iPad Pro Which Keyboard?

kormsby

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I will be using my iPad Pro for work and that requires a sturdy keyboard. The Smart Keyboard while sleek seems a bit flimsy for everyday work use, so I went with the Logitech Create which seems a bit "beefier". The price is great too. Curious what others are choosing and why!
 

spiritedcharm

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I ordered the Apple keyboard before realizing the Logitech was available. Then I ordered the red/gold Logitech as well. I'm picking it up today along with the gold Pro. I like the looks of the red and gold on the Logitech and plan to skin the bezel of the iPad in black, so I'll have a gold and black iPad to match the gold and black keyboard. Im pretty sure I'll be cancelling the Apple keyboard when I get to the store. I can't imagine it being better than the Logitech. Plus, I'm not sure I would like the fabric covering the keys on the Apple.
 

bizzy045

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I ordered the Apple keyboard before realizing the Logitech was available. Then I ordered the red/gold Logitech as well. I'm picking it up today along with the gold Pro. I like the looks of the red and gold on the Logitech and plan to skin the bezel of the iPad in black, so I'll have a gold and black iPad to match the gold and black keyboard. Im pretty sure I'll be cancelling the Apple keyboard when I get to the store. I can't imagine it being better than the Logitech. Plus, I'm not sure I would like the fabric covering the keys on the Apple.
I ordered the Apple smart keyboard as well. I too am unsure about it, and will definitely checkout both, and return one after a few days of playing around with them.
 

kormsby

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I agree with your thoughts on the keys. The keys on the Smart Keyboard look a bit flat....I think the backlit quality might be better since that is what I'm used to on my Pro laptop.
 

Fuchal

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The Logitech is probably a little better, but I'm going with the Apple because I've never liked any third party case I've had on my iPad and I have no need to cover the back.
 
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yegon

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The Logitech is probably a little better, but I'm going with the Apple because I've never liked any third party case I've had on my iPad and I have no need to cover the back.
I'm similar.

From the pictures, the Logitech keyboard does look better than the Apple one if you're going to be doing a lot of typing and looking for a case solution. I considered ordering it over the Apple keyboard until I realised I'm basically after a stand/front cover with added functionality, which is what the Apple Smart keyboard is.

I always use iPads naked and predominantly minus the Smart Cover so the Apple one suits me better personally but can definitely see the attraction of the Logitech one.

Have the Apple keyboard on a separate order so may see if I can snag one at a store before the option to cancel disappears.
 

lewisd25

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I'm going with the Apple keyboard cover since i'm getting a silicone back case as well. I prefer the flexibility of quickly taking the cover off to draw.
 

veryangrybirds

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Going for the Apple smart Keyboard as well. The Logitech one, although it looks great, am not a fan of the clam shell design. I want a keyboard that can be tucked away/hidden if I just want to use/view the screen.
 

ShawnTXDFW

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Right now I have a ZAGG backlit keyboard for my iPad Air 2 and it is extremely bulky, but really awesome at the same time. It's heavy! That being said, I to ordered the Smart Keyboard before realizing the Logitech was there. After reading this http://www.theverge.com/2015/11/11/9711284/logitech-ipad-pro-keyboard-case-announced made me ponder about the Smart Keyboard. Another user had posted he/she had a Logitech keyboard and said it was amazing. So after reading his/her post and then reading that link above, made me cancel my order and order the Logitech. Seems really nice. Never owned a macbook but based off of the pics the keyboards are almost identical. I love my ZAGG and thought to myself the same thing. The Apple Keyboard looks really flimsy. If I don't like this one, I'll just return it and go for the Smart one.

If I would've known that I could've picked up the keyboard today, then I would've done that instead. But, being that the iPad Pro won't ship till around the 25th for me, I might as well wait. Besides, Apple already took my payment and tells me I can't cancel anyway.
 

ShawnTXDFW

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Right now I have a ZAGG backlit keyboard for my iPad Air 2 and it is extremely bulky, but really awesome at the same time. It's heavy! That being said, I to ordered the Smart Keyboard before realizing the Logitech was there. After reading this http://www.theverge.com/2015/11/11/9711284/logitech-ipad-pro-keyboard-case-announced made me ponder about the Smart Keyboard. Another user had posted he/she had a Logitech keyboard and said it was amazing. So after reading his/her post and then reading that link above, made me cancel my order and order the Logitech. Seems really nice. Never owned a macbook but based off of the pics the keyboards are almost identical. I love my ZAGG and thought to myself the same thing. The Apple Keyboard looks really flimsy. If I don't like this one, I'll just return it and go for the Smart one.

If I would've known that I could've picked up the keyboard today, then I would've done that instead. But, being that the iPad Pro won't ship till around the 25th for me, I might as well wait. Besides, Apple already took my payment and tells me I can't cancel anyway.
For those who might be wondering here's a link to the ZAGG I have for my iPad Air 2: http://www.zagg.com/us/en_us/keyboards/rugged-book-ipad-air-2
 

highdefjunkie

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I bought the Logitech one (For in store pickup today) and the Apple keyboard which is scheduled to be delivered around November 20th. I'll play with both and see which one I like better.
 

ChrisA

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My keyboard died a few weeks ago. I just bought an Apple Keyboard with the numeric keypad. This is a $49 keyboard made by Apple that connects with a USB cable and has two USB ports on the keyboard. It is NOT wireless and I like it that way. No charging. It uses the previous generation of keys, like you'd find on my Macbook Pro (but without the lights inside). The $49 price is not to bad for an Apple branded product.

