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The best iPad keyboards for 2021

best tablet you can buy, and finding the right one for you is easy as Apple has an extensive range at a variety of different prices. Typing on the touchscreen is surprisingly fluid and natural, but there’s nothing like a physical keyboard for getting work done quickly and efficiently. We know from experience, having typed than 7,000 words on the iPad Pro 2020 and Apple’s Magic Keyboard during our review.

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Magic Keyboard is the very best keyboard case we’ve used for the Apple iPad. When it launched it was only compatible with the Apple iPad Pro 2018 and 2020, but Apple then made the 4th-generation iPad Air compatible with it too. That’s great news, as these represent the pinnacle of Apple’s iPad range.

Apple Magic Keyboard review

Brydge Pro+ keyboard accessory is for you. While Brydge makes a keyboard for most iPad models, the Pro+ model is made for the 2018 and 2020 versions of the iPad Pro. This makes it a direct competitor to the Magic Keyboard, but for less money. The 11-inch version costs $200, while the 12.9-inch version costs $230.

Brydge Pro doesn’t have one and costs $150 for the 11-inch version, and $170 for the 12.9-inch version. Finally, if you don’t own an iPad Pro, don’t worry, as Brydge makes a keyboard for all models of the iPad, including the iPad Mini.

Apple Smart Keyboard works with the 8th-generation (2020) iPad and the 3rd-generation (2019) iPad Air, along with the older 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and attaches to the tablet using magnets. When not in use, it covers the screen and provides a degree of protection, and unlike the Magic Keyboard, does not have to be removed when you want to use the tablet as a tablet.

Keychron K3, a low-profile mechanical keyboard with Bluetooth that’s designed to work with iOS and MacOS.

2018 iPad, the 2019 1.2-inch iPad, and the 2020 iPad range to help get you set up.

Keychron K3 Hands-on

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Brydge 7.9 keyboard accessory is designed for the 4th- and 5th-generation Apple iPad Mini, and works like the Brydge keyboard for larger iPad tables, in that it fits into a dedicated slot on the keyboard, rather than being part of a case. It’s made from aluminum and has backlit keys for typing in low light. This and the Bluetooth connection is powered by a built-in battery, which should last for about a year on a single charge, and is topped up using a Micro USB cable.

Magic Keyboard costs $100 and contains a rechargeable battery, and has a full-size keyboard for a great typing experience immediately. While it doesn’t have any provision to hold the iPad, and isn’t especially portable, it’s still versatile as it can be used with other Bluetooth-enabled devices too, whether that’s a desktop setup or another tablet.