iPad Pro dbrand black dragon skin - iPad Pro 12.9" (2017)

shyam09

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Got this last friday and applied it today. First time installing a skin and the process was somewhat easy. I think it came out pretty good. The feel is nice and gives some good grip, though it feels a bit more heavier (it's just me, I'm guessing :D).

Here are some pictures for those curious how it turned out. The camera wasn't focusing (and I'm at work), so I gave up on getting every single corner shot.

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sracer

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Very nice! Their Zebra Wood skin looks like a winner to me. But I'd have a hard time with the $25 price... $3 for the clear skin I'm using works exceeding well. But should I get over the price, I'll be on it.
 

fishmd

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I had pre-ordered one of these as well and got it late last week. Put it on my new 12.9 as well. I hate putting a case on with this big iPad as it just makes it too heavy. Just wanted something to help with possible scratches. I love it and the added grip you get. Looks sweet!
 

shyam09

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So I said **** IT and I outlined the entire edge of where Smart Keyboard attaches to the iPad and used an exact knife to cut it out. I did a rather sloppy job with jagged lines and non-smooth edges, but since that magnetic binding covers it, you can't really tell.

The newly trimmed:


I was experiencing a lot of troubles with the smart connector connecting. I looked closely and noticed that pins weren't touching the three dots on the iPad (it was very visible). So I had to keep fiddling with the iPad to get it to attach.

Now the smart connector connects perfectly fine and there's no issues experienced. I wish I had researched this before, otherwise I would have used the knife to cut out the part before the installation.
 
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bahndoos

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So I said **** IT and I outlined the entire edge of where Smart Keyboard attaches to the iPad and used an exact knife to cut it out. I did a rather sloppy job with jagged lines and non-smooth edges, but since that magnetic binding covers it, you can't really tell.

The newly trimmed:


I was experiencing a lot of troubles with the smart connector connecting. I looked closely and noticed that pins weren't touching the three dots on the iPad (it was very visible). So I had to keep fiddling with the iPad to get it to attach.

Now the smart connector connects perfectly fine and there's no issues experienced. I wish I had researched this before, otherwise I would have used the knife to cut out the part before the installation.
So did you really need to cut out almost the entire length for the magnetic attachment, or would just the small smart connector area have been enough?
 

shyam09

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So did you really need to cut out almost the entire length for the magnetic attachment, or would just the small smart connector area have been enough?
The smart connector area was already cut out (see picture in post 1). In other words, it was a "gap" cut out rather than circles (like the speaker grill cut out). I thought about whether the entire length was necessary, but the problems I've been facing are:

a) decreased magnetic strength
b) loose connection between smart connector and "smart pins"

Cutting out a larger portion of the gap seems to serve no purpose because then the magnets would not been on the same level, some would be attached directly to the iPad, the others attached to the skin. Given the rigidity of the magnetic attachment, I don't think I would have achieved something desirable.
 
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bahndoos

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The smart connector area was already cut out (see picture in post 1). In other words, it was a "gap" cut out rather than circles (like the speaker grill cut out). I thought about whether the entire length was necessary, but the problems I've been facing are:

a) decreased magnetic strength
b) loose connection between smart connector and "smart pins"

Cutting out a larger portion of the gap seems to serve no purpose because then the magnets would not been on the same level, some would be attached directly to the iPad, the others attached to the skin. Given the rigidity of the magnetic attachment, I don't think I would have achieved something desirable.
Cool, how about some pics with the ASK attached?

Dbrand ought to make rear skins for the iPad Pro line with appropriate cutouts....
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Installed the same skin on my 10.5. Really happy with it!
Looks great!

Any problem with magnetic connection or typing as shyam09 as described?
 
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David58117

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Well - mine came.

Even though I ordered a gen 2 skin, they sent me a gen 1. I didn't catch it initially, but the speaker holes weren't lining up, and then I noticed there was no cutout for the flash. I double checked the order forum and I definitely selected the gen 2 skin.

Anyway, I'm asking for a refund since I'll be out of town and don't want a skin sitting in the mailbox while I'm gone.
 

fuzzymuzzy91

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How well does this match the Apple Keyboard? I am looking at purchasing one but I am stuck between black and the hyper black titanium. If this one matches really well than I will just get this one.
 
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