Case weighs down the iPad Pro instead of making it more portable.
A few days after getting my hands on the new Apple iPad Pro, I started to look around for the iPad Pro Smart Keyboard. Unfortunately, Apple had a limited supply of their Apple Pencils and Keyboards in retail stores. Ordering online is an option, but now, they have a five week wait when placing an order via Apple.com. This is where the Logitech Create Backlit Keyboard comes into play.
The Create Backlit Keyboard Case was specifically made by Logitech for the iPad Pro. It’s a unique keyboard that connects via the Smart Connector designed by Apple. This accessory from Logitech is the only other keyboard currently made for the iPad Pro besides the Apple Smart Keyboard. As it turns out, I was able to pick one of these up at my local Best Buy. Out of the box, the Create looks and feels like a tactical cover. The material is water repellent on the exterior and all the ports and buttons are easily accessible. Installing the iPad Pro into the case was very easy. It just snaps into place. And, even though the iPad is securely set into the case, you can easily remove it when needed.
The Create differently gives you more function to your iPad Pro. It is a full-size keyboard complete with function keys and adjustable back-lighting, which is great for low-light situations. Both those features are not included with Apple’s Smart Keyboard. One other thing that the Smart Keyboard doesn’t have is the added weight that the Create has. Just going off of the numbers – Create weighs an impressive 725 grams. That is only 2 grams heavier than the iPad Pro 128GB LTE model. So, if you have that model, which we do, and you add the Create, which we did, then you are DOUBLING your device’s weight. In fact, if you added another 612 grams you would have the same weight as a 15-inch MacBook Pro. This, in my opinion, was enough to turn me off to the Create. After I felt the weight carrying it and sitting with it and typing, I really felt like using my MacBook Pro made more sense. The full laptop is sturdier and doesn’t flex in your lap like the iPad Pro and Create did.
So, while the weight was definitely a big negative to me, I do have to say that typing was a lovely experience. The keyboard has very soft keys and feel very much like an Apple keyboard. It’s an excellent typing environment thanks to that and the automatic, backlit keyboard. Another really nice feature of Create is that you don’t have to worry about a second charging cable for it. The Apple Smart Connector feed power from the iPad Pro directly to the accessory it’s attached to. This is a big plus in my mind. It means if you are in a convention setting where you don’t want to carry very much with you, you can simply grab your iPad Pro in the Create case, one battery pack, and one Lightning cable.
The Logitech Create is a nice keyboard and a very durable case. It feels almost tactical in nature. But, it’s not enough for me to say, “Goodbye,” to my MacBook Pro just yet. It’s also not enough motivation for me to choose the iPad Pro and case over my laptop. Since the weight difference isn’t that great, it makes more sense for me to just carry the MBP for its added features and functionality.
The Logitech Create Backlit Keyboard Case comes in 5 colors – Red/Gold, Blue/Silver, Black/Space Grey, Iris/Black, and Black/Black. Unfortunately, our local Best Buy only had the Iris/Black and the Black/Black options in stock. I would have liked to see the Red/Gold version in person. With the cover closed, it really does feel like a small laptop and if the weight doesn’t bother you, it’s a nice option for an iPad Pro keyboard. To me, I don’t feel like it helps to make the iPad Pro portable; it just weighs it down.
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