Smart Keyboards are accessories to Apple’s iPad and iPad Pro tablets. Not only do they function as a physical keyboard, but they also double as a cover or case for your screen when not in use. Here are four smart keyboards that we recommend.
What to Look for in a Smart Keyboard
- First- or Third- Party: Functional Apple tablet keyboards aren’t only designed by Apple. Third-party keyboards do exist, and both types come with their own pros and cons.
- Type of Tablet: Know what type and generation your tablet is before buying a Smart Keyboard. These keyboards aren’t universally compatible.
- Functionality: There are Smart Keyboards that go beyond the basic functions of a keyboard. Some have trackpads or additional features.
Best for iPad: Apple Smart Keyboard
This is Apple’s Smart Keyboard for the 7th generation iPad and 3rd generation iPad Air. This keyboard can easily be attached to your tablet and doesn’t require any charging or software. Once attached, it’s ready to be used. This keyboard can be propped up for typing and viewing and can be folded up into a slim cover for your tablet screen.
Apple Smart Keyboard for iPad (9th Generation) and iPad Air (3rd Generation) - US English
This Smart Keyboard is compatible with 7th gen iPads and 3rd gen iPad Airs.
Best for iPad Pro: Apple Smart Keyboard Folio
The Apple Smart Keyboard Folio is designed for the 3rd and 4th generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Just like the Smart Keyboard for iPads, this one for iPad Pros is a plug-and-play keyboard that can also be folded into a cover for your tablet. You can prop your device up into two different viewing angles, and fold it shut to stow away.
Trackpad Option: Logitech Combo Touch Keyboard Case
The Logitech Combo Touch keyboard goes beyond the capabilities of a standard iPad keyboard. It’s compatible with 10.5-inch iPad Pros and 3rd gen iPad Airs. Along with a keyboard, it comes with a trackpad and a loop for an Apple Pencil. Its keys are backlit and filled with iOS-like shortcuts, and its cover offers a 40-degree, adjustable viewing angle.
Logitech Combo Touch for iPad Air (3rd Generation) and iPad Pro 10.5-inch Keyboard case with trackpad, Wireless Keyboard, and Smart Connector Technology - Graphite
This keyboard comes with a built-in trackpad for laptop-like functionality.
Also Consider: BORIYUAN Keyboard for iPad
This iPad keyboard from Boriyuan will increase your iPad’s versatility and functionality. It works with 7th gen iPad, 3rd gen iPad Air, and 10.5-inch iPad Pro. This keyboard comes with seven back-light colors and three levels of brightness. The case itself allows the tablet to be viewed at three different angles while also protecting it. It absorbs shock and has heat-dissipating capabilities.
New iPad 10.2 9th 8th 7th Generation 2021 Keyboard Case, Boriyuan 7 Colors Backlit Detachable Keyboard Slim Leather Folio Smart Cover for iPad 10.2 Inch/iPad Air 10.5"(3rd Gen)/iPad Pro 10.5" – Black
This is a highly functional keyboard but also a durable, high-quality case.