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Apple Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro

Apple Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro

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72 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
72

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

Apple's iPad Pro keyboard is thin, light and water-resistant, and doesn't need to be charged. It's also uncomfortable to type on and is missing some amenities you'll find on competing keyboards, like backlighting and settings shortcut keys. It will suffice in a pinch but for the money, you can do better.

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Pros
  • Thin and light
  • Water- and spill-resistant
Cons
  • Uncomfortable to type on
  • Not backlit
  • No shortcut keys
  • As on other iPad Pro keyboards, the screen isn't adjustable and there's no touchpad
72 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
72

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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Engadget

72
 

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User Reviews

90
BuzzMega
I’m still getting used to this keyboard, but I’m typing on it right now and...read more
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Average user Score
 
90
BuzzMega
11.17.18
I’m still getting used to this keyboard, but I’m typing on it right now and the experience is 8s, 9s and a 10 down the list. The ergonomics are a solid 8 or better and as a long-time touch typist of nominal speed, I’m very impressed with the feel of these keys and their response. The keyboard design makes it a good laptop in one’s actual lap and the weight makes it long-term comfortable. The keys are quiet, so they get a 10. Portability is far greater than that of my MacBook Air, so that factor earned a 9. “Configurability” confuses me. Virtually every keyboard from Apple can be remapped, so that’s one kind of configuration. This one can, too, just like an iPhone. I gave it an ambiguous 8 . The whole rig with keyboard is writer-friendly, surprisingly solid and easily worked with for all those text-ish tasks. That MacBook Air? It has been replaced.