8 Best iPad Keyboards of 2023
Written by Jordan McMahon
Updated May 13, 2022
If your iPad Air or iPad Pro needs to go beyond the capabilities of touch and stylus input, you’ll need a keyboard and mouse. You can go a couple of routes to get there: if you have a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse handy, they’ll probably pair with iPadOS and you can use those in a pinch. If you’re looking for something a little more elegant and portable, you’ll want a dedicated keyboard case.
The best keyboard folio cases are functional and portable, so you can type without any fuss from the comfort of your couch, or a coffee shop when you need to get out for a bit. You’ll also want one that doesn’t break the bank, since you’ll be tacking it onto an iPad that most likely cost you a pretty penny.
Out of the eight keyboard cases we tested, Logitech’s Combo Touch
(available at Amazon for $159.99)
is the best for getting work done on the go. It packs an impressive number of features into a relatively slim package.
If nothing but Apple’s first-party products will do, the Apple Magic Keyboard (available at Apple) for the 11-inch iPad Air and iPad Pro will also serve you well.
Reviewed / Jordan McMahon
While no keyboard we tested hit every mark of portability, protection, comfort, and versatility, Logitech’s Combo Touch keyboard case came the closest
Logitech Combo Pro (iPad Pro 11-inch 1st, 2nd, 3rd gen)
While no keyboard we tested hit every mark of portability, protection, comfort, and versatility, Logitech’s Combo Touch keyboard case came the closest. It’s both a standalone case as well as a keyboard and trackpad combo that together turn the iPad Air or Pro into a Surface-like device that’s great for getting work done.
The Combo Touch’s keys are just as big as Apple’s on the Magic Keyboard, and they’re just as comfortable to type on, too. The square keys are backlit, and the brightness of the backlight is adjustable via function keys at the top of the keyboard. There are also function keys for things like going back to the Home Screen, changing the display’s brightness, triggering Spotlight search, media playback, and volume control, as well as locking the device.
The trackpad on the Combo Touch is pretty great, too. It’s wider than most other trackpads on cases we tested, and it’s consistently responsive. Scrolling through web pages is easy and smooth, and the trackpad is precise enough for you to click your cursor between two lower-case L’s without straining your fingers.
The Combo Touch isn’t only a great keyboard and trackpad that turns your iPad into a laptop—it’s also a great case. When you’re done with the keyboard, which connects to the iPad using Apple’s Smart Connector (no charging or Bluetooth pairing necessary), you can pull it away and set it aside, all while leaving your iPad protected by the Combo Touch’s casing. The case protects all four corners of the device and three out of four of the iPad’s sides.
The part that isn’t protected houses the Apple Pencil, but that won’t do you much good if you don’t plan on purchasing the stylus, and even if you do, other cases like the Zagg Rugged Book and Pro Keys with Trackpad have mechanisms for protecting or keeping the Pencil in place.
Just like the Surface Pro 8, the back of the Logitech Combo Touch keyboard has a kickstand that props the iPad up at a variety of angles. It isn’t as easy to balance on your lap as something like Apple’s Magic Keyboard, but it makes up for that in viewing angles. Where the Magic Keyboard’s hinge has fairly limited (though mostly adequate) movement, the Combo Touch’s sturdy hinge can move almost a full 90-degrees.
That’s true when the keyboard isn’t attached, too, which makes it a great case if you plan on using your iPad with your Mac via Universal Control, or want to use your tablet to watch a movie.
Reviewed / Jordan McMahon
While it’s more expensive than other cases we tested, Apple’s Magic Keyboard is easier to use in your lap than the Combo Touch, and it has better viewing angles than Zagg’s Pro Keys with Trackpad.
Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation)
If you’re not a fan of the Combo Touch’s Surface-like kickstand, or you just prefer something that more closely resembles a traditional laptop, you should get Apple’s Magic Keyboard. It’s more expensive than the Combo Touch, and it doesn’t offer as much protection, but it doesn’t require an app for firmware updates and it’s easier to rest in your lap.
