iPad Pro Magic Keyboard vs Smart Folio Keyboard! Why Pay TWICE As Much?!

by birtanpublished on December 4, 2020

The iPad pro 2020 now has two versions of an official Apple keyboard it's got the standard folio keyboard and the much more expensive magic keyboard now if you saw my video yesterday on the unboxing of the magic keyboard you saw that I actually do like this the typing experience is OK the trackpad I think is really where this is at so after a day of use let's do some comparisons between the cheaper but usable folio and the more expensive but much more feature-rich magic keyboard which one comes out on top let's find out I feel better because the iPad wasn't on what's up everyone I'm the everyday dad and if

I can figure it out you can figure it out this is gonna be a really quick video there is not that much like big in-depth difference that I can get into but there are a few highlights that I want to cover namely being the price first off now I do have an 11 inch iPad pro 2020 so keep that in mind this is not the 12 point 9 inch a lot of you have asked me why I choose the 11 over 212 I just think that the 11 is more in line with like an iPad I don't necessarily want this to be a laptop despite all the money I spend on keyboards to kind of turn it into a

Laptop so this keyboard the folio keyboard runs at a hundred and twenty-nine dollars and the magic keyboard comes in at three hundred dollars so there is a significant price difference between the two more than twice as expensive for the magic keyboard does it have twice the functionality let's find that out as we go along I can hear you I can hear you through the camera asking these questions next up and one of these small things that I'm not sure if it's a big difference that really will drive everybody crazy but it certainly drives

Me crazy is as you can see the iPad folio lays flat it just lays flat right like this this is as far as the magic keyboard goes like it doesn't lay flat I don't I don't know why this drives me crazy do I ever really use my iPad with a keyboard flatly no but this drives me bonkers I wish I knew why did I tell you it definitely makes taking the thumbnails for these videos much harder so much easier we can be like check it out flatly photography I'm so good hmm that looks good this is hard this is hard to do I don't know why but it

Drives me crazy if you were expecting this to lay flat it does not this is as far as it goes the big difference though and why you would I think the reason that you would even spend this money in the first place is the Taiping difference now the typing experience on the iPad folio is perfectly fine it's usable it's nothing to write home about my wife absolutely hates the sound of these keys I'm surprised with me typing right now she's not yelling she absolutely hates it I cannot type on this if I'm trying to type a script like before bed or I'm

Trying to type one up on our kitchen upstairs I'm trying to answer an email she makes me stop she's like I hate the sound of that I mean listen it is kind of an annoying it is kind of an annoying sound especially when I type a lot and I type fast so the experience over here I do find that the magic keyboard is just much better it's more in line with like a MacBook or a regular keyboard there's a lot more give there's a lot more like responsive and the sounds not nearly as annoying and when you're an everyday dad like I'm not a solo I don't live by myself I'm not a bachelor when you're in

Everyday dad with a family the sound anoints of your gear is a big like we got to start adding that in all of the videos because if you annoy your family they're not gonna let you use your gear around them one of the things though that I don't like about this keyboard and it's not necessarily against the iPad folio because the iPad folio doesn't have it either if you are trying to turn your iPad in like your only computer like a laptop there are no function keys and that's fine there's definitely not a touchpad which is great I don't like that touch bar but I do

Kind of wish that maybe there was a row of function keys especially for as much as this cause that would have been a nice addition because there are some times where you're like trying to increase the brightness of the screen you're working down here you don't necessarily want to lift up and down which brings me to the next thing is interacting with the screen on both I actually like interacting with the screen of the iPad better on the folio keyboard because it's closer can you see this it's like the screens closer to your hands so as you're typing you can

Just easily interact with the screen there's not one of the negatives about like even the pencil you never see me like where's the pencil right now it's somewhere over that in a room next door cuz I rarely use it and one of the problems with trying to use the iPad as a laptop is having to interact like up with the screen as much and one of the things I do like because it's so close to your fingers like if I'm typing on Twitter and to go back to the homescreen since there is no home button on here another negative on both since I if I want to go

Back to the home screen I gotta flick up it's much easier to do here because your hands are like resting on the screen almost whereas on the smart Keyboard your hands are like farther away so you have to reach up farther to do it and that may sound like a nitpick if you do little things like this a lot those little just like mote those little movements really add up to being a big pain in the butt now the big difference and one of my favorite things about the magic keyboard and it's definitely difference between these two keyboards is the folio keyboard does not have any

