Smart Keyboard for 9.7‑inch iPad Pro

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  • Overview

    The Smart Keyboard combines advanced technologies to create a keyboard like no other. It’s a full-size keyboard that’s fully portable, and it connects to iPad Pro with the Smart Connector. Just attach the Smart Keyboard and start typing. And when you’re done, it folds to create a slim, lightweight cover.

  • iPad Models

    • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • 3.0 Average
    3 out of 5 stars
    Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Exceeds all of my expectations

      I've never been compelled to write a review for an Apple Product before, despite being a loyal consumer since the first iPod Touch. However, I was seriously on I've never been compelled to write a review for an Apple Product before, despite being a loyal consumer since the first iPod Touch. However, I was seriously on the fence about this keyboard. I really loved the idea of the bigger iPad Pro when it came out last year because of the keyboard and the pencil, but the size was just too much for me so I passed it up. Now when this smaller iPad Pro was announced, I jumped at the chance to pre-order but I have been very skeptical about the keyboard. I used the larger version in the store and thought it was great, but upon receiving this one a few days ago ahead of the iPad Pro 9.7 launch, I was very hesitant. Handling it on it's own you can tell it's a quality product. It looks and feels great. The laser ablated fabric covering is fantastic and you will have no worries about ever getting any kind of gunk or grime under your keys. In theory, this keyboard should last a very long time. Though it was the size I was concerned about. I'm a writer and I can type over 90 WPM with very high accuracy, so I am extremely picky about keyboards. Bluetooth keyboards in the past have always left me disappointed, usually because of dumb pairing issues, keys being too close together, bulkiness, etc. But this.. this keyboard is totally different. I received my iPad Pro 9.7 today on launch day and I immediately popped on my Smart Keyboard. Within two minutes at BEST, I was typing full speed. Looking at it, I thought I would have to give it a little bit of force for the keys to respond accurately, but I was very pleasantly surprised that a natural, gentle touch is all you need. The keys are extremely responsive and feel great under my fingers. The keys "look" like they are too small or too tightly spaced, but I have zero issues typing on it. I am typing this review on it right now and it's amazing. For something so thin and compact, it performs just as well as a much larger (and just as expensive) desktop keyboard. It adds very little bulk and weight to the iPad Pro, certainly much less than any other competitor keyboards out there right now, and likely to remain so. With the Apple Silicone Case and the Smart Keyboard, I can still easily fit the iPad Pro in my purse, just as I did with my "old" iPad Air. As a writer who travels often, I can't say enough for how important this is to me. I no longer have to carry around a laptop bag or backpack with my MacBook Pro in it. For my needs as a writer, the new iPad Pro 9.7 with this Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil fulfill all my needs and will replace my MacBook, no question about it. I've seen and heard the gripes about it being awkward to fold, and I just want to say, it's not. It takes 30 seconds to figure out how to use it as a keyboard and as a stand, and then you're good to go. I had the same very brief learning curve the first time I got a Smart Cover for one of my iPads years ago. It's not hard and it works perfectly. Others have complained about the viewing angle. I've been using a Smart Case on my iPad Air for two years which has the same standard viewing angle and I've never had any want for more, so I don't expect it to be an issue here either. It's perfect for typing and watching videos, and if I'm playing games, the keyboard is off and the iPad Pro is in my hands anyway. The only thing I will say is that if you plan to use the Apple Pencil (which is also wonderful and the best stylus I've ever used) you may want to pick up a Smart Cover or some other option as writing on the iPad Pro upright is awkward at best, but that is neither here nor there when it comes to the Smart Keyboard. I hope this helped some of you who may be in a similar dilemma regarding the size of the Smart Keyboard. If in doubt, try it at the Apple Store. As a writer, I love it and my fingers have graced many keyboards over the years. This is hands down the best tablet keyboard I've ever used. Nothing else even comes close.

      • Written by Jennifer J from White Bear Lake

      1080 of 1150 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Exceeds all of my expectations

    • 4.0 out of 5 stars

      Nice Keyboard, but what's with the hump?