The Overview paragraph on the paged linked below is accurate and really does describe the product well.

http://www.apple.com/shop/product/MB110LL/B/apple-keyboard-with-numeric-keypad-english-usa

EDIT: I just re-read the OP's post. For use on an iPad Pro. You want wireless. This would not work. Some how I read "Mac Pro". The above keyboard is perfect for the MP.
 
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I ordered the Apple keyboard before realizing that the Logitech was available. They both look good. Logitech's is backlit and uses the Smart Connector. But Apple's is more versatile as a stand, and cover, and looks to be easier to remove completely when desired.
 

yegon

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looks to be easier to remove completely when desired.
Along with weight, that's the clincher for me. I won't use a keyboard enough to justify constantly carrying the extra weight, and I like the prospect of the Smart keyboard sitting on my coffee table where I can attach/detach the iPad from in double quick time. That, and I don't use a case, just a sleeve when it's shoved into my bag.
 

TurboPGT!

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Along with weight, that's the clincher for me. I won't use a keyboard enough to justify constantly carrying the extra weight, and I like the prospect of the Smart keyboard sitting on my coffee table where I can attach/detach the iPad from in double quick time. That, and I don't use a case, just a sleeve when it's shoved into my bag.
Yeah i still want to be able to prop up the iPad without a keyboard sticking out in front of it, which Apple was smart to find a way to do with the same case.
 

sjleworthy

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personally, cant wait for the official Apple smart keyboard. i really dont like the styling and build of any others i've seen so far. for me the Apple one works :)

it'll be left open and connected together in my desk for most of the time. quite elegant i think.
 

fireguy286

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I originally ordered the Apple one when I ordered the Pro, but it ships a week later vs me picking up the Pro later today. Then I started to think about it and cancelled that and ordered the Logitech one for pickup with the Pro. Reading reviews seems to confirm my thoughts.

Two things - it's back-lit, and has the top row of keys that the Apple one does not. Those two won me over.

Other plus is the keys will travel further which I like and it costs less. The only downside is Apple's has a better profile overall.

I'm sure either will be fine.

I also bought the 'usual/traditional' smart cover for the other angles if I won't be typing for a while or something.
 

spgiva

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I played with both today, went with the Logitech for the following reasons:
1) Much perfer the action of the keys, apple keyboard was too flat
2) provides function as a full case for the iPad pro (apple keyboard when closed only protects screen, back is still open to getting scratched/damanged by the world
3) like the backlit keys (I sometimes type in the dark).
4) $20 cheaper and available for pick up today

I also found the balance of the applekeyboard a little off. On some of the test models the weigh of the iPad was almost pulling the keyboard off the table and felt much less stable. In the Logitech case this feels a secure as a laptop.

On the plus side for apple's keyboard;
WAY lighter then the logitech option. The logitech option (according to the spec page) is 1.5 lbs. Does not feel quite that heavy to me (although I have not weighed it) but it was much ehavier then the apple option.

-spg
 

Jezak

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I tested the Apple Keyboard in store this morning as I picked up my iPad. I appreciate seeing the feedback on the Logitech option. The weight far outweighs my hesitation on the key travel difference on the Apple Keyboard. What I cannot understand is how they had iPad's but no first party accessories...
 

nuvolari7

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I ordered a Logitech Create keyboard case from Logitech UK. I chose the black/black version which doesn't seem to be available on the Apple website. The inside of the case is black too, instead of space grey. Quidco is offering 5% cashback on purchases from the Logitech website. Plus, there's a code for £5 off voucher.

This picture is from the Logitech blog
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Riku7

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I've been very happy with Logitech K760.
It's wireless, doesn't have a num pad. Previously, I had a wireless Apple keyboard but even if I used rechargeable batteries, having to change them so often was annoying. This Logitech keyboard has a good old solar panel and it always stays powered by indoor lighting only, no problems. Also, I absolutely hate, therefore refuse to type with touch screens because they're disgusting and impossible to type correctly with. This Logitech keyboard solved that problem for me as well, because it can be simultaneously paired with up to three different devices. Once you've set up your pairs, you press a button (1-3) to pair and start typing into another device, on the go. I have it paired to my Mac, my iPad and my iPhone and whenever I'm at home, it's quick to start typing into whichever. I can highly recommend this model.
Compared to an Apple keyboard, the keys are slightly more "candy-like 3D rounded", a tiny bit less shallow, and function keys + action keys are a bit narrower. Not heavy to press. The layout contains all Apple keyboard essentials.
 

kormsby

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I played with both today, went with the Logitech for the following reasons:
1) Much perfer the action of the keys, apple keyboard was too flat
2) provides function as a full case for the iPad pro (apple keyboard when closed only protects screen, back is still open to getting scratched/damanged by the world
3) like the backlit keys (I sometimes type in the dark).
4) $20 cheaper and available for pick up today

I also found the balance of the applekeyboard a little off. On some of the test models the weigh of the iPad was almost pulling the keyboard off the table and felt much less stable. In the Logitech case this feels a secure as a laptop.

On the plus side for apple's keyboard;
WAY lighter then the logitech option. The logitech option (according to the spec page) is 1.5 lbs. Does not feel quite that heavy to me (although I have not weighed it) but it was much ehavier then the apple option.

-spg
This is great to hear. You list all the reasons why I went with the Logitech even though I didn't have the ability to play with them first in store.
 
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yegon

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Grubers review on Daring Fireball is worth reading for a fairly detailed explanation of the up and downsides of general keyboard support with the iPad Pro.
 
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