My first iPad was the first-generation iPad mini, released by Apple in late 2012. I still remember how amazing it was on your screen (unless I was Retina, even though I already enjoyed that burglary on my iPhone 4s), the compact it was (7.9 inches, just one hand total), and how good it was to watch YouTube videos and study with her.
Looking back, I wouldn't mind using it as a tool to work, just for fun. The idea has also been on my next iPad, the iPad Air 2, which I still have a love for and use to access websites and play music, just like that iPad mini. But when I got the third-generation iPad Pro (this 2018 one) I never considered using it for Netflix as well as using the Internet, but as an input tool in my industry.
But for iPad Pro (2018) alone, if you want to use it for performance, it doesn't help much in terms of function, so I also took Smart Keyboard Folio and the second-generation Apple Pencil, which is a keyboard and stylus-specific model in this model. However they came to IPOS with an upgraded file manager and the opportunity to use external mice to navigate the interface, and started looking for a case that, in addition to the keyboard, I installed the trackpad.
There are no specific iPad Pro accessories that combine the two, and underneath that is built into its key by Spanish QWERTY. He said it was only a matter of time until producers were encouraged to submit their proposals. The Dook boys came with their own Smartdock
Doqo smartdock: touch down
Doqo received money for Smartdock through the Kickstarter platform, to receive over $ 160,000 of the $ 10,000 needed to start the project, with over a thousand donors and the next few days before the end of the campaign.
The device consists of aluminum "housing" which includes a keyboard, a touchpad with physical touch, a 4,300 mAh battery to operate as The energy bank and a few ports, among which we get SD and Micro SD card readers, USB sockets and HDMI outlets. Its design is reminiscent of the MacBook, and is that if we put an Apple laptop near Smartdock We will see that they are very similar.
He Smartdock The DoX I sent you has a QWERTY structure in North American English, that is, with the exception of Ñ and the small "Enter" key, and other symbols that have been modified respectively. This is not a problem for those who are used to typing without looking at the keyboard, because the Ñ is in place. Also In a Kickstarter campaign, the company reports that there is a version with Spanish keyboard QWERTY.
The model they sent me also doesn't include a battery, so it won't prove its effectiveness.
Keyboard, trackpad and mixed feelings
Communication of Smartdock Doqo with iPad Pro is made on a USB-C port. The USB-C cable at the height of the port is connected to the housing. It is required for all ports and other equipment to operate. On the other hand it is a good point because we do not need to be aware of how much battery charge will be left over.
Putting an iPad Pro in the hole is super easy. Where I saw the most difficulty was when you took it out. And even though there is a wrap around the left edge of the lid you should use some force to remove the tablet.
Used Smart Keyboard Foliothey were a line of multimedia buttons is something I appreciate. I find it much easier to add and decrease the volume with keyboard shortcuts than pressing the iPad's virtual buttons or opening the Control Center to control you. The same is true for light and playback / pause content.
Another interesting point of the keyboard is that it is backlit, a feature that people are accustomed to working at night or in low light conditions they can appreciate. However, I just started working with her Smartdock I found out several features I didn't like.
The first is that you must press firmly and center of the registration keys. I've noticed this mostly in other characters, but especially in the space bar. I usually use it with a thumbprint, pressing on the side (my desktop keyboard overlay confirms) and I've never had a problem, but with Doqo 90% of the time the submission is unregistered, leaving a few words apart supercalifragilisticospialidoso.
You must press the buttons firmly in the center to register
The second is track track. Its size is generous, similar in size to the included MacBook Pro. It also allows physical touch on its face to carry out screen capture type commands or access multitasking. However, its quality is not as high as that of Apple's laptop. If finger movements are fast, they work well, but if we look at accuracy we will find inconsistencies and they are true lag.
Another thing that annoys me the most on the trackpad is that interrupts while typing on the keyboard. In many cases the letters begin to be presented several lines above, as if they were intentionally pressed onto the trackpad. This didn't happen to me when I turned off the mouse function from the accessibility settings.
When the door is closed, the iPad Pro automatically locks, such as the MacBook and Smart Keyboard Folio. However, I often found myself lifting the lid of many screenshots, which leads me to think that you have "woken up" from time to time and somehow made the trackpad act pick up.
Hub and ports: everything we could possibly want
The greatest beauty of all Smartdock The number of ports they overlap. It has all the features we may need: two USB-C (Power Delivery and Standard), two USB-A, Micro SD card readers and HDMI. To set the "but", it may include a headphone jack for headphones.
Its effectiveness is good.. Any external storage devices I have connected are monitored without any problems, as was the HDMI result. Managing files and connecting a device to an external monitor is much easier with iPadOS as well Smartdock.
I was expecting an iPad Pro extension like Smartdock from Doqo. Many might see the point because it "converts" it into a MacBook, presumably advising the purchase of an Apple laptop if it requires a "real" keyboard and trackpad.
The problem with the MacBook is that they don't have a touch screen, and as a result I was unable to use the Apple Pencil, an add-on that I introduced to my studies and other activities. Therefore, i Smartdock It includes the best in the world: the touchscreen for iPad and laptop items.
However, this writing has made me a series of mixed feelings for all the failures I have been referring to throughout this review. I think that's a good idea, but that it still has to be mature, and since the project is still on Kickstarter I think it's time to improve it. That, or that my unit arrived for something to be touched.
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