Best Keyboard Cases for iPad Air 3 iMore 2020
The iPad Air 3 (2019) packs in pro-level performance for a mid-level price. It's perfect for those who want a powerful iPad to be productive, but don't want to pay iPad Pro prices. But to become truly productive with your iPad Air 3, you're going to want a keyboard case to go with it. Here are some great options that we've managed to find that are designed with the iPad Air 3 in mind!
- Make use of the Smart Connector: Apple Smart Keyboard
- Like a Pro: Brydge 10.5 Series II
- Simplicity at its finest: MoKo Keyboard Case with Pencil Slot
- Variety is key: Fintie Keyboard Case with Built-in Apple Pencil Holder
- Splash of color: Earto 7-Color Rotating Backlit Keyboard Case
- Maximum productivity: Logitech Combo Touch Keyboard Case
- Lightweight productivity: Logitech Slim Folio Case with Integrated Bluetooth Keyboard
- Rough and rugged: ZAGG Rugged Messenger Book
Since the iPad Air 3 now has a Smart Connector, you should take advantage of it and use something like the Apple Smart Keyboard. It's a lightweight cover that will protect your iPad Air from everyday scuffs and scratches, and it's insanely portable. When you need to type, just reveal the Smart Keyboard and start typing. It seamlessly connects to the Smart Connector for power and data transfer, and the keyboard itself is made from silicone with a fabric covering over the keys, so it should be a bit resistant to accidental spills if they occur.
Brydge is another favorite of ours, as they make excellent, high-quality keyboard cases that turn your iPad into a laptop. The Brydge 10.5 Series II protects your iPad Air 3 from everyday bumps and nicks, while also providing you with a built-in backlit wireless keyboard. That's right! You can type away on your iPad in the dark with this case. The battery life on this case is also outstanding, as it'll last around 12 months per charge. No need to worry about a low battery, but it would be good to top it off now and then! It also comes in several color options to suit whatever mood you're in.
This keyboard case from MoKo is simple yet elegant. The exterior is made from a PU leather material that will provide ample protection for your tablet. The hardshell case that the iPad Air snaps into has openings to access all buttons and ports while it's inside the case. The Bluetooth keyboard itself is detachable, so you have freedom when typing. There is also a slot for your Apple Pencil, and it has a magnetic closure.
Fintie's keyboard case has a ton of different color choices available, from professional neutrals to unique patterns and designs that make you stand out from the crowd. The case itself is made from PU leather on the outside and an anti-slip rubber-lined material on the interior shell, so your iPad Air 3 is safe and secure. The keyboard is detachable, and you can use the grooves in the cover as a stand to give you the perfect viewing angle. There's also a built-in Apple Pencil holder, so you're never without your writing or drawing tool.
This keyboard case from Earto is a great option for those who want to add some color to their iPad productivity. This keyboard can cycle through seven different backlight colors for the keyboard, so it sets itself apart from the rest. It also fully protects your iPad Air from everyday wear and tear thanks to the folio design, and it has full 360-degree rotation and 180-degree flip, allowing you to work from any angle.
The Logitech Combo Touch turns your iPad Air into a productivity machine. The Combo Touch keyboard folio case gives you all-around protection on your iPad Air, so it's safe from everyday wear and tear as you transport it around. The keyboard is also detachable, so you can take it off when you just want to watch video or sketch on your iPad. But when you have the keyboard on, you'll see that it has a built-in trackpad, bringing it in line with the iPad Pro and Magic Keyboard. The trackpad helps boost your productivity and turns your iPad into a suitable laptop replacement. There is also a holder for your Apple Pencil.
The Logitech Slim Folio Case is just like the name implies — it's slim, lightweight, and comes with an integrated Bluetooth keyboard that will last for up to four years with batteries. The keys are spaced out well for hours of comfortable typing, and there's a whole row of shortcut keys to make your iPadOS life easier. You can also store your Apple Pencil in the holder on the side so that it is always with you. Multiple viewing and typing angles are supported with the Slim Folio.
If you tend to take your iPad out to more rigorous environments, you're going to need a keyboard case that can handle the rough life. The Rugged Messenger Book from ZAGG is great for the job. This case has easy-grip material on the exterior, so you don't need to worry about dropping it, and the case can handle pretty much anything that you throw at it (or throw your iPad at). The keyboard has a rechargeable battery that will last a long time, and the keys are backlit, so you can continue to work even in dark environments. And when you're not using it, the Rugged Messenger Book has a magnetic closure to keep everything safe and secure.
Be more productive with iPad Air
Out of the available options, we prefer the Apple Smart Keyboard Cover. The iPad Air finally has the Smart Connector port, so why not use it? Plus, the Smart Keyboard is super portable and convenient, and it's made from a comfortable material that is fun and comfortable to type on.
If you want a bit more variety out of your purchase, you should go with the Finite Keyboard Case. It comes with a built-in Apple Pencil Holder, and it has anti-slip, rubber-lined material to keep it safe and secure. Plus, it comes in so many different color and pattern options; you can pick the one that suits you best.
But for those who want an iPad Pro-like experience, we recommend the Logitech Combo Touch Keyboard Case. The addition of the trackpad makes it easier to navigate through everything on your iPad Air, turning it even more into a laptop replacement. It's the closest that you're going to get without forking over the cash for an iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard combo, and it can even hold your Apple Pencil when it's not in use.
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