• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Rush job

    • Written by Shaun H from Oak Park

    The good: This keyboard offers adequate protection for your iPad Pro 12.9 when its in your bag and travelling with you. When you are sitting on the couch, the case offers good stability on your lap. It has 2 angles when in 'laptop mode' which is handy, and the fact its completely magnet driven is great. I find the magnets to be strong, and they offer unparalleled convenience. Thumbs up for that. Unfortunately, this is where the good news ends.

    The bad: The materials are cheap. There is a nice felt covering on the inside rear of the case, which will protect the rear of the ipad nicely, but they didnt bring this around to the front. The front is plasticy and cheap. So are the keys. The keys don't feel tactile. And, equally as frustrating are the sharp edges all the way around! With Microsoft producing these beautiful Alacantra keyboards for their Surface Pro line, it makes the Apple keyboard EMBARASSING and not worth anything close to the $299 AUD asking price. Give this a miss.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Keyboard for ipad Pro ��

    • Written by Austin N from San Jose

    I’ve had this keyboard for over 3 weeks now and I’m really loving it. Very easy to use, it attaches magnetically and no charging is needed for the keyboard. I’m very satisfied with this product.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Exactly what I wanted (almost)!

    • Written by Alexandra N from Tulsa

    I’m not sure why there are so many harsh reviews of this case. The only reason I gave it 4/5 stars is because the keys aren’t backlit, which is testing my typing skills, and I don’t understand why it’s so expensive. The case itself is sturdy, doesn’t add bulk, protective, and the keyboard itself is easy to use thanks to the keys being raised. The bottom of the case and the keyboard itself is hard plastic so you can easily balance the case on your lap and type while reclining on a sofa or in bed or wherever. I don’t have any real issues with this case and contrary to what I’ve read about its being cheap-looking and feeling or the magnets aren’t functioning properly or the iPad will slip out of the case, I disagree. My advice: don’t manhandle your iPad or the case and you’ll see that this case works perfectly well!

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Highly anticipated, sorely disappointed!!!

    • Written by Jeff M from St Augustine

    I should have waited for the arrival of the Logitech version and saved my $200. This keyboard is such a disappointment, so disappointing in fact that one can’t even simply turn the volume up and down, start and stop video and the drop protection is non existent to say the least! Returning it and waiting for a real keyboard!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not a keeper for iPad Pro

    • Written by Joyce P from Woodland Hills

    Got mine last night and took one look at this product and sent it back in the morning without even trying it. After spending so much money for my 12.9 iPad Pro there was no way that I would trust this keyboard to hold my new 3rd generation iPad. Apple make a product that is a case and keyboard in one. If you do make this case + keyboard I will buy it, but this one is not a keeper.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The worst Apple product currently available, sorry Apple!

    • Written by Ian F from Ashbourne

    I have to say I am a big Apple fan and have spent more than an average user on Apple products because they are so good. So this is a review from an Apple fan and loyal customer. So I was looking forward to getting the smart keyboard after such a long lead time and after hearing how special it would be during the keynote. Now it has arrived I am so disappointed and I will be returning it. As many reviews will say the clicking together of iPad and case are fine, but just that, fine. Yes it needs a backlight too. The feel however, is very plastic, very cheap Chinese plastic. It is bad, really bad, the edges around the keyboard are sharp and feel really cheap. It feels like something you would buy on eBay for £9.99 and then send back. It’s like the old cases you would get, hardboard covered in plastic with edges sealing it all If you are considering this keyboard go and see on in the flesh first and ask yourself is this really worth paying for. My last iPad Pro keyboard was Logitech, I shall be hoping their new keyboard comes on sale soon. I love you Apple but you dropped the all on this one.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    • Written by Daniel G from Petersfield

    I have been waiting for this to arrive since I bought my new iPad and I am over the moon. It is a solid well made keyboard/case. The iPad feels secure and the case feels very well made. The connection is seamless and the keyboard (which I am using to write this) is very good quality. I have no issue what so ever and the price is what you pay for a premium product. I would highly recommend this

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Massive Disappointment!

    • Written by Michael H from Condobolin

    Bad quality with very cheap feel and bad design, The Smart keyboard folio is a massive let down of the premium iPad Pro experience! I have decided not to buy the new iPad Pro simply because there is no decent keyboard case for it as Apple's own product is very flawed and cost a fortune!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Just total trash

    • Written by Angel R from Poughkeepsie

    The keyboard is horrible feels like they put no work into this at all, Whom ever designed this junk I am typing on is insane and $200 is even more insane for what you are getting I am returning this ASAP and buying a third part Bluetooth keyboard seriously APPLE!!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    My favorite keyboard

    • Written by Owen M from Arvada

    This has been my favorite keyboard since the iPad Pro launched in 2015. The fabric keyboard Apple puts out is the most comfortable keyboard I've ever typed on. I've typed over 200 pages worth of text for my masters program all on these fabric keyboards.

