So, you wanted to use your iPad to answer emails, write quick social media updates, and jot down ideas for blog posts.
The only missing part is the effectiveness. Typing on a screen where there is no physical confirmation you’ve actually typed the letter is confusing and causes a lot more mistakes than you can handle.
The keyboard – the one with physical keys, found in the MacBook or other laptop computers – seems like an answer to your problem.
Below, you’ll find a couple of the best options available on the market, from affordable keyboards that can work with any tablet to the original iPad Pro keyboard case.
Before we move forward, make sure you really want the keyboard. Because there is one thing you might be highly disappointed with. It’s the size.
The keys may have the size of the regular keyboard, but they are close to each other in the keyboard case that’s designed for the 10-inch tablet. It’s not the same experience as writing on a desktop keyboard. The keys are placed differently, and there is not enough space for palm movement.
The other challenge is the stand. The tablet has to be placed where there is a display on the laptop – at the right angle, optimal for typing.
There are a couple of solutions, but you have to forget the flexibility in how you position the screen. Usually, there are few fixed angles – set for typing by the desk.
So, are you still interested in the keyboard case for your iPad? Check out the list and tips below.
12 best iPad keyboard cases and keyboards
Original Apple Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro 12.9. Apple’s original keyboard for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is in this overview as a reference rather than a recommendation.
You’ve seen this keyboard already, and the fact you are looking for other options (finding the list on our site, for instance), means the Smart Keyboard is not the options for you.
There are two reasons: you own a different iPad or you think the price ($169) is way too high.
If you own the 12.9 iPad Pro, you are most probably looking for the keyboard that would be used with any other Apple mobile device – not only the iPad but also iPhone, or maybe even the Mac. And, definitely, the keyboard that would also work with the iPad that replaces the current Pro 12.9 model. ⇢ Apple – $169.
Kvago iPad 9.7 2018/2017 Bluetooth Slim Fit Keyboard Case. Being an Amazon Choice product for several months, this slim and lightweight keyboard case will turn the 2018 iPad model into a powerful laptop any time you’d want it.
The case offers multiple viewing angles up to 135 degrees. It supports auto sleep/wake function and enables to access all ports and buttons easily.
Most importantly, the case offered by Kvago features a real keyboard experience, with silent keystroke performance typical for laptop computers. The keyboard is backlit, with three levels of brightness, and seven backlight colors to choose from.
This keyboard case is both functional and stylish. It looks as premium as the iPad itself and is available in four matching colors: Black, Gold, Silver, and Rose Gold. ⇢ Amazon – $55.99.
Fintie Blade Z1 Bluetooth Keyboard Case for iPad Pro 12.9. The best place to look for iPad keyboard alternatives is Amazon. Let’s have a look at what you can buy for your 12.9 iPad Pro if you are not obsessed with the Apple logo, and want to have a practical accessory for a reasonable price.
The Bluetooth keyboard from Fintie, called Blade Z1, is worth checking out. First of all, the special holder puts the iPad as it would be the screen of the laptop. Thanks to that you can adjust the angle of the iPad without any limit.
Secondly, the chances are big you will be able to use the keyboard for the next generation iPad Pro 12.9 – unless it gets extremely thin and the holder will be too loose.
Most important factor, however, is the price. You can buy Fintie Blade Z1 for iPad 12.9 on Amazon for under $40 – that’s one-fourth of the price of Apple Smart Keyboard.
Last but not least, you can choose from four colors matching the colors of the iPad: Space Gray, Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold. ⇢ Amazon – $39.99.
Fintie Keyboard Case for Apple iPad 9.7 2018/2017. Out of a few solid keyboard cases for the 9.7-inch iPad, we’ve picked this minimalist design from Fintie (oh, Fintie, again). The lightweight keyboard is ultra-slim (only 8 mm) and features real laptop-style keys made of premium ABS material.
A precise mechanism under each key ensures a tactile response with every stroke, helping you type faster. Sturdy swivel hinges will let you open and close the iPad just like a notebook.
Available in two colors: Space Gray (featured above) and Silver. ⇢ Amazon – $25.99.
Logitech Slim Combo Detachable Keyboard Case for iPad Pro 2017. This advanced keyboard case is available for both iPad Pro 10.5 and 12.9.
