iPad with keyboards look wonderful and give you the feel and look of a mini PC on your hand. iPad pro gives you the same experience as it has a large screen 12.9 inches which is vene larger than some of laptops out there in the market. Whenever any iPad is launched, keyboards are also made available in the market though Apple always his own brand keyboard that comes with an extra cost. This year iPad 10.5 and 12.9-inch iPad Pros are excellent tablets and many keyboards are now available for these iPad Pro tablets. These work best for both current models, and some that work with the older 9.7 in version tabs.
1. Apple Smart Keyboard (works best with 10.5 in iPad Pro)
Apple keyboard has its own charm and brand name. These keyboards are slim, microfiber-lined and and can be cleaned. The Smart Connector is one of this device’s best things and you don’t need to worry about battery life, or a Bluetooth connection, because everything is handled through that port. The Smart Keyboard also has some useful extra shortcuts that are designed for iOS commands, such as a Home key (Command-H) and Search (Command-Space). It also lets you use a number of familiar Mac keyboard commands too, such as using Command-Tab to cycle between apps.
2. Apple Magic Keyboard
The Magic Keyboard works with all iOS devices running iOS 9.1 and above. This is a conventional, standalone keyboard with larger keys than most iPad-sized keyboard-covers, and the keyboard panel is angled upwards at a more comfortable angle, so you can get down to some serious typing when you need to. The new Magic Keyboard also has a rechargeable battery that Apple says can last for a month between charges. The only drawback with this keyboard is that it’s not really very portable, and doesn’t act either as a cover, or as a stand for your iPad.
3. Brydge Keyboards (works well with 12.9 iPad Pro)
Brydge is well known for making cases that turn iPads into MacBooks, This keyboard for iPad Pro is precision engineered from high-grade aluminium for a very Apple-esque feel, differentiating itself from soft material-made cases on the market. It even features MacBook-esque black keys that are, of course, backlit and provide the most comfortable typing experience we’ve ever had on an iPad.
It turns the iPad Pro from a tablet to a laptop and even offers a number of iOS-dedicated keys, allowing you to change the brightness of the display, control your media playback and more via the keyboard. The Brydge connects via Bluetooth and not the new Smart Connector like many of its competitors, and requires charging every so often.
4. Logitech Slim Combo (works well with 10.5in iPad Pro)
Logitech’s Slim Combo for the 10.5in iPad Pro is a solid, sturdy keyboard which is offered a two-part case. The iPad itself clicks into a rigid hard-shell case that should offer drop protection while maintaining complete port access. It also includes a kickstand to prop the tablet up at a variety of angles, and an Apple Pencil holder for stylus users. There’s also a range of iPad-specific function keys for controlling music playback, volume, screen brightness, and directly pulling up search or the home screen.
Adjustable backlighting is also included, though there are only three settings: off, dim, and bright. The bottom of the keyboard has a grippy finish to keep the iPad from slipping around, and the whole thing is very lightweight but feels little bulky.
5. Razer Mechanical Keyboard (Works well with 12.9 in iPad Pro)
Razer is known company for producing high-quality gaming keyboards, and now has developed a low-profile mechanical switch keyboard for the 12.9in iPad Pro. The case comes in two parts – a case is attached to your iPad and features a metal kickstand, and the keyboard is attached to the case via magnets. The kickstand isn’t fixed, allowing you to prop your iPad up at any angle you want, with or without the keyboard. The keyboard also features backlit keys with 20 brightness levels, allowing you to adjust the brightness to suit the environment that you’re in. Of course, the brightness will affect battery life somewhat as this keyboard doesn’t make use of the iPad Pro’s Smart Connector. With that being said, expect around 10 hours on max brightness or a whopping 600 hours with it off.
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6. Zagg Rugged Messenger (best for iPad Pro 10.5in)
Zagg’s Rugged Messenger keyboard comes with one of the most comprehensive set of keyboard features. The iPad itself slots into a very tough protective hard shell case, which then magnetically attaches to the accompanying keyboard – though sadly not via Smart Connector, so you will have to remember to top the keyboard up with the accompanying MicroUSB charger, and pair it to the iPad over Bluetooth. Zagg claims that it offers a two-year battery life and the keyboard is fully featured, including a row of function keys designed with iOS in mind, and it can pair to two devices, with keys to toggle between them – so you can switch easily to typing on your iMac or iPhone if you so desire. This keyboard boasts impressive features for the price, offering a great balance of protection, productivity, and pretty coloured backlights.
7. Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard
Microsoft’s keyboards are simple ones though well-built, comfortable to use, and strong to type. It’s a standalone Bluetooth keyboard that will connect to any device that works with Bluetooth, including Macs and PCs as well smartphones and tablets. Also as the name suggests, you can fold it in half so that it’s really small and light when you need to carry it around with you.
Despite being a Microsoft product, it still remembers to provide good support for iOS devices, and even has a Mac Command key so that you can switch between apps and use other familiar Mac shortcuts. The keyboard is covered with a tough fabric to keep it safe, along with a water-resistant coating to protect it from all types of liquid spills.
You can buy one from Microsoft store or at online store here. At Ebay it costs A$85
8. Griffin Wired Keyboard with Lightning Connector
Griffin’s Wired Keyboard has a Lightning interface built into it, so that you plug it straight into recent iPad model that also uses Lightning. The cable is one metre long, so you’ve got a bit of room to play with when setting up your keyboard and iPad. It can’t be used as a cover, or as a stand, but it’s larger than most iPad keyboards and is raised at the back so that it sits at a more comfortable angle when you’re typing.
In looks it is similar to Apple’s Magic Keyboard – which does use Bluetooth – and has a similar set of functions keys, including a Home button and the Mac’s command key for switching between apps. Ditching Bluetooth also means that the Wired Keyboard doesn’t need its own battery, just drawing a very small amount of power through the Lightning cable. Click here to buy one from Ebay