The Magic Keyboard attaches to your iPad with an array of magnets on the back of the tablet’s display, and the magnets hold the iPad in place securely. There’s a hinge about two-thirds of the way down the Magic Keyboard’s back panel, and though it doesn’t offer as many viewing angles as a traditional laptop, there’s still plenty of range for most positions.
Like the Combo Touch, the Magic Keyboard connects to the iPad Air and Pro using Apple’s Smart Connector, which allows for keyboard and mouse input without requiring a Bluetooth connection (or an additional battery to keep charged). The Magic Keyboard has an additional perk, though. There’s a USB-C port directly on the keyboard itself, which doesn’t handle data transfer, but it does allow you to charge your iPad without taking up the iPad’s actual USB-C port, which does allow for data transfer. It essentially turns your one-port device into a two-port device without a dongle or USB hub.
The actual keyboard feels as comfortable to type on as recent MacBooks. The keys aren’t as spaced out as on a MacBook, but they’re about as big, which makes the keys easy to hit despite being so close together. Unlike most other keyboards we tested, though, the Magic Keyboard doesn’t have function keys, so you’ll have to get acquainted with iPadOS’s shortcuts for adjusting things like brightness and volume, though those shortcuts are nowhere near as convenient as having dedicated keys.
The story’s better with the trackpad, which is consistently responsive and precise in both motion and selection, even when doing things like editing text and dragging files around. There’s also gesture support for things like returning to the Home Screen and quickly switching between apps. Again, you can do this on the Combo Touch with both the trackpad and function keys, but at least the Magic Keyboard still offers a way to go back home without having to move your hand and touch the screen.
Three things keep the Magic Keyboard from claiming the top spot: It’s expensive, it’s heavy, and it isn’t very protective as a case. The model for the 11-inch iPad Pro and 10.9-inch iPad Air costs a whopping $300, which is a hefty cost to tack onto an already expensive tablet (the cheapest iPad Air starts at $600, and we only recommend the pricier 256GB model). If you opt for the iPad Pro, the cheapest model starts at $750, so you’re looking at a total of at least $1,150 ($150 more than the entry-level MacBook Air).
It’s also quite heavy for an accessory. At about 1.3 pounds, the Magic Keyboard weighs more than the 11-inch iPad Pro, which weighs a little over a pound. While the Magic Keyboard only weighs a bit more than the Combo Touch (about 1.2 pounds), the Combo Touch can be separated into two parts depending on your needs, while the Magic Keyboard is a single piece.
Lastly, despite the high price tag, the Magic Keyboard won’t protect your iPad from damage as much as the Combo Touch or Pro Keys with Trackpad, both of which serve as cases in addition to keyboards with trackpads. Since the Magic Keyboard attaches directly to the iPad via magnets, you can’t use it with a case, so even when the keyboard is closed with the iPad attached, the edges of your device will still be left totally exposed in the event of a drop or fall.
Despite being a great keyboard with a precise trackpad and versatile hinge, the Magic Keyboard’s high price tag is tough to justify given how great some other keyboards we tested were. If you can get over the hurdle of the cost, the Magic Keyboard won’t disappoint as a way to turn your iPad into a laptop, but getting over that hurdle won’t be worth it for most people when the Combo Touch and Pro Keys with Trackpad cost significantly less.
No detachable case
Not very protective
How We Tested iPad Keyboard Cases
Hey, I’m Jordan McMahon. I’ve been testing and reviewing products for nearly five years, starting at Wired, then at Wirecutter, and have been reviewing laptops and other portable gear for Reviewed since 2021. I also write a newsletter focused on user empowerment through technology, and use that mindset in my reviews to make sure every product I recommend gives readers everything they need to accomplish the task at hand.
In researching keyboard cases for the iPad Air and iPad Pro, I looked for those that offered a balance of utility and protection, with features like an iPadOS-specific function row, a trackpad, backlit keys, and a variety of viewing angles, as well as full-body protection when attached to the iPad, and protection or casing for the Apple Pencil.
To test each keyboard, I used each one for roughly a day’s worth of work, attached to either an M1 iPad Air or an M1 iPad Pro, working in a text editor throughout the day, as well as sending emails and messages in Slack.
