Got a 12.9″ iPad Air? Then you’re likely looking for a case to protect it from the rigors of life. One such option is Logitech CREATE Keyboard Case, a case that combines both protection and a backlit keyboard.
So how does Logitech CREATE Keyboard Case fair? Read my Logitech CREATE Keyboard Case review to find out.
Price: $119.99 on Amazon
Availability: November 2015
Summary: The Logitech CREATE Keyboard case isn’t light, but sure is protective. If they can do something about the weight, then the next iteration will be that much better.
What We Liked:
- Tough as nails cover
- No battery to charge; it runs off the iPad’s
What We Didn’t:
- Doubles the weight of the 12.9-inch iPad Air
- Costs $149.99. Add that on top of the iPad Air’s cost and you might wonder why you didn’t get a MacBook Air.
There are a variety of colors to choose from. And with that a variety of finishes that encase the keyboard. My choice? Red with rose gold interior. In retrospect I probably wouldn’t opt for the red color-way again, largely because it is quite loud. But nevertheless a break from the usual. Other options: Classic Blue/Silver, Black/Space Grey, Iris/Black and Black on Black.
That said, the exterior feels nails tough, finished in a woven fabric that will do anything but absorb moisture. To that end, it doesn’t mar and has worn very little in the months I’ve been using it. In fact, I just finished dragging my iPad Air and the Logitech CREATE Keyboard Case through 4 different countries and save for a few white specs, it’s gone fairly unharmed.
Installing the iPad Air requires that you align two corners with the interior (made of plastic) and press firmly. If done correctly you’ll hear a snapping or popping noise, which indicates the iPad Air has slipped into place. To confirm the iPad Air is securely held in place, its frame should be flush with that of the Logitech CREATE Keyboard Case, though the tabs in either corner won’t and shouldn’t overlap the iPad Air’s frame as logic suggests.
The case stays closed thanks to a set of magnets, which should put the iPad Air into lock mode when closed. Opening it wakes the iPad Air, and once the smart connector is aligned the keyboard will then draw power. And yes, with this case you don’t have to charge it since it uses the iPad Air’s battery. That said, the smart connector does double duty and props the iPad Air up in place.
Performance and Drawbacks
Keyboard size, and with that comfort, is paramount. And I’m happy to report that this case is both comfortable and ergonomically sound, equating in space to that of a MacBook Air. Keys offer a nice tactile click and are so comparable to that of my MacBook Air. With my eyes closed I’d be none the wiser that I wasn’t typing on my MacBook Air.
However, there are a few misgivings.
The top right corner key serves as a lock button. When reaching for the “delete” key, I often hit that. Fortunately, unlocking isn’t more than a fingerprint away, but do it more than a few times in a session and you’ll feel frustration begin to mount.
The “return key” isn’t as well lit as the other keys and with that in mind the keyboard only lights up when you press a key, not when you place your fingers on the keys. Sure, this is done to conserve battery life, but it’s worth noting if you’re looking for an experience that is analogous to that of a laptop.
And lastly, the weight: this thing is heavy. Combined it slightly more than doubles the weight of the 12.9″ iPad Air – the keyboard is 725 g and the iPad Air 713 g. Thats 1438g, or 3.17 lbs. Conversely, a 13-inch MacBook Air weighs 2.97lbs. Insert head scratch.
Moreover, it’s price, combined with the lowest tier iPad Air is equitable to that of a MacBook Air. Of course, you do get touchscreen and the flexibility of ditching the keyboard. But I would like to see a lighter case, especially considering that it doesn’t boast an onboard battery.
So yeah, it’s heavy. But with that you get a great keyboard, allowing you to be arguably more productive – work wise at least – on your iPad. To that end, it also props your iPad Air up, allowing you to sit back and watch a show or a movie. Price you ask? $149.99.