Keyboards and the shortcuts they enable make using any device far more intuitive in most cases. With recent updates, the iPad has become much more capable than ever and features several shortcuts. With iPadOS 15 set to introduce even more of these and a revamped multitasking system, using your iPad as a tool for word processing or more is becoming easier than ever before.
In this article, we’ve listed twelve of the best keyboard accessories, some in the form of a case for an iPad and others as standalone units you can use to make the most of your tablet.
Backlit keys, an additional USB-C port, and a highly accurate trackpad, the Apple Magic Keyboard case is an expensive accessory bound to transform your iPad experience with how simple it is to use. Place your iPad on it, and the connection formed with the Smart Connector will keep you going as long as your tablet has charge. It’s available for iPad Air 4, iPad Pro 11-inch, and iPad Pro 12.9-inch.
An option that follows a design language very different from that of Apple’s Magic Keyboard, this case offers a detachable wireless keyboard that also connects via the Smart Connector. Its keys are backlit, and it has way more give with the angle at which the tablet can stand, although it does lack the additional USB-C port for passthrough charging. It’s available for iPad (7th and 8th gen.), iPad Air (3rd and 4th gen.), iPad Pro 10.5-inch, iPad Pro 11-inch, and iPad Pro 12.9 inch.
The Apple Smart Keyboard is the accessory to pick for the more basic iPads since it’s the only first-party keyboard accessory and will function without any hitches. It’s made out of silicone-like material, is lightweight, and maintains the tablet’s slim form factor. Available for iPad Pro 10.5-inch, iPad Air (3rd gen.), and iPad (7th and 8th gen.).
With newer options now available, this well-built keyboard from Logitech is available at prices one may call a steal. It has backlit keys and a protective cover that’ll keep your iPad free from any damage and your productivity levels on a high, with it needing a charge once every three months if you use it for two hours a day. Available for iPad Pro 11-inch (1st to 3rd gen.) and iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd and 4th gen.)
The Brydge Pro+ is a keyboard and trackpad combination that uses an aluminum base with holders on which you place the iPad. It has backlit keys and comes with a back that attaches magnetically and provides a better grip when the iPad is off the base. Available for iPad Pro 11-inch, iPad Pro 12.9-inch, and iPad Air 4 (with limitations).
Our Recommended Keyboards for iPad
Choosing a keyboard to use with your iPad is a decision that can significantly change the way you use the tablet. If you find yourself on the move, recommending Apple’s expensive but great Magic Keyboard Case is easy. But we recommend trying to buy the newer version to avoid any possible issues in terms of fit. An alternative to this is the Logitech Combo Touch which removes the disadvantages of the Magic Keyboard Case by introducing a detachable board and a stand that allows for more angles. Added advantages like its support for a wider range of devices is also a huge plus, but be wary of the added bulk.
If Logitech and Apple’s options aren’t your top considerations because of their material choices, in that case, the Brydge Pro+ models are much more affordable and come with an aluminum base. They also offer some case options for the iPad Mini, which you may want to check out.
Looking at traditional keyboard options, the Logitech MX Keys will give you the best experience, but it’ll also cost you a premium. Although, compared to Apple’s very own Magic Keyboard, it’s a better deal with its array of keys, complete with a numeric pad. The Omoton is the perfect buy if you’re on a budget, and the Keychron is great for those into mechanical keyboards and all of their little quirks.