Best iPad Keyboards

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 16, 2017
Do you use your iPad often? Do you really need it for typing? Then you will definitely need a keyboard which will simplify your work. Look at the best keyboards we've selected for your review and choose what you like!  ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
DESIGN
MATERIAL
COMPATIBILITY
FEATURES
WORKING TIME
DIMENSIONS
 
PROS
Keys have standard sizes and are located separately from each other for comfortable work. There is a full Apple layout. Keyboard turns on once you press the keys.
CONS
Batteries are not included in the kit.
OUR VERDICT
Intelligent control system of power consumption allows using batteries longer, which extends their life. It will let you use and enjoy the keyboard for a really long time.
detailed parameters
DESIGN
Classical
MATERIAL
The case is made of anodized aluminum
COMPATIBILITY
Mac OS X v.10.6.8 or newer, iOS devices with iOS 9.1 or newer. For all Apple iPad models.
FEATURES
Qwerty layout with special function keys, Multimedia management, Tablet backlight adjustment
WORKING TIME
2 AA batteries required (time depends on quality of the batteries)
DIMENSIONS
11.2" х 5.2" х 0.8"
PROS
You have free access to mechanical control and charging slots of the tablet when it is in the case.
CONS
Incompatible with iPad Air, iPad 2 Air, iPad, iPad mini and iPad Pro.
OUR VERDICT
The model is equipped with a protective cover on the back of the tablet what will protect it from slip and damage.
detailed parameters
DESIGN
Classical with an adjustable stand
MATERIAL
The case is made of polycarbonate
COMPATIBILITY
iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2
FEATURES
The ability to rotate the tablet through 360 degrees when stand is used, Multi-angle metal stand
WORKING TIME
Up to 3 months
DIMENSIONS
9.6" х 7.8" х 1.0"
PROS
Magnetic clip instantly attaches the keyboard cover securely to your tablet.
CONS
Does not work with iPad Air.
OUR VERDICT
Multimedia and function keys, arranged in the upper row, significantly increase the usability of working with keyboard and make the process of exploitation comfortable.
detailed parameters
DESIGN
Classical with a stand and magnetic clip for iPad
MATERIAL
The front is made of glossy plastic with matt keys, The back panel is made of aluminium
COMPATIBILITY
iPad 2 and iPad (3rd/4th generation)
FEATURES
Automatically wakes and sleeps your iPad when you open and close the cover
WORKING TIME
Up to 6 months
DIMENSIONS
8.4" х 5.8" х 0.7"
PROS
The keyboard also works with other Bluetooth-devices, like iPhone. It turns off automatically when is not used.
CONS
It can be difficult to adjust tablet in different positions.
OUR VERDICT
Soft trim of the case and stand will reliably protect your tablet from scratches and different kinds of damages. Moreover, it can be used as a daily cover.
detailed parameters
DESIGN
Classical with a protective case for iPad
MATERIAL
The case and keyboard keys are made of ABS plastic and covered with artificial leather protection
COMPATIBILITY
iPad 1, 2, 3 & 4
FEATURES
For extra portability, you can remove the magnetic keyboard to use the case alone, Additional control keys
WORKING TIME
Up to 100 hrs
DIMENSIONS
11.9" х 8.2" х 1.5"
PROS
Perfectly works with iPad Air 1st generation. Tilt angle can be easily adjusted thanks to the stand. Full protection of the tablet enclosure.
CONS
The model with the stand works with one device only.
OUR VERDICT
JETech has not only the keyboard, but also the protective case with the access to all of the tablet sockets, which can be easily opened and used as a stand.
detailed parameters
DESIGN
Classical with a multi-angle stand
MATERIAL
The case is made of plastic
COMPATIBILITY
iPad Air 1st generation
FEATURES
Retractable stand is made of metal and has 360-degree rotation, There is an auto sleep / wake mode, Additional control keys
WORKING TIME
Up to 60 hrs
DIMENSIONS
10.9" х 7.6" х 1.3"

What is an Ipad Keyboard?

