Best iPad Air 5 keyboard cases in 2023

The iPad Air 5 is a fantastic tablet and it's powerful enough to work like a mini laptop. That's why we recommend buying one of the best iPad Air 5 keyboard cases. By doing so, you can get work done, send emails and do any other kind of writing on the move. 

The iPad Air 5 has a powerful M1 chip, 12MP Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage, 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display and a 5G wireless option. That's why we awarded it 4.5 out of 5 stars in our iPad Air 5 review. 

With one of the best keyboard cases, you can keep this advanced slice of technology protected and transform it into a writing machine. It can replace your existing laptop or give you a mini laptop on the move. You can even use some of these as a portable keyboard (but obviously not as a case) with your other devices, like your best iPhone. It's all far more practical than just using one of the best iPad Air 5 cases.

Whether you want a laptop replacement or to simply send emails from anywhere, here are some of the best iPad Air 5 keyboard cases you can buy today.

Don't forget -- you can also use one of the best iPad Air 4 keyboard cases, thanks to the two devices being the same size.

Turn your iPad Air 5 into a laptop with the best keyboards

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

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 our best keyboards for iPad mini 6 guide or our 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-dried 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 CNET. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for Macworld, AppAdvice, 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.