I also used each keyboard from a variety of locations, including a desk, outdoor table, and on my lap from the couch, to ensure comfort and versatility; The most comfortable keyboard won’t be of any use if it’s wobbly on your desk, and a sturdy case won’t help you get any work done if the keyboard causes discomfort.
For keyboard cases with trackpads, I tested each keyboard for gesture support across iPadOS, as well as for things like scrolling smoothness and responsiveness in apps like Safari or Reeder (my RSS app of choice). Additionally, I used each trackpad for detail-oriented tasks like text selection and file management.
What You Should Know About Buying an iPad Keyboard Case
Whether you’re planning on using your iPad mostly from your home office or intend for it to be your mobile workstation, above all else your keyboard case should be comfortable and enjoyable to type on. That means having keys big enough to type without error, and comfortable enough to get you through long typing sessions without any complaints. It also means offering additional functionality through things like OS-specific function keys (like changing the volume or media playback) and backlit keys.
A good keyboard case should offer multiple viewing angles, too. While most cases won’t offer the same versatility as a good laptop hinge, some can get close, and you’ll want one with enough variety to avoid glare from bright lights and adjust for your posture.
Since most keyboard cases don’t offer the ability to work with an additional case, you’ll also want one that offers protection for your pricey tablet, both when using it with the keyboard and when in tablet mode.
Finally, for cases that connect to your iPad via Bluetooth rather than Apple’s Smart connector, you’ll want a case that has good battery life—nobody wants to have another device to have to worry about keeping charged. Battery life of about a year is great, but anything up to six months should be sufficient.
Other iPad Keyboard Cases We Tested
Zagg Pro Keys with Trackpad (for 11-inch iPad Pro)
If you want to get a decent keyboard with a trackpad that will protect your iPad without costing nearly as much as your tablet, you should try Zagg’s Pro Keys with Trackpad. It’s significantly cheaper than the Magic Keyboard but offers more protection, and its keys are comfortable enough to type out an essay without much strain. It doesn’t have as many viewing angles as the Combo Touch or Magic Keyboard, and it requires a Bluetooth connection (plus a charged battery), but it still gets the fundamentals right while saving you some cash.
The trackpad works fine, but it’s not as responsive or accurate as Logitech’s or Apple’s offerings. For instance, scrolling isn’t as smooth, and there’s some lag between when you stop moving your fingers on the trackpad and when the screen stops scrolling. It’s not bad enough to tarnish the experience, but it lacks the polish of the Combo Touch and Magic Keyboard.
Despite those setbacks, Zagg’s design has some advantages. Unlike the Magic Keyboard and the Combo Touch, the Pro Keys with Trackpad offers some additional protection for the Apple Pencil. On the iPad case portion of the device, there’s a little cradle to hold your Pencil that’s raised enough to keep your stylus from moving around, but thin enough at the bottom to wirelessly charge the stylus. There’s also a foldable flap on the keyboard portion of the device, which folds over the side when the case is closed, to magnetically latch onto the other side and keep the Pencil in place.
Apple Smart Folio for iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd gen)
While it doesn’t offer as much protection as even the Magic Keyboard, Apple’s Smart Folio Keyboard is the best keyboard to get if your bag is low on space, or you need to carry your iPad around with as little added weight as possible. It’s the thinnest keyboard we tested and adds barely any noticeable bulk to the iPad when connected.
That lightness comes at a price, though: It lacks a trackpad, and the keyboard isn’t anywhere near as comfortable to type on like most other keyboards we tested. Since it’s in a thinner body than the others, the keys have significantly less travel (about the same as the butterfly keys on the infamous MacBook keyboards from 2015-2020).
It’s not a terrible keyboard, but it’s not as well-suited for long typing sessions as the Combo Touch or Magic Keyboard. That said, it’s significantly lighter than both, and it’s easy to fold back and get out of the way when you’re ready to use your iPad in tablet mode.
Zagg Rugged Book (for 11-inch iPad Pro)
Where Apple’s Smart Folio is the least protective case on our list, Zagg’s Rugged Book is the most protective case we tested. Unlike other cases, which try to balance a slim form factor with a fully functional keyboard, Zagg’s keyboard takes the ruggedness of an Otterbox case and blends it with the functionality of a good Bluetooth keyboard.
