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At first glance, Apple’s new Magic Keyboard for the ipad Pro looks lượt thích it’s exactly what so many people have been asking for: a well-made keyboard case with a trackpad that finally lets you use the iPad tablet as a kind of máy vi tính.

After testing it over the weekkết thúc, I will tell you that it does that exact thing admirably. It’s a well-made, beautiful keyboard case that’s nice to type on và makes lots of work on the máy tính bảng iPad much more convenient — or at least familiar. It’s also expensive sầu, starting at $299 for the 11-inch version and $349 for the 12.9-inch version. (An entry-màn chơi máy tính bảng ipad — yes, a complete ipad tablet — will run you $329 before any discounts, for reference.)

So yes, finally, the Magic Keyboard lets you use your máy tính bảng ipad Pro like a traditional clamshell máy tính. It does exactly what it was designed to lớn bởi vì, and it does it very well. I’m just not sure that it’s the right thiết kế in the first place.

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Our reviews of Apple Magic Keyboard

Verge Score 7 out of 10
The Magic Keyboard has comfortable, backlit keys and a trackpad that supports all of the gestures in iPadOS.

The Keyboard

The most important part of any keyboard case is the keyboard, & I am happy to report that it is good. Apple calls this the Magic Keyboard, which, in part, is meant khổng lồ let you know that it uses the same scissor-switch mechanism you’ll find on its other Magic Keyboards for the iMac và 16-inch MacBook phiên bản Pro. This isn’t the dreaded butterfly switch keyboard from older MacBook Pros, nor is it the fabric-covered keyboard still found on the Smart Keyboard Folio for the ipad Pro.

There’s good key travel và a relatively satisfying thunk. In fact, I think Apple may have explicitly decided lớn give sầu up on the cult of thinness on this sản phẩm in order to lớn improve sầu the keyboard’s feel.

This isn’t identical to the new Magic Keyboard on the 16-inch Apple MacBook phiên bản Pro, however. The keys vị have sầu just an itty-bitty bit of wobble khổng lồ them, but not enough khổng lồ be a concern. I only note it here if you were thinking the branding meant it matched that MacBook phiên bản Pro exactly.

The keyboard’s feel is great, but it lacks a function row

In the first of several “finallys” for the ipad, the keys are also backlit. They adjust automatically based on the ambient lighting conditions, & they were exactly the right brightness most of the time. However, if you just want to lớn turn them off if you’re watching a movie in the dark or something, then you’re in for a hassle.

To fix that, you have lớn go khổng lồ the iPad’s Settings ứng dụng, then dig inlớn General, then Hardware Keyboard, and only then will you be able khổng lồ adjust the brightness using a slider. While you’re there, you may want to lớn also remaps one of your keys to lớn Esc (I use Caps Lock) because there is no Esc key here.

Both of these hassles could have sầu been immediately & instantly solved if Apple had simply put a function row of keys above the number row. There are plenty of system-wide buttons that would be useful there! Music controls, volume, screen và keyboard brightness, trang chính, multitasking, search: all things for which it would be convenient to have dedicated buttons.

After giving in and providing a clamshell design and a trackpad, leaving both the Esc key & a function row out seems obstinate. You will still be reaching (or swiping) up khổng lồ the Control Center to manage essential functions all the time.

The trackpad on the Magic Keyboard is small by Apple standards, but it works very well.

The Trackpad

The trackpad is good. That’s really the TL;DR of it. It is fairly small, of course, and if you’re used to lớn the capacious trackpads on MacBooks, it will probably feel absolutely tiny. On the 12.9-inch unit I am reviewing, it’s almost exactly the same kích thước as the trackpad on my Surface Pro — so it felt familiar khổng lồ me, at least.

But the Magic Keyboard’s trackpad is better than the Surface’s because it lets you clichồng anywhere on the trackpad, not just in the middle or at the bottom. It’s also smooth, accurate, và there’s zero lag on iPadOS.

Trackpad tư vấn on iPadOS is great, by the way. The cursor is a little dot most of the time, but it quickly changes to lớn a traditional text cursor when appropriate. It also expands out khổng lồ become the form size of UI elements like buttons or icons, sort of snapping to lớn them when you get close. That sounds annoying (and you can turn it off), but I quickly came to lớn love sầu it.

Beyond clicking, scrolling, và highlighting text, you can use the trackpad for navigating the system. You use three fingers to lớn swipe up to trang chủ & multitasking — or left and right to lớn switch between recent apps.

Trackpad support in iPadOS is excellent, but it has a long way to lớn go in third-buổi tiệc nhỏ apps

The only place where it feels a bit off is when you drag the cursor lớn the edge of the screen. You kind of drag “beyond” that edge to slide in various things like the doông chồng, Notification Center, Control Center, or your Slide Over apps. You get used to lớn it, but it’s the one time when the stuff on-screen moves in the opposite direction of your fingers.

Now, trackpad tư vấn on iPadOS & within Apple’s apps is great, but trackpad support on a bunch of third-tiệc nhỏ apps is absolutely not. Any app that doesn’t use Apple’s standard APIs for creating buttons or text views feels off-kilter with the trackpad. Stuff you can swipe with your finger can’t be swiped with the trackpad, text selection can be a fiasco, & the cursor doesn’t always bởi its neat shape-shifting tricks. Google’s apps are particularly guilty here, but they’re far from the only ones.

