• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Overpriced garbage

    The only reason I kept this keyboard is that it doesn't require bluetooth to operate, so it works as an emergency backup on an aircraft or when an internet signal isn't available--but so can the device's own integrated keyboard. It's never my first choice. That would be the attractive $40 case/keyboard combo I found elsewhere. The keyboard's tactile feel is unpleasant and awkward. As a 'case' it's worthless because the back of the device isn't covered so it's no more protected from damage than it would be if you secured a piece of cardboard over the glass with a rubber band. It's a massive pain to even install the stupid thing on the device. Completely unintuitive and badly engineered. Finally, the color is the most unattractive grey and the texture is a cheap-feeling rubber. $184 with tax for something that feels like garbage, doesn't even protect the device, and looks terrible.

    30 of 47 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Keyboard works good but.......

    I got this iPad pro as a gift and I love it, let me start by saying the actual keyboard works pretty smooth BUT the case in itself just comes off so often it is so frustrating!!! Also the magnet part is not strong enough so you have to try and connect it at least 3 times before it actually works. Last but not least for the price of this cover I would have expected it to cover the entire iPad. It does not cover the back or the sides/edges at all!!!

    This case is frustrating none the less but I guess yeah the keyboard works.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Better than I though, but not perfect.

    Let me preface this review by saying that upon watching reviews and reading about the smart keyboard before using it I immediately wrote it off as something that I did not want to waste money on and that I would not like. However after ordering it and using it I have come around to actually liking it.

    $169 is a lot to spend on a keyboard that lacks specific functionality that other keyboards/cases come with standard. I'm talking about things like adjustable viewing angles, backlights keys, iOS function keys, and overall protection. As with most things though you can't have your cake and eat it too. Before using this case I had my iPad Pro in the Zagg slim book keyboard case. While it was nice to have a suitable laptop replacement that had all of the aforementioned things the smart keyboard does not it added considerable heft and bulk making it larger and heavier than a 15'' MacBook Pro. This felt like it defeated the purpose of having an iPad and had me contemplating getting the new MacBook instead. I returned the slim book and decided to give the smart keyboard a try, given I had heard some good things about it.

    I heard one reviewer say that the smart keyboard is something Steve Jobs would never have let off of the drawing board and I wholeheartedly agree. It's somewhat unwieldy and unintuitive and not in the usual style of Apple products I have come to expect. It is however a very good balance between the slim and light profile I was looking for in a keyboard case and giving me some of the functionality of a laptop replacement. Although it does not protect the back (I just bought a sleeve that I put this in when not using it) and lacks things like backlighting Its portability and smart connector integration more than make up for it. Typing on it is also something that is an acquired taste but actually really good once you get used to it.

    While I wish more time and thought had been put into the overall design of the keyboard and inclusion of some features like backlit keys and iOS function keys had been included I think this is the best keyboard you are going to find that really keeps the slim profile and portability that the iPad was meant to have without having to sacrifice too much in the way of functionality.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horribly Inconsistent

    When I first got my iPad pro, Smart Keyboard, and Apple Pen, I was most excited about the keyboard. I loved that you could use OS X keyboard shortcuts like "command + tab" to switch apps and "command + space" to pull up the search view.

    Unfortunately now I've come to realize that the keyboard shortcuts rarely work as intended and leave you frustrated and banging on a cheap feeling vinyl keyboard that isn't worth the money.

