Logitech Slim Folio Pro case review
If you have bought an iPad Pro 11inch, you may have been looking at the Keyboard folio from Apple. However Logitech’s Slim Folio Pro is more affordable than Apple’s Smart Keyboard. So in this review, I look at the good and the bad of this folio keyboard.
Logitech designed the Slim Folio Pro for the 2018 iPad Pro for users who will be primarily be using their tablet for typing. It features a keyboard, along with features like back-lit keys, three viewing angles, Apple Pencil support and Bluetooth SE.
Logitech Slim Folio Pro specs
- Available for 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2018
- Front, back, and corner protection for your iPad
- Instantly start typing when docked via Bluetooth LE connection
- Back-lit keyboard
- Keyboard shortcut row
- USB-C port for charging battery
- 3-months battery life (not fully tested)
- Three (four) modes: Type, Sketch, and Read
- Magnetic latch stores Apple Pencil and keeps the folio closed.
- 1-year warranty
- Price: £109.99/$119 11inch – £131/$129 – 12.9inch
Logitech Slim Folio Pro case review unboxing
In traditional Logitech fashion, the unboxing appearance is a simple affair with only a pack containing the manual and the keyboard case wrapped in a polythene cover.
- Logitech Slim Folio Pro
- Intro Manual
- Safety and regulator stuff
The name is a big giveaway, in terms of type of keyboard case this is. The Slim Folio Pro is a folio-style keyboard cover that will protect the front and back of your iPad Pro There’s a magnetic latch that wraps around the top to keep the case closed.
If like me you have owned previous Logitech iPad Pro cases, then you know the plastic corners are usually the first thing to crack after a lot of use. However Logitech has improved the design by making the corners of the case with silicon. The stretchable corners mean you can take your iPad Pro in and out without worrying about cracking the case.
While the new design protects the iPad Pro, Logitech has designed the case to allow for easy access to the microphones, USB-C connection, speakers, and cameras. The Slim Folio Pro also supports Apple Pencil charging, and the latch mentioned above also wraps around to secure it in place when you are not using your iPad Pro. There’s also a small slip inside the magnetic latch for storing Logitech’s own Crayon Stylus.
However, this new design has 2 downsides. The first being it makes taking the Apple Tablet out of the case a little harder, so not the perfect case if you need to take it out often. The second issue is the power and volume buttons are hard to engage with.
The Slim Folio Pro does not use Apple’s Smart Connector, which can provide instant connectivity and power. Instead Logitech uses Bluetooth LE pairing and activates when connected to the magnetic dock on the keyboard, more on this later in the review.
Ok, so Let’s talk about the elephant in the room and that’s the use of “slim” in the product name. Well, it’s not slim by any stretch and adds a lot of bulk to the iPad Pro. Is this a problem, for some it could be, but I found it acceptable for my use which is typing, taking notes and watching movies.
Logitech states that the Slim Folio Pro will last up to 3-months on a single charge. While I could not verify that based on my usage, I have not had to charge it during my review period of 1 month.
The case has a battery indicator light on the right side of the keyboard. When you press the battery key, you get a status indication of the battery. It would have been good though for Logitech to include the battery status in the iPad battery widget.
To charge they Slim Folio Pro, you will find an USB-C port which is not far away from the iPad Pro’s USB-C port. Which means you can use your iPad Pro USB-C cable to recharge the Slim Folio Pro directly from your iPad Pro. Logitech do not include a USB-C cable with the Slim Folio Pro, which is a shame.
Did I already mentioned that the Slim Folio Pro does not use Apple’s Smart Connector to pair? Well, it makes little difference and works seamlessly every time.
This is because the Slim Folio Pro uses Bluetooth LE to connect to the iPad Pro. The Slim Folio Pro has a magnetic strip and when you dock iPad Pro to the keyboard, it reacts almost instantly.
When you undock the keyboard, it then turns off the Bluetooth connection and saves battery.
The keys on Logitech’s Slim Folio Pro have a good amount of key-travel, with a good amount of space between them. The Typing experience is great, even on the 11-inch iPad Pro. So much so I wrote this entire review using the Slim Folio Pro.
Unlike Apples Folio Keyboard, the keys are all back-lit, which you can adjust depending on the light level needed. However, the back light does not have much of a delay before it turns them off, so watch out for that.
The top of the keyboard you will find a row of functions keys, with each one giving you control over various functions. Starting on the left, you will find brightness controls for the backlighting of then keyboard. Further along you have a key to bring up iPad’s search interface. You can also activate or deactivate the on-screen keyboard and further along controlling volume up and down. Towards the right the keys for controlling media playback, locking the iPad and turning off the display, accessing the Home screen, and activating Bluetooth.
Stability of the Slim Folio Pro
How stable is the Slim Folio Pro? Well, as expected you get a great laptop style typing experience on a desk or flat surface. But I also used it on my lap on a plane on my recent trip overseas with no issue. This is thanks to a stable bottom surface where the keyboard rests and the ridge structure of the Slim Folio Pro.
Logitech states that the Slim Folio Pro has 3 viewing angles, however in fact it has 4. The first is a viewing angle for typing. The second is more upright angle, which you achieve by lifting the lip on the back. I used the latter for watching Netflix while in bed with the iPad Pro on the bedside table.
The third angle is sketch mode, which gives you a surface for working with the Apple Pencil, resting right on top of the keyboard at a slight angle. While this mode is stable enough, I found the iPad Pro would move around a fair bit.
Finally, you get reading mode, which you achieve by orienting the keyboard behind the screen so you can hold the device in your hand. While this mode is ok for short periods of time, I found that I would take the iPad Pro out of the case because of the bulk.
Logitech Slim Folio Pro review conclusion
The Logitech Slim Folio Pro is a great alternative to the Apple Folio Keyboard, plus it’s cheaper. I also think it has the best typing experience of any keyboard case I have used for the 2018 version iPad Pro.
Its major downside is that its bulky, weighing more than the iPad Pro, so it will not be for those who like their devices to be thin and lightweight. You can take the iPad Pro out of the case, but I found this fiddly compared to the super easy Apple Folio Keyboard.
It may also put some users off with the lack of Apple Smart Connector support. But my time with the keyboard case, I didn’t even notice as it connects instantly with Bluetooth SE and this quickly removed my concerns.
The back-lit keyboard is an also a big bonus if you are using the Folio Pro in a dark environment. I also liked the function keys, which meant I didn’t have to interact that often with the screen, giving it more of a laptop feel.
Logitech has designed the Slim Folio Pro primarily for people that do a lot of typing on your iPad Pro. So if typing is your main use, then I think it’s definitely worth considering. Otherwise, you may be better off looking at Apple’s Smart Keyboard Folio
So that’s my take on the Logitech Slim Folio. Do you use it, then leave a comment below and tell me what you think. Don’t forget to subscribe to receive the latest Wearables, Tech and Smart home.