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Logitech Slim Folio Pro Keyboard Review

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Reviewed Mar 25, 2020 at 07:39 am
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6.3
Mixed usage
6.2
Gaming
7.9
Mobile/Tablet
6.6
Office
5.6
Programming
Connectivity Wireless
Size
Compact (65%)
Mechanical
No

The Logitech Slim Folio Pro is a keyboard and a protective case for an 11-inch or 12.9-inch 3rd Gen iPad Pro. The keyboard features rubber dome switches that have good tactile feedback but can feel a bit mushy and don't provide the overall best typing experience. The case has a compartment for the Apple Pencil as well, which is a nice add-on. It's also very well-built and feels durable, although some plastic parts might give off cheaper vibes. On the upside, it's very portable and should be easy to slide in a backpack.

Our Verdict

6.3 Mixed usage

The Logitech Slim Folio Pro is not the most versatile keyboard. It's designed as a case and keyboard to be used with an iPad Pro 3rd Gen. Its Bluetooth connection can be used with any mobile device. The keyboard has a very low profile and rubber dome switches, which don't offer the best overall typing quality.

Pros
  • Well-built design.
  • Very portable.
Cons
  • Only made for iPad Pro.
  • Mediocre typing quality.
  • No software.
6.2 Gaming

The Logitech Slim Folio Pro isn't designed for gaming. Even if the keys have a short pre-travel distance, they're heavy to press due to the tactile bump. It also lacks customization software and you can't program macros.

7.9 Mobile/Tablet

The Logitech Slim Folio Pro is a very good keyboard for mobile devices and is amazing if you have an iPad Pro. The case is designed for this product and the keyboard connects to your device via Bluetooth. It's easy to slide in a bag and doesn't weigh too much as well. Unfortunately, due to its design, you can't connect more than a single device to the keyboard.

6.6 Office

The Logitech Slim Folio Pro is just okay for the office. It might not be the best option as your main keyboard, but if you want a second work station with an iPad on the side, it can be a good option. Its ergonomics are mediocre and the typing quality isn't the best. On the upside, it's well-built and typing on it doesn't make much noise, so you shouldn't bother surrounding colleagues.

5.6 Programming

The Logitech Slim Folio Pro is sub-par for programming. It's designed to be used with an iPad Pro. It can't program macros and its typing quality isn't the best due to the cheap keycaps.

  • 6.3 Mixed usage
  • 6.2 Gaming
  • 7.9 Mobile/Tablet
  • 6.6 Office
  • 5.6 Programming

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
0.2" (0.4 cm)
Width 8.9" (22.6 cm)
Depth 11.1" (28.2 cm)
Weight 1.8 lbs (0.8 kg)

As its name indicates, the Slim Folio Pro is very slim. Its compact format also takes a lot less space than a full-size keyboard. When folded, the height of the keyboard is about 1.7cm (0.67 inches). Note that we reviewed the 12.9-inch version and the 11-inch model might be a bit smaller.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality of this keyboard is good. Its bottom frame is made from aluminum and feels solid. The rest of the build is either plastic or rubber. However, the keycaps feel a bit cheap, but the casing to protect your iPad is nicely built. If you want a similar keyboard with a better build quality, check out the Brydge Pro.

6.0
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Incline Settings
0
Wrist Rest No

The ergonomics of this design are mediocre. It lays completely flat as its an add-on for a tablet. There are no incline settings or wrist rest included, but since the board is so low profile, you might not need them.

6.3
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color White
Brightness Settings
Yes
Individually Backlit Keys
No

The Logitech Slim Folio Pro has white backlighting and features three different brightness settings, which can be adjusted directly on the board.

Design
Cable
Detachable
Yes (Charge Only)
Length N/A
Connector (Keyboard side) USB type-C

While this keyboard needs a USB-C cable to charge, note that there's no cable included in the box, which is unfortunate.

