Libra – Keyboard with Trackpad, Backlit and Function Keys to Turn iPad Pro into a MacBook

Touchscreen has now become a normal feature. While this is a good thing for mobiles, it makes using a tablet inconvenient. On-screen keyboards take up a major part of their screens which makes the big screen pointless. Solution is to use external wireless mini keyboards. It is easy to connect them to any tablet via Bluetooth or something else. This lets you use the big screen fully without any obstruction. There are a lot of wireless keyboards out there and more keep coming. One of these is Libra.

Libra is a wireless keyboard specifically for Apple’s iPad Pro. Combining Libra with the iPad Pro turns the iPad into a MacBook like device. iPad Pro’s virtual keyboard takes up too much screen space and typing is slower. Basically Libra enables iPad Pro to use it up to its full potential.

Apple created an exclusive operating system iPadOS for their tablets which allows an external mouse connection. Libra cashed in on this feature and laced their keyboard with a track pad. Libra is apparently the first iPad exclusive wireless keyboard with a track pad. The track pad supports all the gestures and touch controls that are available in a MacBook.

Libra also fares well in the keys department. The keys have scissor-switch structure. The keys are designed in the exact same shape and size like a MacBook’s. So it doesn’t only look like using a MacBook but also feels like it. To add more, other than all the standard keys present in a laptop keyboard, Libra also has some additional function keys. That includes special keys for copy/paste, switching languages, searching etc. The keyboard is also back lit. The brightness is adjustable on three levels. The color and visual effect of the light are also configurable.

The keyboard’s frame is made of solid ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) polymer and Aluminum. It has flexible hinges that don’t restrict the movement of the connected iPad. The screen is adjustable up to an angle of 120° smoothly. Thus, you can choose the perfect viewing angle accordingly.

libra keyboard

The keyboard works on a built-in battery. The battery is a big one with 4000 mAh capacity. One full charge lasts a full 200 days of usage. The battery also acts as charger for charging the iPad or any other device in emergency. The keyboard has a USB Type C port for these purposes. It is not useful for establishing a connection however. Libra works only on Bluetooth and supports Bluetooth 5.1 version. Connecting it is exactly the same as pairing any device via Bluetooth.

Libra also provides a protection case for the iPad. The case is magnetic and can be snapped on to the iPad firmly. It is supports 9″, 10.5″, 11″ and 12.9″ iPads. This special protection is like an icing on the cake. This combined with the productivity boost and usefulness of Libra makes it a great accessory. However, it is only available for an iPad so that is a limitation.

Source – Kickstarter

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