Like many prospective iPad Pro owners, I was eager to get my hands on Apple’s companion accessories at launch, particularly the keyboard case that takes advantage of the new Smart Connector. Imagine my dismay upon picking up the massive device at my local Apple Store, only to discover no such accessories in stock.
As fate would have it, Apple did my wallet a favor: One of the best and brightest accessory makers around was better prepared with a keyboard case of their own—one superior to what Cupertino’s designers came up with.
On the case
Logitech Create is a keyboard case providing all-around protection for iPad Pro. And I do mean “all-around”: Available in five colors (I tested the Black with Space Grey model), Create is the The Incredible Hulk of iPad cases, with an exterior made from water-repellent fabric. There’s little fear such an expensive device will take abuse inside this case—the iPad is entirely sheathed, with small openings for the camera, ports, and four speakers.
Create also encases the power and volume buttons, requiring a little more force to use them. Coming from an iPad Air with Smart Cover, this took some getting used to, but lock and volume level controls are also present on the keyboard. The added bulk and weight also makes holding the device in portrait mode cumbersome, especially when reading in bed. Unfortunately, a snug fit makes frequent removal of the iPad somewhat tricky, despite the case holding only the top half of the device.
When closed, Create resembles a notebook computer, but at 1.6 pounds for the case and 3.25 pounds with tablet inside, it’s a good deal heavier than the latest MacBooks. I’ve tried living with chunky cases like this one in the past and always wound up ditching them, but the keyboard alone makes this case a keeper.
No Bluetooth necessary
Although Apple’s Smart Keyboard is lighter and slimmer, Create has the upper hand thanks to backlit keys and extra row of shortcuts for home screen, brightness settings (one pair for the display, another for the keys themselves), search, switching between software keyboards, media playback, and mute in addition to lock and volume control.
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