Magic Keyboard Folio review for iPad 10: does Apple’s keyboard justify its price?

Apple’s new Magic Keyboard Folio was introduced alongside the tenth generation iPad to which it is dedicated. We were able to spend some time with this new device to give you our impressions.

Magic Keyboard Folio review for iPad 10: does Apple's keyboard justify its price?

Small tour of the owner

Magic Keyboard Folio review for iPad 10: does Apple's keyboard justify its price?

The Magic Keyboard Folio comes in a compact box including the two parts that make up the accessory. On one side, you have a protection that is placed on the back of the tenth generation iPad thanks to the integrated magnets and having a kickstand whose angle will be adjustable from 0 to just under 90°, and the the other is the keyboard which will be fixed on the Smart Connector (the three small metal circles on the edge of the device located opposite the front camera, and allowing the keyboard to be powered). It will be possible to use only the element placed on the back, or both simultaneously (it is also possible to place the keyboard alone, for example to protect the screen by folding it on the latter).

Magic Keyboard Folio review for iPad 10: does Apple's keyboard justify its price?

The part that attaches to the back of the iPad 10 can be used as a support (for example to watch a video without having to hold the tablet), with a kickstand that provides better stability than the Smart Folio’s folded cover system. However, it will not be possible to tilt the tablet strongly (maximum angle of the stand being a little less than 90°) to draw more comfortably with the Apple Pencil or the Logitech crayon (Logitech calls this the Drawing Mode on his Combo Touch). Unlike some competing models, thethe rear protection does not cover the corners of the tablet, and a fall on this part will therefore cause damage. In return, it will be easier and faster to remove and install this Magic Keyboard Folio.

Magic Keyboard Folio review for iPad 10: does Apple's keyboard justify its price?

If the two parts are in place, it will still be possible to fold the keyboard on the back of the iPad (in both directions with the keys up or down), but the whole thing is then quite thick. The two elements of the Magic Keyboard Folio together weigh 696 grams on our scale, bringing the total weight to 1,073 gramsonce the iPad 10 (477 grams) in place. Overall is slightly thicker (thickness of stand) than a 12.9-inch iPad Pro and its Magic Keyboard, and as thick as a 16-inch 2021 MacBook Pro.

iPad 10, MacBook Pro 16
iPad 10, MacBook Pro 16

A fairly long set

Magic Keyboard Folio review for iPad 10: does Apple's keyboard justify its price?

To obtain the same maximum inclination as the iPad Pro equipped with the Magic Keyboard (which for me is the most comfortable setting in most situations), you must place the stand of the Magic Keyboard Folio in abutment, which gives a total length of 33.5 centimeters, against 23 centimeters for the iPad Pro / Magic Keyboard couple. The crutch being adjustable, it will however be possible to adjust the angle in order to shorten all at the cost of a more vertical iPad screen.

A successful and pleasant keyboard/trackpad set

Magic Keyboard Folio review for iPad 10: does Apple's keyboard justify its price?

Keystroke is very close to what you get with the Magic Keyboard, that is to say very satisfactory for this type of device. The keys are slightly smaller on the Folio (compared to the 12.9-inch model), but the trackpad is a bit taller and the keyboard has a convenient row of 14 function keys (one key of which escapes) which the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro / Air unfortunately lacks (we bet that these function keys will be present on the next generation for iPad Pro / Air).

But only in white and without backlight

Magic Keyboard Folio review for iPad 10: does Apple's keyboard justify its price?

The Magic Keyboard Folio is only offered in white. Some will be fans, others less, like yours truly who already finds the black Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro/Air extremely messy (especially if the Folio is intended for the youngest in a household). Another negative point, especially at this price, Magic Keyboard Folio keyboard is not backlitunlike the iPad Pro/Air version, or many competitors.

In use

Magic Keyboard Folio review for iPad 10: does Apple's keyboard justify its price?

Accustomed to the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro, I must admit that I did not find the Folio very practical with its two separate elements (it’s subjective and some will find that it’s an asset). The length of the set is not very pleasant on the knees (especially for a child, but this could also be a problem in transport, for example on the shelves of planes or trains) and will encourage you to use it as much as possible on a table, the rear part does not protect the edges and corners of the tablet (however, this is also the case with the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro/Air), and the keyboard hinge is not rigid enough, causing a slight floating uncomfortable to use. In general, the price of 299 euros seems particularly high for the services offered.

Compared to the competition

The Logitech Combo Touch
The Logitech Combo Touch

Some props already offer a model suitable for the tenth-generation iPad, such as Logitech’s Combo Touch, and the latter combines a lot of advantages in addition to a much lower price (179.99 euros, still 120 euros less). Indeed, the Logitech model protects the corners of the tablet, has a backlit keyboard (it detaches and offers a row of function keys), a kickstand with a greater maximum angle (allowing the mode drawing), and a slot for the Pencil or Maker’s Pencil. When it comes to checkout (especially after shedding at least 589 euros for this tenth generation iPad since it is the only tablet compatible with the Folio), it will thus be quite difficult to recommend the model of Apple, unless you really want to remove the shell very quickly, which will be easier on the Magic Keyboard Folio than on the Combo Touch. Find here our test of the tenth generation iPad.

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