Keyboard for iPad is basically a classical keyboard with a small difference in a number of keys and size. It has the same layout as Apple devices do. Also, a keyboard can have additional buttons which help with quick access to the tablet features like text copying and selection, music programs and other useful commands. A keyboard will let you increase the speed of typing, thereby giving users significant growth of their work productivity. Thanks to the wireless connection, you can use it with other devices. These can be stationary computers or phones. Everything you need is to pair your device with a keyboard once and then use it for your own purposes.

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Best iPad Keyboards

What Features to Compare

Compatibility

While choosing a keyboard for iPad, the first thing you need to consider is its compatibility with different models of tablets, because they have different sizes and can just not fit the keyboard. Different models of keyboards have special magnetic clips which are used to hold the tablet; some can have a protective case where the tablet can be placed. It will also protect your tablet from damages like scratches, chips, and will let the tablet work for much longer time. The connection occurs due to Bluetooth, you need to pair the keyboard with the device and then you will be able to use it. There are some universal keyboards which can work with any Mac OS or iOS-based devices. These can be stationary computers as well as cell phones.

Material

Another important factor while choosing a keyboard for iPad is the material used to make the enclosure. Mostly, keyboard producers choose different types of plastic. It can be ABS plastic, which has good impact resistance, but at the same time it is not heavy. It will allow you to take the keyboard practically in any bag and to use it when you need to. The other thing which can be used to make the enclosure is anodized aluminium. This material is pretty lasting, besides anodized aluminium gives the devices additional aesthetic properties and respectable appearance. Also, keyboards are made in compact sizes, what make them look like laptops when used with a tablet. But unlike the standard laptop, this construction will let you use all of the tablet abilities and have a full-size keyboard at the same time.

Convenience

And of course, when you choose this device you need to pay attention to its convenience. To the convenience we can attribute how long the keyboard can work; after all, it can be used almost everywhere and probably you will not have a chance to charge it. Some batteries can work up to six months in offline mode; this index is colossal and will let you forget about constant process of charging after every use. Some models use two simple AA batteries as a source of power instead of an accumulator. The keyboard models can be combined with a protective case for the tablet. It is very useful addition to the protection of your tablet. Some cases have an ability to rotate through 360 degrees, what will let you use the tablet in different positions. Also, keyboards have a sleep mode to save energy: if the keyboard is not used for a particular time it turns off by itself. Bluetooth lets use your keyboard up to 10 meters away. Moreover, they have a standard key size what allows to increase the quality of typing and prevent typos.

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Apple MC184LL/A Wireless Keyboard

Compatibility

This keyboard has a classical construction and is compatible with Mac OS X and iPad devices which work with iOS. All of it will let you use the keyboard as a full input device, which will simplify typing if you need to do it often. The connection with a device occurs thanks to Bluetooth. You just need to follow some basic steps to do this. After that, you will be able to move your keyboard wherever you want (Bluetooth should cover that zone) and type on a distance, without depending on the cable length.

Material

When you place the keyboard on the desktop you will have even more free space to use the mouse thanks to the size of the model which is only 11.2 х 5.2 х 0.8 inches. When you type the text you can feel the difference as it has perfect keys layout. You simply can not be tired working with this keyboard. The model has a low-profile enclosure which is made of aluminium for longer exploitation and prevention of different kinds of damages. So, this keyboard is a perfect choice for those who like light and reliable models.

Convenience

The keyboard has a full-size keys layout as on Apple devices that let you enjoy the process of work with this model. Apple Wireless Keyboard needs only two AA batteries for work. Its intelligent control system of power consumption will allow you to use batteries longer. So, the keyboard will turn off automatically when you do not use it. The keyboard turns on when you press the keys, what is very useful if you digress often. Also, the model has shortcut keys that will let you control your multimedia. Moreover, there are some additional keys there, using which users can regulate tablet backlighting.

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New Trent Wireless Bluetooth iPad Keyboard Case

Compatibility

The model is compatible with iPad 4, iPad 3 and iPad 2. This is due to the fact that the part, where the tablet is placed, is made for certain sizes. So, when you choose this model you should understand if it's going to work with your device. The keyboard has a classical construction and does not differ a lot from full -size keyboards, except for the absence of the part with digital values which are located to the right. The connection with the devices occurs due to Bluetooth.

