Razer Me­chan­i­cal Key­board Case

It’s for a Pro, but not a MacBook

Mac Format - - APPLE CHOICE - CLIFF JOSEPH

£160 FROM Razer, raz­er­zone.com feat ure S Blue­tooth, 10–600 hours bat­tery life

Razer is well known for its spe­cial­ist gam­ing key­boards and mice, and now it has brought that ex­per­tise to the iPad Pro with this me­chan­i­cal key­board.

Like its gam­ing-ori­ented coun­ter­parts, the Me­chan­i­cal Key­board Case is built like a tank – it’s very solid, and the up­per panel acts as a pro­tec­tive case for the iPad Pro (12.9-inch); it’s de­tach­able for use as a case on its own.

The key­board panel is a bit chunky, but the me­chan­i­cal keys feel firm and re­spon­sive, and we pre­fer them to most of the thin, flat key­board cov­ers we’ve seen. Our only crit­i­cism is that the keys can be a bit noisy when you’re typ­ing.

There’s a set of func­tion keys for iPad fea­tures such as vol­ume, screen bright­ness, Spot­light and au­dio con­trols. Sadly, though, Razer opted for Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity rather than us­ing Ap­ple’s Smart Con­nec­tor. This is pow­ered by a recharge­able bat­tery that lasts be­tween 10 and 600 hours, de­pend­ing on your use of the key­board back­light.

The bat­tery also adds to the weight of the key­board, which comes to a full 1kg – or 1.7kg with the iPad Pro, which is more than a 13-inch MacBook Air! And, at £160 the Me­chan­i­cal Key­board Case is the most ex­pen­sive iPad key­board we’ve ever seen.

This Razer case pro­vides a sturdy de­sign and a com­fort­able key­board.

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