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The best iPad Pro cases: ensure ultimate protection for your Apple iPad Pro device

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Best iPad Pro cases
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These days, the best iPad Pro cases are surprisingly affordable, and will help to protect your device from dirt, scratches, bumps, spills, and other forms of accidental damage. So, given how easy it is to accumulate wear and tear on your iPad Pro, it's crazy not to ensure the best protection with a reliable case. 

The pro-grade iPads come in two different sizes: the iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation) released in May 2021, and the iPad Pro 11-inch (5th generation), unless specified otherwise. So it's important to be sure you're getting the right sized case. 

And it's not just about the screen diameter. Each iPad Pro has different button layouts, access ports and camera sizes, and there's nothing worse than purchasing an accessory that doesn't fit your Apple product. So before you buy, double check your model number (the A number can be found on the back of your iPad Pro) to make sure the case is compatible. 

This article brings together the best iPad Pro cases currently available, covering a variety of styles and budgets, in one handy place. Some are hugely protective, and will help your tablet withstand some big bangs. Others have extra features, such as adding a keyboard and turning your tablet into a laptop. And some have a minimalist, slimline design, for stylish looks.

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1. Apple Smart Keyboard and Folio case

The best iPad Pro case overall

Manufacturer: Apple
Color: Black
Weight: 297g
Reasons to buy
+Transforms your iPad Pro into a laptop+Slim build+Official product
Reasons to avoid
-Only available in black

The Apple Smart Keyboard and Folio case features a full-size keyboard, and is the perfect accessory for your iPad Pro 12.9 or iPad Pro 11 as it effectively turns your device into a laptop. Being an official Apple product, the case is incredibly easy to fit and use: there's no charging or pairing required, you just attach the keyboard and start typing. 

When it's not being used as a QWERTY keyboard, the folio casing protects the back and the screen from scratches and bumps, so you have maximum peace of mind when you're carrying it around. 

Having said that, we wouldn't want to test how durable the case actually is, and there are certainly better protective cases available. So if you're prone to dropping your devices, you're better off choosing another product, such as the offering from Otterbox (number 7 on our list).

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2. Apple Smart Folio for iPad Pro range

The best iPad Pro case if you don't need a keyboard

Manufacturer: Apple
Colors: Black, White, Cactus, Pink Sand, Surf Blue
Weight: 175g
Reasons to buy
+Perfect fit+Premium quality+Official product
Reasons to avoid
-Less protection than some offer

Being an official Apple product, this folio case fits your tablet like a second skin and it's super light too. The Smart Folio offers great protection for both the front and back of your iPad Pro, so you can have peace of mind traveling around with it. The magnetic closure is highly satisfying and strong, but not so strong you have to wrestle with your tablet to get it open.

You can fold the Smart Folio into different positions and all the angles are good for most of your needs, from reviewing photos, to watching Netflix, for instance. Overall, this looks and feels like a premium product. It's constructed from a single piece of polyurethane, and offers great protection. And, as long as you place it on a flat, sturdy surface, your iPad Pro will sit nicely enough.

Best iPad keyboard

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3. Logitech Slim Folio Pro iPad Case with Keyboard

The best iPad Pro case for value

Manufacturer: Logitech
Colors: Blue, Black, Red
Weight: 900g
Reasons to buy
+Well built case+Good value
Reasons to avoid
-Keys aren't the best-Heavier than Apple options

Logitech Slim Folio Pro iPad Case with Keyboard is a protective case and backlit keyboard that comes in one neat package. It connects to your iPad Pro via Bluetooth (rather than via Apple Smart Connector, which would have been better as it would save you having pair your device). The keyboard features full-sized backlit keys that will keep you productive right into the night and wherever you go. It's also features familiar iOS shortcuts and the keys are well spaced so that your typing still feels fairly natural. 

The case feels durable and has excellent edge protection; it will certainly keep your precious device protected from bumps, scratches and spills. On the negative side, we'd preferr te key travel to be a little more generous, and feel less plastic-y. 

If you're after an iPad Pro case but can't quite afford the Apple option, though, this is a great value. Plus Logitech has been good enough to include a place to house your Apple Pencil (something that's lacking on the Apple keyboard folio case). It's compatible with the following models: A1876/A2014/A1895/A1983/A229/A2233.

