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Apple Smart Keyboard VS Pencil

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Apple hasn’t released an official Keyboard accessory since the first model of Ipad, leaving it to third-parties to do so for its smaller tablets – and there are many good buys. The iPad Pro, by Apple’s own admission, sets out a clear vision for how the company sees the future of computing, and as a tablet/laptop hybrid the need for a physical keyboard has never been more pressing. When you see the iPad Pro docked in the Smart Keyboard you begin to understand that this is an iPad with serious computing potential, and we doubt any other manufacturer could make a keyboard case that’s so in keeping with the style of the iPad Pro. It fits perfectly with Apple’s Silicone Case, which protects the back of the iPad, but there’s an odd gully on the front when the Smart Keyboard is closed to act as a screen cover, which is rather ungainly and smacks of needless compromise. However, you wouldn’t buy this to keep it closed; it’s supposed to spend most of its active life in the typing or ‘media’ positions, and we’re pleased to say it snaps into place easily and feels very sturdy in either configuration. Yet it’s not ideal for using on your lap in typing mode, as you’ll find it tends to bend in towards the fold at the back of the keyboard. The feel of the keys take a little getting used to, but is comfortable for longer periods, and their short travel is similar to the MacBook’s. The omission of a top row of media keys – offering system-wide shortcuts for volume and brightness controls, as well as play/pause and a Home button – may grate, since you’ll have to reach up to the iPad’s screen to make those tweaks. It seems like another unnecessary compromise.

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Apple isn’t the first company to make a pressure-sensitive iPad stylus, but as is often the case, now it has finally made one, it is probably the best iPad stylus you can buy. Developed specifically for the iPad Pro, the Pencil connects using Bluetooth and transmits a signal back and forth 240 times a second, so there’s almost no perceptible lag when drawing. For many digital artists this potentially resolves the issue of latency, which has held back other styluses from being truly exceptional – and, when combined with a phenomenal degree of accuracy on the Pro’s sup screen, means your artwork to look better than ever before The Pencil feels great to use your hand thanks to its slick whi glossy finish. Tilting it enables you to shade as if using the edge of a pencil or charcoal, and drawing with the Pencil feels so natural that you find yourself checking your hand to make sure it isn’t covered in charcoal smudges or ink stains as you draw. It’s this distraction-free usability which is the Pencil’s greatest feature. With other styluses you find yourself focussing on what you

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