• 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).

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

    32 of 34 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.

    53 of 56 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.

    - Slim Design
    - Portability
    - Quality
    - Versatility

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

    39 of 42 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 .

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  • 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.

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  • 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?

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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