• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    The Best iPad Keyboard By Far - But There’s Still Room For Improvemenmt

    • Written by 준현 문 from 성남시 분당구 운중동

    Pros
    - Great tactile response for such a thin keyboard
    - Smart Connector negates the need for any pairing or charging - it’s already ready for use, just like a laptop keyboard
    - Unlike a laptop keyboard, it doubles as a cover that is always attached to the iPad, which makes the device extremely versatile. I can easily use it as a normal tablet even with the Smart Keyboard on, or I can easily remove the Smart Keyboard whenever I want to use the iPad alone.
    - At 0.5 pounds, it’s very lightweight for an iPad keyboard case, which usually weighs more than 0.8 pounds
    - Pretty stable for such a lightweight and thin keyboard case made out of fabric
    - It’s dust, water and spill resistant

    Cons
    - No backlighting (understandable because the keyboard needs to be thin enough to be used as a cover)
    - I wish it could be even lighter and thinner. The device itself is about 1 pound, so relatively spreaking Smart Keyboard is about half the weight of the device it complements. With the Smart Keyboard attached it becomes as heavy as the 12.9 inch iPad Pro.
    - Only one viewing angle for typing
    - Not extremely stable on laps, or other non-flat surfaces
    - No function keys (this is also understandable because having a function row will make the keyboard bigger and harder to use it as a cover)
    - Once in a while the Smart Connector doesn’t connect properly

    Overall, it’s by far the best keyboard accessory for iPad Pro if you do a lot of typing. It takes iPad productivity to a whole new level. But it still has a lot of room for improvement. It is definitely expensive, but I don’t think it’s overpriced. There is no other keyboard accessory you can get that matches the overall experience of the Smart Keyboard.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good and bad sides

    • Written by Wyatt K from Livermore

    Ive had a great experience with this device. I have had this keyboard for about six months and i haven’t had any problems with it so far, i have take very good care of my iPad Pro and keyboard but the keyboards edges are starting to wear and tear.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Like it so far, a bit expensive

    • Written by Lauren S from St Clair shores

    I purchased this keyboard with my first iPad Pro in February, it has worked perfectly for me in the last 8 months. I like the easy magnetic attachment and the fact that is doubles as a case. I haven’t had any issues so far. Keyboard strokes are fluid. I got some sticky sauce on the felt portion of the keyboard and was pleasantly surprised that it wiped was able to be wiped off with a damp cloth, leaving no stain or residue. It was a bit expensive though.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Gets the job done

    • Written by Daniel A from Salt lake city

    I love this keyboard. It is easy to use and very light weight. I needed a keyboard that would sit on my lap while on the train without it falling over or feeling too clumsily. This Smart Keyboard works great on desk surfaces and on your lap.

    With the iPad being bigger this keyboard feels a lot more comfortable that then 9.7 iPad. It took me about a day to get used to the way the keyboard feels but loved using the familiar Mac shortcuts on it.

    The keyboard certainly does not feel very durable and the fiber like material attracts a lot of debris on the keyboard. I also wish there were more of a color variation than just grey.

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent But Not Perfect

    • Written by Roland M from WINCHESTER

    I recently picked up this keyboard for my 12.9” iPad Pro and thus far I’m pretty satisfied with it. The biggest flaw in my opinion is the viewing angle when in the up-right position. When up-right the iPad is nearly at a 45 degree angle which for me is too far back. Others online have mentioned wedging something behind the iPad (such as an Apple Pencil or AirPod case) in order to bring the viewing angle closer however this is a clumsy solution. The other issue I have is the lack of backlit keys. I tend to use my iPad quite a bit in the evening and in most cases the iPad screens illumination is not bright enough to comfortably light the keyboard.

    The Pros in my opinion do outweighs the cons however. The keyboard is comfortable to type on and familiar to other Mac keyboards. The fabric design is durable and prevents junk from getting under and in between keys. One thing that not many people talk about is the fact that the keyboard doesn’t take up a lot of room in front of the iPad. Other keyboards are usually the same width as the iPad, similar to a laptop. With the Smart Keyboard the width is about half the width of the iPad which makes even typing on your lap comfortable. Lastly, the biggest benefit to the Smart Keyboard is the smart connection integration which means you never have to charge it. I have another iPad Pro for work which uses a Logitech keyboard and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been on a plane or car and my Logitech keyboard battery died. This is especially frustrating because now you have to wrestle with taking the iPad out of the Logitech keyboard case in order to use the software keyboard.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Much Happier With Apple Smart Keyboard Than With Logitech Slim Combo

    • Written by Mary S from Cumming

    I've now had my Apple Smart Keyboard for my iPad Pro 10.5 for a week and have been using it with none of the issues many users have reported -- connection has been excellent, keyboard sits flat, smart cover closes down my iPad.

