The keyboard folio is LOUD

flur

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Is it just me, or is the keyboard really, really loud? It’s kind of embarrassing, it sounds like I’m banging away. Dunno if I’m going to keep it because it’s so obnoxious. Is the 10.5” keyboard this loud?
 

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Is it just me, or is the keyboard really, really loud? It’s kind of embarrassing, it sounds like I’m banging away. Dunno if I’m going to keep it because it’s so obnoxious. Is the 10.5” keyboard this loud?
No way loud.
 
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macbookghost

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I have had similar issues. My biggest is that people can hear me type on conference calls. It sounds like I am using a hammer. It's like the keyboard has its own mic. Is anyone hearing this as well?
 

Treebark

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In my initial impressions thread I mentioned how loud the keyboard sounded. I wish it were quieter too, but as others have mentioned if you change how you strike the keys a bit you can type with quite a bit less noise.

For the last couple of days I have been pounding away, unless I am in a quiet room. When this occurs I am able to type softly.
 

kristiguin

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I find it to be pretty loud in comparison to my laptop keyboard (a Surface Book with chicklet style keys.) But it’s not rediculous - just louder than I am used to.
 

cornerexit

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Nothing burger to me. It’s not that loud. You can type soft or you can bang away on it. Much like any other keyboard I use. I really like the new keyboard, solid buy.
 

jaseone

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Are you one of those annoying people that don’t mute their phones when they aren’t talking on conference calls?

My regular keyboard is mechanical so compared to that the ASK is damn near silent.
 
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flur

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Are you one of those annoying people that don’t mute their phones when they aren’t talking on conference calls?

My regular keyboard is mechanical so compared to that the ASK is damn near silent.
My phone is permanently on mute. Because I like my devices, including my keyboards, to be as silent as possible.

Also, I have manners. You should try them sometimes. People tend to like you more with them.
 

GDF

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Its just you, as it is no louder than any of Apple's previous keyboards. I think it is quiet.
 

flur

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Its just you, as it is no louder than any of Apple's previous keyboards. I think it is quiet.
It’s absolutely louder than the Apple Wireless keyboard.
 

Shadow Jolteon

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Sounds like you are using a hammer? Exaggerate much?
I had the same thought at first and laughed a bit at the idea of the sound of a hammer striking with each keystroke. I think they mean that it sounds like that to the other people on the call, which I've experienced before. On a weekly phone meeting I was on a couple years back, my boss would type up notes throughout and it was so loud over the call that you couldn't hear anyone's talking. It sounded like someone was just hitting the microphone.

I've tried out the new keyboards and didn't notice the loudness (it was at Apple, though, so not the quietest environment), and that's something I hadn't considered as a possible problem, but I'll probably give them another try now after reading this before making a decision. I've been thinking of just using an extra 10 key-less Magic Keyboard I have instead and getting a cheap folio case, since it'll really only be used in the house and we might not really need a keyboard attached to it all the time.
 
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BigTomCallaghan

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Off-topic, but still about the folio: I can't find an answer to this anywhere on the 'net... Is there a way to use the Smart Keyboard as a stand WITHOUT the keys being in front of the machine? My only thought would be to wrap the keyboard around back but instead of magnet-ing it to the back with the keys out, simply making an open triangle which allows the iPad to have whatever angle you desire. Hope that is clear, I am waiting to find a 12.9" in stock to try on my own but curious until then. Thanks in advance!
 

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Off-topic, but still about the folio: I can't find an answer to this anywhere on the 'net... Is there a way to use the Smart Keyboard as a stand WITHOUT the keys being in front of the machine? My only thought would be to wrap the keyboard around back but instead of magnet-ing it to the back with the keys out, simply making an open triangle which allows the iPad to have whatever angle you desire. Hope that is clear, I am waiting to find a 12.9" in stock to try on my own but curious until then. Thanks in advance!
Nope. The only way to use it as a stand is the have they keys out front.
 

kodos

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Everything I have these days from Apple is loud. The MBP keyboard is loud. The Folio keys are loud. Even taking notes with the Apple Pencil is loud. Weird.
 

Shadow Jolteon

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Off-topic, but still about the folio: I can't find an answer to this anywhere on the 'net... Is there a way to use the Smart Keyboard as a stand WITHOUT the keys being in front of the machine? My only thought would be to wrap the keyboard around back but instead of magnet-ing it to the back with the keys out, simply making an open triangle which allows the iPad to have whatever angle you desire. Hope that is clear, I am waiting to find a 12.9" in stock to try on my own but curious until then. Thanks in advance!
I actually tried this in the store, and I think it kinda depends on the surface you're using it on. On the smooth tables in the store, it just slowly slid forward until it was flat again, probably because the keyboard itself doesn't have much of a grip. I'm guessing on other surfaces it'd be a bit better, but probably not ideal.

It seems like they're really only designed for three positions: two opened with the screen propped up towards the keyboard and closed. And no in between, which disappointed me a bit.
 

flur

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Actually, it has! There are mics on two sides of the iPad (including the edge near the keyboard) as well as the front and back. Five in total.
Well I guess that explains a lot, LOL. I guess they need to disable the one near the keyboard when the keyboard is activated.
 

BigTomCallaghan

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Thanks for the answers, all. I actually found a 12.9 in stock when I got home today but when I wen to pick it up they didn’t have any keyboards left...
 
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