The Magic Keyboard attaches magnetically to your iPad and offers a typing experience very similar to the last one Macbook Air and Pro. Instead of the old-fashioned (and frustrating) butterfly keys, this uses Apple’s new scissor-switch keys which are much easier and more comfortable to grip. The keyboard area itself is only a bit narrower than that of the MacBook Pro, so it won’t take much getting used to if you’re already familiar with Apple-style keyboards. Although wider than it is tall, the integrated glass trackpad is precise and more intuitive to use than a touchscreen when using an iPad as a laptop.
Chris Velazco from Engadget also found that the whole accessory is quiet, sturdy and easy to use on your lap. Many keyboard cases are unstable (to say the least) when used on your lap and this can hamper the experience of using a tablet as a replacement for a laptop. But the Magic Keyboard holds the iPad well and the whole thing is more stable than many other similar accessories.
But even when you’re spending $ 300 or more on a tablet keyboard, you’ll still have to make some sacrifices. On the one hand, the Magic Keyboard’s USB-C port can be used to charge the iPad, but it cannot take USB-C accessories. Additionally, the Magic Keyboard has a limited range of motion compared to a real laptop, so you may not always get the viewing angles you want.
Ultimately, the Magic Keyboard remains the best for those who want a superior typing experience and the smoothness that comes with Apple’s first-party accessory. Both models are a better buy now that they’re more affordable – but if you’re looking to spend even less, we recommend something like Logitech Folio Touch Keyboard case, which comes to $ 160 and is more versatile than Apple’s offering.
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