The Folio Touch makes a strong first impression, with a soft, tweed-like material finish, available in Oxford Grey or a darker color called Graphite. In addition to being quite, Ive already observed it stays cleaner than Apples Magic Keyboard, whose silicone surface areas pick up finger prints and spots even when you believe youre being gentle with it..
As discussed earlier, the Folio Touch has dense rubber bumpers, which cover everything except the lock button, which youll need for Touch ID logins, and the leading edge where the Apple Pencil magnetically attaches. The Airs stereo speakers and USB-C port stay exposed, though the rubber bumper is thick enough that all of those openings would be safe in the occasion of a drop..
Dana Wollman/Engadget Somehow, in spite of the durable rubber, this thicker case doesnt feel that much heavier than Apples offering. The main disadvantage is that the rubber enclosure is more difficult to slip on and off. With any other Smart Connector accessory, you d simply pull and the tablet would snap off from the three magnetic pins.
Around back theres a rather adjustable kickstand, and on top youll discover a loop that can fit Logitechs optional Crayon device (an alternative to the Pencil). That strip of material can also unfurl to turn into a magnetic closure when the folio is shut like a book. For those of us who dont own the Crayon, its simple enough to tuck the loop back into itself so that its not obscuring the screen while youre typing.
I mentioned this early, however it doesnt feel like the Folio Touch was developed to be used in ones lap– the skinny kickstand felt a little precarious balanced on my legs, and its rather top heavy. Even as soon as you stabilize whatever, the screen sits upright at an awkward angle. I prefer Apples approach, which shuns the kickstand completely. The Magic Keyboards flat underside rests easily against your legs, while a crease in the folio permits you to tilt the screen forward and back to suit your needs..
Dana Wollman/Engadget At least the Folio Touch is comfy for desk typing. The buttons provide a surprising amount of depth, with springy feedback and no issues like double presses. I will say that with extended usage (e.g., editing back-to-back iPhone evaluations in Google Docs), I began to discover a couple of too lots of circumstances of stuck keys. Input lag implied I was frequently a number of words ahead in my mind before realizing I needed to stop briefly, back up, and fix any typos.
Side by side, Logitechs keyboard is also louder than Apples, though the typing experience is excellent in both cases. If easy touch typing is the top priority, you cant go incorrect.
Dana Wollman/Engadget The buttons backlighting begins automatically, and that shortcut row will can be found in handy if you want to do things like change the screen brightness or volume or control media playback. There are likewise some iOS-specific faster ways, like a search button that does the very same thing as striking CMD-spacebar. These are mainly useful, though beware the lock secret in the upper-right corner– too typically, I struck that rather of the Delete button, causing the screen to lock up while I remained in the middle of typing.
When it comes to the touchpad, its about the exact same size as what youll find on the Magic Keyboard, and responds to the very same multitouch gestures, like swiping up with 3 fingers to see all your open apps and swiping with two-fingers to close any of those thumbnails. The touchpad likewise worked well for single-finger tracking. Lots of apps support clicking and pointing, though youll have to push down with each “left click”– there is no choice in iPadOS settings for tap to click..
Dana Wollman/Engadget Other than like a laptop computer– what Logitech calls “Type” mode– the Folio Touch can be used in 3 other positions. Theres “View,” where you flip the keyboard back so that youre simply looking at the screen. And, of course, “Read” is what happens when you fold the keyboard around, like a book cover, leaving just a tablet in your hand.
Dana Wollman/Engadget In practice, the Folio Touch balances much better in your lap in either Sketch or View mode than it does a laptop-style keyboard. I watched eight straight episodes of GLOW with the tablet stabilized on either my lap, or sitting up in bed with the gadget resting on my legs. I think I was comfy enough, if I remained that method for over four hours of binge-watching. That said, I wouldnt suggest watching a film in your lap with this thing if theres a flat surface area offered.
In Read mode, on the other hand, the physical keyboard immediately shuts off when its turned back, so you dont have to fret about unexpected crucial presses. Even so, feeling secrets beneath your fingertips is an odd sensation. (I stated the same thing about Lenovos Yoga laptops, method back in the day.).
Dana Wollman/Engadget Anyway, should you buy this thing? But still desire a physical keyboard– yes if you cant stand Apples $299 asking price for the Magic Keyboard. And if you desire more than just a folio keyboard– ditto. : if you want a keyboard that doubles as a protective case. All excellent reasons. But if money is no object, and you arent going to purchase Logitechs Crayon device, and you want the finest possible typing experience above all else, bite the bullet and invest your cash with Apple.
As for the touchpad, its about the same size as what youll find on the Magic Keyboard, and reacts to the exact same multitouch gestures, like swiping up with three fingers to see all your open apps and swiping with two-fingers to close any of those thumbnails. Theres “View,” where you turn the keyboard back so that youre simply looking at the screen. Dana Wollman/Engadget In practice, the Folio Touch balances much better in your lap in either Sketch or View mode than it does a laptop-style keyboard. If you cant stomach Apples $299 asking cost for the Magic Keyboard, however still desire a physical keyboard– yes. And if you desire more than just a folio keyboard– ditto.