iPad Pro Magic Keyboard Unboxing and Initial Impressions! Worth $300?!

by birtanpublished on December 4, 2020

So I am a gigantic fan of the iPad pro 2020 you've all seen it I've made several videos talking about how great this thing is how fast it is how powerful it is and how it might be able to replace even my like desktop computer and one of the things that I use on it a lot is the folio the smart folio keyboard it's okay but whatever who cares the real deal is here and we now have the iPad magic keyboard on deck and today we're gonna unbox it and just kind of go over my initial impressions and let's just get into it I've been waiting for this to show up all day like ups just dropped it

Off to my house so what comes in the box let's find out what's up everybody on the everyday dead if I can figure it out you can figure it out got the inter out of the way let's crack this thing over so what I am most excited about is how this like the typing experience in the MacBook Air 2020 is fantastic the typing experience on the smart folio is okay but it's not great if this can give me the MacBook Air typing experience on the iPad I'm super super excited to see so let's see what do we have I actually had to take the protector off of this because I was really excited and then I

Remembered hey we got to unbox it so initial impressions what do we have in this box so we give like stickers like what I'm really excited about is do we get any stickers in this thing because I love I love stickers no stickers no no stickers you gotta have you gotta have stickers Apple come on give me some stickers so wait you guys see that there's a charger so do you have to charge it charge iPad using the you okay okay so you can charge your iPad through the smart connection plug into the iPad keyboard and you can save I really like that so

One of the problems like if you start using your iPad for like editing your stuff you only get the one USB see so this in effect gives you two USB C port so I really really like that and is there anything else in the literature ok so it just goes on there looks pretty easy I'm pretty sure even I might not be able to screw this up and that's it for the box so how does this feel now I did see some things on Twitter about how people were saying that this is heavy and I guess it is heavier than the folio keyboard but it's not insurmountable like it's not that heavy whew

I mean it feels solidly built but it doesn't feel like an old MacBook like my wife's MacBook Pro 13 from 2015 that's a heavy computer this does not feel the same it feels very high quality I like the material here smart connector how did the keys feel that's gonna be the most important part this whole experience for me is how do these keys feel because I spend most of my day whether it's work YouTube all of this stuff that was really do you see that check this out again you see watch man that was crazy easy just to set this

Thing up that's that's even easier than setting up the smart folio which I thought was like the easiest thing so how so let's set up like a typing test here this is the typing test from the MacBook Air the other day because I use Google Docs for this so how does the typing experience feel on the magic keyboard it feels pretty good and the keys are very responsive they're much more responsive than the I keep pointing down here cuz that's where through it the other smart folio they feel good I probably say that they feel like a cross between the smart folio and like the

MacBook Air it doesn't feel as good as the MacBook Air or the MacBook Pro 16 but it it feels pretty good again this is initial impressions literally just ups just dropped it off so we'll do a more in-depth comparison between this and like the smart keyboard and maybe even the the MacBook Air I like how the typing experiences I like the angles that you can get I do kind of wish that I don't think it's gonna lay down flat for me is it no I don't want to break it but I was kind of hoping that it would be able to lay down flat I don't know why it's just it makes the

Thumbnail easier I'll tell you that this is gonna make the thumbnail much harder but I think the typing experience is actually pretty good it's actually pretty good I guess that's as good Pretty's as you could hope out of a over $300 keyboard let's not forget that this is a $300 piece of machine so what are you actually getting for 300 bucks here you're getting a decent typing experience I wouldn't say excellent I would classify the MacBook Air as an excellent typing experience you're getting this trackpad so let's actually

Let's crack open the editing suite and see how the I mean the trackpad feels it's almost like too responsive hopefully we'll be able to find a setting it to slow this down a bit because that feels pretty wild do we keep the jet oh we keep the gestures that might be worth it right there one of the reasons I always use my magic mouse with this is to keep those gestures and one of the tasks that I use the iPad for is video editing and I use the luma fusion app I'm not sponsored by luma fusion but they're just they're the best video editing app on the iPad and

That is a smooth experience and I don't mean to like oversell this right now okay we're all in like when you unbox something your net like honeymoon phase we like all right so it's the best thing ever but this might be my legit favorite editing experience so far that I've ever had with the MacBook when I first got this when iPad was first came out I would edit with the pencil it was functional again but I didn't really like it I don't like the pencil all that much you'll notice that I rarely ever use it in these videos and then with the 13.4

Mouse and keyboard support getting enhanced I then switched to using like a keyboard and a mouse it was okay but you don't want to turn I don't think you actually want to turn your iPad into a like a into a full laptop or desktop experience that's not why you get an iPad I think you get an iPad for the hyper optimization for the specific apps you're going to use and if you can get things to do like shortcuts or like easier workflows that's what I think you really want and that might initial impressions this might be the best editing experience this might be the

Perfect editing accessory for the iPad because look you get the gestures you get all the movement you can easily go through all this stuff man I've been typing when we first started typing I was like okay I guess it's gonna be fine whatever hooray it's a typing what about the but the trackpad is what's really selling me right now and I didn't think it was going to be that way I really thought it would be the typing that would sell me not the trackpad but I'm really really digging this trackpad so initial impressions we got three things I'm really concerned about one the build

Quality of it the build quality feels fantastic it's not as heavy I was like I said I was afraid that this was gonna be too heavy together I mean it is heavier and you can tell that it's heavier then the smart Keyboard but it's not a deal breaker for me the typing experience is okay it's not fantastic but I think it's good enough and I do think it's worth the price if you're gonna type if you're gonna use this as like a travel computer I do think that's good the trackpad is fantastic in though how long have we been recording for eight minutes now and I'm sold on the

Trackpad the trackpads the best feature of this whole thing because touching the screen yeah you can do that but you don't always want to like when you're editing or when you're doing like pro level tasks like you don't want to move up and down up and down up and down that's one of the reasons I don't like the pencil so the keyboards okay the trackpad is excellent the build quality is great but another fantastic thing is you now have two USB C port so you got the USB C port on the iPad itself but then you also get the USB C port over here and that that's magical like that

Is so is this worth maybe the $300 we'll have to find that out I'm not going to answer this in 9 minutes recording this will probably turn into like a five minute video I'm not gonna be able to answer in my first 10 minutes with this keyboard on whether you should buy it or not I'm very excited I will say that I am now more excited to try it out then I was before I started and that's always a good thing that's kind of where you want to be in your initial impressions on a piece of tech right so what would you guys like to see out of the magic keyboard leave a comment below I will be

Making a series of videos on this where we'll probably compare this against the smart folio keyboard we might even bring in the MacBook Air again because I spend most of my time typing most professionals we will spend most of our time typing so it that's what you got to get right so let me know and if you liked this video and you want to see some more accessories that you could get for your iPad pro to turn it into a better device you can find my video talking about that right here click here to watch that video thanks for watching

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