It lacks a trackpad, and it’s significantly bulkier than any other case we tested, but the keys are spacious and comfortable to type on. There’s a function row for things like volume and media control, as well as OS-specific functions like going to the Home Screen or locking the device. Unlike the Pro Keys with Trackpad, it has a hinge, and it’s more adjustable so you can get more viewing angles out of the Rugged Book.
The hinge means it works better on your lap than the Combo Touch, but it’s not as easy to close shut, and it isn’t as comfortable to hold in tablet mode.
Logitech Slim Folio Pro (for iPad Pro 11-inch 1st, 2nd and 3rd gen)
Like the Pro Keys with Trackpad, the Slim Folio Pro from Logitech relies on a back that allows for a single angle, rather than the more customizable options on the Combo Touch and Magic Keyboard. Its keyboard is spacious, and it’s comfortable to use on your lap, too. However, it lacks a trackpad, and you can’t separate the tablet and case from the keyboard, so its versatility is limited.
Brydge MAX+ for iPad Pro (11-inch 1st, 2nd & 3rd Gen)
The Brydge 11+ Max gets the closest to turning your iPad Pro or iPad Air into a MacBook clone. Its aluminum body feels nice to hold, and the overall design resembles a MacBook. The keys are mushier than on the Combo Touch, Magic Keyboard, or Pro Keys with Trackpad, and they’re smaller, too. The trackpad is bigger than the one on the Pro Keys, though, and it works fairly well.
That said, it’s too expensive given its drawbacks. While its keys are comfortable to type on and the premium feel adds a nice touch, it’s heavier than other cases and it’s not as protective. Because you attach the iPad to the Brydge via a magnetic plate connected to the keyboard’s hinge, there’s no separate case to keep the edges of your iPad safe from damage.
Typecase Touch Keyboard Case with Trackpad for 2021 iPad Pro 11
If you need a keyboard case under $100, the Typecase Touch is a fine option. The case feels cheaper than other options, its keys aren’t as nice as other keyboards we tested, and the trackpad isn’t as responsive, but it gets the job done.
You can’t detach the iPad from the keyboard without removing it entirely from the case (which is more difficult than on the Brydge), but the TypeCase Touch does have a nifty rotating hinge that’ll let you spin the iPad around into either a sort of tablet mode or a viewing mode if you want to watch a movie. The rotation works well, but the hinge itself is quite wobbly when the iPad is attached.
Case doesn’t detach
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Best iPad Air 4 keyboard cases 2023
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Add on one of the best iPad Air 4 keyboard cases and the iPad Air 4 becomes even more useful than before. It may not be the latest technology any more but it’s still a powerhouse for anyone keen to be productive on the move. A great keyboard case means a better typing experience when writing emails, surfing the web, or working on documents.
Even better, snap up an iPad Air 4 keyboard case and it’ll work on the newer iPad Air 5 as they’re both the same size, meaning keyboard cases are interchangeable. While we don’t generally recommend upgrading so soon, it’s nice to know the option is there. Plus, it means you have more options for keyboard cases.
With so many options out there, we’ve picked out the best iPad Air 4 keyboard cases, considering budgets, what they offer, and their looks too. Take a look at the choices below.
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Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro and iPad Air
Our top pick
Pricey it may be but the Apple Magic Keyboard is truly something special and, appropriately, magical. It’s our favorite keyboard case for the iPad Air 4 and the newer Air 5. It has a beautiful cantilever design, scissor mechanism backlit keyboard, and a trackpad for multi-touch gestures as well as cursor control. It’s the best overall pick if you can afford it.
Apple Smart Keyboard Folio – Black
The best without a trackpad
If you don’t need trackpad, the Apple Smart Keyboard Folio is a good choice. It’s a full-sized keyboard that also has a case offering front and back protection when not in use. There’s no need to charge the keyboard and you don’t even have to pair it via Bluetooth. Just plop it into place and start typing. Effortless.
Brydge Air MAX+ Wireless Keyboard Case with Multi-Touch Trackpad for iPad Air
The Brydge Air MAX+ is keyboard case that gets you as close to a laptop experience as you’re going to get. It has a multi-touch trackpad along with a quite protective case. Bluetooth 5.0 gives you an instant connection. Even better, it’s all at a lower price point than Apple’s equivalent.