The keyboard is detachable and the design lets you use it in four flexible modes: typing, viewing, reading, and FaceTime. It features backlit keys, with a dedicated row of iOS shortcut keys. Unlike other third-party keyboards (that need Bluetooth to connect), the Slim Combo seamlessly pairs with iPad Pro via the Smart Connector and never requires charging.
Logitech Slim Combo is available in two colors: Black and Navy Blue. ⇢ Apple – $149.95.
KuGi iPad Pro 10.5 Keyboard Stand Folio Case. Do you want to use the keyboard occasionally? Maybe the $150 option is too expensive. Fortunately, there are already some solid third-party keyboard cases that cost a few times less. The major disadvantage is that you’ll have to charge them and enable Bluetooth to make them work with the iPad.
One of the best models to think about is the keyboard case from KuGi. The keyboard is detachable, and the case has the traditional stand folio design. Thanks to that you can use the stand feature to put the iPad at the right angle.
The KuGi iPad Pro 10.5 keyboard case is available in six bold colors, including Red (above), Gold, and Blue. ⇢ Amazon – $27.90.
Logitech Universal Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad and iPhone. In the Amazon online store, you can find Logitech’s smart multi-device keyboard that will connect to your iPad, iPhone, and even your Mac. You can connect three devices to it, and switch between them by turning the Easy-Switch dial on the left side.
The other exciting feature is the cradle that holds your iPad or iPhone at just the right angle for you to read while you type.
Logitech K480 keyboard comes in two colors. You can choose either Black (with accents in lemon color) or White. ⇢ Amazon – $24.99.
Nulaxy Business Pro Rechargeable Bluetooth Keyboard. As you see, the biggest challenge when it comes to tablet keyboards is how to set up a stand where the tablet could be placed for typing.
The picture above explains the whole idea of the Nulaxy keyboard for Bluetooth-supported tablets. The keyboard has its own Origami-style case that folds to form the support for the device.
The idea makes the keyboard extremely slim. What’s more, if your tablet doesn’t have a separate stand case, you can use Nulaxy as an external stand. Good for watching, for instance.
The keyboard works with most Bluetooth-enabled tablets and smartphones. Yes, the iPad and iPhone are on the list of supported devices. There is no info about charging time. You can keep it 60 days on standby, without recharging.
This keyboard is made of genuine leather and has a stylish business look. However, its price is extremely affordable. ⇢ Amazon – $17.99.
Qwerkywriter Vintage Typewriter Keyboard with Tablet Stand. Here is something for fans of old good typewriters. Qwerkywriter S is an original Bluetooth keyboard inspired by mechanical keyboards.
Take a look. See these round typewriter-inspired keycaps? Or the shiny return bar? By default, the bar doubles the “Enter” key but you can program it up to 15 characters to generate signatures and even copy, cut, paste commands.
This vintage typewriter has an integrated tablet stand that can accommodate comfortably up to 10.5-inch tablet screens. It can also fit most 12-inch tablets as long as it’s less than 5/8 inch thick.
Qwerkywriter S can connect with your iPad via Bluetooth. There is also an option to connect via wired USB with N-Key Rollover performing at the highest levels without dropping letters or strokes.
“Unmatched in its aesthetic design, the Qwerkywriter S easily is one of the most stunning devices you will ever own.” Don’t be surprised by the price. ⇢ Amazon.
MoKo Universal Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard. If you are looking for a keyboard that doesn’t take too much space, and could easily fit into the side pocket of your iPad sleeve, the path to follow is to get a foldable keyboard.
Obviously, I’m not thinking about the cheap rollable keyboards made from silicone. We are looking for a real-size accessory with physical keys, right?
The design offered by MoKo seems to play all the right tunes. It closes using the magnets. When folded, its size is 6.2 × 4 × 0.5 in (157 × 101 × 12.7 mm). The good thing is that when you open the keyboard, it automatically turns on.
Like all other Bluetooth keyboards, it has to be recharged. Built-in rechargeable Lithium battery. You can charge from any USB port via the cable that’s included in the pack. ⇢ Amazon – $29.99.
Anker Bluetooth Ultra-slim Keyboard for iPad and other mobile devices. Sometimes the simplest is the best. This decent Bluetooth keyboard from Anker is one of the most popular iPad accessories on Amazon (but it doesn’t only work with the iPad).
