The iPad is my favourite device. You can game with it, browse or use it like a full fledged laptop. But for the last bit, you need the right keyboard.
The iPad Magic keyboard is the most popular keyboard that is built perfectly for the iPad. But there’s one downside though. It’s really expensive.
Getting the iPad and the magic keyboard is sure to dent your wallet. So if you want to look cool strutting around the iPad with a keyboard through an airport without having to dent your wallet, then you need to look at alternatives.
Reviewed below are some of the best iPad Magic Keyboard alternatives. I’ve gone to numerous stores to test out these pieces and here are my top picks.
Best iPad Magic Keyboard Alternative
Logitech Combo Touch for iPad Air
The Logitech Combo touch for iPad Air is the best Magic Keyboard alternative for the iPad. It costs around $170. It’s not by any means cheap, but it’s much cheaper than the magic keyboard with pretty much the same features.
It works with the 3rd Gen iPad Air and the iPad Pro 10.5. The best part about the Logitech Combo touch is the touchpad. It mimics that of Apple’s touchpad and it has multi finger use and gestures and so on.
It’s accurate and feels great. The next best thing is the keyboard buttons. Although it’s advertised as well-spaced, it’s slightly cramped for people who have long fingers.
But there’s one cool addition and that’s the shortcuts for iOS buttons. It’s backlit enabled, which means easy use when there’s no ambient light.
The Logitech Combo Touch can be adjusted and placed at various angles depending on the function you are performing, sketching, reading, viewing among others.
The keyboard can be separated from the case and you can use this only as a case protector, which is a great feature.
It works right off the bat and is the best alternative, but a little pricey.
TypeCase Touch Keyboard – iPad 7th Generation Compatibility
I love budget options and especially for Apple accessories, the budget alternatives are generally more than enough for most people. The Typecase Touch is one such alternative for the iPad Magic Keyboard.
It’s compatible with the 2019 iPad Air and the iPad Pro. The coolest thing about this case is the 360-degree hinge. You aren’t restricted by the case and can move it in whichever direction you want. This means, no matter which purpose you use the iPad for, this case has the right position.
It has a built-in touchpad which is quite large at 2.4-inches. You don’t require a mouse as you have this amazing touchpad.
You can also jazz up the iPad experience with the really cool brightness modes (3 modes) and 10 color-backlight options. The backlight option is good for people who don’t like the sharp white color.
You get a battery life of 90 days when you don’t use the backlit keyboard, which is pretty awesome. The keyboard also has the iOS shortcut options in the top row.
It has a small provision for the pencil holder as well. For a budget, this is the best iPad Magic Keyboard alternate you will find. The product has a 4.5 rating from 857+ reviewers which is pretty great.
YekBEE iPad Keyboard
Yekbee is not a big brand by any means, but it’s one of those products that work perfectly well and come at a price which makes you go ‘Are you kidding me?’. At $41, this is one of the cheapest iPad Magic keyboard alternatives out there.
The keyboard has three levels of brightness depending on what you require. The case can be folded to any angle depending on your requirement.
It’s got the iOS layout keyboard with the iOS shortcuts which are pretty necessary, especially if you want to work quickly.
It’s got a folio design, which means it double protects the iPad. It works on Bluetooth and that’s how it connects to the iPad and it’s a pretty seamless experience.
The keyboard buttons themselves are raised and perfect for typing unlike some of the other keyboards that have a shorter height which makes it difficult to type.
The case is made of leather and looks a bit premium. There is a 12 month warranty on the product. The backlit colour options are numerous which give in an interesting look.
It’s got a small provision on top of the case for holding the Apple pencil which is a pretty nifty way to store the Apple pencil.
Brydge Pro+ Wireless Keyboard and Trackpad for iPad
The most popular keyboard and trackpad for the iPad, arguably is the Brydge Pro+. When you search for an iPad magic keyboard alternative, more often than not, this is the iPad keyboard that pops-up and it’s one of the best.
At $229, it’s pretty expensive, but it’s a good $100 cheaper than the iPad magic keyboard from Apple. So if you are looking for the same functionalities of the magic keyboard at a slightly cheaper price, this is the best bet.
When you look at the keyboard from the top, it looks exactly like the Mac keyboard. An oversized trackpad that’s designed for the iPad OS. It has pointer control, gesture control and two finger movements. Exactly like the original magic keyboard.
It comes with a protective magnetic case that protects the iPad from scratches and bumps. It uses Bluetooth 5.0 to seamlessly connect to the iPad.
The battery is incredible with a 3 month battery life and can be replenished using a USB-C charger.
This is the perfect travel companion, that makes your iPad a Mac on the go. The backlit keyboard can be adjusted.
This is not for everybody, as it’s quite expensive and the other cheaper keyboard options are good enough!
Logitech Slim Folio Pro Keyboard Case
The Logitech Combo touch costs about $170, this is the much cheaper option at around $110. But is it any lesser?
Not really. It’s really good. The first thing to talk about the Logitech Slim Folio is the super strong case. Although it’s primarily a keyboard, it really does a good job of protecting the iPad.
Now coming to the keyboard itself, it’s similar to the other keyboards. It’s got a backlit keyboard with 3 levels of brightness that can be adjusted.
The case can be adjusted depending on whether you are reading, sketching or typing. It has a magnetic latch that latches shut and protects the iPad. It also has a provision for the Apple pencil, which is great.
The battery life is advertised to last for 3 months, but ideally it can last only for about one month.
If you are talking about the best all-round iPad magic keyboard, this is the best fit because it’s not as expensive as the Brydge keyboard and not as cheap as the other ones, but with a better build and better battery life.
Inateck Keyboard Case for iPad
Another super cheap keyboard option for the iPad is the Inateck Keyboard Case. It costs only $49.99. It’s a dual unit with a keyboard and a case that can be detached. The case is made of TPU and it protects the iPad.
It can be attached to the keyboard to be made into a single unit. It’s a pretty strong case. But the one downside is, it’s pretty heavy for a keyboard case.
Now talking about the keyboard itself.
The case can be adjusted and used in four different modes. Laptop mode, viewing mode, drawing mode and Facetime mode.
The keyboard has the iOS touch buttons for instant access. The keys are spaced out for comfort of use. The battery life on this keyboard isn’t great.
Now if you ask me, this is as good as any of the $100 magic keyboards or even the $200 ones. The advantage of this is, if you keep changing your iPad often, then getting a cheaper keyboard case like this makes more sense than the more expensive options.
Jelly Comb iPad Keyboard
In this list we’ve covered the keyboard cases, but if you are looking for an only keyboard option, then the Jelly Comb iPad Keyboard is the best pick.
It’s a super cute looking keyboard that has a provision/groove to place the iPad and a phone or any other device. It’s not built specifically for the iPad, but any tablet.
It uses Bluetooth and you don’t need a cable to connect to your devices. The battery is a 180Mah unit that gives about 40 hours of continuous use, which means ideally the keyboard needs to be charged once every few days.
Can work seamlessly across devices without having to pair each time. The keyboard’s leys are pretty awesome.
It’s got a QWERTY keyboard. The best part about this device is, there isn’t any compatibility issues as it works with all devices that use Bluetooth. It’s also quite portable, so it’s perfect to carry around.
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