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Fintie Soft TPU Keyboard Case For iPad 7th Gen Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Mar 24, 2020 at 10:14 am
Fintie Soft TPU Keyboard Case For iPad 7th Gen Picture
Test Methodology v0.8
5.8
Mixed usage
5.1
Gaming
8.3
Mobile/Tablet
6.7
Office
4.7
Programming
Connectivity Wireless
Size
Compact (65%)
Mechanical
No

The Fintie Soft TPU Keyboard Case For iPad 7th Gen is a very good mobile keyboard. It can connect to any device via Bluetooth and it's fully compatible with iOS and iPadOS, with all the alphanumerical keys working on Windows, Linux, macOS, and Android too. It uses scissor switches that provide good tactile feedback and the typing quality on the keyboard isn't bad, although it's not suggested for all-day use. Without any backlighting, it doesn't perform well in dark environments; however, it's a small keyboard that can be carried around where you need.

Our Verdict

5.8 Mixed usage

The Fintie Soft TPU Keyboard Case For iPad 7th Gen is a sub-par keyboard for mixed usage. As the name suggests, it's best to use as a mobile keyboard as it's light to carry around and it can connect to any device via Bluetooth. Without any dedicated macro keys, programmable software, or backlighting, it's not suggested for gaming. However, the scissor switches are quiet, so it shouldn't bother others when used in an office or library.

5.1 Gaming

Poor keyboard for gaming. The Fintie Soft TPU Keyboard Case For iPad 7th Gen isn't designed to be a gaming keyboard as there are no dedicated macro keys or any type of backlighting. However, it has a low pre-travel distance and low actuation force.

See our Gaming recommendations
8.3 Mobile/Tablet

The Fintie Soft TPU Keyboard Case For iPad 7th Gen is very good for mobile/tablet use. The case holds the keyboard well and on its own, the keyboard's small and light to carry around. You can connect your device to it via Bluetooth, but unfortunately, it doesn't support multi-device pairing. It's fully compatible with iPadOS and iOS and only certain keys don't work on other operating systems.

6.7 Office

Decent for office use. The Fintie Soft TPU Keyboard Case For iPad 7th Gen has decent ergonomics and the typing quality isn't bad, but it's probably not the best choice to type with all day. However, you can connect it to your computer via Bluetooth and the keys are quiet so you won't bother your coworkers.

See our Office recommendations
4.7 Programming

Bad for programming. The typing experience isn't bad on the Fintie Soft TPU Keyboard Case for iPad 7th Gen but due to its small size, it's easy to make mistakes. Except for a few keys, it's compatible with macOS, Linux, or Windows computers, but there are no dedicated macro keys or any backlighting.

See our Programming recommendations
  • 5.8 Mixed usage
  • 5.1 Gaming
  • 8.3 Mobile/Tablet
  • 6.7 Office
  • 4.7 Programming
Pros
  • Great for mobile use.
  • Good tactile feedback.
Cons
  • Lack of backlighting.
  • Disappointing build quality.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
0.3" (0.6 cm)
Width 9.7" (24.7 cm)
Depth 5.9" (15.0 cm)
Weight 0.4 lbs (0.2 kg)

The keyboard is about the same size as a seventh-generation iPad, so it's easy to carry around.

Note: These are the measurements of the keyboard alone, without the case.

Below are the dimensions of the closed case:

Height: 0.8" (2.0 cm)
Width: 10.2" (25.8 cm)
Depth: 7.6" (19.2 cm)
Weight: 1.5 lbs (0.7 kg)

5.5
Design
Build Quality

Disappointing build quality for the Fintie Soft TPU Keyboard Case For iPad 7th Gen. The case itself feels solid and the magnets hold the keyboard well, but on its own, the keyboard feels flimsy and has a lot of flex to it. Also, when you close the case with the keyboard in its regular typing position, the keyboard sticks out, so you'll have to readjust it for the case to close properly. If you want something that's better built, check out the Logitech Slim Folio Pro for iPad Pro.

6.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Incline Settings
0
Wrist Rest No

Ordinary ergonomics on a flat keyboard. It doesn't have any incline settings, but it has a low profile so most people shouldn't need any.

0
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting No
Color No Backlighting
Brightness Settings
No
Individually Backlit Keys
No

There's no backlighting on this keyboard.

Design
Cable
Detachable
Yes (Charge Only)
Length 2.6 ft (0.8 m)
Connector (Keyboard side) Micro USB

The Fintie Soft TPU Keyboard Case For iPad 7th Gen comes with a micro-USB charging cable.

7.5
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
Yes
Proprietary Receiver
No
Multi-Device Pairing
No
Battery Type
Rechargeable

You can connect this keyboard with one device at a time via Bluetooth. We did have some issues connecting to a Windows PC, but there weren't any issues connecting to any other device.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Dedicated
Macro Programmable Keys
No
Extra Controls
No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad No
Windows Key Lock
No

This keyboard has limited extra features. There are media keys at the top right, as well as cut/copy/paste keys on the top row. There are on/off and connection buttons at the top right, as well as lights indicating caps lock, Bluetooth connection status, charge, and power.

