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There are a bunch of iPad Pro models available now, from the original models, to the newest, updated iPad Pro 12.9 and 11. Regardless of the model you pick up, accessory manufacturers have been busy designing an array of keyboards compatible with Apple’s tablets, because a touchscreen keyboard just isn’t the same as a traditional one. We have keyboards for the iPad Pro that don’t double as protective cases, but we also have some options that add a little protection to your investment.
Luckily, many of the cases on our list will make you feel like you’re using a touchscreen MacBook, especially given their laptop-esque designs. They also come at varying price points, meaning you don’t need to spend a lot to net a physical keyboard. Below, you will find our picks for the best iPad Pro keyboard cases, regardless of which model you opted for. Also, if you’re looking for content for your new tablet, be sure to check out our picks for the best iPad Pro games and our favorite drawing apps for the iPad Pro.
Keyboards for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2018
Apple Smart Keyboard Folio
Get used to seeing Apple’s keyboard on this list, because it’s always going to be one of the best options for your iPad Pro. The new series of Apple’s smart keyboard has seen some upgrades to match the new style of the iPad Pro range in 2018. It now comes with full coverage, so it provides full back and front protection when it’s folded around your iPad Pro. It doesn’t need to pair with your iPad — just slip your iPad into the dock, and it’ll connect automatically. There’s no need to charge it up separately either.
As is usual for Apple, you’ll find a full-size keyboard on here, but the new folio stand means it’s easier to sit your iPad Pro at different angles. It has automatic sleep/wake functionality too. It’s expensive, but that’s par for the course with Apple. Regardless of price, it’s still one of the best options out there.
Fusutonus PU Leather Keyboard Case
It’s not only expensive options on the table, this keyboard case offers something a bit cheaper if you’re looking to extend that budget. But despite the lower price, it’s not lacking in style. It’s made from PU leather, a polyester-based leather substitute, and it’s a tough and durable material that protects your tablet while also looking good in a variety of circumstances. It automatically shuts the screen off while closed, and wakes it up when opened. The keyboard can be removed from the case component and connects via Bluetooth. Unfortunately, that does mean it needs to be charged, but it also has a folio-style design, so it can be propped up at multiple angles. It’s something of a steal at this price.
Keyboards for the 11-inch iPad Pro 2018
Apple Smart Keyboard Folio
As above, see below. The Apple Smart Keyboard Folio should always be your first port of call when you’re looking to get the most out of your 11-inch iPad Pro. It’s now a full coverage case which covers the front the back at all times, and the new folio-style stand means your iPad can be positioned in a bunch of handy positions. There’s no need to connect via Bluetooth, and there is no need to charge it either. It’s slim and keeps your iPad protected when on the move. There’s a full-size keyboard, too. Though it’s expensive, it’s a great addition to your iPad Pro if you’re looking to boost your productivity.
Keyboards for the iPad Pro 10.5
Apple Smart Keyboard
The first keyboard on our radar is, of course, Apple’s Smart Keyboard. This one is similar to the 9.7-inch smart keyboard, with the same shallow key travel and overall build quality. This iPad Pro keyboard case is a one-sided affair. It doesn’t cover your entire iPad like other keyboard cases, but it does make use of the Smart Connector, meaning you don’t need to pair it via Bluetooth. Like many Apple-branded products, however, this keyboard is pricey, but if you want ultimate compatibility and something that was built by Apple, then this should be your first choice.
Logitech Slim Combo
The new Logitech Slim Combo is, in some ways, what we wanted from Apple’s Smart Keyboard. This keyboard connects via the Smart Connector, just like Apple’s Smart Keyboard, so it requires no pairing. Physically, however, Logitech’s offering provides full-body protection. It also has a built-in holder for your Apple Pencil and is spill-resistant and easy to clean. The case is a good choice if you want to ensure your iPad is protected, even if you need to detach the keyboard.
IVSO Keyboard Case ($33)
Here is an affordable keyboard case made from polyurethane leather, with a microfiber interior that protects your iPad. What makes this option stand out is that the keyboard is held in place via magnets. You can slide the keyboard out and detach it from the case, allowing for a more comfortable typing position without requiring you to remove the case. You can also charge the keyboard using a Micro USB cable, which takes around three hours. Once charged, you can use the keyboard for an estimated 60 hours. It comes in an array of colors as well, including black, white, blue, gold, rose gold, and purple.
MoKo Keyboard Case ($26)
This keyboard focuses on giving you a great tactile typing experience with scissor switches for the keys. Like the aforementioned IVSO keyboard, the MoKo Keyboard Case is also removable, so there is no need to take off the case if you need to adjust the keyboard position. The leather is, of course, synthetic, but you can expect that at this price point. The inside lining is soft, but the rear exterior is tough, helping you to you to protect your tablet from unexpected drops. If you’re going to do a lot of typing on your iPad, then a quality tactile keyboard is a must, one that will allow for a fast and accurate typing experience.