• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Buy it for the convenience

    I wasn't planning to purchase this keyboard because I already own the Bluetooth keyboard but after forgetting to bring it along to my business trips, I decided to invest in this product.

    It does take awhile to get use to it but after typing long articles, it becomes very familiar and you will eventually type as fast as your standard keyboard. Even folding takes a while to get use to and I yet to efficiently stand the iPad up with the folds where the keyboard it behind the iPad. I notice that the angle it produces with the keyboard folded back is also a lot steeper too.

    The only complaint I have is if you are not careful picking the iPad up with the cover fully open, the magnetic might come off (due to the weight of the cover) and the whole cover falls to the ground. Hopefully it's shock proof.

    Definitely purchase this for the convenience and piece of mind that you have a keyboard for rapid typing at anytime.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Skeptic turned cheerleader

    Although I may be first to buy "new" technology, I don't walk the bleeding edge. I purchased the iPad Pro because it seemed more of an evolutionary technology rather than radical.

    So keyboards. I have four Bluetooth keyboards in my closet that I attempted to use with my iPad Air 2. One just stopped working, one would only pair occasionally with Bluetooth and the remaining two were just clunky - not something that you'd want to carry around all day. Not something that you'd want your neighbors to see you carrying.

    This keyboard is different. It just "fits" the iPad Pro. It doesn't take long to become accustomed to the feel of the keys and it's superior to any iPad keyboard that I have used to date. A terrific product that enhances the iPad experience.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent keyboard

    Before buying this I checked out reviews and I was undecided between buying this or the cheaper Logitech Create Keyboard. On seeing them in person the Logitech just seemed the wrong choice, it may be cheaper but it effectively turned the iPad into a laptop, which defeats the point. The Smart Keyboard is lighter and yes it doesn't add protection to the back of the iPad pro it is actually a better keyboard. It feels good when typing and unfolds in seconds, the keyboard can be detached in seconds, unlike the Logitech which takes some effort to snap out of the case. Many of the reviews say the keys on the Smart Keyboard are too noisy, that is rubbish. I bought the silicone case to protect the back. This adds a bit of weight to the iPad Pro, but not as much as Logitech Create does. The only thing I can criticise is the price, but I am not going to mark down my rating because of this, I feel I actually paid for what I have purchased. It's a great keyboard.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple was asleep when making this one.

    Not sure what Apple was thinking when they came up with this one. Like previous reviewers have mentioned, there's lack of support for certain special characters resulting in making revert back to the on screen keyboard for input. There is no caps lock light. But the thing that makes me so dissipating end about this product is the cheap feel of the silicone material. It feels greasy in your hands and they slip away from using it. Not to mention that it adds a significant amount of weight to an already beast of a machine. Apple seriously wasn't paying attention when they selected the materials and finish for this case. It's just mediocre, and totally not what I've come to expect from them. Also what's with this charcoal grey case color? It's horrible! Bring the black leather cases back and skip this grey nonsense.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent addition to iPad Pro

    I bought this a few weeks ago and find it very good to excellent. It is lighter than the Logitech and matches up perfectly with the silicone case. One little missing item that I find a little troubling is the lack of an indicator that the caps lock is on. That doesn't detect from my giving it a solid five stars.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent keyboard after a couple of days...

    It took me around 2 days before getting comfortable with this keyboard. Using a the regular Apple bluetooth keyboard with the iPad Pro is better, but on the go this keyboard works well.

    Holding down the command button shows various shortcuts that are useful.

    The price is a little expensive, but it's well made and works well. I am increasingly using my iPad Pro as my daily driver at work so the keyboard case means I don't need a back pack to commute to office. The battery easily lasts through the day and all the apps that I need for office are available and work well.

    Not giving it a 5 star because it lacks backlit and limits use in low light environment. Also, at this price, the keyboard should have covered the back and front.

    This is probably the best keyboard to get with the iPad Pro because it doesn't change the iPad Pro from being a thin and portable tablet that you can also type long documents on if needed. Once you get used to it, the keyboard is indeed very good.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard

    The only thing I have against this keyboard is how hard it was to get. Typing on it is a joy. Very responsive, super lightweight, and so far very durable.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Highly Useful

    After evaluating other options, I'm pleased I selected the Smart Keyboard to pair with my IPad Pro. It functions seemlessly, is not bulky, connects easily. Three shortcomings: keyboard is not backlit, no IOS keys, no CAP Lock indicator. Overall the quality and feel of the keyboard elevates the utility of the iPad Pro. A worthy purchase.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A good, not great keyboard

    After a long enough wait, the iPad Pro Smart Keyboard finally arrived and completed the trifecta of the iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, and Smart Keyboard. My iPad Pro finally feels complete!

    The Smart Keyboard sits at a premium price, though I don't feel like the price is totally justified. You can get an Apple TV for less than this case. Price aside, this case does what is was advertised to do. It covers the screen when you are not using it and it props the iPad Pro up at one set angle when you are using it. The keyboard has good feedback for being so thin and the keyboard does not feel cramped like some mobile keyboards.

