• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    So disappointed

    I do not understand why apple would make such a nice keyboard for the I Pad pro and then have no way of protecting the back of the i-pad. Such a beautiful accessory until you realize that there is no protection on the back. I guess they feel if you ever drop it it will always land on the keyboard side. Such a disappointment . Hopefully they will change the keyboard case or sell a back that could be nicely incorporated .

    41 of 57 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Beautifully. Easy To Use.

    While one reviewer gave a poor review saying that it's different from the picture Apple depicts, that's completely inaccurate. This keyboard is EXACTLY as pictured. Someone else describes the keyboard as lifting when resting on a flat surface. True, but about 1/16" of an inch. Barely noticeable, and certainly DOES NOT require you to "hold the keyboard down". I don't know who you folks are, but inaccurate descriptions are NOT helpful. Beautifully designed. Works perfectly. Use mine all the time with never an issue. Great functionality.

    41 of 46 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well, but doesn't lay flat.

    Are there some suits that are defective out there? The keyboard works, however the front edge (by the space bar) doesn't touch the desk. It hovers about 1/4-inch above. So when typing you get a bounce in the keyboard that makes it easier to become error prone. Would it benefit me to go back and return and get a new one, or are they all going to do this?

    35 of 37 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    A bit lacking but good

    I love the way the keyboard feels and how easy it is to type on it. I love the different configurations it folds into to suit your needs. Type mode, movie mode, and one other mode i can't remember. It makes thing a lot easier than using the touchscreen keyboard. However it's difficult to get the keyboard to go into those modes and stay properly. I've already damaged the back of my iPad cuz the keyboard just gave out when i was using movie mode to look at a recipe and i tried to scroll down on it. 2 days old and already got a 7in scratch on the back. Sadly, keyboard protects one side of the iPad at any given time. I use it to protect my screen then i place the iPad face down so the back doesn't get even more scratched from resting it on different surfaces. Price is unreasonable for a keyboard, and inconvenient since its just a half case and cant be used with other cases to protect the rest of the ipad, the other cases come with a pencil slot on it and this one doesn't so i have to carry the pencil in my pocket or bookbag or somewhere. Not a must have. Just a collector's item for ppl that get morning wood for Apple products.

    26 of 30 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Origami vs Functionality

    As expected, the build quality is excellent and the 'snappy' connection feel solid.

    An oversight with many 3rd party producers of bluetooth keyboard cases is that the keys often are in touch with the screen when 'closed up'. This can potentially allow things to be caught between keys and the screen a result in potential damage to your screen. This is not the case with the Apple Smart Keyboard and the way the keyboard folds back inside allows for the extra screen protection.

    This extra protections comes at a cost... It can sometimes feel like you are grappling with a piece of origami when either setting up or putting away.

    Resting on your legs with the keyboard can also be troublesome as it has a join which means it doesn't hold its own weight unless it is on a flat surface. (Think sitting up in bed using your knees as support)

    I would also still very much like to see some sort of integration options for the Apple Pencil. I have had to resort to a third party piece of elastic that does fit well to the Smart Case, but for £160 I think Apple could have better utilised the magnets to 'grip' the pencil or a sleeve on the depressed front of the case to store a pencil.

    85 of 92 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Just Works

    I have not experienced the same issues that others have with the keyboard not lying flat. When I purchased that this a few days ago I was worried that the keys had to short of a travel and I would not like typing on it or touch typing would be to difficult. I also felt that using it as a regular case would make it to bulky, but this was the best option of what was available. I am happy to report that the keyboard works wonderfully typing on it is a breeze and very convenient. The added bulk of the keyboard is barely noticeable and I carry the iPad with me everywhere. Overall I think this is an excellent purchase that if you plan to do a lot of typing like me you will really enjoy.

    21 of 23 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Initial review

    I just picked up my keyboard. My first impression is it's a less than perfect keyboard. But then again I tried the Microsoft Suface and found that keyboard also lacking.

    I've read that a few owners of this found that their keyboard don not not sit 100% flush against the table. Others don't have that problem. Mine does not sit perfectly. I found that it flattens out a bit just after an hour or two of using. So not a big problem.

    Typing accurately is less than perfect, but still better than using the onscreen keyboard. I find I make more typos with his keyboard than my laptop. Apple calls it is a "full-sized keyboard" but to me this still is a cramped typing experience compared to my MacBook Prop and my magic Keyboard.

    I am not fond of the plastic nylon feeling fabric on the keyboard. I imagine I will change my mind when I eventually spill my $5 latte on the keyboard and realize it is easy to clean. But still, tactile feeling doesn't jive with my fingertips. But perhaps this too I will learn to like.

    All in all it is a good but not great. I am guessing it's still better than many iPad keyboards out there. So you should be disappointed.

    23 of 23 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Very nice keyboard

    I like the physical keyboard but wish that it had a better feeel because this hard denim like material makes me think that within time it may dry rot and ill have to go out and get another. Another thing I wish apple had a rear cover like they have for the iPad Pro 9 in. But I was able to find a back case compatible with the Smart Keyboard at amazon for about $16. Sorry I cant post the link but it’s called a companion cover.

