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The Best iPad Keyboards on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing ones. While we’ve written before about our favorite battery packs, the best Wi-Fi-connected outlets, gaming mouses, external hard drives, and even a comically long phone charger, here we’ve found the best-reviewed iPad keyboards on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best Bluetooth keyboard for any iPad

OMOTON Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard for Apple iPad

“This is a great little keyboard to use with my iPad — I love it! I’m not a high-tech person (age 63), but it was easy with their short instructions to get it up and running. It synced with my iPad right away after I first turned on my Bluetooth. It’s so nice to have a real keyboard. I grew up with a typewriter, so I guess that’s why I prefer to have a typewriter with my iPad … Very nice design. Silver with white keys that really move up and down.”

Best Bluetooth keyboard with colorful backlight for any iPad

Arteck HB030B Universal Slim Portable Bluetooth Backlit Keyboard

“I’m generally really dubious of portable keyboards … However, I purchased an iPad Pro recently and wanted to find something that I could pair it with, and I wasn’t willing to spend over $100 for an iPad keyboard. After shopping around (and purchasing more than one keyboard to test out, including folding keyboards), I’ve settled on Arteck’s keyboard. Here’s why: the keyboard is perfectly sized. I can type with ease, and don’t have to hunt and peck due to weird key placement, like I did with some of the folding keyboards. It’s light. Part of the reason why I bought an iPad Pro is because I’m on the go a lot, and don’t want to always carry around my laptop. This keyboard weighs less than a book, even with the case. There’s a backlight, perfect for those who travel and/or write in the middle of the night. There are Mac shortcuts. The keys are satisfying to type on, and connecting to the device is quick and easy.”

Best folding Bluetooth keyboard for any iPad

iClever Bluetooth Keyboard

“I am very pleased with my purchase. Out of the box, I opened it and it paired via instructions provided, and it paired flawlessly with my iPad. Each time I close it, the iPad shows that it disconnects, and when I open it, it automatically pairs again with little delay. The size is perfect when folded for travel. The keyboard does require some adjusting to, as you would expect when moving to a compact portable keyboard from a full size. The product is made out of thin aluminum, which is lightweight and looks nice. The sliding hinge covers on the back seem to be plastic. The keys feel sturdy and respond well … Overall, this product offers a great value and works better than I imagined it would for the price point.”

Best 10.5-inch iPad Pro keyboard case with Apple Pencil holder

Fintie iPad Pro 10.5 Keyboard Case with Built-in Apple Pencil Holder

“I absolutely love this case for my iPad Pro. It’s super lightweight, and I like that the keyboard is detachable so that I don’t always have to carry that around if I don’t need it. The holder for the Apple Pencil is awesome because sometimes it’s hard to keep track of … I totally recommend this case for anyone, especially if you’re a student like me. There’s a huge variety of colors and patterns, so there’s something for everyone.”

Best 12.9-inch iPad Pro keyboard case

IVSO Case with Keyboard for iPad pro 12.9-One-Piece Wireless Keyboard Stand Case with Pencil Slot

“I was seeking a generic folio (for my generic tablet) and this product ‘fit the bill.’ The only port not accessible when installed is the front camera. This presents no problem as the tablet, while secure when installed can easily be removed. Rear camera is NOT inhibited. The folio is very attractive and comfortable to carry. The folio closes securely with a ‘slip tab.’ The keyboard is terrific with a positive on/off switch incorporating a positive ‘bluetooth connection’ button. Keyboard, magnetically affixed to folio, is easily removed from/replaced in position.”

Best keyboard case for iPad Air 2

Anker Bluetooth Folio Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2

“Super-sexy case. Love the leather feel to it. Keyboard connects really easily to the Bluetooth, and every time you rest your tablet on the magnetic strip, the keyboard turns on. I’ve had it for almost a month, and I haven’t had to charge it yet. It says it lasts months, so we’ll see how that goes. I’d recommend it. It’s way cheaper than the iPad keyboards, and this can actually protect your device too.”

Best ultrathin keyboard case for iPad Air

YEKBEE iPad Keyboard Case for New 2018 iPad, 2017 iPad, iPad Pro 9.7, iPad Air 1 and 2 - BT Backlit Detachable Quiet Keyboard

“This case is very nice and has a sleek design. The iPad tightly snaps into the case and a protective keyboard cover is included. The thin keyboard eliminates any bulk. The top cover creates the prop for the iPad for easy viewing. I love the color and would highly recommend this iPad keyboard case for those who prefer typing with one!”

Best keyboard case for fifth-generation 9.7-inch iPad

Fintie iPad 9.7

“I’m loving my new keyboard case. The cover is gorgeous, though a bit on the heavy side, and the fact the keyboard is so slim and removable makes it even more functional. I’ve used other keyboard cases in the past, and the one issue I had with all of them was the keyboard getting in the way when I just wanted to use my iPad as a tablet. The removable keyboard takes care of that. Plus, it’s easy, since it’s secured magnetically. (The magnetic connect is strong, too, so you don’t have to worry about the keyboard sliding off the case if you hold it upright.) I also appreciate the fact that there is an elastic loop to secure my pen when I’m not using it. It keeps it handy, but out of the way.”

Best case for 9.7-inch iPad with backlit keyboard

Keyboard Case for iPad 9.7-inch

“When the keyboard case is attached to my new iPad, it looks exactly like you’d think: a mini laptop. This keyboard feels like it was made by the manufacturer and comes standard with the iPad. It integrates seamlessly. The Bluetooth works well 99 percent of the time, the backlight is pretty slick, you can also adjust the brightness as you need. The battery is very durable, and it took about three to four hours to fully recharge. If you order it, you won’t regret it!”

Best external keyboard for iPad Mini

Arteck Ultra-Thin Apple iPad Mini Bluetooth Keyboard

“This is great, lightweight, thin, and works perfectly well. The keyboard takes a bit of getting used to, with the keys being closer together than what you’re used to from your regular computer, but it’s fine. I love that it works as a lid and protects the iPad. This was perfect to take on vacation. The battery life lasts a long time. [I] charged this nearly three weeks ago, and it is still going strong. The Bluetooth connectivity is also super easy and works every time perfectly.”

Best keyboard case for iPad 2, 3, or 4

Fintie iPad 2/3/4 Keyboard Case

“Oh, this case is so, so lovely! It took all of two seconds to connect to my iPad via Bluetooth, and the instructions that come with the case are very clear. I am so pleased with this item. The little keyboard took some getting used to, but now I am typing away like a pro. I am getting lots of compliments on the beauty of this case, and it is very sturdy. My refurbished fourth-generation iPad clicked into place in the case perfectly.”

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The Best iPad Keyboards, According to Amazon Reviewers