    The new Smart Keyboard Folio doesn't disappoint. I'm glad that it stays on very well with magnets to the new iPad Pro 12.9" (3rd gen.). It does run a little thicker, but with that comes the added sturdiness when its on my lap typing in a chair at Starbucks. The Pencil, this keyboard, and the iPad Pro is the "computer" I travel with day in and day out. I only every go back to my Mac to work in Photoshop, although that too will come soon to iPad! So great!

    Ultimately, personal keyboard preference may lead you elsewhere, but this keyboard is truly one of my personal favorites.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    The keyboard is pretty good, but it makes the iPAD pretty uncomfortable

    • Written by Allan C from NEWTOWNABBEY

    As a portable keyboard it is decent. Its not a mechanical keyboard like others available for the older model, and it has no backlighting either, but it feels pretty good to type on. Handy for longer emails and other duties.

    My main issue with the design is not the lack of lighting or the keys, but the fact that if you hold it in a traditional tablet way, you end up with your fingers that would normally rest on the back of the tablet hitting the keys. Thankfully that doesn't mean the key presses register as apple disable the keyboard in this position, but it feels awful. It also adds a fair bit of thickness to the overall shape.

    I would like to see the new model from Apple at least featuring some kind of backlit on the keys, for less than ideal lighting conditions. I appreciate that would likely reduce battery life a little, but having the option to have even a minor glow would be great.

    I think its pretty overpriced for what you get, and really only useful for those who need to type a lot on the iPad on the move, and who wont want to carry around a (typically better) bluetooth keyboard with them.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    What is Apple thinking?

    • Written by FRANK C from SALISBURY

    I had the 11” version of this cover and took it back. There is almost nothing good about it. First of all, it’s wildly overpriced for what it is and the choice of materials. Apple, who used to pride themselves on having beautiful hardware, designs this case that looks like its a cheap copy off a low grade auction site. No Apple branding hurts the visuals even more at the high price they charge for this. There are folks putting stickers all over these things trying to make it look more interesting than what it is. There are only two positions and the upright position is nearly unusable especially on the 11”. They haven’t figured out by now how to make multiple positions? Then there is the biggest issue of not having any side protection at all with this or the standard folio cover. I thought covers were mostly to protect the device and not to show off how clever you can be with magnets. Has anyone seen the drop tests of these on line and how they survive a drop? You are trusting everything to some magnets, which will not help a bit when dropped. Also while the Apple Pencil charging on the side of the iPad is good, it is another thing that offers no protection and is incredibly easy to knock off. That pencil should be in a slot built in to the case with an open spot for it to charge while there. I imagine Speck will have this long before Apple even thinks of it as their cases already have a slot for the pencil, but current models won’t charge yet. No backlit keys, which at this price point is not acceptable, especially when competitors seem to be able to do it for an even cheaper price.. Probably the most laughable thing about this case and what makes it look like it was designed by a six grader is the way the keyboard is exposed when the case is open. Flat out stupid design. Apple has always put focus on how their products feel in the hand and anyone trying to use this case open and having your hands rest on the open keyboard in back is just plain weird and feels terrible. This case makes me feel like it was rushed out against a timeline with no logo, no leather option, poor design with the open keyboard, no protection of the sides and a price which does not reflect the materials. I can only hope Apple puts one of their better design teams on this and comes up with an alternative to this that is in line with the new iPads in a premium leather edition, which this one is clearly not. I think this case is an embarrassment for Apple, and I will keep mine in a sleeve until either Apple or a third party company comes out with a properly designed case.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

    • Written by Marsha G from Lethbridge

    I was really excited about this product as it seemed to combine the best of the Apple smart keyboard from the previous generation with all the features I liked about my Logitech Type+ keyboard folio that I'd been using on my iPad Air 2, which my new iPad pro was replacing. I needed a keyboard for my new iPad and this one was the only one available so close to the new Pro's drop date, so ok.

    What I like about it: it fits the iPad Pro perfectly. It's very streamlined and simple, yet gives the impression it protects the iPad well - it was important to me to have something that covered the iPad's back. The keyboard is a good size and the keys are nice to use (I've used some in the past where you have to adjust your typing style bc you keep hitting the wrong key due to strange placement...none of that). I like the folio style; when propped open it works the same as my Type+ keyboard folio did, as in perfectly fine to use on your lap or the sofa. Pairing is super simple, just attach it and done. The magnets keep the folio on securely, including keeping it closed when not in use.

