• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Over priced

    • Written by James T from Brunswick

    This keyboard is way over priced. $265 for only one viewing angle and no backlit keyboard - this also does not offer any protection for the back of the iPad Pro - you can purchase a back cover for $129 which is ridiculous.

    I do like typing on this keyboard and the design does compliment the iPad Pro's aesthetics.

    I am a huge Apple fan and have most of their products but they are getting a bit greedy with their pricing now.

    27 of 32 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Hard Call

    • Written by John I from Berryville

    I've been using this keyboard for four months now, and I still can't decide how I feel about it.

    The convenience of having it always attached to the iPad is a win over traditional Bluetooth keyboards, but at the same time, it adds a significant amount of weight and bulk to an otherwise svelte device.

    It feels incredibly sturdy given its probably-as-thin-as-possible construction, but I'm already seeing glossy wear-spots in the fabric covering, making it look much less attractive than before. I can use it on my lap (carefully), but it's meant for a desk. Given that it's on a desk, it's probably under direct lighting, so the lights reflect badly off the wear-spots.

    Having used a number of other keyboards in the past with iOS devices, I thought I would be fine living without the dedicated function key row for controlling things like volume and brightness. I was wrong; I miss those keys terribly. The key response and feel, however, is amazingly good considering what this keyboard actually is.

    To make it work in a protective way for the iPad, you need to add the back Smart Cover, too. This combination is crazy expensive, especially considering I had a less elegant—but eminently workable—solution with an inexpensive book-style cover and a small, lightweight, fabric keyboard from another manufacturer (that had function keys). The combination, even with the external keyboard having its own battery, actually weighed less.

    I don't see myself going back to that case (which I even had a loop for the Pencil on) and keyboard combination because the always-on and always-available nature of this keyboard is fantastic, but not a day goes by when I don't think about it because of the decreased weight and the glare from the worn spots on the key fabric starting to appear and being a distraction.

    Would I buy it again? I honestly don't know the answer to that question.

    33 of 39 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Smart Keyboard and Apple Pen

    • Written by Andrew P. J from Saint Albans

    I have not much to say about the Smart Keyboard as I currently can do without it for most of the time. However, when I do need the keyboard it has proven itself incredibly useful and adequate. Apple engineered it so well when you set it up to use the on screen keyboard no longer pops up. The one draw back I have found turning up the volume for the iPad pro on the keyboard is not available as far as a I can tell. My biggest complaint is the Apple Pen for the Smart Keyboard. Apple did not provide a clip or a slot on the Smart Keyboard to put the Apple Pen. As a result I am not using the Apple Pen to jot notes as I hoped. it seems an incredible oversight or mistake by Apple that Steve Jobs said that Apple does not ignore. At $99 one does not want to lose this for want of method to hold it.

    10 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Beware the Update!

    • Written by Elizabeth P from New braunfels

    Keyboard works great, but the new update will crash it. I just bought one, updated it and down it went. Fortunately, the retailer allowed me to switch it out, so I'm running it without the update and it's great. Apple needs to address the update glitch asap though. This is a major problem that completely ruins the functionality of the accessory.

    27 of 29 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Very good quality, but flawed

    • Written by Kevin L from Petawawa

    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.

    14 of 18 people found this useful