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The new Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro has all the utility of an ordinary full-size keyboard, but its technology is far from conventional. The entire keyboard is draped with a custom-woven fabric that has been laser ablated to precisely define each key and ensure a satisfyingly fast and natural key feel. Below the surface of Smart Keyboard is a new conductive material. At just 0.1mm, it is nearly as thin as a piece of paper, yet strong enough to withstand a lifetime of folding. And it's why you won't find any batteries, cord or on/off switches with Smart Keyboard.

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    93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1710 out of 1852)

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    Smart Keyboard available at Best Buy

    The new Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro has all the utility of an ordinary full-size keyboard, but its technology is far from conventional

    Draped with a custom-woven fabric that has been laser ablated to precisely define each key and ensure a satisfyingly fast and natural key feel

    Below the surface of Smart Keyboard is a new conductive material

    At just 0.1mm, it is nearly as thin as a piece of paper, yet strong enough to withstand a lifetime of folding

    You won't find any batteries, cord or on/off switches with Smart Keyboard


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    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 1852 reviews

    92%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Works well with a slim profile.

      Posted
      Greg
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      When I purchased my iPad Pro, I initially acquired the Logitech keyboard. I returned the keyboard within a couple days... It was too bulky. Then I tried Apple's Smart Keyboard. This keyboard is not perfect, but it works better than I would have originally anticipated. One of the negatives is that the keyboard is not backlit. This is not too bad as I am a touch typist, but sometimes in a dark environment, I miss the backlit keys which are an option on some other keyboard. What I like, however, is that the keyboard does not need charging... It is charged directly from the iPad Pro. The keyboard is also much studier than I would have thought. It is slim and does not add much bulk to the iPad Pro, which is great, yet it I can also use it on my lap without a problem. (It is not as sturdy as an actual laptop, mind you, but I am able to type with it on my lap on a plane or in bed without any issues.) Having to fold the keyboard several times to actually work is somewhat awkward and is a much less elegant solution when compared to the Microsoft Surface Pro. On the other hand, I am not sure how well the Surface would work on a lap. The Smart Keyboard also provides a "kickstand" for viewing or using the iPad in landscape orientation. The magnets hold well and the iPad does not dislodge from the Smart Keyboard when I am using it, which is good. The feel of the keyboard is not bad and kind of reminds me of the new MacBook, which a very short travel distance in the keys, which have an almost cloth-like feel to them (they do not feel plastic, like a typical keyboard). In comparison, however, I like the feel of the keys on the Microsoft Surface Pro better, which gives you a more traditional "keyboard" like feeling with a little more movement on the keys. The Smart Keyboard is a full-size keyboard, however, and includes an emoji button, which is nice for an iOS device. The iPad does sense when the keyboard is attached and removes the on-screen keyboard, which really lets you use the entire 12"+ screen to work, play, or do whatever you want. Unfortunately, neither the Smart Keyboard nor the Apple silicone case accommodates the Apple Pencil. Such a feature is probably best reserved for a case as opposed to the Smart Keyboard, but this is an oversight that seems odd for a company with such an eye for detail and the user experience. The Smart Keyboard can be flipped directly over and placed under the iPad Pro so that I can use the iPad Pro on my lap or a flat surface, which works well (better than the Logitech keyboard). Because the keyboard itself adds a little bulk and is only about 2/3rds of the width of the iPad, however, this results in the iPad Pro being able to tip back and forth when using it on a flat surface. The movement is very small and not a huge inconvenience or a deal breaker for me. I can see how some may find it annoying, however. I am still convinced that the iPad Pro with a Smart Keyboard (or any other keyboard, for that matter) is not necessarily a laptop killer. Aside from limitations with iOS, however, it comes close and the Smart Keyboard is one of the best options out there right now. It is sturdy and works well. I think Apple did a good job of balancing utility with minimal bulk and, of all the keyboard options out there right now for the iPad Pro, I think this is a very strong option.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      I think it's the best iPad Pro keyboard

