Razer on Thursday announced an iPad Pro accessory that's perfect for those of you who like to game while on the go.
It's also for those of you not in love with the iPad Pro's stock smart keyboard. Razer is offering an alternative that uses its new "Ultra-Low-Profile Mechanical Switches" in order to provide the same acuity and responsiveness found in full-size mechanical keyboards. The peripheral-maker appears keen to help Apple push the iPad Pro as a PC replacement, so it's rolling out a new compact keyboard case created just for the slate.
The Razer Mechanical Keyboard Case is cloaked in all-matte black, has a detachable polycarbonate shell with a metal kickstand, and boasts chiclet keys that require just 70 grams of force. It appears the keyboard case pairs to the iPad Pro via Bluetooth, rather than the Smart Connector, and therefore can't recharge the iPad Pro while in use. But it does have a 10-hour battery life with the backlight at maximum (or 600 hours without).
The case encompasses the entire tablet. As for its mechanical switches, they allow - in the gaming world - for better reaction time from a keypress: “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,” explained Min-Liang Tan, Razer's CEO.
“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 we’ve designed for the iPad Pro," Tan added, indicating it plans to use its new mechanical switch in other products.
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Until then, you can get Razer's new mechanical keyboard case for iPad Pro. It is releasing right now, with pricing set at $169.99 in the US or €189.99 across Europe. It's available at both Razer's online store brick-and-mortar locations.