Logitech’s Combo Contact Turns Your iPad Right into a Floor, for Higher or Worse

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  • 1 – Absolute Sizzling Rubbish
  • 2 – Sorta Lukewarm Rubbish
  • 3 – Strongly Flawed Design
  • 4 – Some Professionals, Heaps Of Cons
  • 5 – Acceptably Imperfect
  • 6 – Good Sufficient to Purchase On Sale
  • 7 – Nice, However Not Finest-In-Class
  • 8 – Unbelievable, with Some Footnotes
  • 9 – Shut Up And Take My Cash
  • 10 – Absolute Design Nirvana

Worth: $150

Andrew Heinzman

Logitech’s Combo Contact keyboard is strictly what Apple followers have been begging for. It has a completely adjustable kickstand, a first-class removable keyboard, and most notably, a built-in trackpad. iPad Professional house owners get to make use of the official Magic Keyboard case, however for us common iPad, iPad Air, and 10.5-inch iPad Professional house owners, the Combo Contact keyboard is a kick-ass different.

This is What We Like

  • Unbelievable glass trackpad
  • Backlit keyboard with good journey
  • Sturdy, adjustable stand
  • Works with the fundamental iPad and iPad Air

And What We Do not

  • The case is simply too cumbersome
  • Keyboard does not fold behind iPad
  • Case is troublesome to take away

Previously, I’ve argued that individuals ought to change their low cost Home windows laptop computer with an iPad or a Chromebook. It’s a easy argument: iPads and Chromebooks within the $300 to $500 worth vary are sooner, extra dependable, and simpler to make use of than equally priced Home windows machines. In addition they sport 10-hour batteries, which is simply icing on the cake.

However this suggestion comes with a caveat. The iPad’s touchscreen controls, whereas unbelievable, aren’t all the time nice for writing paperwork or looking the web. As I see it, Chromebooks are normally a more sensible choice for individuals who favor a standard laptop computer type issue, or individuals who spend a whole lot of time writing paperwork.

Logitech’s new Combo Contact case places a critical dent in my Chromebook caveat. Its adjustable kickstand, backlit keyboard, and multi-touch trackpad add a brand new stage of precision to the iPad—one thing that can really feel like a necessity to most customers. And since the Combo Contact’s removable keyboard connects to the iPad magnetically, you don’t have to fret about utilizing Bluetooth or charging any batteries. It’s an intuitive accent that, in some ways, makes the iPad really feel like a Microsoft Floor pill.

Nonetheless, the Combo Contact isn’t excellent. It’s a bit cumbersome and it has some bizarre minor flaws. And once more, it makes the iPad really feel like a Floor Professional, which isn’t all the time an important factor. Right here’s what I believe after spending every week with the Combo Contact keyboard case.

The Trackpad, Keyboard, and Kickstand Are Unbelievable

A photo of the Logitech Combo case and a coffee mug.
With the Combo Contact case, the iPad seems to be and appears like a Floor pill. Andrew Heinzman

Let’s begin with the good things. Logitech labored with Apple to design the Combo Contact, and the hassle clearly paid off. The Combo Contact’s glass trackpad is surprisingly comfy and supplies a pleasant tactile response when clicked. Even multi-touch gestures, which I anticipated to be a ache within the ass, really feel pure and intuitive with the Combo Contact’s trackpad. You may swipe with three fingers to leap between apps, for instance, or faucet with two fingers to carry out a proper click on.

The Combo Contact trackpad has simply two quirks, however they aren’t an enormous deal. For one, solely the underside half of the trackpad truly clicks in, which can really feel unusual in the event you’re a MacBook consumer. The second subject is that tap-to-click is turned off by default. I needed to dig by way of the iPad settings to show it on, which took extra effort than you’d count on. In fact, Apple’s the one who loses factors for this foible, not Logitech.

I do know that the Combo Contact trackpad is meant to be the star of the present, however I’m truly extra impressed by the keyboard. It’s backlit, with keys which can be nicely spaced and have 1 mm of journey. Typing on this keyboard feels just like typing on a Floor Professional, and I can attain about 85 phrases per minute with none pressure. And since the detachable keyboard is sturdy (i.e., unbendable), I haven’t skilled any bizarre jiggling whereas typing in my lap. That mentioned, I want that the Combo Contact had a raised typing angle—one thing that Microsoft’s Floor merchandise obtain utilizing magnets.

The Combo Touch takes up around a foot of space when extended---more than a laptop.
The Combo Contact takes up round a foot of area when prolonged—greater than a laptop computer. Andrew Heinzman

In contrast to Apple’s official iPad keyboards, the Combo Contact sports activities a row of perform keys for adjusting brightness, quantity, and the keyboard backlight, amongst different issues. My solely grievance about this keyboard, except for the shortage of a typing angle, is that it doesn’t fold behind the iPad. If you wish to go into pill mode, you need to detach the keyboard and set it down subsequent to you. After utilizing the iPad Folio keyboard, this appears like a step within the mistaken course, because it limits my skill to shortly bounce between typing mode and pill mode.

