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The Best iPad Keyboards on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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. 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
$16 at Amazon

“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
$20 at Amazon

“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
$100 at Amazon

“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
$38 at Amazon

“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

Pasonomi Folding PU Leather Folio Case Cover & Detachable Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard
$38 at Amazon

“This case was exactly what I was hoping for. The price did make me question the quality of the product when I first ordered it, but as soon as I got to try it out, I see that it is perfect. The color is the same as the picture, the keyboard works great, and I love that the keyboard is magnetic, so it is easily detachable … Overall, I am very happy with the product for both the great quality and price. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone looking for an inexpensive case [and] keyboard for their iPad.”

Best keyboard case for iPad Air 2

Anker Bluetooth Folio Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2
$33 at Amazon

“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

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air, White
$44 at Amazon

“This keyboard cover works great! We can prop up the iPad in either direction. Makes the screen easy to read without expending energy to keep it propped up. Works really well as an iPad cover. Or, I can peel it off and just use the iPad by itself as a tablet. It’s the best of all worlds, IMHO. I love the (approximately) three-month battery charge for the keyboard. We’re still on the first full charge.”

Best keyboard case for fifth-generation 9.7-inch iPad

Fintie iPad 9.7
$38 at Amazon

“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
$56 at Amazon

“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
$23 at Amazon

“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
$33 at Amazon

“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 4th Generation iPad clicked into place in the case perfectly.”

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The Best iPad Keyboards, According to Amazon Reviewers