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FINE. The iPad Pro is a laptop. - Magic Keyboard Review

Jun 07, 2021
- Even after playing with it for a while, it's still weird, you know? It just seems a bit wrong. But it cannot be denied. The discussion about whether this is a computer or not is over. With the Magic Keyboard and trackpad, Apple's iPad Pro is, for better or worse, a

laptop

. Leaving just one question behind. Is it a good

laptop

? It's still strange though. Displate has over 800,000 poster designs that are vibrant, durable, and long-lasting. Check out the LTT collection and save 15% with offer code LTT at the link below. (upbeat music) At first glance, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the Magic Keyboard case is an incremental upgrade over its predecessor, the iPad Smart Keyboard Folio.
fine the ipad pro is a laptop   magic keyboard review
It has the same polyurethane exterior and color palette, and attaches to the iPad Pro with super strong magnets, but the two

keyboard

s are in completely different categories. For one, look at this pup's range of motion. It goes far beyond the two static positions of the Keyboard Folio, improving ergonomics in almost any situation. Our only complaint here is that it would have been nice to be able to go a little further and go back, but I understand that's difficult because the iPad Pro is quite heavy for a laptop screen. That's why, as Riley pointed out at ShortCircuit, the Magic Keyboard actually weighs a bit more than the iPad Pro, to prevent the whole set from being comically unable to stand up.
fine the ipad pro is a laptop   magic keyboard review

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Another big improvement is the integrated USB-C port. Now, it doesn't carry data, but it's kind of

magic

al to be able to charge the iPad Pro through the

keyboard

's Smart Connector, without having a cable dangling from the tablet's USB-C port. Of course, even the most

magic

al Magic Keyboard has to be a good keyboard, and good news, because it is. It uses the same scissor switches that Apple has now brought back to the MacBook line, after replacing them with the universally hated Butterfly switches. And while the keys are a little wobblier than those on their laptop counterparts, and it would have been nice for them to include a row of function keys for things like volume and brightness adjustment, this Magic Keyboard offers an undeniably closer experience to that of a laptop than the keyboard.
fine the ipad pro is a laptop   magic keyboard review
Folio did it. And if you really want an escape key, you can modify another key to serve as one. The trackpad's return-home gesture mostly gets the job done, though. As for the typing experience, there's a distinctive tactile bump, with a smooth bottom, and typing at high speed makes you feel like you're actually being productive with an iPad. I thought that makes me, a PC and laptop enthusiast, deeply uncomfortable. Fortunately, I can feel much more comfortable if I just touch this cute and soft shirt from lttstore.com. Aww. Surprisingly, however, an equal, if not greater, contributor to this productive feeling is the trackpad.
fine the ipad pro is a laptop   magic keyboard review
Yes, iPads can now have trackpads, and this one is really cool. I mean, don't get me wrong, it's small. But if Microsoft can get away with using the same small trackpad on all Surface Pros, I think I can accept that there simply wasn't enough room to make it larger without other compromises. It has a smooth glass top layer, just like MacBook trackpads, and doesn't use a springboard mechanism, so you can actually click anywhere on its surface. And because it's so small, but feels so smooth, we ended up leaving trackpad inertia enabled in the settings. I know, it's a sin, but seriously, guys, it's pretty cool because it allows you to move the cursor from one end of the monitor to the other, with just a small movement of your finger.
Should I just call it an iPad Pro monitor? What is happening right now? Well, we've already talked about how regular mouse support works in iPad OS, but the trackpad has a series of multi-finger gestures that completely change the game of using the iPad on a desktop. Obviously, two-finger scrolling is here, along with two-finger tapping to right-click, although that doesn't work on everything on iPad OS. In fact, nothing works at all on iPad OS, it's not very consistent. But you can also use two-finger swipe in browsers to go back and forth, and two-finger swipe down from the home screen to open Spotlight search.
However, the big navigation gestures involve swiping with three fingers. Swipe left or right to switch apps, swipe up to go home, and swipe up and hold to enter the multitasking menu, from which you can swipe with two fingers on any app to close it. I have to say that being able to zoom into the iPad's UI without raising your arm or moving too far to touch the screen not only makes navigation feel a lot less tedious, it actually feels great. But the story here isn't all rainbows and lollipops either. Making the Magic Keyboard more like a laptop conversion mod and less like a tablet case means you can't completely flip it over and use the iPad Pro as a tablet with the case still attached, and the super strong magnets on the Rigid motor mount means it is impossible to open with one hand.
And it's actually annoyingly difficult to open, even with two hands. Here's one. Something that was exasperating to us in the era of laptops whose covers could be lifted effortlessly with a single finger. Then there is the iPad iOS. Now he has come a long way. I mean, using multiple windows in the same app while replying to messages with Slide Over and dragging and dropping files to an external hard drive, while connected to an external monitor is something iPad users could only dream of a couple of years ago. years, but the truth is that as an operating system it is still far behind the versatility that one can find in it, Windows, Mac OS and Linux, and that continues to mark Apple's movements with the iPad Pro, and by extension the Magic Keyboard, so confusing for me.
In our last video about the iPad Pro, we said that Apple had dropped the ball by making it a laptop because it seemed like they had envisioned this great future where the iPad Pro would exist as a different kind of professional computing device, one that you Use it with touch and pen input, instead of mouse and keyboard. And then they said something so big: "Hey, I got you!" and posted a $350 attachment that appears to completely negate that view. I just have no idea how to interpret it. What is this? And then, making my life as a

review

er even more complicated, this 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $1,000 with just 128 gigs of built-in storage.
That means that in total this configuration costs $1,400 for a machine that in the mind of any sane laptop user is a clear downgrade from a MacBook or Windows Ultrabook. But then there's the funny thing: that doesn't seem to be how iPad users see it. We keep making these videos about the iPad where we express confusion and disbelief at Apple's big mistakes with its flagship pro tablet, and then iPad Pro users keep telling us how each of these updates works, iPad iOS in 2019 and the Magic Keyboard this anus. , have made them love their iPads even more. They talk about alternative workflows, where they write on their iPad at their desk, then put it on the keyboard and use it on the couch.
They extol the virtues of apps that PC enthusiasts like me have never heard of, which let them mix audio and edit 4K images and videos and write code on their iPads. I mean, sure, the shortcomings we find so frustrating mean that they can't actually do exactly the same things, exactly the same way we do them on a traditional laptop, but they just don't care. It seems like a different way to use this separate pro-grade device is still alive and well, but instead of an either/or, it's more of a both. Use iPad Pro as a touch and pen device.
Use it as a keyboard and trackpad device. It works pretty well either way, for the most part. As I mentioned before, iPad OS has a long way to go before the kind of seamless, magically fluid UI experience you get in Apple apps spreads to the entire ecosystem. But even with that in mind, after this

review

I think I'll look at the future of the iPad Pro with less confusion and more skeptical interest. With a really light wallet. Speaking of light wallet. Have you consulted our sponsor? They wouldn't mind lightening your wallet, but not by much. Private Internet Access is an affordable VPN that won't protect your credit cards, your password, or your identity.
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