The keyboard is lightweight and compact. It’s as light as a billiard ball – approximately 6.7 oz. Typing is comfortable, the keys are low-profile and release quiet click sounds. Most importantly, the keyboard is powered by two AAA batteries, and you can use it for over three months.
The iPad Keyboard from Anker is Amazon’s Choice product. ⇢ Amazon – $19.99.
Omoton Ultra-slim Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad. Of several types of accessories, it’s easiest to be discouraged by the keyboard. The keyboard has just too many important factors: Bluetooth (setup and connection), keys (size, stroke, feel, hotkeys), battery, to name a few.
That’s why iPad keyboard and keyboard cases usually get the average rating on Amazon around 4. One of the exceptions is a solid but lightweight Bluetooth-enabled keyboard from Omoton.
It offers a reasonable key combination, with QWERTY layout and hotkeys that you can customize for your iPad. With 2 AAA batteries and automatic sleep mode, you can use it continuously for up to 30 days.
The keyboard has a perfect size. It’s big enough for your fingers to type conveniently and small enough to be put inside a bag without taking too much space. The keyboard bears Amazon’s Choice label. ⇢ Amazon – $15.99.
Ipevo PadPillow Stand for Apple iPad. This iPad accessory comes extremely handy when you decided to buy a separate Bluetooth keyboard for your iPad.
This pillow stand from Ipevo is clever. You can fold it out to get some space for a keyboard. Therefore, you’ll be able to use it with your iPad while lying on a sofa or in a bed.
Ipevo pillow is sturdy enough to keep the iPad always at the right angle, but on the other side, it’s comfortable like a pillow. It’s made of 100% cotton and is ultra-soft. When you fold it out, you’ll see space for a wireless keyboard, complete with ample wrist support.
Available in four fashionable colors: Lemongrass (shown above), Blue Denim, Light Khaki, and Charcoal Gray. Compatible with iPad models no larger than 10-inch. ⇢ Amazon – $21.99.
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In case you would want to explore more the available universal tablet keyboards, make sure the one you want to buy has the dimensions that would fit your iPad model.
For your convenience, we’ve listed the sizes of all recent Apple iPad tablets in the table below.
iPad dimensions ( height × width × depth )
|iPad Mini 1||7.87 × 5.30 × 0.28||200 × 134.7 × 7.2|
|iPad Mini 3, 2||7.87 × 5.30 × 0.29||200 × 134.7 × 7.5|
|iPad Mini 4||8.00 × 5.30 × 0.24||203 × 134.8 × 6.1|
|iPad 9.7 (2018)||9.40 × 6.60 × 0.29||240 × 169.5 × 7.5|
|iPad 9.7 (2017)||9.40 × 6.60 × 0.29||240 × 169.5 × 7.5|
|iPad Air 1||9.40 × 6.60 × 0.29||240 × 169.5 × 7.5|
|iPad Air 2||9.40 × 6.60 × 0.24||240 × 169.5 × 6.1|
|iPad 4, 3, 2||9.50 × 7.31 × 0.37||241.2 × 185.7 × 9.4|
|iPad Pro 10.5 (2017)||9.80 × 6.80 × 0.24||250.6 × 174.1 × 6.1|
|iPad Pro 12.9 (2017)||12.0 × 8.68 × 0.27||305.7 × 220.6 × 6.9|
|iPad Pro 9.7 (2016)||9.40 × 6.60 × 0.24||240 × 169.5 × 6.1|
|iPad Pro 12.9 (2015)||12.0 × 8.68 × 0.27||305.7 × 220.6 × 6.9|
Where can I buy keyboards and keyboard cases for iPad?
If you’ve reached this point of the article, most probably you haven’t found the perfect iPad keyboard yet.
Don’t limit yourself to Apple’s online store. Here are two other options to check out:
eBay – checking out eBay is always a good thing to do. First of all, you can find here official Apple iPad accessories at prices that are less “official.” Most importantly, eBay is a good destination for unbranded, affordable keyboard cases in a variety of colors.
Rakuten – it’s one of the largest online stores, offering a wide selection of electronic devices and accessories. If you can’t find a good iPad keyboard on Amazon or eBay, make sure to explore Rakuten. There are hundreds of different models to choose from, both universal and tailored for specific iPad models.
Amazon – a default store for a vast majority of online consumers. It lists more than 300 thousand results for “iPad keyboard” On top of the list, you’ll find the most popular models, with plenty of detailed reviews.
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