• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not great for flying

    • Written by Sarah A from Chesapeake

    Like some other reviews I've read on here, I experienced the pure frustration of trying to do work on the plane on my new iPad only to be incessantly banging on the keyboard wondering why it is not working. After doing 4 plane rides with the keyboard, I have come to the conclusion that after reaching a certain altitude the keyboard stops connecting to the iPad (as the iPad brings up the on-screen keyboard in the Word app). I expect this is an issue that Apple is aware of, for when I brought the keyboard after the 14 days voicing my concerns, they took it back for a full refund with no problem. I am going to hold off buying a new Apple keyboard until they address this issue because other than this annoying problem, the keyboard was excellent and allowed me to not have to bring my laptop with me everywhere anymore.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Expect better by now

    • Written by Nicolina D from Kingston

    I wanted to love this slick and fine design. The concept is there, duribility and action will definitely become an issue. Magnet and the connection is good/ not great. However, give it a good shake that IPad Pro will go flying.The design really needs some side gri,on at least the 2 top corners. The action is horrible. I noticed sometimes I had to hit a key sometimes 3 times before it would type a letter! The Numbers also don’t respond well. I have tiny Xs hands with no long nails. So it’s not m,e every other key board I use works just fine. Just poor response and design. I question if they made it so fragile so people would blow through these every year or have their IPads fly out leading to broken bits.
    Seriously, give me 5 min in the design room. By 2018 the keys should also light up.Not impressed probably going to return. Much better designs out there.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    For the price does not protect.

    • Written by Alan H from COLUMBIA

    The keyboard is not a protective device for my new iPad pro! It has slipped out several times and fallen to the floor. No side protection or corner protection. Not good. I like the keyboard similar to my last Apple iPad keyboard. Will probably be looking for a more protective cover. For the price I would expect this to protect better my device better than it does. Perhaps the next iteration.

    2 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    This is based on the larger version

    • Written by Brian B from Colchester

    The keyboard works.
    However it gives no corner protection to the iPad - which gives cause for serious concern.
    Because of the design of the iPad I suspect that the previous suppliers of devices to protect the back and corners and allow any brand of keyboard to be attached have been knocked out of the market.

    Stars rating based on the lack of protection given and the apparent obstruction to any third party ability to supply a compatible device.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great case, good keyboard if you don’t fly

    • Written by Dan K from Maplewood

    While I am overall pleased with the keyboard and like the form and fit better than the first generation keyboard, I am frustrated that the keyboard consistently stops working when in flight. The keyboard works during takeoff and as we get close to landing, but does not work during cruising altitude. Seems that I am not the only one experiencing the issue. If you fly a lot and plan to use your keyboard in flight, do not buy!

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Mixed thoughts

    • Written by Sam W from Portland

    I think the idea of the folio keyboard is great. It attaches easily and offers good protection. I love the typing experience.

    However, I am extremely shocked at how cheap it feels. The materials are aweful. Certainly not a premium feeling device. Shocked I spent so much money on an apple item that really does not feel or look the part.

    Functionally fantastic, aesthetically awful!

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Actually despite appearances it is badly designed

    • Written by Russell F B from East Brisbane

    As a keyboard it's great. The 11" iPad Pro is wonderful. But after less than a week this key board has scratched the screen of my shiny new iPad. Really not happy about that. The design allows far too much abrasion between the keys (particularly the return key) and the screen. The result ... real scratches on the the screen. Avoid this thing.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A great keyboard

    • Written by John K from Dayton

    This is a great keyboard for the 11” iPad Pro. At first I was concerned because it felt a bit more cramped than the standard Apple Bluetooth and MacBook keyboards I’ve become accustomed to, but I adapted in no time. I like that the keys are protected from debris, unlike the butterfly keyboard in my 2017 MacBook Pro and that the back is protected. The cloth fabric would also seem to keep from scratching the screen, minus any debris that might creep in that is harder than glass.

    My only wishes are function keys, but I would rather have as full a typing experience as possible, so I think that’s an acceptable compromise, given that I can type very rapidly on it; the only other thing I’d like to see is perhaps a leather option- that would push it over the top, but the silicone is very easy to clean and durable, if a little bland looking.

    This is the best keyboard case you can get right now- highly recommended.

    9 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good for its main purpose...