      Posted
      Pablo
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      I went back and forth between multiple keyboards for my 12.9" iPad Pro and ended up returning all of them and keeping the Apple Smart Keyboard. I tried the Logitech Create Keyboard and Folio Case, Zagg Slim Book, and a generic one I purchased off of eBay all before deciding to keep the Apple Keyboard. The main thing I like about Apple's keyboard is that it is extremely thin and has a soft cloth touching the screen. I liked that the Logitech keyboard was backlight and had a top row of more advanced keys (for volume adjustment, a home button, etc.) but I didn't like that the keys could push up against the iPad's screen and, with the iPad in the case, it was thicker and heavier than a MacBook. The whole reason why I have a 12.9" iPad Pro is to have a thin and light device that is more portable than an ultrabook yet still productive enough to get my work done. The Zagg case had some positives as well. I liked that the keyboard was detachable, it had a hinge system like a notebooks, the keys were backlight, and there were advanced keys as well. But the plastic casing for the back of the iPad was cheap and cracked one week after use. I also didn't like that it was a Bluetooth keyboard, it did not use the keyboard port on the side of the iPad. So that's yet another device to keep charged up for trips. The Zagg also had the same problem as the Logitech: the keys could hit the iPad's display. I'm not even going to bother talking about the generic keyboard case I purchased off of eBay. That thing was a waste of money and I promptly returned it. So that left me with Apple's Smart Keyboard. I'll go over the positive first. The keyboard is deceptively thin even when it's on the iPad. I can put my iPad in almost any sleeve with the keyboard attached (sleeves that don't work with the keyboard also won't work with smart covers). The outside of the keyboard looks like a dark gray smart cover, you really have to look to notice that it's a keyboard. The keys themselves are shallow but I got used to them rather quickly. They're also covered in a vinyl-like material so that they can easily be cleaned if you happen to spill liquid on them. In fact, there isn't a gap around the keys which makes the keyboard pretty resistant to liquid and crumbs. The inside of the keyboard case is the same soft material that's inside of the Smart Cover. That means that the keys aren't going to get pushed up against the iPad's display. The keyboard itself folds out and you can use it in the same way as a Smart Cover. I can also type on the couch easier than I could with my Surface Pro 4. But there are some things I don't like about it. First, the price is a bit too high. Logitech and Zagg both charge about $20 less for their keyboards and they offer more features. I really wish Apple would reduce this to $139-$149 instead of $169. Second, the keyboard will hold the iPad at one angle only. It's fine for typing in my lap and on some desk surfaces but it would be nice to tilt the screen back more giving me more space to actually work. I still think this is the best 12.9" iPad Pro keyboard case on the market. Logitech just introduced a new Slim Combo iPad Pro case for the 12.9" and 10.5" iPad Pros. It seems to have the benefits of the Create keyboard case while adding new ones. It seems rather thick (1.02") at it's thickest point but the built-in kickstand (which works at multiple angles), Apple Pencil holder, and removable keyboard might pull me towards that. Until then, I'm going to recommend Apple's Smart Keyboard over the competition.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Completely changed how I use my iPad

      Posted
      ramayo
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      I can’t say enough good things about this keyboard. I’ve had my iPad since around Thanksgiving of 2016 and I was hesitant to invest in this keyboard. I tried a bluetooth keyboard but it had a spotty connection and just didn’t feel natural. Almost a year later, I finally invested in this keyboard and it has been a complete game changer. It works perfectly with the iPad. No spotty connections. It feels natural to type on and makes using the iPad feel more like a laptop replacement. This may sound silly, but I was also really excited to find out that with the push of a button, you can see the emoji keyboard as well. That’s something I could never figure out how to do with the bluetooth keyboard. Pros: - Very thin and light weight - Easy to type on - Truly turns your iPad into a laptop replacement Cons: - None I noticed that some people complained that the keyboard wasn’t backlit. Most times I can sufficiently see the keyboard from the light put off by the iPad. I’m also a touch typist, so I rarely look at the keyboard anyway. I can’t speak to durability since I’ve only had it for about a week. I’m curious how the material that is over the keyboard will hold up to constant typing. I try to always have clean hands, but I know I get oils on my hands from touching my face and things like that, so I don’t know if/how that will eventually effect the material. This keyboard is such a natural fit with the iPad that it almost feels like a necessity for anyone who wants to do any sort of word processing or if you just don’t like typing on the touch screen. I just wish it wasn’t so expensive. But such is the nature of Apple products.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best Keyboard Design

