I've had a number of iPad over the years, and have tried keyboards on some of them. First was a Logitech Ultrathin keyboard cover for my iPad 2. When I moved to the iPad Air first generation, I tried the Belkin Quode. The hassle of pairing, the delay and the fact that the keyboard weighed was much as the iPad itself just took away the portability that in my mind is a key point of having a tablet anyway. Plus the fact that I had to remove the keyboard every time I wanted to use it as a tablet because the case on it was just too bulky. The Smart Keyboard really solves all of this. It's so light I use it as a cover and extra weight is hardly noticed, and it's so easy to remove if you want. Plus, the integration of the shortcut commands really ads a lot to the experience. I'm feeling that I no longer really need a pointing device as now I can do so many things without even taking my hands off the keyboard. Lastly, the fabric of the keys feels so comfortable and the feedback is quiet yet very satisfying. I'm finding that I can type at nearly the same potential as a full size keyboard despite the small size. Again, Apple takes something that has been out there for years and finally makes it useable.