Smart Keyboard for 9.7-inch iPad Pro

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  • Overview

    The Smart Keyboard combines an array of new technologies and materials to create a keyboard like no other. It’s incredibly portable and connects to iPad Pro with the Smart Connector, an innovative new interface that allows for a two-way exchange of power and data. Just attach the Smart Keyboard and start typing. And when you’re done it folds together to create a slim, lightweight cover.

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  • 3.0 Average
    3 out of 5 stars
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    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Exceeds all of my expectations

      I've never been compelled to write a review for an Apple Product before, despite being a loyal consumer since the first iPod Touch. However, I was seriously on I've never been compelled to write a review for an Apple Product before, despite being a loyal consumer since the first iPod Touch. However, I was seriously on the fence about this keyboard. I really loved the idea of the bigger iPad Pro when it came out last year because of the keyboard and the pencil, but the size was just too much for me so I passed it up. Now when this smaller iPad Pro was announced, I jumped at the chance to pre-order but I have been very skeptical about the keyboard. I used the larger version in the store and thought it was great, but upon receiving this one a few days ago ahead of the iPad Pro 9.7 launch, I was very hesitant. Handling it on it's own you can tell it's a quality product. It looks and feels great. The laser ablated fabric covering is fantastic and you will have no worries about ever getting any kind of gunk or grime under your keys. In theory, this keyboard should last a very long time. Though it was the size I was concerned about. I'm a writer and I can type over 90 WPM with very high accuracy, so I am extremely picky about keyboards. Bluetooth keyboards in the past have always left me disappointed, usually because of dumb pairing issues, keys being too close together, bulkiness, etc. But this.. this keyboard is totally different. I received my iPad Pro 9.7 today on launch day and I immediately popped on my Smart Keyboard. Within two minutes at BEST, I was typing full speed. Looking at it, I thought I would have to give it a little bit of force for the keys to respond accurately, but I was very pleasantly surprised that a natural, gentle touch is all you need. The keys are extremely responsive and feel great under my fingers. The keys "look" like they are too small or too tightly spaced, but I have zero issues typing on it. I am typing this review on it right now and it's amazing. For something so thin and compact, it performs just as well as a much larger (and just as expensive) desktop keyboard. It adds very little bulk and weight to the iPad Pro, certainly much less than any other competitor keyboards out there right now, and likely to remain so. With the Apple Silicone Case and the Smart Keyboard, I can still easily fit the iPad Pro in my purse, just as I did with my "old" iPad Air. As a writer who travels often, I can't say enough for how important this is to me. I no longer have to carry around a laptop bag or backpack with my MacBook Pro in it. For my needs as a writer, the new iPad Pro 9.7 with this Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil fulfill all my needs and will replace my MacBook, no question about it. I've seen and heard the gripes about it being awkward to fold, and I just want to say, it's not. It takes 30 seconds to figure out how to use it as a keyboard and as a stand, and then you're good to go. I had the same very brief learning curve the first time I got a Smart Cover for one of my iPads years ago. It's not hard and it works perfectly. Others have complained about the viewing angle. I've been using a Smart Case on my iPad Air for two years which has the same standard viewing angle and I've never had any want for more, so I don't expect it to be an issue here either. It's perfect for typing and watching videos, and if I'm playing games, the keyboard is off and the iPad Pro is in my hands anyway. The only thing I will say is that if you plan to use the Apple Pencil (which is also wonderful and the best stylus I've ever used) you may want to pick up a Smart Cover or some other option as writing on the iPad Pro upright is awkward at best, but that is neither here nor there when it comes to the Smart Keyboard. I hope this helped some of you who may be in a similar dilemma regarding the size of the Smart Keyboard. If in doubt, try it at the Apple Store. As a writer, I love it and my fingers have graced many keyboards over the years. This is hands down the best tablet keyboard I've ever used. Nothing else even comes close.

      • Written by Jennifer J from White Bear Lake

      916 of 974 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Exceeds all of my expectations

    • 4.0 out of 5 stars

      Nice Keyboard, but what's with the hump?

      I was a little scared to buy this. I used (and loved) my Logitech keyboard with my iPad 3, but I liked the idea of the Smart Connector for the iPad Pro. It' I was a little scared to buy this. I used (and loved) my Logitech keyboard with my iPad 3, but I liked the idea of the Smart Connector for the iPad Pro. It's actually a nice little keyboard. I like the feel of the keys and it's light and doesn't add much bulk. I have two complaints. First, when the keyboard is folded and being used as a cover, about 2/3 of the cover is a fat "hump" with the remaining third (the part without the keyboard) is much thinner. It doesn't impact the functionality, but it looks goofy and is a very "un-Apple" design. Second, they could have easily added a loop or pocket to this case to hold the Apple Pencil, but didn't. The pencil is very nice, but it's smooth and round with no clip (or way to add one), so I haven't figured out how to keep it "connected" to the iPad.