      Posted
      jaywill386
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      I read a lot of mixed reviews and watched a lot of videos and was afraid to buy the keyboard but like the fact that it was thin and added very little weight to the device as compared to the alternatives. So I took the leap of faith and ordered the keyboard once it was finally in stock on the Best Buy website. I must say I am extremely impressed and can't understand what all the negative reviews were complaining about. I find that I type at the same speed as I do on a regular computer keyboard and the response its just enough to confirm that I pressed the key. I also found that with extensive typing my hands did not get tired. The keyboard not having a backlight is not a concern unless you type in a pitch dark room. The screen on the keyboard illuminates the keyboard enough to compensate for it not having a backlight in the keyboard itself. I have typed while watching a moving and on an airplane at night without turning on the overhead light. I just did not have an issue with seeing the keys. Then again I am a person thats able to type fast without even looking at the keyboard so take that for what its worth. The keyboard just simply works and I am glad I bought it over the heavier alternative which took away from the slim profile of the iPad Pro!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great new tool for my iPad Pro

      Posted
      Carolinamarinemom
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      I was weary of spending so much money on a keyboard, so I read reviews and several websites about this new tool, I also read about cheaper keyboards and looked at them in stores. I finally decided to dig deep into my shallow teacher pocket and buy this tool designed just for my expensive iPad. If I'm going to invest in this nice computer thingy, well, I might as well get the keyboard thingy to go with it. I now work at a Title I school. All breakfast and lunch is free. Kids are very poor in this neighborhood, but they are great! Being new, I'm setti g up my room. I just got a stapler, staples, tape and a hand held plastic tape dispenser, but no student scissors as we're all out. I went to Staples and bought 10 pairs of Fiskar scissors myself. So, I have no computer yet and I'm just using my own iPad and handy dandy keyboard for the time being. It's very nice. I carry my iPad in a small bag I bought to protect my iPad and hide it. I wrap the keyboard around the iPad when storing it and when I need to use the iPad I unwrap it to just slide touch or set it up on a table or flat surface to type. I am fluent in Spanish and I translated a parent letter for a teacher using Pages and emailed it to her all from my iPad Pro. The Pages program asked me if I wNted PDF, or Word and other things. The iPad was able to sync my program with the other teacher's program so all she had to do was print her letter. No sync problems. I'm still waiting on my 5 reams of precious copy paper. A fellow teacher gifted me two packs of paper until I can get my "fair" share of copy paper. I'm grateful to Apple for how you have helped improve my teaching and my ability to help others using these tools. This keyboard also protects my iPad screen when folded up.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Expectations were low, but thoroughly impressed

      Posted
      ImThe0ne
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      I was initially not a fan of the Smart keyboard. I had gone to the Apple Store and did some testing and playing around on it, but the 5 minutes of playing couldn't have given me an accurate time frame of what it would feel like to continually type on it. Because I wanted to take advantage of the smart connector and didn't want to have to fiddle with Bluetooth keyboards and keeping them charged all the time, I decided to give this one a shot. I have been using it for 3 days now and it is great. The size of the keyboard is just right, it feels very familiar, the click feel of each key is a nice confirmation of your keystrokes as well. I paired this with the UAG iPad Pro case and it works just perfectly. Unlike the Surface Pro 3, I like that the keyboard itself folds back into the felty side of the cover instead of being against the screen. This is one of my biggest complaints about the Surface Pro 3 keyboard, was that the keys directly touched the screen. This is a problem because as humans, our hands naturally get oily, which transfers to the keyboard and leaves squares all over the Surface Pro 3 screen. So I am glad Apple decided to do their own way and keep it off the screen. My only "complaint" and I guess you could say this is more of a wish and not a complaint, is that the keyboard isn't backlit. That would make it perfect. It would however burn through additional battery life, so it would be a win/lose situation. Overall, I am very please with the keyboard and would definitely recommend this to anyone that is on the fence.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Cool but unimpressive keyboard