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4. Logitech Folio Touch iPad Keyboard Case with Trackpad & Smart Connector

A well made, protective iPad Pro case with a keyboard

Manufacturer: Logitech
Colors: Black
Weight: 900g
Reasons to buy
+Great design+Nice kickstand+Backlit keys automatically adjust
Reasons to avoid
-Limited key travel

This protective case features a flexible kickstand that offers 40° of tilt. So you can be sure to get the right angle for the task at hand when you want to review your photos, sketch, do a Zoom call, or watch videos, you can fold the keyboard out of the way – which is a really neat design feature.

Logitech suggest that: 'The large, well-spaced keyboard containing a full row of iPadOS shortcut keys lets you type comfortably with speed and accuracy.' While this is true, it's a shame that on this keyboard too, the buttons feel just a little like typing on a plastic touch screen as they don't really press down in the same way as those on a laptop. 

However, there's always going to be a trade-off with this kind of case: In keeping the design lightweight, the keyboard's functionality has suffered slightly. It is a durable case which offers great edge protection, and the keyboard works really well, it's also good value for money, so don't let this put you off. 

The keys automatically light-up to adjust to your environment's lighting, which is another neat feature. Nice one, Logitech. It's compatible with the following models: A1980/A2013/A1934/A1979/A228/A2233.

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5. Torro Tablet Case compatible with Apple iPad Pro 11

The best iPad Pro case for style

Manufacturer: Torro
Colors: Black, Red, Dark brown
Weight: 290g
Reasons to buy
+Quality leather +Great protection+Stylish looks
Reasons to avoid
-Not the lightest

This Torro iPad Pro 11 case, with a high-gloss finish, cream microfibre interior and contrasting cream TORRO bull’s head insignia, has been designed for people who are after a stylish, functional and high-quality product to enhance and protect their iPad Pro. 

Thanks to the Napa leather, the case has a lovely soft feel to it and the silicone-based internal frame with toughened sturdy rear plate offers additional shock absorption, so you can be sure it's durable. Even though the case closes via an elasticated band rather than using magnets, you can still facilitate the wake/sleep function of your iPad by simply lifting and closing the microfiber-lined cover. 

The Torro case offers good all-round protection and the leather provides excellent grip. For added functionality, the case has three anti-slip stripes to enable three angles for comfortable reviewing of photos and footage, TV viewing, typing and so on. Overall, this is a high-quality product.

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6. Zugu Case 2020 for the iPad Pro 12.9

A stylish iPad Pro case with great drop protection

Manufacturer: Zugu
Color: Black
Weight: 522g
Reasons to buy
+5ft drop protection+Stylish looks+Good value
Reasons to avoid
-Adds some weight

We know that you’d like to keep your iPad Pro’s sleek lines and metal body on show for the world to see, but ultimately protection comes before styling. Hang on a minute, though: this case doesn't compromise on style either – brilliant! 

The Zugu Case 2020 strikes the perfect balance between function and aesthetics, offering reliable full-body protection while staying slim. There are airflow vents in the PC/TPU shell that prevent overheating, too.

The case has been engineered with a robust bumper and rugged TPU and PC shell for major drop protection. Despite boasting a relatively slim profile, this case offers protection from drops up to five feet, making it ideal for the ultra-clumsy or people who use their tablets in harsh environments. 

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7. OtterBox Defender series for the iPad Pro range

A great combination of looks and safety

Manufacturer: Otterbox
Color: Black
Weight: 898g
Reasons to buy
+Robust and rugged+Slimline+Stylish aesthetics
Reasons to avoid
-Pricey for polycarbonate

When it comes to protective cases, whether for iPhones or iPads, Otterbox is about as good as it gets. And with this particular case, you can rest assured that your prized tech possession will be safe and secure without scrimping on style. 

The OtterBox Defender offers three layers of protection in a drop-proof case. There's a solid inner shell and a resilient outer slipcover; the case feels grippy, so there's very little chance it will slip out of your hands, and the level of protection withstands drops, bumps and shocks, while the clear polycarbonate rear panel means you can still showcase your iPad Pr. 

The case comes with reinforced rubber corners to help to protect it against accidental drops, while a slightly lipped front keeps the screen safe from scratches. In short, this is an excellent bit of kit, that's well worth the money. 

