Best Keyboard and Trackpad Combos for iPad Air (2019) iMore 2021
There's nothing like a trackpad — also known as a touchpad — to lend a true laptop feel to your iPad. If you like to use your iPad 3 (2019) for a lot of work and typing, a good keyboard case is a must. Add a trackpad to the mix, and you'll have the full mini-laptop experience. Our favorite keyboard and touchpad combo for the iPad 3 is the Logitech Combo Touch case. Powered by Apple's Smart Connector technology, it snaps right into place and works instantly with the iPad without the need to do any pairing or adjusting. Take a look at this winning combo below, as well as a few alternatives that will work well for your iPad.
- Best Overall: Logitech Combo Touch
- Best Value: Eoso TouchPad Keyboard with Leather Folio
- Best Design: Phixnozar Touchpad Keyboard Case
- Best Versatility: TYPECASE Touch Keyboard
- Best Sleek Profile: Phixnozar Keyboard Case Touchpad
Best Overall: Logitech Combo Touch
Now here's an Apple-certified, smart and seamless keyboard case for your iPad. The Logitech Combo Touch clips into the Smart Connector on the iPad for a seamless, automatic connection without the need for wires, Bluetooth, or charging. The backlit keys are spaced well for a natural typing experience, and the touchpad has a glass surface that is both responsive and smooth.
The keyboard can be detached when you don't need it, and the folding stand can be adjusted to several different angles for comfortable working and watching. The case is definitely on the pricey side, but you do get what you pay for with this user-friendly device. The only complaint we had was that it is a bit hefty and thick when you fold it up, which was not a deal-breaker for us.
- Implements Smart Connector technology
- Detachable keyboard
- Backlit keys
- It's expensive
- Case is pretty thick and hefty
Best Value: Eoso TouchPad Keyboard with Leather Folio
If price is an issue, the Eoso Touchpad Keyboard Folio is a functional and protective case that will easily transform your iPad Air 3 into a mini laptop. The heavy-duty leather folio provides excellent protection and doubles as a stand for the iPad when typing. The keyboard can be removed when not in use, and the fully charged case will work up to 60 hours between charges. This one does weigh in pretty heavy at almost 1.5 pounds, but you can't beat the price.
- Great low price!
- Heavy-duty protection
- Long battery life
- Very heavy
- The stand only provides one angle for viewing
Best Design: Phixnozar Touchpad Keyboard Case
This very cool case from the Phixnozar store has a unique look and feel that will set your iPad Air apart. For one, the snug hardshell case fits perfectly around the iPad so that it really does appear to be a tiny laptop, and it feels just like a laptop in your hands as you open, close, and carry it at any angle. The best part is the nifty rainbow backlight behind the keys that gives it a bright, colorful glow that you'll love typing on. The only downside is that the trackpad is not as accurate as some other choices. Some users complain that it has a slight delay.
- Laptop look and feel
- Open iPad to any angle of viewing
- Cool rainbow backlight
- Keyboard does not detach
- Touchpad is not the most responsive
Best Versatility: TYPECASE Touch Keyboard
We love the 360-degree versatility of this Touch Keyboard Case from TYPECASE. Not only does it come in several eye-catching colors, but the keyboard also allows the iPad screen to be tilted or rotated into any angle or direction, so you can turn the iPad to the perfect angle no matter where you are in relation to the device. Like the previous case, this one also offers colorful backlight options to give the keyboard its own unique glow. The only real downside to this one is that the battery life drains quickly when the backlight is on.
- 360º control - iPad screen can be adjusted to any angle or direction
- Attractive color options
- Colorful backlight
- Not very protective for iPad
- Short battery life when backlight is on
Best Sleek Profile: Phixnozar Keyboard Touchpad Case
Minimalists will love this Keyboard Touchpad Case from Phixnozar. It's the thinnest, lightest case on this list, so it won't add much bulk to your iPad Air's ultra-slim profile. Despite its minimal appearance, the case offers a fully functional keyboard and touchpad along with 360-degree drop protection. The keyboard does not offer a backlight, but it is equipped with extra-long battery life, up to 100 hours of continuous use.
- Slim profile
- Good protection
- No backlight on keyboard
- Keyboard does not detach
If you're looking for laptop functionality for your iPad Air 3 (2019), then these are the best cases available to make that happen. Each of them gives you full keyboard and trackpad functionality that will have you working in laptop fashion in no time. Take a look at the price and features of each choice to decide which will best fit into your needs and lifestyle.
We recommend the Logitech Combo Touch for seamless connectivity and easy usability. The case uses Apple's Smart Connector to snap automatically into place without the need to ever charge the case or pair it with your iPad. Beyond that, Logitech offers excellent quality and durability that you can trust, as well as a super responsive touchpad experience. This is the best there is if you can afford it.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Jaclyn Kilani Jaclyn is a content writer at iMore. She's a longtime Apple addict with a flair for creating (written works, design, photos; you name it!) on her devices. When she's not churning out new things, Jaclyn loves exploring the world, playing with her children, and good old-fashioned baking.
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