5 best iPad mini keyboards

5 best iPad mini keyboards

Summary: You wouldn't think the small size of the iPad mini would lend itself well to supporting a keyboard but accessory makers have produced models that work well. These are the best of the lot.

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  • ZAGG Mini 9

    The folks at ZAGG have produced this case for those who just can't use keyboards the width of the iPad mini. The Mini 9 uses a keyboard the width of the bigger iPad, so the case is the biggest one in this collection.

    The iPad mini snaps into the lid, which must be done carefully to ensure all of the tablet controls line up with the cutouts for proper access. There is a stand on the back of the case that props the iPad mini at a convenient angle for typing.

    The ZAGG Mini 9 is a good choice for those needing a bigger keyboard than the other models in this collection. Note that ZAGG makes a 7-inch version of this case that uses a smaller keyboard the width of the iPad mini. The keys are not large as on other models in this collection and it's not included here for that reason.

    Unique features:

    • Fold-out stand to prop tablet
    • Bigger keyboard than all others in this collection

    ZAGG Mini 9 -- $44.99 from ZAGG

    Don't miss the full review by James Kendrick on ZDNet

  • ZAGG Mini 9

    This keyboard is as large as those made for the bigger iPad and is thus a good fit for those needing a bigger keyboard for the iPad mini.

  • ZAGG Mini 9

    The iPad mini is supported by a stand that unfolds from the back of the case.

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Topics: Mobility, iPad, Tablets

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  • This was very difficult to follow

    the only keyboard I could clearly see identified was the Zagg Keys Folio... am I missing something?
    Mac_PC_FenceSitter
  • So Which Is Best?

    I'm leaning towards the ZAGG Folio but want to know if that is the best of the bunch.
    Guardsix6
  • Absurd!!

    If I'm going to have a keyboard with my Ipad....(gen1)..... and I own several, I want one I can type on, not some silly tiny thing where my fingers need to be scrunched up to the point that It's impossible to touch type at any decent speed if at all. The whole idea is to facilitate data entry isn't it? I get frustrated even with the keyboard on my 17" laptop. Perhaps I'm in the minority......but when my fingers hit the keyboard they want to fly along at 70+ wpm, not hunt and peck, or squeeze, crowd, and scrunch. The only keyboard I use anymore when I use a keyboard for my Ipad is the Microsoft Bluetooth keyboard 6000. The Ipad get's propped up in it's case, and the keyboard goes in my lap or on a convenient surface. It isn't elegant & uselessly compact. It's bulky, and usually sits in my briefcase if I'm traveling with the Ipad, but it works and works well for me. At $50 (approx), it's an excellent value. Smaller than full size, but large enough to be useable.
    **owly**
    • Blackberry

      LOL - Sounds like using my hated Blackberry Curve :-)
      neil.postlethwaite
  • Another useless post on zdnet

    What is the point? You didn't review any of them. Why are they the 'best'? Do you have any real input or is this more garbage you guys can write off as 'not news we are only opinion-based'.

    Yet flipping through pictures to read the story is ignorant and this entire article was a waste of time.
    Kevin Hatfield
  • Flexible keyboards

    If it isn't made yet: wouldn't it be the BEST idea of an external keyboard to make a flexible keyboard with a plug to connect to an iPad?
    Those flexible keyboards that you roll /wind to keep in a drawer...

    I think there won't be a better physical keyboard...

    Juan P.
    http://www.misrecomendaciones.com.ar (spanish recommendations for travel and tourism)
    sysgod@...
  • There are other tablets out there

    Since not all tablets are Ipad minis you might have mentioned, for example, the Galaxy Note 8.0. I bought a Zagg Folio for mine and it's the perfect keyboard experience - when you need it. When you don't need it you don´t use it and/or detach it. It's very compact and it looks like an integrated unit, so your tablet won't fall out of the slot that seems to be characteristic of cheaper versions.
    Robvdvelden
  • Ipad mini keyboard and civer

    What is the cost for the iPad mini keyboard and cover
    valdie