iPad Keyboard Options
Keyboards For iPads
Apple offers a variety of keyboards for iPad, including the Smart Keyboard and the Magic Keyboard. The latter is a bit more expensive but it folds smaller, has a better trackpad and hinges closer to the iPad’s back panel when in typing mode.
It also has a pass-through USB-C port that allows you to charge the iPad while it’s in use.
1. Smart Keyboard Cover
Apple’s Smart Keyboard covers provide a great typing experience and lightweight, durable protection for iPad. They attach magnetically and don’t require switches, plugs or pairing.
The Smart Keyboard Folio also folds into a stand, with two positions to choose from for propping up the screen. That’s useful for watching video or chatting with friends on FaceTime. It’s expensive, though. If you’re looking for something a bit cheaper, try a third-party keyboard cover like the Logitech Combo Touch.
It has a premium design and a high-quality keyboard with a trackpad that opens up new ways to work with iPadOS. It’s compatible with Apple’s Smart Connector and features a function row on the top for quick access to commonly used functions. It also supports the Smart Pencil, with a small fabric loop at the top to hold it when not in use. The keyboard is powered by a built-in battery, so there’s no need to charge it separately.
2. Smart Keyboard
There’s nothing like using a keyboard to turn your iPad into a more laptop-like device. Some come in folio cases, which add back protection, while others are stand-alone. They all offer a comfortable typing experience and the ability to use Mac-style trackpad gestures.
Unlike most bluetooth keyboards, the Smart Keyboard draws power from the iPad, so it doesn’t need batteries. You also get a pass-through USB-C port on the left side of the hinge, which is useful for charging or connecting wired accessories.
The Smart Keyboard is expensive, but it’s a very capable product that makes the iPad feel more like a computer. Typing is excellent and the trackpad is sturdy and well-made.
I’d like to see a little more flexibility in the positioning and viewing angles of the tablet, but that’s really about the only drawback. It’s worth splurging if you can afford it. The keyboard also has backlit keys that adjust automatically based on the ambient light conditions.
3. Keyboard Case
As iPads have evolved in recent years, they’ve become capable entertainment tablets, e-readers, and even replacement laptops. To get the most productivity out of your iPad, you’ll need a keyboard case that fits your needs.
Whether you want a classic plastic design or a more premium aluminum, there are options to fit your style and budget. You can also choose to add a monogram or custom logo to create a truly unique case for your iPad.
Plastic cases are usually made from ABS plastic, which is cheap and easy to liquefy when forming the case components. It’s also resistant to corrosive chemicals and physical impact. Most keyboard cases also feature a metal plate inside to help the case feel more solid and stable when typing.
4. Keyboard Stand
A keyboard stand is a great option for those that own more than one keyboard or prefer to play in a standing position. The PKBS1 from Yamaha is an excellent choice because it is simple and inexpensive but still strong enough to support most keyboards.
Keyboard stands come in a range of styles including X-style, Z-style, and table-style. The best one for you will depend on your budget and the number of keyboards you need to hold. Stability is also important – you want the stand to stay in place.
Some stand models are wired, which is ideal for standardized testing and school deployments. Others require a battery-powered or rechargeable keyboard that could run out of power at inconvenient times. Some keyboard stands have special function short-keys that can open applications, control music, or take you back to your home screen. Ultimately, the best stand for your needs will be determined by the keyboards and iPad that you plan to use with it.