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 60 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 so far is the Logitech K380. It's a small, lightweight keyboard that's easy to carry around and it has multi-device pairing with up to three devices via Bluetooth.
This keyboard uses scissor switches, and they offer a good typing experience, especially for a budget-friendly, mobile keyboard. There's enough spacing in between the keys to help reduce typos, it feels light to type on, and despite not having a wrist rest, it shouldn't cause any fatigue. It's very quiet to type on, so it won't both others around you. The Logitech Options software allows for a bit of customization, as you can reprogram certain keys to a preset list of functions, but it's only available on Windows and macOS, and there's no onboard memory.
Unfortunately, it doesn't have any backlighting if you want to use it in a dark environment. On the upside, because it uses two AAA batteries, you don't have to worry about carrying a wire around to keep it charged. For a mobile, budget keyboard, this one is reliable, making it the best keyboard for iPad we've tested so far.
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 mechanical keyboard for use with an iPad that we've tested so far is the Obinslab Anne Pro 2. This is a small, compact keyboard that won't take up too much space.
It has excellent build quality and you can get it with the switches of your choice. Our unit has the Gateron Brown switches, which are similar to Cherry MX Browns, but they feel a bit mushy and they have a slightly high pre-travel distance. The keys are very stable and its doubleshot PBT keycaps feel great to type on. This keyboard connects through Bluetooth and it has a multi-device pairing feature that lets you pair up to four devices simultaneously with easy switching.
It has individually-lit RGB backlighting and every key can be reprogrammed. However, customization can be challenging, since the software is only available for Windows and macOS. Additionally, the keyboard lacks dedicated navigation keys. Nevertheless, if you like the feel of mechanical keyboards, this one is an excellent choice.
06/18/2020: 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.