• 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

    81 of 96 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.

    43 of 47 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard.... One major oversight!

    • Written by Jason F from STANARDSVILLE

    Again, Apple knows how to design things. Very strong magnets and I have had the iPad only drop out of the case once due to my own fault. I love the way the keys feel and I love the tactile response they give back. Being a mechanical keyboard lover for games and work, I feel like this keyboard comes close.

    Now, Apple, have you tried to type on this in a darkish room? It’s hard because there is no backlight. My eyes struggle and I then just switch to the on screen keyboard. For what I paid for this, It should have backlit keys and be able to do something else. I don’t know what else it should do but something else at this price point. Due to the fact that it is the only keyboard that uses the smart connectors on the back on the iPad (that I have found), I will not be switching. Apple, your foresight for products is starting to deminish.

    This review was typed on this keyboard. Would be 5 stars if it had a backlight.

    22 of 23 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    5 Star Product at a 4 Star Price

    • Written by Robert M from Brunswick

    I love this Smart Keyboard Folio (11-inch). It provides adequate protection for me since I also use a backpack and laptop sleeve to transport both my MacBook and iPad Pro 11-inch. After using this keyboard, I am able to type on it quickly and easily with just a short period of time needed to adapt to it. I'm a touch typist and really have no complaints with the typing experience. While the outer case (front and back) are a little plain looking, the folio serves its purpose well. As my review title suggests, Apple could bring the price of this accessory down some. It does seem to be somewhat overpriced for what it is. I can't speak of long-term quality yet, as I've only owned the keyboard folio for a week, but it does seem to be sturdy and wearing well so far. Very pleased with my purchase with only some minor irritation regarding the price.

    22 of 24 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery Backup

    • Written by Michael P from Folsom

    Just received my back-ordered keyboard (delayed shipment during purchase)... Types well, but certainly adds some weight.

    One curiosity: Given the thickness/weight, behind the keypad where the iPad Pro III magnetically rests, seems like a good place for backup batteries (think Mophie), instead of thick support plastic. I presume there are battery dangers preempting the idea, but it was one of my first thoughts when I opened it... Wow, this is thick, does this thing actually have batteries to extend the battery life of the iPad when connected? Certainly didn’t see it in the description when I purchased it, but given the thickness behind the keypad, thought I may have accidentally missed that added feature.

    ...Just sayin’

    But, still a very good keyboard and iPad Pro III protector

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    The best keyboard-case combo you can buy.

    • Written by Stephen H from Orange

    This is the best keyboard folio you can buy. It's fits perfectly and, more importantly, it fits snuggly. Too many other folios have too much play and tip over/slide around. Not this one.

    The only reason I didn't give it 5 starts is that at $180, it's priced about $50-$60 too high.

    Ignore the 1-2 star reviews. Clearly those individuals need to buy a MacBook Air, not a tablet with a keyboard portfolio attachment. Pro tip: The iPad Pro 11" is not a notebook and it never will be.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Evaluating the Smart Keyboard Folio for iPad Pro 11 inch

    • Written by Dave C from Davao City

    My basis for evaluation is not how it compares to other similar products, but how it meets my personal expectations (my own wants and needs). I think this is the best way to evaluate this product for its own worth.

    What I personally look for in a smart keyboard case:

    [x] Lightweight and thin (not heavy and bulky)
    [x] Sturdy and stable when typing on my lap (which I do most of the time)
    [x] Protects the iPad Pro screen and back well from scratches, bumps and small falling objects
    [ ] All around device protection from damage due to accidental drops or bumps
    [x] Easily detachable (if I want to swap it with another case for a different purpose)
    [x] Non-bluetooth dependent (avoids the hassle of powering up, syncing and worrying about sufficient battery charge)
    [x] Keyboard instantly available for immediate typing anytime, anywhere
    [x] Resistant to liquid spills on the keyboard
    [ ] Apple pencil dedicated and safe storage place (without having to be on the charging slot all the time and exposed to accidental removal and drops)
    [x] Keyboard keys spacing not too narrow but well spaced for easier and faster typing
    [x] Keys have a good “feel” and tactile response
    [x] Has comfortable viewing or typing angle
    [x] Can be positioned well for drawing mode with the Apple pencil with the keyboard attached (achieved by positioning the device in typing mode on the keyboard then turning the whole unit upside down)
    [x] Can be used and held well for video recording or AR viewing mode without the keyboard part obstructing the camera, and without having to detach the Ipad from the keyboard unit (particularly in landscape mode) (achieved by removing the device from typing mode and sliding it down on top of the keyboard over the third row of keys, then holding the whole unit up with both hands)
    [x] Screen cover holds or sticks securely even if the unit is held at different angles
    [x] All buttons and ports easily accessible and unobstructed
    [x] Made of durable material
    [ ] Price is reasonable


    Conclusion:
    15 out of 18 expectations met makes this product worth buying for me!
    I wonder if there is any comparable product that has all the ticked specifications in this list and also has all the unticked ones. I would be interested to know.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard, but some limitations

    • Written by Anonymous .

    This is honestly a great keyboard. It works seamlessly with no setup and it protects the back of the iPad as well as that camera bump. No side protection whatsoever. You won’t have to worry about the iPad slipping out of the case. The magnets are strong and even shaking won’t dislodge the iPad. Haven’t noticed any changes to my battery so it doesn’t use much power.

    Is it really worth the hefty price tag? Probably not. But its slim and sure looks good. It changes the way you use your iPad with nifty little shortcuts. Plus, it stands the iPad up so that it feels more like a laptop than a tablet. It adds weight to the iPad and makes it feel premium but still very light. While Logitech may come out with their keyboard, it probably won’t be this thin and look this good. The keyboard is made of silicone with a fabric covering the keypads. In my opinion, this fabric feels really nice to type on, but not everybody might like it, so make sure you head down the the Apple store and try it out for yourself.

    Here are some things that I really don’t like about the keyboard: the keys are not backlit, doesn’t work on a plane, the fabric scratches really easily (just look at the demo units at the Apple store), function keys would be nice, key travel is very limited, and how long will this silicone last? Only time will tell.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    So close to perfection

    • Written by Todd W from Hendersonville

    I’m not in love with this keyboard folio, but I’m certainly in “extreme like” with it. Pros: The keyboard is awesome, with great, clacky little keys that actually have some travel to them. And the keys are nicely spaced so it’s easy to touch type - so much better than the butterfly keyboard on today’s MacBook Pros. I love how easy the case is to take on and off, it looks nice and clean and slim when closed (like a nice book), and having the keyboard “just work” is awesome.

    Cons: It’s definitely expensive for what it is ($99 - or less - would have been much more palatable). The back magnets could be a little stronger (I find the iPad slipping out of the case when trying to change viewing angles). But the one that really chaps me is the exterior material. It’s impossible to keep clean and makes my incredibly expensive and beautiful iPad look kind of tacky. I really wish they’d gone with some sort of durable, textured material instead of this smooth plastic that picks up fingerprints and just general gunk so easily.

    But overall these are minor quibbles in a product that’s all but turned my iPad Pro into a full blown replacement for my MacBook Pro. I agonized over the purchase, but I’ve never once regretted buying it (which is more than I can say for my poor, neglected Apple Pencil). Highly recommended (and would be perfect if Apple would just make those minor changes).