Basic Bluetooth Keyboard
Apple Smart Keyboard
Since getting my iPad Pro, I have tested several smart keyboards that are incorporated into a case to add convenience to the typing experience.
First up—the Smart Keyboard from Apple. It was a pricey buy at 180 euros (about 212.00 USD).
I noticed there were some poor reviews on this keyboard, so I wanted to find out for myself what it is like to use.
Some complaints I read were about the feel of the keys while typing. I find that I don’t mind the feeling of the keys. This key “feel” is typical of this design and to be expected. It works fine, in my opinion.
The Smart Keyboard has the smart connector that easily attaches to your iPad, allowing the case and keyboard to simply wrap around the iPad with a click. Now the iPad is covered, and you have a keyboard that is ready to use.
The case does not extend to the back of the iPad. It is very slim and light. The front cover of the case folds around the back of the iPad to serve as a stand to elevate the iPad so you can see the screen while you type.
This case has no place to store your Apple Pencil. There is a magnetic place on the front of the case that will keep the pencil from rolling around, but it isn’t a place you can store the pencil safely.
You could add a strap that has a place to keep the Apple Pencil, but I feel that it is still too exposed for me to feel secure about using it.
A workaround for this problem is using a coverless version of my favorite iPad case (reviewed here).
It is a hardback case with a slot in the side for the Apple Pencil.
You can attach this case to the back of the iPad, and still use the smart keyboard case on the front. The fit is good, and you now have a smart keyboard with a place to store your Apple Pencil.
The thing about this arrangement that I don’t like is there is only one angle you can use with this case. That is the angle that is good for typing. If you want to do any writing with your Apple Pencil on the iPad screen, there isn’t an angle that will work. Even if you try to lay it flat for handwriting, the case just gets in the way.