Material

The keyboard enclosure is made of polycarbonate which makes it light and pretty durable with the resistance to damages. Also, the model is quite compact. The dimensions are 9.6 х 7.8 х 1.0 inches. It will let you use the keyboard on the go and upon the road because it can be easily put into any travel bag and take very little space. This keyboard is a perfect choice for people who have a lot of business trips or just like to travel.

Convenience

The model has a pretty interesting construction. Thanks to it, the tablet in the case has an ability to rotate through 360 degrees. It will let you lay it in any comfortable position for you. All of these is possible due to a special retractable holder which holds the tablet and allows you to choose the tilt angle. The keyboard is able to work up to three months in offline mode. It will help you use the device much longer and do not charge it all the time.

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Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover Black

Compatibility

This model of keyboard is designed specially for iPad 2, iPad 3 and iPad 4. So, it will work only with certain Apple devices. This accessory coincides perfectly with the size of devices. The aluminium back and magnetic clip, according to the principle of smart-cover, in combination with iPad, are designed to mirror it. A wireless Bluetooth communication with a good data transmission rate is used for the connection.

Material

The working surface of the keyboard is made of glossy plastic with matte keys. It has virtually invisible fingerprints, and this means that it is resistant to dirt. The lower part of the keyboard is made of aluminum, which is resistant to scratches and various kinds of damages. The model has a compact size of 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches, allowing it to fit in almost any bag. You can choose different color options for this model.

Convenience

To install the tablet in a vertical position, you can use a groove which is located on the keyboard, with a powerful magnet that holds the iPad at a comfortable angle for operation. There is also an instantaneous on/off feature which allows you to bring iPad from a sleep mode when you open the cover and put it in a sleep mode back when you close the cover. The model is able to work in offline mode for up to six months if the battery is fully charged. This allows you to use it without fear of fast battery discharge. The keyboard also has shortcut keys, giving quick access to multimedia files.

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Alpatronix Bluetooth iPad Keyboard Case

Compatibility

Alpatronix Bluetooth keyboard will work with iPad 1, iPad 2, iPad 3 and iPad4. This model is the best way to protect your tablet from damages because it has a full protection in a soft leather case. At the same time, you can use a simplified keyboard, that basically transforms your tablet into a sleek portable laptop. Bluetooth is used as an interface for connection to the keyboard. Purchase this iPad keyboard case with confidence!

Material

The material used to create the keyboard is ABS plastic which has good protection from damages. Moreover, the keys are made of the same material for more durable use and easy and smooth typing experience. The body is covered with a protective premium leather that ensures maximum protection. Keyboard dimensions are 11.9 х 8.2 х 1.5 inches. Also, you can choose a different color of the cover to visually appeal and come to your aesthetic taste.

Convenience

For the convenience of this model, we can attribute the fact that it can be disconnected from the protective case, which comes in a kit, and used with other different devices that have a Bluetooth connection. It is really comfortable if you have other devices beside iPad. There are additional keys with abilities to enhance functionality of the model. The working time in an offline mode is about 800 hours, and in a usage mode it amounts to 100 hours. The said hours of work allow you to use the device without recharging upon the road anytime you need.

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JETech iPad Air Keyboard

Compatibility

This keyboard is completely compatible with iPad Air 1st generation, which allows using it for all effective and resource-intense applications on your device your need. It's also a full-sized keyboard that would come in handy even for work. The keyboard itself features a classical construction and has full keys for best typing experience. JETech can easily connect to the device due to the Bluetooth. This wireless network will also let you work up to ten meters away from your device.

Material

JETech uses plastic as a material for production. The high-quality hard case provides exhaustive protection for the tablet to save your iPad from scratches, quick wear-out, and varied impairments. The model has easy access to all of the ports that your tablet has. The dimensions are 10.9 х 7.6 х 1.3 inches. This size makes the device truly compact and allows it to be used during trips. You will not be disappointed with this keyboard!

Convenience

The multi-adjustable stand can rotate through 360 degrees. It will definitely help you during work when you need to adjust it for your convenience. You can put it either upright or lay flat. Furthermore, it is made of metal which will provide durability to the accessory. The model has a sleep mode as well. This function activates when the tablet and the keyboard switch to idle. When the cover is opened, the sleep mode turns off. The keyboard connects automatically after you pair it with your device. This model can work up to 60 hours if you use it a lot.

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