Logitech Combo Touch, review: the benchmark keyboard for 10.5-inch iPad Air and iPad Pro
Logitech is one of the companies that most supports Apple products. The recently released MX range of Mac devices is also attached Combo Touch for 10.5-inch iPad. A keyboard with integrated trackpad that has left us with a very good taste in the last weeks of use.
Logitech Combo Touch: technical specifications
- Accessory type: keyboard and trackpad with protective cover.
- Backlit Keyboard.
- Connexion via Smart Connector.
- Dimensions: 257 x 195 x 22,55 mm
- Weight: 610 grams (iPad Pro 469 grams, 1079 grams total).
- Compatible with iPad Pro 2017 and iPad Air 2020.
- Materials: rubber and braided nylon.
- Price: 147 euros on Amazon.
Complete protection on a six-row keypad
In a market where the benchmark accessory is from Apple, as is the case with the Magic Keyboard, Logitech has sought to differentiate itself in a few key points. The first and most important is its format. The Logitech Combo Touch for iPad it is a keyboard with mouse integrated in a case. The latter completely surrounds the device, covering both the back and sides and leaving only holes for charging, microphones, speakers and the camera.
To provide stability, it has a back flap that must be unfolded to support the iPad on the table. It offers a certain angle regulation to work more comfortably, but not too much. Of course, we can completely remove the keyboard, because it is locked with the help of a system of magnets.
As for the trackpad, we were surprised by one fundamental aspect: it is quite bulky considering the restrictions. Compared to the one with the official 12.9 inch iPad Pro keyboard, the Combo Touch is almost as big. Quite an achievement considering that we are talking about a 10.5-inch iPad.
The back flap is positioned this way; At the top we have a place to store the Apple Pencil.
The other point on which we have found more importance is the keyboard itself. We find there a sixth row of keys, as happens with the usual keyboards. This is a row similar to the row of function keys that Logitech uses to add the following:
- Dedicated key to take us home.
- Keys to adjust the brightness of the screen and backlit keyboard.
- Multimedia and sound control keys.
- Keys to display the virtual keyboard, find the device and lock it.
It should be noted that the space is somewhat difficult to manage in such an accessory. But thanks to the rear flap design, Logitech publishes enough to have a trackpad ok and a keyboard with a row of function keys.
An almost perfect trackpad
Sometimes third-party support for features as new as the mouse in iPadOS 13.4 is not as expected. This is not the case with the Combo Touch, since we come across a tactile surface that responds perfectly to all official gestures. Closing applications, moving from one to another or from one space to another, deploying the dock or simply moving around the interface are just a few.
Detail of the edges with the volume buttons on the side.
You can configure whether you want to record clicks simply by pressing on its surface, in addition to pressing. The response is quick and adequate. There is only one socket at this part of the accessory.
Combo Touch keyboard touchpad uses all touch gestures available on iPad
Although the trackpad looks the same across its entire surface, the truth is that the top is different. It is not visible to the naked eye, but it appears by clicking. At the next top edge, you can’t press to click, although the response is what you expect on the other three edges.
The best keyboard with mouse for the rest of the iPad
Logitech has created a very interesting 10.5 inch iPad keyboard with mouse. Even more when we realize that Apple did not create a version for its non-Pro iPad equipped with a mouse. The build quality shows and the nylon fabric seems to hold up well. Of course, you may notice marks on the palm rests of the keyboard over time.
This is the best option, if not the only one, to have an iPad with an integrated keyboard and mouse.
At Applesfera, we tested several, but none involved models with Touch ID. The Logitech Combo Touch is the best candidate to bring a keyboard with a mouse to the 10.5 and 10.2 inch iPad (there is a version for the seventh generation iPad). Its price is cheaper than the Smart Keyboard of these models, which also lacks a mouse.
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If you’re looking for a keyboard with these features, Logitech has one that meets most of the demands that can be made. Without a doubt, it has become one of the benchmarks in the segment.