    There are some things I would like to see improved in the future. I wish it was backlit so you can type better in the dark. Squinting at the keys with the light from the screen is difficult. Also, the absence of a dedicated home button seems strange. You can do a keyboard shortcut with Cmd + Shift + H, but it is far from ideal. It also feels strange that there are not brightness, volume, or other shortcut keys. Also, the globe key on the bottom right is pointless to me. Couldn't the button be implemented on the bottom of the screen to pull up emojis or change the keyboard language? It seems weird that this key exists, especially since the copy/paste button lives on the bottom of the screen when you type.

    Overall, this is a good product even though it is expensive. It is my main case since I have it paired with the silicon case and I am happy with it. There are just some improvements I'd like to see for future iterations of this product.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    As good at being a Smart Cover as it is at being a Smart Keyboard.

    You know I was very cautious about buying this product due to some of the other reviews. As it turns out, people seem to love to hold one design concept to another, and then criticize the design under their redefinition. In use, the combination of an iPad Pro and Smart Keyboard is a legitimate lap-top alternative, but it is much more than a laptop challenge, it is a solution with significant additional abilities lap-tops do not have. Start griping about the things that are different between the iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard and your 13" MacBook Pro and you're missing the point, the advantages, and the experience.

    This device does not morph an iPad Pro into a lap-top upon connection, and thank goodness, because of the things an iPad Pro with a Smart Keyboard does better than a laptop are significant. It is better at virtually any type of media consumption, and elegantly being a traditional tablet or a tablet with physical keyboard and being both elegantly without compromise.

    Use to be buying a third-party keyboard for your iPad was about compromise. You're typically stuck in landscape mode, you have to recharge the keyboard, you can't be a tablet again without pulling the iPad out of the keyboard, you weigh a lot more, and you are very top-heavy to name a few. None of those compromises exist with the the Smart Keyboard. Being as light and thin as it is, it is the first iPad keyboard that is as good at being a Smart Cover as it is as good at being a Smart Keyboard, simultaneously. That's quite a feat. So just do what you want in either configuration, and don't pay a compromise for the ability to transition.

    Finally, for trips within North America, this is generally all I need, and it does a number of things better than my laptop. I'm sitting in the C Terminal in Charlotte at the moment waiting for a connecting flight, and the iPad Pro and Smart Keyboard are in my lap and I'm banging away on this thing like any laptop. When I get on the plane, the iTunes .99 cent documentary I downloaded for the trip will be better on this device sitting in the Smart Keyboard as a stand will be a great movie experience. Deploying the keyboard is amazingly easy, and the typing experience is superb, and within a breath of my MacBook. The angle while unadjustable is at the correct angle, and using it as a tablet without keyboard is easy, and you don't feel like you want to detach it.

    Well done Apple.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Best iPad keyboard I've used, but compromises

    Where this keyboard wins and wins big is in a combination of portability and usability. It's not as light as the neoprene Smart Cover, but it's close, and it's way less heavy and clunky than any Logitech or other brand keyboard I've tried. Further, since the connection to the iPad is physical, there is none of the flakiness you experience with blue tooth. You can just fold the Smart Keyboard out and go. When you don't have the keyboard in typing position, the onscreen keyboard appears which is exactly what I want in that mode. Finally, the actual physical keys are a nice size and make touch typing MUCH easier than the onscreen keyboard. So the overall design greatly facilitates on the go quick typing as well as more in depth typing.

    However, there are drawbacks. The most critical to me is the fact that when you use the keyboard on your lap, it tends to bounce around a bit leading to less accurate typing. The bounce is a direct result of the hinging that makes the keyboard so portable and convenient, so the source of my praise in the first paragraph is also the source of my greatest disappointment. Another drawback is the single angle available for the iPad with this keyboard. For really extended typing sessions it can lead to poor posture and fatigue. Key travel is limited, but I have no real issue with that. In fact, I find it makes typing faster.

    Overall, I strongly recommend the accessory. It's a pretty usable keyboard that you'll be able to easily carry with you as a default option. You just need to keep in mind that what makes it so good as a super portable keyboard also has its compromises.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't decide between 4 and 5 stars

    Overall I'm very impressed. This keyboard is much better then the Logitech. I really like the fit and feel of the keys. Typing on this really is fantastic, the keys are the right size and the movement is just right. I think the best part is the size of the keys, they aren't too small. I bought the iPad pro to replace my laptop and so far I'm happy with the performance for my needs. I don't like that when closed the piece of the case on the bottom is now touching my iPad screen, I tend to take this to Starbucks and those tables are dirty thus getting dirt on my screen. I like that it's waterproof. I'm sure this will come in handy sometime in the future.

    I wish it had:
    Media Keys(volume)
    Led backlighting
    Multiple screen angles
    Less clumsy hinge design
    Apple Pencil Holder
    Home button

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Good keyboard

    This is a good keyboard! Love it!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredibly disappointing, missing major features and support

    Okay, it helps the iPad Pro resemble a Mac and the tactile feedback is better than the on-screen keyboard.