Logitech Folio Touch – Black
The Logitech Folio Touch is an utter joy to use. It has a full backlit keyboard that connects via the Smart Connector so pairing is seamless, just like with Apple’s own products. All you do is connect and start typing. The back kickstand gives your iPad Air 40 degrees of angle control, so whether you’re typing, watching a movie, or drawing a design, you can find the ideal angle.
ProCase iPad Air 4 Keyboard Case with Pencil Holder
The ProCase iPad Air 4 Keyboard Case is an excellent case for fending off scratches and scuffs. Besides its leather exterior and hard plastic bumper, it also has a keyboard that is magnetically detachable so you can easily set up wherever you want. Alternatively, you can leave the keyboard at home if you need a more portable setup, such as when commuting.
Typecase Touch iPad Air 5th Generation Case with Keyboard
The Typecase Touch iPad Air case is a hard clamshell case that offers a keyboard with a touchpad. Its hinge rotates 360 degrees so you can use your tablet laptop-style or tablet-style depending on what you need to do. The keyboard has a row of iOS function keys to help you be more productive while it also offers 10 backlit colors. The 2.4-inch touchpad also makes your iPad Air 4 feel more like a laptop, plus you can tap, scroll, and swipe without removing your hands from the keyboard.
ZAGG Pro Keys Detachable Case and Wireless Keyboard for Apple iPad Air 10.9
ZAGG keyboard cases are always worth checking out. This one is detachable so it’s simple enough to remove the keyboard when you don’t need it, while keeping your iPad protected from up to 6.6-foot drops. The keyboard is backlit and rechargeable, lasting up to a year between charges. It’s also possible to pair with up to two devices simultaneously, before toggling back and forth between them.
Fintie Keyboard Case for iPad Air 4th/5th Generation
We think Fintie offers a lot for your money, as demonstrated in a certain other Fintie iPad case review.
Why a keyboard case for your iPad Air 4?
The iPad Air 4 might not be the lates model but it’s still one of the best iPads you can buy. It offers nearly Pro levels of performance without the price tag. Add on a keyboard case and you can expand your iPad Air’s functionality so it’s almost like a mini laptop. If you get a keyboard with a trackpad, it’s even closer to being a laptop. The trackpad can be used for cursor and multi-gesture control, giving you plenty of ways to interact with iPadOS.
Of course, if you use your iPad Air 4 more for watching movies, surfing the web, and the occasional email, a less expensive keyboard will usually suffice. It’s still good to have a way to type ‘properly’ on your iPad Air 4, but look for a cheaper example. The newer iPad Air 5 is exactly the same size as the iPad Air 4, so cases are interchangeable between the two. Plus, some cases (like Apple’s own Magic keyboard) are even interchangeable between the 11-inch iPad Pro and the iPad Air models, so it’s worth checking.
Which of the best iPad Air 4 keyboard cases is for you?
Our favorite iPad Air 4 keyboard case is the Apple Magic Keyboard. It’s expensive but it really is the ultimate iPad keyboard case. Designed by Apple engineers, it’s there to enhance your iPad’s functionality in every way. The cantilevered design is elegant while giving you a choice of viewing angles. Also, the trackpad makes it easy to do plenty of things fast, like switch between apps or access the app switcher.
If you want something more reasonably priced, however, there’s always the Logitech Folio Touch. Its fully backlit keyboard means you can type just about anywhere, no matter what time of day it is. As it uses the Smart Connector, you don’t have to worry about Bluetooth pairing either, so it’s super speedy to use.
If a keyboard isn’t essential, there’s always the best iPad Air 4 cases too.
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Which iPad keyboard to choose: Magic Keyboard vs. Brydge Pro+ vs. Logitech Combo Touch
The iPad’s first ten years end on April 3rd. For almost all these years, Apple has tried to prove that the iPad is the computer of the future, and at the same time, panicked and irrationally, protected the computer of the future from mice and / or trackpads, as if they hid a terrible destructive force that could deprive the iPad of some mysterious “iPad ‘stva’. Now that’s over with. On March 24, with the release of the final release of iOS/iPadOS 13.4, a new era begins in the relationship between mice and tablets from Apple. And nothing terrible because of this, it seems, did not happen. Anyway, for now. Vice versa. We are in for a fierce battle for the iPad Pro between at least two very interesting and not quite ordinary devices.
