• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard but Don’t Buy if you need a Backlight

    • Written by Jared L from Bethlehem

    The keyboard for me has not had any bad issues with functionality. However, I will admit the keyboard has some design appearance issues like discoloring in some of the edges and the material being bad on some of the keys. But It still gets the job the done and I like it. Agreed not worth the $200 but it’s also not the worse thing ever. Way better than last years model I would say!

    43 of 48 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I don't really understand the poor reviews - Good Keyboard

    • Written by Armando M A from Anderson

    I see people complaining about the lack of a back lit keyboard. I don't understand this. I would say that 99% of people using the ipad pro, have been using a keyboard for over 10 years. That being said, How do you not have the standard keyboard memorized? I guess that's just me, but I think the keyboard is fine. I like that it protects the back finally. I see others also complaining about "scratches on the screen". I don't think that is going to happen because of the much improved gorilla glass. I guess for some people, if you're going to pay $200 for a keyboard then you should get all the bells and whistles and I can't disagree with that. This keyboard should be $129 & that is why I won't give this 5 stars. To the people who DO complain about spending the $200, why did you buy it? If you "need" it, then why did you buy the ipad pro, only to complain? Logic seems lost with some people.

    The keyboard is good. Not $200 good, but it is good.

    46 of 66 people found this useful

  • 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.

    27 of 32 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard, just way too expensive

    • Written by David G from Blairsville

    The Smart Keyboard Folio makes my work for school and other stuff easier. The keys feel nice and very responsive, Though after very long periods of use will leave a bit of a strain, and not having a full size keyboard will feel weird at first, but you’ll get used to it as you use it more and more. It misses the volume and brightness keys and a Siri key and its way too over priced. I say you should definitely buy this keyboard, if you don’t have the money buy a cheaper alternative.

    13 of 18 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice typing Experience, Feels good to hold.

    • Written by Nicole S from Horsham

    I had a 9.7” iPad Pro prior to purchasing the iPad Pro 12.9. I always used the Logitech create portfolio case before and I loved the typing experience with the function keys and back lighting. Although the Apple Smart Keyboard does not have the backlit keys, function keys, or even the traditional plastic feel, I LOVE typing on this keyboard. It took a few days to get used to but I love the way that it feels when I am typing, and it gives the iPad an all around put together feel. It is slim and light weight but it does not feel cheap....like some of these reviews are saying. It is a sturdy product and I can see myself using this for a long time. I love it. I can’t give it a 5 star review because it is missing the function and backlit keys, which I think is essential to have, but it still deserves 4/5.

    20 of 24 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Mostly Good With Some Pain Points

    • Written by Jody V from Royse City

    Good:
    - The keys feel great
    - I like that that it covers the front and back when closed
    - Great keyboard shortcuts (Follows along with many MacOS shortcuts like the previous models)
    - Feels light and sturdy
    - Great for lap use
    - Multiple viewing angles
    - Spill-proof

    Meh:
    - Not sure why people are so obsessed with it not being backlit. Learn to touch type? It's...not backlit I guess
    - No color options
    - No protection for the pencil

    Bad:
    - The keys are exposed on the back when in tablet mode
    - None of the felt-like material for protecting the keys / screen like on the previous model
    - Very expensive compared to competing products
    - No viewing angle with the keyboard folded on the back

    45 of 47 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good, but with HUGE problem

    • Written by VADIM C from Chisinau

    Love the feel, love how low profile it is, low that there is no need to charge it.

    However I hate the separate button for language switching. I gave it several months hoping I will get used to it. Nope, still hate it. Maybe it’s useful for someone who’s never used Mac, but I just can’t understand why there is no option to use custom shortcut for language switching.

    At home I always use my iMac and a shortcut for language switching. When going somewhere or traveling iPad Pro is always with me. While switching between these devices it dvers me crazy that the shortcuts for language switching are not the same. Apple, this is bad design.

    16 of 26 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Just arrived and I’m impressed.

    • Written by MATT W from Fort Wayne

    As someone who can touch type, the lack of a lit keyboard means nothing to me; for one, it would be a battery drain and two, it is completely unnecessary. Typing on it feels somewhere between the new butterfly keyboards and the old Mac keyboards; it doesn’t have a ton of travel, but it is comfortable to type on. I am also not worried about the keys being exposed to the screen when closed. While Apple has had a few misfires over the years, I find it unimaginable that they would make a support product that would intentionally harm a main component — but only time will tell. I took a star away for the lack of a secure pencil holder and the lack of options in material and color. That said, it feels like it will be a fine tool.

    15 of 18 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard

    • Written by Justin H from Woodbridge

    Not back lit? As someone has already said, learn to touch type. In this day and age you should be doing that anyway. This keyboard has allowed me to use my iPad Pro for business reports overseas without ever touching the MacBook Pro that I brought along in case I needed it. The keyboard works as advertised, is comfortable to use and I like the two different angles, because I like to lay in bed in the hotel room in the evening and watch baseball with the iPad Pro on the lamp table beside the bed. The keyboard allows for the upright angle to do that. For my previous iPad Pro 9.7 I had to stick something behind the device to get a higher angle.

    Pretty expensive, though, but I’ve been using this for more than a month now and have mostly forgot about the price. I only mention it, because absolutely everybody else does.

    20 of 28 people found this useful