Apple’s 12.9-inch Magic Keyboard is $100 off and cheaper than ever

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Whether you know someone who just got an iPad Pro or you’re looking to experiment in the new year with using the premium tablet as a laptop, Apple’s Magic Keyboard is one of the best typing solutions out there. However, like most first-party Apple accessories, it will cost you. But now you can get the 12.9-inch model for $100 less than usual on Amazon – the online retailer has the white keyboard on sale for $250, which is the lowest price we’ve seen to have.

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There are a number of other keyboard options for all iPad models, but the Magic Keyboard is without a doubt the most luxurious. The 12.9-inch model for sale attaches magnetically to the back of the iPad Pro, “floating” the tablet above and slightly behind the buttons and trackpad. The accessory passes data to the iPad via the rear Smart Connector, and that also means you don’t have to worry about charging it separately or pairing it to the tablet via Bluetooth like you do with many other third-party keyboards would. We found the Magic Keyboard to be fairly robust and offer an excellent typing experience. Somewhat surprisingly, scrolling with the trackpad wasn’t as awkward as we thought (since it’s much wider than it is tall), and it offers far more precise control than you’d ever get with the iPad’s touchscreen alone.

Overall, the Magic Keyboard is one of the best iPad accessories if you really want to work on your iPad Pro. With the advances Apple has made with iPadOS in recent years, it’s possible to use the company’s tablets (particularly the iPad Pros) as laptop replacements, and the Magic Keyboard will go a long way towards making that happen Tablet feels even more like a traditional laptop.

But we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out some of the accessory’s shortcomings. The Magic Keyboard offers a limited range of motion for the iPad — around 90 to 130 degrees — which is much less than a standard laptop. It’s not the slimmest solution either, and while it comes close to feeling like working on a laptop, it’s not exactly the same. Also, the Magic Keyboard significantly increases the cost of an already expensive gadget. In that case, you’ve probably already spent $1,000 or more on a 12.9-inch iPad Pro – adding another $350 is a big ask. But it’s at least a little easier to digest when you can get the Magic Keyboard at a discount.

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