Everyone seems to want to turn an iPad into a laptop
Mouse/trackpad support in iOS/iPadOS 13 was timid and clumsy. It seemed that Apple was really afraid of them, and allows them to control the iPad and iPhone interfaces against their will – everything was so awkward and wrong. But it was a rough implementation, a test of the pen – and now we have before us the first, in some ways still imperfect, but already a clean copy. Mice and trackpads are also supported on the iPhone, but we won’t discuss them today.
You can connect almost any Bluetooth mouse or trackpad to an iPad or iPhone, and almost any wired “cursor control device”. Even the Apple Magic Mouse and Apple Magic Mouse 2. But devices specifically designed for the iPad, combining the keyboard and trackpad and taking into account its specifics, in theory, will be out of competition. The design of such devices began immediately after Apple announced support for the mouse and cursor in iOS / iPadOS 13, but their release had to be postponed until better times.
- 1 Best Keyboards for iPad
- 2 Logitech Combo Touch
- 3 Brydge Pro+
- 4 Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro
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Join the battle for the iPad, others may be ready company, but the best known are the efforts in this direction made by Logitech, Brydge and Apple itself. Only two of them, Apple and Brydge, are currently involved in the “iPad Pro battle”. But over time, everything may change, if Logitech adds “keyboard + trackpad + protective cover” complexes to its product line also for the iPad Pro, its chances of winning this battle will be higher than the other two.
But the battle has not yet begun, and all the assessments of its participants are theoretical. About all these devices, we know only what their developers say. How convenient, reliable and practical they are, we will know only in a few months.
Logitech Combo Touch
Combo Touch function keys: 1 – Home, 2 – Screen brightness adjustment, 3 – Virtual keyboard, 4 – Search, 5 – Key backlight brightness adjustment, 6 – Audio and video playback control, 7 – Volume control, 8 – Screen lock (in iPad 7)
All “keyboard + trackpad + something else” complexes have a common flaw. Each such complex is developed for a specific model or a specific group of iPad models, but this is not only a drawback. The complexes merge with the device they serve into a single whole, complement and reinforce each other.
Logitech kits are designed for the 7th generation iPad, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and 3rd generation iPad Air. To connect with the “client” (iPad), these complexes use the Smart Connector connection interface, which, according to the media, “is not used by anyone except Apple”, because it is “unbearably difficult to use”, and which “did not go and has no prospects “. This connector is indeed tricky, but thanks to it, Logitech products have a number of advantages over other iPad peripherals. They can be light and elegant – Smart Connector eliminates the need for batteries, and at the most inopportune moment they will not refuse to perform their duties due to the fact that it is time to charge them.
Very stylish Logitech keyboard
There are two Logitech Combo Touch models for iPad. For iPad 7th generation, it is also capable of working with 10.5-inch iPad Pro and iPad Air 3rd generation, and another one for the same 10.5-inch iPad Pro and 3rd generation iPad Air, which has iPad as a client. the seventh generation is not mentioned. Why is still unknown.
Neither the dimensions of the iPad 7G, nor the location of the Smart Connector on its body seem to prevent this. Both models will cost the same – 149.99 dollars, Logitech does not report the time of the beginning of their sales. Trackpad – with a glass surface and support for multi-finger gestures. Keyboard with scissors mechanism, key pitch – 18 mm, their vertical travel – 1 mm. In the top row – a full set of function keys.
Logitech is headquartered and R&D in Lausanne, Switzerland. The company specializes in peripherals for the iPad and other mobile platforms, and is famous for its attention to detail and ergonomics of its products. It is sometimes called “Peripheral Apple”. And the fact that there are no models for the iPad Pro 3rd and 4th generations (2018 and 2020) in the company’s assortment yet should not be misleading. Having studied the experience of colleagues (Brydge and Apple), Logitech is sure to strike back. Let’s see – it might be interesting. While Logitech is not involved in the battle.
