Smart Keyboard Folio for 11-inch iPad Pro - British English

  • £179.00
  •  
  • Overview

    The Smart Keyboard Folio for the 11-inch iPad Pro is a full-size keyboard when you need it to be, provides elegant front and back protection when you don’t, and allows for convenient viewing angles. And with no charging or pairing required, just attach the keyboard and start typing.

  • iPad Models

  • 2.5 Average
    2 out of 5 stars
    Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
    • 3.0 out of 5 stars

      Disappointed

      So I ordered this together with the new Apple Pencil to go with my new iPad Pro 11 inch. Whilst I haven't used a keyboard much with previous iPads, I am looking So I ordered this together with the new Apple Pencil to go with my new iPad Pro 11 inch. Whilst I haven't used a keyboard much with previous iPads, I am looking to step up my digital note taking game so the idea of having a keyboard always there appealed. Besides I needed a case anyway. So on the positive side, the case attaches to the iPad beautifully. The magnets are strong and it wraps around the whole thing whilst still allowing the pencil to remain attached. The keys are nice and it is nice to type on. Like many Apple products, "It Just Works" But it also adds a lot of weight and bulk to the beautifully thin and light iPad making it feel much more like a Surface Pro when carried around the office. With this case attached, the whole thin and light design is lost and it becomes drab, thick and heavy. Even the material used feels sub par. On top of this, when you fold the case back around on itself to use in tablet mode, the keyboard is left exposed so your hand is constantly pressing keys etc. Sure they aren't enabled in this mode but it's still uncomfortable and again, you are left with something that is thick and heavy and uncomfortable in your hand. Yes you could remove the case if you want to use it as just a tablet but that just isn't the way you expect to have to deal with Apple products. On top of all of this, you are paying out a lot of money for this case. So if you really use your iPad with a keyboard for many hours a day, writing stuff, this may be for you. The extra weight and bulk may be worth it but if you just like the idea of having the keyboard just in case, you may be disappointed like I was. So I am now going down the route of the Apple Folio Case (sans keyboard) which is much thinner and lighter (but still made out of the same cheap feeling plastic) and chucking my Microsoft Folding Bluetooth Keyboard into my bag for the occasions when I do have lots to type. YMMV but for me, for the price, I feel Apple didn't deliver something that matched the beauty of the iPad itself.

      • Written by Mark R from Spalding

      241 of 275 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Disappointed

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Not great for an awesome iPad

      The new iPad is pretty special. You would have thought the new keyboard would be a step up from the previous too. On the key front it pretty much is. Same la The new iPad is pretty special. You would have thought the new keyboard would be a step up from the previous too. On the key front it pretty much is. Same layout, same texture, same feel. The only different is the back covers the back of the iPad with magnets and there are two different positions to tile the iPad (I still have no idea how they worked out that these were the two ideal positions because they don't work for me). That's not all where there is changes from this year's new Smart Keyboard compared to last years. Last year's model if you wanted to fold away the keyboard and use the iPad you could very easily, fold it away and hold the iPad comfortably in your hands. This year's model folds around so the keyboard faces out. That's right, if you fold away the keyboard they face downwards so holding the iPad feels very uncomfortable. It feels weird holding the iPad and feeling the keyboard on the otherwise. It makes freak out that I'm gonna hit keys and it will start typing as I'm using the iPad. Very strange design. Another oddity is the overall design of the folio. Last year's case had the folds so the over looked nice with the grooves. It's something that you come to expect as an iPad user and using Apple covers. The new folio is flat at the front, of course no folding parts for the keyboard but when you have something as beautifully designed as the new iPad Pro, something that reflects that in its accessories isn't asking the work. I'd even be happy with a subtle Apple indent at the front. Overall the keyboard is great, can't fault it but compared to last year's folio keyboard it's not great. The design features really let it down and I'm actually looking at third party keyboard and folio cases to replace this one which is a shame to say.

      • Written by Ming Y from Chiswick

      119 of 144 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Not great for an awesome iPad

    • 4.0 out of 5 stars

      Expensive

      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 o 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

      • Written by alan B from newcastle upon tyne

      89 of 107 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Expensive

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Poor materials and durability

      Whilst I initially balked at the price of a keyboard cover touching £190 I went full in with the iPad Pro, pencil 2 etc. The cover was an expensive mistake. Dra Whilst I initially balked at the price of a keyboard cover touching £190 I went full in with the iPad Pro, pencil 2 etc. The cover was an expensive mistake. Drab, grey clammy plastic which marks easily - and the keys constantly mark the screen. Now just 8 months in the surface is starting to 'bubble' and a split is opening up on the hinge. Took it into the local Applestore who said these were just 'cosmetic' issues and unless the cover split completely in two it still technically functioned (!) First real Apple fail Ive encountered. Plan to offload on ebay and buy something more durable, that comes with pencil protection, from logitech or other.

      • Written by d.a.m.0 S from Glasgow

      10 of 10 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Poor materials and durability

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Offers no protection at all

      I bought this keyboard for my new iPadPro11 thinking that it would be the best solution for avoiding having to type on the screen. Yes, it's looks good, and 'ma I bought this keyboard for my new iPadPro11 thinking that it would be the best solution for avoiding having to type on the screen. Yes, it's looks good, and 'mates' well with the iPad. But, once again, this is an Apple product where form and style totally outweighs functionality. It's slim and light so keeps the iPad from feeling bulky. BUT, when my brand new iPad fell out of the smart folio and landed on a concrete floor, resulting in cracked screen, I realised that the Folio offered no protection at all. Typical Jonny Ive design - style over substance !! Luckily Apple replaced the iPad for £39 thanks to Apple Care. I then returned and exchanged the Apple Smart Keyboard Folio for the Logitech keyboard. This is far superior in many ways and offers much better protection, especially at the corners, and has the very real advantage of a back-lit keyboard (unlike the Apple Smart Folio, where typing in the dark is well-nigh impossible). The down-side of the Logitech keyboard is that it adds considerable build and weight to the iPad. But if you use your iPad when out and about, and travel a lot with it, then the Logitech is a far better proposition than the Apple product. Maybe now that Jonny Ive has 'left' Apple we will start seeing some much more practical designs functionality takes precedence over smart and trendy appearances?

      • Written by Geoffrey R from Ashford

      14 of 20 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Offers no protection at all

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Happy

      Spot on folio keyboard, seems to work well & offers a solid degree of general use, in/out of bag & handling protection. I would not rely on it for drops or fall Spot on folio keyboard, seems to work well & offers a solid degree of general use, in/out of bag & handling protection. I would not rely on it for drops or falls, but that’s not what I was looking for. The magnets feel a solid grip on the iPad, but as with any magnet attachment I would never trust picking a device up just by the folio, on the thoughtless occasions I have done so the folio has held, thankfully! On the whole I love it, build quality is sound, magnets work well, keyboard typing is quick, crisp & accurate, my only negatives are, as is typical with Apple, expensive pricing & over-packaging, but I made my choice & bought it. If unsure do try one of the in-store display models, worth doing so in my opinion.

      • Written by Paul F from Southampton

      1 of 1 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Happy

  • Answers from the community