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Ap­ple is hop­ing that its new iPad Pro tablet will ap­peal to users who have tra­di­tion­ally worked on a note­book. To this end, Ap­ple's own Smart Key­board for the iPad Pro is a nifty lit­tle tool, but users have com­plained it's too thin to be used com­fort­ably for ex­tended pe­ri­ods, plus the lack of back­light­ing makes it un­suit­able for darker en­vi­ron­ments. To solve th­ese prob­lems and more, you've got the new Log­itech CRE­ATE key­board.

First things first, the CRE­ATE key­board is pretty heavy. Weigh­ing 725g, it's al­most as heavy as the iPad Pro it­self. It's also fairly thick at 19.9mm. With the iPad Pro at­tached, the com­bi­na­tion weighs over 1.4kg – that's heav­ier than some Ul­tra­books. It's also quite un­wieldy. Ev­ery­thing about the frame and case is stiff, which makes tasks like at­tach­ing/ de­tach­ing the iPad Pro from the case and even ad­just­ing vol­ume cum­ber­some.

For­tu­nately, the CRE­ATE re­deems it­self in other ways. The key­board at­taches to the iPad Pro's smart con­nec­tor mag­net­i­cally us­ing a bar above the keys it­self. Along with the case, it al­lows the iPad Pro to be docked se­curely at an an­gle com­fort­able for typ­ing.

And since the Log­itech CRE­ATE doesn't con­cern it­self with thin­ness, the key­board sur­face has been recre­ated to look and feel like that of a MacBook. The keys it­self are full-sized with up to 1.5mm of travel, pro­vid­ing a typ­ing ex­pe­ri­ence sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter com­pared to Ap­ple's Smart Key­board. It also has back­lights with three lev­els of bright­ness, a boon for users who like to get work done on flights. An­other cool thing is that it has an ad­di­tional row of short­cut keys that can be used to quickly ad­just set­tings, search the iPad, play or stop mu­sic, and more.

The Log­itech CRE­ATE key­board for the iPad Pro is an ex­cel­lent key­board, but it does add sig­nif­i­cant heft to your de­vice. If that doesn't bother you, then at RM699, it's even slightly more af­ford­able than Ap­ple's own Smart Key­board and well worth your con­sid­er­a­tion if you type a lot on your iPad Pro.


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