The Best iPad Pro Keyboard Cases

The Best iPad Pro Keyboard Cases

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Our pick

Apple Smart Keyboard Folio for 11-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation)

Apple Smart Keyboard Folio for 11-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation)

Best for the 11-inch iPad Pro (1st and 2nd generation)

Its keys are fine, not great, and it’s expensive, but the overall package is slim, relatively light, and easy to attach and detach. It connects via the iPad Pro’s Smart Connector, so it needs neither batteries nor Bluetooth.

Buying Options

$170* from Amazon
$180 from Apple

*At the time of publishing, the price was $180.

Apple Smart Keyboard Folio for 12.9-inch iPad Pro (4th generation)

Apple Smart Keyboard Folio for 12.9-inch iPad Pro (4th generation)

Best for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd and 4th generation)

This case is just like the smaller version but has keys that are a bit larger and less cramped.

Buying Options

$190* from Amazon
$200 from Apple

*At the time of publishing, the price was $200.

Apple’s Smart Keyboard Folio for the 11-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro is a good keyboard case in its own right, with little competition. Thankfully the design carries over the best features of the previous version, including a magnetic connection, no Bluetooth pairing or batteries required, and pretty good keys, plus it adds full protection for the iPad’s back. It’s also better for lap use than previous models.

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Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro 11‑inch

Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro 11‑inch

The best way to make your 11-inch iPad a laptop

The Magic Keyboard is an excellent accessory, but it’s expensive and heavy, and not everyone needs the trackpad that makes it stand out. If you want to use an iPad in place of a laptop, though, it may very well be worth the price.

Buying Options

$300 from Apple
Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro 12.9‑inch

Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro 12.9‑inch

The best way to make your 12.9-inch iPad a laptop

This version offers a larger trackpad and some larger keys but otherwise has the same features.

Buying Options

$350 from Apple

Not everyone needs a trackpad to use their iPad Pro as a laptop replacement, but if you do, the Apple Magic Keyboard for the 11-inch iPad Pro and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is the best choice. It combines fantastic keys, an excellent glass trackpad, and a highly positionable screen in a slim package. But it’s very expensive, and heavy, too.

Also great

Logitech Slim Folio Pro for iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation)

Logitech Slim Folio Pro for iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation)

The best third-party keyboard case for the 11-inch iPad Pro (1st and 2nd generation)

If you’re willing to put up with the thickness and weight, you get a great typing experience and more protection for your iPad.

Buying Options

$120 from Apple
Logitech Slim Folio Pro for iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation)

Logitech Slim Folio Pro for iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation)

The best third-party keyboard case for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd and 4th generation)

This version has slightly larger keys but the same overall design.

Buying Options

$130 from Apple

Logitech’s Slim Folio Pro for the 11-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation) and 12.9-inch iPad Pro (4th generation) offers an excellent keyboard but makes a compromise in size. This update to our perennial favorite non-Pro iPad keyboard case is the best third-party keyboard case you can buy. It provides large keys that feel great to type on, plus iPadOS function keys, backlighting, smart battery management, room for the Apple Pencil, and more protection than the Smart Keyboard Folio offers. It lives up to the “folio” and “pro” parts of its name, but “slim,” not so much: Both versions of the case are almost double the thickness and weight of Apple’s keyboards.

You should get an iPad keyboard case only if you want to have it attached to your iPad most of the time. Even then, if you’re often using your iPad like a computer, you should at least consider a standalone Bluetooth keyboard with an iPad stand instead. A standalone keyboard is larger with better keys, and you can create a more ergonomic setup by elevating the iPad while putting the keyboard at the ideal height for typing when you’re working at a desk or table. When you don’t need the keyboard, you can leave it behind. And if you upgrade your iPad, you won’t have to buy a new keyboard case to fit it. (The biggest downside of this arrangement is that it’s tough to use a separate keyboard and an iPad stand on your lap.)

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Our pick

Apple Smart Keyboard Folio for 11-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation)

Apple Smart Keyboard Folio for 11-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation)

Best for the 11-inch iPad Pro (1st and 2nd generation)

Its keys are fine, not great, and it’s expensive, but the overall package is slim, relatively light, and easy to attach and detach. It connects via the iPad Pro’s Smart Connector, so it needs neither batteries nor Bluetooth.

Buying Options

$170* from Amazon
$180 from Apple

*At the time of publishing, the price was $180.

Apple Smart Keyboard Folio for 12.9-inch iPad Pro (4th generation)

Apple Smart Keyboard Folio for 12.9-inch iPad Pro (4th generation)

Best for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd and 4th generation)

This case is just like the smaller version but has keys that are a bit larger and less cramped.

Buying Options

$190* from Amazon
$200 from Apple

*At the time of publishing, the price was $200.

Upgrade pick

Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro 11‑inch

Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro 11‑inch

The best way to make your 11-inch iPad a laptop

The Magic Keyboard is an excellent accessory, but it’s expensive and heavy, and not everyone needs the trackpad that makes it stand out. If you want to use an iPad in place of a laptop, though, it may very well be worth the price.

Buying Options

$300 from Apple
Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro 12.9‑inch

Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro 12.9‑inch

The best way to make your 12.9-inch iPad a laptop

This version offers a larger trackpad and some larger keys but otherwise has the same features.

Buying Options

$350 from Apple

Also great

Logitech Slim Folio Pro for iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation)

Logitech Slim Folio Pro for iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation)

The best third-party keyboard case for the 11-inch iPad Pro (1st and 2nd generation)

If you’re willing to put up with the thickness and weight, you get a great typing experience and more protection for your iPad.

Buying Options

$120 from Apple
Logitech Slim Folio Pro for iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation)

Logitech Slim Folio Pro for iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation)

The best third-party keyboard case for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd and 4th generation)

This version has slightly larger keys but the same overall design.

Buying Options

$130 from Apple

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