Best iPad Air 5 keyboard cases in 2024

The best iPad Air 5 keyboard cases are not only a fantastic way to allow you to type quickly on the go but they serve as a protective barrier between that precious tablet and the outside world. If you are worried about breaking your new iPad Air 5 while you're out and about and you like the idea of using it to type up documents, you will want to pick a case that fits your needs. 

Long gone are the days when you needed a MacBook to be able to do work on the go. The iPad Air 5, with its excellent M1 chip, 12 MP Ultra Wide front camera, and 10.9-inch Liquid Retina Display is an absolute triumph for Apple and incredibly powerful on the go. 

However, if you are looking for the best iPad Air 5 cases, you need to account for your other devices and your needs too. If you are using an iPhone 15, the best iPhone right now, you may want to access that USB-C port easily for transfer or charging. However, if you already have a Bluetooth keyboard, maybe the best iPad Air 5 cases are a better choice for you. 

With that all out of the way, here are the absolute best iPad Air 5 cases you can find right now. 

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Which of the best iPad Air 5 keyboard cases should you pick? 

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We're always going to consider Apple accessories to be one of the best options since they are created by Apple engineers specifically for Apple devices. The Apple Magic Keyboard is sure to delight with its floating cantilever design that allows you to adjust your iPad Air 5 to the angle that works best for you. You also get a fabulous typing experience, a trackpad that takes full advantage of iPadOS, a USB‑C port for pass-through charging, and both front and back protection.

If what you really want is to turn your iPad Air 5 into a miniature laptop, the Brydge Air MAX+ Wireless Keyboard Case with Multi-Touch Trackpad will get you about as close as you can get. If you're using this out in the wild, people might even ask you where you found such a tiny laptop. The Bluetooth 5.0 gives you a fast connection so you can just open up your "laptop" and get to work. The multi-touch trackpad enhances functionality, and the protective case even has antimicrobial technology!

If you have another kind of iPad, you should take a look at the best keyboards for iPad mini 6 or the best wireless keyboards list. We've also got a huge selection of iPad case guides, like our best cases for the iPad Pro (2021) list or our more general best iPad case library of options.

Can an iPad Air 5 with a keyboard case entirely replace my MacBook?

There isn't a cut-and-dry answer to this age-old question. The best answer I can give you is "maybe." It depends entirely on what you actually DO with your MacBook. If you're primarily doing web browsing, emails, social media, writing (documents, spreadsheets, keynote/powerpoints,) and even some more intensive creative pursuits such as film/music/photo editing, you may very well be able to entirely replace your MacBook with your iPad, at least while traveling. Only you know exactly what your workflow entails, and if using just an iPad will pain points that outweigh the iPad Air's lightweight convenience.

Will keyboard cases made for other models fit my iPad Air 5?

Be sure to check any cases before you buy them, not all iPad cases fit all iPads. However, the iPad Air 5 is the exact same size as the iPad Air 4, so iPad Air 4 keyboard cases will also fit your iPad Air 5. The 11-inch iPad Pro is nearly the same size as well, so many of those cases will also fit.

Karen S Freeman

Karen is a contributor to as a writer and co-host of the iMore Show. She’s been writing about Apple since 2010 with a year-long break to work at an Apple Store as a product specialist. She's also a contributor at TechRadar and Tom's Guide. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for Macworld, CNET, AppAdvice, and WatchAware. She’s an early adopter who used to wait in long lines on release days before pre-ordering made things much easier. Karen is also a part-time teacher and occasional movie extra. She loves to spend time with her family, travel the world, and is always looking for portable tech and accessories so she can work from anywhere.

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