Apple - Smart Keyboard for 10.5-inch iPad Pro

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Unfold the full-size Smart Keyboard when you need it, then fold it to create a durable and lightweight cover when you don't. No need for batteries or pairing. It's just as easy to use as it is to take with you.

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Overview

What's Included


  • Apple Smart Cover for 10.5-inch iPad Pro

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (779 out of 816)

Features


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.


Overall customer rating

4.7
96%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    iPad Pro 10.5" Smart Keyboard vs. Logitech K811

    Posted
    TomD

    10.5 inch IPad Pro Keyboards. Logitech K811 vs. the Apple 10.5 inch Smart Keyboard. Testing the Logitech K811. The Logitech keyboard works great but it is a separate unit from the iPad. It is larger in size, i.e. wider and longer than the 10.5 inch iPad which means a larger keyboard surface than the Smart Keyboard. The Logitech lays flat but you can prop it up with a book if you want the keyboard at an angle for typing. The Logitech requires recharging from time to time but the cable is small and it goes a long time on a charge. Carrying cases are available to make it easy for travel. While many of the command keys work, i.e. copy, cut, paste cmd-z, volume keys, etc., the function keys are limited. The primary function of the Logitech K811 would be a portable external touch type keyboard with more real estate than the Smart Keyboard for extended text projects rather than hunt and peck the iPad screen keyboard. If you don't mind carrying a separate unit or want a larger keyboard, the K811 is hard to beat. Testing Apple Smart Keyboard. The Apple Smart Keyboard is smaller and thinner than the Logitech K811 and attaches to the iPad Pro, so the Smart Keyboard would be easier to carry. Yes, the combination iPad and Keyboard case is a bit heavier than the iPad with a Smart Cover; the inconvenience of having the keyboard handy. Otherwise, everything about it seems to work just great. The Smart Keyboard doesn't have the function keys, but I knew that from the earlier reviews. There are options using the CMD and Option keys. I found the keyboard large enough for general typing and comfortable for my fingers. For running out to a meeting and lite travel that does't require a lot of keyboard typing the 10.5 inch iPad Pro Smart Keyboard is handy, convenient, functional and small enough to pack away. SUMMARY: Both the Logitech K811 and 10.5 inch iPad Pro Smart Keyboard are excellent options and both work well. For sheer portability and quick on-the-go access the Smart Keyboard is the winner; albeit heavier to carry than the iPad using only the Smart Cover. For typing the Logitech is a bit larger and more comfortable if you are going to be in one place, like a hotel room, but you will be packing the Logitech Keyboard in your checked luggage. Both are easier than finger typing on the screen keyboard and if you use your iPad Pro for work you will want to carry one or the other with you when away from your office or home office.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfectly suited keyboard option for iPad Pro

    Posted
    nickcal
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    There are a lot of options out there for Bluetooth keyboards for iPads. I’ve tried out a lot of them and they just don’t seem to work as well as I would like them to. When I got the Smart Keyboard for the iPad Pro, I wasn’t sure it would be worth the investment since it’s a bit pricier than other keyboards in the market. I’m glad that I was wrong. The Smart Keyboard is great for many reasons. First, it charges directly from its connection to the iPad Pro. This in itself is an amazing feature because I can plug the iPad in to charge and the keyboard gets charged, too. Second, the keys are butterfly keys, which means you make a stronger connection with a lighter tap and your fingers can actually travel faster than they can with other keyboards. I noticed this quite a bit when I switched from a 2014 MacBook Pro to the Smart Keyboard. I immediately thought that I was getting my work done faster and as it turns out, I was. Third, it doubles as a screen cover and stand for the iPad Pro. Even though there are other keyboard options out there, I don’t think any are as suited as the Smart Keyboard is for the iPad Pro.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent product, but Apple has some QC issues.

    Posted
    MrStig
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    To start, I will say that I had to return my first keyboard and exchange for another to get a good one. The first one had a small manufacturing defect where when using on a flat surface, the bottom of the keyboard (part nearest you) would pop up about 1/4” making it so you have to hold the keyboard down with one hand. After a quick search it sounds like quite a few people got keyboards like this and simply exchanged for a good one, which is exactly what I did. Best Buy was happy to give me a replacement. All of that being said, now that I have one that lays flat as designed, it is amazing. Very thin when folded up, it can fold into all of the positions as the regular smart cover, and also has a keyboard with a nice feel. Keys are properly spaced to prevent typing errors. There are no shortcut keys, however Apple has built in a ton of shortcuts using the command key combined with other keys. Also note, this does NOT have protection for the back of the iPad. The keyboard cover and smart cover are designed to only cover the front of the device. If you want rear coverage you can use the Apple silicone case in conjunction with the Smart Cover or Smart Keyboard Cover. Overall, this is a great product and you get what you pay for. Good quality, good feel, lightweight. The super thin profile is one of the big pluses to me. If you don’t care about extra heft, the logi keyboard case is pretty solid. All around protection and a nice backlit keyboard. It is unfortunate that Apples manufacturing process on this keyboard isn’t perfect, but even though it may take two tries to get a good one, when you get it its just perfect.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't lie flat while typing or when collapsed.

