• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent note taker

    I have used my macbook pro around campus and while it’s a great workhorse, it’s a pain to haul around, the battery life isn’t great, and it’s a chore to use on the tiny desks we have for lectures. I tried a microsoft surface and surface pro, but the kickstand on them made it even harder to use on those tiny desks. Enter the ipad pro. The keyboard on this is short and forward, and the ipad is propped up closer to me than the back of the desk. I can easily fit this on college lecture class desks. I have never found a good device for these settings until now.

    The lack of backlit keyboards is an issue in classes where the lights are out for projectors, though. The keys can also be very loud. I have to be careful how I type when using this keyboard so I don’t disturb those around me. It’s doable, and light typing doesn’t cause keys to miss, but being used to really beating down on my keyboards, it’s annoying. I also wish they had them in different colors, but that’s not really a functional problem. Propping the ipad up with this keyboard folded back makes it unstable too. Surprisingly, you CAN use this in your lap, since the viewing angle on the ipad is so wide.

    If you are in college and need a good device for around campus use, get this keyboard! It’s not as bulky as the others, but it definetly adds heft, so skip the larger ipad if you plan on getting this keyboard.

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    OK Keyboard, TERRIBLE CASE

    No BACK cover protection!! REALLY APPLE?!?!?!?!???? At a cost of $159 you don't even get a WHOLE case!!! Terrible, terrible protection. Wish it was returnable, seriously!!!!!

    49 of 59 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not lie flat despite what all of Apple's photos depict

    It's a good keyboard and more useful than I expected. In fact, I think a keyboard is essential for making iPad a viable general purpose computer, and this one could be great.

    HOWEVER, it does not lie flat. This is either a manufacturing flaw or a design flaw or both. This flaw is distracting and quite irritating. It does not match the photos of the product in Apple's marketing material, and therefore does not meet my expectations.

    Apple should acknowledge the problem, and fix it and voluntarily exchange out old for new ones.

    55 of 57 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard!

    I have had two of these and I love both.

    I have seen some complaints about the keyboard being propped up about 1/4 of an inch, and yes, I have experienced that on one of them, which is weird. It isn't a big problem because when you type the keyboard does lay flat.

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love It

    A great keyboard, super thin and light. Keys have a good feel, only medium protection for the iPad.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly, lays flat, protects the screen when closed.

    I was worried reading some reviews about the keyboard not laying flat or that it would be difficult to use. I had no problems. I work on a computer all day and use a mechanical keyboard so I was worried how this type of keyboard would feel. No problem! Very easy to use and get use to. I have had no issues with typing on it, the keyboard not laying flat when using or closing (feels and looks just like a regular case cover when closed). VERY well made. You won't be sorry if you want your ipad pro to double as a laptop when needed. It does add some weight to the overall iPad but how is that not expected? Just buy it.

    13 of 18 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Completely overpriced - even for Apple standards

    The keyboard is of very inferior quality if compared to 3rd party products. The overall feel is extremely cheap. It does not cover your iPad smoothly, and when used on an even desk surface it is wobbly rather than flat.
    The only good point, with it being an Apple product, it works flawlessly with the iPad from the first minute.
    However, it is nowhere near worth the crazy amount of money Apple is asking for!

    12 of 18 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    No mic for dictation when you use the keyboard

    Bad Design.....when you use the key Board.....it cancel out the mic for texting etc

    otherwise the key board performs good

    32 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Keyboard does not lie flat

    I am very disappointed with the keyboard. The weight of the iPad pulls the keyboard up about a quarter inch from the table, so that it bounces when I type. This is not what I would expect from Apple. I'm returning it and looking for a different product.

    60 of 66 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly with a third party case for the back.

    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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely love it.

    I have been using the Smart Keyboard with my 10.5 inch iPad Pro for the last couple weeks and I am absolutely loving it. I personally love typing on it, and find myself just randomly typing on it because I love the feel of the keys. It may not be the best keyboard for typing out there, but it is a pleasure to use in my opinion. It’s light and portable, I love how it lays flat even when you lay the iPad on a table, with the cover on the back of the device. It makes this iPad Pro truly a personal and portable computer for me. Game changer.

    23 of 28 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what it says on the tin

    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.

    28 of 30 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't let the others scare you!!!