    • Written by Christopher J from Churchville

    The typing is fine on this, feeling just like the 9.7” I had previously. The keyboard “protecting” the screen isn’t great though. I always see fingerprint-like imprints (not scratches) of keys after opening the folio. When holding it, with the keyboard at the back, it feels slippery and awkward. It’s hard to hold like that and, as a tiny annoyance, isn’t all that attractive when doing so. I like the adjustable stand, though.

    My main gripe that basically would take an entire star off is the marks made without even touching it. When simply setting it down or putting it in my case, the folio easily develops what look like scuff marks. My last keyboard didn’t have hardly any marks. This one looks five years old already. Big downside. Not sure what they were thinking when using the external material.

    So, given my two positives, two stars are all I can give it. There are too many negatives to go any further.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good keyboard, but only serves maybe 3 of 5 purposes it should

    • Written by Jonathan U from Portland

    Have been living with the 11" pro and keyboard-case for about two weeks now. Overall, keyboard functionality (the priority of this accessory) is as expected, having had the 9.7" pro with keyboard before. It has the same very-good key feel, and seems to benefit from larger key spacing, due to the keyboard's larger overall size, reducing typing errors. It feels more like my MacBook Pro. As for the other functionalities of the accessory, namely protection of the deceive itself, it leaves much to be desired compared to the previous generation, when pared with the matching silicone iPad case. First, while the magnets are quite strong, the case back frequently shifts off the device while in a bag, leaving it exposed to whatever it might be next too...I've already picked up a few scratches due to this, and it was only next to a book. Second, there is -NO- edge/corner protection, so I've somehow already picked up two tiny dents. Third, there is now only one way to hold the device in tablet mode (keyboard folded behind the device) without also pressing keyboard keys. While this doesn't do anything, it feels annoying. But most frustrating to my workflow, and condemning to its design, there is now no way to fold the case to give it a slight viewing/working angle toward you, with the device on a table, and the keyboard not in use...I now find myself propping a $1100 tablet with a $180 'case' up with my AirPod case. A pretty embarrassing workaround for a functionality that should have been baked-in, I'd say. BOTTOM LINE: this accessory is OK, but focuses on moving the iPad toward laptop functionality, and away from tablet functionality, while also not providing strong reassurance in reducing wear-and-tear damage.

    24 of 24 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Superior Build Quality; Subpar Value

    • Written by Dan P from Rochester

    If you want to use your iPad Pro to replace your laptop, a keyboard attachment is an absolute must for productivity. Honestly, with this keyboard, I have been able to put my MacBook on the shelf for about 90% of normal daily tasks like email, web browsing, and social media. The Smart Keyboard Folio makes the iPad Pro significantly more useful and is therefore a great product.

    However, I think Apple really missed the mark with the price here. Other premium full keyboard cases (some even built fully from aluminum and/or other quality materials like leather) sold with the previous model of the iPad Pro for around $120. This product is incredibly overpriced at $179 and I might consider waiting for other companies to make similar products at a more approachable price point. Given its synthetic materials, I would expect this product to retail for around $69.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not worth the price

    • Written by Johnny N from Ridgefield park

    For $180 I expected a lot more than this flimsy cheap feeling case. The magnets are pretty weak and pops off the ipad extremely easily. The keyboard is decent but nothing to rave about and no backlit keys. Although the new pencil is magnetic, it would be nice if the case could be designed to securely keep the pencil in place in addition to the magnet. Overall a decent attempt, but overpriced and unfortunately nothing else is on the market yet. Hopefully logitech releases a keyboard case soon.

    9 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Companion to New iPad Pro

    • Written by ROBERT S from Sarasota

    I was never a fan of the keyboard solution for previous iPads, but I'm very happy with the new Smart Keyboard with the iPad Pro 11". It has augmented the versatility of the iPad for me, whether I flip the keyboard back for casual app use, have it in "kickstand" mode in my lap, or on the desk next to me at work. When sitting on a desk, I like that you can just tap the space bar and swipe up with instantaneous recognition by face ID. The Folio provides full coverage for front and back, so no worries about scratches when the iPad is in a bag or briefcase. It is sturdy, without feeling too heavy, and the magnets do a great job of both keeping the cover on the iPad and holding the iPad in position when propped up in stand mode. I find I'm using this latest iPad much more than in the past with this new tool.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The keys are not backlit

    • Written by Kenneth C from Washington

    The keybaord is great during daylight hours, but if your are travling on a plane or want to use the it in a dimly lit are like a coffee shop it is not usable. For $179.00 I expect more. Logitec figured out how to ad backlit keys to their case 2 years ago. Returning it tomorrow.

