The iPad Pro is a laptop Magic Keyboard Review 2020

Even after playingaround with it for a while, it’s still just weird, you know? It just looks kinda wrong. But there’s no denying it. The argument about whether this thing is a computer, or not, is over. With the Magic Keyboard and trackpad, Apple’s iPad Pro is, forbetter or for worse, a laptop. Leaving only one question behind. Is it a good laptop? Still weird though.

Displate has over 800,000poster designs that are vibrant, durable, and long-lasting. Check out the LTT collection, and save 15% with offercode LTT at the link below. (upbeat music) At first glance, you’dbe forgiven for thinking that the Magic Keyboard case is an incremental upgradeover its predecessor, the iPad Smart Keyboard Folio. It’s got the same polyurethaneexterior and color palette, and it attaches to the iPadPro with super strong magnets, but the two keyboards are inentirely different categories.

For one, look at the rangeof motion on this puppy. It is leagues beyondthe two static positions of the Keyboard Folio,improving ergonomics, in almost any situation. Our one complaint here isthat it would have been nice for it to be able to goa bit further and back, but I understand that that’s hard because the iPad Pro is prettyheavy for a laptop display. Which is why, as Rileypointed out on ShortCircuit, the Magic Keyboard actually weighs slightly more than the iPad Pro, to prevent the whole assembly from being comicallyunable to stand upright.

Another big improvement isthe built-in USB-C port. Now, it doesn’t carry data, but it’s kind of magical tobe able to charge the iPad Pro through the keyboard’s Smart Connector, without having a corddangle from the tablets own USB-C port. Of course, even the most Magic Keyboard still has to be a good keyboard and, good news, ’cause it is. It uses the same scissor based switches that Apple has now returnedto the MacBook line, after replacing them with the universally loathed Butterfly switches.

And while the keycaps are a bit wobblier than their laptop counterparts, and it would have beennice for them to include a row of function keys for things like volume and brightness adjustment, this Magic Keyboardgives an undeniably more laptop-like experience thanthe Keyboard Folio did. And if you really do want an escape key, you can just modify anotherkey to serve as one. Although, the go-home trackpadgesture, mostly does the job. As for the typing experience, there is a distinct tactilebump, with a soft bottom, and typing at speedmakes you feel like you really are being productive with an iPad.

I thought that renders me, a PC enthusiast and laptop die-hard, deeply uncomfortable. Thankfully, I can feela lot more comfortable if I just touch this nicesoft shirt from Aw. Surprisingly, though, an equalif not greater contributor to this productivefeeling is the trackpad. Yes, iPads can have trackpads now, and this one is actually kind of great. I mean, don’t get me wrong, it is tiny. But if Microsoft can get away with using the same tiny trackpad onevery Surface Pro ever.

I think I can accept thatthere simply wasn’t enough room to make this one any biggerwithout other compromises. It’s got a smooth glass top layer, just like MacBook trackpads, and does not use a diving board mechanism, so it’s actually clickableeverywhere on its surface. And because it’s so small,yet feels so smooth, we actually ended upleaving trackpad inertia on in the settings. I know, it’s a sin, but seriously, guys, it’s kind of neat becauseit lets you fling the cursor from one end of the monitor to the other, with just a tiny finger movement.

I just call it an iPad Pro monitor? What is happening right now? Okay, now we’ve alreadytalked about the way that regular mousesupport works in iPad OS, but the trackpad has a numberof multi-finger gestures that completely change the game for using the iPad on a desk. Obviously, two-finger scrolling is here, along with two-finger tap to right-click, although that doesn’t workon everything in iPad OS.

In fact, nothing workson everything in iPad OS, it’s not very cohesive. But you can also usetwo-finger swipe in browsers to go forward and back,and two-finger swipe down from the home screen tobring up Spotlight search. The big navigation gestures involve three-finger swipes though. Swipe left or right toswitch apps, up to go home, and swipe up and hold toenter the multitasking menu, from which you can two-fingerswipe on any app to close it.

I gotta say being able tozoom around the iPad’s UI without lifting your arm up or moving around so muchto touch the screen, not only makes navigationfeel much less tedious, actually feels kind of cool. But the story here isn’t allrainbows and lollipops either. Making the Magic Keyboard, more like a laptop conversion mod and less like a tablet foliomeans you cannot flip it all the way around and use the iPad Pro like a tablet with thecase still attached, and the stiff supportiveengine super strong magnets mean that it’s impossibleto open with one hand. And actually, annoyinglydifficult to open, even with two hands.

Here’s one. Something we found infuriatingin the age of laptops whose lids can be liftedeffortlessly with a single finger. Then there’s iPad iOS. Now it’s come a long way. I mean, using multiplewindows in the same app while replying to messages with Slide Over and dragging and dropping filesto an external hard drive, while plugged into an external monitor is something iPad userscould only dream about a couple of short years ago, but the fact remains thatas an operating system, it is still miles behind the versatility that one can find it,Windows, Mac OS, and Linux, and that continues to makeApple’s moves with the iPad Pro, and by extension the MagicKeyboard, so confusing to me.

In our last video about theiPad Pro, we said that Apple had dropped the ball byturning it into a laptop because it seemed like they hadenvisioned this grand future where the iPad Pro existed as a different kind ofprofessional computing device, one that you use withtouch and a pencil input, instead of with a mouse and keyboard. And then they pulledthis big, “Hey, gotcha!” and released a $350 attachment that seems to completelynegate that vision. I just have no idea how to interpret it. Like, what is this thing? And then making my life as areviewer even more complicated, This 12.9 inch iPad Prostarts at $1,000 U.S. with just 128 gigs of onboard storage.

That means that altogetherthis setup is $1,400 U.S. For a machine that in themind of any sane laptop user is a clear downgrade from aMacBook or Windows Ultrabook. But then there’s this funny thing, that doesn’t seem to behow iPad users see it. We keep making these videos about the iPad where we express confusion and incredulity at Apple’s huge missteps withtheir flagship pro tablet, and then iPad Pro users keep telling us about how each of theseupdates, iPad iOS in 2019, and the Magic Keyboard this year, have made them lovetheir iPads, even more.

They talk about alternative workflows, where they type on theiriPad at their desk, then pop it on the keyboardand use it on the couch. They extol the virtues of appsthat PC enthusiasts like me have never even heard ofthat let them mix audio and edit images and 4K videosand write code on their iPads. I mean, sure, the shortcomingsthat we find so frustrating, mean that they actually cannotdo the exact same things, the exact same way that we dothem on a traditional laptop, but they just don’t care.

It seems like that,different way of using this separate pro category deviceis still alive and well, but rather than an either-orit’s more of a both-and. Use the iPad Pro as atouch and pencil device. Use it as a keyboard and trackpad device. It works pretty well either way, mostly. As I alluded to before,iPad OS has a long way to go before the kind of uninterrupted, magically smooth UI experience that you get in Apple’s apps extends to the whole ecosystem. But, even with that in mind, after this review, I think I’ll be looking at the iPad Pro’s future with less confusion and more skeptical interest. With a really light wallet. Speaking of light wallet.

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