Summary

The Logitech Slim Folio Pro is a great iPad case with a fine typing keyboard. The build quality is good and the battery life is fine at 200 hours. It does make the iPad a little thicker and heavier and the on/off and volume buttons are a little harder to push.
 
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4.1/5
 
Design
4/5
Ergonomy
4/5
Software
4.5/5
Battery
4/5
Sustainability
3.5/5

Contents

Logitech, the well-known peripherals baker, has not only mice and keyboards but also tablet covers on the market. The Logitech Slim Folio Pro is one such case made especially for the Apple iPad Pro. The sleeve is designed to fit the iPad Pro 11 inch 1st and 2nd generation and the 12.9 inch 3rd and 4th generation.

 

The 11 inch folio is currently available for about 99 euros.

Specifications

The Slim Folio Pro that we are going to review in this review is the 11 inch version in combination with a 1st generation iPad Pro 11 inch. In the specifications we see some interesting things. For example, the battery life is 3 months at 2 hours typing per day, because of Bluetooth Low Energy. The case is charged via USB-C, this can be done directly with a cable via the iPad, but also via the wall socket. What we also like to see is that there is keyboard lighting on the keys.

More information can be found on the manufacturer’s website.

COMPATIBLE DEVICES


Slim Folio Pro for iPad Pro 11-inch (1st and 2nd generation)
iPad   Pro 11-inch (1st generation)
(Model:   A1980, A1934, A1979, A2013)
iPad Pro   11-inch (2nd generation)

Slim Folio Pro for iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd and 4th generation)
iPad   Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)
(Model:   A1876, A1895, A1983, A2014)
iPad Pro   12.9-inch (4th generation)

Modes
Type,   Sketch, Read

Keyboard Type
Integrated   keyboard

Backlit Keys
Yes

Viewing Angles: Fixed
Type   Mode: 58 degrees
View   Mode: 10 degrees
DIMENSIONS
   
Slim Folio Pro for iPad Pro 11-inch   (1st and 2nd generation)
   
Height: 7.68 in (195 mm)
   
Width: 9.96 in (253 mm)
   
Depth: 0.89 in (22.55 mm)
   
Weight: 1.22 lb (552.42 g)
   
Slim Folio Pro for iPad Pro 12.9-inch   (3rd and 4th generation)
   
Height: 9.06 in (230 mm)
   
Width: 11.30 in (287 mm)
   
Depth: 0.88 in (22.46 mm)
   
Weight: 1.56 lb (707.43 g)
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS


Power and Connectivity
Powered   by rechargeable battery
3 month   battery life (based on 2 hours of typing per day)
Pair   keyboard with iPad via Bluetooth Low Energy

Case
Space   to charge and stow Apple Pencil (2nd generation)
Magnetic   latch
Front and   back protection
Access   all ports: camera / USB-C

Keyboard
3 levels   of adjustable backlighting
Full row   of iOS shortcut keys
Slim   Folio Pro for iPad Pro 11-inch (1st and 2nd generation)
0.67 in   (17 mm) key pitch
0.06 in   (1.6 mm) key travel
Slim   Folio Pro for iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd and 4th generation)
0.75 in   (19 mm) key pitch
0.06 in   (1.6 mm) key travel

Row of iOS Shortcut Keys (Left to Right)
Home
Key   brightness down
Key   brightness up
Search
Onscreen   keyboard
Previous   track
Play/pause
Next   track
Volume   mute
Volume   down
Volume up
Lock
Bluetooth connect
Keyboard   battery check
PACKAGE CONTENTS
Slim   Folio Pro Keyboard Case
Documentation
      PART NUMBER
   
for iPad Pro 11-inch (1st & 2nd   gen)
PN:   920-009682
for iPad   Pro 12.9-inch (3rd & 4th gen)
PN:   920-009703   

Unboxing

A large image of the Logitech Slim Folio Pro in type mode can be found on the front of the box. On the back of the box it says that the keyboard turns into a laptop with one click. In addition, you can easily sketch, write or browse, according to the packaging. On the back, it also features Bluetooth low energy, adjustable keyboard illumination, iOS shortcuts, a 3-month battery life (2 hours of tapping per day), and neat storage for the Apple Pencil and Logitech Crayon.

 

Inside the box are a few booklets and the case.

Design

The folio is made of dark grey or anthracite matt soft material. The folio feels like a kind of soft coated rubber all around and has a somewhat leathery smell, it actually smells pleasant. Maybe most of it looks like a very smooth leather, at least it feels nice. The cover consists of two parts, a part where the keyboard with battery is mounted and a part where the “iPad cover” is mounted. At the top we find a clasp with which the Apple Pencil 2 can be attached to the iPad without falling off during heavy shaking. 