      Posted
      Tiger928
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      I'll probably be returning this keyboard. Smart concept of using this smart connector so you're not draining the battery VIA bluetooth but I am very unimpressed with this keyboard. I am giving this 2.5/3 stars. Here is why: PRICE & QUALITY: Very expensive for what it is. It doesn't feel like of anything of quality. I'm sorry Apple, but if you're gonna be charing $169, you should of used your "leather" material on the outside. The keyboard surface itself, it say's it's also Polyurethane BUT to me the texture feels like those cheap vinyl table clothes sold at party stores...I mean is it just me? Perhaps it's of higher quality grade but it feels like it to me. DOESN'T WORK WITH DODO CASE (Or similar book cases). My DoDo Case is AMAZING! It does have a slot for the magic connector showing BUT it certainly won't work with this keyboard. I mean this isn't Apple's fault by any means nor is it Dodo Case, but you're stuck having to buy a clear plastic case if you want a full cover protection (or you could buy Apple's Silicone case for $79 on top of this $169 keyboard). FUNCTIONALITY: Despite my personal quirks with this, it does work very well. It better work well since it's Apple's own product. I can't draw comparisons either with the Logitech one but as stated by previous owners, not a deal breaker but it would have been cool to have it illuminate along with having the CAPS Lock key with a green indicator light showing its on. Overall, I am 90% sure I will be returning this item. I ordered it to test it but I don't think I'll be using it. As an artist and designer, I'm not really typing papers to begin with. For professionals, you may want to look into this if you're looking for a keyboard that does work with your new iPad Pro. But otherwise, I would tell you to save your $169 if you're not going to be typing papers or reports, etc. 2.5/3 Stars from me personally. An Ok/Good Product but just not for me and the price is just too high for what it is. I mean let's be real Apple, if this item costs $99 and your pencil was $69, I think those are realistic price points for what these two accessories should be. I do enjoy the Apple pencil but they keyboard, not so much.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Doesn't take long to get used to

      Posted
      Mfonseca
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      I wasn't sure if this keyboard was going to be the one for me. I'm a professional writer, so a keyboard is everything to me. I considered the Logitech case, but I like options. I don't always want the keyboard attached. Unfortunately, Apple shrink wraps the keyboard case and Best Buy didn't have a display model. I bought it anyway, knowing that Best Buy would give me 15 days to return it. Fell in love instantly with the keyboard. It's by far one of the best keyboards I have ever used and I use it all day every day. The keys are smooth and the new butterfly system has made typing smoother. It works every where too. On my lap, on a desk, sitting up in bed. I have had any issues working on it in every set-up. Plus...it's nice that you can just pop it off and use the iPad as it or flip it behind. There are a couple of drawbacks. There's not a row of shortcut keys. I don't care, because I typically don't use them when available. My complaint is that when that row of keys are missing, your fingers are closer to the screen. I have often caught myself typining away and having my fingers hit the screen. It's rare, but not so rare to comment on. Only one color. Apple should give us options. Price. It ain't cheap. I had to kind of just suck it up and forget about the cost. No backlit keys. I write in the dark a lot, so it sucks I don't have backlit keys (one of the reasons I almost bought the Logitech case) luckily, the keys are so close to the screen that it's not that much of an issue. Lastly, there's a faint click on the space bar. Most of the keys have a faint sound when they're hit, except the space bar. Because it's the longest key. The butterfly system is...um...weaker? I guess. So it doesn't make the same sound as the rest of the keys. It takes getting used to, but you kind of just have to trust that it's working, but it's hard when every other key makes a sound and then there's a audible break for every spacebar tap. Does that make sense? Cons aside, still one of the best keyboard I've over used.

      I would recommend this to a friend




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