• 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.

    36 of 57 people found this useful

  • 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.

    78 of 91 people found this useful

  • 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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    iPad Pro Keyboard doesn't meet Apple's usual standards

    The keys are good, but the keyboard doesn't lay flat. I just got it today. Maybe it will settle down after I use it some more. I don't recall the one in the Apple Store having this problem, but the keyboard flaps up and down as you type. I was really excited about getting this keyboard, but now am sadly disappointed.

    I guess it is time for a trip to the Apple Store to see if mine is defective.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A flexible and imperfect product

    After waiting 5 weeks for delivery, the Smart Keyboard arrived a few days ago. After using it for a couple days, I have found it to be easy to use overall, adding little weight to the iPad Pro. The fact that it is also a Smart Cover is great to solve two problems with one solution. Nice work. After some getting used to, I am now able to easily manipulate the cover to be in keyboard mode or flip it back over to be the cover or to stand up to view videos. So, for positives, it is light, flexible and easy to use.

    On a negative front, the lack of mobile friendly keys on the keyboard is a huge miss. We have Control and Option but no Home or Spotlight Search keys. While I am up to speed on the keyboard shortcuts from Mac and the ones for Home and Find on this device, I cannot understand why Apple would include Mac OS keys on a keyboard that is used on iOS. The keys, like on the Logitech keyboard, should all be focused on the mobile user and not just a copy of the standard Mac keyboard. I am hoping that Apple fixes this with a software update in the future as it is hugely frustrating - I previously had the iPad Air with Logitech keyboard and got very used to those keys so bit of an adjustment getting used to not having it on this one.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Another Masterpiece

    This item is yet another stylish, practical and well engineered piece of kit from Apple.
    It works beautifully, looks great and folds away to just another Smart Cover which simply works.

    Well done.

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