After hearing so many podcasters praise it, I picked one up on Black Friday for $99 for my 12.9" iPad Pro.
It’s already gone back.
Although I liked the backlit keys (the only thing I dislike on my existing Apple folio keyboard), I just couldn’t get used to it otherwise.
It looks cool that it makes an iPad seem like a laptop, but that was the problem for me. The hinge mechanism makes the “swipe up” gesture from the bottom of the screen harder because my finger almost gets squished into the hinge to hit the right spot.
But mostly, the physical layout puts the keyboard right up against the screen and makes it a much longer reach for any touch operations. I found my hand fatigued very quickly even when I used an Apple Pencil as an extension to shorten the distance.
I also found myself constantly rubbing the empty metal area in front of the keyboard as if it was the touchpad on my MacBook Pro. (Yeah, I know they are working on one that will actually have a touchpad)
It is really heavy. And I mean really heavy. My iPad weighs so much that I am not comfortable with it in casual positions such as on a couch, reclining chair, or bed. For that amount of weight, I enjoy using my MacBook much more.
The hinge mechanism is very interesting, but is a tight fit and not something I see myself continually removing the keypad when I don’t want to carry the weight. Just worried too much that constant insertion/removable will break something and I don’t like using it for everything with the keyboard attached.
For me, the novelty wore off quickly, as I do a combination of typing but also using apps. I found myself just grabbing my MacBook for a better typing experience and getting confused when using my iPad - trying to use it like a laptop and not enjoying it.