Best 10.2-iPad Keyboard Cases iMore 2020
If you need a case for your brand new iPad 7th gen, you may want to weigh your options and compare which case will best suit your wants and needs. In many ways, Logitech's Slim Folio is the ideal keyboard case. It will add the protective layer to fully encase your iPad while giving you a very responsive and dedicated to the iOS keyboard. However, if you have other needs, we still have you covered. This article features all the best options for keyboard cases and a full breakdown of everything you would want to know.
- Best Overall: Logitech Slim Folio
- Best Design: Brydge 10.2 wireless keyboard
- Best Durability: RUGGED FOLIO FOR iPad (7TH GEN)
- Premium option: Apple - Smart Keyboard
- Best Colorful Option: JUQITECH Keyboard Case
- Best on a budget: Arteck Ultra-Thin Keyboard Case
Best Overall: Logitech Slim Folio
Logitech has been known to be a top-quality keyboard case when it comes to iPads. Some would say even better than Apple's Smart keyboard, primarily because it offers a lot more protection. Among all of its great attributes, this keyboard is designed specifically with Apple iPads in mind. Logitech understands the user's needs and provides all the best attributes in the Slim Folio.
You will want to show this engineering genius off, and it is going to be so easy to do that because of its lightweight design. You will be able to carry this keyboard with you wherever you go, and since the keyboard is integrated into the case, you don't have to worry about leaving it somewhere. You also don't have to worry about roughing it up because this case has full coverage, so it's not just there to make your typing easier.
To risk sounding like an infomercial, there's even more. It's dedicated iOS keys make everything you could want to control on your iPad even easier. However, one of the best things about this keyboard case is its battery life, which is four years! Of course, that's only assuming you are using your keyboard for two hours a day. Even still, that is incredibly impressive.
- All-around protection
- 4-year Battery life
- Holder for Apple Pencil
- One-time Bluetooth pairing
- Dedicated iOS keys
- Magnetic hold for iPad is not the strongest
- One typing angle
- No backlight
The best protection and integration
Our top choice because it has everything you need and most of what you want. The only thing it is missing is the backlit keyboard.
Best Design: Brydge 10.2 wireless keyboard
Apple is moving toward a more laptop-like experience with the iPads with creating a USB port and developing iPadOS. Pairing those upgrades with the Brydge 10.2 wireless keyboard case will make your iPad one step closer to achieving that Macbook feel. Nothing can replace having the amazing Apple engineered Macbook, but this product will make sure you don't miss it.
This keyboard case doesn't enclose the iPad but has some high-end features. The keyboard itself is cased in an aluminum body that is explicitly designed to match the Apple iPad. It holds the iPad securely at any angle and makes for easy lap use. It also has something no other case has in this article, backlit keys. That may not sound like much, but for avid users (like me), it's an absolute necessity when working at night.
- Secure to iPad
- Usable at any angle
- Backlit keyboard
- 12-month battery life per charge
- Dedicated iOS keys
- No back or side protection
A true Macbook feel for your iPad
This product may be worth the wait, though, if you like the idea of an aluminum keyboard that matches your iPad and will create a great lap-top feel.
Best Durability : Logitech RUGGED FOLIO FOR iPad (7TH GEN)
The Rugged Folio for the new iPad is intriguing. Its name does it justice because it is, in fact, the sturdier option and has impressive claims to be military-grade tough along will a spill-proof keyboard. This keyboard was meant for some heavy use. You may still want to baby your iPad a little, but you can't say it's because the keyboard is fragile.
If you noticed, this keyboard case does share the same company that created our Best Overall option. However, this one compares very well to other Logitech keyboards and even Apple's keyboard. While it is similar to the Slim Folio, it uses the same technology as Apple to pair and power with Smart Connector. This makes for a seamless connection.
- Secure Apple Pencil holder
- Spillproof and dirt resistant keys
- Military-grade protection
- iOS shortcut keys
- No backlit keyboard
- Not great for lap use
Tough as nails
If your priority is protection, this will be perfect for you. The Rugged Folio is an impressive keyboard case and may even be child-proof as well.
Premium option: Apple - Smart Keyboard
Though this keyboard case was designed by Apple and specifically for the 10.2-inch iPad, it may not be the most practical purchase for some iPad users. That being said, you are going to get a great quality keyboard that works seamlessly with your iPad.
The highlight of this product is how slim your iPad will remain, even with the added keyboard. Apple didn't sacrifice typing quality, so the keys still feel nice and smooth to type. It could be a little hard for people with bigger hands. Not impossible, just a slight learning curve. This case is extremely convenient, but you may also want to get a sleeve if you are seriously protective of your Apple investments.
- High-quality design
- Lightweight cover
- Easy connection through Smart Connector
- No back or side protection
- No place to store Apple Pencil
Lightweight for the not-so-clumsy
It's no surprise that Apple designed a minimalist cover. It's good-looking and easy to use. Just make sure your iPad is covered, too, if you are known to drop things.
Best Colorful Option: JUQITECH Keyboard Case
This keyboard case is the first one that is low-budget. But it has unique features when compared to the other cases. This case comes in at least 12 different colors and is lightweight with a removable keyboard. Depending on your style and budget, this keyboard case is a contender.
The main thing you are getting with this product is more individuality for a little less out-of-pocket. That alone makes this product a popular choice. However, it does still have many useful features that some of its competitors do not. For example, you can use the keyboard while being up to 10 meters away from your iPad. That may not seem like a huge deal, but it is great if you have your iPad plugged in for presentations, or you are using an alternate monitor.
- Colorful options
- Removable keyboard
- Apple Pencil Holder
- Full back and side coverage
- Transmit distance is up to 10 meters
- Wake/Sleep function may not work with keyboard attached
- Different charging cord needed
- More complex setup process
- No backlit keys
Best Colorful Option
Personality in spades
If you're looking for something that is affordable and suits you, this is a great choice. The options of different colors and patterns are what make this such an attractive choice.
Best on a budget: Arteck Ultra-Thin Keyboard Case
If you are looking for a simple keyboard case that has all of the functions you need and some that are just extra, this could be the choice for you. It's a protective case and has a detachable keyboard, which could be useful if you ever don't need the keyboard you still have a case.
The Arteck case compares to the previous and more colorful options, but it does offer a Mac laptop-style keyboard. It has special function keys that connect to your iPad functions for operations like changing the volume, controlling the music, and navigating to the homepage.
- Detachable keyboard
- PC style keyboard
- All-around protection
- Special function keys
- Not suited for lap use
- Different charging cable needed
- No backlit keyboard
Best on a budget
As affordable as it gets
This choice is about simplicity and affordability. It has all of the basic functions that you could want, plus a little more.
Choosing the right keyboard case can be a daunting task because you don't want to choose something that you will have to replace. Hopefully, the keyboard will last the lifetime of your iPad. That being said, there are a couple of options where that is more likely than others. Our top choice is the Logitech Slim Folio for its protectiveness and amazing iOS exclusive features. The battery life itself will probably last as long as you will use your iPad. Everything from the keyboard to the bumper edges is perfect for providing the best experience a keyboard case can.
If you are on the complete opposite of that and care more about a keyboard that is inexpensive with the added benefit of it being colorful to match your personality, then the JUQITECH Keyboard Case is the one for you. With so many different options on design, and at a lower price-point, you will be putting less money on the line.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Mary DeSpain is one of iMore's Apple writers with three years of experience working with Apple products. She knows how vital a great keyboard case is. If she could, she would have a different case for each day of the week.
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