Apple’s iPads have become thinner, lighter, and more powerful with every generational release. Combining one with an iPad keyboard case can get the best work out in the fastest time out of your iPad, especially if you’re a heavy user and consider it your main smart device for work and certain tasks.
Best iPad Keyboard Cases Reviewed
Whether you own a 2017 iPad or a 2018 one, you can probably find a good keyboard case for it. There isn’t a huge choice range of good quality iPad keyboard cases, especially the 12.9 inch iPad Pro, but there are enough options for us to review and present to you.
We’ve handpicked what we consider are the five best ones currently available. There’s also an extensive buyer’s guide at the end to help you make a better purchase decision.
Our Top Pick
Logitech Slim Folio
Great Feedback and Performance
The Logitech Slim Folio has great tactile keys and smart functions such as automatic connection with the correct alignment. The battery is easily replaceable, and each battery will last a whopping 5 years of standby time.
For the 2017 and 2018 iPads, the Logitech Slim Folio is the best iPad keyboard case you can buy right now.
Fintie Keyboard Case
Affordable and Beautiful
The Fintie Keyboard Case comes in a great variety of different colors and styles that would attract all ages. This case for the 9.7 inches 2018 iPad is great for what you pay for it. It is comfortable to type on, reliable and protects your iPad quite well.
You don’t need to spend nearly $100 to own a reliable iPad keyboard case if you want one. Stylish and great in function, the Fintie keyboard really outdoes its price.
The Logitech Slim Folio is our favorite iPad keyboard case right now because it does the few things we all want from one very well. It has great tactile keys for a keyboard so thin, and its keyboard automatically connects with your iPad when it is properly aligned.
It also disconnects when it isn’t aligned properly, which massively increases its battery life to up to 4 years of standby. The coin cell battery is easily replaceable as well. The Logitech Slim Folio works with the 2017 and 2018 iPads.
The most recent versions of this Logitech iPad keyboard case also have an Apple Pencil holder if you have one. Neat.
- Fantastic battery life
- Auto awake system
- Great keys
- A bit bulky
You don’t have to spend a lot to get yourself a good iPad keyboard case. The Fintie iPad case for the 9.7 inch iPad 2018 is a wonderful little keyboard case. It also comes with a wide range of styles and colors, including an absolutely beautiful one featuring Van Gogh’s Starry Night.
The keyboard itself connects to the iPad over Bluetooth, though it attaches magnetically. To charge it, it comes with an included micro USB cable. The kickstand only has a single position, but it should be ideal for most users.
For a budget iPad keyboard case, the performance is fantastic as well. The keys are hard plastic with scissor switches which are good to type on. There is also a pocket for an Apple Pencil if you own one.
- Great value
- Huge array of color and design options
- Comfortable to use for the price
- Kickstand only has one position
If you’re looking for an iPad keyboard case that not only functions well but also protects your iPad from damage, then the ZAGG Rugged Messenger is a great option. This monstrous keyboard case is available for the 2017/2018 9.7” iPad and the 10.5” iPad Pro.
The newest iPads are quite fragile and very expensive to repair, so it makes sense to see ZAGG make such a robust case that can withstand physical abuse. The polycarbonate case can handle a six-foot drop without damaging the encased iPad.
The keyboard itself is firm yet very easy to type on. We love that it is backlit, with three intensities to choose from and seven colors. The stand itself has adjustable five positions. Battery life is around two years for an hour of typing per day.
- Offers great protection
- Backlit keyboard
- Good battery life
- Heavy, large, and bulky
The 2018 12.9 inch iPad Pro doesn’t have many keyboard cases for itself, so it’s almost mandatory for anyone looking for a reliable case to at least consider the Apple Smart Keyboard.
The keyboard case is extremely thin, so you won’t get much travel or feedback. However, the thinness is also a huge advantage as it adds almost no bulk whatsoever to the device. This makes it perfect for when you’re on the go.
The Apple Smart Keyboard connects through Apple’s proprietary Smart connector which is located on the back of the iPad Pro. This means the keyboard doesn’t have to be manually charged, which is what rids it of the bulk.
- Very slim design
- Seamless integration with iPad Pro
- Great adjustability
- Very expensive
- Lacks features for the price it demands, such as backlit keys
If you’re looking for a stylish, slim, yet sturdy iPad keyboard case that looks beautiful, the Onhi Bluetooth keyboard case is a great option.
This iPad keyboard case has a plastic cover that wraps around your iPad Pro 10.5”. It has cutouts at all the right places, such as the Apple logo and the camera (and flash). The keyboard itself is made of high-quality aluminum. It features auto wake/sleep and is very silent to type on.
