A First-Hand Review of Libra Keyboard/Trackpad Case for IPad Pro
How does Libra unleash the power of Ipad Pro? With Libra and “ipad OS”,you can operate ipad more like a MacBook.Libra is compatible with iPad Pro 9.7", 10.5", 11" and 12.9". Unlike Brydge modle, Libra has a trackpad，and the first ipad pro keyboard case with trackpad will launch this winter.
Well ,let’ see, this product map is a B light cardboard box.This one is even more intense,a little bit ,because in the time that we get the product ,sort of launching off popping off between this product and a different Product.Let’s pretend that you don't know what it is and then you're like.
Oh that's a keyboard sort of thing.
You're right,it is little cable on the inside.But what's unique about it or interesting is that this keyboard aims to turn your iPad pro into a full-fledged laptop,type of setup.
Now you may recall in the past,other products kind of similar to this,particularly from a company called Bridge,but without the trackpad,that was the missing piece, it was the missing link,this puts you squarely into matchbook territory.Now that you have the keyboard and the trackpad.
This one even comes with like a magnetic cover for the back of the iPad,and this hinge system that lets you fold down the iPad screen,as if it were a MacBook. Now of course it all matches up in a space grey.Apple has positioned this new iPad in many ways for marketing,and even in the keynote, as a replacement for a computer.What's a computer? the girl in the commercial.What's computer？Well,what's a pewter？
Exactly，Apple they put out this product，this is the smart keyboard cover，it's super thin and light.But the keyboard itself,this soft touch material. I tried to live life without a laptop,and instead I replace my laptop temporarily with an iPad pro in this case,and I started to miss the tactility and the scale of a traditional keyboard.
This baby goes for 200 bigs,so these aren't cheap even though they kind of look and feel a bit cheap.It's so easy on and off.You want it to be versatile and work in these various situations, that's what Apple is pitching in the first place.
Other products emerged like this one from Logitech,which gives you more protection for the iPad as a case.It gives you tactile feedback on the keyboard,it gives you a similar form factor.But it eliminates the ability to have the easy on off,because now you've got this rubber thing around the iPad.
So then bridge came along,they came along with something that looked like this -the trackpad,and these guys took it to the final place,you might expect it to go.With the trackpad keyboard,the full thing you're now turning your iPad essentially into a touchscreen MacBook.
At which point,Bridge who has a product similar to this.Let's go ahead and and sue those guys.I don't know if they're officially suing them,but there's definitely a dispute,because this product looks like the other product,even though this one adds the trackpad.
Now all of this is culminating in this moment right here.Right now,because the iPad recently got some new software iPad OS,that aims to make the iPad more like a laptop,which reignites this conversation about the iPad macbook alternatives.
So those hinges feel fairly strong,to begin with type-c,this is an out, DC out .
And then in,so to charge it up,and I guess you can get some power out of it, to charge your iPad from here.
Oh four thousand milliamp power built-in battery, so sure you could use this device to charge up your phone or plug it into your iPad for some extra battery life.
And then you fold it down,when you go up like this, it kicks up the foot a little bit.Here this is the hinge style,that's causing the dispute and it gives you a nice little angle to the keyboard itself.That feels a lot like a laptop jack.
They also include this back panel,that just slides in like that and now I guess you can just carry this around right like that,it's magnetic as well. So you can pull that off,put it on,whatever you choose.
One of the nice things about this design,you still have a spot for the pen,the pen at the top.That's sort of what it looks like.One thing I was worried about was the multitasking from the bottom.The pulling up like that you can do it but just keep in mind you got a ridge there to compete with,so you really got to make sure you're down at the bottom of the display. It's just screened starting at the very bottom,so that's kind of cool.It's so strange every time you get the keyboard input by default,it keeps the on-screen keyboard off when you have a Bluetooth one attached,so your screen real estate goes up as well.While you're typing,you can see more of what you're typing.
They're a little smaller,the keys are shorter this way,but once you've used it for a little bit,you're probably gonna get used to it.
The trackpad is a different story,because you have to enable it,I believe as an accessibility thing and now you can see the issue with reaching.Here you can use that button to go home instead.So you're probably going to be using the gestures less anyways.So keep in mind this is a prototype things could change about this design.At the moment I think the iPad sits a little too low where the ability to multitask and head home ,the gesture from the bottom of the screen is a bit screwed up if it's sitting all the way down.if I push it all the way in,all of a suddent reach that section, I got it working and it's uh better than I expected.
The pointer is like this,target thing,hang on a sec here,so assistive touch,it has an auto hide feature,15 seconds,it will auto hide,so you can see the screen better. So it's this little circular style pointer.
It's a tough one to analyze at this moment,because it's a type of feature that Apple's letting you use.But is it really encouraging that you use ? Then I try a mouse now,the scrolling is still a bit wonky,the pointing is good ,it's okay. But it's still not what you might be used to on a laptop, and definitely when you're using the trackpad even more. So it works,but it's a little laggy.So what can I say?Maybe this is the reason why bridge didn't release the trackpad version of their keyboard case,even though they say they're working on it.
This is still a touch based OS ,when you start introducing these traditional input methods like a keyboard and a trackpad which is what you would have in an environment where you couldn't reach up and touch the screen,now there's this overlap,my experience with this trackpad right here,sort of showcases,some of the drawback,but it also showcases how good the touch input is on something like this.It does support gestures,It does work as a trackpad,but for me, particularly with an iPad you're gonna want to reach up and touch it anyways.So I don't think the trackpad should be the biggest differentiating factor for you.The keyboard and battery on the other hand will probably increase your productivity. You can imagine will Apple releases the next version of the software,and possibly they improve the assistive touch or make it a more native feature, and now people are happy they had the track pack ready to go. Overall it's a pretty cool package,it's still not enough for me to give up on laptops,because all these flippy\versatile eggs apples to me don't offer enough of an improvement in functionality for what I do,where I still want a solid slab,I want a thing more like a laptop.iPad is good but it's still not a laptop.