Apple Smart Keyboard - 1st & 2nd impressions

Apple Smart Keyboard

When I first tried the Apple Smart Keyboard I found myself unimpressed. What does that mean though? I’ll start with my first impressions

First impressions
 
 
Dislikes

  • Lack of Apple function keys
  • Tapping the keys feels like your finger is smashing crackers.
  • Lack of protection
  • The keyboard is too heavy to stay stuck to the screen
  • One angle fits all.  This is not the Smart Cover with a keyboard, you can only place the iPad at one angle
  • How much?
  • Keyboard sits close to the ipad
  • Am I losing connectivity sometimes?


 Likes

  • Looks pretty cool

Those were were my first impressions over the course of three visits to the Apple store. Crazy thing though, I’ve had it a few days and I think I really like this keyboard

2nd impressions

Dislikes

  • Lack of Apple function keys
  • Lack of protection
  • The keyboard is too heavy to stay stuck to the screen
  • One angle fits all.  This is not the Smart Cover with a keyboard, you can only place the iPad at one angle
  • How much?
  • Am I losing connectivity sometimes?
  • Where the fuck is the backlighting?

Likes

  • Looks
  • Weight, when carrying-while walking or when in use
  • Tapping the keys feels like your finger is smashing crackers
  • Preferred to external keyboard

So what changed? Three days in I’ve not had to switch to my Bluetooth keyboard, so i could get work done.  In no particular order I’ll say these things.

Ok, so smashing crackers doesn’t  feel terrible.  This keyboard has the same dome witches that the current generation MacBook has.  But there is an additional membrane and it rests on top; so you won’t be getting any stuck keys.  It feels very similar to the MacBook keyboard, but maybe it is better.  That might be cause the keyboard cover seems to be vacuum sealed and glued, giving more bounce to the keys when they return to their upright position.  I’d have to get access to a MacBook to really speak better about how close the two seem.

The position of the iPad Pro 12.9 is pretty perfect.  I’ve not once wanted to reposition it, but that is kinda crazy.  I regularly reposition my laptop screen, I mean, I used to.  I don’t actually use my laptop anymore.  My relationship with my laptop is a whole other matter to discuss. Back to the IPad Pro 12.9... 

Only having one position doesn’t feel right, at least when i think about it, it doesn’t feel right, but I haven’t thought about it while using the ipad and the Smart Keyboard. Just to be clear.  The one position they chose for the ipad to lean at is perfect.  I haven’t found an instance yet where it doesn’t work. Weird.

I have a fourteen dollar Bluetooth keyboard that is modeled off of the small Apple Bluetooth keyboard.  This keyboard is fine, it takes triple a batteries, has a solid connection, is not connected to the IPad and work for weeks on a single charge.  This is what I was willing to spend on a keyboard.  I was not able to bring myself to buy the Smart Keyboard when I was at the apple store.  It wasn’t till I returned my Airpods that I even considered it and to be honest, I just wanted to test drive the SmartKeyboard till the new 2018 summer event, with he assumption i was going to buy something else.

I really like this keyboard though.

Three times in three days I’ve felt like the keyboard has disconnected. But I think two of those times I was in Amazon Prime and one of those times it wasn’t seated well.  I’ll keep an eye out for it. I dunno. 

This Keyboard is not backlit, I totally dig why it isn’t, but it sure should be, for the price.  

This keyboard works on your legs like a laptop! Not in a half hearted way, you can really work in a similar manner as you might with a laptop.  That doesn’t sound exactly the same though and that is cause it isn’t.  You don’t have a trackpad, dude, it is an Ipad; that means no wrist rest either.  So my usual bed or couch way of using a laptop or keyboarded ipad would be to have a lap board or a couch pillow. I don’t actually use laptops in my lap very often, if I have a say in the matter.  The Smart Keyboard totally works on your legs though.

I don’t think I’m supposed to review or describe stuff and use “totally” in my description of things.  The Apple Smart Keyboard is pretty pleasing, I think i can break a few rules.