iPad Pro Thought on Replacing a Laptop w/ an iPad Pro: Use Multiple Keyboards and/or Cases

omelet1978

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I currently own an iPad Pro 11 256gb w/ LTE, and have a Brydge Keyboard and the Apple Keyboard Folio w/ a case on top of it for drop protection.

I am starting to think that having those two keyboards is one way to crack the code on replacing your laptop with an iPad. The Brydge Keyboard transforms the iPad Pro into a laptop but it’s not as portable and does not have drop protection. My solution is pretty much to use the Brydge Keyboard around the house and then when I leave and am in situations where I could potentially easily drop and damage the iPad put it into the Keyboard Folio. I recently purchased a case (i-Blason on Amazon) that is compatible with the keyboard folio so I now have drop protection.

In general, this works for me since I do a bit of traveling for my job. Neither one of these keyboards are cheap but the iPad Pro 11 w/ AppleCare and these two keyboards are still cheaper than buying a full up Macbook. Just wondering if there are any thoughts on all of this or if anyone has come up with a similar solution.

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ericwn

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I am always a bit cautious when it comes to the brydge keyboards. There were reports in the past of people having issues with their iPad after using these cases. The current Pro is thinner and more likely to bend - at least that’s my fear of what could happen.

I do like to change things up every now and then and often use external Bluetooth keyboards at home and a keyboard case occasionally when traveling.

There is no right or wrong in my opinion, do what inspires you!
 
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I do like to change things up every now and then and often use external Bluetooth keyboards at home and a keyboard case occasionally when traveling.

There is no right or wrong in my opinion, do what inspires you!
I'm not an iPad user; I have a Surface Go instead, but...

... I'm pretty much of the same mind. I have the keyboard cover and use it with "out and about". When I'm at my desk at home, I use a separate BT keyboard (Logitech K380) with the Go on an elevated "shelf" just below my 24" monitor, which the Go connects to.
 
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I haven’t paid much attention to iPados (or whatever it is called) but I am hoping that new keyboards will come out with a trackpad type feature. Can anyone tell me if this would work if Brydge built such a keyboard?
 

ivybridge9463

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I'm not an iPad user; I have a Surface Go instead, but...

... I'm pretty much of the same mind. I have the keyboard cover and use it with "out and about". When I'm at my desk at home, I use a separate BT keyboard (Logitech K380) with the Go on an elevated "shelf" just below my 24" monitor, which the Go connects to.
Surface go wont work with work, but pro!
 

mrklaw

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I haven’t paid much attention to iPados (or whatever it is called) but I am hoping that new keyboards will come out with a trackpad type feature. Can anyone tell me if this would work if Brydge built such a keyboard?
potentially. It might need to communicate with the ipad as two separate bluetooth devices. Don't know if anyone has experiemented as there are a few combo keyboards on amazon..

I've steered away from keyboard covers as I find them too bulky and expensive (especially the new 2018 ones are really expensive). but if Apple bought out one with a trackpad built in I might be swayed. Thats unlikely though as long as apple keeps the mouse option buried in accessibility.