Case

The case of the folio is made of thick soft matte plastic. It surprised us how thick the plastic used was, it’s about 2 mm thick. You have to put the iPad in the case in a special way, first you put the iPad in the bottom of the case and then you fold the top corners around the iPad with a little bit of force. After this, the sleeve sits like a cast and there is no play whatsoever, you notice that the quality control is very good if you can maintain this kind of accuracy. The cover falls perfectly over the buttons and the iPad’s stereo speakers are free. The cover also fits neatly around the camera, even if you only have one camera lens as in the iPad Pro 11 inch gen 1 (2018). The on/off button and the volume buttons are a bit more difficult to press, because you now need to double the power.

 

Also the microphones are not obstructed. For the microphone on the other side of the volume buttons, a fairly large and deep hole has been made in the cover. This hole looks neatly finished, and we have tested the effect of blocking this microphone. When you use the iPad in type mode, the microphone is blocked by the magnetic strip on the keyboard. With air conditioning as background noise, we were able to confirm that the difference in audio quality is marginal. The difference can only be heard when you put both audio fragments next to each other and listen with headphones. In short, there is virtually no reduction in sound quality and so the sound recording sounds good.

Keyboard

If we look at the side on which the keyboard is mounted, we don’t actually see that the keyboard is glued to the casing. That’s a good sign because that makes the keyboard just seem to melt away in the casing. The board has a USB-C connection on the right side and can be charged via the USB-C cable directly via the iPad or with the iPad charger. Furthermore, we find no buttons or peculiarities on the sides of the keyboard. 

 

On the top of the keyboard side we find a rubber bar, probably with the battery behind it so it can easily be removed when recycling. If we look further towards the bottom, we see a magnetic strip between the bar and the keys. The “case” side can attach itself to this magnetic strip, which makes the iPad stable and sturdy. When the iPad side attaches to the magnetic strip on the keyboard side, the keyboard will also turn on automatically. At the bottom right of the strip we find an LED, which turns on when connected or to show the status of the battery.

 

On the keyboard we find on the top row 9 groups of shortcut keys, similar to the FN keys on a laptop keyboard: 

 

1) Start: go to the start screen

2) Key brightness: adjusts the key illumination brightness (up or down)

3) Search: opens the iOS search field

4) Virtual keyboard: allows you to display or hide the virtual keyboard

5) Media buttons: Previous, Play/Pause, Next

6) Volume buttons: mute, volume higher/lower

7) Screen on/off: lock the screen of your iPad Pro

8)Bluetooth® Low Energy connection: allows you to pair devices

9) Battery check: LED shows the battery status

 

The keyboard also has a number of handy shortcuts like those used in Mac OS, including command + tab, which lets you browse between apps: it’s very good for productivity, anyway.

Ergonomy

Modes

The Logitech Slim Folio Pro can be used in 3 different ways, typing mode, drawing mode, and reading mode. In typing mode, you put the iPad upright in the keyboard case by letting the magnets stick together. The iPad turns on automatically and you can start typing right away. It’s at a 58-degree angle to the horizon, and it’s securely attached. So you can push the iPad, but you won’t let go of the magnets. You’re more likely to push the iPad than release it, so we’re thrilled at how tightly it’s held in type mode. So you don’t have to worry that the iPad will suddenly fall over, it really looks like a house.

 

In drawing mode, you place the iPad on the keyboard, so it’s angled 10 degrees to the horizon. We think this is quite pleasant, even if you want to read on a table for example. Think about browsing websites or writing notes during college, this is the mode you want to use.

 

In reading mode, you fold the keyboard behind the screen, pointing the keyboard keys down while the iPad screen is facing you. The screen is flat, so Logitech calls it read mode. That’s probably because it lets you hold the iPad when you’re reading on the couch. Because the keys are slightly recessed in the keyboard side and because of the raised rubber strip, the keys won’t touch the table when you’re using the tablet in read mode. Unfortunately, the package is now quite thick and at 552 grams about as heavy as the iPad. Unfortunately we have to say that we like reading on the couch without the folio better than with the folio. Fortunately, you can remove the folio from the cover quickly, but we would still recommend Logitech to make a thinner and lighter cover in the future. Maybe that’s not exactly the target group with this cover, because this cover turns the iPad into a kind of laptop, but we wanted to get rid of it anyway.

