I got my 9.7" iPad Pro the day it was available, and after a few days of waiting for backorders to fill, also got my Apple Smart Keyboard. I loved this iPad the second I took it out of the box, and I use it with the keyboard every day. It has almost 100% replaced my laptop for my day to day computing and at this point, I don't think I will ever want a non-Pro iPad ever again. I did not originally order the Apple Pencil. I do not consider myself much of an artist, and I do not usually take notes by hand--typing things out in a text file has always been fine with me. However, I kept seeing mentions of it in reviews of both the iPad Pro models, and most reviewers agreed that a big part of what makes this an iPad "Pro" is having the Pencil to go with it. I then remembered that I had almost $100 in Apple Store gift cards, so I decided to just go ahead and pick up the Pencil. I figured it would probably just sit in my bag doing nothing most of the time, but at least I'd have it if I needed it. I couldn't have been more wrong. For the first few days I had it, it did sit in my bag a lot. I tried it the day I got it, put it in my bag, and didn't think much about it for the next few days. But one day, out of boredom, I took it out and started messing around with the water color brush in the Paper app. Before I realized it, two hours had gone by, and I was still sitting there just painting away. Again, I'm not a particularly great artist, but I did start remembering that back in high school and for a little while in college, I used to love sketching and water coloring. I even took some art classes back in the day. The problem was that I never had much natural artistic ability and got tired of having to work so hard at it. (I also hated buying supplies, and didn't even know where to begin as far as figuring out what I needed.) Over the last few months, I think I have used my Apple Pencil just about every single day. As I've learned the ins and outs of Paper, my sketches and paintings have gotten better and better. When my wife and I are watching something on TV that I don't particularly care about, I get out my Apple Pencil and just start sketching away. When I need to shut my brain off for a while or if I feel like I just need a creative outlet after a frusrating day of work, I immediately go to the Apple Pencil. Sometimes I'll even just pull up Pigment and do some coloring if I REALLY don't feel like thinking. It's also out on my desk all day long just in case an idea pops into my head. And yes, I've even started taking notes by hand again if I'm standing up and walking around with my iPad and needing to jot things down. The beauty of this tool is that it makes people like me better artists. I have some great apps (Paper, Notability, etc.) that make it a lot easier for me to do things I have in my brain but don't know where to begin when it comes down to getting it down on paper. Because I'm not really a serious artist, I don't need to own a bunch of paints, pencils, erasers, and brushes. What I have in my art apps is good enough for me, and is in endless supply. I have always loved writing, playing music, and podcasting as my creative outlets, but I had forgotten all about the days when I used to dabble in sketching and water colors. The Apple Pencil reminded me and has become another one of my creative outlets. And as a peripheral in general, I think it's one of the best accessories Apple has ever made, if not THE best one. I have a feeling I'm going to be carrying this thing around with me for years to come.