Logitech’s touchpad case turns your iPad right into a laptop computer, for lots lower than Apple’s Magic Keyboard

Logitech’s touchpad case turns your iPad right into a laptop computer, for lots lower than Apple’s Magic Keyboard


iPad Air (2019), sitting within the Logitech Combo Contact.

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It is nice to have a trackpad for the iPad.


  • Sturdy case
  • Responsive trackpad
  • Case can be utilized with or with out keyboard
  • Adjustable kickstand

Do not Like

  • Not lap pleasant
  • A number of bugs with keys in iPadOS
  • Cumbersome, heavy case

With the trackpad help in iOS 13.4, I really feel just like the iPad has crossed over to being most of what I want in a computer-like gadget. There are nonetheless quirks and need listing gadgets, however the means to zip round with a trackpad (and edit) is a big assist for me.

However discovering the precise keyboard accent, that is a problem.

Apple’s costly new iPad Professional ($800 beginning value) has Apple’s fancy Magic Trackpad ($300 or $350). However for these with a 2019 iPad Air, 10.5-inch iPad Professional (from 2017), or the present entry-level 10.2-inch iPad, Logitech’s $150 trackpad-enabled case provides trackpad capabilities on these tablets, too. For the value, it is most likely the perfect worth possibility for lots of people.

I have been attempting one for a number of days: thus far, I prefer it. The truth is, I wrote this entire evaluation on one.

The Combo Contact is lot just like the Logitech Slim Combo case I reviewed years in the past, besides with a trackpad connected. The continued downside with the kickstand case and its bottom-attaching keyboard is it is not lap-friendly in any respect, much like the Microsoft Floor line. It is also cumbersome, in comparison with different third-party circumstances.

However nonetheless, there are components that win me over.


Engaged on this evaluation, side-by-side with a MacBook Professional.

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The keyboard and trackpad: Fairly good thus far

To date I just like the backlit keyboard, even when the raised keys aren’t fairly as responsive because the Brydge Professional Plus keyboard/trackpad I not too long ago tried for the iPad Professional, or a MacBook. However the trackpad is a lot better than the Brydge Professional Plus’ was, and navigates iPadOS with a number of double- and triple-finger gestures. All of it really works properly sufficient.

One factor that was bizarre for me: The keyboard’s apostrophe key did not work at first. (It turns on the market’s a repair: In Settings, below Basic-Keyboard-{Hardware} Keyboard, the keyboard must be set to “US” as a substitute of “Computerized,” however a future iOS replace ought to handle this, based on Logitech.)

The sensation of the keyboard is stable in any other case, and on a desk it is a stellar possibility for laptop-ifying an entry stage iPad or iPad Air. With the Air, it was an awesome expertise. It needs to be comparable on the entry iPad, since each have practically equivalent case dimensions and the identical keyboard/trackpad dimension.

A row of additional perform keys on the high of the keyboard provides a house button, brightness controls, quantity, search, keyboard backlight adjustment and play/pause management; all useful, and all lacking from Apple’s Good Keyboard and Magic Keyboard.


The quilt will be eliminated, in case you need to ditch the keyboard for some time.

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It is cumbersome however versatile

The Combo Contact case provides some bulk to the iPad, however the thick cladding offers it a sturdy really feel (perhaps that is good for teenagers). The kickstand on the again is useful for standing the iPad up, and it is adjustable. A Pencil loop holds your hard-to-store Pencil, when you have one. 

The keyboard half is removable, so the iPad can be utilized by itself with the keyboard base doubling as a display cowl. FYI, the Lightning and headphone jack ports are accessible, however are hidden inside some closely recessed case indents.

The case itself is floppy, which means it’s made to suit on a desk, not a lap. The Microsoft Floor-style design has a removable keyboard that snaps on the underside and a kickstand on the case. It will not keep nonetheless on my lap. So yeah, the iPad is completely a pc with this case, simply not a lot of a laptop computer.


The keyboard snaps on to the aspect and will be eliminated (however solely works when connected to the Good Connector).

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Expensive, however value it

Including the Logitech case to your iPad will value you: The $150 case is principally half the value of the lower-cost iPad: that might run  you $480 for the iPad and Logitech combo, whereas the iPad Air, at $499 plus the case, would value $649. However, that is nonetheless a whole lot lower than Apple’s $300-to-$350 Magic Keyboard would value on high of an $800-plus iPad Professional.

You do not essentially want a devoted iPad-specific keyboard and pointer instrument. You may at all times simply pair an additional Bluetooth keyboard and mouse and use them with an iPad.  However, I just like the comfort and further trackpad gesture controls right here extra.

Aside from actually not being lap-usable, this Logitech case is thick however wonderful. It is a completely first rate desk companion and actually can flip an iPad right into a kinda-sorta-laptop when you want it.

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