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

This keyboard can connect to your devices via Bluetooth, but note that you can't be connected to multiple devices simultaneously.

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

The Logitech Slim Folio Pro has dedicated media keys, which is great to manage your music while working. It also has a few dedicated keys for its Bluetooth pairing procedure, or an on-screen keyboard button and an iPad lock button. The magnetic cover also has a little sleeve for the Apple Pencil.

Design
In The Box

  • Logitech Slim Folio Pro
  • Manuals

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Rubber Dome
Feel
Tactile
Actuation Force
34.9 gf
Pre-Travel
1.04 mm
Total Travel
1.84 mm

The rubber dome switches found on this keyboard have a nice tactile bump before the actuation point. The keys also have very short travel, which is usually typical for chiclet keys.

6.0
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The typing quality provided by this keyboard is mediocre. There's no support at all and your wrists have to rest on your desk. The low profile of the keys might not be for everyone and although the keys are stable, the switches don't provide as nice feedback as the Brydge 10.2 Keyboard for Apple iPad.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Very Quiet

Typing on this keyboard is very quiet and you shouldn't bother people surrounding you if you're working in quiet environments like a cafe or a library.

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

There's no dedicated software for customization options.

8.1
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Partial
macOS Partial
Linux Partial
Android Partial
iOS Partial
iPadOS Full

This Bluetooth keyboard has amazing compatibility, but is designed for iPadOS. Some keys won't work on other operating systems, but all alphanumeric keys work.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

The Slim Folio Pro is available for both 11-inch and 12.9-inch 3rd Gen iPad Pro versions. We expect our review to be valid for both sizes, although the dimensions might be a bit smaller for the 11-inch version, as we reviewed the 12.9-inch variant.

Compared to other keyboards

The Logitech Slim Folio Pro is a good Bluetooth keyboard that stands apart due to its design specifically made for iPad Pro. It might not be as versatile as other mobile-friendly keyboards as the Logitech Keys-To-Go, but its design also acts as a protective case for your iPad. For more recommendations, check out our picks for the best keyboards, the best wireless keyboards, and the best keyboards for Mac.

Apple Magic Keyboard

The Apple Magic Keyboard is a better keyboard than the Logitech Slim Folio Pro, but they don't quite serve the same purpose. The Logitech will be a better option if you have an iPad and you're often on the move and want something to protect your device as well. On the other hand, if you're more stationary, the Magic Keyboard offers a better typing quality and is noticeably better built.

Logitech K380

The Logitech K380 is a more versatile Bluetooth keyboard than the Logitech Slim Folio Pro. The K380 is a more typical keyboard that connects to three devices simultaneously, while the Slim Folio Pro is specifically designed for iPad Pro and also acts as a protective case. 

Brydge 10.2 Keyboard for Apple iPad

For an iPad, the Brydge 10.2 Keyboard for Apple iPad is a slightly better keyboard than the Logitech Slim Folio Pro. It's noticeably better built and its design is made to mimic the keyboard of a MacBook Air keyboard, which offers a better typing quality than the Logitech. On the other hand, the Slim Folio Pro also acts as a protective case for your iPad, which the Brydge doesn't do.

Fintie Soft TPU Keyboard Case For iPad 7th Gen

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.

iClever Tri-Folding Keyboard BK08

The iClever Tri-Folding Keyboard BK08 is very different than the Logitech Slim Folio Pro. The Logitech aims to be a protective case and a keyboard for an iPad, while the iClever isn't designed for any specific design. The iClever is also more portable thanks to its folding design and it can be connected to multiple devices simultaneously. There's also a built-in touchpad on the iClever.

Brydge Pro

The Brydge Pro is better overall than the Logitech Slim Folio Pro. Both keyboards are designed for a third-generation iPad Pro, they're both available in 11 and 12.9-inch sizes, and they both have white backlighting. However, the Brydge is better built and it offers a much better typing quality because the keys are more spaced-out. 

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