice, I think that's the best part, they're scissor switches, so which has a pleasant journey. and it actually feels like clicking on the new 16 inch macbook air and macbook pros keys and since the board is rigid and well built there isn't really any flex unlike some laptops and then it's backlit which which definitely takes a little extra power from the iPad's battery, but I like the backlight, it's a nice touch, it turns on and off and overall, yes, it's the best keyboard I've seen on a case for iPad, that's a fact and then of course there's the trackpad 2.
It's not the largest trackpad. in the world like you might find on a full-size laptop, but it's nice and definitely completes the feel of the laptop with the new iOS cursor and it clicks, it really physically clicks, so everywhere, from corner to corner, which is nice, so now having the ipad
floatingabove the keyboard here with enough space to type and never touch the ipad, usually for me that's nice and now it feels like a computer, the port of USB Type-C charging is on the bottom, like where a normal computer would be. The port would be and it looks like I'm getting almost 100 efficiency through those pins, which definitely impressed me, so it's like a real 13-inch laptop with a 120 hertz screen and iPad OS and all its quirks, but let me tell you there are still a lot of quirks about this being your main computer, first of all weight control is something we often think about with these ipad cases on a laptop, you open it on the hinge and everything the weight, all the guts of the computer, are at the bottom and the top is just a light screen, so opening and closing it is quite elegant, there are not many problems there, but with the ipad in this case or in Any case like this, the iPad is the computer, so most of that weight is on the top.
It may feel a little heavy. This is part of why they made this case so heavy. It's to try to combat this a little bit to try to make it feel a little less heavy, but it's still not perfect. All this here. it can still overlap in some positions, that's a new word, it can overlap, most of the classic laptop positions are still fine. I know some people were wondering about this. It's better than you'd expect but from experience it's still not as flexible as a truly underweight laptop where the hinge just moves the weight of the screen and then if you move down to the keyboard it's a great keyboard like I said physically speaking, but there is no escape key, so if I want to exit a full screen video or use anything you normally escape from, you have to tap the screen and you've probably already noticed that there is no function button on this keyboard, which means there is no brightness volume or even keyboard backlight brightness shortcuts here for all you have to touch the screen, in fact just to change the keyboard brightness you have to go in the app settings in general in the keyboard settings and then in the keyboard hardware settings and then that's where you can manually raise or lower the brightness of the keyboard backlight.
Fortunately, auto brightness is usually pretty good. By the way, it uses the iPad's sensors, so hopefully that's not the case. something you have to do very often, but you still get the point here and then also on a Mac I am a command person as are many Mac people every time I want to exit an application it commands close It doesn't work the way Same way here if you are in an app and you press command q nothing happens you have to touch the screen or command h to go home, but if you really want to close an app in your multitasking without touching the screen, thank peter mckinnon for teach me this, you go to the command tab menu and then find the app you want to close there and then you command q to close it and then you know it's normal with an ipad that there are a ton of trackpad gestures and keyboard shortcuts to learn In fact, if you hold down command at any time, it will show you a list of all the keyboard shortcuts available to you at that moment in that app, so that's a big plus. tip, but that's a bit of a learning curve if you're coming from something else with a keyboard, so at the end of the day let me sum it all up with this, the specs of my macbook air are $1200, this ipad pro The 13 inch screen of the same size costs a thousand dollars plus the 350 case which makes it 1350.
Now if I could only have one, if only I could have a laptop without iPad or this iPad keyboard case which is a little more expensive but without computer laptop. I really mean I would rather have this. I would prefer to have the ability to go out and have an iPad at any time and then when I want to write, I have the keyboard and I can go back and forth and it's so much more. It's fun, it's 120 hertz, it has a lot more apps, there are cameras if I need them, this is just more fun, but sometimes I still need that laptop, and for me that's especially when I'm multitasking, like when I'm writing the review on the keyboard and I have Spotify playing. in the background and I just want to go to the next song, there's no button for it, I have to go to Spotify and then swipe and then come like you've ever tried to be on a Zoom call and take notes at the same time luckily on an ipad it's not that it doesn't work but having said all this in the land of the ipad there are two types of people in this world who get a case or a folio or a keyboard for their ipad and keep it on it all the time. they never take it out, that's how the iPad is now or those who get a keyboard or case and take it out and use it primarily as an iPad all the time and then sometimes they need a guy to take it out.
Here you write, it becomes a typewriter and then when you're done, take it out again, use it as an iPad again for that second type of person. This configuration. This accessory is the best possible version of the iPad. This is an opportunity. This is incredible. Go for it, get the 300 bucks, but in my case, I'm not getting rid of my laptop, but that's it, thanks for watching guys, next one, peace.
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