How stable is the 10.5" ASK on your lap?

LGIR627

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After using the Logitech slim combo for a few days I've decided to return it and am considering the Apple Smart Keyboard. I was wondering how stable it is when typing on your lap?
 

rufas2000

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For me a B grade. Not perfect but real good. On a 1-10 scale (10 highest) a 7.5.

I was pleasantly surprised.
 

cforster

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I am typing this on my new iPad Pro 10.5 with the Smart Keyboard and it is very stable. I have found that since the iPad Pro came out and I starting using my iPad with a keyboard that I use it MUCH more than I use to. I know keyboards existed prior to the iPad Pro but I never found one that I liked and while it sounds small, always having the keep another device charged didn't work well for me.

Also, I find that I stick a couple fingers through the "triangle" on the ride side where the keyboard folds up when you use it and use my thumb to scroll. It feels very natural and works well.

Long winded way to say.....I LOVE IT. On the lap on the couch, in the recliner, on the bed.....at the office, on a plane, everywhere. It's well worth the money for me.
 

MacGurl111

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I am typing this on my new iPad Pro 10.5 with the Smart Keyboard and it is very stable. I have found that since the iPad Pro came out and I starting using my iPad with a keyboard that I use it MUCH more than I use to. I know keyboards existed prior to the iPad Pro but I never found one that I liked and while it sounds small, always having the keep another device charged didn't work well for me.

Also, I find that I stick a couple fingers through the "triangle" on the ride side where the keyboard folds up when you use it and use my thumb to scroll. It feels very natural and works well.

Long winded way to say.....I LOVE IT. On the lap on the couch, in the recliner, on the bed.....at the office, on a plane, everywhere. It's well worth the money for me.
Thanks for this.
 

ascender

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Much more stable than I thought it would be and actually its surprising just how much I'm using the keyboard on the 10.5. When the keyboard was first announced I figured it would be one of those things I'd just use now and then, especially if working at a desk, but its perfect for lap typing.
 

pruppert

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Chiming in here to also sing praise. I had used the Smart Keyboard on the 9.7 and never found it to be very useable int he lap. The 10.5 is much better. I can usually maneuver it to work well in lap in multiple positions: across both legs with both feet on the floor, resting on both legs when sitting Indian style in a recliner, and (as I type this post) sitting on one leg while the other leg is crossed at about 90 degrees. I've been very satisfied with it.
 

spiderman0616

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I use mine in my lap all the time--it really doesn't do too bad. I prefer it on a table or a desk of course, but sometimes neither of those things are available.
 

macduke

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Not great. I need to try the bending trick I just learned about to get it to sit flat first. I'll try it tomorrow.
 

colmaclean

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It's ok, but I prefer it with an A4-size hardback book underneath for additional sturdiness.

The viewing angle isn't always optimal (I'm almost horizontal on our couch!), so I find I have to jam something between the supporting triangle and the iPad to tilt the screen a little more upright.
 

macduke

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What is the trick? I'm curious.
There was a thread somewhere around this forum, maybe in the main iPad forum, where someone mentioned straightening it out themselves, and someone else mentioned an Apple Store manager fixing theirs by slightly bending it real quick on the table. The way they described it confused me, but seeing your message just reminded me to do it so I did. I took off the case and flipped it open, and turned it upside down. You'll notice that the keyboard won't fold back beyond a certain point if you go the opposite direction. What I did was pressed some of my fingers spread out along the hinge to apply a more even pressure. Then, taking my thumbs hooked around behind the corners, I slowly hyper extended it just a little bit, using slow movements, applying even pressure, and did it multiple times. It didn't take much, and my first attempt was successful. Total time to fix it: 30 seconds. I kid you not. Works beautifully and now the keyboard doesn't look stupid. Time will tell if it holds this form. Before doing this, mine was probably about 1cm or so out of alignment hovering above the table top. I didn't feel like I was applying very much pressure or anything. I'd be comfortable recommending this to anybody as long as they start slow like I did. Just don't be an idiot and snap it back or put a ton of pressure on it or on one spot or corner.
 
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robbietop

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Also, I find that I stick a couple fingers through the "triangle" on the ride side where the keyboard folds up when you use it and use my thumb to scroll. It feels very natural and works well.
You, sir, are ingenious! I have been fighting to keep this thing stable for days since I got mine and this is a brilliant idea.