• 4.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by James S from Oxford

    Fittingly, I write this review using the product in question.

    Excellent quality and feel out of the box, neatly presented as you would expect. Arrives essentially without instructions, which is testament to its straightforward operation – a strong magnetic connector pairs the keyboard with the iPad instantly, providing everything it requires and freeing you from any need to charge the thing independently. Both of its sanctioned positions (upright, with and without keyboard) are easy to get in and out of, and provide a solid footing and tolerable working angle.

    It’s interaction with the software (on screen) keyboard is well thought out and intuitive – the software automatically hides itself when you’re using the Smart Keyboard as you’d expect, but handily reappears when you want to use emoji etc. Hold ⌘ to view keyboard shortcuts for the current app. ⌘ + space to open Spotlight on the Home Screen makes it easy to jump to apps without needing to poke at the screen.

    I find the keyboard itself pleasant enough to type on. It certainly has more travel and click than I had anticipated considering its form. I’ve tried it out on a table, on the floor, in bed and on my lap – all painless enough, though you might expect to miss a key or two on the softer or more uneven surfaces, as the plastic construction and ‘hinged’ assemblage does have some give in it.

    All around a solid device that makes a great productivity-boosting addition to iPad Pro. A star docked for its lack of a place to put Apple Pencil, and for being a touch heavier than would be ideal. A little pricy too but, provided it lasts the test of time, a cost that I expect to be repaid by its contribution to versatility and convenience.

    29 of 30 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    What a great keyboard

    • Written by Marilee B from Highland

    It is great to use all of the time, it is very thin and easy to carry around.

    9 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Lightweight. And thin....just what I need,,Perfect for Road Warrior apps...

    • Written by Charles D from River Vale

    I juse my ipad for use while travelling. I always purchase light and thin. Thin, so that it fits in my briefcase without causing bulging that can cause files,. Letter and presenttqion paper to look old, use and gnarly. Light, so that mobility is easier during the day. PERFECT match to what I wanted..and workinig well.

    I woulld like to see a keyboard with illumination, but the existing alternatives in the market, get heavy and bulky fast... Is their someway to create a thin, light solution? Until then..keyboard ROCKS1

    14 of 20 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    tactile and compact but loss of lettering and connectivity

    • Written by Michael W from Webster

    Have been using this keyboard for over a month, and so far, the keyboard isn't bad at all with a few flaws. It types a lot better than most laptop keyboards and most thin-profiled keyboards (including some Logitech keyboards). In spite of the shallow key presses, the typing experience on this keyboard is very similar to Magic Keyboard 2's, which feels really great on fingers. In other words, the key presses on the smart keyboard are very tactile. The excellent feeling of the outset grooves on F and J keys also makes typing experience on this keyboard great at perfectly dark places. Despite that the keys are slightly closer than regular keyboards', the smart keyboard has slightly concave keys that curve around one's fingertips, allowing one to know which which keys to press without touching other keys. Thus, having closer key spacing doesn't affect one's typing speed. The keyboard is also very compact that tugs into a Pad & Quill Oxford case nicely, making this another reason to own this keyboard albeit the price. Finally, being spill proof, this keyboard will still function even after some water has been dripped all over the keys.

    Many reviews are complaining that the keyboard lacks of back lights. While back light makes keys stand out more, having back lit keys is completely useless for a touch typist, as the focus isn't on the keys but on the screen. Back lit keys additionally consumes unnecessary energy and is annoying. Instead of using back lit keys, Apple has decided to laser print the keys (this process is patented). As a result, some of the lettering is already rubbing off even after a few weeks of constant use. Basically, in a few years, the keyboard will become a letter-less keyboard--it may look elite in a way.

    The -, =, [, ], and \ keys are indeed narrower than other keys on the keyboard. Thus, as a programmer, one may find that using these keys to be more difficult.

    Others have mentioned about connectivity, so yes, when the keyboard lost connection, the keyboard needs to be reattached.

    36 of 38 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly with a third party case for the back.

    • Written by Brad A from Sherwood Park

    I originally purchased the Logitech Slim Combo as I liked the idea of having the back of the device protected and a holder for the Apple Pencil. Unfortunately it is very big and bulky and turned the iPad into more of a laptop, which I didn't want. I found a clear case for the back of the iPad Pro 10.5 on Amazon and it is made to work with the Apple Smart Keyboard. This gave me the benefit of having the lighter, sleeker Apple Smart Keyboard and having protection to the back of the Ipad without adding a lot of bulk. It's nice to be able to remove the keyboard when just using as a tablet as well.

