Our favorite keyboard cases for iPad mini

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Whether you want to get some serious work done on a long flight or just don't want to haul an entire laptop bag to the coffee shop, keyboard cases are turning iPads everywhere into workhorses, and the iPad mini is no exception. Keyboard cases aren't cheap, however, and like most accessories, they definitely aren't one size fits all. Some people may prefer a folio to add a little protection while others may prefer the cover to keep things light and thin. No matter what your style is, these are our absolute favorite keyboard cases for the iPad mini!

Editor's note: All current versions of the iPad mini are almost identical in size. That means any of the cases listed below with work with all generations of the iPad mini, unless otherwise specified.

Logitech Keys-To-Go

Our favorite keyboard cases for iPad mini

The iPad mini is small. And that restricts how big an attached keyboard can be. If you prefer a full sized typing experience, Logitech's Keys-To-Go keyboard fits any sized iPad. It also allows you to use any stand, case, or other accessories you'd like. Pull it out when you need it, pack it away when you don't. Keys-To-Go comes in black, teal, and red color options.

ClamCase Pro

Our favorite keyboard cases for iPad mini

The thing I love about Clamecase products is the high quality feel and look. They also transform your iPad mini into a mini laptop of sorts. On one charge you'll get up to 6 months or 100 hours of typing time. You also get a dedicated row of keys specialized for iPad. Removing your iPad mini is also super simple, which makes the ClamCase Pro a great on the fly option.

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover

Our favorite keyboard cases for iPad mini

If you prefer to keep your iPad mini light and thin, Logitech's Ultrathin keyboard cover lets you quickly and easily remove it and replace it. If you've ever used an Apple Smart cover and prefer that style of protection, the Ultrathin is for you. You can get up to 6 months battery life on one charge and can choose from white and black.

ZAGG Cover

Our favorite keyboard cases for iPad mini

ZAGG's keyboard cover for iPad mini features illuminated backlit keys, 3 months of battery life, a dedicated function row of keys, and is about 15% thinner than many competing keyboards. The hinge is also fully reversible so you can fold over the keyboard without having to remove it in order to use your iPad mini in tablet mode.

  • iPad mini 1st gen - $30 - $35 - Buy now
  • Ipad mini 2nd and 3rd gen - $99 - Buy now

Logitech Ultrathin Textured Folio

Our favorite keyboard cases for iPad mini

Logitech's Ultrathin Folio line combines the great keyboard layout found in the Ultrathin cover but adds a folio for even more protection. While Logitech offers this case in two separate finishes, I much prefer the textured version due to the extra grip it provides. It also ensures that your iPad mini stays put on whatever surface you leave it on.

Your picks?

If you use the iPad mini as a productivity tool, what keyboard case is currently your favorite? Be sure to let me know in the comments!

Allyson Kazmucha

iMore senior editor from 2011 to 2015.