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Hands-on guide to keyboards for iPad and iPad mini (Fall 2013)
The iPad ecosystem is thriving with third-party accessories, and for those wanting a keyboard to use with Apple's tablet there are many to choose from. There are new keyboards released all the time, so figuring out which one might work best is almost as hard as finding a good app in the App Store.
This collection of iPad keyboards is unique in that I have used all of them except for two. I have used lots of iPad keyboards in my work, and these are the best of the bunch. Three new keyboards from major accessory makers are included in this collection.
Most of the cases in this group are shown closed for thinness and open for business. With the one exception mentioned, all of the keyboards charge via micro USB, and will last for months on a charge. A micro USB to USB charging cable is included with these keyboards. They all connect to the iPad via Bluetooth.
In addition to ten good iPad keyboards, there is a bonus for iPad mini owners. Five keyboards for the iPad mini are also included in this collection. These keyboards work remarkably well with the little iPad mini, even supporting rapid touch typing. I have written over 50,000 words using these keyboards so I know they work.