Smart Keyboard for 9.7‑inch iPad Pro - US English

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  • Overview

    The Smart Keyboard combines advanced technologies to create a keyboard like no other. It’s a full-size keyboard that’s fully portable, and it connects to iPad Pro with the Smart Connector. Just attach the Smart Keyboard and start typing. And when you’re done, it folds to create a slim, lightweight cover.

  • iPad Models

    • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • 3.0 Average
    3 out of 5 stars
    Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Exceeds all of my expectations

      I've never been compelled to write a review for an Apple Product before, despite being a loyal consumer since the first iPod Touch. However, I was seriously on I've never been compelled to write a review for an Apple Product before, despite being a loyal consumer since the first iPod Touch. However, I was seriously on the fence about this keyboard. I really loved the idea of the bigger iPad Pro when it came out last year because of the keyboard and the pencil, but the size was just too much for me so I passed it up. Now when this smaller iPad Pro was announced, I jumped at the chance to pre-order but I have been very skeptical about the keyboard. I used the larger version in the store and thought it was great, but upon receiving this one a few days ago ahead of the iPad Pro 9.7 launch, I was very hesitant. Handling it on it's own you can tell it's a quality product. It looks and feels great. The laser ablated fabric covering is fantastic and you will have no worries about ever getting any kind of gunk or grime under your keys. In theory, this keyboard should last a very long time. Though it was the size I was concerned about. I'm a writer and I can type over 90 WPM with very high accuracy, so I am extremely picky about keyboards. Bluetooth keyboards in the past have always left me disappointed, usually because of dumb pairing issues, keys being too close together, bulkiness, etc. But this.. this keyboard is totally different. I received my iPad Pro 9.7 today on launch day and I immediately popped on my Smart Keyboard. Within two minutes at BEST, I was typing full speed. Looking at it, I thought I would have to give it a little bit of force for the keys to respond accurately, but I was very pleasantly surprised that a natural, gentle touch is all you need. The keys are extremely responsive and feel great under my fingers. The keys "look" like they are too small or too tightly spaced, but I have zero issues typing on it. I am typing this review on it right now and it's amazing. For something so thin and compact, it performs just as well as a much larger (and just as expensive) desktop keyboard. It adds very little bulk and weight to the iPad Pro, certainly much less than any other competitor keyboards out there right now, and likely to remain so. With the Apple Silicone Case and the Smart Keyboard, I can still easily fit the iPad Pro in my purse, just as I did with my "old" iPad Air. As a writer who travels often, I can't say enough for how important this is to me. I no longer have to carry around a laptop bag or backpack with my MacBook Pro in it. For my needs as a writer, the new iPad Pro 9.7 with this Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil fulfill all my needs and will replace my MacBook, no question about it. I've seen and heard the gripes about it being awkward to fold, and I just want to say, it's not. It takes 30 seconds to figure out how to use it as a keyboard and as a stand, and then you're good to go. I had the same very brief learning curve the first time I got a Smart Cover for one of my iPads years ago. It's not hard and it works perfectly. Others have complained about the viewing angle. I've been using a Smart Case on my iPad Air for two years which has the same standard viewing angle and I've never had any want for more, so I don't expect it to be an issue here either. It's perfect for typing and watching videos, and if I'm playing games, the keyboard is off and the iPad Pro is in my hands anyway. The only thing I will say is that if you plan to use the Apple Pencil (which is also wonderful and the best stylus I've ever used) you may want to pick up a Smart Cover or some other option as writing on the iPad Pro upright is awkward at best, but that is neither here nor there when it comes to the Smart Keyboard. I hope this helped some of you who may be in a similar dilemma regarding the size of the Smart Keyboard. If in doubt, try it at the Apple Store. As a writer, I love it and my fingers have graced many keyboards over the years. This is hands down the best tablet keyboard I've ever used. Nothing else even comes close.

      • Written by Jennifer J from White Bear Lake

      1119 of 1193 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Exceeds all of my expectations

    • 4.0 out of 5 stars

      Nice Keyboard, but what's with the hump?

      I was a little scared to buy this. I used (and loved) my Logitech keyboard with my iPad 3, but I liked the idea of the Smart Connector for the iPad Pro. It' I was a little scared to buy this. I used (and loved) my Logitech keyboard with my iPad 3, but I liked the idea of the Smart Connector for the iPad Pro. It's actually a nice little keyboard. I like the feel of the keys and it's light and doesn't add much bulk. I have two complaints. First, when the keyboard is folded and being used as a cover, about 2/3 of the cover is a fat "hump" with the remaining third (the part without the keyboard) is much thinner. It doesn't impact the functionality, but it looks goofy and is a very "un-Apple" design. Second, they could have easily added a loop or pocket to this case to hold the Apple Pencil, but didn't. The pencil is very nice, but it's smooth and round with no clip (or way to add one), so I haven't figured out how to keep it "connected" to the iPad.

      • Written by DAVID F from Centerton

      854 of 919 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Nice Keyboard, but what's with the hump?