    I initially purchased the Logitech Slim Combo in an effort to save a little money -- it and the Apple keyboard were both on sale at Best Buy & the Logitech was about $45 cheaper. After using the Logitech for less than an hour I knew it would not suit my needs.

    Logitech Cons: I do a lot of work on the iPad Pro while sitting in my recliner, with the iPad sitting on a lap desk. The Logitech has a palm rest in front of the keyboard, which causes the screen to sit back further (I wear prescription reading glasses & this resulted in blurred vision, and pulling the keyboard forward more caused the typing surface to bounce as the front was no longer sitting on the lap desk), and also caused a very unnatural and uncomfortable typing position. Hard plastic keys are not comfortable to type on. No forward-delete key. I took it back and purchased the Apple Smart Keyboard.

    Logitech Pros: Backlit keyboard, top row of function keys -- I especially liked the volume buttons as I stream a lot on my iPad and frequently need to adjust the volume. Provides a smart cover -- as well as back cover -- and seems well built for drop protection.

    The Apple keyboard is far superior is many ways.

    Apple Pros: No palm rest in front of keyboard, so typing position is much more comfortable when it sits on my lap desk -- and my visiion is not blurred as it was with the Logitech. Cloth covering on keys is more comfortable and does not allow debris to get trapped around keys -- just blow or wipe off. While there is not a row of funtion keys, many of the Mac function shortcuts are usable with the Smart Keyboard -- you just have to look at some YouTube videos that show them as Apple, for reasons unknown, does not provide that info. The connection magnets are strong and keep the iPad securely in place. The Smart Cover feature turns off the iPad and brings up the log-in screen when it's opened.

    Apple Cons: No back cover -- I never had an Apple Smart Cover on my previous iPads (always used Targus case), so never had the back cover Apple used to make, but why on earth would they not make that cover for the Smart Keyboard I do not know. I did purchase from Amazon the Khomo back cover, which has a grey that matches the keyboard, for around $12, and it has a very good fit -- although I don't think it, combined with the Keyboard cover would withstand a drop of more than a few inches. No row of function keys -- especially miss the volume buttons. No forward-delete key. Apple does not provide Owner Manual instructions describing the keyboard's functions -- they could at least refer owners to a video tutorial on their website. For those unfamiliar with the Mac shortcuts, as I am as I never use them on my MacBook Pro, I would never have known I could use any of them on my iPad with this keyboard had I not found a YouTube video when looking at reviews of this keyboard. HINT: Hit the Command key when you're using an app and it brings up a window showing the function keys available for use within that app.

    For now I'm giving a rating of 4 stars, simply because I do not know what longer-term use problems may arise -- will the cloth covered keys begin to wear to the point of being un-usable, will I begin to have connection problems, or any of the other issues for which Apple now offers extended warranty coverage (initial warranty is for one year -- the extended warranty adds an additional two years of coverge).

    Overall, I am very happy with the Apple Smart Keyboard and would recommend it over the Logitech for sure. I have used it to type this review and my typing speed and accuracy match that of my MacBook Pro -- I'm pretty fast and usually make no more than a couple of errors.

    28 of 29 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Fair assessment of Apple iPad Pro keyboard

    • Written by Stephen H from Richmond

    Read all the negative comments before purchasing the keyboard. Also tested the keyboard in several stores. Overall, this is the best alternative on the market as far as I can determine from comparisons with the Logitech Slim Keyboard and several Bluetooth alternatives.

    First, the Smart Connector works. It remains connected better than the Logitech’s ribbon connector, and there’s no loss of connectivity that I’ve experienced with Bluetooth keyboards.

    Second, the keyboard feels almost as good as my MacBook Air keyboard. It’s very responsive.

    Third, the materials used are first class. I like the fabric covering that provides some texture to the keys while protecting the mechanics from spilled liquids.

    Fourth, the iPad angle is fixed in a good position but less flexible than some others. I find typing with the keyboard on my desk or lap to be equally satisfactory.

    Downsides - lack of illuminated keys for use in poor light situations. However, Apple could fix this shortcoming with a software modification to display an entered keystroke by temporarily showing the key entered on the iPad screen. Tactile feedback sounds could also be useful as an option. The retail price is about $60 too high so I bought mine used on eBay for around $100. It’s worth that because of the valued functionality that it brings to my iPad Pro 10.5.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Slim low profile

    • Written by Mark P from Manassas Park

    I've owned other keyboard cases in the past with older iPads and they have provided much more comprehensive protection than this smart keyboard does. You definitely need the compatible case to go on the actual iPad. Other than that it words perfectly! It's almost like having my MacBook with me without the bulk. I wish there was an option for a lighted keyboard.

