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The 4 Best Keyboards For iPad - Winter 2023 Reviews

Best iPad Keyboards

As more features are added to the Apple iPad and iPad Pro, they're getting almost as capable as a full computer. These days, many people use an iPad as a primary device for getting work done, both while at home and on the road. However, typing on a touchscreen can be frustrating, so there are keyboards specifically designed for iPads that you can use to enhance your typing experience. Some of these keyboards come in folio cases, so you'll have to make sure it fits your specific iPad, while others are stand-alone keyboards, so you can use them as long as they have Bluetooth support.

We've tested over 185 keyboards, and here are our recommendations for the best keyboards for iPad. While these picks are specifically for use with iPads, we also have a list of picks for the best keyboards for Mac if you're looking for a keyboard to use in the larger Mac ecosystem. Or, if you just need a wireless option, check out the best wireless keyboards. Otherwise, there's always our best cheap keyboards recommendation if you're just looking for a basic, affordable option.

  1. Best iPad Keyboard

    The Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad 2021 is the best keyboard for iPad we've tested. As its name suggests, it's Apple's flagship model and is available in different sizes for the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models. It uses Apple's Smart Connector feature to connect to the iPad and draw power directly from it. While this means the keyboard isn't compatible with any other mobile device, it means you just have to worry about charging your iPad and not the keyboard separately.

    The folio case attaches with a strong magnet on the back that holds your iPad in place. The keyboard part has a rubber exterior, so the whole unit stays firmly in place on desks or other hard surfaces. Plus, if you tend to sit with your iPad on your lap, like a laptop, the keyboard is very stable and doesn't flex or flop over easily. However, if there is a downside to this keyboard, it's that the case doesn't wrap around the sides of the iPad and instead leaves them exposed. If you're planning on traveling around a lot with your iPad, you might want the side protection offered by our next pick, the Logitech Combo Touch.

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range iPad Keyboard

    If you're looking for a mid-range folio keyboard that offers good protection for your iPad, we recommend the Logitech Combo Touch. It's got similar features and is frequently closer in price to our first pick, the Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad 2021, but lately, it's gone up and down in price and may be considerably cheaper when you're reading this. It comes in size variants to fit 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models as well as 4th and 5th-generation iPad Air models. It also uses Apple's Smart Connector for power, so you won't have to charge the keyboard as it'll draw power straight from the iPad. On the back of the case, there's a sturdy kickstand you can use to prop your iPad up at a comfortable viewing angle.

    The keycaps have a nice soft-touch coating to add some grip, which is helpful as the tile-like keycaps can be a bit slippery. There's also a trackpad for on-screen navigation, so you don't have to get fingerprints on your screen, and there's even a slot to hold an Apple Magic Pencil. Overall, this folio keyboard has a lot of additional features, and thanks to all its size variants, it's the best mid-range keyboard for iPad Pro that we've tested.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget iPad Keyboard

    For the best option at a budget price point, we recommend the ZAGG Pro Keys. This folio-style keyboard is compatible with 10.2-inch iPads, but there are versions suitable for 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro and iPad Air models. While the unit we tested doesn't have a trackpad, you can buy a version that does. Since it doesn't use Apple's Smart Connector, it's one of the best Bluetooth keyboards for iPad available on the market, thanks to its wireless versatility and multi-device pairing ability. You can pair it with up to two devices simultaneously, which is helpful if you use a laptop or another device alongside your iPad.

    Inside the folio case, there's a slot for your Apple Pencil, so you won't have to worry about losing it. If you sit with your iPad on your lap often, the iPad stays propped up even without the support of a table or desk beneath it. It also has multi-color backlighting with seven different colors you can cycle through. Overall, it's a versatile keyboard with plenty of different size configurations available to suit the currently available iPads.

    See our review

  4. Best Standalone iPad Keyboard

    If you're planning on using your iPad as part of a larger, multi-device setup, you may want a more permanent solution at your desk. The Logitech K780 is an excellent choice for a wireless, standalone keyboard to use with your iPad. Along the back, there's a tray with a rubber coating that provides a good grip for holding your devices. The tray runs the whole length of the keyboard, so you can easily hold an iPad and a smaller mobile device, and the tray provides a slight tilt, so their screens stay at a good viewing angle. It connects wirelessly with up to three devices using a Bluetooth connection, and you can switch between devices using the F1-F3 function keys.

    Since it uses two AA batteries for power with an advertised battery life of 24 months, you don't have to worry about carrying around charging cables or frequently needing to recharge. The typing experience feels satisfying thanks to the well-spaced keys, rounded keycaps, and low-profile design. Alternatively, if you don't want a full-size unit, as you plan on bringing your iPad around with you to cafes or other tight working spaces, check out the Logitech K380. As a compact unit, it's much more portable, but it doesn't have a device tray or stand for your iPad, so you'll have to get a separate case for your iPad or get creative in how you prop it up.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Fintie Soft TPU Keyboard Case For iPad 7th Gen: The Fintie Soft TPU Keyboard Case For iPad 7th Gen is a solid budget option for a folio keyboard. However, it's only available for older iPad models, so it may be hard to find. See our review
  • Logitech Folio Touch: The Logitech Folio Touch is very similar to the Logitech Combo Touch, but the Folio Touch lacks a few features, like a kickstand and a detachable keyboard. See our review
  • NuPhy Air75: The NuPhy Air75 is a low-profile mechanical unit that offers an elevated typing experience from the Logitech K780. While you can get a carrying case for this keyboard that also acts as a stand for your iPad, the case isn't all that sturdy, and the keyboard itself is already much more expensive than the K780. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 10, 2023: We've audited this list and made some phrasing adjustments. We've also confirmed all picks are in stock and continue to represent the best picks for their categories.

  2. Nov 11, 2022: Minor changes to text for clarity; no changes to picks.

  3. Sep 12, 2022: Overhauled article to better reflect current market options and user expectations. Removed Notable Mentions that are not relevant.

  4. Jun 09, 2022: Complete overhaul of the article to better align with user expectations.

  5. Apr 05, 2022: Text updated for clarity and accuracy; no changes to picks.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best keyboards for iPad Pro and iPads in general 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.