When attached khổng lồ the Magic Keyboard, the iPad tablet Pro floats above sầu the keys, bringing the screen closer to lớn your face và your fingers.

Build unique & design

The Magic Keyboard is built like a tank. That is both a blessing & a curse, however. There is nearly zero flex khổng lồ the keyboard deck. The whole thing is stable on your lap và very well-balanced. It’s not tippy at all.

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That balance probably comes partly from the Magic Keyboard’s most unique thiết kế element: the floating screen. The máy tính bảng iPad doesn’t just angle up from the back of the keyboard deck like your laptop; it floats a little. It’s quite pretty.

It also has the added benefit of moving the screen that much closer to your face when you’re working and also to your fingers when you want khổng lồ reach up to lớn use the touchscreen. Neither is something I would have sầu told you I wanted, but it turns out, I really did.

The whole action of opening it up và angling it in its floating position is one smooth motion. You definitely need two hands lớn vì it — but making a one-finger lift was probably never in the cards in the first place. One thing you can bởi vì one-handed is pull the máy tính bảng ipad off the Magic Keyboard when it’s open, which makes it easy khổng lồ take advantage of the versatility that an Máy tính bảng iPad has over a máy tính xách tay.

You can tilt the screen from 90 to 130 degrees, which sounds fine on paper. But in practice, 130 degrees is not nearly enough. It can feel cramped, especially if you’re used lớn pushing a laptop’s screen back when it’s on your lap.

The Magic Keyboard can only tilt bachồng 130 degrees, which is fine on a table but cramped on your lap. There is a USB-C port on the side of the hinge, but it only does passthrough charging, not data transfer. That means if you plan to use an external display or USB hub with the ipad tablet, you’re still stuông chồng with dangling adapters off the side of the tablet. But it doesn’t seem khổng lồ charge much slower than just plugging directly inkhổng lồ the USB-C port on the iPad itself, and — more importantly — it’s much nicer to lớn have a cable back và out of the way if you’re just charging.

But bachồng to that tank analogy: I don’t make it (excuse the pun) lightly. The Magic Keyboard is heavy — so heavy that when I asked Apple for the official weight for both sizes, the company declined to giới thiệu.

According khổng lồ my kitchen scale, then, the 12.9-inch máy tính bảng ipad Pro with the Magic Keyboard weighs just shy of three pounds, about 25 percent heavier than the iPad Pro with the older Smart Keyboard. Three pounds is the same weight as the 13-inch MacBook phiên bản Pro and heavier than the new MacBook Air.

As I mentioned above, the Magic Keyboard is also fairly thick. For the typing experience, that’s great. For my bag, it’s not. The whole kit is thicker than my 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro when closed. Of course, neither the MacBook Pro nor MacBook Air can shrink khổng lồ half their thicknesses or weights when I just want to sit baông chồng on the couch và watch YouTube, but the Máy tính bảng iPad Pro can just ditch the Magic Keyboard and be an iPad.

The USB-C port on the case allows for passthrough charging of the iPad tablet, but it doesn’t transfer Clip or data. Look, I’m just going lớn make a comparison here that I know is going lớn annoy a bunch of people, but I think it’s instructive sầu. I have sầu Microsoft’s Surface Pro X, which has a 13-inch screen, LTE, & runs Windows on ARM. Depending on your configurations, the price of the Surface Pro X and its keyboard is roughly comparable to the 12.9-inch máy tính bảng iPad Pro with a Magic Keyboard. There are 5,000 words I could write comparing their software ecosystem differences, but let’s just talk hardware here.

The screens are about the same kích cỡ. The trackpads are also about the same kích thước. The Surface keyboard has a function row, và it also lets you tilt it up a bit. But it’s slightly more awkward on your lap. However, the Surface lets you tilt the screen to virtually any angle, even almost fully flat. The Surface also lets you flip the keyboard underneath so you can prop the tablet up lớn watch movies. When closed with the keyboard attached, the Surface is thinner. The Surface with its keyboard is lighter than the iPad tablet with its keyboard. The Surface’s webcam is placed in the top center of the screen instead of off to lớn the side.

I point all of this out not lớn say the Surface Pro X is better. (That’s more of a software & ecosystem question.) The Surface hardware is better suited to lớn a wide array of laptop & tablet tasks, but its software is really best at being a laptop. The iPad software is great at a wide array of tablet and máy tính xách tay tasks, but the Magic Keyboard hardware is really best at being a laptop.

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What I’m trying khổng lồ say is that hardware thiết kế isn’t inevitable. Apple made choices with the máy tính bảng ipad Pro. It chose where khổng lồ put the smart connector. It chose where lớn put the webcam. It chose not lớn put a kickstvà on it. It chose to lớn thiết kế the Magic Keyboard the way that it did.

All of these are rational choices, but they have real-world consequences on ergonomics. The Magic Keyboard turns the iPad tablet into lớn a great máy vi tính, though one that’s a little heavier and thicker than you might expect. But to me, the whole point of the máy tính bảng ipad is that it isn’t a laptop.