Logitech today announced that it is expanding its CREATE Keyboard Case with Smart Connector to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, making the keyboard available for both of Apple's iPad Pro models.
As on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the CREATE case for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro connects to the three-dot Smart Connector on the tablet, allowing for both power and data transfer. Because it's powered via the iPad, the CREATE case does not need to charge and it does not need to connect to an iPad using Bluetooth.
The CREATE Keyboard Case for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro features backlit keys, a protective case that protects the iPad when it isn't in use, iPad-specific function keys, and an integrated holder for the Apple Pencil. It is available in black and blue.
"CREATE is like the Swiss Army Knife of keyboard cases," said Michele Hermann, vice president of tablet accessories at Logitech. "It puts all the tools you need at your fingertips, and the keyboard charges through the Smart Connector so you can just set your iPad Pro into a typing position and go. It brings typing on the iPad Pro to a whole new level."
When the 12.9-inch iPad Pro launched, Logitech was the sole company to introduce a keyboard case that's able to use the Smart Connector on the tablet, and it continues to be the only company that offers a third-party Smart Connector keyboard solution.
We went hands-on with the CREATE case for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro when it was released. We loved the backlit keys and the general key feel, but felt like it added too much bulk to Apple's thin and light ultra powerful tablet.
The CREATE keyboard case for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro can be purchased starting today from the Logitech website, the online Apple Store, and Apple retail stores. It is priced at $129.99.
Top Rated Comments
Amazing concept huh, adapts to your needs at the time. Do you see?
- Have to have a back case
- Have to have THEIR back case
- Can't rip the keyboard off when not needed and still have back protection from a case.
- Look like it would be a mare to fold back and use the tablet as a tablet.
But I'm sure others will love it and it fits their needs.
I just wish the Apple Smart Keyboard had shortcut keys, specifically play/pause. Yes yes, bringing up CC from the bottom or on the home screen from sleep is hardly an ordeal, but a single tap of a key is much more efficient. It's the lack of shortcut keys that compelled me to research alternatives like the Create, but I've not been too impressed with these alternatives. Too few use the Smart Connector, had hoped this would have improved nearly a year on.
Returned it and just paid the "Apple tax" for Apple's smart keyboard and silicone back cover. Turns out they're worth the money. Pretty well-thought-out designs.