Design
In The Box

  • Keyboard
  • Fintie Soft TPU Keyboard Case For iPad 7th gen
  • Micro-USB charging cable
  • Manual

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Scissor
Feel
Tactile
Actuation Force
46.0 gf
Pre-Travel
1.85 mm
Total Travel
2.29 mm

The Fintie Soft TPU Keyboard Case For iPad 7th Gen uses scissor switches, like the ones on an Apple Magic Keyboard. These keys have a small travel distance, and they have a nice tactile bump before the actuation point, but they require a decent amount of force and feel heavy to type on.

6.0
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The typing quality isn't bad. There's fairly good feedback on the small keycaps, but it feels heavy to type on and the keycaps feel unstable. Due to its small size, it's easy to make typos, and it might take some time to get used to the spacing. If you're looking for a mobile keyboard with a better typing quality, then check out the Brydge 10.2 Keyboard for Apple iPad.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Very Quiet

The keyboard is very quiet and shouldn't bother people around you.

Software and Operating System
0
Software and Operating System
Software
Software Name No Software
Account Required
No Software
Profiles
No Profile
Onboard Memory
No
Cloud Sync
No
RGB Programming
No
Macro Programming
No
Software Windows Compatible
No
Software macOS Compatible
No

There's no dedicated compatible software for customization.

8.2
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Partial
macOS Partial
Linux Partial
Android Partial
iOS Full
iPadOS Full

The Fintie Soft TPU Keyboard Case For iPad 7th Gen has great compatibility. It's fully compatible with iOS and iPadOS, while on macOS, the lock, home, and the brightness buttons don't work. On Windows, the cut/copy/paste and lock keys don't work, while the cut/copy/paste keys don't work on Android and the brightness buttons don't work on Linux.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

Our unit of the Fintie Soft TPU Keyboard Case For iPad 7th Gen is black, but it's available in a variety of colors, and some styles are region-specific. We don't expect the results to vary between units.

Compared to other keyboards

As a mobile keyboard, the Fintie Soft TPU Keyboard Case For iPad 7th Gen is a bit disappointing. The typing quality doesn't match up to some of its competitors and the keyboard on its own feels cheap.

See our recommendations for the best keyboards, the best keyboards for Mac, and the best wireless keyboards.

Logitech Slim Folio Pro
SEE PRICE
B&H

The Fintie Soft TPU Keyboard Case For iPad 7th Gen is designed for iPad 7th Gen while the Logitech Slim Folio Pro is made for the 12.9-inch 3rd Gen iPad Pro. The Fintie Soft TPU is more portable than the Logitech Slim Folio Pro since it's noticeably lighter. However, this is because the materials used on the Fintie are very cheap and don't feel as durable as the Logitech's. The Slim Folio Pro has backlighting but doesn't come with a cable, which is disappointing.

Apple Magic Keyboard
SEE PRICE
B&H

The Apple Magic Keyboard is a much better keyboard than the Fintie Soft TPU Keyboard Case For iPad 7th Gen. The typing quality and build quality are both significantly better and it's fully compatible with macOS. However, if you need a mobile keyboard for an Android device, the Fintie is compatible with it, while the Apple isn't.

Logitech K480 Bluetooth Multidevice Keyboard
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

The Logitech K480 Bluetooth Multidevice Keyboard is better than the  Fintie Soft TPU Keyboard Case For iPad 7th Gen. The Logitech feels more solid and there's a dedicated software to program a few keys. Although both keyboards have similar typing experiences, the Fintie has better ergonomics and it's fully compatible with iOS and macOS.

Brydge 10.2 Keyboard for Apple iPad
SEE PRICE
B&H

The Brydge 10.2 Keyboard for Apple iPad is a better keyboard than the Fintie Soft TPU Keyboard Case For iPad 7th Gen. It features white backlighting and has a much better build quality, and the typing experience is significantly better. The Fintie has better ergonomics and the keyboard itself is lighter to carry around, and it's fully compatible with iOS, while the Brydge is only partially compatible.

Logitech Keys-To-Go
SEE PRICE
B&H

The  Fintie Soft TPU Keyboard Case For iPad 7th Gen is a much better keyboard than the Logitech Keys-To-Go. The typing quality is much better and the ergonomics are significantly better. The Logitech has a much better build quality and it's fully compatible with macOS, while a few keys on the Fintie don't work on macOS.

iClever Tri-Folding Keyboard BK08
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

The iClever Tri-Folding Keyboard BK08 is much better than the Fintie Soft TPU Keyboard Case For iPad 7th Gen. It has multi-device pairing, it's fully compatible on Windows, macOS, and Linux, and the build quality is much better. If you prefer slightly bigger mobile keyboards, the Fintie's typing area is wider and there's an extra row on top for dedicated media and cut/copy/paste keys.

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