The Best iPad Keyboard Cases

The Best iPad Keyboard Cases

Our pick

Logitech Slim Folio for iPad (7th generation)

Logitech Slim Folio for iPad (7th generation)

Best for the 2019 10.2-inch iPad

Great keys, a smart auto-wake feature, a four-year battery life, and good looks make this the best iPad keyboard case around.

Buying Options

$100 from Amazon
Logitech Slim Folio for iPad (5th and 6th generation)

Logitech Slim Folio for iPad (5th and 6th generation)

Best for the 2017 and 2018 9.7-inch iPads

This version of our favorite keyboard case is made for older iPads, but it has the same great keys, battery, and design that we like in the newest version, plus a fabric exterior that’s especially nice.

Buying Options

$67 from Amazon
Logitech Slim Folio for iPad Air (3rd generation)

Logitech Slim Folio for iPad Air (3rd generation)

Best for the 2019 10.5-inch iPad Air

Like the versions for standard iPads, this keyboard case is our favorite for the iPad Air because it offers the same set of features and the same overall value.

Buying Options

$100 from Amazon

If you need to be able to type on your lap, or if your iPad serves as your laptop, the Logitech Slim Folio’s superior keyboard stands out from those on other models we tested. It automatically connects with your iPad when it’s properly aligned in the typing position and disconnects when it isn’t, so you never need to worry about turning the keyboard on or off. This clever power management helps the replaceable coin-cell battery last for up to four years, which is very likely the amount of time you’ll use the iPad itself. Dedicated iPadOS function keys provide quick access to commonly used features, and an Apple Pencil holder lets you easily carry the stylus around. Although the Slim Folio is a bit thicker than some of the competition, its polyurethane or fabric exterior (depending on the model) looks and feels nicer.

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Upgrade pick

Logitech Combo Touch for iPad (7th generation)

Logitech Combo Touch for iPad (7th generation)

Best with a trackpad for the 2019 10.2-inch iPad

The Combo Touch offers a good trackpad and a great keyboard, turning your iPad into a mini laptop.

Buying Options

$150 from Apple
Logitech Combo Touch for iPad Air (3rd generation)

Logitech Combo Touch for iPad Air (3rd generation)

Best with a trackpad for the 2019 10.5-inch iPad Air

Also compatible with the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, this version of the case is a fraction of an inch thinner.

Buying Options

$150 from Apple

You don’t need a trackpad to use an iPad, but having one can make your tablet feel more like a laptop. Logitech’s Combo Touch for iPad (7th generation) and Combo Touch for iPad Air (3rd generation) is the only non-Pro iPad keyboard case to feature a trackpad right now, but it’s a solid upgrade in its own right. The trackpad feels great and fully supports all of iPadOS’s gestures. The keys themselves provide an excellent typing experience, and the case is more protective than the Slim Folio. If you want an all-in-one option, the Combo Touch is worth the price premium.

Runner-up

Typecase 360 Rotatable for iPad (7th generation), iPad Air (3rd generation), and 10.5-inch iPad Pro

Typecase 360 Rotatable for iPad (7th generation), iPad Air (3rd generation), and 10.5-inch iPad Pro

A more customizable case from a lesser-known brand

This keyboard case allows you to position your iPad at many more angles, but the keys don’t feel as nice, and you might run into issues with customer service.

Buying Options

$70 from Amazon

The biggest downside to the Logitech Slim Folio is that it can prop up the iPad only at a single angle. The Typecase (formerly Yekbee) 360 Rotatable provides much more flexibility because it connects the case to the keyboard with a pivot point. This design allows you to not only tilt the iPad back and forth but also to rotate it around and fold it flat against the typing surface, much as you would do with a convertible laptop. The keys simply aren’t as nice to use; they’re more plasticky and hollow-feeling. We don’t have much experience with its manufacturer, and after trying and failing to reach the customer service team, we’re not sure the company will provide reliable technical support.

Budget pick

Logitech K380 for Mac Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard

Logitech K380 for Mac Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard

Great to type on but less convenient

This standalone Bluetooth keyboard—paired with whatever case you like on your iPad—is cheaper, but it may be less convenient.

Buying Options

$62* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $50.

To get the least expensive keyboard case without having to sacrifice a good typing experience, pair our favorite Bluetooth keyboard, the Logitech K380 for Mac Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard, with a good iPad case. The K380 for Mac is bulkier than an all-in-one keyboard case, and it may be less convenient, but this combo costs much less, and it’s great to type on.

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