Razer Brings Ultra Low Profile Mechanical Key Action To Apple's iPad Pro

Razer has gone and built itself a new mechanical key switch, but you won't find it implemented in any gaming keyboards for the PC, at least not right off the bat. Instead, Razer's new "Ultra-Low-Profile Mechancial Switch" will initially be outfitted into a keyboard case for Apple's iPad Pro tablet. Who would've guessed, right?

"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," says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and 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."

Razer Mechanical Keyboard Case for Apple iPad Pro

Razer says its new low profile switch features a true actuation and reset point, with presses registered with 70 grams of force. The intent is to mimic the feel of a full size mechanical plank in a slim form factor that won't add a bunch of bulk to the iPad Pro. They're also outfitted with slim chiclet keycaps with individually backlit keys boasting 20 levels of brightness levels.

Razer Mechanical Keyboard Case for Apple iPad Pro - Back

They detachable keyboard case as a whole is made from polycarbonate with a metal kickstand to boot. Razer says it's not limited to a fixed angle, so you can tilt the iPad Pro's display back in small increments for that precise viewing angle you're after.

The case connects via Bluetooth with a suggested battery life of 10 hours on a single charge with the brightness cranked all the way up, or up to 600 hours with the backlighting disabled. Not too shabby, though the relatively high $170 asking price is sure to turn some users off.

Razer's mechanical keyboard case for the iPad Pro is available now.