Lastly, there’s the Combo Contact kickstand. It makes use of the identical adjustable kickstand mechanism because the Floor Professional, so you’ll be able to hit any viewing angle whereas typing or bumming round in pill mode. If Logitech bought this kickstand case by itself, it could promote like hotcakes.

Nonetheless, the kickstand case isn’t excellent. Like Microsoft’s tablets, the Combo Contact kickstand and keyboard take up a whole lot of area when prolonged, which sucks for individuals who have small desks or brief legs. My legs are lengthy, so I haven’t had any subject utilizing the Combo Contact in my lap, however I do have lots to say concerning the kickstand case’s measurement and weight.

However the Case Itself Is Cumbersome and Troublesome to Take away

It's bulky, but the Combo Touch case is comfortable for drawing.
It’s cumbersome, however the Combo Contact case is comfy for drawing. Andrew Heinzman

Like most reviewers, the very first thing that I observed concerning the Combo Contact is its measurement. This factor is a chunky monkey, and it doubles the thickness and weight of my iPad Air. It’s a far cry from the super-thin Folio keyboard, and it makes the iPad feel and look like its been childproofed.

In my thoughts, this added bulk is the Combo Contact’s largest flaw. I’m glad to tackle slightly additional weight for a trackpad, however a lot of the Combo Contact’s mass lies in its kickstand case. The keyboard itself is definitely very light-weight. Moreover, the Combo Contact kickstand case is very troublesome to take away from the iPad, which makes it really feel like a everlasting thick accent.

As helpful because the kickstand case is (once more, I believe that individuals would purchase it even with out the keyboard), it’s simply too chunky and troublesome to take away. Most individuals will simply dwell with the majority, however I’ve a sense that some individuals will pair the Combo Contact keyboard with a light-weight third-party kickstand, just like the adhesive MOFT.

You Achieve Some Magic, You Lose Some Magic

With a proper trackpad, it's clear that Safari is a desktop-class browser.
With a correct trackpad, it’s clear that Safari is a desktop-class browser. Andrew Heinzman

The primary time you utilize it, the Logitech Combo Contact keyboard appears like a cumbersome awkward necessity. After only a week with the Combo Contact, I can’t think about going again to my trackpad-less Folio keyboard case. Logitech did an important job with the Combo Contact and proved that the iPad can tackle a extra conventional laptop computer form-factor.

However the iPad loses a little bit of its magic whereas caught within the Logitech Combo Contact case. I’m undecided easy methods to clarify it—utilizing the Logitech Combo Contact as a everlasting add-on limits my skill to change between work and leisure mind-sets. It’s a difficulty that I didn’t anticipate and nonetheless don’t absolutely perceive. If the Combo Contact was thinner, simpler to take away from the iPad, and had a keyboard that might fold backwards, then I don’t suppose that it could really feel so everlasting, which could alleviate the difficulty that I’m experiencing.

Different individuals might not have the identical feeling that I’ve, particularly in the event that they need to be in laptop computer mode on a regular basis or are used to utilizing the iPad in a cumbersome case. Both approach, I believe I perceive why Apple is reluctant to push the iPad as a complete laptop computer alternative. Doing so would possibly flip the iPad into one other Floor pill, which will not be the neatest thought.

Even Apple’s official equipment categorical this reluctance. The brand new iPad Magic Keyboard is a cross between a docking station and a case, and it detaches from the iPad with zero effort. It might not have probably the most standard design, however the Magic Keyboard permits customers to shortly bounce between productiveness and leisure modes—one thing that I hope Logitech retains in thoughts whereas designing future iPad keyboards.

For the entire Combo Contact’s faults, it nonetheless appears like an absolute necessity. It actually makes the iPad really feel like a Floor Professional, which is generally factor. Modifying paperwork is less complicated with the Combo Contact, and the iPad’s desktop-class Safari browser actually shines when paired with a exact trackpad and quick keyboard.

Nonetheless, the Combo Contact is a first-gen product, and it’s a bit costly at $150. If you happen to aren’t completely satisfied that it’s well worth the cash, I’d counsel utilizing an affordable Bluetooth mouse and keyboard till one thing higher comes alongside. That is extra of a desktop answer than a conveyable answer, however hey, it’s nonetheless price contemplating.

Right here’s What We Like

  • Unbelievable glass trackpad
  • Backlit keyboard with good journey
  • Sturdy, adjustable stand
  • Works with the fundamental iPad and iPad Air

And What We Do not

  • The case is simply too cumbersome
  • Keyboard does not fold behind iPad
  • Case is troublesome to take away

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