    Pros:
    -Slim
    -works perfectly
    -activates almost instantly when docking.

    Cons'
    -No protection for the iPad
    - when in my work bag the keyboard tends to disconnect from the iPad
    - no lighted keyboard

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good function with a bit design suggestion

    • Written by Arthur K from Jakarta Barat

    I use the new iPad Pro 10.5 and I like this keyboard 'cause I don't have to pair each time like the bluetooth ones. Really help me a lot if I need to type in a hurry. Also the keys works perfectly, responsive and each keys are well-located.

    Some suggestion for the smart keyboard design :
    1. Give more space between the keyboard top rows and magnetic stripe (where the iPad Pro attached) 'cause sometimes my idle finger touch the screen during fast typing. It's annoying
    2. Please consider putting light on keyboard for using in dark place.
    3. I saw the keyboard material is like a fabric / cloth. It attracts dirt easily. Please provide the silicone protective keyboard like notebook.

    That's all I can say and so far I'm satisfy. Good work.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well...a few design flaws tho

    • Written by Sara P from Westborough

    The keyboard works flawlessly with my iPad Pro 10.5. However, I have two complaints about the design of the keyboard and one suggestion for an additional product. My first complaint is that there is no way to prop up your iPad without having the keyboard exposed, sometimes I just want to have the screen propped and use my apple pen, however, I accidentally hit the keyboard sometimes and it can also make using the iPad a little uncomfortable. My second complaint is that the keyboard/cover pops off of the iPad pretty easily, offering no sort of protection to the front screen of your iPad. My one suggestion for an additional product would be to add an optional numerical pad that somehow connects to the iPad or keyboard. Overall it is very helpful for classes and work.

    10 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice and light

    • Written by Diana B from Richland

    I'm pleased with this keyboard. I find it easy to type on and it's very light. I like that I don't have to charge it separately. I also like that there is no lag time before I can start typing on it, as there was with my old bluetooth keyboard. It would be nice if it also allowed using the iPad in portrait orientation, and had a pocket for an apple pencil.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A must-have for iPad Pro users

    • Written by Nicholas C from Austin

    If you have an iPad Pro you really need to get a keyboard. Pairing this with your iPad really turns it into a laptop replacement. The feel of the keys are great, despite being small, I find it enjoyable to type on. My only complaint is there is no way to tell the state of the caps lock. The cover folds into various positions to allow for laptop style typing, up-right movie watching, or horizontal drafting table position. Being magnetically secured it easy to remove and attach. I like reading without the extra weight / bulk of a cover.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent!

    • Written by KOFI W from Irving

    I purchased the 10.5 iPad Pro this week along with the Smart Keyboard. Even after reading the reviews here, I still wanted to give it a try. Granted, it’s only been a week, but I absolutely LOVE my keyboard. It’s slim, and the keys feel so comfortable making my typing experience more enjoyable. I actually type faster using this keyboard. Unlike other comments, it lays flat without problem and connects immediately. I rated it 4 stars for lack of protection for my iPad back and loud keys. I love the feel of the keys, but I’m going to be pretty conspicuous in meetings with my loud typing...lol. I just ordered a 3rd party slim, clear cover for the back compatible with the Smart Keyboard. Overall, I’m extremely pleased. I’ll update this review periodically after I’ve used it more.

    48 of 48 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great so far..

    • Written by Malcolm N from Stevenage

    When I bought my iPad Pro I also bought the keyboard, but sent it back as I hated the lack of protection for the back of the tablet. So I bought a complete case similar to the Smart Case Apple used to make for my previous iPad Air.

    I still wanted a keyboard so bought a Bluetooth keyboard and case, but that made the whole thing just too big and heavy, not acceptable at all.

    I then discovered a back case cover designed to work with the Smart Keyboard so bought this keyboard again. This makes a much more satisfactory ensemble, and so far all is sweetness and light.

    I still think this is well overpriced, but the convenience of not having to charge it is very clever. Getting it into typing position is a bit of a juggle, but once mastered it’s OK. I needed to set up the fingerprint ID to work with both thumbs as the home button/sensors can be the right or left depending how you use it, but at least iOS gives you the extra ‘digits’.

    28 of 29 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    What a great keyboard

    • Written by Marilee B from Highland

    It is great to use all of the time, it is very thin and easy to carry around.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Lightweight. And thin....just what I need,,Perfect for Road Warrior apps...