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Perfect accessory for the new 9.7 iPad Pro

      My new 9.7 iPad Pro was delivered today. I quickly realized that while the dimensions are the same as the iPad Air 2, I forgot about the 4 speakers! So, my o My new 9.7 iPad Pro was delivered today. I quickly realized that while the dimensions are the same as the iPad Air 2, I forgot about the 4 speakers! So, my old keyboard case would not work. So, off I went to the Apple Store to get the Pro Smart Keyboard. I love this keyboard. PROS: no pairing required, keys have a good tactile feel and very receptive, size of the keyboard allows for easy typing, love that it has the directional arrow keys and wake/sleep feature CONS: I wish it was flat when closed but it is less bothersome than I thought it would be; and I wish it came in more colors Review written with the Smart Keyboard and my iPad Pro 9.7

      • Written by Patricia H from Virginia Beach

      691 of 746 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Perfect accessory for the new 9.7 iPad Pro

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      As many have said, DID NOT LAST!

      The product worked well initially, I used it daily during course lectures to type notes, it was very versatile. However, about 7 months after purchase the keybo The product worked well initially, I used it daily during course lectures to type notes, it was very versatile. However, about 7 months after purchase the keyboard became defective all of a sudden. It appears that there is some sort of a connection issue. I attached/detached the keyboard a few times in an attempt to establish a connection, and it appeared to work a few times, but now the keyboard does not seem to respond at all (despite being attached to the iPad).

      • Written by Rohan P from Russellville

      7 of 7 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?As many have said, DID NOT LAST!

    • 4.0 out of 5 stars

      Decent Portable Keyboard for Landscape Typing

      Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro 9.7” Review The number one reason for buying this keyboard would be this: Whenever you tap something on the iPad that causes the Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro 9.7” Review The number one reason for buying this keyboard would be this: Whenever you tap something on the iPad that causes the software keyboard to slide up and cover nearly half of the screen, because when this keyboard is connected (with the exception of the lock screen set up with alphanumeric passphrase), you will not see the keyboard and will therefore have much more screen real estate to work with while typing. This keyboard is for landscape typing only, and it delivers that function exactly. The benefit of the Smart Connector interface for connectivity is that it does not require charging, Bluetooth pairing, nor is there much (if any) delay between when you hit a key and you see the reaction on the screen. Typing on this takes acclimating to, as the keys may feel stiff at first, but it gets easier with time as the keys “settle in”. There is no row of function keys above the row of numbers, meaning no system-wide controls for volume, brightness, play, pause, skip, rewind (to name a few examples). This next point may be quite obvious, but you will not be able to use this keyboard while the iPad is in portrait mode without some serious hand acrobatics. If you frequently use voice dictation, be warned that you have to fold the keyboard behind the iPad and form the base into a triangle and enter “Viewing mode” in order to temporarily bring up the on-screen keyboard that has the microphone logo you can touch to enable dictation. The keyboard is NOT a completely silent keyboard, because the mechanism inside the keys themselves make soft clickety noises when typing normally, although this is something that some people may desire, as it definitely makes one look and appear studious and/or productive. Be prepared to accidentally hit CAPS LOCK when you meant to hit TAB, since the tab key is located to the left of the letter “Q” key and the CAPS LOCK is quite large, pressable, and is located to the left of the “A” key on home row. This is certainly something I’d change about the layout if I could. Recently, I have also began to notice that sometimes the system’s Autocorrect goes through and “fixes” words that I typed exactly how I’d meant to (e.g. changing random “its” to “it’s” and vice versa). I am unsure whether that is a symptom of using this keyboard throwing off the built-in spellcheck/autocorrect software or if it’s completely unrelated to the keyboard. A pedantically technical and boring note is this (don’t say I didn’t warn ya): If you want to start the beginning of a line with a lowercase letter but it become auto-capitalized, BUT you don’t want to disable AutoCapitalization in the keyboard settings, typing that letter twice will make the second instance of the letter lowercase and this will allow you to go back and delete the first letter that was incorrectly capitalized. For example, if I typed “iPad” and it autocorrected to “IPad”, I can just type “Ii” and go back and delete the wrongly capitalized “I” I like the microfiber textured bottom of the keyboard along with the three-paneled triangle mechanism that gives the iPad support, as it does make a pretty nifty front cover with just half of the front raised slightly because of the actual keyboard underneath. You will want to invest in a back cover to protect the iPad Pro but does not cover the Smart Connector on the side so the keyboard can be docked. I don’t think this keyboard works for any games on iPad that would use left, right, up, and down swipes to play (I tested Crossy Road, Slither.io and Retro Snake), although a majority of iPad games Overall, this is a keyboard that I would recommend to people who frequently type documents, fill out webforms, and need to maximize the amount of screen they can use while typing.

      • Written by Youngjoon C from Chantilly

      2 of 2 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Decent Portable Keyboard for Landscape Typing

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Keyboard Review

      At first this keyboard worked brilliantly. It did take a bit to get used to, but better than most blue-tooth keyboards. The biggest problem I have encountered w At first this keyboard worked brilliantly. It did take a bit to get used to, but better than most blue-tooth keyboards. The biggest problem I have encountered was, I will hear keys being pressed when it's closed. This causes the battery to drain and most times I am unaware. I am constantly opening the iPad to no battery life left. Very frustrating.

      • Written by brent P from Winnebago

      2 of 2 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Keyboard Review

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