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The whole point of an iPad is to be functional and easy to use, right? So when Apple introduced its keyboard attachments for the iPad, it instantly turned the tablet into a portable office and functional communication device-in-one. The only thing with adding a keyboard is that you have to find a way to keep it protected and covered when not in use. That’s where the best iPad keyboard cases come into play.
As someone who writes for a living — often on-the-go — I’m looking for a keyboard case that is just as comfortable to type on as my laptop, with a wide range of viewing angles, and which I can easily tuck into a medium-sized shoulder bag.
What Makes a Good iPad Keyboard Case?
The best iPad keyboard cases not only come with the keyboard, they should also offer some degree of protection for your tablet as well. Here’s what else to look for when buying an iPad keyboard case.
Keyboard: As anyone who spends a majority of their day typing will tell you, it is all about key spacing, my friends. Too tight and your hands get cramped; too wide and you can’t find anything. I also like keys that are not too bulky, of course, but also don’t stick when you type and are large enough that I can actually feel them push down when I press them.
Rotating Angle: Here is one thing I cannot get with my laptop, so if I’m going to go with the iPad keyboard route, I like to see a 360-degree rotation angle, which allows me to flip my keyboard and screen whichever way is most convenient at the time.
Touchpad: Some, though not all, iPad keyboards come with a touchpad mouse function, meaning you don’t have to touch the screen to scroll or click when you’re typing. If I were trying to essentially replace my laptop, this would be a make or break feature. But if I just want an iPad I can actually type on, it’s not an absolute necessity.
1. iPad Keyboard Case 9.7″ 6th Generation
I was worried coming from a full-sized keyboard, that this smaller tablet version would be awkward to type on, so I was surprised to find how easy and pleasant this keyboard is to use. According to the manufacturer, the more spacious, scissor-structure keys are what lead to the more relaxed and tactile typing experience. It’s a wireless keyboard that connects to your device via Bluetooth, with a slim design that folds away neatly, and features an auto-sleep function when the folio is closed to preserve battery. It is compatible with 6th generation iPads.
2. iPad 7th Generation 10.2 Keyboard Case
One of the biggest selling points of this keyboard case is the 360 degree rotation feature, which allows you to rotate the keyboard and screen all the way around, therefore offering a wider variety of viewing angles and modes. We also love the spacious keyboard layout and 10 colors of backlighting. It is designed to be compatible with 7th generation iPads.
3. TYPECASE Touch – iPad 7th Generation Case
If you’re trying to turn your iPad into more-or-less a small laptop, one important feature many keyboards are missing is the touchpad, which is why we like this model. The touchpad mouse on the attached keyboard means you don’t need to reach out to your screen every time you need to scroll. People also like that the pencil holder isn’t obtrusive, and we appreciate the wide degree of swivel. It is compatible with 7th generation iPads.
4. Logitech SLIM FOLIO PRO Backlit Bluetooth Keyboard
This keyboard case is a great durable option, in that it feels a bit more substantial and sturdy than many other similar products. People like the bumper case holding the iPad to the keyboard, which offers additional protection. It also features an impressive three-month battery life. This keyboard is compatible with iPad Pro 12.9″ models in third and fourth generation.