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The 4 Best iPad And iPad Pro Keyboards - Spring 2024 Reviews

Updated Apr 23, 2024 at 01:37 pm
Best iPad Keyboards

As more features are added to the Apple iPad and iPad Pro, they're becoming more useful and flexible tools. These days, many people use an iPad as a primary device. 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. Many of the best keyboards for iPad Pro or iPad tablets come in folio cases, so be sure to double-check which iPad generations they're compatible with to ensure they fit your device. That said, other options are stand-alone keyboards that you can use with your iPad via Bluetooth connection.

We've tested over 220 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 need a wireless option, check out the best wireless keyboards. Otherwise, there are always our best cheap keyboard recommendations if you want 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, including the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro and 4th- and 5th-generation iPad Air models. It uses Apple's Smart Connector feature to connect and draw power directly from the iPad. While this means the keyboard isn't compatible with any other mobile device, you don't have to worry about charging your iPad and 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 sit with your iPad on your lap, like a laptop, the keyboard is very stable and doesn't flex or flop over easily. However, this keyboard has a downside: the case doesn't wrap around the sides of the iPad and instead leaves them exposed. If you're planning on traveling 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 has similar features and is sometimes only marginally cheaper than our first pick, the Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad 2021, but lately, it's varied drastically in price, and you can find it for considerably less than the Apple alternative. It has size variants to fit 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models and 4th- and 5th-generation iPad Air models. It also uses Apple's Smart Connector, 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 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 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 many additional features, and thanks to all its size variants, it's the best mid-range option 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. There's a fairly wide price difference between this pick and our best mid-range pick above. While folio-style options are available between these two, spending a bit more or a bit less will get you a better product. The ZAGG is a folio-style keyboard 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 bought and tested doesn't have a trackpad, you can buy a version that does. Unlike the pricier Logitech Combo Touch and Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad 2021, it doesn't use Apple's Smart Connector, so you'll need to charge this board separately. If that isn't an issue, 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 often sit with your iPad on your lap, 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 plan 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 Bluetooth, 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 to cafes or other tight working spaces, check out the Logitech Pebble Keys 2 K380s, which has a 75% compact layout. This smaller form factor makes it more portable, and it's typically more affordable to boot. However, it doesn't have a device tray or stand for your iPad, so you'll have to get a separate case or get creative in how you prop up your mobile devices.

    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 similar to the Logitech Combo Touch and is typically less expensive. However, the Folio Touch lacks several important features, like a kickstand and a detachable keyboard. See our review
  • NuPhy Air75 V2: The NuPhy Air75 V2 is a standalone low-profile mechanical unit that offers a significantly elevated typing experience over the Logitech K780. While NuPhy also sells a carrying case for this keyboard that acts as a stand for your iPad, it isn't all that sturdy, and the keyboard is significantly more expensive than the Logitech one. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Apr 23, 2024: We haven't changed our recommendations with this update, but we've confirmed each pick's price, relevance, and ongoing availability. We've also added a new reference to the Logitech Pebble Keys 2 K380s as a smaller alternative to our Best Standalone iPad Keyboard, the Logitech K780.

  2. Feb 16, 2024: We've checked all our recommendations and verified the price and availability for each category, but we haven't changed our lineup with this update.

  3. Dec 19, 2023: We've replaced the NuPhy Air75 in our list of Notable Mentions with its newly-released successor, the NuPhy Air75 V2. It's a bit more expensive but has considerably better wireless performance and several minor build quality changes that improve the overall typing quality.

  4. Oct 31, 2023: Slight in-text adjustments to further clarify product information.

  5. Sep 01, 2023: We've verified all our picks for pricing and stock availability but haven't changed our current lineup, as all products remain the best options for their categories.

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.