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 reviewed over 70 keyboards so far, and here are our recommendations for the best keyboards for Apple iPads. See also our recommendations for the best keyboards, the best mechanical keyboards, and the best wireless keyboards.
The best portable keyboard for iPad that 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 keyboard with a better build quality so that you won't have to worry about it breaking when you throw it in your bag, then check out the Apple Magic Keyboard. It doesn't have multi-device pairing like the Logitech K380, but being an Apple product, it has full compatibility with macOS, iOS, and iPadOS. It's an extremely well-built keyboard with an aluminum frame that's light to carry around, and scissor switches provide a great typing quality. Unfortunately, it doesn't have dedicated software for customization, so it's not ideal to use in dark environments.
Overall, the Logitech is a better choice, especially for multitaskers, but if build quality is important to you, then the Apple is about as good as it gets.
The best folio case keyboard for iPad Pro is the Logitech Slim Folio Pro. Its case is for the 3rd gen iPad Pro and it's available in 11 inch and 12.9 inch sizes. Since the keyboard is designed for an iPad, it has full compatibility on iPadOS, and even though some keys don't work on other operating systems, all alphanumeric keys still work if you want to use the keyboard for another device.
Overall, it offers passable typing quality for an iPad case keyboard. With its rubber dome switches, you won't get much tactile feedback and the low profile might not be suitable for everyone. It doesn't have any incline settings, but with such a low profile, you likely won't need them. It also has white backlighting, which is great for those late-night work sessions in dark environments.
Unfortunately, even though it needs a USB-C cable to charge, it didn't come with one in the box, which is very disappointing. Still, it's a good mobile keyboard for iPad Pro 3rd Gen, making it the best keyboard for iPad Pro in a folio case.
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.
08/19/2020: 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 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.