Would this be a great alternative to the smart keyboard?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by drewjonn, Jul 17, 2016.

  1. drewjonn, Jul 17, 2016
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2016

    drewjonn macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2016

    Guess that it would be a total overkill for the smart keyboard, function wise.

    Backlight feature, bluetooth connectivity, capability to change angle (finally you don't have to deal with fixed position anywhere you type), and the size seems to be more convenient for intense typing.

    The thing is, design. Hate to say that I hate the design though, really not a fan of gaming keyboard. It is extremely thick and maybe too heavy for something that should be very portable to travel with, look kinda sloppy to hold as well. It simply doesn't give you the firm grip and convenience as the smart keyboard.

    May be counter-productive for the purpose of iPad Pro at first place, and it might end up at the size and weight close to the 13" Macbook Pro. No point for an iPad for me. They might have killed portability and design for optimum function. I'll honestly pass.

  2. sjleworthy macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2008
    Penarth, Wales, UK
    I saw this the other day. Appart from the cost issue, i LOVE the simplicity of the Apple smart keyboard. I use it purely open and operational on a daily bases, and i love it's soft tactile feel. I'd buy another tomorrow if it broke
  3. Cheffy Dave, Jul 17, 2016
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2016

    Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

    Cheffy Dave

    Feb 5, 2007
    Sunny Florida, on the Gulf Coast in Homosassa Fl
    I do like it,since my 12.9 (to be purchased when it's updated to the specs of my 9.7) will be a home only device, the ability to select any angle is nice, and the backlit keyboard is mandatory for me for late nights, it snaps out of the case easily, perfect for College Football/ Basketball, on the end table when watching other games on the 55"
    I swapped out my older Apple non back lit keyboard for 2 of the new Logitech K810 (backlit and BT), use one with my MBA 13" and one with my 9.7 iPP, so yeah, I think I'll purchase.
    For the record the iPad Pro is really amazing
  4. jamesrick80 macrumors 68020


    Sep 12, 2014
    This is when I would suggest users to get an actual laptop if you would prefer this design......
  5. stlredbird macrumors 6502


    Feb 24, 2009
    I saw this the other day. Love the look and idea of it. Moreso if it could have a track pad. But doesnt it add 2 lbs? Thats a bit heavy in my opinion. Even with the apple keyboard case on my 12.9 I notice the weight. But if you carry your ipad in a bag i think this is a great looking product.
  6. sracer macrumors 603


    Apr 9, 2010
    Land of Bongos and Beatniks

    I get the idea, "different strokes for different folks", but the downside to virtually all keyboard cases (keyboard covers are a different beast is that the keyboard is virtually permanently attached to the iPad. While that may be a good thing for doing notebook-y things, it isn't so helpful when doing tablet-y things. But I see a LOT of people with iPads using keyboard cases, so the concept must be popular.

    One could purchase a 13" 8GB/128GB Macbook Air for LESS than a 128GB 12.9" iPad Pro + Razer keyboard. So unless there are some iOS-specific needs, I don't see how an iPad Pro with a permanently mounted keyboard is a better option.

    The beauty of the ASK is that with a quick snap, the iPad Pro goes from a device with notebook-like tendencies to a premiere tablet. And with another snap, it's back.
  7. pooleman Suspended


    Jan 11, 2012
    Eastern CT
    I like the ASK for its light weight and the simplicity. I hate that there is no back protection and only one viewing angle.
  8. yegon, Jul 17, 2016
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2016

    yegon macrumors 68020

    Oct 20, 2007
    I like the Smart Keyboard but the lack of shortcut keys is a bummer. Specifically, the lack of a play/pause key. I listen to a tonne of podcasts and it'd be so much more convenient than bringing up control centre or pausing in app. I understand size contraints and there absence allow bigger keys, but I find it unbelievable there isn't even a global shortcut for it :-(
  9. drewjonn thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2016
    That's my whole point. ;)
  10. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    Personally, any external keyboard which adds too much weight and bulk to the iPad pretty much defeats the whole point of using one.
  11. Booji macrumors 6502a


    Nov 17, 2011
    Yea, this is total overkill and destroys the concept of the iPad
  12. ssledoux macrumors 6502


    Sep 16, 2006
    Down south
    I totally agree with you on the Apple Smart Keyboard. I absolutely love it! I think my typing speed has improved 10-15 wpm (and I was pretty fast before). It certainly falls in my "must replace" category.
  13. Nhwhazup macrumors 68000


    Sep 2, 2010
    New Hampshire
    I use mine with a matte skin on the back. I use my iPad usually either in my lap or on a table/desk so less likely for falls than my iPhone which is used on the fly all the time and has been dropped multiple times.

    The keyboard when folded offers 2 viewing angles - one up for viewing videos and the lower angle for most other activities.

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