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The essential iPad (2018) accessories

by Justin Herrick | May 20, 2018May 20, 2018 9:00 am PDT

You just got Apple’s latest iPad. Now you need some accessories to go with it. The iPad (2018) deserves good accessories, not cheap ones. And you’ve got plenty of choices because this year’s model works with the same accessories as its predecessor. From cases to screen protectors to keyboards and more, we have a bunch of choices listed for you. All of them will only enhance your iPad and make the experience better.

Here are some of the accessories you need for your Apple iPad (2018).

Apple Smart Cover

  • Price: $49, eligible for Prime shipping
  • Color(s): White, Charcoal Gray, Midnight Blue, Pink Sand, Red

The Smart Cover case is for Apple’s customers who want reliability. It’s not priced too high, and you’re getting additional functionality. Apple also lets you choose from an assortment of eight colors so that your iPad’s Smart Cover matches your style.

It covers the front of the iPad while offering a variety of positions. Your iPad can be propped up for optimal viewing or slightly angled above a surface for comfortable typing.

Apple sells the Smart Cover case for $49, a fair price considering the company always uses premium materials. And you can’t say the ability to quickly convert your iPad between different angles is anything but useful. Loyal to Apple more than any other brand? Get the Smart Cover.

Buy now: Amazon

SPARIN Tempered Glass Screen Protector

  • Price: $10, eligible for Prime shipping
  • Color(s): Clear

Your iPad isn’t indestructible. Around the back, there’s aluminum that can’t be cracked but only dented. It’s the front you have to think about protecting. So we recommend SPARIN’s tempered glass screen protector for the iPad. The durability isn’t just about being scratch-resistant, though. SPARIN makes it so that your iPad’s display won’t collect dirt, dust, fingerprints, and other grime.

Yes, you can still use the Apple Pencil with this screen protector. SPARIN says its tempered glass screen protector measures 0.3mm to maintain the touch sensitivity Apple intends for its tablet.

Not too bad for $10.

Buy now: Amazon

Logitech Slim Folio Case w/ Keyboard

  • Price: $100, eligible for Prime shipping
  • Color(s): Black, Blue

The iPad is more than a gateway for entertainment. People are turning to their tablets as laptop replacements because the iPad is compact and less expensive. But you’ll need a physical keyboard to really be productive on the iPad. Because let’s agree that tapping away on a virtual keyboard to produce documents and reports is far from pleasant.

Logitech gets the nod from us. The Slim Folio Case w/ Keyboard is versatile. Aside from getting a full QWERTY keyboard to type on, it’ll also protect your iPad. Logitech also threw in dedicated buttons for Home, Siri, Brightness, Search, Media, and Volume. So you actually can turn your iPad into a laptop of sorts.

You also don’t have to worry about recharging the keyboard. Logitech says the replaceable coin cell batteries should run for four years before needing a change.

There’s no doubt you can find cheaper keyboards. That’s the point, though. They’re cheaper. With Logitech, you’re going with a trusted brand that cares about quality. The Slim Folio Case w/ Keyboard will have you running through files at a fast pace as if your iPad is a full-blown computer. You might even fool some people into thinking you have a laptop in front of you.

Buy now: Amazon

Apple Pencil

Prior to this year, the only tablet you could use the Apple Pencil with was the iPad Pro. Apple changed it by adding support for the entry-level iPad in 2018. That’s because the company would like students to be able to use the custom stylus in classrooms as they draw and make notes. If you’re not a student, no problem. The Apple Pencil can be handy for you as well.

iOS and the latest iWork apps take advantage of the pressure-sensitive stylus. You can scribble on emails, reports, and pictures or simply have fun doodling. Apple also enjoys that fact that developers have made a massive number of apps specifically for the Apple Pencil.

Buy now: Amazon

RAVPower Portable Charger

  • Price: $50, eligible for Prime shipping
  • Color(s): Black, White

RAVPower’s been around for a bit. The brand makes any type of charger you can imagine, which is why so often you’ll see the name come up near the top in search results. It’s a welcome balance between quality and price that so many others seem to miss repeatedly.

Take a look at its portable charger with a 26,800mAh battery. While you’re getting a huge battery to charge mobile devices a few times over, it’s not an overpriced accessory.

Your iPad will charge fast and smooth with this portable charger, but you have two additional ports to work with. That means your iPhone or AirPods can charge alongside your iPad with all of them getting equal attention.

Buy now: Amazon

Lamicall Stand

  • Price: $18, eligible for Prime shipping
  • Color(s): Silver, Black

If you’re looking for a stylish and sturdy stand, Lamicall’s is for you. It’s made of aluminum and features rubber pads throughout. While the aluminum is what keeps the weight solid, it’s the rubber that makes your iPad stay put and prevents sliding.

There’s also a hinge that allows you to rotate the view 270 degrees. That means you’re able to get an optimal view of the iPad’s display.

Pricing is a little higher than most stands, but you’re getting what you pay for. The premium materials require a little extra money. And it’s not like this one is limited to any iPad model or just Apple’s tablet. In case you decide to jump to a different brand, you’ll still have a stand that’s compatible. Lamicall’s stand works with devices ranging from 4 to 13-inches in screen size.

Buy now: Amazon

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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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