    THere are also times that the keyboard doesn't work at all. The iPad Pro knows that it is connected because it won't show a software keyboard but you can't type anything out using the smart keyboard. Overall, a big disappointment.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty Good

    The design overall is decidedly inelegant. Really interesting concept, but it should have stayed a concept. However, it does have advantages. For one, since the keyboard is magnetically attached to the rest of the cover, it is somewhat easy to fold the keyboard back and use the iPad like it has a regular smart cover. With the keyboard deployed the iPad is pretty stable, good enough to use on a bed or in your lap. The typing experience is phenomenal, although different from my MacBook. With the keyboard and silicon case attached the iPad is no longer light, but shedding the keyboard is easy enough. As far as software compatibility, this thing was really well thought out. A+++. I think Apple could have done a heck of a lot better, but this isn't bad at all. I'd recommend trying it at least. I am keeping mine.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard

    I bought the iPad Pro the day it came out and bought it without the keyboard, I really liked the iPad and found myself using it more and more to replace my laptop when I am on the road. I don't feel it can replace my laptop for my everyday work but it sure has stopped me from taking it when I'm on the road. But what I noticed was I was not as effective without a keyboard. So I read and read on all the different keyboards and after talking to my brother who has been using the apple keyboard from the start I decided to get the apple Keyboard.

    I put the keyboard on and was able to use it fast from the start, I love the function keys and since I have been a Mac user since 1986 I have grown use to those keys.. It sure makes getting around the iPad much better.

    There are only a few issues I have with the apple keyboard.
    1. Why don't they make a full cover and in leather I have had the leather cover that apple made for everyone of my iPad's since they started making covers and I have had all the full size iPads accpet the iPad 2.
    2. I think the price of there rubber back cover is crazy and found a nice one on Amazon for 10 dollars and it works great with the keyboard.
    3. I think the magnet is 4 weak on the bottom and the keyboard falls off to much..

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy to switch between laptop and tablet

    The iPad Pro Smart Cover has two big advantages over the Logitech CREATE. Both do a good job of converting the iPad Pro into a laptop, but the Smart Keyboard functions like the Smart Cover, making it easy to use the iPad as a tablet. The CREATE offers no easy way to do this. Secondly, the CREATE ads a lot of bulk, thickness, and weight. I also have a Smart Cover, and the Smart Keyboard feels much the same, thin and light weight.

    The iPad Pro Smart Keyboard looks a little clumsy in videos, but folding it into its type, watch, and cover configurations quickly becomes second nature.

    I get it that backlighting is very important to some, but if you can touch-type, it’s not a big deal.

    The top row of function keys were designed for OS X and are not really necessary in iOS. Each program has a row of relevant buttons onscreen. The lack of a dictate key is troublesome though. There is a cumbersome workaround that involves bringing up the onscreen keyboard so you can access its dictate key. A nice solution would be to provide a Shortcut for it. (Please Apple.)

    With its large screen, Split View, Smart Keyboard, and Apple Pencil, the iPad Pro is the complete package.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disapointed in this product

    I just bought and return this keyboard today on Valentine's Day. First off the key stoke is good and that's about it. It comes in a one color and it doesn't even cover the back of the iPad pro. For the price I think it should have at least cover the whole iPad. While I was in the Apple Store one of the associates showed me another keyboard by Logitech which I exchange the apple keyboard for that one. I love it! First product by Apple that I was disappointed in.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    The move to a different smart keyboard

    I initially purchased the iPad Pro with the Logitech keyboard. The Apple customer representative demonstrated both keyboards to me in the Apple Store and said that they were both equal sellers. The Logitech was slightly cheaper in price, but I viewed it as a one-stop purchase for both keyboard and protection. The keyboard and its case provided a complete wrap around protection for the iPad, whereas, the Apple keyboard came in two parts if you wished for a total wrap around. I liked the Logitech at first. It provided a sturdy feel of a true keyboard. It was solid, it had some nice additional function keys along the top row, and the feature I enjoyed most was the backlit keyboard. That certainly helped in low lit environments. However, with all that said, within my two week period to return a product, I realized that it added a lot of extra weight to the iPad Pro. I also realized that although the extra row of features were a nice touch, I didn't personally use them often. Reviewing online again about the keyboards, there are mixed feelings about both of them. The reviews on the Logitech was similar to mine about the weight, and also that it had lag issues with the iPad (I didn't experience this) and that there was a firmware fix with the next iOS. Before my two weeks ended, I exchanged the Logitech for the Apple keyboard. Sure, there are some oversights, such as the backlit keys, the additional function keys, and that it doesn't lay flat because the iPad Pro pulls backwards on it because of its size, but I don't feel that I lost functionality. Sure, in the long run I had to buy both the keyboard and the back case for full protection and paying slightly more, but as always, I ended up with a total Apple solution.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice keyboard, but software bugs

