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Smart Keyboard for iPad (7th generation) and iPad Air (3rd generation) - British English

  • £159.00
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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 the new iPad and iPad Air 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.

  • 2.5 Average
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    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Superb solution brings the iPad Pro 10.5 from tablet to mini laptop

      When I took delivery of my iPad Pro 10.5 I really wrestled with the concept of paying *another* £160 for a keyboard to compliment it. But after a couple of w When I took delivery of my iPad Pro 10.5 I really wrestled with the concept of paying *another* £160 for a keyboard to compliment it. But after a couple of weeks, the new iPad (this is my fifth iPad since the launch in 2010) has really demonstrated that it's possible for an iOS device to replace my MacBookPro for many of the tasks I use it for. While on a business trip in Asia, I needed to type up some documents and found my laptop too heavy to lug around the mass transport system, from meeting to meeting. So I purchased the keyboard for my iPad and I've opened up a whole new world of useage for my iOS device. I'm sorry, I can't agree with the other reviews comments that the keyboard is an origami nightmare - it's not. With a simple flick to the left and then use your thumb to flip out the keyboard itself, just requires a twist to the wrist to align the iPad into the storage grove and hey presto - a tablet becomes a mini laptop. The feel of the keys is far better than I dared hope, and far far better after a few days than my first impressions in the Apple Store led me to believe. I'm writing this with my iPad and keyboard perched on a stool and it's perfectly useable. All in all, I think this device transforms and already superb tablet into a massively useful content creation device - and for this, it's worth the purchase price.

      • Written by Philip T from Warsash

      372 of 384 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Superb solution brings the iPad Pro 10.5 from tablet to mini laptop

    • 3.0 out of 5 stars

      Origami vs Functionality

      As expected, the build quality is excellent and the 'snappy' connection feel solid. An oversight with many 3rd party producers of bluetooth keyboard cases is As expected, the build quality is excellent and the 'snappy' connection feel solid. An oversight with many 3rd party producers of bluetooth keyboard cases is that the keys often are in touch with the screen when 'closed up'. This can potentially allow things to be caught between keys and the screen a result in potential damage to your screen. This is not the case with the Apple Smart Keyboard and the way the keyboard folds back inside allows for the extra screen protection. This extra protections comes at a cost... It can sometimes feel like you are grappling with a piece of origami when either setting up or putting away. Resting on your legs with the keyboard can also be troublesome as it has a join which means it doesn't hold its own weight unless it is on a flat surface. (Think sitting up in bed using your knees as support) I would also still very much like to see some sort of integration options for the Apple Pencil. I have had to resort to a third party piece of elastic that does fit well to the Smart Case, but for £160 I think Apple could have better utilised the magnets to 'grip' the pencil or a sleeve on the depressed front of the case to store a pencil.

      • Written by Christopher H from Water

      283 of 315 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Origami vs Functionality

    • 4.0 out of 5 stars

      Be patient

      It took me a while to get to grips with how the keyboard connected to the iPad. After reading the first review and going online it became apparently clear. It i It took me a while to get to grips with how the keyboard connected to the iPad. After reading the first review and going online it became apparently clear. It is a bit like origami, but I was please it did everything I wanted; keyboard, proctecting the screen and separate charging i.e you do not have to charge it. The keyboard feels nice on the fingertips! Probably not something you think about, but when I'm in thought, I run my fingers over the keys - the equivalent to a fidget spinner or comfort blanket. The first review mentions there is nowhere for the pen to go, I agree it doesn't have it's own little pocket, but it does stick to the back of the keyboard when covering the screen or when you are using the keyboard you can tuck it behind the iPad in the triangle bit that holds up the iPad. I wish I could put up a picture up to show you. It's lightweight; slips into my handbag and can use it on the go, doesn't add much to weight to my bag like a normal laptop. I've used Logitech before which is a heavier but still great, however I think I prefer this. The proof is in the pudding and how long it will last for the amount of money I have paid.

      • Written by Linda B from Little Neston

      205 of 226 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Be patient

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      For its price, its not worth it.. does not last long..

      I loved this keyboard but right after i finished my contract on my ipad pro and now, it stopped working or having its hiccups.. after a month its done. Went to I loved this keyboard but right after i finished my contract on my ipad pro and now, it stopped working or having its hiccups.. after a month its done. Went to apple store to get it looked at. They offered me a replacement for £135. Didn't even explain whats wrong and felt like he was rushing me to finish my appointment, so i forgot to ask what could’ve been the problem! Not buying again... knowing it will only last 1 year or so..

      • Written by kristelle C from Edinburgh

      1 of 2 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?For its price, its not worth it.. does not last long..

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Total and utter rubbish

      What is it with apple charging you a fortune for something you can get down the market for a tenner, no what you get down the market actually works. This produ What is it with apple charging you a fortune for something you can get down the market for a tenner, no what you get down the market actually works. This product is the worst product I have ever bought from apple and I have had three laptops that never worked. Don’t waste your money or time, I sent mine back within ten minutes of it being delivered. Apple seem to think they can treat you like an idiot an make total rubbish and charge you a fortune, well I have news for you apple you can’t any longer. 0 stars

      • Written by Stuart M from Street

      12 of 26 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Total and utter rubbish

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      As per the others. Great for 18 months

      It would appear that I also have fallen foul of the shoddy keyboard. It has been great since Jan 18 when I brought it. however it now doesn't work at all.

      • Written by Rob M from LONDON

      16 of 19 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?As per the others. Great for 18 months