Best keyboard cases for iPad mini

What are the best keyboard cases for the iPad mini? Here are our favorites!

While the excellent keyboards available for the iPad Pro won't work for the iPad mini, there are plenty of alternatives to choose from. No matter which generation of iPad mini you have, you can find a great keyboard to suit your needs — and give you the next-best thing to a 7.9-inch laptop!

Logitech Ultrathin keyboard cover

Logitech Ultrathin keyboard cover

The Ultrathin Bluetooth keyboard cover from Logitech is designed to fit up to and including the third generation of iPad mini. The slim aluminum cover comes in at a slender 8mm and keeps your iPad mini looking lean and modern in either black or white.

Strong magnets hold your iPad mini in place so it's easy to click it in and go. Logitech has included familiar shortcut keys so that the laptop experience is closer to the real thing. The case works nicely as an integrated stand and a full battery charge lasts several months. No wonder Logitech is a longtime favorite brand of iPad mini users.

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ZAGG backlit Bluetooth keyboard cover

ZAGG backlit Bluetooth keyboard cover

The ZAGG Bluetooth keyboard cover fits iPad mini devices of the third generation and older. The backlight feature is great for low-light situations and it looks fantastic. It's only available in basic black, but black goes with everything so it's one less decision you have to make today.

ZAGG adds some needed weight to your iPad mini, especially if you're working while commuting or you're in the habit of typing on your lap. This keyboard features strong hinges to hold your iPad mini at multiple angles like a regular laptop, and you'll be able to get three months of use between charges. ZAGG makes excellent use of space with its keyboard cover, offering a keyboard with up to a 30 percent larger layout than others.

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New Trent NT31B Airbender clamshell case

New Trent NT31B Airbender clamshell case

If you know you're going to be hard on your iPad mini, using it outside or chucking it in your backpack before biking on rough terrain, you're going to want a keyboard case that can handle your active lifestyle. If your iPad mini is a third generation or older, say hello to New Trent's Airbender.

Its rubberized, rugged design is dirt and water resistant, as well as shockproof for those times when you accidentally drop it (and you know that happens). It comes with an integrated screen protector and features an adjustable and detachable arm for vertical or horizontal viewing. The quiet, low-profile Bluetooth keyboard is comfortable to use and even if you remove the keyboard, you're left with a highly protective case for your iPad mini.

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BESTEK Bluetooth keyboard case

BESTEK Bluetooth keyboard case

Love the look of leather but don't want to cough up the cash to get it? Allow us to introduce you to the polyurethane leather alternative from BESTEK. It's available in four colors, like the lovely and rich red pictured here, and fits the first, second, and third generation of iPad mini.

The foldable kickstand turns your iPad mini into a laptop, and the iPad mini-specific keyboard shortcuts are there for things like volume and a lock screen. The latch strap and built-in magnets keep the case in place while you're on the go, and we love that you're getting an expensive look for much less than you'd expect to pay.

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TeckNet X361 Bluetooth keyboard cover

TeckNet X361 Bluetooth keyboard cover

TeckNet designed its keyboard cover for the iPad mini 4 specifically. If you're currently using a slim protective case for the back of your iPad mini, you won't need to remove it in order to attach the keyboard.

The flexible but strong hinges allow for 110 degrees of tilt for comfortable viewing. It features the classic look of a Macbook keyboard layout with slightly larger keys to allow for a more comfortable yet familiar typing experience. TeckNet offers an 18-month warranty as well as lifetime technical support for its customers, so if you're giving this keyboard as a gift, you don't have to worry about ever helping the recipient connect the Bluetooth...there's tech support for that!

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Dingrich ultra-slim aluminum Bluetooth keyboard case

Dingrich ultra-slim aluminum Bluetooth keyboard case

For a truly unique and beautiful laptop look designed specifically for the iPad mini 4, check out the keyboard case from Dingrich. The lightweight aluminum is available in four gorgeous colors: black, pink, gold, and silver, and even up close your iPad mini will likely be mistaken for a Macbook. It's awesome.

The keyboard is only 4mm thick, one of the thinnest on the market. The case comes with a micro USB cable, screen protector, and stylus, so you're getting a multitude of accessories all in one package. The case allows your iPad mini to be completely adjustable at any angle, and the keyboard keeps up to 60 hours of typing on a single battery charge.

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Spigen Bluetooth wireless keyboard cover

Spigen Bluetooth wireless keyboard cover

Spigen designed its keyboard cover just for the iPad mini 4. Like its iPhone cases, the iPad mini cover is tough, protective, and can handle your most unpredictable commute or workspace (or just a clumsy day around the house). It's rugged without looking bulky or taking away from the look of your iPad mini.

The rechargeable lithium battery holds power for up to 60 hours of use. The hard clamshell case protects your iPad mini while allowing access to all its ports. The low-profile Bluetooth keyboard automatically goes into power saving mode after ten minutes of inactivity and the cover offers 360-degree rotation for viewing any way you like, as well as a multi-functional hinge for easy adjustment.

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Go ahead, judge the cover

Our chosen keyboard cases let you use your iPad mini like a laptop with the greatest of ease while doing double duty, protecting the screen from day-to-day wear. Are you using one of our picks for your iPad mini? We'd like to hear you shout it out in the comments below. If you've got a keyboard case that's list-worthy, be sure to let us know.