    Keys are nice and it is a high quality product. But there are some software bugs.
    Sometimes it's not possible to enter my Passcode with it. After i unlocked my iPad, some shortcuts didn't work (cmd+tab, cmd+h).
    I would say the chance after the ipad is locked is 30% that the input failed on code enter.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Very good quality, but flawed

    I use mine to type all the time as it ois way faster than a touchscreen keyboard for me and the setup is just more confortable for me. The build quality is on par with Apple usual products and the keys feel nice to the touch and the keyboard is responsive until you try the keyboard shortcuts. I have bought this in the first place for the typing, but secondly for the shortcuts availables that would in theory make you fly thru apps and increase multitasking and productivity like never before, but honeslty i am not impressed with the shortcuts. More often than not they don't work and I simply stopped trying to use them wich is a big issue. I would not recommend this keyboard to anybody and the only reason I gave three stars is because of the build quality.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great typing with superb portability!

    As I think several reviewers here have done so far, I am writing this with the Smart Keyboard. I love the feel, the light weight and how sleek it is when in cover mode. I truly do prefer its thinness over having backlit keys, but I wonder if Apple could make a future version with a type of glow-in-the-dark coating for the keys (just the symbols in the center of each key) so that you could get a hint of lit up keys when typing in the dark. One thing that has me very excited is, in testing iOS 9.3 public beta, I can see that Apple is adding a great deal of keyboard support to make it feel much more like navigating a Mac with the keyboard when using this with the iPad Pro. I can't wait to see the iPad Pro and Smart Keyboard features down the road just by updating iOS!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Keyboard Cover - More Colors Would be Nice

    The Smart Keyboard is a fantastic product and a wonderful feat of engineering. The performace and tactile feel of the keyboard is wonderful and quite incredible considering how incredibly thin the product is. I have read comments by other reviewers saying that the iPad is awkward to use with this keyboard on the lap because the whole setup feels off-balance. As a college student, I use my iPad Pro with this keyboard in my lap quite frequently in lecture halls and in meetings, and I have never had this problem. Even when sitting at angles with the iPad Pro leaning further back than normal, I have never had the feeling that the iPad was in danger of tipping over. I would highly recommend this keyboard to anyone interested in an external keyboard for his or her iPad Pro.

    My only criticism of this product is that it comes only in one color. With the iPad Air and iPad Mini covers coming in a plethora of colors, I find it incredible that Apple only offers one color of keyboard for its flagship iPad model. I don't see how it would be asking the impossible to manufacture the keyboards in at lest two or three other colors to allow iPad Pro users options to express their personalitites through their device accessories. I also believe that the silicone cases and smart covers for the iPad Pro should also be made in a wide array of colors comparable to the large selection of covers and cases for the iPad Air and iPad Mini, but I've voiced those grievences in additional reviews.

    All in all, this is a great product. I simply wish I could get it in another color, preferably navy...

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Keys are dying

    I've had my Smart Keyboard for less than one week and the keys are dying. First the negative key, then the plus key, now the space bar. I called apple and there is no problem exchanging it but I would have hoped that may they would have tested it a little more. I'm hoping that this one is just a lemon. I waited over a month to get it so I am going to try to just take it to the local Apple Store, who is suppose to have them in stock and exchange it.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    After 35 years of computing, my favorite keyboard of all time.

