Here are the 26 best iPad keyboard cases, from the Mini to the Pro

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There are multiple components to note when you first unpack an iPad, from the device itself and a power adapter to the user manual and a USB cable, but a keyboard isn’t one of them. The iPad’s functionality has grown since its initial inception in 2010, yet many users still find Apple’s tablet somewhat incomplete despite all the critical acclaim and the perpetually-swirling rumors.

As Apple’s signature tablet line outgrows its reputation for being simply a device to consume entertainment, there’s a growing need for a physical QWERTY iPad keyboard. Thankfully, there are tons of great keyboards designed to connect to your iPad via Bluetooth for increased mobile productivity.

We admit, finding the perfect keyboard can be exhausting, given the fact that most third-party keyboards are poorly designed or overly expensive, but there are some quality options if you know where to look. Here are our nominations for the iPad Keyboard Hall of Fame (if there is such a thing). 

Not sure about which iPad is best for you? Read our 2017 iPad, iPad Pro 9.7-inch, iPad Pro 12.9-inch, and iPad Pro 10.5-inch reviews to find out which one is the tablet for you.

Best keyboards for the iPad Pro (10.5-inch)

Apple Smart Keyboard ($160)

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Apple’s own Smart Keyboard should be your first choice when it comes to the iPad Pro. It also doubles as a light iPad cover. If you have ever used the iPad cover from Apple, you know that it acts as a stand when you fold it. The Smart Keyboard works the same way. It uses the iPad’s Smart Connector to power itself. Just snap it into place and start typing.

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IVSO Keyboard Case ($32)

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The IVSO Keyboard Case is very affordable and will give you around 60 hours of continuous use on one charge. One of the main attractions here is the various positions that you can choose for the iPad. You can prop it up like a laptop to work, or you can position it at a convenient angle for drawing or sketching with your Apple Pencil. It comes in blue, black, purple, red, and many other colors.

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Brydge 10.5 ($140)

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The Brydge 10.5 is a very high-end keyboard made of high-grade aluminum. The keyboard’s design blends in with the iPad perfectly. The single piece of aluminum is very thin. With the iPad attached it is only 0.5-inches thick. You can bend the hinge through 180 degrees to find the best viewing angle. The keys are backlit with three levels of brightness for easy typing in low light. The keys have 1.2mm of travel giving you a nice tactile typing experience. The keyboard also has a row of dedicated keys for iOS, so that you can do more without having to take your hands off the keyboard.

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Best keyboards for the 2017 iPad (9.7-inch)

Logitech Slim Folio Bluetooth keyboard ($100)

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This case keeps your iPad safe from bumps, scratches, and as a bonus, it’s also spill-resistant. The batteries are replaceable and have a lifespan of four years. The keys are designed to be responsive with 1.5mm travel. The keyboard has a row of dedicated iOS shortcut keys, so that you can change the volume, language, and more without taking your hands off the keyboard.

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Favormates 7 Colors Backlit Keyboard ($56)

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This clamshell cover has 130 degrees of rotation so that you can find the perfect angle. As the name suggests, it has seven colors you can select for the keyboard backlighting, plus you can adjust the brightness for great nighttime typing. Your iPad’s auto wake/sleep function also works with this case, so that you don’t have to worry about burning through your battery life. This keyboard case has an aluminum build that is very sturdy.

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Zagg Rugged Messenger Backlit Case ($100)

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Are you worried about dropping your iPad? Few cases will defend it against drops like this Zagg rugged case. This case is so strong it can protect your iPad from drops of up to 6.6 feet. It also has a built-in stand, so that you can position the iPad at a comfortable viewing angle. It not only has a backlight, but it offers a choice of seven colors to make typing easy in low-light conditions.

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Best keyboards for the iPad Pro (12.9-inch)

Apple Smart Keyboard for 12.9-inch iPad Pro ($170)

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What better keyboard for your shiny new iPad Pro than the keyboard specifically made by Apple for the iPad Pro? In classic Apple fashion, the Smart Keyboard features a slim and sleek design with keys that are well-spaced and easy to type on. You won’t get much travel or feedback, though. It doubles as a stand for your device and doesn’t add too much extra bulk, which makes it perfect for when used on the go.

It’s important to note that this keyboard does not connect via Bluetooth, however. Instead, it uses Apple’s new proprietary Smart connector, located on the side of the iPad. This means that you’ll never have to manually charge the keyboard — it draws power straight from the iPad. How convenient!

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Logitech Create Keyboard Case ($131)

Logitech Create Keyboard Case

Why use Bluetooth if you have the Smart connector anyway? The Logitech Create also makes use of the Smart connector on the iPad Pro, meaning you won’t have to charge it. It also offers a backlit keyboard, one that features buttons for making light adjustments and controlling media. Because of the size of the iPad Pro, Logitech was even able to squeeze in an extra line of keys for shortcuts. While this case was not designed by Apple, the look of the Logitech Create fits in line with Apple’s design language. It’s slim, simple, and beautiful.

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Razer Mechanical Keyboard Case ($170)

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The Razer mechanical keyboard is the first keyboard with mechanical key switches built for a mobile device. The keys have good travel and make a satisfying click. There’s a metal kickstand, too, so that you can adjust the angle of the iPad Pro to any position you want. The case itself is detachable and made of polycarbonate, which provides not only convenience but strength as well. This keyboard has a lot going for it, but we must acknowledge a few caveats. The kickstand is useful, but it gives the iPad Pro a large footprint, which could be a problem when using a small workstation. Some people also found that the hinge is not built to last and the key next to the right arrow key, which brings up the on-screen keyboard, is a little too easy to press by mistake. If you crave a mechanical keyboard for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, however, this will scratch your itch.

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