    What I don't like: It's not much to look at - some colour options would've been nice? Quite drab. I miss the Type+ shortcut keys. They were different than the built-in keyboard shortcuts this one offers, and I miss their functionality. It is difficult to remove the bottom half of the iPad from the magnetic attachment points (to open it and place it in the Type position) as they have a very strong hold, sometimes when I do this the case comes off entirely. One key had the labelling already coming off straight out of the box, not impressed but it's one letter on 'command', nothing I'd return it over. The biggest thing for me is the material it's made from. I've read other reviews that called it 'cheap', I don't think it appears so. It does however collect fingerprints like nobody's business. I live in a dry climate and have to apply hand lotion and eye ointments regularly; at the end of the day this case looks like it's been manhandled by a toddler eating pudding - it's not like my hands are dirty or greasy, just every little touch leaves a mark and they will NOT come off. I can get it somewhat presentable again by wiping it with a washcloth, but it only lasts til the next time I touch it. I also am not thrilled that the keys are right up against the screen - most folios have ridges that hold the screen away from the keys. I'm not concerned about the keys damaging the screen so much as the entire package getting compressed in my backpack (I kind of have to carry it in a backpack, I'm a student) and if the keys are getting squashed are they going to stop working at some point soon? Because (my last point) this thing wasn't cheap - other manufacturers make keyboard folios that cost 1/2 - 2/3 what this one did, and frankly they're better...

    I'm a diehard Apple fan. This product is the first time ever I've been disappointed. By the time another option is available from a different manufacturer it'll be too late to return this, otherwise I would.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice piece of kit but doesn’t really protect the iPad

    • Written by Nicole P from East Alton

    I was actually impressed when I got this out of the box. Everything is magnetic. Unlike the old folding cases that always flop down and slam the iPad down on the table, this one clicks in place with magnets. They are super strong too. It takes a good bit of pull to move the iPad to a different position. The case itself is held on by the same strong magnet. Which is pretty impressive. The reason I knocked a star off is because there is no corner or side protection. I’m clumsy and always make sure to put a shock absorbing case on my iphone and previous iPad. Considering how much my new iPad set me back, I wish it had some shock absorbing coverage. Maybe just sell some clear corner bumpers to snap on? That would give me some piece of mind. As a result I pack my iPad in a sleeve everywhere I go but it still doesn’t protect it from my butter fingers. Now I treat it like a newborn everytime I pick it up just to be sure. I don’t care that the keys aren’t backlit. I don’t type in low light due to the eye strain it gives me and I don’t stare at the keyboard when I type so its a non issue for me. I would guess that in a low light situation, the ipad should illuminate the keyboard enough to see what your doing if you needed it anyways. I like not having the extra light blaring up at me from the keyboard. The keys have a nice tactile feel and the case works pretty darn well. I only wish it had shock absorption for protecting my iPad.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Keyboard garbage

    • Written by Geoffrey J from Tempe

    1st its not worth $200. 2. Its a design nightmare. 3. No Backlite on keyboard, wow really Apple. 4. The design team that has put this together all need to be fired. Its junk. Its pathetic that Apple didnt work ahead of time with Logitech or one of the others to design a real keyboard. If I could give it less than 1 star I would.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best so far

    • Written by Ernesto M from Elkhart

    Works very good, and it’s very elegant and works fast wait did I did mention that it works pretty fast ?! AMZING

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard and Cover

    • Written by Amish P from STANFORD-LE-HOPE

    Just received this today and it's a great Keyboard and a Cover to protect the iPad Pro.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great...just not Perfect

    • Written by Frank W from BEDFORD

    Let me get this out of the way first and foremost..it’s simply to costly at $199, $139 would have been reasonable and $169 for the backlit version, but that’s not an option....R I G H T? But I bought the non backlit version for a premium price, it better withstand the test of time.
    Actually i think it’s a Great case/KB and the magnetic connections are spot on everytime and the keys are really responsive (don’t like the delete key, every press of the key removes one charter). I actually prefer typing on the built in KB on this 12.9” iPad over the external KB. Somebody’s probably going to get a really good deal on my Smart KB Folio when ever I get the ZuGu Maze case, unless I return it, then again I like this KB so well I might just keep it. I really have to see how the ZuGu Maze works out.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Keyboard lacks basic functions for price

    • Written by Jason V from North Ridgeville

    While this keyboard is definitely a step up from the previous generation, it is missing very basic functionality moving it backwards in other places. No home button without doing a keyboard shortcut and no control of volume from the keyboard. I upgraded from the previous generation iPad Pro with Logitech keyboard and I feel like this is a step backwards. I could quickly adjust the volume when needed on my Logitech and exit/switch apps much easier with the home button. I am not liking this swipe up to unlock because it just feels clunky. How am I supposed to replace my laptop when it takes twice as long to get from one app to another. At least add a mouse if this is the case.

    Thanks,
    -JasonV

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but very un-Apple

    • Written by Sigmund J from london

    After spending so much money on the new iPad Pro it's horrible to put something on this device that feels so cheap. The keyboard is functional but to have to feel the keys when in a normal browsing orientation feels so very un-Apple. Also it feels like an oversight not to have function keys on an accessory for a 'pro' device. Please, please, please create a superior keyboard folio for the professionals you marketed the new iPad to.

    26 of 27 people found this useful