    Yes, the review about the lack of a caps lock indicator is true, as is the (lack) of ability to activate voice in iMessage, but I still find myself loving the keyboard. I make virtually no typing errors on it, and it's proximity to the display makes the combination of a keyboard and the touch screen really work. With my other iPads, I used several aftermarket keyboards and typically abandoned them in a short time. I love this one, and hope that the shortcomings will be resolved soon in software.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Outrageously good. Made me fall in love with my iPad pro

    I'm wildly passionate about this keyboard. It's incredible. I was thinking about sending back my iPad pro before I got this. This is an amazing product. It brings the iPad pro to a higher level. The typing action is amazing. I find myself typing as fast or faster than I do on my MacBook Air. The keyboard shortcuts are an incredible bonus. There are many iOS apps that now support keyboard shortcuts and this helps you take advantage of it.

    It's very stable as well. For example, I'm typing this in bed and it's resting perfectly on my legs. I've used it on the couch in my lap, works great. I can't think of anything that I would change about this keyboard. It's an incredible piece of hardware.

    I permanently use it as my iPad cover. It's remarkably thin. I use the matching color iPad case to cover the back of the iPad. I'm not sure what the possible appeal could be of a case by another manufacturer. Also, I can't imagine having the iPad pro without this keyboard. I use my iPad mainly for business. There are some days when I never turn on my laptop.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Better than expected

    From a lot of the reviews I read, I wasn't sure if I'd like this keyboard. I have to say I really like the feel of the keys, and enjoy the unexpected "clickiness" of them. I wish there was a row for function keys (brightness, search) but the way it's designed wouldn't' really allow for that. The good thing is technically there are hardware keys on the iPad itself for some of these controls (volume, Home), so that was possibly the thinking in omitting them. What's funny is I find myself using keyboard shortcuts more on the iPad than on my Mac, and finding some tasks are faster for me now. The lack of a mouse or trackpad makes me use these commands more often.

    The main negative I find is that the cover is a little cumbersome in how you have to fold it. It feels like an excercise in Origami to unfold it the way you want. It's a shame Apple didn't put a kickstand on the device, because it forces case and keyboard makers to come up with these fold designs to get everything in the right place, and they can be a bit ungainly.

    The other negative is the added weight. Compared to just the Smart Cover, you can feel the difference.

    Overall a nice solution to needing a keyboard on you at all times.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't listen to the haters....This is a fantastic "keyboard"

    Love at first use. This keyboard is amazing. Yes, it does only cover the front, but so what. Yes, there is no holder for the pencil, but, so what. Yes, there may be some functionality glitches, but again, so what. This Smart "KEYBOARD" for iPad Pro rocks. Apple only promised us a keyboard, and that's what this is. The whiners probably shake their birthday cards for money before they read them, so sad. This is by far the best peripheral keyboard I've ever used in terms of feel and accuracy. Oh, and the feel/look of the materials/design is far from cheap, as mentioned in some other reviews. They nailed it, AGAIN!! Thanks Apple. Bottom Line - Drop the coin and don't look back. This keyboard will transform your iPad Pro into a monster of mayhem.(in a good way). Cheers!!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it

    Well made nice to use as has been said before a little on the expensive side but better than the Logitech version.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Expensive but Worth It

    I wouldn't want my new iPad Pro to get damaged in any way....so I went for both the Smart Keyboard and the iPad Pro Silicone charcoal gray case. I had to order my keyboard because stock levels were very low after the holidays but it only took a couple weeks and shipping was free. I found the Silicone back case at my local Best Buy store. The case is easy to install and looks and operates perfectly. I feel much happier now that I know my new iPad Pro is protected. I spent about $160 for both of these add ons. So, with the iPad Pro, Apple Care, the keyboard cover and back side case AND the pencil ....it's getting pricy. But I am very happy with the total Apple brand package....the other iPad Pro keyboard Logitech case seemed to be a lower quality option. It just didn't have the look and feel of the Apple product. Now I am waiting for my pencil to arrive, apparently it will also take a couple weeks. All and all this total package is one hot iPad. Thanks Apple!

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