As more features are added to the Apple iPad and iPad Pro, making them nearly as capable as a full computer, many of us use them as our primary portable devices for getting work done. However, typing on a touchscreen can be rather frustrating. We've tested some of the most popular wireless Bluetooth keyboards available, and we can help you find one that suits your needs so you can stay productive no matter where you are.
We've tested over 120 keyboards, and here are our recommendations for the best keyboards for iPads. See our recommendations for the best keyboards, the best mechanical keyboards, and the best wireless keyboards.
The Logitech Slim Folio Pro is the best keyboard for iPad Pro with a case that we've tested. It's a good mobile keyboard designed for the 11 and 12.9 inch third-generation iPad Pro, and it costs less than the Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad 2021.
It connects to the iPad via Bluetooth, but it doesn't have a multi-device pairing feature. You can recharge the battery via a USB-C cable, and it even has white backlighting, which is great for use in dark environments. It's a small compact keyboard that's light, and it has good build quality with an aluminum bottom frame that feels solid. The rubber case holds the iPad well and should protect it if you throw it in your bag. The rubber dome switches feel like to press, and the typing quality isn't bad, but the low profile may feel uncomfortable for some people.
Sadly, it's limited on extra features as you can't customize or reprogram any key, but we expect this for an iPad keyboard. Also, the backlighting isn't on a per-key basis, and you can't customize it, but you can adjust the brightness. On the plus side, it has dedicated media keys, making it easy to play your music. Overall, it's the best Bluetooth keyboard for iPad.
If you're looking for a keyboard case for your iPad 7th gen, consider the Brydge 10.2 Keyboard for Apple iPad. While it doesn't have a protective cover like the Logitech Slim Folio Pro does, and its charging cable uses micro USB instead of USB-C, it feels better built thanks to its aluminum body and hinges. Along with iPadOS, it's compatible with many operating systems, like Windows, Linux, and Android, although some keys don't work. Its rubber dome switches have a shorter pre-travel distance and require less force to actuate than the Logitech, which makes it feel lighter and more responsive, but it may cause you to make more typos if you aren't used to the sensitivity.
If you want a folio keyboard with a protective case over the back of your iPad, go with the Logitech. If you want an excellently well-built keyboard that will make your iPad look like a MacBook, get the Brydge.
The best portable keyboard for iPad that we've tested is the Logitech K380. This wireless model is ideal for carrying around, as it's lightweight and compact. It can pair with your iPad and up to two other mobile devices over a Bluetooth connection, and switching between them is easy, thanks to hotkeys. It’s also quiet and should be suitable for any environment.
It has good ergonomics, and its low profile makes it comfortable to type on, even without a wrist rest. It uses standard scissor switches that feel light and responsive while giving great tactile feedback. The pre-travel is very short, though, so it may lead to more typos if you’re not used to it. There are hotkeys for media control, and you can reprogram some of the function keys from a list of preset commands.
Unfortunately, it has poor software support with minimal customization options, but the Logitech Options software is available on Windows and macOS. Also, it doesn’t have any backlighting, and its build quality is only decent, as there's some flex to it. That said, it still feels solid enough for regular use. All in all, this is an excellent choice if you want something small and portable to go with your iPad.
If you prefer a dedicated Apple keyboard that feels more durable, then check out the Apple Magic Keyboard 2017. It doesn't have multi-device pairing like the Logitech K380, but it's fully compatible with macOS, iOS, and iPadOS, so you shouldn't have any issues getting it to work with your iPad. Typing quality is great with the tactile scissor switches, and even though it doesn't have any incline settings or wrist rest, you shouldn't feel any fatigue. The build quality is fantastic with a solid aluminum chassis, and it shouldn't break if you toss it into your bag. Unfortunately, it has a somewhat high click latency, but you likely won't notice any issues unless you type extremely fast.
If you want the best keyboard for iPad to use on the go, check out the Logitech. If you prefer something that feels more solid, look into the Apple.
The best keyboard for iPad with mechanical switches that we've tested is the Obinslab Anne Pro 2. This compact 60% keyboard can pair with up to four devices via Bluetooth, including the most common operating systems, including Android, iOS, and iPadOS. Thanks to its small size, it shouldn't take up much space on your desk.
While its frame is plastic, it feels very solid and well-built, and the keycaps are PBT plastic, which should be more resistant to shine. The tactile Gateron Brown switches on our unit feel light to type on; they feel a bit mushier than other Brown switches and have a fair amount of pre-travel distance. However, if you prefer a different feel, it's also available with a variety of Cherry MX, Gateron, and Kailh switches.
Unfortunately, the keyboard is quite thick, so it may take up some space in a laptop bag. Also, it offers no incline settings or wrist rest, which may not feel comfortable for everyone. It doesn't have any media keys, numpad, or arrow keys; on the bright side, all of its keys are macro-programmable. Overall, this is a very good option if you're looking for a mechanical keyboard to use with your iPad.
Jun 11, 2021: Updated text for clarity and changed the order of the picks; added the Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad 2021 to Notable Mentions.
Apr 13, 2021: Verified that picks were still available.
Feb 12, 2021: The Keychron K3 would be a great pick for 'Best Mechanical Keyboard for iPad'. However, it's currently only available for pre-order on the manufacturer's website, so we added it to Notable Mentions until it becomes easier to find and buy.
Dec 15, 2020: Added the Brydge Pro and Logitech Folio Touch to the Notable Mentions.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best keyboards for Apple iPads for most people. We factor in the price (a cheaper product wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no keyboard that is difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our iPad keyboard reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no product is perfect for every use, most keyboards are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them. Be sure to know your key switch preferences before choosing.