    But, (1) there's only one support article about using it, (2) there is no support info about how to generate characters like the cents (¢), em dash (—), bullet (•), or ellipsis (…) without reverting back to the on-screen keyboard.

    This is an incredibly disappointing product released by Apple at a premium price with woefully insufficient support.

    I bought mine with a credit card that allows a 90 day return period and I'm seriously considering returning this product back to Apple.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Scratches the screen!

    The case adds a little bit of weight which is fine but one major flaw is that the protective felt that rests on the screen when the case is closed is the same part that rests on the desk, ground, carpet or wherever you use the keyboard, my first thought was that it will pick up dust and eventually scratch the screen.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    This one is definitely better than the Logitech one!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple vs Logitech - Apple Keeps feel of tablet

    Apple Smart Keyboard vs Logitech Create Backlit Keyboard Case for iPad Pro

    I bought both to try for a month or so. I'll be returning the Logitech Create Keyboard and keeping the Apple Smart Keyboard

    Neither is perfect. Though the Logitech might be slightly better in terms of typing experience, the Apple Smart Keyboard is something you can definitely grow into. The Logitech Create certainly isn't Logitech's best keyboard in terms of typing comfort and is still a compromise compared with a laptop with a good keyboard.

    The main reason I've kept the Apple Smart Keyboard is because it keeps the iPad Pro as a tablet. The Logitech turns the iPad Pro into a laptop. Despite other reports, it is actually fairly easy to rip the iPad Pro out of the Logitech Keyboard Case but having to do so repeatedly to turn it back into a tablet or to more easily take a photo (documents etc) is quite annoying and galling. It is relatively easy and effortless to tear the iPad Pro away from the Apple Keyboard and instantly turn it back into a tablet.

    The Logitech is also much heavier.

    The combination of iPad Pro and Logitech Keyboard case comes in at 1.45kg vs 1.05kg for the iPad Pro Apple Smart Keyboard combination. You certainly feel the difference. One feels like you can carry it everywhere in the workplace and the other feels like a laptop.

    If you pick up the combination by the end of the keyboard, the Logitech often disconnects from the keyboard portion leaving the iPad Pro flailing solely attached to the back cover. The iPad Pro + Apple Smart combination is surprisingly much sturdier if you just pick up the keyboard almost certainly due to the rolled triangular back support.

    Yes there are cons to the Apple device, no backlighting or shortcut keyys and it only comes in one bland grey colour.

    So there you have it, if you want to turn your iPad Pro into a laptop, then the Logitech is the way to go with the slightly better typing experience, backlighting and shortcut keys. The Logitech Create shares its DNA with Logitech Type + for iPad.

    I would have preferred a device modelled on the Logitech Ultrathin for iPad.

    However, if you want to keep the tablet feel of the device, if you want to be able to walk around with the device in the open position and readily be able to turn the thing back into a tablet readily and easily, if you want to be able to hold the thing up with one hand and type with the other, then you'll be able to adjust to the slightly different feel of the Apple Smart Keyboard.

    Yes the Logitech offers better protection so get a sleeve if you're going to get the Apple Keyboard.

    Apple Smart Keyboard 4/5
    Logitech Create Backlit Keyboard Case for iPad Pro 3.5/5

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Severely Flawed

    The keyboard is a nice addition to the device, but its design is severely flawed in some simple user interaction tests. Because the keyboard puts you further away from the screen, you tend to revert to your PC keyboard habits rather than using your hand (slower and bulkier anyway). The PC habits don't all work on this keyboard though. To start with, there are no media keys on the top row to adjust volume, play/pause. Reach for the buttons! There's no way to lock the screen from the keyboard. Reach for that too. There's no way to tell if the caps lock is on or off (really, Apple!?). It is very ridiculous when a design flaw causes you to have to undo your work when you realize the caps lock was on the whole time. When unfolding, about 1/3 of the time I accidentally disconnect the iPad entirely, consequently fumbling over a thousand dollars in two hands. There's also only one angle you can prop the iPad up at and it isn't always the best if you are not interacting with the screen (point of the keyboard in the first place, right?). And forget about your pencil, it has nowhere to be stored and will be lost immediately by anyone who doesn't spend 24/7 babysitting their expensive pencil. Sorry to be so negative, but geez Apple this product is terrible.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Super awesome!

    A definite worthy buy. Although a little pricey, it is the best keyboard option for the iPad Pro, right now. The quality and material is as expected from Apple, as it is splendid. The keys are very responsive and feel great whilst typing. The size and spacing is better than expected. The weight of the keyboard is acceptably light, yet a sturdy build. I can carry the Pro and the keyboard case while open. I wouldn't wanna do it all the time but for a quick carry from table to lap, no problem.
    All in all, I am glad I got the case/keyboard...no regrets.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Smart Keyboard for IPad pro

    This Keyboard is amazing instead of taking laptop all around you it's easy to carry the IPad pro were ever you go. The keyboard feels soft In your hands. Its comfortable for everyone

    82 of 102 people found this useful