This keyboard makes iPad look like a MacBook Pro
Among iPad peripheral companies, Brydge stands out for its down-to-earth approach. There are no complaints about the design and appearance of her products, but they do not shine with novelty. Like Logitech, Brydge has been in the iPad peripheral business for years. In 2012, it debuted its Bluetooth keyboard for the iPad, which looks like the bottom of a laptop, and since then, on the outside, not much has changed.
Brydge refused to use the Smart Connector, with wording like “the game is not worth the candle”. The Brydge Pro +, a complex consisting of a keyboard, trackpad and a mechanism for attaching to the third (2018) and fourth (2020) generations of iPad Pro, has a traditional Brydge aluminum case. We know for sure that the keyboard connects to the iPad, and not vice versa – but from the outside it seems that everything is exactly the opposite. The keyboard is thicker, more powerful and more solid. In my experience with the Brydge Pro (no plus sign and no trackpad), when paired with it, the 2018 iPad Pro gets rid of mechanical fragility. It’s too early to talk about the fourth generation of the iPad Pro (what if they are durable on their own?).
There is full support for the trackpad
Trackpad, like Logitech – with a glass surface and support for multi-finger gestures. Scissor-type keyboard with 1 mm key travel and dimmable key backlighting. In the top row of the keyboard there is a full set of function keys, everything is grown-up, as it should be.
Keyboard with trackpad for iPad Pro – two models, for 11″ and 12.9″ clients. The first costs $199.99, the second costs $229.99. The battery is rechargeable, according to the manufacturer its charge should last for three months. The iPad Pro uses Bluetooth to communicate (Brydge Pro+ supports Bluetooth 4.1). Their sales will begin in mid-April. In the midst of a pandemic, when someone promises to bring something to the market and start selling from a certain month, you want to knock on wood three times.
In addition to Brydge Pro+, the company has developed a trackpad for all iPad and iPhone models, which also uses a Bluetooth interface (Bluetooth 4.1) to communicate with the “client”. Theoretically, the device will be able to work with all devices that support Bluetooth versions 4.1 and higher, which will be running iOS/iPadOS 13. 4. When the device will go on sale and how much it will cost, has not yet been reported. I do not think that it will keep you waiting, and I am sure that it will not cost too much.
There's an opinion that all these iPad keyboards are unnecessary as long as there is a MacBook Air. Do you agree?
Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro
Keyboard almost like a MacBook, with backlighting
In appearance, the interface for connecting to the “client” and a number of other features, the Apple Magic Keyboard is dangerously similar to the Logitech Combo Touch. And the list of clients of the complex, consisting of a backlit keyboard with a scissors mechanism, with a key travel of 1 mm, a trackpad with a glass surface and a protective cover, exactly repeats the list of Brydge Pro + clients. This is an iPad Pro with a diagonal of 11 and 12.9inches, third and fourth generations. Magic Keyboard II / IV generations differs from its potential competitors in incredible beauty and no less incredible prices. The keyboard and trackpad for the 11-inch iPad Pro is $299 and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is $349. In terms of rubles – about 30 thousand.
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The cheapest Magic Keyboard is twice the price of the Logitech Combo Touch. And one and a half times more expensive than Brydge Pro +. What is its “highlight” is still unknown. The Magic Keyboard II/IV should go on sale in May this year. If there is no zest, what is the point of its appearance?
Choosing the best external keyboard for iPad
As soon as the iPad is used for daily and active work, the user has a need for an external keyboard. Let’s take a look at the 12 best models for iPad Air
The virtual keyboard is ideal for mobile work. The compact tablet takes up little space in your bag and is not burdened with additional accessories that add extra weight to it. However, for any real work, the virtual keyboard is not very convenient, and users turn their eyes to an additional accessory. Namely, to an external QWERTY keyboard. Here are 12 of the best additional Bluetooth keyboards for iPad Air.
QODE Ultimate Keyboard Case
Belkin’s flagship QODE Ultimate Keyboard Case for iPad Air. This extremely thin, almost airy keyboard. The aluminum case provides protection for the tablet, transforming it into a laptop replacement.
