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.
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.
- Around $60 - Buy now (opens in new tab)
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.
- $129 - Buy now (opens in new tab)
Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover
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.
- $69 - Buy now (opens in new tab)
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 (opens in new tab)
- Ipad mini 2nd and 3rd gen - $99 - Buy now (opens in new tab)
Logitech Ultrathin Textured Folio
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.
- Around $80 - Buy now (opens in new tab)
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!
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New Trent Airbender. On Amazon for $40-50 both ipad and ipad mini. It's as durable as an otterbox, the ipad is removable from the keyboard and the keyboard works 90% like a fullsized keyboard. I no longer use a pc/laptop except at work.
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Zagg rugged book case with keyboard. It's the only one I found that allows you to remove the keyboard without the case and provides Otterbox levels of protection without Otterbox levels of chunkiness. Pairs well with glass screen protectors. Sent from the iMore App
I'd used the Logitech Ultra Thin Keyboard for several years--the first generation on my Gen1 iPad mini, and the second generation on my iPad mini retina. I have an Apple Smart Cover that I could pop off and use the Ultra Thin as both case and keyboard. But...I always like having the keyboard in my bag, but not necessarily using it as a case, which meant I had to cover the keyboard so it wouldn't scratch the iPad when I wasn't using it. Enter Logitech Keys to Go. Got one about a week ago, and love it. It is always handy to pull out and use, and my iPad is always at its slimmest with just the Apple Smart Cover. It is a great combo. And the Keys to Go is well sized and has a nice feel. Requires a bit of adjustment, but less than the tiny keys on the Ultra Thin.
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