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The best iPad keyboard in 2022: transform your iPad into a laptop

best iPad keyboard: Logitech K780 holding iPad and phone
The Logitech K780 keyboard (Image credit: Logitech)

The best iPad keyboard can turn your iPad from just a tablet into a hybrid 2-in-1 laptop. So if you enjoy using your tablet for watching movies and using apps, but want to do a lot more with it, an iPad keyboard makes a lot of sense. 

There are many on the market, including official products from Apple, and others from third-party manufacturers. But they broadly fall into two categories. 

The first type is an iPad case that comes with an integrated keyboard. That's a great of protecting your iPad from damage, while also being able to turn it into a laptop. The second type is a separate wireless keyboard. This option gives you more flexibility in where you place your iPad and keyboard on your desk. 

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As well as deciding between these two categories, you'll need to check which the type of iPad you have, as no all devices are compatible with all keyboard. To be absolutely sure, we'd suggest you check the actual model number of your iPad on the seller's website, or email the seller directly.

We'll start with the best iPad keyboards of the separate, wireless type, but if you prefer the other type, then skip ahead to the best iPad cases with keyboards.

The best iPad keyboards: separate wireless keyboards

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1. Logitech MX Keys Mini

The best iPad keyboard overall

Specifications

Compatible with: iPad, iOS, Windows, Mac OS, Chrome OS, Android
Connects via: Bluetooth
Dimensions: 296 x 13 x 2mm
Weight: 680g

Reasons to buy

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Compact and light
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Thoughtfully designed
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Great battery life

Reasons to avoid

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No number pad

We'll start with the best iPad keyboard overall. The Logitech MX Keys Mini is light and compact, making it wonderfully portable. It's easy to set up, and comfortable to use. You can connect it to up to three different devices at once via Bluetooth (including Windows, Android and Chromebook devices as well as iOS ones), and there are dedicated keys to make switching between devices easy.

This keyboard comes in Mac and PC versions, and provides up to 10 days' use on a full charge, and an impressive five months' if you turn off the soft white backlight. That backlight, by the way, turns on when your hands are near, and turns off when not in use. You can also turn it on and off manually.

There are a couple of lovely little touches that shows Logitech has really put thought into this keyboard. Firstly, there are on-off switch toggles between a green and red background, so you can be sure it's on or off. And secondly, there are dedicated keys for dictating notes and selecting emojis. 

This isn't necessarily what we'd recommend for constant, 9-5 office work: the keyboard is just a little lightweight for that, plus there's no number pad. Also note that it's slightly raised and so you can't use it flat. Other than that, this is the best accompaniment to an iPad we've found to date.

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2. Logitech K780

The best iPad keyboard with a mount

Specifications

Compatible with: Windows, Mac OS, Chrome OS, iOS, Android
Connects via: Bluetooth, USB
Dimensions: 380 x 158 x 22mm
Weight: 875g

Reasons to buy

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Mount your iPad
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Two years' battery life
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Number pad

Reasons to avoid

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Round keys not for everyone

If youdon't want to use a keyboard and iPad separately, but physically join them together, we recommend the Logitech K780. It has a discrete slot at the top for placing your phone or iPad at a right angle. This can accommodate even the largest iPad, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Alternatively, you can use it as a wireless keyboard from up to 10m away, or connect via USB.

It connects to your iPad via Bluetooth, and you can connect up to three devices at once, including Windows, Mac OS, Chrome OS, iOS and Android devices, with one-button switching between them and up to three can be simultaneously connected. It runs off two AAA batteries, which promises up to two years of battery life. It has a number pad and arrow keys. On the negative side, the rounded keys may not to be everyone's taste, and the 2.8-degree incline is fixed.

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3. Logitech K480

The best cheap iPad keyboard

Specifications

Compatible with: iPad, iPhone, Apple TV, Android, Windows, Chrome OS
Connects via: Bluetooth
Dimensions: ‎124 x 279 x 16mm
Weight: 423g

Reasons to buy

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Mount your iPad
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Connects 3 devices at once
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Great value

Reasons to avoid

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Not a great typing experience

Looking to save money? Logitech’s K480 keyboard is a great choice. Despite its low price, it has a lot to offer.

You can connect to three devices at once, including iPadOS, iOS, macOS, Windows, Android, and Chrome OS ones, switching via them using a handy dial. And if you want to set things up laptop-style, it has a built-in slot to hold your iPad too. It's powered by two AAA batteries, which will keep it going for up to two years.

As you'd expect, this is not a premium product. Specifically, the keyboard feels a little plasticky, typing on the keys quickly gets tiring, and there's no backlight or trackpad. It's completely flat on the desk and doesn't incline. However, given the low cost, these may well be compromises you're willing to make. 

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4. Keychron K8 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard

The best iPad keyboard for daily use

Specifications

Compatible with: Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, iPadOS
Connects via: Bluetooth, USB
Dimensions: ‎428 x 164 x 61mm
Weight: 1.34kg

Reasons to buy

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Great typing experience
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Connects to four devices
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Wired or wireless connection

Reasons to avoid

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Not the lightest

Are you planning to use your iPad keyboard on a regular basis, day in, day out? Then the first three products on our list may not be sturdy or ergonomic enough. To ensure you don't succumb to RSI, we'd suggest this well-made, mechanical keyboard, which delivers a beautifully comfortable typing experience. 

You can connect to four devices at once: three over Bluetooth and via the included USB-C cable. As well as iPads, Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS devices are all supported. There are two adjustable angled rubber feet, and the backlighting offers more than 15 types of RGB light in different styles (including flashing, breathing, and static white) to match your mood.

