• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Super Functional but Terrible Material

    • Written by Laura P from HOUSTON

    This keyboard is outstanding. Typing feels like a computer and it is very satisfying. My two complaints are that the edges of the iPad are not protected. I dropped my iPad and there is tiny dent/chip right on the edge where the glass meets the metal... this is because the case doesn’t protect the edges. Kind of necessary? In addition, the external material of this case gets INCREDIBLY dirty. I have tried cleaning it with every possible tech cleaner, water, etc. Nothing gets it clean and it looks grubby and beat up super fast. Hate that.

    28 of 28 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Many Issues, But Also Some Great Features

    • Written by Anonymous

    On my keyboard case, the spacebar has a noticeable discoloration or “wear”, right where I click on it all the time. I started noticing this after only a month after I got this product (the warranty does not cover cosmetic damage...). This is only a big deal when the lighting conditions are right, but it seems unacceptable given the price you pay for this. Another thing I don’t like is only having two viewing angles. I rarely use the angle where the iPad is almost 90 degrees, and the second angle is only good if I use the iPad on my lap, not on a desk. This case also makes the iPad Pro 12.9” noticeably heavier and inconvenient to hold for a long time while using. The color is overall boring, and I wish there were more color options. Also, why no backlit keys?

    The thing I like about this case is the keys are nicely spaced, pleasant to click on, and give a nice, quiet click. I also like how the entire case easy it is to clean (the material dries really quick!). The iPad is easy to remove from the case since it’s only attached via magnets, and I love how secure it is when it is in keyboard mode. I discovered from a YouTuber that if you flip the keyboard on your desk so that the letters are facing upside down, you can use this setup for drawing for example (although it looks ridiculous). Overall, I would not recommend this product unless you plan on using your iPad on your desk most of the time, want the convenience of having an all-in-one keyboard, case and stand, and don’t mind the questionable, low quality especially at this price. Apple seriously has a lot to learn and improve on with this product, but there are some things it does well. Hopefully future keyboard cases will be less expensive (while having better quality somehow) and address the common issues.

    28 of 32 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It Is What It Is...

    • Written by JACOBÍ M from HOUSTON

    Off the bat, yes, this product is EXTREMELY overpriced for what you’re getting.

    LIKES:
    - look and feel of product
    - it covers the front and back of device
    - quite sturdy when using on lap, or other non-tabletop surface
    - two different viewing angles

    DISLIKES:
    - of course... PRICE
    - no other color options (we could’ve at least gotten Poduct RED)
    - NOT backlit — this really baffled me, especially at this price point, and Smart Connector thruput
    - when using in portrait mode, the keyboard is exposed on the backside... I can already see this causing issues in the (near) future, and Apple will probably not be helpful, or replace with a better version
    - Apple is really touting the “Augmented Reality (AR) future”, but with this keyboard/case — when folded over — it covers the camera (which ALL AR apps require), so you only have two choices for using any type of iSight camera-required app: [A] let the keyboard dangle on the left side of the device (which is a bit ridiculous, and uncomfortable), or [B] remove the product completely, which defeats the point of it... and, is also, a bit ridiculous

    * Apple was very “smart” with their marketing by not calling this a “case”... it’s a “folio”

    This puzzling product seriously does make one wonder what was going through the engineers’ — and, marketers’ — minds when they were developing this product, especially knowing that customers would pretty have to purchase this (or, the overpriced Smart Folio) for device protection since they most likely didn’t give reputable 3rd party companies the schematics for these devices so they could prepare and offer other options for release day. For shame, Apple. For shame.

    Recently, a lot of the company’s choices have become VERY questionable...

    40 of 47 people found this useful

  • 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.

    78 of 88 people found this useful

  • 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.

    6 of 6 people found this useful