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 90 keyboards, and here are our recommendations for the best keyboards for iPads. See also our recommendations for the best keyboards, the best mechanical keyboards, and the best wireless keyboards.
The best portable keyboard for iPad we've tested is the Logitech K380. This wireless model is ideal for carrying around on-the-go as it's fairly lightweight and compact in size. It can pair with your iPad and up to two other mobile devices over a Bluetooth connection, and switching between devices is easy thanks to hotkeys. There are also media control hotkeys on the top row, which are accessible with the function keys.
Despite not having any wrist support, most users should find typing feels comfortable due to the low-profile design and the stable keys that feel responsive to the touch. There's a tactile bump on each key that needs a bit more force than expected for registration to occur, but you shouldn't feel any fatigue typing for long periods. Also, the keyboard is quiet, making it suitable for multiple environments.
Unfortunately, due to the short travel distance of the switches, you may notice an uptick in typos if you're not used to the feeling of scissor switches. While Logitech's Options software is compatible with both Windows and macOS, the keyboard doesn't have any on-board memory, so you won't be able to maintain customization options once you've paired the keyboard to your iPad. That said, this is an excellent choice if you want a small and portable keyboard to use with your iPad.
If you want a more durable alternative, check out the Apple Magic Keyboard. Although it doesn't have multi-device pairing like the Logitech K380 and it doesn't work at all with Android devices, this is a great option if you mostly use Apple products since it's fully compatible with iOS, iPadOS, and macOS, and it also feels better built. Its aluminum frame and low-profile buttons help keep the keyboard clean, and its scissor switches are light to type on and feel very responsive. Thanks to its slim, wireless design, it's very light and great for travel.
If you're a multi-tasker who likes pairing to multiple devices at once, the Logitech is a better choice, but if you mostly use Apple products and want a keyboard with an exceptional build, get the Apple keyboard.
The best keyboard for iPad Pro with a folio case that we've reviewed is the Logitech Slim Folio Pro. This protective case is available for the 11-inch and the 12.9-inch 3rd Gen iPad Pro. It is fully compatible with iPadOS and only partially compatible with other operating systems, meaning alphanumerical keys should still work even if some OS-specific ones don't.
The keyboard uses rubber dome switches have a nice tactile bump before the key is registered. Also, there are dedicated buttons at the top for easy media control, along with buttons for brightness options, Bluetooth pairing, and an iPad lock button. Although there aren't any incline settings on the keyboard, you shouldn't need them since it's so low profile.
Disappointingly, while it needs a USB-C cable to charge, it isn't included with the keyboard. Also, because it is designed for the iPad Pro, any other iPad model you might own won't fit in the protective case. Nonetheless, the Logitech Slim Folio Pro is a great option if you need a folio keyboard for your iPad Pro.
If you're looking for a keyboard for your iPad 7th gen, then the Brydge 10.2 Keyboard for Apple iPad is a good alternative. It doesn't have a case for the iPad itself like the Logitech Slim Folio Pro. However, when the Brydge is attached to your iPad, the whole setup makes it look like a MacBook Pro. It's also available in three different colors to match your iPad, and overall, it has decent typing quality. There's white backlighting if you need to use it in dark environments, but unfortunately, it doesn't have multi-device pairing. Still, it can connect to any device via Bluetooth, and you can use the keyboard on its own, without attaching it to anything.
Overall, if you want the best folio case keyboard for iPad Pro, check out the Logitech, but if you want one for your iPad 7th gen, look into the Brydge.
The best keyboard for iPad with mechanical switches that we've tested is the Obinslab Anne Pro 2. This wireless and compact model is great for typing with your iPad but is also an excellent choice for gaming. It can pair to your Apple device over Bluetooth and sync with up to four devices. There's full RGB backlighting available that can be customized in the ObinsKit companion software, where you can also save up to six profiles and program macros.
While it's available in many different kinds of switches, we did our tests on the Gateron Brown, which are very similar to the Cherry MX Browns. They have excellent tactile feedback, despite feeling mushier than most other Brown switches, and the doubleshot PBT keys feel solid and stable. They have a fair amount of travel, which should help prevent typos.
Unfortunately, despite its small design, it's rather thick and isn't the most travel-friendly wireless board out there. Furthermore, due to a lack of mobile software, not all customization options will be available on iPad. Finally, it has mediocre ergonomics, with no palm rest or ways to adjust the height. Overall, if you like the feel of mechanical keyboards, this one is an excellent choice to use with your iPad.
10/16/2020: Minor text and structure changes; no change in recommendations.
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.