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Best iPad Pro 12.9 keyboards

by Justin Herrick | March 10, 2018March 10, 2018 9:00 am PDT

Your iPad Pro 12.9 is perfect to replace a laptop, but you’ll need a keyboard to be productive in any capacity. Don’t bother typing away endlessly on a virtual keyboard when there are plenty of attachments that add a physical keyboard to the tablet. Really, who wants to tap on glass for hours to complete a document? Just get a proper keyboard for the iPad Pro so that you can totally ditch your laptop and live on a more portable machine.

Here are some of the best keyboards for the iPad Pro 12.9 available today.

Logitech Slim Combo Keyboard

  • Price: $150, eligible for Prime shipping
  • Color(s): Black, Blue

While shopping for a keyboard to pair with the iPad Pro, you’re going to see a ton of brands. The field is vast but not all keyboards are made the same. If you’re concerned and want to go with a trusted brand, get Logitech’s Slim Combo keyboard. It’s detachable to switch between tablet mode and laptop mode quickly, has a backlit keyboard for dim conditions, and works without any charging or Bluetooth required.

The case switches between Type, View Landscape, View Portrait, and Read positions. If you want to use the iPad Pro solely as a tablet, just remove the keyboard and you’re good to go. Then bring it back via the Smart Connector to start typing without any jumping through menus to pairing and hoping the keyboard is charged. The Slim Combo keyboard works only through magnets.

Logitech’s keyboard isn’t cheap, but it’s the best third-party alternative around.

Buy now: Amazon

Raydem Ultra-Slim Backlit Keyboard

  • Price: $53, eligible for Prime shipping
  • Color(s): Silver

Making Apple’s tablet look just like a laptop is as simple as picking up this keyboard. Raydem’s accessory for the iPad Pro uses two clasps to grab one side of the tablet and hold it in place. And there’s a hinge present adjust the viewing angle for what works best for you. The keyboard really does transform the tablet into a laptop.

The keyboard is backlit and can be set to one of seven colors, but don’t fret having to charge yet another thing every day or two. Raydem says the 800mAh battery should last a little more than five months on a single charge.

Buy now: Amazon

Apple Smart Keyboard

  • Price: $169, eligible for Prime shipping
  • Color(s): Dark Gray

The Smart Keyboard stands out because you never have to charge it. Also, it works without wires or a Bluetooth connection. Apple created this keyboard specifically for the Smart Connector on the iPad Pro. Using magnets, the Smart Keyboard latches onto the tablet and registers your taps on individual keys. It’s downright incredible that you’re able to type of a blazing-fast pace using such a thin and light keyboard that doesn’t actually have any power source.

Buy now: Amazon

Lenrich Swivel Stand Keyboard

  • Price: $66, eligible for Prime shipping
  • Color(s): Black, Gold

You want your tablet to double as a laptop, but you don’t want to constantly attach and detach the keyboard to switch between the two modes.

Lenrich’s keyboard for the iPad Pro features a swivel stand that rotates 360 degrees and also acts as a cover. If you need to quickly show someone something or merely want a unique viewing angle for yourself, just spin it around. When using your iPad Pro as a tablet, rotate the display and flatten it on top of the keyboard.

Buy now: Amazon

Poweradd Leather Keyboard

  • Price: $40, eligible for Prime shipping
  • Color(s): Black

The people who don’t like keyboards for their tablets often point out how crammed the experience can be. Poweradd’s keyboard, however, lets you remove the keyboard from the leather case to use wherever’s comfortable. It also has a built-in slot for a stylus and, around the back, and kickstand. You’re able to place the iPad Pro in one spot with it standing but then remove the keyboard and sit back to type.

With a single charge, you should get up to fifteen hours of battery life. That’s especially pretty good if you’re someone moving between meetings and classes with the iPad Pro as a laptop replacement.

It’s a hot new item on Amazon, so don’t be surprised if the online retailer runs out of stock soon. Order one for yourself and see how you like it with the iPad Pro. Its versatility might just have you hooked.

Buy now: Amazon


Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...

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