    Posted
    blueness

    I really wanted to like this keyboard cover, but it simply won't lie flat on a flat surface. This causes the iPad to rock and wobble forward and backward while typing. This is distracting. The cover also doesn't lie properly when folded as a cover. It seems the separation/spacing of the material along one edge is simply shorter than it should be (as it is shown in the profile shot on Apple's site). This seems to pinch the keys and results in a peak in the middle of the keyboard section. I'm not sure if this is a manufacturing defect in the first batch or if Apple will simply hope most people don't notice. This seems to contradict Apple's (Jony Ive's and Tim Cook's) obsession with industrial design and manufacturing tolerances. Personally, I preferred the leather Smart Case Apple made for the iPad 2. I'd love to see Apple make a leather keyboard case (not just a cover) for the iPad Pro 10.5. If they somehow managed to incorporate a backlight then they could name their price and take my money! As far as this product goes, though, I simply expect much more for the price.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Jury Is Still Out

    Posted
    DevanB
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    I received my keyboard cover today and tested it on my iPad Pro. First thing I noticed was that it didn't lay flat. I had read and seen many reviews showing this challenge. I tried to see if I could adjust it some and got it to sit a bit better but it was slightly off the table. I will give it some time and see how it goes. This keyboard is much more difficult to use than my Surface Pro 4 keyboard. Not as nice an experience. If I had a lot of typing to do, I would use the Surface over this one. It seems limited to use on a desk or table and not your lap. During the first few hours of using this keyboard, the iPad froze up and I could not change screens and the touch function stopped working. I had to remove the keyboard and reboot the iPad to get it to work properly. That's when I stopped using the keyboard and went back to just using my iPad Pro as a tablet. I do love my iPad for media consumption - one of the best there is. However, this keyboard has yet to convince me that it is a necessary iPad accessory. The jury is still out. I will give it a week or so and then make the final judgment.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love it!!!

    Posted
    AMJ3070
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    I saw mixed reviews before purchasing. However, I decided to take the leap, and give it a try. I've used other iPad keyboards, and I will admit, this is my favorite keyboard to date. In comparison to other keyboards, this is very compact and light. Now, it does add some extra weight to the entire IPad (which is to be expected), however, the extra functionality has been beyond appreciated. I'm finding that I am way more productive with having the keyboard always attached. In fact, I'm more inclined to leave my laptop behind, and just grab the iPad Pro with the keyboard. The key responsiveness is really great. No complaints. Others had mentioned that it doesn't alway lay completely flat. Somewhat true, sometime its pretty flat, other times it's not completely, however, I have not see this as a problem. It's nice and sturdy when I type on it. As others mentioned, it would be nice to have a few extra buttons to open and close apps, or adjust volume. That would be sure helpful. However, to keep in the small form factor, it works fine for me. I highly recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Challenging But Improving

    Posted
    EvanSD
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    My first impressions of this keyboard weren't that great. Very tiny and hard to use. It was a hassle to hook it up with the case I had purchased. It also didn't work when I first tested it. I finally got it to function but didn't like the hassle the case created. So I decided to order a silicone cover for the back of my iPad which allowed me to use the keyboard cover easily. The two worked together seamlessly. Given the new look and feel, I am thinking having the keyboard may not be that bad. I am giving this 4 stars because I can't select 3.5. It's a little better than expected but not really needed. The iPad Pro is a really nice tablet for drawing and media consumption. Until it gets the Mac OS, it will be a tablet and the keyboard is not a necessary option. I will continue to use my Mac Air for any lengthy typing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Compact but expensive

    Posted
    dancefreak
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    For my older iPad Air 2, I owned a belkin keyboard case that I absolutely loved. It was compact, protected the back, the keys lighted up. Now when I upgraded to the 10.5 inch iPad pro, options were limited. I tried the Logitech Slim Combo keyboard case but it was poorly designed and so big and heavy that it made the iPad more bulky than a MacBook. That was promptly returned and I picked up the apple smart keyboard. On the plus side it's incredibly lightweight and thin. The keys have a nice give to them considering how thin it is. On the negative side there is no protection for the back of the iPad so you essentially have to pair this with an additional case for a full keyboard case usage. Considering it costs $159 by itself that adds significant expense to a $800 - $1000 tablet. I wish the keys lit up as well. But despite the expense I'll probably hold on to it as it really is great for travel (i found a very inexpensive back case to pair this with that also holds the apple pencil) and easy to use with the smart connector. If it was $99 it would be a five star home run.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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