Razer crams a mechanical keyboard into an iPad Pro cover

By Jos ยท 7 replies
Jul 14, 2016
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  1. Mechanical keyboards offer an excellent typing and gaming experience but they’re usually confined to desktop PCs -- except for the odd 10-pound gaming laptop. Razer believes it can change that using its new ”Ultra-Low-Profile Mechanical Switch" to replicate the feel of a mechanical keyboard in a much smaller space -- a tablet keyboard cover, to be precise.

    Their new Mechanical Keyboard Case is meant for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and is about as thick as the iPad itself but has true actuation and a reset. Razor’s new low-profile switches have a total travel of just 1.6mm, with an actuation point of 0.9mm and a reset point of 0.6mm. The keys are individually backlit and require an actuation force of 70 grams.

    Aside from mechanical key switches, the device features a detachable polycarbonate cover, a multi-angle metal kickstand and Bluetooth connectivity to pair with the iPad Pro. Battery life is rated at 10 hours with maximum brightness, or 600 hours with the backlighting off.

    Pricing is definitely on the steep side at $170 -- the same as Apple’s own Smart Keyboard for the iPad. It’s available now through retailers and the Razer Zone.

    While it remains to be seen whether Razer can move many of these at that price, if it can deliver a better typing on this form factor it’s still a win for the company as we’ll likely start seeing their low-profile switches on a fresh lineup of Razer Blades.

    “We’re commonly thought of as a company that makes phenomenal products for gamers, but to design the very best products, we’ve had to innovate from the ground up — even from each individual component such as mechanical switches,” Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan said in a statement. “We’re excited about the potential of our ultra-low-profile mechanical switch and look forward to exploring other applications in addition to the Mechanical Keyboard Case.”

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  2. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +902

    This is one of the last things I thought Razer would be on... it's a sad sad day.

    It feels so pointless.
  3. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,596   +257

    I can actually agree with you on this one. lol WHO GAMES ON A MAC OR IPAD?! lmao, of course I'm kind of joking. There's tons of games on the apple store, but if you really wanted a mechanical keyboard, wouldnt you get a REAL mechanical keyboard? lol I believe you can get a USB to lightning port adapter, or whatever the charging port/cord is called nowadays.
    Reehahs likes this.
  4. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 1,070   +427

    This is really a waste. It's sad that it matches Apple's price on their keyboard accessory though.
  5. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,871   +1,291

    I dunno..if you're a hard-core Appleite this just might make sense. A Macbook Air is a pricey little item and if you're somehow married to the idea of a touchscreen this is as close as you're going to get to a touchsreen Mac. I think an iPad + K/B cover is still slightly cheaper than the Air (90% sure without going and looking). I'm also going to assume that most if not all of the key Apple software is available on iOS as well as mac OS by now. As for gaming, a lot of old PC games are now being ported to Android and, to a lesser extent, iOS. A keyboard cover that's probably better than anyone else's for the same price as Apple's could be considered a fair deal to the people with money falling out of their pockets..and let's face it, that's the customer that every company is chasing now.
  6. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,342   +1,986

    Not to mention it's cutting into my Apple stock! Man, I need those dividends!!!!!
    wastedkill likes this.
  7. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    you mean that 18cent per $650 share xD
  8. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,377   +168

    Bugs me that Razer doesn't list weight in the tech specs.

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