This keyboard will satisfy all the aesthetic sensibilities of Apple fans. It uses Belkin True Type responsive keys for precise typing and a feel similar to regular laptop keys. Magnets are used to hold the case, which are also used to turn the tablet upright. The model does not have a separate on/off button. The keyboard turns on automatically when the user places the tablet in a case in an upright position, and turns off when the case is closed.
Without recharging the battery, this device operates up to 264 hours in active mode and up to 4300 hours in standby mode. Charging is done with the supplied micro USB cable. The retail price is $129, you can find it on Amazon for $90. QODE Thin Type Keyboard Case The thickness of the anodized aluminum body is 4 mm. Belkin True Type keys, holding magnets, automatic shutdown when closed, micro-USB cable – everything is the same as the previous model.
This device can operate up to 79 hours without recharging the battery, and up to 3100 hours in standby mode. Price on Amazon $99.
QODE Slim Style Keyboard Case
The Belkin Slim Style Keyboard Case is available to the customer in five different colors. The outer surface is made of a soft-touch material reminiscent of rubber, while the inner surface is made of suede. The tablet can simply be fixed inside the case – two fasteners securely hold the device. The model is equipped with Belkin True Type keys and a micro-USB cable for recharging.
Given that this model is available in different colors, it is more intended for fashionistas. The manufacturer did not even focus on battery life. The price at dealers is $80, on Amazon from $67.
FabricSkin Keyboard Folio
Logitech is calling the FabricSkin Keyboard Folio “thoughtful perfection” as it competes to be a “design leader”. The product is available in four color options: Electric Blue, Urban Grey, Mars Red Orange and Carbon Black.
The cover material is a fabric with a water-repellent coating. Keyboard cover dimensions – 255 x 200 x 20 mm, weight – 425 g, thickness 1.8 cm. This cover reliably provides double-sided protection for iPad Air. The model has a built-in SecureLock system, which fixes the tablet in one open position.
Built-in battery for 180 hours of use. Retail price $149, Amazon does not offer.
Ultrathin Keyboard Cover
Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover as a case is one with the iPad, and with comparable thickness and a similar silver cover design, the pair looks like an elegant mini laptop from Apple. The keyboard attaches to the edge of the iPad with a magnetic loop, just like the Magic Cover. And just like that, when you open the “device”, the iPad automatically wakes up. The iPad can be placed in both portrait and landscape orientations. The model has a magnetic strip, which provides additional rigidity of the connection.
Weight 330g, thickness 7mm, battery life 180 hours. Recharging via micro USB cable. Retail price and Amazon price $100.
Ultrathin Keyboard Folio
The model is similar to the previous keyboard in almost every way, including the price. The change in title only implies “a more elegant performance”.
Tablet Keyboard for iPad
The most affordable keyboard from Logitech. The keyboard comes in a case that doubles as a stand for the iPad. Powered by 4 AAA batteries.
Retail price $70, Amazon $56.45.
ZAGGkeys Folio with Backlit Keyboard
Designed specifically for iPad Air, this slim (7.6mm) backlit keyboard has a 30% larger active area. Pleasant opening of the case, burning keys, all this is very reminiscent of opening and working with the MacBook Air.
The battery is designed for 180 hours of operation, of course, due to the backlight, the battery is heavier than that of competitors, the weight of the device is 535 g. The price is $100, there are no discounts on Amazon.
ZAGGkeys Universal Black Keyboard
Universal keyboard for use with iOS, Android and Windows devices. The curved keyboard surface is said to be more comfortable for typing, while the curved case doubles as a firm stand for the iPad.
Weight 295 g, battery life 180 hours. Retail price $70, on Amazon from $45.
ZAGGkeys FLEX Portable Keyboard and Stand
Like the previous one, this is a universal keyboard for many operating systems. Dimensions and weight (320 g) allow you to carry this keyboard in your jacket pocket. iPad on this device can be placed in both landscape and tablet orientation.
Battery capacity 180 hours, price $80.
KeyFolio Exact Plus Thin Folio with Keyboard
Kensington KeyFolio has the nice feature of tilting the tablet.