Apple’s personal Smart Keyboard Folio for the 11-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation) and 12.9-inch iPad Pro (4th generation) is the perfect of the few case-and-keyboard choices at the moment obtainable. Fortunately, it’s nice to make use of, and it improves on among the faults of the previous era. The design affords a skinny profile, a lightweight weight, a straightforward on/off design, again safety, two stand angles, room for the Apple Pencil to attach, and compatibility with the iPad Pro’s Smart Connector for connectivity and energy. The two variations supply an identical options and are separated solely by their dimension.
The neatest thing in regards to the Good Keyboard Folio is that it’s skinny and (comparatively) gentle. It seems to be and feels rather a lot like Apple’s Smart Cover, however with a single-panel lid and full again safety; it wraps across the iPad like a ebook’s cowl. The bigger Good Keyboard Folio provides lower than a pound of weight, and the 11-inch mannequin weighs just a bit greater than 10 ounces.
Whereas most iPad keyboard circumstances are cumbersome, the slim Good Keyboard Folio attaches magnetically to the Good Connector on the again of the iPad Pro; the magnets within the pill’s physique be sure that it’s completely aligned. The Good Connector powers the keyboard, so that you by no means have to cost a keyboard battery, and since it connects the keyboard on to the iPad, you don’t should take care of Bluetooth pairing or wi-fi interference.
The Good Connector additionally makes it exceptionally simple to rapidly connect and take away the keyboard, which, judging from our expertise, is one thing many individuals will wish to do continuously: The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is massive and heavy sufficient by itself—while you’re not utilizing a keyboard, you don’t need it to be even greater and heavier—and one of many massive appeals of the 11-inch iPad Pro is how skinny and light-weight it’s, so that you most likely don’t wish to break the expertise by having to maintain a case on it on a regular basis. (That mentioned, in conditions the place you don’t wish to take away the keyboard and set it apart, the truth that the Good Keyboard Folio is so skinny means that you may merely fold it behind the iPad and the entire package deal stays thinner than many iPad circumstances with out keyboards.)
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is so massive that the Good Keyboard Folio’s keyboard is principally the identical dimension as a laptop computer’s, with each normal laptop computer key (apart from Esc) and all the things in the proper place. The 11-inch model is, after all, smaller, so its keys are smaller and a bit nearer collectively, nevertheless it nonetheless feels comfy to sort on.
The Good Keyboard Folio’s keys are just like these on Apple’s present MacBook and MacBook Pro fashions and the corporate’s Magic Keyboard. (In line with Apple, in addition they use the identical key switches, however with totally different mechanisms for offering resistance.) The shallow design of those key switches implies that the keys have little journey and really feel a bit mushy. That’s as a result of as an alternative of skinny, flat, plastic keycaps, the Good Keyboard Folio’s keys have been, according to Apple, “laser ablated into a single sheet of durable custom-woven fabric.” This development provides the keys a barely concave high and first rate tactile suggestions.
That “durable custom-woven fabric” additionally makes the Good Keyboard Folio and its keys proof against water, crumbs, and gunk. You possibly can safely use the Good Keyboard Folio on a kitchen counter, at a espresso store, or wherever else you would possibly unintentionally spill liquids or drop crumbs on it. Total, the Good Keyboard Folio appears way more sturdy than the opposite fashions we’ve examined.
Having two stand angles makes the Good Keyboard Folio extra helpful usually, and particularly so while you’re utilizing the iPad Pro in your lap. The extra upright angle is fairly steep, so it’s not sensible if the iPad is beneath your eye degree (it could work higher on a raised floor like a standing desk), however the extra tilted angle is nice on a desk or your lap. And the magnets that maintain the pill in place are very sturdy, so that you don’t have to fret about it toppling from its place.
The 2020 revision of the Good Keyboard Folio, launched alongside the 2nd-generation 11-inch and 4th-generation 12.9-inch iPad Execs, has only some small modifications in contrast with the 2018 fashions. It’s a darker grey than the unique, and it has an Apple brand on the again that’s right-side up when the iPad is in panorama orientation. The cutout on the again is bigger to accommodate the bigger digital camera system. In any other case, it matches and feels simply the identical, and it’s nonetheless the only option for any appropriate iPad Pro.