iPad Pro review: Big and powerful, but it won't replace your laptop
Apple's iPad Pro keyboard is thin, light and water-resistant, and doesn't need to be charged. It's also uncomfortable to type on and is missing some amenities you'll find on competing keyboards, like backlighting and settings shortcut keys. It will suffice in a pinch but for the money, you can do better.
- Thin and light
- Water- and spill-resistant
- Uncomfortable to type on
- Not backlit
- No shortcut keys
- As on other iPad Pro keyboards, the screen isn't adjustable and there's no touchpad
Here we are. Apple, the same company that once swore off styluses, and dismissed hybrid PCs as experiments gone wrong, is now selling a laptop/tablet mashup of its own. One that accepts pen input, at that. The new 12.9-inch iPad Pro went on sale last week, and though it is, in a sense, just an oversized iPad, it's also the closest thing we've seen yet to a hybrid device from Apple. With the screen real estate of a laptop, and the speed of a laptop, and various keyboard accessories allowing you to type on it like a laptop, the Pro seems like it might indeed be able to replace your notebook. In fact, Tim Cook himself has suggested as much in interviews. But with a starting price of $799, it isn't for everybody. And even then, it won't replace your laptop so much as complement it.