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6. Apple Magic Keyboard

The best iPad keyboard case overall

Specifications

Compatible with: iPad Pro 12.9‑inch (3rd, 4th and 5th generation), iPad Pro 11‑inch (1st, 2nd and 3rd generation), iPad Air (4th generation)
Trackpad?: Yes
Backlit?: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Premium typing experience
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Range of viewing angles
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USB-C port

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

Looking for a case to protect your iPad, and an iPad keyboard, all in one product? If you have an iPad Air (4th generation) or the iPad Pro (12.9-inch or 11-inch; 1st-3rd generation), Apple's own Magic Keyboard is your best choice. 

The 1mm travel of its keys makes for a premium and comfortable typing experience, there's a great trackpad designed for iPadOS. You can easily adjust the viewing angle up to 130 degrees until you find the right angle. There's a USB-C port for charging the case, keeping your iPad's own port free. 

The case is easy to fit, using the magnetic connector, with no charging or pairing required. And of course, you'll be protecting the back and the front of your iPad from damage, as well as having a great iPad keyboard. 

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7. Apple Smart Keyboard Folio

The best iPad keyboard case for value

Specifications

Compatible with: iPad Pro 12.9‑inch (3rd, 4th and 5th generation), iPad Pro 11‑inch (1st, 2nd and 3rd generation) iPad Air (4th generation)
Trackpad?: No
Backlit?: No

Reasons to buy

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Lighter than Magic Keyboard
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Cheaper than Magic Keyboard

Reasons to avoid

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No trackpad
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No backlight

Apple's Magic Keyboard isn't the cheapest. Also from Apple, the Smart Keyboard Folio is more affordable. 

As you'd expect from the price drop, it's a bit more basic. Specifically, there's no trackpad, backlighting or USB ports. And unlike the Magic Keyboard, this case only allows for two viewing angles, both of which are steep. On the plus side, this model is lighter and water-resistant, so it's also a great choice for anyone who does a lot of travel with their iPad. 

Apple Smart Cover, one of the best iPad keyboards

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8. Apple Smart Keyboard

The best iPad keyboard for entry-level and older iPads

Specifications

Compatible with: iPad (7th, 8th and 9th generation), iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad Pro 10.5‑inch
Trackpad?: No
Backlit?: No

Reasons to buy

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High build quality
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Attaches easily
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Nice typing experience

Reasons to avoid

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No choice of viewing angles

If you have an entry-level iPad, or an older model of iPad Air and iPad Pro, then Apple also has a keyboard for you. 

The Smart Keyboard is the most basic of all the official iPad keyboard cases. Like the Smart Keyboard folio, there's no trackpad or backlighting, and in this case, there's no choice of viewing angles either. 

However, the keyboard itself provides a very nice typing experience, it attaches easily and beautifully to your iPad. And overall you get the same high-end build quality you'd expect from any official Apple product.

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9. Logitech Slim Folio Pro iPad Case with Keyboard

The best cheap keyboard case for iPad Pro

Specifications

Compatible with: iPad Pro (12.9 or 11 inch)
Trackpad?: No
Backlit?: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Apple approved
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Stores Apple Pencil
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Great value

Reasons to avoid

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Keys a bit plasticky

If Apple's official keyboard cases seem a little overpriced to you, and you have an iPad Pro (12.9 or 11 inch), let us recommend a cheaper alternative, that's nonetheless approved by Apple; they even feature it on their own site.

Logitech's Slim Folio Pro iPad Case connects to your iPad Pro via Bluetooth, features full-sized backlit keys and has storage for the Apple Pencil too. The keys are a little plasticky and don't feel quite as nice as those on the official Apple keyboards. But given the price, we'd say this still represents excellent value.

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10. Logitech Folio Touch iPad Keyboard Case

The best iPad keyboard case for protection

Specifications

Compatible with: iPad Pro 11-inch, iPad Air (4th gen)
Trackpad?: Yes
Backlit?: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Great value
+
Nice kickstand
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iPadOS shortcut keys

Reasons to avoid

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No USB port

Worried about damaging your iPad? This case, suitable for the iPad Pro 11-inch and iPad Air (4th gen), features military-grade drop protection, to give you extra peace of mind. 

The keyboard features large, backlit keys, a large trackpad and a full row of iPadOS shortcut keys. The keys automatically light-up to match your environment's lighting, too, and there's a well-designed kickstand providing 40° of tilt. It attaches nicely to your iPad via the magnetic connector. 

Overall, this is a great combination of iPad keyboard and protective case; a good alternative to the Magic Keyboard for less money.

(Image credit: Logitech)

11. Logitech Combo Touch Keyboard Case

The best iPad keyboard case in two parts

Specifications

Compatible with: Most models of iPad, iPad Air, iPad Pro
Trackpad?: Yes
Backlit?: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Detachable keyboard
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Tap-anywhere trackpad

Reasons to avoid

-
Smart Connector drains battery
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Fairly heavy

Unlike the other cases on this list, this one comes in two parts. One is a protective shell for the back and sides of your iPad, and includes a magnetic attachment for the Apple Pencil, allowing you to charge it with the case attached. The other side is the keyboard element, which magnetically attaches to the iPad's Smart Connector.

The keys offer 1mm of travel, making for a wonderful typing experience, and the trackpad is excellent too. There's a very well made kickstand, with 40 degree range, Best of all, this case is available for most models of iPad, iPad Air and iPad Pro.

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Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specializing in art, photography, design and travel. He has been editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. He has also worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including The Sun, Radio Times, NME, T3, Heat, Company and Bella.