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8. Pipetto Origami Pencil iPad case Pro 11 & Pro 12.9

The best cheap iPad Pro case

Manufacturer: Pipetto
Colors: Various
Weight: Not specified
Reasons to buy
+Many stand modes+Loads of color options+Apple Pencil slot
Reasons to avoid
-Not as protective as some

The Origami Pencil Case features lots of stand positions and functionality, and comes with a slot for your Apple Pencil and a TPU bumper for extra protection. It's similar to the Apple Smart Cover featured in this guide, and it even turns the device on/off when opened/closed, in the same way as the Smart Cover does. 

The magnetic cover is made from PU and has exactly the same touch and feel as Apple's Smart Cover. The back is made from a shock absorbent TPU, which means your iPad is fully drop protected, feels great and will wipe clean. 

The 'Origami' folding style of the smart cover is what makes it stand out in terms of functionality and usability, as it offers a total of four different angles, so you can review photos or footage, watch or type in comfort. There are loads of colors to choose from too.

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9. Speck SmartShell Plus for iPad Pro 12.9

The best clear iPad Pro case

Manufacturer: Speck
Colors: Clear, Onyx Black
Weight: 53g
Reasons to buy
+Slim design+Clear and transparent+Great value
Reasons to avoid
-Not everyone likes polycarbonate

This clear case for the iPad Pro enables your beautiful Apple tablet's design shine through. So, if showing off your iPad is important to you, while keeping it safe from everyday knocks and scratches, dirt and spills, you'll want to consider this well-designed bit of kit. 

The sleek, slim-line case fits the tablet really well and the transparent rear features cut-outs in all the right places. What's more, there's a gap along the side so you can add on Apple's own Smart Keyboard to effectively turn your tablet into a laptop. We really like the reinforced edges and corners that will give you peace of mind that your lovely device is safe from drops.

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10. STM Dux Plus Case for iPad Pro 11 Case

The best iPad Pro case for drop protection

Manufacturer: STM
Color: Black, Navy
Weight: 750g
Reasons to buy
+Very rugged+Slim-grip design+Attractive looks
Reasons to avoid

If you're a bit accident prone, you'll want to consider this highly-protective case from STM. The Dux Plus case is said to maintain all operating functions after plummeting 26 times for a height of four feet, making this the most rugged case in this guide. 

And what's lovely is that it still retains your tablet's stylish looks. STM uses transparent materials on the back panel so that you can customize your device with personal images, scan a tagging barcode, or simply let the beauty of your device shine through. The case also features integrated Apple Pencil wireless charging and storage, and STM’s patented magnetic closure. What's not to like?

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11. ZtotopCase for New iPad Pro 12.9 Case 2020

A smart case for the iPad Pro 12.9 with an organizer pocket

Manufacturer: ZtotopCase
Colors: Black, Dark Gray, Rose
Weight: 329g
Reasons to buy
+Nice color options+Slim and light
Reasons to avoid
-Not very protective-Might wear over time

Made from synthetic leather and microfiber, this smart case from ZtotopCase for the new iPad Pro 12.9 isn't going to save your iPad Pro from big drops, but it will keep it safe from dirt, scratches and bumps. It features a deep recess to protect your camera too, and at this low price, you can't ask for much more. 

But there is more! The iPad Pro 12.9 2020 case has a built-in leather hand strap, stylus loop, organizer pocket and provides multiple slots for you to set up your iPad Pro at various angles for watching movies or typing. 

Like most of the other cases in this guide, this case supports the iPad Pro's auto sleep/wake function. All-in-all, the premium synthetic leather exterior, anti-slip interior lining and hard back shell offer great protection against daily use.

Best iPad Pro case: Spigen Rugged Armor Pro Designed for iPad Pro 12.9 Inch

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12. Spigen Rugged Armor Pro for iPad Pro 12.9 Inch

Protective case with a cool industrial look

Manufacturer: Spigen
Colors: Black
Weight: 415g
Reasons to buy
+Shock absorbing tech+Attach Apple Pencil
Reasons to avoid
-Only comes in black

This is an excellent rugged case, with shock-absorbing Air Cushion Technology helping protect your iPad if you accidentally drop it. This case's carbon fibre detailing and a matte finish give it a cool, industrial look too.

Designed for the iPad Pro 12.9” (2021), there's a side opening to attach your Apple Pencil magnetically, and the cover folds back so you can use it as a stand. There are precise button cutouts and easy access to the charging port, and overall this is a well-made, good-looking and very protective case.

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