    I haven't experienced any issues with balance when using it on my lap or on a desk. Works great and after a few uses you really get used to the keyboard.

    All in all, very happy with this keyboard. Only thing keeping it from 5 stars is the expensive price, having to purchase a case for the back of the iPad separately and not having an Apple Pencil holder (although you can use the magnet on the front of the case to attach the Apple Pencil, but it's not overly secure and can fall off fairly easily).

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what it says on the tin

    • Written by John S from Moses Lake

    For one who touch-types, and until there's some degree of tactile feedback for the on-screen keyboards, this works very well for me. I considered the Logitech alternative, but found it to be entirely too bulky for my tastes.

    Surprisingly powerful magnets (magnetic credit cards beware!). Keep in mind that this is not a case and isn't meant to be -- it's first a keyboard, secondarily, it's a multi-position stand and cover.

    Maybe a future variant would somehow include sleeve to securely hold the Pencil.

    34 of 36 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard better the Expected

    • Written by Jaime P from Dallas

    I have to say I am pretty impressed. I just changed my iPad 9.7 for the 10.5 because I wanted to have the larger screen, but not something as big as the 12.9inch.

    Right now there aren't a lot of options as far as smart connector keyboard goes. Being this said, I decided to buy the Apple version since Logitech's smart connector keyboard was sold out and I couldn't wait for it to get back on stock because I use my ipad as a laptop replacement. Also, I had the Logitech's smart connector keyboard on my older iPad and although I like most of it, the built quality wasn't great.

    So far I don't regret my decision of going for Apple's version. I think the case feels great for typing and it is extremely portable which is something really great. I do miss some things from Logitech's version, specially the function keys but I think that Apple's version has other great things like: slim design, 3 viewing options (Apple says there are only two, but actually if you put your ipad in the watching position and then set the end that doesn't have the connector in the surface you can get a drawing position at a 25º angle) and keyboard fiil.

    I think there is still room for improvement, but so far I am happy with my decision.

    - Slim Design
    - Portability
    - Quality
    - Versatility

    - Price (too expensive)
    - No iluminated keys
    - No function keys
    - No protection for iPad backside

    41 of 44 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice keyboard for the size.

    • Written by Kelly M from Colchester

    Recently purchased a logic lighted keyboard and I was not pleased with the bulkyness/ and weight. Having the keys light up is very cool.. However, I exchanged that and purchase the smart key board with a case for the back. I do like the weight and the feel of the keyboard. My fingers seem to do better with the apple Smart Keyboard versus the logic. The keyboard seems to be made of a mesh type material, which I think makes it about spill proof. Only draw back is that the keyboard does not light up and that's the only reason I rated this a 4 and not a 5. Although I do prefer the lighted keyboard, I am pleased I returned it for the Smart Keyboard. The keyboard does lay flat. The iPad is steady whey on the stand.

    18 of 21 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Much better than the 9.7

    • Written by Blake O from Thibodaux

    I liked the one for the 9.7, but I feel that the quality is better on the 10.5 one. The magnets are stronger, the cover itself feels firmer, and there's no annoying line on the screen where the keyboard folds down.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Be patient

    • Written by Linda B from Little Neston

    It took me a while to get to grips with how the keyboard connected to the iPad. After reading the first review and going online it became apparently clear. It is a bit like origami, but I was please it did everything I wanted; keyboard, proctecting the screen and separate charging i.e you do not have to charge it.

    The keyboard feels nice on the fingertips! Probably not something you think about, but when I'm in thought, I run my fingers over the keys - the equivalent to a fidget spinner or comfort blanket.

    The first review mentions there is nowhere for the pen to go, I agree it doesn't have it's own little pocket, but it does stick to the back of the keyboard when covering the screen or when you are using the keyboard you can tuck it behind the iPad in the triangle bit that holds up the iPad. I wish I could put up a picture up to show you.

