For those who use MBP as main work machine, do you end up getting keyboard for iPad Pro?

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by hajime, Mar 7, 2018.


Even iPad PRO is not my main work machine, I end up getting a keyboard for it

  1. I bought a keyboard for it

    19 vote(s)
  2. Haven't bought the keyboard but planning to do so

    6 vote(s)
  3. No need to buy a keyboard

    3 vote(s)
  1. hajime macrumors 603

    Jul 23, 2007
    Hello, I use the MBP as my main work machine but I plan to buy an iPad Pro mainly for reading university textbooks at home and while in public transportation. How many of you in similar situation end up getting an external keyboard for the iPad PRO?
  2. drewsof07 macrumors 68000


    Oct 30, 2006
    I find the keyboard extends the use of my iPad to replace 80% of tasks I would normally complete on my MBP. The only real obstacle to using an iPad is the file system. If you need to connect to a SMB network share or consume/edit/share MS Office files, it is possible but TEDIOUS. Usually resort to connecting multiple cloud services. iWork is somewhat easier, as the files are stored in your iCloud folder. If I'm just responding to emails, connecting to remote desktops, or managing web apps the iPad is perfectly capable.
    Probably worth noting: Because of the way it folds, if you try using the Apple keyboard on public transport, it will topple over. I much prefer the older Logitech Type+ keyboard to Apple's floppy design.
  3. hajime thread starter macrumors 603

    Jul 23, 2007
    I wonder if the Logitech combo slim is good for typing on public transportation. Even with the keyboard removed, the case is heavy though.
  4. ericwn macrumors 68020

    Apr 24, 2016
    The slim combo does not do well on laps. It is not very secure even on a 12.9 iPad Pro. Great on a desk though as the stand allows many angles without hassle and the keyboard is the best of the direct attached ones from my perspective. It feels better than the ASK easily and also better than the Create keyboard.
  5. 370zulu macrumors regular


    Nov 4, 2014
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    I routinely use the Slim Combo on my lap with the 12.9 iPad Pro. IMHO, it is not that bad on my lap. But, I could see how some could find it awkward compared to a laptop or fixed keyboard. I completely agree that it is an excellent keyboard and I am extremely happy with it. Worth the money IMO.

    My other machine is a 15” Mid-2015 MacBookPro and I find myself using the iPad Pro most of the time for everything that does not require VMware Fusion.
  6. mofunk macrumors 68020


    Aug 26, 2009
    Once I had to travel and needed my iPad Pro to respond to emails and compose a few letters. I thought I could get away with not having a physical keyboard but I couldn't. So now I've decided to get a Logitech but something under $30 because I don't see myself using it a lot. Plus dropping $100 on Pencil aka stylus & case etc.

    If you feel like you would use the keyboard a lot, then go with the Apple keyboard. If not, then get something that uses Bluetooth.

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