      I was a little scared to buy this. I used (and loved) my Logitech keyboard with my iPad 3, but I liked the idea of the Smart Connector for the iPad Pro. It' I was a little scared to buy this. I used (and loved) my Logitech keyboard with my iPad 3, but I liked the idea of the Smart Connector for the iPad Pro. It's actually a nice little keyboard. I like the feel of the keys and it's light and doesn't add much bulk. I have two complaints. First, when the keyboard is folded and being used as a cover, about 2/3 of the cover is a fat "hump" with the remaining third (the part without the keyboard) is much thinner. It doesn't impact the functionality, but it looks goofy and is a very "un-Apple" design. Second, they could have easily added a loop or pocket to this case to hold the Apple Pencil, but didn't. The pencil is very nice, but it's smooth and round with no clip (or way to add one), so I haven't figured out how to keep it "connected" to the iPad.

      • Written by DAVID F from Centerton

      829 of 891 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Nice Keyboard, but what's with the hump?

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Perfect accessory for the new 9.7 iPad Pro

      My new 9.7 iPad Pro was delivered today. I quickly realized that while the dimensions are the same as the iPad Air 2, I forgot about the 4 speakers! So, my o My new 9.7 iPad Pro was delivered today. I quickly realized that while the dimensions are the same as the iPad Air 2, I forgot about the 4 speakers! So, my old keyboard case would not work. So, off I went to the Apple Store to get the Pro Smart Keyboard. I love this keyboard. PROS: no pairing required, keys have a good tactile feel and very receptive, size of the keyboard allows for easy typing, love that it has the directional arrow keys and wake/sleep feature CONS: I wish it was flat when closed but it is less bothersome than I thought it would be; and I wish it came in more colors Review written with the Smart Keyboard and my iPad Pro 9.7

      • Written by Patricia H from Virginia Beach

      666 of 717 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Perfect accessory for the new 9.7 iPad Pro

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Stops working after a number of months - on to my 2nd replacement

      I think the internal wiring gets frayed as it's opened and closed. I'm currently on the phone with apple setting up my 2nd exchange after any 2nd one started g I think the internal wiring gets frayed as it's opened and closed. I'm currently on the phone with apple setting up my 2nd exchange after any 2nd one started giving me the 'this accessory is not supported' message and the keyboard started working intermittently.

      • Written by Nick L from VICTORIA

      Is this review useful?Stops working after a number of months - on to my 2nd replacement

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Good Idea but Terrible

      Hi Apple Users, Please do not buy this item!!, it is terrible. When I first opened the box I was excited but once I put it on the iPad Pro and set it on my tab Hi Apple Users, Please do not buy this item!!, it is terrible. When I first opened the box I was excited but once I put it on the iPad Pro and set it on my table it had a very big lift!. The keyboard is also very small and it just feels weird, also the Smart Keyboard started fraying 30 mins after use in one of the corners. I immediately returned it by mail. I literally own every main Apple product that is currently for sale. This product is so not up to Apple Standards. Thanks, Tyge

      • Written by Tyge B from Arcata

      1 of 1 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Good Idea but Terrible

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Wish I didn't have to write this review

      I love my iPad Pro -- the signature elegant physical design led me to buy a Smart Keyboard. It looked & felt perfect, and setup was seamless. Perfect! After a I love my iPad Pro -- the signature elegant physical design led me to buy a Smart Keyboard. It looked & felt perfect, and setup was seamless. Perfect! After a couple hours of typing, my knuckles kept hitting the screen when using the top row of keys. I reduced the 'bumps' by slowing down, but after typing a full page of copy my knuckle again tapped the screen -- which closed the text entry popup. I lost all my work. I started typing carefully and slowly after this, even avoiding numbers as possible. But the knuckle bumps still happened, and smaller work losses mounted. The keyboard & screen config is too tight. The smart connect pin placement locks users into the single default screen angle, keyboard placement and proximity; even a 1 degree angle change breaks the "smart" connection. This design flaw certainly surfaced in premarket testing. Apple, I'm begging you: not to abandon great physical product design, but to remember your users in making tools we can *use*. I don't buy your products to make my desk look cool; I buy them to do more, create better and focus on my work, not the boxes that I work on.

      • Written by Jonathan B from Minneapolis

      2 of 2 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Wish I didn't have to write this review

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