Apple’s iPad Professional is the most effective pill I’ve ever used, even with its software program shortcomings. It is extremely near being a full laptop alternative for me, and certain already is for a lot of others.
A vital a part of turning the iPad Professional into greater than only a touchscreen machine is the addition of a keyboard. With no keyboard, typing on the iPad Professional’s software program keyboard is possible, nevertheless it takes up display screen area and would not lend itself to typing out longer paperwork.
Apple gives a $200 keyboard for the iPad Professional, nevertheless it’s dear and solely serves one goal (although it does that very effectively). Zagg’s Slim Ebook Go, however, is a extra versatile keyboard accent for iPad Professional customers. And at $129, it is extra moderately priced.
For the previous few weeks, I have been utilizing the Slim Ebook Go designed for the 12.9-inch iPad Professional. Zagg additionally gives smaller, even cheaper variations of the Slim Ebook Go for the completely different iPad fashions.
Zagg’s Slim Ebook Go keyboard is definitely greater than only a keyboard. There are two components: A sturdy case and a removable keyboard. The whole setup measures 11.5 x 9.6 x zero.eight inches and provides a good quantity of weight to the iPad Professional. Examine that to Apple’s Sensible Keyboard Folio, which provides little or no in measurement and weight to the iPad Professional general.
The Slim Ebook Go is designed for use in a number of conditions, which determines how you utilize it. For drawing classes and extra tablet-like utilization, eradicating the keyboard and leaving it behind is finest. For situations the place a laptop-like setup is required, connect the keyboard and hammer away on the keyboard.
It is the flexibility of the keyboard/case combo that units it other than Apple’s personal resolution.
The keyboard itself has full-sized keys, just like what you’d discover on a laptop computer. The highest row of keys are devoted shortcuts for widespread iOS duties and controls, reminiscent of triggering Highlight search or management the iPad’s present quantity ranges. The keys are backlit, with seven completely different colours.
Shortcut keys are one thing I’ve longed for from Apple’s Sensible Keyboard cowl. As an alternative of getting to maneuver my arms from the keyboard to make use of Management Heart to regulate the quantity or play the subsequent track in a playlist, I can press the respective shortcut key and hold working.
As for the case, the iPad Professional sits snuggly inside it. There is a cutout for the Apple Pencil to magnetically connect to the iPad Professional for charging, or a pocket on the other aspect to securely maintain the pencil when wanted. On the again of the case is a kickstand that folds out, offering a number of viewing angles.
I discovered the kickstand to be sturdy in that it’s going to maintain the iPad Professional on the angle you progress it to, however there is a little bit of bounce to the display screen everytime you start tapping and swiping throughout it. And in case you go away the keyboard connected to the case when typing, the display screen is consistently bouncing. It is distracting to be taking a look at a display screen that is barely shifting as you kind. Detaching the keyboard from the case removes the motion as I kind, nevertheless it’s nonetheless there when utilizing the iPad Professional’s contact interface.
The Slim Ebook Go makes use of Bluetooth to hook up with the iPad Professional and may join to 2 completely different units on the similar time. Zagg positions this as an possibility for many who need to connect with the iPad Professional and, when wanted, swap to a smartphone. I am unsure how many individuals will really try this, nevertheless it’s there in case you discover that to be an essential function. I did not use it throughout my time with the keyboard — just because something that I’d need to reply to on my iPhone can also be on the iPad Professional.
Preliminary setup requires pairing the keyboard to the iPad Professional. The pairing course of is straight-forward for anybody who’s accustomed to pairing a Bluetooth machine to the pill. Charing is completed by way of a USB-C cable, the identical kind of cable used to cost the iPad Professional.
Battery life for the Slim Ebook Go, in response to the corporate, is one 12 months. That is with one hour of use per day, with the backlight enabled. I did not have sufficient time to check out that declare, however I did not have any points with the keyboard’s battery draining throughout my use. I additionally did not see a major enhance in battery use of the iPad Professional resulting from utilizing a Bluetooth connection as a substitute of the Sensible Connector that Apple makes use of for the Sensible Keyboard Folio.
Typing on the keyboard was a breeze. I did not actually have to regulate to the important thing measurement or format. The keys responded and bounced again with none points, though they’re fairly loud. I believed the clicking-clack of the Sensible Keyboard Folio was dangerous, then I began utilizing the Slim Ebook Go. It is not a deal breaker in any respect, however it’s one thing to bear in mind.
Do you have to purchase one?
I like the sturdiness and adaptability of the Slim Ebook Go. The $129 keyboard does extra than simply supply a keyboard with a layer of safety. The standalone case feels rugged, if not a bit cumbersome. The stand is flexible, as is the keyboard with a number of connections and shortcut keys.
Personally, I favor Apple’s Sensible Keyboard Cowl. Nonetheless, I see the enchantment of the Slim Ebook Go, and for many who need added safety with added productiveness, it is a stable alternative.