With the iPad Pro Apple showed that it had ambitions for its slate to be more than just a humble tablet, with the official Smart Keyboard turning it into more of a laptop alternative.
But third-party manufacturers have been making iPad keyboard cases for years, so you don’t need an iPad Pro – or an official accessory – to get your type on.
With that in mind we’ve created a list containing some of the very best keyboard iPad cases for all of the currently available.
Note: within each category we’ve ranked these from cheapest to most expensive according to prices at time of writing.
iPad Pro 9.7 keyboard cases
The iPad Pro 9.7 is Apple’s latest and arguably greatest slate, but you can make it even better with one of these keyboard cases.
1. Griffin Snapbook for iPad Pro 9.7
Cheaper than some
Connects via Bluetooth
This keyboard doesn’t use the Smart Connector, instead pairing via Bluetooth, which means you will occasionally need to charge it.
But the case it’s attached to stands out through enhanced durability, as it can protect your tablet from drops of up to 6 feet on to concrete, while a soft interior keeps your iPad’s screen clean and scratch-free.
2. Logitech Create Backlit Case for iPad Pro 9.7
Colors: Black, Blue
Doesn’t need charging
Only comes in two colors
The Logitech Create is one of the best – and most expensive – keyboards you can get for the iPad Pro 9.7. It plugs in via the Smart Connector and draws power from the iPad itself, so it never needs charging.
Once placed in typing position it will also automatically connect to your iPad Pro, so there’s no need for Bluetooth, and with full size, backlit keys there’s plenty of space to type comfortably.
The Logitech Create case also has a holder for the Apple Pencil, built-in iOS shortcuts, and a sturdy cover, to keep your iPad safe.
3. Apple Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro 9.7
Slim and light
Only comes in black
The official Apple Smart Keyboard also ranks among the very best, as you might expect.
It’s slim and light, so it doesn’t hamper the portability of your iPad, but it also does the job it’s tasked with, as it’s reasonably spacious and works seamlessly – just connect it to the Smart Connector and get typing.
The Smart Connector also keeps it powered, so you never need to juice it up, and the keys offer a reassuring spring-like tension without the bulk found on a traditional keyboard. The only real downside is the typically Apple pricing.