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Typing was as good as it can be on a keypad with a narrower-than-usual pitch of the keyboard. That part is unavoidable in a product like this which, of course, must be constrained to the dimensions of the iPad. If you simply must have a full 19mm pitch rather than 17mm, then take a separate Bluetooth keyboard with you. Good luck finding somewhere to prop up the iPad though.

So apart from things being a bit squishy for my chunky fingers, the feel of this keyboard was great. The 1.5mm depth of depression and robust construction made the unit feel satisfyingly solid. I usually use a Surface Pro keyboard for portable work, and it flexes and gives. This doesn’t. It just absorbed the blows from my fingers.

I got faster with it as time went on and I retrained my fingers out of their 19mm habit.

Logitech Slim Folio

Practicalities

I return to the question of why I’m not writing this review on the iPad fitted with the Logitech Slim Folio. The main reason is that it’s easier to type on a different device  than the one which I’m examining. But the other reason is to do with the iPad, not Logitech. As I said, I’m in a Qantas lounge, and the reason for that is that I’ll soon be on a Qantas plane. And I’ve had a couple of unfortunate experiences with lost document updates on the iPad, stuff I’ve written while on a flight. That’s to do with the inscrutable ways that OneDrive (which is what I use for sync these days) and automatic saving in Word work with iOS’ obtuse filing system.

Which is a real pity, because the Logitech Slim Folio works really well on a plane. Its footprint is small enough so that it doesn’t overlap a tray table too severely, and it fits nicely on my lap when the tray table has to be up. And lately airlines seem to be tightening up on so-called “large devices”, retroactively assigning that designation to the Surface Pro. Sometimes you can even get away with using the iPad during take-off and landing.

The pen loop is useful, and I imagine it would be even more useful if you have an Apple Pencil. I have the Logitech Crayon, which seems to be a little bit fatter than the Apple Pencil. It fits but it takes a bit of effort to push it in and pull it out.

Conclusion

I think that as soon as I can be confident that Word and OneDrive and iOS won’t lose my work, I’ll be using the iPad with the Logitech Slim Folio as my main implement for writing during my travels. It really does the job well.

Logitech’s website for the Slim Folio is here.

Logitech Slim Folio iPad case and keyboard
Name: Logitech Slim Folio iPad case and keyboard Price (RRP): $159.95 Manufacturer: Logitech
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4.5Overall Score