Hands-On With Logitech's New Keyboard Case With Trackpad for iPad Air [Updated]

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When Apple debuted the new Magic Keyboard with Trackpad for the iPad Pro, Logitech also announced new keyboards with trackpads that take advantage of the trackpad functionality in iPadOS 13.4 but are designed for older iPads, including the most recent iPad Air, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and the 7th-generation iPad.


We got our hands on one of the new Logitech Combo Touch Keyboard Cases with Trackpad designed for the iPad Air, and we thought we'd check it out to see how it works and whether it's worth the $150 purchase price.

Design wise, this is a high-quality keyboard case that's got a Microsoft Surface look and feel to it thanks to the fabric build, offering full protection for the iPad except for the section where the keyboard connects. With the keyboard attached, though, the iPad is protected when the case is closed up and not in use.


A pop-out kickstand provides 40 degrees of adjustment so it can be set to different angles for typing, watching media content, and browsing the web, and it's a solid kickstand that works well. There's also a handy Apple Pencil holder at the top to keep that accessory tucked away when not in use.


The trackpad and keyboard combo is fantastic with the iOS 13.4 trackpad integration, and it adds a new level of productivity to cases that just offer keyboards. The trackpad is a bit firm and there's a small zone at the top where it can't be clicked, but that doesn't hinder every day use.

Smooth scrolling, tap to click, and gesture support make it a pleasant usage experience, and it's clear that this was designed from the ground up with iOS 13.4 in mind. It's a solid experience that outperforms the Brydge Pro+ with trackpad that we also recently looked at.


The Logitech Combo Touch Keyboard Case supports the same gestures that you get with a Magic Trackpad 2. A three finger swipe to the left or the right swaps between apps, a three finger swipe down goes to the Home screen, a two finger swipe down brings up Spotlight search, and a three finger swipe up opens up the multitasking interface.

The keyboard is a little bit cramped when typing, but the keys feel great under the fingers with a decent amount of key travel. We did run into an issue where some keys occasionally failed to work, which as cover in the update below, was fixed by changing the settings of the keyboard.


The keys are backlit and brightness can be toggled using function keys, with other options available for accessing the Home screen, adjusting screen brightness, accessing search, and accessing media controls.


When using this keyboard in the lap without a flat surface, it works, but it's not the best experience. It's simple to type, but there is some screen wobble depending on how hard you're typing.

All in all, this is a solid keyboard option for those who don't have an iPad Pro and won't be able to get the Magic Keyboard. For those who want to add more functionality to their iPads and use them for a lot of typing and tasks where a trackpad would come in handy, Logitech's Combo Touch Keyboard Cases with Trackpad are well worth the purchase price and can be picked up from the Apple Store.

Update: As suggested by on the MacRumors forums, the bug where the keys weren't working properly was fixed by opening up Settings, accessing the General setting, and changing the language of the keyboard to U.S. English instead of automatic.

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alex2792

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Works great with my iPad Air 3, only issue is the kickstand case is pretty heavy, but other than that it’s pretty much a type cover clone, which is a good thing.
 

ghostface147

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Wish they'd still sell their hinge case that was for the original iPad Air. Great design, sturdy, tremendous range of angles.
 

Relentless Power

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Logitech Makes a solid product, they’ve been a round long time. [Yes, we already know this isn’t really that comparable to Apple‘s OEM keyboard], but it’s a nice alternative for those who want a cheaper price point, aside that it doesn’t have all the amenities Apples incorporates.
 
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If only they would make something like these for the 1st Gen iPad Pro 12.9". I'm still rocking mine 4 years later and would appreciate a keyboard/trackpad combo that worked with the smart connector instead of bluetooth
 

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The occasional some keys not working was addressed in the macrumor forums in a Logitech keyboard thread. The issue is in the settings -> general —> keyboard -> language is set to “automatic” and needs to be changed to us English. This fixes the issue. Please try this and update the review. Thanks.
 

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I bet the non-working keys can be fixed by setting the keyboard to the language of your choice rather than depending on the "automatic" setting in iPadOS. Settings/General/Keyboard/Hardware Keyboard/English (US) or whatever. This all began with 13.4 for both of my iPad Pros. They both use Logitech keyboards and both had the non-functioning single or double quote, I don't remember which, until I fixed the keyboard language issue.
 

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My interest became nonexistent when I got to the bottom of the article which reported keys intermittently malfunctioning.
 
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Dave-Z

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My interest became nonexistent when I got to the bottom of the article which reported keys intermittently malfunctioning.
But it's very clearly a software issue because Dan was able to freely use the shift or non-shifted variant of the keys without issue. FWIW, I've watched a few videos on this product because I was thinking of getting it with the cheapest iPad and in none of those other videos did the reviewers report the issue Dan has.
 

kitt9000

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But it's very clearly a software issue because Dan was able to freely use the shift or non-shifted variant of the keys without issue. FWIW, I've watched a few videos on this product because I was thinking of getting it with the cheapest iPad and in none of those other videos did the reviewers report the issue Dan has.
agreed, this was discussed in a thread with the solution found on Friday or sat when keyboards started arriving. The review will hopefully be updated as soon as possible (and the video edited?) once this quick setting is changed so as to not scare away prospective buyers As this is a fantastic and very practical keyboard overall if you can handle the weight/thickness. I don’t think this typing issue is isolated to just this keyboard also since it’s an iOS settings issue.
 
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friedmud

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If only they would make something like these for the 1st Gen iPad Pro 12.9". I'm still rocking mine 4 years later and would appreciate a keyboard/trackpad combo that worked with the smart connector instead of bluetooth
They did - I own one. Use it every day with my 1st Gen 12.9". It's great:


Yeah - lacking the trackpad... but the keyboard and case are both excellent!
 
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brendu

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I had the issues with keys not working properly at times but read a suggestion to switch my keyboard layout from automatic to “US” in settings. This fixed it for me.
 

Mr. Dee

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Way better option than Apples Smart Keyboard. But I already have the Smart Keyboard, so, I’m sticking with it.
 

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They did - I own one. Use it every day with my 1st Gen 12.9". It's great:


Yeah - lacking the trackpad... but the keyboard and case are both excellent!
The Slim Combo does not add any functionality that my Apple Smart Keyboard Cover already has for my first gen. I'm looking for a cover or case that uses the smart connector and has trackpad functionality, which will never release because no current iPad matches the size of the original 12.9".
 
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The Slim Combo does not add any functionality that my Apple Smart Keyboard Cover already has for my first gen. I'm looking for a cover or case that uses the smart connector and has trackpad functionality, which will never release because no current iPad matches the size of the original 12.9".
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