    19 of 21 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not perfect but one of the best

    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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Steve Jobs Quality

    Positive:
    - keyboard very responsive
    - powered by the iPad, no batteries required
    - great color scheme

    Negative:
    - poor stability, iPad tips the keyboard up just a bit
    - poor design, when pad is folded completely back for landscape screen use, case buckles outwards, leaving odd gap, does not fit snugly to the iPad
    - no pen holder, while there is a magnetic option, it doesn't offer enough protection for the pen, which itself has a flimsy charging cap
    - angle of screen too far laid back, needs to be more upright
    - no rear protection, meaning no camera protection

    Based on the other comments I'd say I'm not the only one experiencing problems, I'm going to be returning this, hopefully apple will redesign or a 3rd party will make a better product.

    43 of 44 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Too Thick for a Case, Too Thin for a Keyboard

    I purchased the Smart Keyboard to go along with my new 10.5 inch iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. From the start, I’ve found it to be problematic as both a case and keyboard.

    As a case, it adds bulk and weight, without protecting the back of the iPad Pro. It’s difficult to configure for viewing and when you do get it arranged properly, the keyboard is sitting exposed on the back of the iPad, just waiting for a key to be pressed inadvertently as you try to move the iPad. When configured for typing, it feels less than sturdy, probably because my fingers keep hitting the screen as I attempt to use the number row. The configuration is cramped with no room at the top of the keyboard.

    As for typing, you might as well type on the on-screen keyboard, the glass gives you about as much key travel and feedback. I thought the 12 inch MacBook had an awful keyboard, but this one makes it look good. The only good thing that I can say about it as a keyboard is that I have not experienced any issues with it laying flat while in typing mode. Many other reviewers have had a problem with this.

    I’ve returned and replaced the Smart Keyboard with an $18 case that is thin and protects the entire iPad and a $20 Bluetooth keyboard that you can actually type on and that has more iOS specific keys than the Apple product. Even though it’s actually a bit narrower than the Smart Keyboard, it feels much more roomy and natural.

    63 of 65 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Good keyboard, no issues

    Felt the need to add my review to others, having seen some warning about the keyboard not laying flat and complaining about the lack of back protection. Firstly, my keyboard lays perfectly flat and I have no issue from the weight of the iPad on the back rest. I also find I can use it easily from my lap (as I now to write this review!), making it great for couch use. It's abundantly clear that there is no back protection, and personally having had a back-less iPad cover in one form or another for three years now, I've never missed having a back, in fact I appreciate the feel of the metallic back finish much more than a synthetic plasticy case, and have never had an issue with damage. It also helps keep the weight down - which is just as well as this is my one big issue with the keyboard/cover being that it adds a fair amount of weight and I really notice it when I take my iPad out and about with me in my handbag. Finally, I'd have loved a choice of colour, there are many nice ones for the regular cover, why not this? Purely cosmetic though and not enough to detract from a 5 star review as the overall functionality and the additional capability the keyboard adds to my use of the iPad has been great. No regrets!

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Decent Keyboard

    Overall this is much improvement from the last 9.7 generation. However, after one week of lite use two of my keys have stopped working. I know Apple will warranty this, but that is ridiculous. I will probably just return it and get a different one.

    30 of 30 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Useful but there are better options out there

    The fact that it was designed by Apple means it'll work pretty well and fit is great, BUT the feel of the keys leaves much to be desired. There are other brands out there that will feel a lot better and more like a real keyboard if you're going to type a lot. If you're only typing an email here or there then I'm sure it'll work great for you. Honestly, it is way over priced for what you get.

    29 of 30 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as advertised

    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

    8 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Buy This for iPad Pro!

    I recently purchased my first iPad Pro (10.5 inch) and was on the fence about whether or not I should invest in this smart keyboard to go along with my iPad. I'm so glad I decided to buy this, because it pairs wonderfully with my new iPad! The keyboard has brought a whole new level of enjoyment to my iPad experience and I've actually been more productive on the iPad because of it. I also like how thin it is. Like others, I would eventually like to see a silicone case to protect the back of the iPad though. If you're buying the iPad Pro, get this keyboard as well. Mine has no problems lying flat either when I'm typing on a hard surface or just sitting on the couch with my iPad in my lap.

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Was good but now design flaw

    Was so excited about the new iPad and had a great experience with the 9.7 in Pro but now very disappointed. The 10.5 Smart Keyboard has a massive design flaw in that is hurting my initial experience with seems to be great upgrades on the 10.5 iPad Pro. The keyboard will not lay flat and I can see the reviews are starting to support an issue here. It is not an issue of being news, the issue is that there is too much of a gap in the design between the iPad and the folded top so it causes the case to rock back about 1/4 inch turning the keyboard into a diving board. Have to take it back as I don't see a conceivable way it can be fixed.

    46 of 48 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    The perfect complement to your iPad Pro

    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.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Better than the only other option (to date)

    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.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Great

    I find it hard to knock stars of something that is not supposed to be a back cover because it is not a back cover. I also would like a back cover, but I was under no illusions that it would be. I used to have the 12.9 with the Smart Keyboard as well and this one works easily as well. I find it a bit to small for my big hands, but at the same time it has to be the size of the iPad so that's what I get. It does it's job well. The smart connector and magnetic closure works flawlessly. I also like that it magnetically attaches to the back of my naked iPad. It is a great accessory to have for productivity for me, I can type much faster, view my iPad better and overall just find it more functional than an onscreen keyboard. I also am not sure about others issues with it not being flat on the table. At first I thought mine had the same problem, but once it is sitting on a table I just adjust the iPad itself for a moment and it sits flat like it is supposed to. If you order one and you cannot seem to get it to lay flat, exchange it. If you are nowhere near to an Apple Store I would not be afraid to order it, it works as its supposed to.

    14 of 17 people found this useful