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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, 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 products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)

And while we’ve written about lots of tech accessories — including iPad styli, iPad cases, and an Apple dongle dupe — here, we’ve rounded up the best iPad keyboards, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.

Best-rated iPad keyboard

Arteck HB030B Universal Slim Portable Bluetooth Backlit Keyboard

Purchasers say Arteck’s bluetooth iPad keyboard is a great all-around performer, and they especially love the backlight with seven changing colors. Speaking to its general layout, one writes, “The keyboard is perfectly sized. I can type with ease, and don’t have to hunt and peck due to weird key placement.” Another writes, “The keyboard’s backlighting helps see the keys easily,” and, along with a few other reviewers, points out that the light “will shut off after about 5 seconds of non-activity, so it doesn’t really drain the battery.” If, however, you’re particularly concerned about conserving the battery, many mention that the backlight can be easily turned off, and you can also choose between two brightness settings. Perhaps less practical, but very fun, is the ability to cycle through seven different backlight color options. According to one, “It’s just fantastic. I like to change things up now and then.”

Best-rated (less expensive) iPad keyboard

SPARIN Bluetooth Keyboard

“I needed a cost-effective solution when the Smart Keyboard for my iPad stopped connecting after about two years of use,” writes one reviewer, and they couldn’t be happier they went with this one. “This is a great little keyboard that’s definitely made for Apple products — the function bar across the top has functionality for screenshots, iTunes, brightness, and sleep mode. Also, the command keys on the bottom of the keyboard are laid out like an Apple laptop (making my life way easier!).” Others also rave that this pairs seamlessly with their Apple products, and essentially turns their iPad into a laptop. “The keyboard is a nearly full-size QWERTY device, and I am easily able to use my typing skills, allowing my fingers to keep up with my brain,” one writes, while another says: “Just because of this paired with my iPad, I have saved over $1,000 because I didn’t have to go buy a computer.” More than 10 percent of reviewers also mention the exceptional battery life on this wireless keyboard. One even says, “I still haven’t changed the batteries from when I bought it months ago, and I use it all the time as I’m a full-time student.”

Best multi-device iPad keyboard

Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard

Reviewers say Logitech’s “multi-device” Bluetooth keyboard works very well as an iPad keyboard, but they also celebrate its ability to easily pair with — and switch between — multiple devices, even if you’re using different operating systems on each. “It’s a perfect size for portability, and it’s lightweight and easy to type on,” writes one, adding, “However, where this keyboard shines is how you can switch between Bluetooth devices. It’s so easy to pair and quick to switch. I currently use it for a Surface Pro and iPhone.” Reviewers like that it’s portable, and one customer says that since it works with multiple devices, it allowed them to save some space in their suitcase on a recent trip: “This keyboard makes typing on an iPhone or iPad mini extremely easy and efficient. It allowed me to leave my laptop home on a trip.”

Best keyboard for 10.5-inch iPad Pro and iPad Air

Apple Smart Keyboard for 10.5-inch iPad Pro

“You can’t beat genuine Apple accessories for engineering, practical use, and compatibility,” writes one five-star reviewer of Apple’s official keyboard for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro. “This is the thinnest and most precise keyboard for the iPad available.” It also works with the iPad Air 3, and according to one reviewer, it’s a worthwhile investment: “This is the third and final keyboard case I have purchased for my Apple iPad Air 3. I did not want to spend this much money on a keyboard for an iPad, making the total spent almost as much as a laptop. HOWEVER, if you plan on using this keyboard even a couple times a week, it pays for itself. It is so easy to use, light, and everything I could have wanted and more.” Many also mention that unlike most keyboards or keyboard cases, it’s powered directly by the iPad — as opposed to requiring a separate charge — which they say makes things much easier. “I love the fact that I don’t need to worry about charging it as it snaps to the iPad itself and powers directly from the device using the smart connector.”

Best folding Bluetooth iPad keyboard

iClever Bluetooth Keyboard

“This little keyboard rocks! I use it in conjunction with my iPad, instead of lugging my laptop everywhere, and since it tri-folds, this easily fits in a small backpack or tote bag/purse. Or if your a minimalist, in a cargo pocket,” one reviewer explains. Other purchasers agree that it’s compact and easy to transport, with over 100 five-star reviewers using the word “portable” in their comments. Another writes, to the same effect, “This keyboard is amazing. I’ve paired it once to my iPad and every time I’ve used it, I just open it up and start typing. No re-pairing, which I find to be a pain. Just unfold it and start typing. It folds up very small and is easy to travel with.”

Best keyboard for iPad mini

Arteck Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad mini 4/5

According to one five-star reviewer, this little keyboard “turns my iPad mini into a little laptop. Nice long battery life, and the keyboard is nicely laid out.” And many appreciate that the keyboard fastens onto their iPads, which is why several say it turns it into a “computer.” Another says, “I call it my ‘MacBook Baby.’ It weighs 19 ounces (with iPad mini 5) compared to my 54-ounce clunker MacBook Pro. Easy on the shoulders during my commute and between classes. Works perfectly.”

Best iPad keyboard and case

Inateck iPad Keyboard Case 9.7

Nearly a quarter of reviewers appreciate that this keyboard is also a case — and a good case at that. “The case portion provides great protection of the iPad; there are bumpers that protrude on the corners to protect the face of the device if dropped,” writes one reviewer. Another appreciates that the combo also serves as a stand for their device. “The Bluetooth works flawlessly, and I really like the magnetic hold when standing up the iPad. It can set up at several angles, which work well for everything from typing on a plane to typing in bed.” And it’s pretty easy to type with, according to this r