Thanks to the larger tablet, the full-sized, chiclet-style keyboard is the same width and style as a MacBook, so I immediately felt comfortable using it. Create makes the iPad Pro a more capable productivity device, although it does expose a few lingering weaknesses in iOS 9: There’s no Mac-style forward delete key or trackpad support, for example. Working with text on a touchscreen is downright awkward when the experience otherwise feels so much like using a notebook. Create offers two viewing angles: The first works well for typing (even when balanced on my lap), while the second positions the iPad almost flat against the keyboard for writing or drawing.
Logitech is the first third-party accessory maker to take advantage of Smart Connector, the three-prong jack along the left edge of the iPad Pro. Create magnetically attaches to the tablet—strong enough that I was able to pick up the entire tablet and case!—while also supplying power and Bluetooth-free keyboard connectivity. This can only be done in landscape mode (a limitation shared with Apple’s Smart Keyboard) and the backlit keys only stay illuminated a few seconds at a time to conserve battery, but otherwise the combination of Smart Connector and Create keyboard is a winner.
Even if Apple’s Smart Keyboard were in stock right now, the Logitech Create Backlit Keyboard Case is hands-down the better choice. I do wish it didn’t add so much bulk to the tablet, but it’s hard to imagine anyone coming up with a better typing experience for iPad Pro. (And yes, I used it to type this very review in Microsoft Word.)
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