Product: Apple iPad Pro Smart Keyboard
Price: Around $150 for 9.7-inch model, Around $170 for 12.9-inch model
Cheapest place to buy: Amazon.com
Overall rating: 9.5 out of 10
My rating: 8.9 out of 10
Apple introduced to us iPad Pro, with its amazing Retina display, but also True Tone display technology which adjusts the white balance of the screen itself, by using four-channel ambient light sensors.
And there is a lot more, but we are here to talk about something very new and different from Apple. Yes, I’m talking about the iPad Pro keyboard.
Coming to life
With the iPad Pro, Apple introduced to us a totally new type of keyboard. It is available for both the 9.7 inch and 12.9 inch iPad Pro.
It has been built with innovative technologies which free the users from switches, cables, plugs and even pairing. It makes it the perfect combination of utility and portability.
A keyboard is part of the iPad Pro case cover which makes it even more awesome. It’s always there and it’s always ready for use. It’s built in lightweight cover with elegant Apple design.
Usability and looks
It’s very portable and easy to use. As I have said earlier, it’s built in the iPad Pro case cover which I like. It makes it very portable and ready to use even in quick situations.
The cover has three options, which are the type, watch or cover. It looks like the usual iPad case from Apple, instead, this one has built-in keyboard inside.
Also, a great thing is there are no switches, cables, plugs or anything you need to deal with to get it to work.
It’s designed the way that there are no gaps in between keys so nothing can get stuck inside, covered in a fabric which is water and stain resistant.
It’s always ready and that’s why it’s called smart keyboard which I will explain in the next paragraph.
Why is it a Smart Keyboard?
Probably the reason it’s named Smart Keyboard is because of the Smart Connector which is used to connect the keyboard to Apple iPad Pro.
So that’s why there are no wires, plugs or pairing.
Also, a great thing which Smart Connector provides is that there are no need for additional batteries in the keyboard to work, but also no Bluetooth or wireless connectivity.
Once you connect the keyboard using the Smart Connector to iPad Pro, it’s ready to type. But once you disconnect it from the iPad Pro – on screen keyboard appears instantly.
The great feature is Onscreen Shortcut Bar which appears whenever you are typing, to help you bold, italicize, underline or even copy & paste in just a few taps.
Something very similar to the Touch Bar on MacBook Pro laptops.
In my opinion, it is a great innovation from Apple.
The idea is great and it has been worked into details to build the best portable keyboard possible. Building it into the cover case for iPad Pro is the thing I like the most. It’s always there and always ready to use. Also, connecting it with Smart Connector is brilliant and it just shows how Apple thought about everything.
However, one thing I don’t like is that the feel you have when you type on it.
When I tried the keyboard for the first time, it felt like a cheap gum/plastic material, and it felt nothing like Apple keyboards.
The reason for that is maybe because Smart Keyboard isn’t mechanical, but it provides spring-like tension for its keys.
I think I don’t like that there are no gaps between keys, which makes it feel like all keyboard is just one piece. Also, I don’t like the feel of custom-woven fabric which is used to cover the keyboard.
But that’s only my opinion and after using it after some time, I would probably get used to it easily.
The reason why Apple covered it in the custom-woven fabric and made no gaps between keys is because they have made it water and stain resistant, but also so there can’t be anything stuck inside the keys.
Apple made a really good portable keyboard which is durable and resistant.
Also, they are maybe going the way in which business people could replace their laptops with tablets, which isn’t a bad thing. Let’s see how it goes.
If you like the iPad Pro Smart Keyboard, make sure you grab one at the right price, since it’s available to purchase separately.
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