For $169, the Smart Keyboard is a complete joke.

Discussion in 'iPad' started by duelingdragons, Dec 26, 2015.

  1. duelingdragons macrumors 65816

    May 13, 2007
    Orlando, FL
    How can a $170 accessory not include keys for volume, brightness, etc?

    I bought my wife a Zagg Folio to go with her new iPad Air 2, and it includes all of these hotkeys, and more, and it was $40.

    It's absurd.
  2. aw3524 macrumors member

    Nov 16, 2015
    Can't say I've missed keys for volume or brightness, considering one can be changed by touching the side of my iPad, and the other is something that I rarely change and is two swipes on the screen otherwise. If there's something that makes the ASK a "complete joke," it's not either of those.
  3. AbSoluTc macrumors 601


    Sep 21, 2008
    While I have not used the new Smart Keyboard, I will say it's price is a joke. I understand Apple is a premium brand and I am part of that system but sometimes I wonder what they're smoking when they price some of their accessories.
  4. FrancoRumors macrumors 6502


    Jul 23, 2010
    Sounds like you got a great deal!!.. Zagg retail price is 140. Maybe it's not so great and consequentially the had to reduce the price. What happens if you spill a liquid on it by accident?

    Also, I've been using the smart keyboard and I think the keys are superior to any iPad keyboard I have ever touched. It took a few days to adjust but I type faster than I can on my MacBook Air.

    I think it's fair to say you don't want to pay what Apple is charging for something but that doesn't make it a joke. We have no idea h either product will fare in long term use. Maybe one will fall apart while the other goes strong.

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  5. rowspaxe macrumors 68000


    Jan 29, 2010
    what were they smoking when they designed it?
  6. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    in exile
    Because. Apple.

    Nadela should send Cook a nice fruit basket thanking him for producing the ASK. It makes the $140 Surface TypeCover look like a bargain in comparison.

    There are people, many people, who want to use Apple accessories exclusively. Apple knows this and that is why they can do what they do with accessories.

    Their keyboard dock for the iPad 1, 2, and 3 had iPad-specific keys. I really enjoyed using that keyboard with those iPads.

    $20 for a Lightning to USB adapter
    $30 for a lightning to 30-pin adapter
    $50 for an iPhone dock
    ...of course there will be those who will claim that the quality of these more than justify the price.
  7. APPLfanCA macrumors regular

    May 13, 2015
    I purchased the Logitech keyboard and it is fantastic. I don't remember what I paid, $130ish something but it was well worth the money. It isn't visually pleasing but it feels almost identical to my Macbook Pro keyboard. The Smart Keyboard doesn't seem too great.
  8. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    I think the price is not too terribly unreasonable given the thinness and spill-proofness as compared to the competition.
  9. Precision Gem macrumors 6502

    Precision Gem

    Jun 3, 2015
    I bought the Smart Keyboard, and am really pleased with it. It looks to be the lightest most stream line option currently for the iPad Pro. I find it quite easy to type on, since I touch type, I don't need a lit keyboard. The iMac keys are not lite either, not sure why people complain of the Smart Keyboard not being lit. But then this is Macrumors and people here complain about everything. To me the difference of $20 or $30 for some other keyboard is not big deal and not enough to make me go for something that I consider inferior.
    I have both the smart keyboard and cover, together they match and look good. IF we are talking about being overpriced, I would think the cover half the price of the keyboard would be the product to talk about.
  10. maxsix Suspended


    Jun 28, 2015
    Western Hemisphere
    I've been paying Apples obscene prices for years.

    We're a captive audience, it's as simple as that.
    Forget the "Justifiers, Apololgists, Excuse Makers and Hero Worshippers... Exploiting Customers is the time honored "Apple Tradition". Some things _never _ change.

    Apples laughing all the way to the bank... :eek:
  11. MistrSynistr macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2014
    Lol. Because those functions are directly above the keyboard in an effortless swipe. Are you trolling?
  12. Precision Gem macrumors 6502

    Precision Gem

    Jun 3, 2015
    Buy some Apple stock, it will make you feel better about the high prices.
  13. andrewj macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2008
    Have been using the Smart Keyboard for the past couple days, and it's better than I would have anticipated. Main advantage over the Logitech keyboard is it's portability and slimness. I tired typing on the Create keyboard, and the keys I think on the Smart Keyboard feel nicer and have a more solid feel to them. I like how the Smart Keyboard can come off easily' I don't think you can say the same about the Create keyboard from what I've read.
  14. Michael Goff macrumors G5

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    I'm paying 80$ for some multi angle case and using the 100$ Magic Keyboard. It ends up costing more, but the MK is nice to type on. Also, it's a keyboard I can use with anything else I have. I could use it with my SP3 if I wanted.
  15. jamesrick80 macrumors 68020


    Sep 12, 2014
    It's funny about the price complaints, it's apple...quite normal to me...cheapest thing I ever purchased from them was either a case or the apple pencil
  16. bowlman2345 macrumors regular

    Nov 9, 2015
    I personally don't see why it costs so much. I had both the Create and the ASK. I'm keeping the ASK because it's the lightest option, but the fact that it's missing shortcut keys suck. I mean, why not just extend the keyboard out to the last 1/3 of the case and add some features. It would only add a tiny bit more weight and it would prevent the ASK from having that weird lip when it's closed since it would almost be like a double layer.
  17. maxsix Suspended


    Jun 28, 2015
    Western Hemisphere
    Funny you should say that. I began buying large quantities of Apple’s Stock for just $20 share in 1990's, amassing more and more each year after. Sold a boat load of it when it touched $700. I never expected such a windfall. :D
  18. evrard macrumors regular


    Oct 20, 2014
    Prior to actually getting the keyboard I thought it was insane, however after it's completely worth it. It's a case and waterproof keyboard and it's all incredibly thin.
  19. stulaw11 Suspended

    Jan 25, 2012
    Because you can only cram so many keys on a keyboard. That's why many laptop keyboards have secondary functions holding a function key plus a key.

    As stated above very well, move your finger 2-3 whole inches up from the keys and swipe up from control center bottom of display. First world problems. Problem solved.
  20. Michael Goff macrumors G5

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    For as much money as it costs, there shouldn't be so many issues that a user has to make up for. Microsoft figured it out with a smaller tablet.
  21. davideotape macrumors 6502

    Nov 16, 2012
    I hated the price but its the best keyboard out there for the ipp, for better or worse
  22. Cashmonee macrumors 6502a


    May 27, 2006
    If you want your keyboard to be a case, there really isn't much choice. The price is rather obscene, but as I said, you don't really have much choice. I went with a separate keyboard, the Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard. It has a stand with two angles and it can be attached or detached from the keyboard. I won't be typing much, so the fact that it isn't a case is actually a plus, and I am ok with the less than full size if it fits better in a bag. At $40, it is a great fit for occasional typing when I need it.

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