    I purchased my 10.5" iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, and Smart Keyboard two weeks ago, and haven't been disappointed yet. When I was considering the keyboard, I got a little freaked out by the mixed reviews, but decided to take the risk knowing that I could return it if it was faulty. I wish I could attach some pictures - It works and fits exactly like the pictures Apple provides above! The magnet it pretty strong, and I have ended up using the keyboard set-up as a stand even when I'm not typing things in. The keyboard is smaller than the one on my 13" 2013 MacBook Air, but it didn't take long to adjust, and going back and forth between the two hasn't caused any problems.

    To address some common reviews: 1. my keyboard lays perfectly flat on a variety of surfaces, and the balance between the iPad and the keyboard is well designed. I've even been moderately successful in using the keyboard on my lap. :) 2. No, it is not a case, so no, it does not cover the entire device, but I just make sure to lay the iPad keyboard-side-down whenever I place it somewhere. I have a screen protector and a separate carrying case, so I'm not that concerned about scratches. 3. I really enjoy the look and feel of the keys. There were some complaints about the texture, etc., but I have found it easy and smooth to use and easy to clean!

    So, bottom line: I am very glad I decided to go with the Smart Keyboard. Don't let the mixed reviews scare you! Like I said earlier, if the product is faulty - RETURN IT. If you have serious concerns, go to a Mac or Apple Store and try it out for yourself.

    50 of 53 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard better the Expected

    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.

    Pros:
    - Slim Design
    - Portability
    - Quality
    - Versatility

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

    37 of 38 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    My first Smart Keyboard

    Response is very fast, the text appeared as soon as the keys are pressed. Those having big palms/fingers like me may find the layout or keys kind of a little small, but I am quite okay with that, just have a little "cramped" feeling.

    It does add some weight when carry around.

    The keys felt a littly "clicky". Like others said, if it comes with backlight, that will be great and allows to type in the dark. However, Apple may not want to do that as that may result in a thicker keyboard or drains more battery life from the iPad.

    So far I am very satisfied with the Smart Keyboard. Just a little "discomfort" is the portion that closes onto the Screen. Somehow, on the bending portion that flips open, leaving a small portion still intact with the Screen, that opened portion tends to leave some marks/greese on the screen. Resulting you may see a line when the screen has a black background.

    Also the "Language" globe is a little near the corner. Sometimes, I may have accidentally press on it and kept wondering how come my Keyboard is showing other languages and not English when I start to type. At times, may find it convenient as can simply lower the palm and already allow to switch between languages without the need to move my left hand's.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice keyboard for the size.

    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.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Much better than the 9.7

    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.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks like the picture, lies flat, even holds Apple Pencil

    It's a keyboard that doubles as a screen protector. If you want protection for the back, you might need to get a case instead. But, consider getting this keyboard and a decal or shell for the back of your iPad (but also, be careful of adding weight - I don't miss my old case). This keyboard is lightweight, attaches firmly enough to let you use the iPad on your lap, and *does* lie flat. If yours "floats" in the front and doesn't settle in a day, take it back to Apple and they'll (likely) replace it (happened to my wife). Added bonus I discovered: put the Pencil near the opening edge when the cover is closed, and it'll stick magnetically, firmly, in place.
    Note for developers: There's no escape key or row of function keys. For me, the weight and ability to use it on my lap override the need for the extra keys, and I work around it with the on-screen function keys most development apps provide. There's also no backlight - but again, it's lightweight. Lights add weight and reduce battery life. For me, this keyboard strikes the right balance.

    24 of 28 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Be patient

    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.

    53 of 57 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Superb solution brings the iPad Pro 10.5 from tablet to mini laptop

    When I took delivery of my iPad Pro 10.5 I really wrestled with the concept of paying *another* £160 for a keyboard to compliment it.

    But after a couple of weeks, the new iPad (this is my fifth iPad since the launch in 2010) has really demonstrated that it's possible for an iOS device to replace my MacBookPro for many of the tasks I use it for.

    While on a business trip in Asia, I needed to type up some documents and found my laptop too heavy to lug around the mass transport system, from meeting to meeting. So I purchased the keyboard for my iPad and I've opened up a whole new world of useage for my iOS device.

    I'm sorry, I can't agree with the other reviews comments that the keyboard is an origami nightmare - it's not. With a simple flick to the left and then use your thumb to flip out the keyboard itself, just requires a twist to the wrist to align the iPad into the storage grove and hey presto - a tablet becomes a mini laptop. The feel of the keys is far better than I dared hope, and far far better after a few days than my first impressions in the Apple Store led me to believe. I'm writing this with my iPad and keyboard perched on a stool and it's perfectly useable.

    All in all, I think this device transforms and already superb tablet into a massively useful content creation device - and for this, it's worth the purchase price.

    72 of 73 people found this useful