    It's lightweight; slips into my handbag and can use it on the go, doesn't add much to weight to my bag like a normal laptop. I've used Logitech before which is a heavier but still great, however I think I prefer this. The proof is in the pudding and how long it will last for the amount of money I have paid.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not perfect but one of the best

    • Written by Lee S from Singapore

    Have always used Logitech products. Rarely disappointed by them. The same goes for this one. Those who criticize this product are those who expect everything out of a product (perfect design and a low cost). There is no such thing! When you have a full solid cover, detachable backlit keyboard, a kickstand that articulates a wide range of angles in landscape mode (can stand in portrait mode as well) , additional row of function buttons, there would be compromises in terms of weight and size. I can't find another keyboard that offers all these at this price (even though it's not cheap, but still cheaper than Apple's). Frankly, the trick is to know how to place it on your lap to type. Given any other laptop on your lap, you will still complain about the impossible amount of heat generated from your laptop. But iPad doesn't have this problem at all! I'd rather try to find the best position to balance it on my lap than to suffer from the impossible amount of heat generated by laptop. I didn't regret buying this over Apple's version.

    3 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as advertised

    • Written by Anthony C from Kissimmee

    The cover is what it is. Its ultra-thin, and allows you to type leaving the screen real-estate for apps. Is it perfect, No. But this is the real world, and nothing is perfect. Does it balance convenience with function? Yep! sure does! so in my book the Smart Keyboard is a winner and a keeper

    10 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    The perfect complement to your iPad Pro

    • Written by Bradley C from Papillion

    This is Apple's case that they want everyone to use. It's an evolution on their Smart Cover if you have ever used one. The keys actually feel pretty good, better than the keys on the 9.7" iPad Pro even though you think it wouldn't make a difference. I love the soft cloth type material that lays against the screen. Call me crazy but I think it helps wipe smudges off the screen when I close it. The stand is also surprisingly stable, I can push on any part of the screen and it doesn't wobble. It also sticks to the desk decently well and doesn't slide around. It has a small footprint when it's open. It also works well sitting Indian style (my favorite seated position), seated at a desk and when sitting on a couch. It does not work as well when laying in bed though due to it's fixed angle. I found that the angle works in most places but it just doesn't when laying down. I found myself holding it to get the perfect angle. The keyboard also has the option of folding around to the back of the case when you want to use the iPad like an iPad instead of like a laptop. Overall, the case looks good and functions well. It shows off the beautiful design of the iPad and doesn't add much weight. I do wish that they made an option with leather or gave us color choices to the keyboard. There is no backlighting but that doesn't bother me that much. I've known the keyboard for most of my life and all the keys are where they should be, if you need to look down the light from the iPad screen is enough to see them. The keys sit close to the screen and you can easily reach up and touch the screen while using the keyboard. There is no Apple Pencil holder, it would be so easy to add it somewhere but they want you to buy the sleeve. However, using the Apple Pencil was a joy when you can just fold the cover back or just pop it off. I just used an old Microsoft Surface Pen Loop (ironic?) on my iPad to hold the pen. It's the perfect case for someone who wants to use the iPad as a tablet with a keyboard.

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Better than the only other option (to date)

    • Written by Laura S from Chicago

    Tried the Logitech Slim Combo first -- see my review of that product for description of what - for me- are fatal flaws. Tried this one next: it importantly succeeds where the Logitech fails. This one attaches to the iPad with strong magnets when open and when closed - the opposite of the Logitech disconnected halves that never close securely.

    Would like some back protection (thin!) and backlight - but as better of two options on the market to date, this one wins. Either way, i *am* hooked on Smartconnector (both Logitech and Apple have this) - no need to charge the keyboard separately.

    If Apple could work out backlighting and perhaps provide a very thin silicone back cover option, this would be the clear winner.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic accessory!

    • Written by John B from Park City

    The iPad Pro 10.5" and Smart Keyboard work extremely well together. I find the keyboard easy and efficient to use despite having large hands. Response time is immediate and I am completely impressed with the function of the keyboard. The only reason I did not give five stars is because the folding/unfolding process is a bit unwieldy. I'm sure I will become more proficient at it with more use, but it is a bit clumsy when setting up and folding. Otherwise, this is a outstanding tool that definitely expands ability to use an iPad for more things.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Great, Just a little pricey

    • Written by Kelly F from Brentwood

    Bought my new iPad Pro 10.5 today along with the Smart Keyboard. I'm not sure what the issue is for the folks who have put negative reviews on here stating the keyboard doesn't lay flat. This works perfectly for me. It is totally flat when I have it sitting on a table or desk. When I have the keyboard totally folded up and behind the iPad in a triangle the way a normal Smart Cover works, it has an added benefit of making the iPad stand up a little straighter than a regular Smart Cover. This is good for FaceTime. I wish the price was a little lower of course hence my 4 star rating, but this product is designed well and works well.

    8 of 9 people found this useful