Recently, I switched from using laptops to desktops, in fact I switched from using Windows OS to Mac OS, but that is something that I will talk about in a later blog. The main reason that I switched to using a desktop was because it dawned on me, I hardly ever actually used my laptop away from my desk. However, I am a student so I do need to have some sort of device for taking notes. My decision was to buy a tablet.
I chose to buy a 16GB iPad Air 2 (£349.00 from Currys) and a Logitech Type + case (£44.99 from Currys). So this is a regular tablet with a keyboard case, not a 2 in 1. I have now been using this as a laptop replacement for just over 3 months. My primary use for this device is media consumption such as Netflix and light work such as editing Word documents.
This tablet is primarily designed for media consumption and for this it works great! It’s extremely quick and flicks between apps brilliantly, thanks to the Apple A8X processor and the 2GB of RAM. The speakers are good; they are clear and can reach a decent volume. I’d prefer it if they were front facing as this would provide a more immersive experience when listening to music or watching movies. It would also add more functionality to the one and a half inch thick bezels. The iPad has a 9.7 inch LED-backlit IPS LCD screen. I found the screen to be very clear and it reaches a good level of brightness. One thing that I noticed is that the screen has a black border around this which is much more noticeable on the silver version of the device due to the white bezels. If this is something that would bother you I would recommend getting the “Space Grey” version as this has black bezels so it will be less noticeable.
When working, I find the Logitech Type + case is great if you are working at a desk. However, trying to type with it on your lap is quite uncomfortable due to the fact that you have nowhere to rest your hands. The function keys on the keyboard are really useful. It has buttons for: Home, all apps, Siri, search, internet search, on screen keyboard, screenshot, previous, play/ pause, next, mute, volume down, volume up and lock the screen. Obviously when your keyboard is also a case you shouldn’t expect the best keyboard in the world but for what it is, I would happily recommend this. The keys are a good quality and it connects to the iPad via Bluetooth very quickly. Also, in the whole time that I’ve had this case I have not once had to charge it, so I can’t say how long the battery lasts on average, but it is good.
I find for working this would be a definite secondary device. This is due to the lack of trackpad or mouse. I don’t like navigating a document via touchscreen, I find it to be to fiddly, for example if I want to highlight a sentence, it can be quite difficult to get exactly what I want highlighted first time. I would not recommend this as a replacement for all the computers you own, it wasn’t designed for this, so I imagine this would only be a viable option for very few people. But as a ultra-portable semi 2 in 1 that you would use for things like YouTube and Word, I could recommend this. However, if you are looking for a 2 in 1 to use as your primary device I would say to perhaps look elsewhere.
If you have any thoughts or questions on this, let me know in the comments.