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 50 keyboards so far, and here are our recommendations for the best keyboards for Apple iPads in 2020. See also our recommendations for the best keyboards, the best mechanical keyboards, and the best wireless keyboards.
The best keyboard for Apple iPad for portability that we've tested so far is the Logitech K380. This is a Bluetooth keyboard that you can easily carry around due to its small size. It has a decent build quality and ergonomics, and you likely won't need a wrist rest, as the keyboard has a very low profile. Its circular keys are very stable and easy to type on, and it has scissor switches that provide a good amount of tactile feedback. These switches also have a very short pre-travel distance, and the key layout feels a bit cramped, which can lead to more typos at first.
The best feature of this keyboard is its multi-device pairing. You can pair up to three devices at the same time and switch between them with just a press of a button, which is great for multitasking. Sadly, this keyboard doesn't have any backlighting, making it less ideal for use in the dark. Furthermore, it doesn't have a built-in rechargeable battery, so you may want to keep some extra batteries around just in case. Logitech claims that the batteries can last up to two years, although this is not something that we test for.
There are a few keys that can be reprogrammed through Logitech's Options software; however, it isn't available for iPadOS. That said, you're not missing much, as there aren't many customization options available to begin with. Overall, this is an excellent keyboard for the iPad and is one that most people should be satisfied with.
If the build quality of the Logitech K380 concerns you, then you should go with the Apple Magic Keyboard, one of the best keyboards for iPad for durability. Once again, Apple shows that it can deliver a product that feels premium and well-built. Its aluminum chassis feels strong, and its minimalist design keeps the weight to a minimum. Its compact form factor makes it very portable, and you can top off its rechargeable battery with the same lightning connector that most iPad users already have. It uses scissor switches that provide a great typing experience, and its near-silent typing noise makes it suitable for any environment. Best of all, it works seamlessly with the iPad.
There's still no backlighting, though, and it doesn't have a multi-device pairing feature. So if you want the latter, go with the Logitech, but if you want a keyboard that can last for years, then get the Apple.
The best keyboard for the iPad Pro that's also a folio case that we've tested so far is the Logitech Slim Folio Pro. Not only does this case protect your device from scuffs, but it also provides a spacious keyboard to type on, turning your iPad Pro into a laptop. The keyboard portion of the case has an aluminum frame that feels solid and it charges via a USB-C cable, same as the iPad Pro. It connects through Bluetooth, but you can only connect to one device at a time.
Naturally, it's fully compatible with the iPad Pro and you can get it for the 11-inch as well as the 12.9-inch model. There are dedicated media control keys, which are very convenient, and there's even a sleeve to hold the Apple Pencil. Unfortunately, the rubber dome switches on this keyboard make the typing experience somewhat mediocre. They have a very short pre-travel distance and the tactile feedback feels rather mushy. On the bright side, there's backlighting for those who like to work in the dark, and it can be controlled directly on the keyboard.
On the whole, this keyboard is an all-in-one package that's worth a try.
If you have an iPad 7th Gen, then check out the Brydge 10.2 Keyboard. It isn't a true folio case like the Logitech Slim Folio Pro, but more of an attachable keyboard that can protect the screen. It clamps onto the iPad at the corners, and its strong hinges hold the iPad up like a laptop screen. The keyboard is made of aluminum, and the clamps have a layer of rubber to prevent scratching the screen. It has backlighting and dedicated media controls, but it charges via a micro-USB cable, which is a bit disappointing, as you'll need to carry another cable with you. It has an advertised 12-month battery life, but we don't test for that.
Typing on this keyboard is decent. It uses rubber dome switches with a low pre-travel distance and they require very little force to actuate. The keyboard layout is similar to the MacBook Pro and, of course, it's fully compatible with iPadOS. The choice is easy: if you have an iPad Pro, go with the Logitech; if you have the iPad 7th Gen, then get the Brydge.
If you prefer using a mechanical keyboard, take a look at the Obinslab Anne Pro 2, the best mechanical keyboard for use with an iPad that we've tested so far. This is a small, compact keyboard that won't take up too much space. It has an excellent build quality and you can get it with the switches of your choice. Our unit has the Gatreon Brown switches, which are similar to Cherry MX Browns, but they feel a bit mushier and they have a slightly higher 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 for 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.
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.