The keys on the Onhi wireless keyboard case are backlit. You get 7 different backlights with 3 stages of intensity. The keys on this have an X-type keypress design, and due to its sturdy and thick casing, the travel is adequate. The hinge design is such that you can rotate your iPad from anywhere between 0 to 135 degrees.
The battery life on this Onhi is average – it’s not mind-blowingly great like on some of the other products on this list. Expect to get 60 days’ worth of battery life forms a single charge.
- Available in lots of colors
- Sturdy build
- Great backlighting
- Good value
- Some key placements are odd
- Average battery life
The most common connection type for most iPad keyboard cases is Bluetooth. Bluetooth connectivity is a little slower than any direct connection such as the one the Apple Smart Keyboard provides, but it is easy and cost-effective to construct, which is why it is so widespread.
Perhaps more importantly, Bluetooth connectivity allows some keyboard cases to be used across multiple generations of the iPad. Additionally, Bluetooth connectivity doesn’t consume much power from the keyboard itself, so the battery life of most keyboard cases is simply fantastic.
Perhaps the most important part of any keyboard case is how comfortable the keys are. Let’s get one thing straight: keyboard cases can never replicate the comfort and ease of typing on even a laptop, let alone a mechanical keyboard for PC.
This is because of the design constraints – the thickness of the case needs to be kept to a minimum, so the travel of the keys is often very shallow, which doesn’t give great feedback. However, that’s not to say all keyboard cases have terribly uncomfortable keys.
In fact, many of them have done a great job in making a serviceable typing experience given the constraints. You should extensively read reviews about the key travel, comfort to type, and whether the keyboard flexes in the center.
Flexing, in particular, is a major problem among keyboard cases due to how thin they are, and it can ruin the typing experience and, in the worst case scenario, damage the keyboard.
Another thing to consider about the keys is whether they are backlit. This may not be important to some, but if you’re a night owl who enjoys working in the dark, you’ll probably want a backlit keyboard for your iPad to at least access certain inputs better. Backlighting is generally available in multiple colors as well, which lets you add your own little customization to the iPad keyboard case.
There are quite a few separate Bluetooth keyboards one can buy for the iPad, but the key difference between them and a keyboard case is that the latter offers protection. How much protection you need largely depends on the extent of use and where you use your iPad.
Regardless, most keyboard cases offer great protection from damage. The ZAGG Rugged Messenger, in particular, offers incredible protection, being able to withstand drops from up to six feet without damaging the iPad.
iPads are very productive smart devices, but they have oddly gotten more fragile with every generational release. It is paramount that you buy a keyboard case that can protect your iPad against mild falls or impacts when closed.
Battery life isn’t a huge headache with keyboard cases. Products like the Apple Smart Keyboard don’t need to be charged, as they are powered by the iPad Pro itself. Most others, however, will use a coin cell or some other system that can either be replaced or recharged through a micro USB.
Battery life is greatly influenced by the wake time. Most good quality iPad keyboard cases come with an auto wake and sleep system that preserves battery life when the keyboard is not in use.
Additionally, factors such as backlighting and its intensity, the extent of continuous use, and thickness also determine battery life. Most Bluetooth powered keyboard cases have standby times in years. It’s safe to say that battery life isn’t much of a concern with modern iPad keyboard cases.
iPad keyboard cases kill two birds with one stone. They offer classic flip cover protection in addition to being incredibly useful in typing. Typing on a touchscreen for beyond a mere few minutes can be quite annoying. Imagine writing a one-page article on your iPad. Sounds daunting and laborious, doesn’t it?
Slap on a keyboard and you can do it in no time. Keyboard cases are especially important for note takers and content writers who use the iPad as their main smart device platform when their computers are unavailable.
Where are all the keyboard cases for the 12.9 inch iPad Pro?
Unfortunately, at the time of writing there are almost no real keyboard options for the 12.9 inch iPad Pro other than Apple’s own Smart Keyboard. It’s not the best keyboard in terms of pricing and functionality, but it’s still really good and worth the consideration if you have enough in your wallet.
Is the adjustability of the keyboard case very important?
This largely depends on how and where you use your iPad for noting down or typing. If you place your iPad on your lap while sitting or on a table, the default angles of most keyboard cases are good enough to serve most individuals. If you type while lying down in bed, you might need a keyboard case with more adjustment options.
Is there a lag between the input and what comes onscreen with Bluetooth keyboard cases?
There is always a small amount of lag in transfer and processing of information over Bluetooth, but the modern Bluetooth technology has improved massively over the past few years and become much faster.
That’s not to say lag has been completely eliminated. However, unless you have an uncharacteristically fast typing speed, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll even realize there is any lag when using a Bluetooth iPad keyboard case.