Like additional USBC slots it's just this is all you get but the magic keyboard actually has a USB C slot can you see this now it does only work it does only work for charging which I do not care about it the fact that it exists is that might be worth the money for me personally because if I'm trying to do stuff like import footage to do video editing I then have to use like a dongle that does pass-through power and SD card and sometimes those pass-through dongles get hot so now I can just plug into power and have my external drive just plugged straight into the iPad

That's awesome that's insane for me again I can't you got a as we're going through this you got to make the determinations on whether this is worth twice as much money to you for me it's absolutely worth that right I mean the USB C by itself sells me on the magic keyboard now let's talk about the build quality / durability I do think both devices both keyboards are built really well I mean there's a reason this is like my fourth or fifth folio keyboard like I've got the folio keyboard for my iPad 10.2 that's the camera controller I've had it for the older iPads I've got

Any time I buy an iPad that's capable of having one of these I always buy it because the construction is great the key it just this seems like a very durable device there's no way to get underneath the keys so if you're like eating crumbly stuff like snacks not that I eat snacks all the time I eat snacks all the time but nothing can get down into the keys it's just you always have it it's super lightweight it doesn't really add anything to the iPad weight wise but it adds a whole lot functionality wise the magic keyboard is I mean it's built very well it's a very

Solidly constructed piece of equipment we already talked about that I don't like the the it doesn't lay flat but the keys I mean to get that extra functionality out of the keys they did have to make them more like a regular keyboard so you can get crumbs and stuff under this keyboard and I don't know of a way that you could take this apart to like clean it which is kind of frustrating but the build quality is good that USB C port is insane and awesome you can see it's got the smart connector right here and I do think one of the things that I think

People were concerned about is because of the the way this floats like the iPad is not necessarily resting against the keyboard I think people were concerned that would it even hold on and it holds on pretty well like I don't think that this would just fall off at an inopportune moment like I think the magnets on here are pretty strong at least they're strong enough for like a typing experience like if you're using this on like your lap or something this is not gonna go anywhere and one of the nice things about both since we're talking about both of these one of the

Nice things about using one of these keyboards especially the magic one over something like a more traditional laptop is a more traditional laptop like all of the functionality of the laptop like the processor the CPU the GPU everything is built into this right here like the bottom so if you're using this on your lap or something this gets warm what's nice about this is the iPad is what has the CPU to GPU like all of that stuff so it never the keyboard doesn't get warm like this never heats up so you're not gonna have like an uncomfortable lap experience on either of these devices

Which is really really nice and then the last thing I want to talk about which is the last major difference between the two devices and it's another pretty substantial one is the trackpad so the folio keyboard does not have a trackpad if you want to interact with the screen either have to touch the screen get a pencil or use the mouse or connect a mouse to it we're on here you don't have to do that you get most of the functionality of a mouse without needing to connect amount you may be saying like whoa everyday dad Gary hey laptops have had trackpads for ever ever since the

Laptop was invented there has been a trackpad well that's true but not with iPads so if I'm doing video editing or I'm doing something that had the potential previously to need a lot of screen interaction and then keyboard interaction it was just kind of a pain yes the 13.4 ability to use that mouse support much better made it way easier but I really detract on here the USBC and the trackpad are my two favorite things period because you can fully interact with the iPad screen without needing to touch it and it just makes things doing these quick edits on

Video scrolling through things on the websites photo editing all of that stuff I love this trackpad it's super responsive there are settings inside of the iPad that you can change the responsiveness because if you saw yesterday's video it's starting out it's a little too responsive you can also change it to be tapped to select instead of click to select you can also set a secondary key by tapping with two fingers so again this was just another quick video to show you what I think of the differences between the folio keyboard and the magic keyboard I

Personally think the magic keyboard is the better investment than the folio keyboard however that's for me I have different potential needs then you might have this is an expensive piece of gear and if you combine this with an iPad like this is an iPad 11 you could get one of these for like 800 bucks 300 bucks 1100 bucks now you're tapping on like MacBook Pro prices so is it worth it they may be for you I think this is going to be the perfect companion to my iMac which is basically how I use the iPad if you like this video and you want to see a little

More accessories I keep talking about this accessory video because I feel like all of these accessories like this will probably do like a follow-up accessory video where we talk about the magic keyboard but if you'd like to see my initial thoughts and accessories for the iPad pro you can find that video by clicking right here click click click click click thanks for watching

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