    • Written by Charles D from River Vale

    I juse my ipad for use while travelling. I always purchase light and thin. Thin, so that it fits in my briefcase without causing bulging that can cause files,. Letter and presenttqion paper to look old, use and gnarly. Light, so that mobility is easier during the day. PERFECT match to what I wanted..and workinig well.

    I woulld like to see a keyboard with illumination, but the existing alternatives in the market, get heavy and bulky fast... Is their someway to create a thin, light solution? Until then..keyboard ROCKS1

    14 of 21 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    tactile and compact but loss of lettering and connectivity

    • Written by Michael W from Webster

    Have been using this keyboard for over a month, and so far, the keyboard isn't bad at all with a few flaws. It types a lot better than most laptop keyboards and most thin-profiled keyboards (including some Logitech keyboards). In spite of the shallow key presses, the typing experience on this keyboard is very similar to Magic Keyboard 2's, which feels really great on fingers. In other words, the key presses on the smart keyboard are very tactile. The excellent feeling of the outset grooves on F and J keys also makes typing experience on this keyboard great at perfectly dark places. Despite that the keys are slightly closer than regular keyboards', the smart keyboard has slightly concave keys that curve around one's fingertips, allowing one to know which which keys to press without touching other keys. Thus, having closer key spacing doesn't affect one's typing speed. The keyboard is also very compact that tugs into a Pad & Quill Oxford case nicely, making this another reason to own this keyboard albeit the price. Finally, being spill proof, this keyboard will still function even after some water has been dripped all over the keys.

    Many reviews are complaining that the keyboard lacks of back lights. While back light makes keys stand out more, having back lit keys is completely useless for a touch typist, as the focus isn't on the keys but on the screen. Back lit keys additionally consumes unnecessary energy and is annoying. Instead of using back lit keys, Apple has decided to laser print the keys (this process is patented). As a result, some of the lettering is already rubbing off even after a few weeks of constant use. Basically, in a few years, the keyboard will become a letter-less keyboard--it may look elite in a way.

    The -, =, [, ], and \ keys are indeed narrower than other keys on the keyboard. Thus, as a programmer, one may find that using these keys to be more difficult.

    Others have mentioned about connectivity, so yes, when the keyboard lost connection, the keyboard needs to be reattached.

    36 of 39 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what it says on the tin

    • Written by John S from Moses Lake

    For one who touch-types, and until there's some degree of tactile feedback for the on-screen keyboards, this works very well for me. I considered the Logitech alternative, but found it to be entirely too bulky for my tastes.

    Surprisingly powerful magnets (magnetic credit cards beware!). Keep in mind that this is not a case and isn't meant to be -- it's first a keyboard, secondarily, it's a multi-position stand and cover.

    Maybe a future variant would somehow include sleeve to securely hold the Pencil.

    34 of 36 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard better the Expected

    • Written by Jaime P from Dallas

    I have to say I am pretty impressed. I just changed my iPad 9.7 for the 10.5 because I wanted to have the larger screen, but not something as big as the 12.9inch.

    Right now there aren't a lot of options as far as smart connector keyboard goes. Being this said, I decided to buy the Apple version since Logitech's smart connector keyboard was sold out and I couldn't wait for it to get back on stock because I use my ipad as a laptop replacement. Also, I had the Logitech's smart connector keyboard on my older iPad and although I like most of it, the built quality wasn't great.

    So far I don't regret my decision of going for Apple's version. I think the case feels great for typing and it is extremely portable which is something really great. I do miss some things from Logitech's version, specially the function keys but I think that Apple's version has other great things like: slim design, 3 viewing options (Apple says there are only two, but actually if you put your ipad in the watching position and then set the end that doesn't have the connector in the surface you can get a drawing position at a 25º angle) and keyboard fiil.

    I think there is still room for improvement, but so far I am happy with my decision.

    Pros:
    - Slim Design
    - Portability
    - Quality
    - Versatility

    Cons:
    - Price (too expensive)
    - No iluminated keys
    - No function keys
    - No protection for iPad backside

    41 of 44 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice keyboard for the size.

    • Written by Kelly M from Colchester

    Recently purchased a logic lighted keyboard and I was not pleased with the bulkyness/ and weight. Having the keys light up is very cool.. However, I exchanged that and purchase the smart key board with a case for the back. I do like the weight and the feel of the keyboard. My fingers seem to do better with the apple Smart Keyboard versus the logic. The keyboard seems to be made of a mesh type material, which I think makes it about spill proof. Only draw back is that the keyboard does not light up and that's the only reason I rated this a 4 and not a 5. Although I do prefer the lighted keyboard, I am pleased I returned it for the Smart Keyboard. The keyboard does lay flat. The iPad is steady whey on the stand.

    18 of 21 people found this useful