Keyboards for the iPad Pro 9.7
Zagg Slim Book
If you want to go more for the traditional laptop feel when it comes to your keyboard case, Zagg’s Slim Book Pro is your best bet. The case is fashioned to look more like a notebook when attached to the iPad Pro, so it’s a bit bulkier than the first two options. The case’s unique hinge allows for 135 degrees of adjustment, while island-style keys let you comfortably type as if you were using a traditional keyboard. The keys are even backlit and make use of the integrated battery, which is conveniently designed to last for up to two years on a single charge.
Brydge BrydgeAir Keyboard
Another entrant for laptop-style cases is the beautifully crafted Brydge BrydgeAir. This 100 percent aluminum case feels solid, but because it’s just a keyboard that clamps directly to the tablet, it’s not too heavy. It connects via Bluetooth and there are backlit keys with adjustable brightness. We love the 180-degree hinge, allowing you to find the perfect angle for comfort, or to use it as a tablet when you need to.
Logitech partnered with Apple to design the Create, and it shows. But one place where the Create shines is in price, which is less than Apple’s for the same features. Like the Smart Keyboard, it uses the Smart Connector to connect to your iPad Pro, meaning it will automatically power on and pair with the Pro when you connect it via the direct magnetic connection. Another positive is that it’s a full-size keyboard and feels a lot more natural than Apple’s own keyboard, reviewers report. However, if you prefer something even more durable, Logitech also offers the aptly titled Rugged Combo.
Griffin SnapBook Keyboard
Griffin makes some bold claims about its SnapBook keyboard and case, claiming it will survive — and protect — your iPad Pro from six-foot drops onto concrete. While its keyboard isn’t as comfortable or full-featured as some of the other options on our list, it is rugged and made of a material that also doubles as protection for your screen. We trust Griffin on the protective capabilities of this case, but we don’t recommend putting it to the test.
If you’re looking for alternative, non-keyboard cases, check out our picks for the best iPad Pro 9.7 cases.