Keybord

We are very satisfied with the keyboard, the maximum key height of 1.7 mm is not huge, but still your text ticks away nicely. The keys are most comparable to laptop keys with 70% of the travel, they also sound like laptop keys. We can type very fast on the keyboard and that’s partly because the keys recoil back very quickly. So you don’t have to worry that you can’t type on the keyboard. The keys are a bit close together, but that’s a matter of 5 minutes getting used to it. So we don’t really have any complaints about the keyboard. 

 

The keyboard also has a backlight which is not very clear, but that’s not necessary either. It is clear enough to see at home when you have to work late in the evening. By the way, it’s logical that Logitech has chosen not to make this backlight so bright, because it can often have a big impact on the keyboard’s battery life. The backlight has multiple modes, but it can also be turned off. We especially like that the backlight turns on automatically when you press a key and turns off when you don’t press it for a few seconds.

Software

Connectivity

Connecting the Logitech Slim Folio Pro is very easy. Once you make sure the iPad and folio are paired, you’ll see a code on the iPad that you need to type on the keyboard. Then the keyboard automatically connects to the iPad when you put folio in typing mode. 

Sustainability

For sustainability we look at 5 properties:

  • Sustainable ambitions of the company
  • Durable packaging
  • Durable design
  • Energy efficiency
  • Security

When it comes to sustainable ambitions, Logitech clearly indicates on their website what they’re doing for our blue friend. For example, all their factories run on 100% green electricity and 94% of their contracted (plastic) smelters are conflict-free. They also published a sustainability report last year which is also very interesting and nice to look at. We have no idea who does the design of these kind of documents and the website, but it looks really beautiful. We are secretly a little jealous of that!
We couldn’t find any FSC labels on the packaging. However, the packaging is minimal, which we are happy with.
The Logitech Slim Folio Pro is made of many types of plastic. This plastic seems easy to clean. In addition, the thick corners ensure that the iPad is protected during a fall.
We can’t say much about the energy efficiency. Logitech claims that with 2 hours of typing per day, the folio will last for 3 months. That means the battery has about 200 hours of power. So if you use the folio 8 hours a day, you can charge it every 3 weeks.
Safety comes with this product, which you mainly touch with your hands, especially the quality of the finish (sharp edges etcetera). We haven’t been able to detect any sharp edges, but it’s true that the folio can be charged via the iPad, but Logitech doesn’t provide a short cable so you can connect the iPad to the keyboard. When you use the long charging cable of your iPad, it is possible that someone accidentally gets stuck behind the cable. So we would have loved it if Logitech had put a little more effort into this feature and included a short USB-C to USB-C cable.

3.5/5

Conclusion

The Logitech Slim Folio Pro is a great iPad sleeve that gives you the functionality of a laptop in no time. The sleeve is made of a premium feel material and has thick corners. This makes the on/off and volume buttons a little harder to press. You can use the cover in 3 ways, typing mode, drawing mode and reading mode with an angle of 58, 10 and 0 degrees to the horizontal respectively. However, the package is a little too heavy and too thick to hold comfortably on the couch to use the iPad as a book.

 

The keyboard types fine, has a lot of function keys, and supports many of the shortcuts known from Mac OS. The keyboard turns on and pairs automatically as soon as you put iPad in typing mode. The backlight is also a great addition to the keyboard, so you’ll be able to work at night. In this typing mode, the iPad really looks like a home, so you don’t have to worry about accidentally knocking it over. With a battery life of just under 200 hours, you’ll need to charge it once every 3 weeks for full-time use. The case can be charged via the iPad charger or via a cable from iPad to the case. However, Logitech doesn’t provide the cable for this, so you’ll need to use your own long USB-C to USB-C charging cable from the iPad.

 

It’s handy that Logitech has added a magnetic tab that allows you to secure the Apple Pencil to the case, so it won’t fall off.

 

All in all, with the Logitech Slim Folio Pro, Logitech delivers a very solid product that many people can benefit from. It adds so much productivity to the iPad, such as for tapping emails, that we recommend the case.

  • Good build quality of the cover
  • Connecting is easy and fast
  • Ipad stands securely on the cover
  • Apple Pencil 2 can be easily attached
  • Keyboard types fine
  • Battery life is okay
  • Can be charged via iPad or iPad charger
  • More difficult to press on/off and volume knob
  • Is in reading mode a little too heavy and too thick to read comfortably on the couch
  • No short cable included to charge the keyboard via iPad
 
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Design
4/5
Ergonomy
4/5
Software
4.5/5
Battery
4/5
Sustainability
3.5/5

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