    77 of 94 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Grossly Overpriced

    • Written by Nathaniel N from London

    Good product. Feels very pleasnt to use and type on.

    Cons:
    -Grossly overpriced
    -Not very protective of the sides of the device in case of a drop

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard

    • Written by Dan B from Reading

    I just picked this up today , excellent job and it serves as a whole case , I love this. For the reviewer who said there is no place for Apple Pencil it is magnetized and it attaches to the side of the iPad and that will also charge it.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not great for an awesome iPad

    • Written by Ming Y from Chiswick

    The new iPad is pretty special. You would have thought the new keyboard would be a step up from the previous too.

    On the key front it pretty much is. Same layout, same texture, same feel. The only different is the back covers the back of the iPad with magnets and there are two different positions to tile the iPad (I still have no idea how they worked out that these were the two ideal positions because they don't work for me).

    That's not all where there is changes from this year's new Smart Keyboard compared to last years. Last year's model if you wanted to fold away the keyboard and use the iPad you could very easily, fold it away and hold the iPad comfortably in your hands. This year's model folds around so the keyboard faces out. That's right, if you fold away the keyboard they face downwards so holding the iPad feels very uncomfortable. It feels weird holding the iPad and feeling the keyboard on the otherwise. It makes freak out that I'm gonna hit keys and it will start typing as I'm using the iPad. Very strange design.

    Another oddity is the overall design of the folio. Last year's case had the folds so the over looked nice with the grooves. It's something that you come to expect as an iPad user and using Apple covers. The new folio is flat at the front, of course no folding parts for the keyboard but when you have something as beautifully designed as the new iPad Pro, something that reflects that in its accessories isn't asking the work. I'd even be happy with a subtle Apple indent at the front.

    Overall the keyboard is great, can't fault it but compared to last year's folio keyboard it's not great. The design features really let it down and I'm actually looking at third party keyboard and folio cases to replace this one which is a shame to say.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Expensive

    • Written by alan B from newcastle upon tyne

    Love the keyboard, but its extremely expensive, it fits extremely well, with the hundred p[lus magnets inside the iPad, its an ingenious way of keeping a case on.
    I’d have given it top score, if there was a leather option. Ive tried a few case keyboard contraptions on my various iPads over the years, this is the best keyboard, a little clacky, but its so slim.
    My only concern is, will it last a year or two.
    Oh one other thing, I think ill use this as my main case, cos its just such a good fit, and slim

    34 of 38 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Answered all my gripes about the first one

    • Written by Chris D from Carpentersville

    I love that this new keyboard folio adds back protection. This is something I've wanted Apple to bring back to their iPad case line since the 9.7" Pro. I am very worried about the keys scratching the screen up, but I'm trying to remain calm.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

    • Written by Mark R from Spalding

    So I ordered this together with the new Apple Pencil to go with my new iPad Pro 11 inch. Whilst I haven't used a keyboard much with previous iPads, I am looking to step up my digital note taking game so the idea of having a keyboard always there appealed. Besides I needed a case anyway.

    So on the positive side, the case attaches to the iPad beautifully. The magnets are strong and it wraps around the whole thing whilst still allowing the pencil to remain attached. The keys are nice and it is nice to type on. Like many Apple products, "It Just Works"

    But it also adds a lot of weight and bulk to the beautifully thin and light iPad making it feel much more like a Surface Pro when carried around the office. With this case attached, the whole thin and light design is lost and it becomes drab, thick and heavy. Even the material used feels sub par.

    On top of this, when you fold the case back around on itself to use in tablet mode, the keyboard is left exposed so your hand is constantly pressing keys etc. Sure they aren't enabled in this mode but it's still uncomfortable and again, you are left with something that is thick and heavy and uncomfortable in your hand. Yes you could remove the case if you want to use it as just a tablet but that just isn't the way you expect to have to deal with Apple products.

    On top of all of this, you are paying out a lot of money for this case.

    So if you really use your iPad with a keyboard for many hours a day, writing stuff, this may be for you. The extra weight and bulk may be worth it but if you just like the idea of having the keyboard just in case, you may be disappointed like I was.

    So I am now going down the route of the Apple Folio Case (sans keyboard) which is much thinner and lighter (but still made out of the same cheap feeling plastic) and chucking my Microsoft Folding Bluetooth Keyboard into my bag for the occasions when I do have lots to type.

    YMMV but for me, for the price, I feel Apple didn't deliver something that matched the beauty of the iPad itself.

    88 of 94 people found this useful