Best keyboard cases for iPad Air 2

The 2018 9.7-inch iPad is the exact same size and weight as its predecessor, the 2017 9.7-inch iPad. The real differences are inside, with Apple Pencil support in the 2018 model. Luckily, the best cases you can get for last year's model are the same for the 6th-generation iPad.

Smart cover

ESR Trifold case

This gorgeous, elegant case comes in a bunch of awesome colors, features a cover that folds into a kickstand, and it has automatic sleep and wake functionality, just like Apple's own Smart Cover. Only difference is ESR's costs a fraction of what Apple's does.

$13 at Amazon

Super slim keyboard

Logitech Slim Folio

If you're looking to create a mini powerhouse laptop, then Logitech's Slim Folio keyboard case is an awesome joice. It features a tough bumper case to protect your iPad, a great keyboard, and boasts a 4-year battery life (2 hours of typing per day). It's expensive, but worth it for power users.

$99 at Amazon

Fun designs

Fintie keyboard case

Fintie's budget keyboard option also comes with lots of stylistic flair. Sure, you can get simple solid colors, but there are also awesome designs, like Van Gogh's Starry Night, cherry blossoms, an old notebook design, and more.

$34 at Amazon

Heavy duty

Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro

Supcase makes excellent rugged cases for phones and tablets alike, and this one has a hard plastic shell, a flexible rubber inner bumper, a built-in kickstand, and an integrated screen protector. It also comes in vibrant colors and leaves all your ports accessible all the time. This one's perfect for folks who take their iPad everywhere.

$25 at Amazon

Full zip cover

Twelve South Rutledge BookBook

Want to make your iPad look like a super old novel? The BookBook has a full zipper closure to protect your iPad from the elements, with microfiber lining, a slot for your Apple Pencil, and leather inner bumper to hold onto and protect your iPad even further. There are also two kickstand options for drawing or hands-free viewing.

$70 at Amazon

Simple and elegant

Speck BalanceFolio

Speck's folio case is simplistic and minimalist, offering a slim, sleek design that won't bulk up your iPad too much, but will still protect it from scratches and wear and tear in your bag. The cover folds into a kickstand, has a magnet for sleep/wake functions, and raised edges to protect your screen.

$20 - $30 at Amazon

From Apple

iPad Smart Cover

Apple's own Smart Cover comes in five colors and has magnets in the cover for sleep/wake functions. This case is thin, and a magnet is what connect the case to your iPad along a hinge, making a sure fit every time. The inner microfiber is color-matched to the outside, creating a consistent aesthetic throughout.

$39 at Apple

Convertible laptop

Yekbee 360 keyboard case

This is the coolest case on this list. It's a keyboard case with a hinge that allows the cover to fold all the way around, and it has a swivel connection in the center, letting you spin your iPad a full 360 degrees. There are seven backlight colors for the keyboard, and the overall package is thin and fairly lightweight for a keyboard case.

$65 at Amazon

More design options

MoKo Case Fit

MoKo's cases are inexpensive, and there are tons of colors and designs to choose from. If you need a bit of pizzazz in your iPad case, this one's for you. There are 6 solid color options and 19 graphic designs to choose from. For $13, grab a few and switch it up!

$13 at Amazon

Folio with pocket

Fintie folio cover

This Fintie case is a thicker folio design with a pocket in the front cover for money, cards, small documents, and more. This one's made of faux leather and comes in 36 color and design options.

$15 at Amazon

Shockproof

Walle Shop Defender

If you're not in the market for a folio case, this one should be up your alley. It's a dual-layer case with a hard polycarbonate shell and a flexible TPU inner bumper, offering shock absorption with extra protection in the corners. This one's perfect for families with young ones who use the iPad.

$15 at Amazon

Rugged with kickstand

Zugu Case Prodigy X

This folio-style case has a magnetic kickstand with seven viewing angles, a stylus pocket, and a heavy duty exterior. So it's maximum protection with maximum functionality in a relatively thin package. There are four colors to choose from, and the cover offers sleep/wake capability.

$56 at Amazon

The 9.7-inch iPad is gorgeous, but if you take yours everywhere with you, then it's only prudent to get a quality case for it. Whether you're looking for full-on protection, a blend of protection and function, or an ultra slim option, the above list has you covered.

My favorite case is the Yekbee 360, since I prefer to type on a keyboard rather than the iPad screen, and that backlit keyboard is gorgeous.

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