      • Written by DAVID F from Centerton

      691 of 743 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Nice Keyboard, but what's with the hump?

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Perfect accessory for the new 9.7 iPad Pro

      My new 9.7 iPad Pro was delivered today. I quickly realized that while the dimensions are the same as the iPad Air 2, I forgot about the 4 speakers! So, my o My new 9.7 iPad Pro was delivered today. I quickly realized that while the dimensions are the same as the iPad Air 2, I forgot about the 4 speakers! So, my old keyboard case would not work. So, off I went to the Apple Store to get the Pro Smart Keyboard. I love this keyboard. PROS: no pairing required, keys have a good tactile feel and very receptive, size of the keyboard allows for easy typing, love that it has the directional arrow keys and wake/sleep feature CONS: I wish it was flat when closed but it is less bothersome than I thought it would be; and I wish it came in more colors Review written with the Smart Keyboard and my iPad Pro 9.7

      • Written by Patricia H from Virginia Beach

      573 of 614 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Perfect accessory for the new 9.7 iPad Pro

    • 3.0 out of 5 stars

      Functionallly a great product with poor quality and execution.

      This is a product that I use on a daily basis (I'm writing this review with the keyboard) and the keys and simplicity of use are great. It is easy and comforta This is a product that I use on a daily basis (I'm writing this review with the keyboard) and the keys and simplicity of use are great. It is easy and comfortable to type documents and long emails and anything else of length where the touchscreen keyboard becomes an annoyance. The keyboard along with the Apple Pencil (which I also use daily) were the reasons that I purchased an iPad Pro. HOWEVER, within a few weeks of getting the keyboard, the plastic started to fray and come apart. The Apple Store replaced it for me, but didn't really want to. Now, I am about 10 months in on the 2nd keyboard and the plastic is fraying again. At $150 for an accessory to an already expensive iPad I would have expected an apple product to hold up much better. The keyboard still works, but it looks terrible and I use it in a professional environment and don't like the sloppy look. So far it still works, but I wonder for how long given the shape its in. Also, while the keyboard attaches by magnet it seems the magnetic connection is weakening too. So, in conclusion I love the usefulness of the product, but am very disappointed by the poor quality and the likelihood that I will have to replace it soon. Given my strong view that this should have held up better and lasted longer I don't know if I will get another one when this one fails or just looks too tattered to use at work. So much for a laptop replacement......

      • Written by Andrew P from ALLENDALE

      22 of 23 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Functionallly a great product with poor quality and execution.

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      No Longer works

      I bought my Smart Keyboard with the iPad Pro 9.7 one year ago. It's now buggy, works only some of the time and frequently get 'this device is not support' mess I bought my Smart Keyboard with the iPad Pro 9.7 one year ago. It's now buggy, works only some of the time and frequently get 'this device is not support' messages. Unfortunately, there is no warranty or fix. I use my iPad as a laptop replacement for work. I popped the Logitech keyboard on and BAM, works like a charm. I prefer the Smart Keyboard because it's light weight, acts as a cover and is easy to type on, but it's not very Smart.

      • Written by David B from ATTLEBORO

      24 of 24 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?No Longer works

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Build quality Edges/Seams Split Or Frayed.

      I don't usually bother to write reviews for products, but my disappointing experience with the 9.7in iPad Pro Smart Keyboard has prompted me to write something. I don't usually bother to write reviews for products, but my disappointing experience with the 9.7in iPad Pro Smart Keyboard has prompted me to write something. My main gripe is with the seams along the edge of the keyboard, and I'm surprised that other reviewers have not picked up on this. It can't be just me, can it? Basically, when I hold the iPad by its sides in the landscape position with the Smart Keyboard folded behind, (I presume this is an "authorized" folding position!), the edge or seam of the keyboard has split, dented and frayed. Presumably due to the side pressure from holding the keyboard. Earlier this year, the problem was so bad I went to the Apple Store for a replacement. I'm glad they were so willing to do this as it was within the one-year warranty. At the same time though, the guy in the Apple Store told me NOT to hold the iPad like that! Really? Yet another occasion when Apple is dictating how we should hold their product? #SmartkeyboardEdgeGate! Following the replacement in January I have been really careful not to put excessive pressure on the seams when I use the device, however today I couldn't believe it when I noticed THE SAME WEAR is starting to happen again in the same edge position of the keyboard! My only thoughts are to try to ask for yet another replacement, and from now on, always detach the keyboard when not in use. In my opinion this defeats the idea of having a Smart Keyboard in the first place. 2 stars because I don't have a beef about the actual keyboard feel and functionality, yes it can be a little glitchy but nothing is perfect. The lack of backlight doesn't bother me and i haven't noticed the lettering wearing off (perhaps because I'm on the replacement?). It's the poor build quality of the edge seams that's really spurred me on to write this review. Really disappointed Apple!

      • Written by Neil G from Vancouver

      2 of 2 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Build quality Edges/Seams Split Or Frayed.

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